Skeleton Lodge, Langebaan – What’s in a name?

Skeleton Lodge, Langebaan – What’s in a name?

In 1976, the human remains in St James Cemetery, Langebaan, were exhumed and reinterred elsewhere. Several fancy buildings are now found on the land where St James Cemetery (together with a church and school) once stood. One of the buildings is named Skeleton Lodge....

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Christmas

Christmas

In my experience, Christmas was a depressing time. It did not start 15 years ago after my mother died or even 25 years ago after my father died. It was nothing as specific as an empty seat at Christmas lunch or any particular adverse childhood experience. When I was...

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Day of Reconciliation

Day of Reconciliation

My thoughts about Nelson Mandela are similar to thoughts that I have about my parents. They are best summed up by Breyten Breytenbach in his poem, “Wat die hart van vol is loop die mond van oor”[1]. Writing about his mother he says, vir ukan ek om die doodnie 'n...

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The stolen graves of Langebaan

The stolen graves of Langebaan

Less than 2km from Die Watergat, the Langebaan pub where Eben Etzebeth is said to have been involved in a racist incident, lies Marra Street – named after a pioneer in the establishment of the town. A descendant of the original Marra, Santeo Marra, has been involved...

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Tohira Kerrike

Tohira Kerrike

Tohira Kerrike has been selling flowers at Silwood Centre in Rondebosch for the past 45 years. More than 50 years ago, her family were the victims of forced removals in Cape Town. Despite the end of Apartheid and the hope inspired by the first democratic elections of...

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Running for Pads

Running for Pads

Access to sanitary pads is something that all girls who are old enough need every month. Yet, millions of girls miss between two and five school days every month due to lack of funds to purchase sanitary pads during their menstrual periods. (See...

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