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During 1986 the ANC launched an underground operation called Operation Vula, also known as Operation Vulindlela (meaning open the way). A lesser-known fact about Operation Vula is that it continued to operate after Nelson Mandela's release in February 1990, and for three years after his speech in August 1990 when he reiterated the total commitment of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe and the SACP to the Groote Schuur Minute.

Operation Vula members are today holding key positions in the Zuma Administration. This posting reveals who they are... Continue to posting.



Voortrekker Monument - Pretoria

This posting includes a few photographs taken on Heritage Day (Sept. 2013). The posting introduces an unusual but beautiful new structure called QUO VADIS? (with the question mark) which I’m sure many readers have never heard of... Continue to posting.



The Yellow-Bucket Marula Tree
There’s a yellow bucket hanging in this tree, believe it or not!
I came across a rather strange phenomenon one day while travelling along the R561 route between Tolwe and Baltimore in the Limpopo province of South Africa. A small yellow bucket was attached high-up in a branch of a Marula tree, hence the name of this posting. It’s a real funny story which I’m sure most readers will enjoy - as much as I enjoyed compiling the article (with illustrations)... Continue to posting.



Posted on 27 July 2013

Pretoria’s Monument for Victims of Terrorism
Munitoria building on fire in 1997, viewed through the monument for Victims of Terrorism.
Many people (including myself) had almost forgotten about a noteworthy monument in Pretoria that stood at the entrance of the old Munitoria building on the corner of Van der Walt and Vermeulen Streets (now renamed Lilian Ngoyi and Madiba Streets). When the Munitoria building was demolished on 7 July 2013 nobody could tell me whether the monument was still standing or not, so I decided to go look for myself... Continue to posting.


The Battle of Delville Wood
Delville Wood after the battle.
14 July marks a day when the South African 1st Infantry Brigade got engaged in the 1916 (WW1) Battle of the Somme, in France. The battle was one of the largest of World War I, in which more than a million men were wounded or killed, making it one of humanity's bloodiest battles. One specific encounter during this battle, known as The Battle of Delville Wood, is of particular importance to South Africa. The posting includes a comprehensive article (with pictures) compiled and written by Petros Kondos... Continue to posting.

The amazing Harvard aircraft

I spent a large portion of my childhood living next door to Zwartkop AFB in Pretoria. It was a noisy place back in those days, and I can clearly recall the incessant racket made by, among other aircraft, the Harvard trainer planes. This posting also includes a short video-tribute to the Harvard aircraft and the pilots who have the privilege of flying these amazing machines... Continue to posting.


Posted on 6 May 2013

Gupta Airbus – A Decoy?

South Africans expressed outrage on the invasion of their country by guests attending the 4-day Gupta wedding in Sun City, during early May 2013. The super-rich Gupta’s landed a sizeable fleet of aircraft at the Waterkloof Airforce Base, one of the country’s National Key Points, thereby eluding all the obligatory customs and security checks. The media focused mainly on the largest plane, an Airbus A330 owned by Jet Airways, which landed at Waterkloof on the morning of 30 April 2013. This posting explores the possibility that drug trafficking and global terrorism may somehow be connected to the incident… I post – you decide!


Posted on 14 April 2013

The Battle in Bangui - The untold inside story

There has been much speculation and rumour going around since the March 2013 battle for Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR).  Zuma and his government has also came under heavy criticism and questioning after it was confirmed that South Africa had lost 13 paratroopers (now 14) and suffered 27 casualties in the battle... Continue to posting.



Strange stories from Africa
 

Posted on 7 February 2013

Strange stories from Africa

This posting covers a few brutal and savage, but also weird and wonderful stories unique to Africa. Some are so bizarre you won’t know whether to laugh or cry. Readers will be introduced to the Zimbabwean 'miracle money' prophets, dreadlock thieves, fake police cars, woman who rape men, and men who rape dogs… and more.



Posted on 25 January 2013


The Suppressed History of South Africa’s Ancient Dravidian Goldminers

The real history of Southern Africa began 1200 years before the arrival of the Bantu-speakers (Sotho, Tswana, Xhosa, Zulu, etc.); and it wasn’t a primitive history either. The Gold of Africa attracted to Africa’s shores ancient Dravidian (Indian) gold-seekers, who arrived on East African shores from the Asian continent with the help of monsoon winds. It was during this period, spanning well over 2000 years, that a new race of people were created when these ancient goldminers from Asia mixed with the indigenous inhabitants of southern Africa... Continue to posting.


Posted on 22 November 2012

(A three-part series)

South Africa at War

These series of articles are not about the South African Border War that took place between the years 1966 to 1989. It is about a Civil War (aka People’s War) in the modern-day democratic South Africa of 2012. The chances are pretty good - this low-intensity war will continue raging well into the year 2013 and beyond... Begin reading Part 1 here.



Latest 5 Featured Posts:

Operation Vula, its Secret Safari, and Zuma’s band of comrades - Dec. 2013
During 1986 the ANC launched an underground operation called Operation Vula. A lesser-known fact is that it continued to operate after Nelson Mandela's release in February 1990, and for three years after his speech in August 1990 when he reiterated the total commitment of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe and the SACP to the Groote Schuur Minute.

Heritage Day Photographs (Voortrekker Monument) - Sept. 2013
This posting includes a few photographs taken on Heritage Day 2013. The posting introduces an unusual but beautiful new structure called QUO VADIS? (with the question mark) which I’m sure many readers have never heard of.

The Yellow-Bucket Marula Tree: A Mystery Solved! - Oct. 2013
I came across a rather strange phenomenon one day while travelling along the R561 route between Tolwe and Baltimore in the Limpopo province of South Africa. A small yellow bucket was attached high-up in a branch of a Marula tree, hence the name of this posting. It’s a real funny story which I’m sure most readers will enjoy - as much as I enjoyed compiling the article  - (with illustrations).

Pretoria’s Monument for Victims of Terrorism - July 2013
Many people (including myself) had almost forgotten about a noteworthy monument in Pretoria that stood at the entrance of the old Munitoria building on the corner of Van der Walt and Vermeulen Streets (now renamed Lilian Ngoyi and Madiba Streets). When the Munitoria building was demolished on 7 July 2013 nobody could tell me whether the monument was still standing or not, so I decided to go look for myself.

Remembering The Battle of Delville Wood - July 2013
14 July marks a day when the South African 1st Infantry Brigade got engaged in the 1916 (WW1) Battle of the Somme, in France. The battle was one of the largest of World War I, in which more than a million men were wounded or killed, making it one of humanity's bloodiest battles. One specific encounter during this battle, known as The Battle of Delville Wood, is of particular importance to South Africa. The posting includes a comprehensive article (with pictures) compiled and written by Petros Kondos.


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