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The Passing Of A Legend

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:10
We heard on Sunday lunchtime that our 'dad' had died. Uncle Paul was a giant in the faith and a man we had grown to love very dearly.

I never had the privilege of meeting Nelson Mandela, but I did have the awesome privilege of knowing Uncle Paul and I now treasure the few occasions I got to sit with him and listen to his stories about his life and growing up in this amazing but divided country.

Today I look back on those special times with this amazing man of God and I'm humbled to have known him and I count it a pure privilege to have had him speak into my life. I will always be grateful for his wisdom!

Some of my favourite photos of Uncle Paul

This is Uncle Paul & Aunty Molly at a wedding in Simon's Town

Please pray for me as I lead my first ever funeral this Saturday as well as doing the committal at the graveside. I long to do nothing more than honour Uncle Paul and bring glory to God.

You can read a bit more about Uncle Paul on the Tree of Life Church page.

Macassar Protests

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 12:55
Recently I posted "Love Your Neighbour?" about some evictions in a local township and our attitudes surrounding the whole debacle.

Well for the folks in Macassar the issues just got very real and tensions will only rise in the coming months.

SANRAL (South African National Roads Agency Limited) had obtained a court order to remove squatters from some land in Lwandle but they had no plan in place as to what to do with those displaced by this action. Initially the displaced moved into a community hall and then in a very short sighted move by SANRAL the people were moved to a site in Blackheath which they also owned. This lead to an immediate and angry response from locals there who have also been waiting a long time for housing, so the people were moved back to the community hall where they remain.

In another spectacularly short-sighted moment it was announced that these displaced people would be moved to land in Macassar later in the year, where they would be provided with accommodation. Needless to say those living in informal dwellings, also known as "back-yard dwellers", were very angry and took to the streets to protest about this. These protests then took on a life of their own as others used them as a vehicle to protest about the lack of service delivery in Macassar.

The cynic in me wonders why the initial evictions didn't take place until after the recent elections but that's just me being cynical.

So thanks to some truly naive local politics the usually peaceful community of Macassar was rocked by several days of violent protests in which water cannons were used and rubber bullets were fired.

It is true that there is plenty of land available for accommodation in Macassar but it's also very true that to ignore the very pressing issue of local need is to set the touch paper alight. Sadly the local authorities seem to enjoy setting off the fireworks and then standing back to watch their handi-work.

I don't believe this is a case of Nimby'ism but rather a simple case of folks in Macassar feeling aggrieved because their needs are being overlooked whilst a problem not of their making is being dumped on their doorstep. If the local needs were being met then the evictees from Lwandle would be welcomed in the community but as ever, politicians have their eyes fixed on short term goals rather than the bigger long term picture.

Pleas pray for Macassar in the coming months as the community will be back out on the streets as the planned relocation gets closer. Pray too for Tree of Life Church that we might be the salt and light in the community that is so desperately needed.

The police planning their response, the water cannon is on standby

The locals gathering to express their frustrations

Read some local media coverage of the incidents...
Deep-rooted anger behind Macassar protests
Police monitor Macassar
Macassar protesters torch council building
CT protests are incidents of thuggery
And here's what started it all... Sanral evicts squatters in Strand

Let The Games Begin

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:53

We're all ready for the World Cup.

How about you?

Thanks to Andy for sending us the bunting and inflatable hand. Much appreciated mate!

The Cotton Picker Eli

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 08:15
We had the privilege of attending the school's Music Café even this morning in which Eli was performing his first ever piano recital. We're very proud of he's doing given that he only started learning in January.

Click here if video not visible.

Love Your Neighbour?

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 03:37
This picture looks like a scene from the dark days of the apartheid era, but sadly it's not. This was taken yesterday right here in the Helderberg Basin as some squatters were evicted from private land.

The tragedy is that the private land is owned by SANRAL (South African National Roads Agency Limited) which is in fact a govt owned public company) and so the govt and law enforcement agencies refuse to get involved hiding behind civil law and neglecting their duties. The cycnic in me also wonders why these evictions didn't take place before the recent elections, but that's a whole other debate.

I understand the arguments for and against the squatters and their eviction, after all I'm just as much a NIMBY as you are. Yes I'm appalled by the images but if this had been next door to me I'd have been happy to see the evictions taking place. And therein lies a big problem.

To what extent do I really love my neighbour as myself?
Where my neighbour is respectable it's easy to love them. When my neighbour was down and out and in need of my love where was I?  I don't have easy answers to these questions, just as I know you don't either. However I do feel very ashamed that here in our democratic South Africa we've just witnessed some events that wouldn't have been out of place in the apartheid era.

Special Times!

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 05:42
Some of my highlights of being a dad have to be sharing a love of quality rock music with my boys, teaching them to ride their bikes and with Eli, teaching him to ride a unicycle.

Today my joy went a bit further with my boyjie as we went unicycling together on the road and then turned off to ride around the disused farm dam near our house.

Eli is super confident on his uni and to watch him riding in front of me is pure joy! Unicycling with Eli is my happy place.

Enjoy the video below of Eli riding.

Excuse the poor quality of the 2nd part but I was trying to keep up with Eli whilst balancing in the wind and keep an eye on the traffic.

Also watch on Youtube: