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RAPPORT SIEN DIE LIG

Die Sondagkoerant “Rapport” se “mea culpa” aan sy lesers wat mislei is, die familie van die ontslape oud-minister Magnus Malan en oud-minister Barend du Plessis oor sy hantering van die beklaenswaardige Bird Island-boek en die nare versinsels...

HEEL VOOR DIE BERG OP

Groot van postuur was hy nie; maar ruim van gees en met ‘n geniale verstand. Sy nalatenskap was enorm. In die soeke na ‘n nuwe lotsbestemming vir die Afrikaner was hy in die jare 80 die voorklimmer teen ‘n steil berg wat plek-plek amper onbegaanbaar wou lyk. Met...

VIER SPYKERS, NEE VYF, IN DOODKIS

‘n Brief oor die inploffing van die Bird Island-boek is vanoggend deur Beeld ‘n groot eer aangedoen met ‘n verwysing bo langs sy mashoof. In my 78 jaar het ek nogal ‘n hele klompie koerantbriewe geskryf.  Geeneen is voorheen so prominent...

LIEWE SNOW GOOSE

 In matriek op Volkies in 1957 was Paul Gallico se klassieke werk “The Snow Goose” ‘n geliefde voorgeskrewe boek. Dit was ‘n inspirasie; ek het selfs ‘n gedig oor die hartroerende boekie geskryf. In die eindeksamen kon ek my gedig neerpen in antwoord op die vraag:...

HEL OP AARDE

Eskom se ellendes is geen grap nie. Hoe af dan vir diegene wat met ‘n slim stukkie spot, ‘n kwinkslag of humoristiese kommentaartjie die gemoed ietwat verlig. Dit sluit die spotprenttekenaars in, soos Zapiro en Beeld se Niel van Vuuren. Beurtkrag Fase 4 (en die gevaar...

DRUKKERSINK BRUIS

Die drukkersink het soos lanklaas in my are gebruis toe ek en Tokkie die Claassens-kleinseuns, Jacob, Thomas en Christopher, gister met die binnewerkinge van ‘n reuse-drukkery laat kennis maak het. Ons was by Paarl Coldset in Paardeneiland – ou tuiste, in...

SOUT IN DIE WONDE

Op die storie van die hond –  ‘n Engelse bulhond, maaindjoe, nie ‘n boerboel nie –  wat ‘n mooi jong vrou in Kaaptad op ‘n denbeeldige pad tussen Johannesburg en Kaapstad “in die omgewing van Richmond” gebyt het, kan ek na ‘n diepte-ondersoek meer lig...

SKITTERSKOON UIT DIE (PIEPIE-)POT

Tant Sina Roux, my skoonma se suster, was die robuuste lid van die familie –  onder andere die eerste vrou wat op Bultfontein gewaag het om ‘n langbroek  (nogal ene met ‘n gulp!) aan te trek en ‘n “rooilissie” wat in die Tweede Wereldoorlog  weermagvragmotors...

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