Kickboxing: A Matter of Discipline?

Kickboxing, Chantell Kotze argues, is a way of life that might keep young people from a downward-spiral of drug abuse. Recently, the young woman identified a need in her community and established a kickboxing gym with the support of a Cape Townian club. Young people from Parow’s low-income families receive classes for free. However, people from . . . → Read More: Kickboxing: A Matter of Discipline?

The Muslim brother

‘Heil Hitler’ yells the lady and raises her arm. Then Dudrik blasts in to tell her that I am not fond of ‘him’. I hate when people respond like this because I’m from Germany but this time it is rather comical. The grey haired woman looks at me with her eyes wide opened while cowing on . . . → Read More: The Muslim brother

Becoming a father: News from George

I meet George on a parking in front of a supermarket. He is happy to see me and so am I. The young man and his wife Tiffany moved into a new home a couple of weeks ago, since we haven’t met. Tiffany doesn’t feel well. “She is vomiting and does not want you to see . . . → Read More: Becoming a father: News from George

The Wrong Man: Lanie Marriage Problems

This evening, I have difficulties to concentrate on my reading. Tiffany and George argue in the lounge. The young man knocks the door and asks me to take him to the mall. The cold wind and the rain makes walking unbearable. On our way he confides that he feels hurt. After seven months of marriage Tiffany . . . → Read More: The Wrong Man: Lanie Marriage Problems

A Strange Encounter: The Progenitor as Non-Father

Dogs are barking. We have to pass one of them enclosed between the outer and the inner gate of the backyard. “Watch out for the landmines,” George pointed to the dog’s feces on the concrete ground. A women dressed in a green bathrobe made out of terry cloth welcomed us warmly in front of a wooden . . . → Read More: A Strange Encounter: The Progenitor as Non-Father

Being a poor ‘Whitey’

I was tired from a night spent in the air high above Africa. Still I wanted to accompany the couple to the mall where I had to check what happened to my rental car. I hoped that he George would have a car to make a quick turn to the next shopping mall but he didn’t. . . . → Read More: Being a poor ‘Whitey’