The Gautrain

This marvel of engineering is a must see and must use facility.

    The efficiency, the professionalism and the service is world class. It is clean, fast and comfortable. It is used by all sorts of people including business people, tourists and even celebrities, so keep your eyes peeled.

If the caps fits

Corruption at a elite crime fighting unit. Police taking bribes. Leaks of sensitive information to media outlets and secret meetings between politicians and rich businessmen, large donations and gifts to political parties. Sounds familiar? You are probably thinking of South Africa or some third world country but you would be wrong. These shenanigans are not happening somewhere in Africa but in that bastion of democracy, paragon of virtue and shining light of good governance that is Britain today. Revelations of the kind mentioned is being delivered at the public hearings into phone hacking at the News of the World.

Nelson Mandela Day

July 18 is Nelson Mandela’s birthday and the United Nations has confirmed this day as International Nelson Mandela Day in his honour. Out of this initiative and to celebrate his life and the 67 years that he was in public service an idea was born. This idea became the 67 minutes of community service initiative. On this day and during the whole of July people from all walks of life, all over the world stop what they are doing to donate 67 minutes to community service. From cleaning schools and nurseries to visiting sick people in hospital to feeding schemes and public park clean-ups the ideas to participate are endless.

Nelson Mandela Day

July 18 is Nelson Mandela’s birthday and the United Nations has confirmed this day as International Nelson Mandela Day in his honour. Out of this initiative and to celebrate his life and the 67 years that he was in public service an idea was born. This idea became the 67 minutes of community service initiative. On this day and during the whole of July people from all walks of life, all over the world stop what they are doing to donate 67 minutes to community service. From cleaning schools and nurseries to visiting sick people in hospital to feeding schemes and public park clean-ups the ideas to participate are endless.

Naartjies

Naartjies, I called them express oranges because they are so quick to peel and devour. They could just be oranges with better packaging! They are abundant in July and just what the doctor ordered to hold back those winter colds. The clothing label with the same names does the that as well.

Middle July

I love the middle of July in South Africa. Whilst winter is not yet done with us she knows that her reign is all but over and that valiant Spring is readying himself to appear is a burst of colour. Already the sun is beginning to rouse us earlier and some brave bird offers a tentative chirp. I cannot wait for that cacophony of colour and sound.

The Durban July

The iconic horse race held in Durban every July. It is a veritable institution of the horse racing calendar. It attracts the creme de la creme of fashion, trainers, jockeys and captains of industry. Fortunes are made or lost on form, pedigree and inside info. Dreams, lucky numbers, favourite colours and even ex- wives names all attract punters hoping to crack the big one. a definite favourite of mind.

indigenous plants

Winter takes a heavy toll on gardens but luckily South Africa has a myriad of indigenous plants well suited to the climate at the tip of Africa. The aloe family, savannah grasses and vygie range are all splendid. The clivia species are particularly well suited and the green foliage remains impressive through out winter, that is until the deep orange and sometimes yellow blooms burst out in early spring.