While I was enjoying the hospitality of the local… er… hospital yesterday*, some of my recent photos of Theewaterskloof…
…were being used (with permissions and credits, I hasten to add) on the website of Norwegian environmental NGO, GRID Arendal.
GRID-Arendal was established in 1989 to support environmentally sustainable development by working with UN Environment and other partners. We communicate environmental knowledge that strengthens management capacity and motivates decision-makers to act. We transform environmental data into credible, science-based information products, delivered through innovative communication tools and capacity building services.
Now you know.
GRID-Arendal have been doing a lot of work on water provision and sustainability across Africa, and this article (with my photos) details Cape Town’s current plight for their readers around the world.
As I mentioned earlier in the year, I’m also looking forward to having some of my snaps published in other publications this year (and some in a book due for publication in September 2019!).
* with apparently what should be a positive outcome [champagne bottle emoji] [I’ll keep you informed emoji].
Golly. If you’re reading this, I’m possibly/probably asleep in an operating theatre somewhere in the southern suburbs of Cape Town.
I went to see my knee doc again on Wednesday and he said he’d like to have a look at my knee.
Apparently, the usual routine for this sort of thing is for me to stop eating for 12 hours, go to the hospital, go to sleep and him to look at my knee.
So that’s what’s happening.
I should be back to (or even better than) normal in no time at all.
See you on the other side.
Incoming from Mr Crossword himself:
I’ve uploaded a new crossword – attempted a Cape Town drought theme.
And he had. And he did. Here you go:
A couple of genius clues in there this month. 5 across and 4 down were particular favourites. And I think it must be easier than usual because I managed most of it this time around. Enjoy!
Still struggling to get this to appear on the homepage, so if you can’t see the puzzle above, simply click here to reload.
Episode IV because we don’t really count Kgalema Motlanthe. Sorry, Kgalema.
Don’t @ me.
And so, pushed right to the very edge, refusing to jump, and defiantly telling us that the fall wouldn’t hurt him anyway, JZ finally stepped off into the abyss.
It certainly appears that Zuma is/was rotten to the core. And what becomes of that down the line is yet to be seen. In the meantime, South Africa is celebrating, and with good reason.
But then, perhaps we should remember the positivity with which the new dawn of a Zuma Presidency was viewed back in 2009.
And look how that worked out…
So, while I’m all about hope and optimism, and there’s always that background feeling of “well, he can’t be as bad as what we’ve just been through” (notwithstanding that Thabo topped an estimated 330,000 people through his wonky HIV policies), we do need to go into this with our eyes slightly wider open this time, as we were warned from an Ecuadorian broom cupboard in London almost immediately.
Of course, It’s worth noting that Wikileaks is full of BS and Julian is far from squeaky clean as well. No. I’m not linking. Do your own hard work.
I think the message I’m trying to purvey here is “Keep Smiling, But Trust No-One“.
And not just in politics.
Deeply corrupt President and all-round infected haemorrhoid Jacob Zuma has just refused to resign during his near hour long rambling monologue on SABC.
He says that the ANC has given him no reasons for his recall.
And he’s right. They haven’t.
Because he knows full well that, while there are plenty (or more) of those reasons, the ANC Top 6 et al. can’t publicly talk about them, because then we’d have every good right to ask why on earth they were supporting him right up until last week.
No resignation. He’s going down in flames. And now we’re all wondering who he’s going to take with him.
This was never going to be pretty, but it now seems that it’s going to be uglier than we could ever have imagined.