John Scott Masthead
August 5 2014 at 05:44

 IT HAS taken the Cape Town City Council 41 years to improve the little-green-man pedestrian system.

Ever since 1973 we have taken our lives in our hands crossing main roads legally, while simultaneously dodging cars sneakily coming at us from around the corner.

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July 29 2014 at 10:56

Just when Parliament began to look more interesting, President Jacob Zuma has to go and urge members to exercise more tolerance and respect towards one another.

Has he no sympathy for people in the public gallery who want a bit of excitement for a change?

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July 24 2014 at 07:08

Rather than the tale of one city, yesterday’s city council meeting was the tale of two mayors.

Both got standing ovations, but the ANC opposition applauded only the first one, a 16-year-old schoolboy who dazzled his elders with his oratory. If Carl-Joshua Pophaim ever goes into politics as an adult, he will have constituents hanging on to his every word.

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July 22 2014 at 07:05

Like most people getting on in years, I take an increasing interest in how to keep my wits about me. I’ve seen too many of my contemporaries, well, losing it.

Which is why I attended the UCT Winter School lecture last week on The Ageing Brain.

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July 17 2014 at 10:05

South Africa has just taken the lead with another world first – it has lost the longest stretch of railway line ever snatched from under the noses of those who use it.

What is now estimated to be 10km of track in Gauteng simply disappeared. One week it was there, the next it had gone. No one noticed a gang arriving night after night with their blow-torch equipment, cranes to lift the 960 tons of steel, and heavy-duty trucks to cart it away.

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