Category: South Africa

I don’t smoke. I don’t drink alcohol, yeah I know boring.

I drink a lot of cooldrink, yes “sodas” with all that sugar. Yes it is addictive too.

A year ago I stopped drinking CocaCola and then I found that the watercooler at work was filthy inside and the water had bits of plastic in it so I went back to drinking cooldrink out of cans.

Many years ago I witness someone who was dependent and addicted to Grandpa Headache Powders. I realised that was a dangerous downhill addiction. This week I discovered that two female colleague I work with are addicted to Grandpa Headache Powders which they down with Coke. The one even admitted sniffing the Grandpa powder once with an acquaintance and swore never to do it again as it was unpleasant.

I found this result from my Google search Grandpa contains a combination of paracetamol, aspirin (both painkillers) and caffeine, which, loaded with extra caffeine from Coke gives the user a mildly euphoric feeling and a “lift”.

“Dependency on Grandpa is very dangerous,” says Ane Carelson, social worker and marketing manager for Elim Clinic, a drug rehabilitation centre in Kempton Park.

“An overdose of paracetamol causes a lot of damage to the liver and kidneys. You can develop ulcers.

“Some people are taking 10, maybe 15 a day, which can be lethal.”


Jeweller Andreas Salver posted CCTV footage on YouTube of an armed robbery at Manufacturing Jeweler at Coachman’s Crossing shopping centre in Bryantson on 11 February.

The chilling footage shows a man and woman, pretending to be a couple, enter the store at around 10:30am. The woman enters second and keeps the door open until their accomplices appear.

The staff are rounded up and used to fill the robbers’ bags.

Salver told Netwerk24 just one of the items stolen was worth R400 000 alone. Source







Load shedding … again.

Yesterday when I was driving to work they announced on the radio that it was going to be 35°C in Johannesburg, it was 6:30am and it was already 22°C in the car. The new “corporate directors” of the company have told me I cannot park in my usual spot under the shaded tree so I leave my car at security in full sun all day. When I headed home in the afternoon it felt like like it was 50°C in the car (sorry I did not check the actual temperature). So when I got home I had an electric fan going in each occupied room. At 10pm I was looking at this …


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Imagine going through hot flushes (menopause), not able to open windows because of mosquitoes and feeling that even the flame of the candle is making the room feel warmer.

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Load shedding

In my area we have had power cuts every alternate day which last 3 hours. The reasons Eskom gives for this is:
  1. “Eskom meanwhile also shut a 930 megawatt unit at its Koeberg nuclear power station for three months to perform regular maintenance, reports Reuters. There are several units that had been expected to return from maintenance on Monday that are now delayed due to further technical problems,”
  2. Soweto’s unpaid electricity bill totals R4 billion, and there is no sign it is going to be paid soon. This is according to a report in the Sunday Times. “Of the 80,000 Soweto households without prepaid meters, only one in six pays for the electricity it uses,” the Sunday Times reported.
TRAGIC: “Johannesburg – A Bloemfontein man, connected to two oxygen machines, died after Eskom implemented rolling blackouts twice in one day. According to the report, Engelbrecht suffered from severe asbestosis and his family believed he had not recovered from the first power cut when he died during the second one. Eskom said it was investigating the incident and would comment next week.”
BUT: It’s a bit late for that now isn’t it!
Driving home during a major load shedding roll out which affected the largest part of Gauteng I passed a casino, they had power, no not supplied by a generator the traffic light was working so that grid was definitely not turned off.

PEARLS OF WISDOM FROM ESKOM: “Eskom again called on all customers to reduce the load on the electricity grid by urgently switching off geysers, air conditioners, pool pumps and all non-essential appliances throughout the day, which will reduce electricity demand. Commercial customers, particularly shopping centres and office blocks, can also make a big difference by switching off non-essential lights and not leaving office equipment such as photocopiers and computers in standby mode after hours.”
OK, SO HERE IS THE LOGIC: I am at work, it is 30°C and yes we do have the air conditioner on, and we have office lights turned on. Load shedding strikes unexpectedly and we have to head home eventually. So, after 3 or 4 hours the power is turned on again and all the air conditioners work through the night. Plus how many people remembered to switch off the lights …(um not many) so how much electricity did we save for that day?






Kate Middleton is not happy Video

Kate Middleton Reportedly Furious Over Terrible ‘Women’s Day’ Photoshopped Cover

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“Kate Middleton, who has become very self-conscious of her image, especially during her difficult pregnancy, was reportedly very upset at the cover.” More …


South Africa

A video showing an attempted hijacking in Rubenstein Drive, Moreleta Park has emerged.

In the video, the criminals, posing as police officers, can be seen forcing the driver of a black BMW X5 and his passenger out of the vehicle.

The would-be hijackers were driving a white BMW.

A struggle ensued between the hijackers and the driver. They then try force the driver into the getaway car but he successfully breaks free and seeks help.


Last week, a video was posted on Youtube showing smash-and-grab on the corner of Cambridge and Witkoppen Roads in Sandton.

The video captures a man who seems to be casually begging, waving at different cars and walking past a white Land Rover.

When the car stops at the robot, the man reappears and seems to be begging at the car’s window again, before throwing an unidentifiable object at the window.

He then smashes through the window and puts half his body in the car in an attempt to get the driver’s belongings before making his escape into some bushes over a traffic barrier.

According to Craig Jennings, the man whose dashboard camera recorded the footage, the robber made away with the drivers’ cellphone and the broken glass had cut her arm.




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