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Riebeek-Kasteel

The past weekend I made a trek to Riebeek-Kasteel with Anomien, Michael, and Stephenie. The town is one of the oldest in South Africa and was described by Wikipedia as the Franschhoek of 15 years ago. It was an hours drive up the scenic N7, the same highway the epic Namibian adventure was launched from. […]

The life and times of Betts

I wish I could begin to describe the intense love / hate relationship I have with Betts, my Land Rover Defender 110. It’s the quintessential African vehicle: Spartan interior, rough looking exterior, and all around beast. It was made for gear and equipment to be lashed down on the roof rack and fording rivers with reckless abandon. There’s […]

Treason in South Africa

FNB bank just released a series of adverts as apart of a ‘You Can Help’ campaign. The commercials contain unscripted responses from 1600 children interviewed by FNB asking them their hopes for the future of South Africa. The children’s interviews I heard contained a mix of optimism for where the country has come from and concern for real issues such as corruption  facing […]

Mini Buses and the Case for (Regulated) Capitalism

Milton Freidman famously remarked, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Saharan Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand”. I always loved that quote. I think it captures something fundamental about the way I perceive the role of government vs. private enterprise. If you’ll allow me some latitude, I’d like to […]

South Africa’s Rape Epidemic

After the recent events in India, I wanted to revisit this blog post I originally posted back in April: Much of the recent discussion related to the India bus gang rape has centered on the prevailing attitudes towards women in the country and the systematic failures of the police, judicial system, and culture to address […]

Dawn of a New Year in The Cape

It felt as if it had been far longer than 2 months as I drove back into Cape Town from the airport. I caught a ride with my friend Bruce James back to my flat where everything was just as I had left it. I managed a shower and nothing more before falling asleep for […]

Thoughts on a Year

The first year of my life in Cape Town is drawing to a close. This coming Monday I board the first of three flights bound for Memphis. It’s truly been an incredible year to look back on. I started the year by finishing my last few days at Cummins then finally departing for Africa. In the middle there was my first meeting repersenting my new […]

Grape Run

Sunday morning I woke up at 4:40am to the sound of my phone buzzing on the night stand. I lumbered out of bed and started up the shower. By 5:15am I was sitting on the couch with a mug of coffee waiting on my ride from my friend from AAC (Atlantic Athlectic Club) Nick Kuilman to Greenpoint […]

What Marikana Reveals About SA

On August 16th South African police fired into a crowd of striking miners resulting in deaths of 36 mine workers, two police officers, four other unidentified persons and the injury of an additional 78 other workers and police. The event has dominated the national discourse here and thrust South Africa into international headlines. It’s almost impossible to have […]

Taxis and Trains, Trekking Around Cape Town

Betts, my Land Rover, is back in Diep River with her friends after breaking down yet again. I think she’s upset I’m headed back to The States and has decided to act out. At this point I’ve lost count of the breakdowns … there was the violent shearing off of the drive shaft in Namibia, the alternator and […]