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Hans Mackenzie Main

Hans Mackenzie Main

    Shedding loads of tears
    Shedding loads of tears
    I would like to dissect the term “load-shedding” now to try to get to the bottom of this shared experience.
    Doccies don’t lie. Or do they?
    Doccies don’t lie. Or do they?
    What happened at Neverland Ranch? We may never know. In the new HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland, two men make allegations refuted by...
    A frightful night in False Bay
    A frightful night in False Bay
    This week, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) declared war on Seal island — a friendly territory in False Bay just off the...
    Life (sort of) begins at 40
    Life (sort of) begins at 40
    I turned 40 last Saturday. I didn’t want to make a big thing of it but the gathering eventually swelled to 14 people — enough to force the...
    Going wild to stay sane
    Going wild to stay sane
    I’ve bought myself a SANParks Wild Card to enjoy our country’s many parks alongside the thousands of tourists that do so every year.
    The New Year’s resolutions solution
    The New Year’s resolutions solution
    Wouldn’t it be a wonderful surprise if the institutions that serve us resolved to serve us better this year? Or, if not to serve us better, at...
    The ABC of a tough year
    The ABC of a tough year
    It’s been a tough year. Maybe the toughest yet. Tough at the beginning, the middle and the end, the year has left us no choice but to look back...
    It’s wild at the traffic department
    It’s wild at the traffic department
    Waiting in line at the traffic department to renew my driver’s licence recently, I read Robert Macfarlane’s Wild Places, in which he...
    Heat waves not in retrograde
    Heat waves not in retrograde
    Ten-year-olds can be very smart. They’re right in that sweet spot —after early childhood and before adolescence — where clear thought...
    A clever plan for silly season
    A clever plan for silly season
    It was the worst time to have a costume on: 1pm on a hot summer’s day. The costume wearer had trouble keeping his or her wig out of their eyes...
    A 50-minute work week is remotely possible
    A 50-minute work week is remotely possible
    I’m on holiday. Sort of.
    Save petrol tip spills over to crazy
    Save petrol tip spills over to crazy
    I enjoy it when writers make an effort to write headlines. Like the headline “Petrol price spills over R17/litre mark” I noticed on a leading...