Johannesburg – City of Contrasts

Virtually any place in the world can be ‘home’ if you have your loved ones with you. Humans are incredibly adaptable in this regard. This week marks five years since I made the arduous move from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg. I couldn’t let the opportunity pass without some observations about my adopted city. Many have … Continue reading Johannesburg – City of Contrasts

But I don’t think of you

One of the most profound lines I've come across in literature is a remarkably simple one - “But I don’t think of you.” About half way through Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, our ‘hero’ and antagonist, by chance, eventually come face to face for the first time outside a building at night. Ellsworth Toohey, the antagonist … Continue reading But I don’t think of you

Human Truth Dancing Before Your Eyes

I’ve stumbled on a major human truth in the last year or so. Anyone who’s had children will know that long before the children start talking they’re able to dance and move to a beat. My own child was no different. Long before uttering her first words she was bobbing her body to music. Before … Continue reading Human Truth Dancing Before Your Eyes

What Fatherhood Teaches You

It’s been said by many smarter than myself that two of the strongest human emotions are fear and love. Nothing makes this more relevant than being a parent. I think the late great Christopher Hitchens hit the nail on the head when he said “To be the father of growing daughters is to understand something … Continue reading What Fatherhood Teaches You

South Africa’s Higher Education – What We’re Not Talking About

There’s a great deal being written about the fees protests at universities and all the news around it. Whether fees can be reduced, or eliminated completely, remains a major topic of discussion. I’ve written one or two things about this myself, but I’ve purposely stayed away from commenting on any of the recent fees news … Continue reading South Africa’s Higher Education – What We’re Not Talking About

Fear and Loathing on Johannesburg Roads

Johannesburg traffic is everything they say it is, and more. Above all else there are three observations I make about traffic in this city on an almost daily basis. Firstly, I sometimes get this suspicion that traffic is something of a living thing picking up some sort of karmic energy. The reason I say this … Continue reading Fear and Loathing on Johannesburg Roads

The Dumbing Down of Society – Who is to Blame?

A few weeks ago I was on a plane travelling from Johannesburg to East London. In the row in front of me were three young men, probably around the age of early university. I didn’t take too much note of them until we began commencing our descent, and I had to put my laptop away. … Continue reading The Dumbing Down of Society – Who is to Blame?