Llewellyn Kriel

Maybe the bar is just too high for the ANC …

I forget what the column in the Pretoria News was called, but it was one that writers would take up for a season and then move on to something else. The column retained its name and identity, but different styles, perceptions, questions and answers came and went. During my tenure there, Rob Fysh — now…

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Time to get your own back

While competition, we have been told ad nauseam, is good because it forces prices down and service up, I am not so sure any more. If we take an example at one extreme, the ANC government — which has no competition, is free to do pretty much as it wants and does just that and…

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Memories of a moving church

As the son of an Anglican preacher man in the Northern Cape (when it was still only a part of the Cape province — not that that makes any difference), I used to travel vast empty dusty grinding distances with my dad from one remote congregation to another. In some places church was somebody’s house….

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Sweetch orf de geezas!

Can you believe the asinine, parochial, juvenile response of the government to one of the worst crises this country has ever faced? Sweetch orf yo lights en de geezas. That’s the official spokestwit’s response on Talk Radio 702! Mines are stopping operations — stopping, not reducing, not downscaling, but stopping — just as the prices…

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What did you ignore today, daddy?

“Govt was warned about power” — the lead headline on News24 trumpeted this morning. Apparently some municipal boffin warned last century that darkness was on the way and would hit by 2007. The news in that is when the warning was made. The content is nothing new. Perhaps the warning should have been expanded to…

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The first time I met Mandela

The first time I met Nelson Mandela I learnt some important things. The second time I met him those things were confirmed. Like all journalists I’ve met presidents, prime ministers, legends and numerous real celebrities, but I didn’t meet Madiba as a journalist. I’ve met Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, John Vorster and PW Botha…

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The Magnificent Seven and one survivor

Apology: This is quite a long blog. Please bear with me. There are seven facets to each person’s being for the duration he or she is on this planet and in this common dimension. These facets are in a constant state of flux and change; something like a lava lamp, except they’re all connected —…

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Brief: Feeling suicidal?

I was feeling really down last night. Da blues had got me good ‘n strong. I was lonely, confused and deeply depressed. I decided this was it. Time to take the plunge … time to end it all. But in one last gasp, one penultimate snatch at a straw, I phoned Lifeline. I was put…

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Bizarro world and the problem of the parallel universes

I worry about the proliferation of multiple universes in South Africa. There, I said it. Now I must write very quickly before those nice men in their white coats come to take me away. Parallel Universe #1 exists between city dwellers and rural folk. Move away from the large metropolitan areas and it is as…

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Dear Chris, I am here — God

Dear Chris, It was so good to hear from you again, although it would be nice to hear from you when things are going well — not just a prayer when you have gone and made a mess of things. Again. Yes, I’ve been watching developments in South Africa for the past several years. I’ve…

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