Sandy Carroll

Why the acid?

The saying: “someone’s really acid”, contains more substance than one might think. It’s not only a result of being jacked off about something/someone, but can actually have a physiological cause. Those bad moods and snide remarks could be the result of an acidic physical make-up. Being interested in good health and exercise, I’m always on…

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Age of Aquarius

There have been many attempts to put a date to the start of the Age of Aquarius. Proponents of some dates include Carl Jung, Sir Isaac Newton and of course the self proclaimed initiator of the Age, Aleister Crowley who couldn’t bear the thought that this Age would post-date his colourful existence. Estimates range from…

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Power pain

Pay more for less service — this was pretty much the message from Eskom this week. Now, I know, before you start jumping up and down, that price escalation is critical to ensure capital availability to construct generation capacity and infrastructure, which may deliver power in 10 years’ time at approximately the same levels of…

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Empowering ourselves

It is so easy to be a victim, to blame someone else and to shrug off responsibility. I’m referring to things such as crime and education, employment equity and gender equality at some level, but what I actually want to get into is the power situation and how each of us affects and contributes to…

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Eskom’s black presence

People in South Africa may understand fully the inconvenience of having a six-hour power cut (in the case of Cape Town several days in mid-winter) more than many other nations out there might understand, experience and tolerate. How can it be that a nation’s power utility was not fully prepared and anticipated the growth in…

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2008: Disruptive, innovative, green

It seems as if Earth orbits faster around the sun every year. There is this theory that it is the result of us all being connected 365-24-7 and having a lot less off-time. This made me think of the coming year and how to slow things down. However, the activity bored me to tears within…

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Sorry, Mr President, your position is redundant

Thinking about upcoming party leadership elections, presidential elections, ward and provincial elections, committee elections and, for that matter, any other elections — be they to the congregation’s koeksister committee, to the security complex’s trustee committee or to the local youth body — leaves me cold. How is it that so much emphasis is placed on…

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Kortbroek, my hero

Let it not be said that our minister in charge of environmental affairs is a tight-lipped, ignorant piece of political flotsam. Sure he has a bit of a fish bone in the cupboard, related to perpetually interesting alliances, but he also has vision and strength of conviction, strong leadership qualities. So, our honourable minister indicated…

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Sustainability: From noun to verb

Corporate South Africa has long been riding the market value of buzzwords quite irresponsibly, along with the rest of a seemingly logically challenged world of commerce. Sustainability is one of these words. It exists in the minds of the economically driven community as a noun, something that pertains to a state of being towards which…

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Wines of change

South African wines are rated top of the global connoisseur’s list and have been for very many years. For most South African wine consumers, the marvel of having so many award-winning vineyards on our doorstep is often taken for granted, as are the underlying facts of them being located in a very unique biosphere, giving…

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