Black Monday in South Africa

The route for the ‘Enough is enough’ memorial motorcade to Cape Town on Monday. The procession started at Klapmuts, site of a recent murder of a farmer there.

Monday was ‘Black Monday’ in South Africa:  a day of organized protest against the continued high murder rate of farmers in the country. Accurate numbers are hard to come by, but it is impossible to see the frequent reports on the front pages of newspapers, and not to acknowledge that there is a problem.

I wish I knew what the solution is. It is an issue fraught with race relations, the recent history of white farmers in neighboring Zimbabwe, and one of broken promises from the South African government to provide better security and justice to citizens that produce the country’s food supply.

The scene out in Klapmuts near Stellenbosch early on Monday morning, as protesters in a motorcade prepared to drive to Cape Town, to protest the ineffectiveness of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to make a dent in the on-going high rate of murders in rural areas and on farms in South Africa. In many other towns and cities in South Africa similar protests were held.

Saturday/ heads up! zebra crossing!

The Cape Pioneer Trek mountain bike ride was done in 7 stages (over 7 days), for a total of 553 km (343 mi) and a combined elevation of 11, 370 m (37,300 ft). It started in Mossel Bay and ended in Oudtshoorn.

The Cape Pioneer Trek mountain bike competition ended on Saturday in the southern Cape in South Africa.

It is a very beautiful part of the country, and the riders go through trails in nature reserves. I have to believe they are safe from predators, but they still have to watch out for zebra, giraffes and antelopes.

Watch out! when not on a paved surface, says the caption.  This was in the second stage, with four riders experiencing a close encounter with zebras on the trail. Last year, two Dutch riders almost collided with a young giraffe.  Picture by Zoon Cronje, published in Die Burger newspaper.

Thursday/ Grimm’s Fairy Tales at 200

The cover of the South African published book ‘Die Mooiste Sprokies van Grimm’ (‘The Fairest Fairy Tales of Grimm’).

The brothers Grimm’s fairy tales were first published in 1812, so this year marks their 200th anniversary.

I have had my eye on a South African publisher’s ‘Die Mooiste Sprokies van Grimm (2010)’ (The Fairest Fairy Tales of Grimm’) with illustrations by artist Piet Grobler for a while now, and today I finally purchased it.

This is my favorite picture in the whole book. Yes, that is Red Riding Hood. And check out the wolf’s long hairy ears, his sly eyes, his toe in the water, with the predator fish about to gobble up the innocent little one. The perfect undercurrent for what is about to transpire in the fairy tale !