Parks for the people

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Parks as sites of activism In addition to being places of leisure and recreation, parks and public spaces are containers of values, bounded spaces of inclusion and exclusion, sites of political, social and cultural activism whether overtly or by default.  During the 1980s in the height of Apartheid repression people’s parks in South Africa were […]

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Saluting our President

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On Thursday 23rd April (4 weeks after Lockdown), President Ramaphosa addressed the nation to announce a phased relaxation of lockdown measures in South Africa.   Nobody could give a more cogent response than Herman Le Roux  in his Facebook post which has been dubbed “Saluting Our President“. I have copied it verbatim here:  I just listened […]

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Some global info on Covid19

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The post below however, is a bit of a cheat as it simply takes (word for word) a communication from Andrew Delmont, a financial Planner at Toro Financial Planners. And yes, I have his permission to use it – as my son, what else could he say to his mother but “Of course”!   I hope […]

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Avitourism – a lucrative tourism market

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Tapping into the economic potential of the birding community A few months back an article in Tourism Update caught my eye:  Avitourism may have same economic potential as gorillas – Rwanda.  Even though there are over 700 bird species in Rwanda,  surely these little feathered friends can’t hold the same fascination as the huge iconic […]

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An idiots’ guide to the origins of humankind: part 1

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Human ancestory: fraught with complexity Africa and South Africa in particular, have been the site and source of many ground-breaking finds of our human ancestory.  The world of paleontology is fiercely competitive with specialists arguing about classifications – where are humankind’s roots? Hominin or hominid? the transition from ape to man; dating; new species, etc. […]

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