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A happy child asked why, and I had no words

@City_Press 8 March 2015 15:00

Wednesday. The Croc (photographer Khaya Ngwenya) andI are hanging out with Riyana Bujram. Riyana’s this fearless, in charge-of-the world three-year-old.

Jumbo feast: National Elephant Day was celebrated on Friday (March 13 2015) in Thailand. Massive buffets of fruit and vegetables were organised for the elephants after a religious ceremony was held by monks to commemorate fallen elephants. There are around 6 000 domesticated elephants in Thailand, a sharp decline from a 100 000 in 1850.

Picture: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Fifty shades of vanilla gets the tongues, erm, wagging

So, let’s talk about Fifty Shades of Grey. Last weekend the movie raked in more than R2.7 billion; for those numerically disinclined (like me) that’s roughly two metric f**k-tons or many, many Nkandlas.

The gravy strain in the heat of day

@City_Press 8 February 2015 15:00

Wednesday. My second day back at work after a month of what one of my bosses describes as: “Sitting on the beach, smoking zol and doing fokol.” The man’s not entirely incorrect in his analysis. It is what it is.

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    South Africa loves a bunch of winners. The national Under-17 soccer team reached today’s CAF Junior Championships final, where they meet Mali. They also qualified for the Fifa World Cup in Chile in ­October when they beat giants Nigeria in the semifinal on Wednesday. We can only say “well done, boys”. Bringing the cup home will be the cherry on top.

    Not:

    Anyone who has heard Mohau Pheko speaking of matters political and economic would testify that she is well schooled. She understands these issues and speaks with authority. Why then did she have to embellish her qualification? It is such a pity she thought she needed to be called “Dr Pheko” to be taken seriously.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    South Africans aren’t known for their “put up and shut up” attitudes, which the ANC should have remembered before it arranged to have the 3G signal jammed in Parliament during the state of the nation address. Ordinary citizens, civil society and journalists collectively lost their tempers – and signal was restored. Just a reminder to our leaders: we won’t be silenced.

    Not:

    State Security Minister David ­Mahlobo left the National Assembly when chants of “Bring back the ­signal!” reached fever pitch on Thursday night. When he returned, so did the cellphone signal. ­Coincidence? We think not, Mr ­Minister. South ­Africa needs leaders, not mindless securocrats who try to throttle ­dialogue and dissent.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Our sister paper, the Daily Sun, tells some of SA’s most important stories. One of the best things about this ­flagship tabloid is its sense of humour, as evidenced by a poster that we ­imagine nearly led to a number of multiple car pile-ups on Wednesday. “Tokoloshe blow job terror!” it shouted from lampposts. Sadly, the tokoloshe could not be reached for comment.

    Not:

    Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula for telling the Proteas “Don’t be like Shakes Mashaba” before they left for the World Cup. While his office has tried to play down the comment, ­saying it was made in jest, this was not a cool thing to say. Mbaks should know better and should look no further than his “bunch of losers” comment about Bafana Bafana.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Captain marvellous AB de Villiers for his amazing feat when the Proteas slayed the West Indies on Sunday. He scored 149 runs off just 44 balls, with nine fours and 16 sixes, the most by a local and the joint highest number of sixes overall in an ODI innings. He equalled the world record of ­India’s Rohit Sharma. Div reached three figures off just 31 deliveries.

    Not:

    Nothing can stand in the way of the king’s wishes – this much is clear in Swaziland, where King Mswati III ordered that schools not reopen yet. He made the order so that schoolboys can instead help weed his ­sorghum fields. And in return, the pupils will be rewarded with a 2015 calendar, bearing the face of none other than Mswati himself.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has brought hope to the nation. He’s won 10 out of 10 games since his appointment and goes into the first Afcon game against Africa’s powerhouse,
    Algeria, in high spirits after drawing with former African champs Zambia and Cameroon, before demolishing Mali midweek. We are behind this bunch of winners. Go for it and make us proud.

    Not:

    Talana-Jo Huysamer (23), pictured above, and Chantlé Hoffmann (42) wanted the same parking spot in Cape Town’s Harfield Village. So Huysamer, who is white, allegedly shocked Hoffmann, who is coloured, with a Taser and called her the k-word. This kind of behaviour won’t help white Cape Town shake off the ‘racist’ tag it hates so much.

Surviving Valentine’s Day

In South Africa we like to blame things on the “Western paradigm”. President Jacob Zuma notably said corruption is not a crime around these parts because it’s a “Western thing”.

A purity of intent

In a world where we are always thinking ahead or reflecting on the past, and being in numerous virtual and real-world spaces Milisuthando Bongela considers what it means to be fully conscious and present.

Parly TV: A reflection of reality or farce?

@PaddyHarper1 30 November 2014 15:00

Wednesday. The Croc (City Press photographer Khaya Ngwenya) is wandering around in a state of shock. The poor bastard’s been like this since he got roped into shooting the Crown Gospel what whats on Sunday night.

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