Eina! and Skande!

. . and then tragedy. Original message from Etienne Joubert in 2014 – (translation below) Good morning all you Harrismith followers! Who was Paul de Witt . . ?? . .  Skande gemaak vir Harrismith se mense. KAAPSTAD – ’n Predikant en bekende restaurateur in Hentiesbaai is Maandag in die vroeë oggendure deur doeanebeamptes metContinue reading “Eina! and Skande!”

Wat Sê Jy?

or “scusi?“ Quora asked this question recently: “How do you know when you are fluent in a language?” I answered thus: My guess is usually you won’t really know. Native speakers are usually polite and will flatter you with a better assessment than is true. Maybe a better question to ask yourself is “When amContinue reading “Wat Sê Jy?”

South West Africa Tour

The Kestell bus was like a half-loaf, but still the metropolis of Kestell couldn’t roust enough boys to fill it, so we Harrismithians had been invited along. Johan Steyl announced in the hall one assembly that Kestell was inviting Harrismith boys to join their ‘seunstoer’ to South West Africa. It would be fifteen days inContinue reading “South West Africa Tour”

Prohibition lifted, re-instated

The rumour on the Kestell bus was that in South West Africa the laws pertaining to grog did not actually, y’know, pertain. Specifically, the drinking age laws. You could order a beer in a pub in South West Africa even if you were only fourteen or fifteen, as we were. In fact, so the rumourContinue reading “Prohibition lifted, re-instated”