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Author Archives: Kat child
Media Headliner and unchallenged ANCYL president Julius Malema, speaking at the ANC Youth League’s elective conference this weekend, said that teachers must be well paid but shouldn’t be allowed to strike as they fall under essential services, according to an … Continue reading
Mielies kept inside Mielies stored for food. Mielie Grinder Dr Heese loves to tell the story of the man with no hand who came to apply to the rural KwaZulu-Natal hospital for a Disability Grant. He told Dr Heese, superintendent … Continue reading
If Nosipho lost a pen as a child, she would be beaten. Nosipho’s one year old baby with fluffy hair, a sign of malnourishment, was sucking her mom’s school pens. We were sitting in their concrete house in rural Zululand … Continue reading
Imagine a Swiss nurse, an Afrikaans doctor, their two daughters, a little blonde girl and a small smiley Zulu girl all living in a stone house on the top of a mountain in rural Zululand, KZN. I had the most … Continue reading
On Friday morning I woke up in rural Zululand and found a short German woman in her sixties in my lounge. She said in heavy German accent – “no English”. Only in Ingwavuma would I be sharing a house for … Continue reading
1) I am sorry we couldn’t do that interview hey. I had to go and collect water for my mother. So I wanted to speak briefly to a young guy here, who I will call L, for five minutes today. … Continue reading
In the early 80’s there was a cholera outbreak in Mseleni – Northern Zululand – not far from the diving tourist spot of Sodwana Bay. De Victor Fredlund was one of the only two doctors, both British, working at Mseleni … Continue reading
My bad day chasing the Premier of KZN and why it wasn’t actually “bad’- eg: I gave a lift to a person who could not use a seat belt.
I am a coffee addict and started the day realising I’d left my special coffee cup maker in Sodwana Bay where I stayed when I was interviewing doctors at Mseleni hospital nearby. I felt jittery and panicked and being without … Continue reading
I went to a very charismatic, Pentecostal church as a young teenager- it was emotional and fun and seemed meaningful at the time. I have recently reunited with a high school friend from that time- 16 years later (Feel OLD). … Continue reading
Can you put The American Declaration of Independence into plain, modern English? Ok, you might ask “why would I want to?” Hold that thought. Just try: “We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, … Continue reading