Teenage pregnancies and the consequences

The 2014 World Health Statistics indicated that the average global birth rate among 15 to 19 year olds is 49 per 1000 girls. Country rates range from 1 to 299 births per 1000 girls, with the highest rates in sub-Saharan Africa.  In total, about 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 and some 1 million girls under 15 give birth every year—most in low- and middle-income countries. Continue reading “Teenage pregnancies and the consequences”

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My Unsung Heroine

Lungi has worked as our domestic for the last 16 years and, gradually, I have learnt so much about this quiet spoken and humble woman. Her story is quite amazing in my estimation. She is the 5th child born into a poor family of 6 children and yet this has not stopped her from having a spirit of love and gentleness but also being a strict but loving disciplinarian of her children, with her husband, Justice. This is her story. Continue reading “My Unsung Heroine”

Manners maketh the Man

Today, 8 September 2015, has been both good and really annoying for me. The start to the day was the good part.  I had been invited to make a presentation on my book to the Durban North and Umhlanga Cancer Survivor Group and it went very well. I sold 7 more books and learnt lots of new information which I shall put on my website and mail out to my book purchasers for whom I have e-mail addresses. Thereafter the day went downhill until I arrived home at 2pm. Continue reading “Manners maketh the Man”

How to get very rich very quickly

When we were young listening to the radio was a regular past-time. In our home it started at 06:00 as Dougie Laws played his first tune of the morning.  I can still hear it now, “Come on, get up. The sun is up in the sky …”. After a few years a different song, “Decimal Dan”, was played as our currency changed from Pounds & Pence to Rands & Cents. I guess many will remember that song, “Decimal Dan, the Rand Cents Man, Gives you cents for pennies whenever he can …”. Continue reading “How to get very rich very quickly”

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Has anything really changed in the last 21 years?

Whether you live in South Africa or not it is most likely that you have heard of the xenophobic activity which has taken place over the past three weeks. The exact reason or reasons are not really known but many of the South African (SA) persons involved make two claims. Firstly that the foreigners are taking their jobs and opportunities and secondly, that they are attacking and chasing the foreigners out of the country because that is what King Goodwill Zwelithini, King of the Zulu nation, told them to do so. On March 21, Human rights Day in South Africa, the King gave a speech in Pongola where he is purported to have said that foreigners must return to their own countries. Continue reading “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

What happens to them when they turn 18?

Every now and then we read of the marvellous rescue of a newborn whose body was stuffed into a toilet, wrapped in garbage bags, left in a blanket on the roadside or on at a person’s front doorstep. Usually, the child has been abandoned by a very young mother, maybe only just into her teens, who is overwhelmed with the responsibility of raising a child. There are many possible reasons that she has had to take such a drastic step – she has no form of income or other support; her family may have thrown her out and she is bereft; she can see no happy future; she is already an addict. I find it hard to believe that so many girls and women truly wish for their baby to die, usually suffering pain from cold, hunger & thirst or a mother’s gentle touch. Continue reading “What happens to them when they turn 18?”

WHAT IS TRUTH?  

On Saturday 15 November 2014 I attended part of a study, led by Michael Cassidy, Founder of African Enteprise, on Chapter 17 of the Gospel of John. The theme, which is also the title of his latest book, was “The Church Jesus prayed for”. Jesus prayed for a united church one on earth and with God. In verse 17 Jesus prays, “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth”. The study was extremely inspiring and made me think about the number of quotes used colloquially without people always realising that they are, in fact, quoting the Bible. One most used is ‘The truth will set you free’. Continue reading “WHAT IS TRUTH?  “