where I keep abreast with the latest news about the countries I have visited

March 2019

15th February 2019

Eskimo and the electricity crisis in South Africa

From stage 2 to stage 4 loadsheddi

12th January 2019

Cyril Ramaphosa urges action against rape in South Africa

11th January 2019

South Africa’s brutality towards migrants from other African countries especially Nigerians

10th January 2019

The fate of the elephants in Mozambique after the civil ear

17th September2018

Try shopping with as little plastic packaging as possible

Not as simple as you may think !!! 

20th August 2018

PWC declares Cape Town “an opportunity city”

PticeWaterhouseCooper (PWC)  has recognised Capw Town as a top opportunity city in Africa. They also ranked the city as sixth amongst middle-income cities.

Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Shanghai and Mexico City are rated before Cape Town. 

However Mayor de Lille has concerns about economic apartheid and the struggle the city faces to offer opportunities to all communities. Safety and public transport are still big issues in Cape Town.

19th August 2018

19th August 2018

Migration - Not just a European problem !

Thousands of of people from Venezuela are fleeing the country but are stranded at the border between Columbia and Ecuador as Ecuador refuses entry without a valid passport.



Bo-Kaap or No-Kaap in Cape Town ???

This lovely area in the city centre of Capa Town (famous for its brightly coloured houses) is under threat from developers and rich foreigners who want to move into the area. 

It is a community of about 6,000 people mainly Muslims. Some were expelled from District 6 during Apatheid and managed to raise the finances to buy in Bo- Kao rather than being forced into townships. 

The staggering house price increase in CT means that some members of this community are cashing in whilst others are in uproar.

i, myself, looked at buying a house in this area and prices can reach up to R12 M !!! 

Developers want to build luxury hotels and expensive apartments with the disastrous consequence that Bo-Kaap will no longer be Bo-Kaap !!!


 The Guardian

View of Table Mountain from Bo-Kaap

2nd August 2018.

3rd July 2018

July 2018

The power of women in Zanzibar

Venezuela very unstable

Extreme poverty, lack of food and starvatio, economic crisis are causing huge unrest in the country.

Ecuador and Wikileak’s founder

Disastrous dam in Laos

The collapse of a nearly completed dam in the north of Laos has caused devastation as villages flood leaving hundreds of people without homes, food, fresh water.

Research parties are still searching for missing people. The death toll is in the region of 20. 

27th June 2018

Volcanoe erupts in the Galapagos

 Sierra N’égra is an active volcanoe on the island of Isabella, one of the largest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. This area is probably one of the most volcanically active part of the world. Sierra Negra  last erupted in 2005.


4th March 2018

Listeriosis in South Africa

listerioris is a dangerous bacteria which can cause a disease called listeria in humans and can be fatal in some cases. South Africa has experienced a number of deaths which have been attributed to listeria. Until recently it was unclear where the source came from but it gas now been identified as having originated from preocessed meat products such as 

16th January 2018

The Green Year

It is time to become smarter and  more aware of our environment and how to keep it  cleaner,  not only for us. but for future generations.  To begin with say NO to single-use cups. - yes the one you get when you grab yourself a coffe / tea.


It is a tragic fact that 100,000,000,000 cups end up in landfills each year !!!


 The solution is so simple  and easy.  Get yourself a reusable cup. 

29th December 2017

Madagascar, a gem of an island under threat through illegal saphire mining

 Thousands of miners and gem traders have been  rushing onto the rainforests of Eastern Madagascar in an area called the Corridor Ankeniheni.

 More saphires have been found in this area  than over the whole island in the last 20 years .

 This area has been designated not only an area of outstanding beauty, but of great ecological biodiversity harbouring 2000 plant species not to be found anywhere else on Earth !  In fact the whole of Madagascar  is an environmental  and ecological gem.

 The illegal mining practices are putting this paradise at risk with many trees being cut down. 

 The government is at a loss as to what to do and would like military intervention. 


28th December 2017

Madagascar and the plague crisis

As the death toll rises to nearly 200 fatalities, scientists fear for the worst as the deadly bacteria continues to infect people. The World Health Organisation estimates the number of  infections to be in the region of 2,200and rising.

The bacteria, a strain from the bubonic plague, shows antimicrobial resistance which causes a real threat. Before antibiotics were discovered the plague also known as the “black death” killed more people than any other disease.

The current spread of the disease is unusual in that most of those affected have been infected with the pneumonic form of the plague which affects the lungs and can kill within 24 hours.

The nearby countries of Malawi,  South Africa,  Seychelles,  Tanzania, Mauritius, La Reunion, Kenya,  Mozambique and Ethiopia  have all been warned that they should prepare  for the disease reaching their shores.

WHO has pledged $3.8 m to help treat the disease and fight the spread in  neighbouring countries.


27th December 2017

DAY ZERO looms in Cape Town

Yes it could happen ...

It is a definite possibility that the taps in Cape Town will be turned off as early as March 2018.  Residents are urged to make every effort possible to save and conserve water as the reservoirs and dams In the Western Cape province reach critically low levels. 

 Tourists are equally reminded ( you will see big banners at the airport )  to use water sparingly and to stay in accommodation that  have water -saving measures in place  such as closing their pools, saunas  and steam rooms   as well as removing bath plugs to avoid unnecessary usage of water . 

 The Cape Town tourist board  is advising visitors how they can help conserve water whilst still enjoying their stay in the city.   The guidance asks visitors to save water like a local and to  restrict their water usage to 87 L a day.  In order to achieve this  The Cape Town tourist board has issued a list of 10  ways visitors to the city can help  conserve water.

  1. Choose to stay in accommodation that has water-saving measures in place
  2. Re-use your towels instead of asking for a new one daily
  3. Try to flush the toilet as little as possible. Each flush uses between 6 and 14 litres, depending on the kind of toilet
  4. Use a cup to rinse your mouth when you brush your teeth rather than letting the taps run
  5. Limit your showers to two minutes, and avoid bathing
  6. Report leaking taps and toilets as soon as you notice them
  7. Avoid washing clothes until you have a full load’s worth of laundry
  8. Take a dip in the ocean instead of swimming pools, and maybe even spare yourself a shower
  9. If possible, use a dishwasher to clean dishes. just make sure you only run it when it is full

26th December 2017

Snow and sun !!!

26th December 2017

Snow !!!

 You will not often see snow over Christmas but what a surprise to wake up and it all looks white  !  A carpet of snow  awaits you outside.  What a delight ! 

24th December 2017

Great Xmas Eve in the UK

What a lovely evening spent en famille. It is great to see the whole family enjoy themselves. The table was dressed with great care and flair by my son. The food was delicious and we all agreed that the venison was the best ever tasted. Served with red cabbage and apples, chestnut purée , potato croquettes and a red wine sauce this was definitely a winning dish. 

 What also makes Christmas really special is to be able to sit in front of a roaring open fire and listen to your favourite music