The receptionist at our office brought her daughter to work. For some reason, the little cutie loves me. Every now and again, she will come and chat to me or insist on stamping my hand with the visitor’s stamp. I enjoy her antics, but every now and again I need to do some actual work. Not always easy to get hold of children that have got their attention on you. I figured out she hates photos. A useful tool to have.

The fees must fall debacle highlights a very serious problem with South African thinking, everything we do is done in isolation without a bigger picture. Without diving into the noise that is #feesmustfall, there is a real need for the bigger picture in South Africa. Economists would argue that there may be enough money in the piggy bank to fund tertiary education in South Africa, but is there anyone at the top telling us if it’s the right approach? It’s clear to me that there…Continue Reading “#thinkinginisolationmustfall”

For regular readers of my blog and fans of my thoughts (dad and wife), you would know that I am an avid fan of hockey. Don’t get me mistaken, I’m not claiming to be a good hockey player. The talent I once had has all but withered (pun intended) along with my speed and eyesight. I am a fanboy of the sport that I have spent most of my life playing. For those who don’t know, Riverside Elite Club Challenge is an annual event where…Continue Reading “A weekend at Riverside (#gecc2016)”

My wife is a massive fan of 80s music. I tend to enjoy it, but only the more rock focused stuff. You then get music like St Lucia, the stage name for SA-born Jean-Philip Grobler, that blows my mind. This beautiful amalgamation of synths, guitar and catchy lyrics has been in my head for weeks and rightfully so.

A very cool sight to see the SA firefighters landing in Canada as part of international relief for the fires that the North American country is facing. An even better thing to see (and hear) them sing. Not sure what they are singing, but it is something along the lines of them being cold.

When people think about Iron Maiden they usually think of Fear of the Dark, their most commercial hit. After seeing the metal legends live I’ve got a very different association attached to their name. Iron Maiden have been plying their trade for 40-odd years, depending on the line up. They started playing pubs in a time when punk was preaching anarchy in the streets of East London (not the city in the Eastern Cape of SA). Since then they have mastered the art of heavy…Continue Reading “A night with Iron Maiden”

Hockey becomes the National Federation of the Year. A new Hockey Premier League to be formed. #SRSABudget2016 pic.twitter.com/DyBVh6QGJa — RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) May 6, 2016 On 6 May 2016, Fikile announced that South African hockey would get a substantial financial boost and a national hockey league. Obviously this is fantastic news, but is this the miracle that SAHA has been praying for or the beginning of a headache. A national league would be fantastic, but serious questions need to be answered in the…Continue Reading “How feasible is a national hockey league?”