This past Sunday was one of those magnificent perfect Durban days when the sky is bluer than a Disney animation. I was walking along the Esplanade on the harbour side of the railway tracks from Wilson’s Wharf to the yacht mole.
Aakash Bramdeo is a former colleague from e.tv news who moved on to the SABC before being offered the editorship of Post in Durban — which was the newspaper which published my first story back in 1980. Before accepting the job, Aakash picked my brain as to what he could do to make the paper relevant to a wider readership. "Get a columnist who reflects the audience you're trying to attract," I said.
Shortly after accepting the position of editor, Aakash called me and asked, "when can you start?"
"View from the Top" ran in Post every week from 1 May 2011 to 9 April 2014 (which coincided with Aakash's departure from Post to edit the Sunday Tribune).
I turned 50 last week, which in turn has led to a larger-than-usual period of reminiscing.
An interesting email dropped into my mailbox last week. This email, which has clearly been doing the rounds since last year, was headed Naming of very large numbers. I quote: “The Indians of the Sub-continent gave the Zero to the World. … We, the descendants of the 1860 indentured
There’s a concept that well known to those of us who have a passing interest in chaos theory. It’s called the butterfly effect. It was coined around the time I was born by American mathematician and meteorologist, Edward Norton Lorenz.
An email last week from a reader, Radha Naidoo, raised the query: “When South Africa became a peoples government in 1994, why did it not negotiate for the
The American jazz poet, Langston Hughes, famously wrote: What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a
Under South African law, the rules under which a person accused of a crime can be named are very clear: the person has to be charged, appear in court, and enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
There are some jobs reserved for political deployees and there are some jobs reserved for those that are competent.
Did you know that about 75 000 people got married in the USA last Friday? Did you know that 3 400 of those got married in Las Vegas? Did you know that the
We all break laws on occasion. Anyone who buys a newspaper from a street seller is breaking the law by aiding and abetting a jaywalker and conducting