Category Archives: South Africa
Our friends arrived this morning! Welcome to our new home, Nonzwakazi & Sipho! Sipho will be here for over a month. Nonzwakazi will here for two weeks.
This is the school in Cape Town – American International School – that Thania and Sipho attend. It was set up as a school for American expats’ children to attend and keeps to the US school year, despite the seasons … Continue reading
I just booked the flights for Sipho Sgwentu and his mother, Nonswakazi, to come and visit us in July. Woohoo! It’s been years since we’ve been able to get together, although we stay in touch via phone. Ever since his … Continue reading
I ran across this really cool organization in my web-wanderings today. It’s called Geek Corps and it sends skilled technical people abroad to developing nations to help organizations in technical ways. The volunteer stints are from 1–6 months (usually 4 … Continue reading
Our friends, the Sgwentus , in South Africa are in financial trouble and I am asking for your help. Nonswakazi and Boy have pulled themselves into the newly emerging black middle-class in South Africa through heart-wrenchingly difficult work and investment. … Continue reading
Walter Sisulu, one of the founders of the African National Congress (ANC), the party of Mandela and Tutu that helped bring down Apartheid, died Monday. (I have linked to IAfrica.com for the story, although it was covered around the world, … Continue reading
Bishop Desmond Tutu is speaking in Nashville today. That’s where his daughter, Naomi, is living and working. Naomi is good friends with Rose Bator, friend and business partner of my wife, Teresa McCoy. It freaks me out that I’m only a … Continue reading
Last night, HBO aired a new documentary, Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives. In the 1930’s, researches went out and recorded oral histories from former slaves that were still alive. They are archived at the Library of Congress. In … Continue reading
Scientific American reports on a new order of insects discovered, Gladiators or Mantophasmatodea, with three living and two extinct species identified so far. They are similar to grasshoppers, stick insects, and mantises, but belong to none of those existing orders. This … Continue reading
Some time back, I posted a link to this photo album from our South Africa trip. Now it will have a more permanent place on this site. Enjoy!