Dissertation Fieldwork: Day 1, 24.06.16

28th June 2016 / 0 comments

Friday 24 June 2016 Train to Fish Hoek station, bike to Masiphumelele. Met with Solomon ‘Morgan’ Chikumba, proprietor of the Masi Bike Shop, a Bicycle Empowerment Centre founded by the Bicycle Empowerment Network in this vibrant informal settlement. Morgan and I spoke for several hours. I explained the aims of my research. He felt strongly…

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Skeptic City: MCRP

6th March 2015 / 0 comments

Download my report Skeptic City as an example of my academic writing. Skeptic City was a very brief report on Century City, a large planned community fairly near to Cape Town’s Central Business District. My report sought to make the point that the urgent need for any category of new housing in Cape Town – a city…

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On Umiliation

12th January 2015 / 0 comments

I don’t know if you can ‘win’ Yoga, but I definitely just didn’t. I showed up late and lost-looking for So You Think You Can Yoga, which I had hoped was some sort of laugh-along housewives-and-long-term-unemployed Stretch-‘n-Kvetch environment. It ticked all the boxes: a kind-sounding Australian woman on the phone, who picked up immediately; an…

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On being #CharlieHebdo

7th January 2015 / 0 comments

A day of infamy for an important magazine, which has managed to deeply and resoundingly offend almost everyone since its founding in 1970. Importantly, these cartoonists did not seem to seek martyrdom, but now that they are martyrs, their cause should be rendered worthwhile by how we all process and reflect on its meaning. There…

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The Fake Interpreter: attempted rape, murder, kidnapping, fraud

13th December 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “The fake interpreter who admitted to having hallucinations and visions of angels as his meaningless gestures robbed millions of the opportunity to share in Madiba’s memorial has a history of criminal accusations. An eNCA exclusive has revealed that Thamsanqa Jantjies has been convicted of theft and has been accused of…

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Building Africa’s 10 Cities of the Future (part II)

10th July 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “The real success of the Africa’s shining new cities will be in demonstrating the value of high-density, sustainable patterns of land use, such that they are widely implemented in Africa’s burgeoning metropolises (Part II).”  

The Ten Most Spectacular University Campuses in South Africa

10th July 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “South Africa’s universities are among its most beautiful public buildings. Take a tour around Mzansi in mortarboard and robes with our roll call of higher ed beauties.”

Rendez-vous à La Réunion

10th July 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “Réunion may look exactly like a sparkling Indian Ocean island, and it is, but this French département of nearly 800 000 souls is more likely to satisfy hikers and sport fishing enthusiasts than the sangria-and-sunblock set. Réunion is relentlessly mountainous and volcanic, and in this sense it is very far…

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Cape to Patagonia: sailing South-South and West

10th July 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “For many South Africans, Argentina is a strangely familiar place: the most Europeanised part of a continent that pulls in the other direction, toward a uniquely South American identity. Cape Town is often described this way – and with contempt and envy in equal measure. But Patagonia, the icy Southern extremity…

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Heading South for Christmas? Cape Town set for best festive season yet

10th July 2014 / 0 comments

Read in full at TheSouthAfrican.com: “The Mother City is pulling out all the stops this year to welcome visitors from South Africa and abroad. Aside from the breathtaking scenery and the lifestyle of the fairest Cape, the city has planned several major attractions to welcome holidaymakers.”