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Mon
26
Jan

Friends vs Family

Friends vs Family

A  relevant truth: some friends are worth MORE than relatives and some relatives are the BEST friends.

We learn, as we grow older, that some people in our lives are colleagues, others are acquaintances, some are family and some are friends. Relatives are family and part of your life, like it or not, and some friends are simply closer than a brother.

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Fri
23
Jan

Thank you!

Thank you by SA Men

Unbelievingly, another year rushed to a close, and at the rate it went, a lot of things was left undone before the long-awaited, much anticipated year of 2015 hit us. One reflects on the past year, and you’ll have to agree that South Africa has come through some trials and tribulations, some scandals and scandalous behaviour, some triumphs and some glory. But I don’t want to harp on things that were, could’ve been or should have been. And before we get too far into the New Year, I would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You.

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Thu
01
Jan

Dear Mr. President

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I would like to inform you, politely, that I just can't do this anymore. Even if I wanted to. I don't want to, either. It's not only that we pay too much tax for (unreliable) public services, or for infrastructure that keeps deteriorating, or that our police force does not record crimes reported at stations in order to keep the stats down in order to collect bonuses, (or that you encourage this so your government seems effective), but also that you allow cops to rape, violate, accept bribes and commit other crimes for which they (may) get suspended, yet still receive full pay.

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Wed
03
Dec

Going home in a Taxi

Taking a taxi home

A colleague, we will call her Masego, and I live relatively close to one another, in two different suburban ‘areas’. I travel with the Gautrain, she travels with a taxi. The price difference is enormous. The other day, we both worked later than usual, and in the spur of the moment I decided to travel home by taxi, knowing that I have her by my side to guide me and show me the ropes. We walked to the taxi rank together and she found a taxi that is going to our destination. We boarded, and waited for the taxi to fill up with fellow passengers.

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Wed
26
Nov

Being above the Law

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With complete satisfaction and absolute self-righteousness I swear at the guy who swung in, in front of me, nearly clipping my car’s nose. Adamant not to be seen as the helpless female driver, I accelerate, cutting off someone else, and beat him to the next traffic light. My self-satisfied smirk of victory lasts up to the next traffic light, which ‘the idiot’ beats me to. When I am in a hurry, I may drive like an ass (or worse), but when I have my kids in the car, or am on a leisurely drive, I get verbally upset when other drivers are driving just like I (normally) do.

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Fri
24
Oct

A Blonde in Soweto

Blonde in Soweto

My employer recently sent me to Soweto for three days. My young black colleague asked: “Are you not scared for your safety?” and I brushed if off with a nonchalant “This is South Africa, I am as safe there as I am in my own home.” But it was not without trepidation that I left on the Monday morning. The road to Maponya Mall lead me past the Orlando Stadium, so that was the first thing I could tick off my ‘seen that’ list. Maponya Mall in itself was a pleasant surprise. Well-planned and with an easy lay-out, it is easy to navigate and find your way repeatedly.

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Wed
22
Oct

Crime - What to do?

Crime - what to do? | SA Men

As a grade 12 learner my daughter was looking forward to another step into her future. Having recently acquired her driver’s license and keys to her car, she was all smiles and armed with her alcohol, good cheer and camera when she left for the traditional 40-days party, just up the road from our house. What was supposed to be a fun-loving, pleasant memory left my child distressed and disillusioned. Her handbag was stolen!

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Fri
03
Oct

Challenge Yourself - Nanowrimo

National writing month November | SA Men

All inspiring English teachers will have their pupils know that there’s a book in everyone. Some critics say that this is exactly where it should stay, but don’t let uss be nasty now. How many times have you thought that you should write a book about your life or a dramatic incident you experienced? Well now is your chance. Every November aspiring authors from across the world take part in National Novel Writing Month (acronym: Nanowrimo). Authors are encouraged to write 50,000 words during the month of November.

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Tue
30
Sep

Manscaping - yes it's a thing

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Manscaping, yes you heard right, it is landscaping of a different kind, but equally (if not more) important than keeping the lawn neat and tidy, as no matter the stature of the house, if the garden looks crap I will just keep on driving. Most of the time when you need any mans attention all you have to do is drop words like Brazilian, Hollywood, Australian kisses and other glamorous phrases, and without fail they will have their opinion on the matter - and by and large the consensus is that less is definitely more, and Pepe la Bush is nobody’s idea of Mrs Right.

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Fri
12
Sep

The Aspects of a Woman

Aspects of woman wide

It’s easy to be the perfect woman: be a lady in the lounge, a chef in the kitchen and a whore in bed. A friend’s mother added another qualification to make the perfect woman the perfect wife: ...and be a mother to his children! Women’s roles became confused and less traditional in our modern day and age: we are still mothers, wives, cooks, homemakers and taxi-drivers, but we have also become business executives, managers and CEOs. Needless to say, gender confusion and role reversal has been the cause of major arguments and many divorces over the last decades.

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