Perennial Bruinou.com favourites, comedians Dillan Oliphant & Jason Goliath both have their shows ranking in the Top 10 on the Showmax streaming service.

So though you won’t be able to laugh hysterically at their jokes in a crowded comedy club anytime soon, Showmax has stepped into the gap with an ever-growing binge-fest of laughs guaranteed to put a smile on your dial, even in 2020. Here are seven of the top 10 most popular local comedians on Showmax so far this year, in alphabetical order with preview videos of their shows.

Sunday, 19 July 2020 10:58

Fire Causes Huge Loss at Orphanage

On Saturday morning, 18 July 2020 the Holy Cross Child & Youth Care Centre Orphanage near Belhar cemetery was severely damaged by a fire that unfortunately caused all the children there to lose most of their personal belongings.
 
 
We call on our readers, registered members, followers, partners and friends to please assist the Inspire Network NPO in rendering relief services to the  Holy Cross Orphanage.
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

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.
Friday, 01 November 2019 11:15

GUTTED - The Fight of Kalk Bay Fishers

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

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.

When you're 13 years old and already have a career as a radio presenter along with a number of other achievements, it is quite understandable that you can't really pinpoint exactly what you would like to do as an adult... That is the case for Linnay Jooste, and though she for now only has some idea of which direction she wants to go into, she already has a great head-start as the youngest radio presenter on Eldos FM in Eldorado Park Johannesburg.
We got in touch with Linnay and her parents Buddy & Keenen Jooste to find out more about this dynamic young lady.

In response to a recent incident in which he was the victim of police brutality, Cape Town Hip Hop artist K-Nine Die Hond has released a song called 'Fok Die Mapuza' and with its hard-hitting lyrics and dope beat, it is bound to find traction amongst those who have had first-hand experience of being victims of police brutality or who have witnessed an innocent friend or family member being assaulted by police officers.


We know that everybody in a Coloured community knows of someone who was smacked around by a police officer for absolutely nothing.
We also know that blogger Shana Fife sees these assaults as not just a few isolated incidents where police officers became a bit rough with a suspect who was "resisting arrest". 
We asked her for her thoughts on why we have this seemingly widespread problem of some Coloured police officers using unnecessary and disproportionate force when dealing with Coloured citizens who in many cases have not committed any crime at all.

Somtyds wonne 'n man as die hype groot is dat die disappointment maybe nog groter gaan wies...
KROON's new album Steinkopf tot Bontas lives up to the hype.



After their first offering a few years ago, the KROON EP, the duo of Pierre "Mr. DIY" Cloete & Cheslyn "Chella021" Philander, who make up KROON_ZA, took a break from their group while focusing on their individual projects and collaborating with others.
A year and a half ago they started working on this!

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