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Energy is everything

Solar-powered Hoekwil Township

Solar-powered Hoekwil Township

Everything around us is made up of energy. To attract positive things in your life, start by give off positive energy.”

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On Transformation

Transformation is such a loaded word in South Africa, more so when we talk about social and political transformation. Nonetheless, transformation has to happen because nothing stays the same.

The Protean - tough yet beautiful

The Protea – tough yet beautiful

Protea is the national flower of South Africa and the flagship species of the Cape Floral kingdom. People of the South like fynbos are tough yet beautiful, and present themselves in astounding variety of shapes, sizes, hues and textures.

Indigenous people of SA - The Khoisans

Indigenous people of SA – The Khoisans

From skins to stilettos, growing middle class (often termed Black Diamonds) with opulent wealth that is almost vulgar, where a majority of people still leaves below the breadline.

Pezula Estate

Pezula Estate

Talk about the huge gap between the rich and the poor in South Africa is an everyday conversation. Transformation is painfully slow.

Double-storey Shacks

Double-storey Shacks

But with Pezula as a neighbour, one can’t help but get inspired to create their own mansions.

The Outeniqua Mountains

The Outeniqua Mountains

Transformation is a tall mountain for us to climb but hopefully on reaching the top, one can marvel at the resilience, diversity, the positive transformation we so desperately desire, and all that makes South Africa a beautiful country.

The view of Wilderness from above

The view of Wilderness from above

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Doorways

“Come in. Come in, my child

We mustn’t lurk on doorways. It’s rude.

One might question your upbringing.”

Mvezo Komkhulu Museum in Umtata

Mvezo Komkhulu Museum in Umtata

Doors and doorways keep opening up,

Inviting me in as I make my way around my home country

on a short visit.

Every home has a door

Every home has a door

As I engross myself in a process of writing a memoir, I decided to visit my childhood home. It was sold to another owner 28 years ago. I visited last week, and I could still recognize these doorways of the remaining structures.

What remains of my childhood in Engcobo

What remains of my childhood home in Engcobo

It’s good to be home.

Rural home - Port St John's

Rural home – Port St John’s

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Urban Industrial

Lots of people, fewer resources

A shift from self-sufficiency to dependency

Rural flight.

Power Station

Power Station

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Playful Misbehavior

A mischievous behaviour by some in our neighbourhood, they hand feed the squirrels. Now these squirrels have no qualms ransacking your stuff, if not careful.

“The squirrel in me recognizes the squirrel in you.”

“The squirrel in me recognizes the squirrel in you.”

 

Who knows what mischief takes place when other people are sleep?

“The sleeping fox catches no poultry.”

“The sleeping fox catches no poultry.”

 

I asked to photograph her, and in the spirit of the carnival she turned around for the pose.

Please relax this is no competition.

Please relax this is no competition.

 

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Shine Bright

Sometimes the stories we carry threaten to diminish our sparkle. But once in a while, something helps ignite the sparkle and soon the glow emerges from deep within.

Tunturi-Lappi

Tunturi-Lappi

 

May you continue to shine and never stop dreaming.

Happy New Year to you my fellow bloggers, followers and readers.

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Shades of White

Fifty-two words for snow I know not,

But I know how much a simple thing

Like a snowfall can fill my heart with joy.

’Tis all I want for Christmas,

Snow

Snow

A Simple White Christmas.

Sunshine

Sunshine

May it not be the gifts under the tree

But simple joys of everyday life

Shared with people you love

That make your eyes shine.

Candle Light

Candle Light

Happy Holidays!

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