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I write with tears. Today, South Africa has lost a great spiritual leader and his family and loved ones have lost a strong loving force in their lives.
Reverend Leonard Maart was a humble man who raised a beautiful family and was very proud of his heritage and his community.
I’m going to try and not make this little tribuite about me, however, he influenced me greatly 25 years ago (when I first went to South Africa) so I thought this would be a good opportunity to share my experience with Reverend Maart from that time period in South Africa, that space, those emotions, apartheid, understanding Cape Town, etc…

So we're doing Tweede Nuwejaar tomorrow, the 4th of January
The sentence it's own irony
Cause it's TWEEDE Nuwejaar for a reason you know
Check your his- and her-story
But keep not noticing how the City side-lines the majority culture
If disregard and exploitation had a face
Cape Town would be that vulture
I'm so excited! We're going to see Charlize's Angles tomorrow!
It's going to be shown in the Botanical Gardens. Apparently you get Angles in Botany too. It's called an Axil.
Something to do with the angle at which a new branch grows from another branch...
Anyways... That probably doesn't even fit into any of this...


What I'm really excited about is that I will finally get to see the mystical Hypotenuse Plant growing in its natural state.
Tuesday, 17 December 2019 13:37

Reconciliation Day is a Misnomer

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I am convinced that Reconciliation Day in our current understanding is not contributing to making South Africa a better place for all of us who live in it. 
It is a misnomer.
 
 
Go look up the words Reconciliation; Reconcile; Conciliation; Conciliate, then place them in the context of words like Forgiveness; Pardoning; Absolution; Exoneration.

Clearly the onus for the Reconciliation we are expected to celebrate on Reconciliation Day is solely placed on the aggrieved with a far much higher expectation of Forgiveness but there is very little to almost absolutely no speak of Repentance.
Something is missing.
 
 
The words which need to have as great a focus as all the above need to be Contrition; Atonement; Penitence; Remorse and a willingness to not only participate in symbolic acts but make real sacrifices in efforts towards Restitution; Penance; Expiation and Recompense.
 
 
When ALL of the above are not equally focused on, Reconciliation Day is just a symbolic farce to placate those who are not truly interested in building a South African Nation where Real Equality exists.
 
 
In our personal lives, we at times seek forgiveness from people who we have wronged, sometimes deeply so.

Can we honestly expect them to forgive us if we are not truly remorseful and contrite?
Yes often people actually do forgive us when we have wronged them, but it does not mean we can expect them to continue treating us as if we did nothing wrong. If we are not truly contrite, can we honestly say that there was reconciliation between us?
 
 
Forgiveness is a gift from one person to another whether the guilty party shows contrition or not.
Reconciliation however cannot stand on forgiveness alone.
 

It requires a lot of effort from both the aggrieved to be accommodating and the aggressor to show regret and make willing sacrifices towards recompense.
 
 
We need to change the mindset among our compatriots that this 'washing of their hands in innocence' is not helping and that seeking Real Reconciliation which Requires a Willingness to Participate in Restitution, is Not an act of vengeance or a form of punishment.
It is the stuff that Real Reconciliation is made of.
It's officially the start of our festive holiday season and there will naturally be an influx of visitors to our beautiful city - visitors from other provinces in our country, as well as ones from beyond our borders. Of course we want everyone to feel welcome.
I have decided to provide some help to you, our dear visitors from all over, as you move around our city, attempting to understand the unique language which is spoken in our neck of the woods, as well as for when you try to get to grips with some of our cultural nuances.

Thursday, 21 November 2019 17:42

Eezo The Blind DJ Has a Great Vision

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Very few of today's top DJ's who have all of their sight would be able to perform if they were to be blindfolded.
DJ Eezo who is completely blind is more than just adequate behind the decks.

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 17:58

The Boy with the Buttons at the Bus-stop

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I was huddled at the bus stop, partially sheltered from the South-Easter’s icy fingers, as it fiddled at the crevice of my coat and pinched my cheeks playfully. Ominous clouds hung overhead, heavily pregnant with rain, an imminent birth soon to be unburdened from the heavens.


He appeared as if from nowhere, his expression as innocent as his clothes were threadbare. Dirty blue jeans, scuffed sneakers and a cotton sweater with the buttons done up wrong were his body’s only defence against the elements.

Friday, 01 November 2019 11:15

GUTTED - The Fight of Kalk Bay Fishers

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A new documentary about how harmful industrial fishing is destroying fishing communities in the Western Cape took the runner-up award at the International 1-Minute Film Festival in Cape Town last week.

The online documentary by Greenpeace, called GUTTED: THE FIGHT OF KALK BAY FISHERS, focuses on the Kalk Bay fishing community. It explores how laws favouring the industrialisation of fishing in South Africa have not only changed the socioeconomic situation of these communities, but also, the once vibrant and community-centric culture.

When Eerste River mom Carmen Snyders and her son Carter (5) visited Zebro's in Zevenwacht Mall on Sunday to buy him his favourite hot chips, she ended up leaving the fast food outlet in tears.
We spoke to both Carmen Snyders and a representative of Zebros about the incident which has taken social media by storm.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019 20:12

Danya's Care Pack Drive 2019

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The second edition of Danya's Care Pack Drive aims to have an even bigger impact than the successful event held in 2018.
Of course we at Bruinou.com are always eager to get y'all involved when someone like Danya Goosen runs a great initiatives like this.


We asked Danya to explain the main aim and details of her Care Pack Drive which she now hosts as an annual event.