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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 00:17

Is an Independent Western Cape Viable?


In this opinion piece on Politicsweb.co.za RW Johnson, author of the book 'How Long Will SA Survive?', discusses whether the Western Cape could ever go it alone.
We at Bruinou.com do not necessarily support or condemn the idea, but we do realise that the topic of the province possibly seceding from the Union of South Africa, or gaining more autonomy in a federal system, is one that is discussed by people from all walks of life. We are also aware that currently there are organisations, political parties and thought leaders who are having serious discussion about the idea of an independent Western Cape.

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Emile YX (centre) with members of Heal The Hood showing of the Hero of The Year 2016 certificate Emile has been awarded. Photo: Heal the Hood
Emile Jansen aka Emile YX? has been named the Lead SA Hero of The Year for 2016 at the 2016 Lead SA Changemakers Conference held Century City Conference Centre on 20 August 2016.

Emile who is also the Lead SA Hero of The Month for April 2016 has dedicated his life to changing the lives of young people on the Cape Flats and since 1998 he has impacted thousands of lives through his Heal the Hood project

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Author‚ poet‚ playwright, academic and Black Consciousness leader Adam Small has died at the age of 79 on the morning of Saturday 25 June after complications following an operation.

At a time when Afrikaans was widely regarded as the language of the oppressor, Adam Small claimed it back for the people who the language really belonged to and used it in the dialect that authenticated its origins which is Kaaps, or what many of us today refer to as Afrikaaps.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015 19:04

Brown Baas Defined - The Dope Saint Jude Story

Her colourful use of language ranging from college kid posh English, to urban English, to Afrikaaps and Gayle all mixed together at the same time which is sort of her own version of a modern-day Fanagalo, makes her already potent style of rhyme delivery stand out from the rest of anything we've heard from anyone else before.
Dope Saint Jude has a definite plan to not just be another flash in the pan.

OK, for those of you who don't have a clue what Gayle is, we'll explain that later, but this sassy, witty and daring artist is more than just an MC trying to make it big in the entertainment industry.

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Two people were killed and five injured, including an 8-year-old girl, in three shooting incidents in Hanover Park on Thursday.

Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut said all three incidents took place on Thursday morning, hours apart from each other.
"A 23-year-old man was shot and wounded at the bus terminus in Hanover Park at 05:15 by an unknown suspect who fled the scene," Traut said.

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Protestors from the Patriotic Alliance protest outside the Eersterust Civic Centre. Some wore bandages and fake blood as a reference to gang violence in coloured communities. Picture: Jacques Nelles - The Citizen
Members of the Patriotic Alliance (PA) on Wednesday 15 June stormed into the hall where Western Cape premier and former DA leader Helen Zille’s was addressing a meeting as part of her election blitz in Eersterust, Pretoria.

Outside the hall PA leader Gayton Mckenzie, who did not enter the hall during the disruptions, made reference to the DA having spent miilions on a new City of Cape Town logo but are not assisting families like in the case where eight children recently perished in a backyard dwelling fire in Michell's Plain.

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As communities, parents and families we all have a responsibility to be vigilant about the crime of child trafficking and we should all be sensitising our children to these dangers.
A mass panic has however hit the Western Cape with a slew of hoax reports causing widespread consternation.

With the First and Only confirmed attempted kidnapping case registered with the SAPS in Strand on 1 June 2016 when a 10 year old girl was approached by a woman in a Toyota Quantum, hoax sightings of the vehicle and the woman circulated on social media and tabloid newspapers has Western Cape parents in a panic.

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Every year thousands of Muslim men gather at Seapoin Promenade, Cape Town, for prayers and the sighting of the new moon which signals the start and will also a month later signal the end of Ramadan.
For a vast majority of non-Muslims living on the Cape Flats, the guidelines suggested further below are mostly common knowledge, but we at Bruinou.com know that there are also many of our non-Muslim readers from all over the country who might not be too familiar with Muslim religious observances and might be at a loss for what level of consideration their Muslim friends and colleagues might  'expect' from them while they are observing the month of Ramadan.

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WE THE PEOPLE must not be fooled into fear mongering of those spreading bad news, as the news. GOOD PEOPLE ARE THE MAJORITY throughout the world, but we are being made to feel hopeless in the face of the selective negative news coverage globally. I work in some of these communities where the drug dealers and gangsters get more coverage than the good majority and young people look up to these well marketed few, while disrespecting their own hard working parents and family members, who seldom get coverage.

We first decided to bring it to the masses attention to encourage a POSITIVE POSTER DAY.
On the 30th May (next Monday) we plan to run this same project for a WEEK and encourage a POSITIVE

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Professor Ralph George Hendrickse 1926-2010 - Image Source: The Lancet
Had he decided to stay in Apartheid South Africa, his abilities would have been stifled and he certainly would not have made any or much impact in the fields of medical research and academics.

Ralph Hendrickse was born in Cape Town on 5 November 1926 into a mixed race family that had emigrated to South Africa in the 18th century from Holland and Java. He was the son of William and Johanah (née Dennis) Hendrickse.
He was raised in a Coloured community of richly educated teachers who regarded teaching and learning as pathways to upliftment. He matriculated first class from Livingstone High, a Coloured school, at the age of 15 years.

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