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On Wednesday 23 August 2017, Hakkiesdraad Hartman and two of his fellow artists will be presenting a Dinner Showcase at the Jolly Carpe in Retreat Cape Town.
He will be accompanied by singer, songwriter Robert Rudeboi Lawrence and wordsmith NormanSmily. All three of these artists hail from George in the Garden Route and have been working together for 5 years. They have been writing and recording, developing artists and the music scene in George and the Southern Cape while maintaining strong community responsibility and social awareness.

When 3 Tons of Fun was formed 10 years ago, they truly broke the stereotype that only slender women can be sexy and they affirmed that fuller-bodied females can also successfully grace stages as artists and consistently remain popular with audiences. Their success calls for a big celebration and they are doing it in style on 9 September 2017.

This is a slightly edited version of the dedication and eulogy I read at my wife's funeral on 12 August 2017. My late wife, Renee Ash, was a critically important person in the development of the website www.bruinou.com as well as the struggle to bring the TV show "Colour TV" to your screens in 2012. I'd just like to acknowledge her, tell our story and let everybody know a bit about what we went through in our lives while building this website and lobbying the SABC for media for Coloured South Africans.


"Shoprite prides itself over its so-called respect for women, with its annual award, yet Shoprite shows the greatest disdain for women."


The Workers International Vanguard League says that just 2 days after national Women's Day and in the heart of Women's month, 7 contract workers, all female, were arrested and humiliated at Shoprite's Pelikan Park branch. Their alleged crime: Keeping the tips that grateful customers have given them.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 12:07

Kim Engelbrecht Lands New Role in The Flash

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Make no mistake. This is Huge! ...but Kim Engelbrecht is not simply a "flash-in-the-pan" actress who just happened to get lucky.
Kim has come a long way having spent more than two decades building a solid career in the entertainment industry.
Being cast as The Mechanic in the hit US TV superhero series The Flash is affirmation of how immensely talented Kim really is.

Wayde van Niekerk cruised to victory in his first serious 400m race in Lausanne on Thursday night as he grabbed his second world lead.
The Olympic champion even slowed before crossing the line‚ but he still stopped the clock on 43.62sec‚ a record for this Diamond League meet and a time faster than any active athlete in the world.
Only four other men in history have been quicker‚ including American Michael Johnson‚ who had held t previous 43.66 meet record.

Acting Western Cape High Court Judge Leslie Weinkove who in February showed that he clearly has no clue or simply chooses to ignore the impact which Systemic & Structural Racism has on the majority of South Africa's population, especially the very poor who are being displaced in the case he was presiding over, has stepped down from presiding over the Bromwell Street Residents vs The City of Cape Town case.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:19

Metrorail Diaries - The New Guy

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Amongst all the choas with commuters ransacking stations because of train cancellations, now there are rumours that Metrorail workers are planning to strike.
I thought that they are always on strike and have been striking ever since I can remember. Let's hope that it's just a rumour...
The ticket-verifier at the turnstile stands with her hands in her pockets, the collar of her jacket turned upwards and her head covered in a beany.
She yawns as she gleans over my ticket. I'm not sure whether her eyes are open. I’m not even sure if she is registering the information on the ticket.

To quote POC, “Ek ken ‘n anne kêrel, van Pêrel se werel…” Sy naam was Jaak. Jaak Spraak.
One of my favourite memories of Jaak was in 2006 during the recording of ‘Kom Op’ for Jitsvinger’s debut album Skeletsleutel at our High Voltage Studio in Woodstock.

It was his first major break outside of Paarl, the first of much collaboration that followed, since everyone in the city wanted to work with him. Maybe because his Afrikaans sounded different, born and bred on the ‘wrong’ side of the Berg River, where the middle finger of Afrikaans proudly stands erected as a monumental reminder of colonial subjugation.

Keen and talented young soccer player Travis van Wyk - Julies of Elsies River who plays for the Life Zone Soccer club based in Kensington is among a selected group of their players invited to participate in an Educational, Cultural and Football tour to Sweden from 23 June to 15 July 2017.
The 12 year old has been a top performer at his club for the past three seasons and has received numerous trophies and medals for his efforts.