A Bucketload of Questions…

First Published in City Press, June 16 2013

Wow, how crappy has the past fortnight been for the Youth League?


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A Sisulu, A Verwoed, and a Vorster walk into a coffee bar….

On meeting the grandsons of Apartheid “monsters” Verwoed and Vorster

First Published in City Press March 31, 2013

John Vorster Jr and I listen on while Carel Boshoff speaks

John Vorster Jr and I listen on while Carel Boshoff speaks

Driving down one of the town’s main roads into the morning brightness, I felt as if I had taken somewhat of a step back into time. Passing authentic Cape Dutch style buildings and the old bank which still had Eerste Nationale Bank pinned up on the wall, my little time travel ended on the steps of the local Art Museum.

I was in Stellenbosch, the last bastion of Afrikaaner might.

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A Sisulu, a Vorster & A Boshoff by Waldimar Pelser

A Sisulu, a Vorster & A Boshoff by Waldimar Pelser

A week ago I met the grandsons of Vorster and Verwoed. And we had tea. The guy who organised it is the young incoming editor for Rapport, City Press’ (the weekly paper I write for) sister paper. He himself comes from influential Afrikaaner stock.

This is an article in Afrikaans. Click here to take it to google translate

I will ask the author to translate it himself so that the context is correct. In the mean time enjoy this read.

I Love Stories…

First Published as the Magic of Story Time in Times & Sowetan, March 2013 

I love stories. I love storybooks.

I still remember some of my childhood stories. I can’t even say I had a favourite story – I just loved story time. Even when I was older, I made sure I had my story time. Meanwhile, my mother made sure I was always exposed to books.


When I was 11, I discovered the most interesting library. It was in an ANC camp for MK soldiers in Angola, just outside Luanda.

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Churchill in short.

The British Bulldog

The British Bulldog

I have been giving a fair number of talks lately, and have begun to look at the works of more renowned speakers with a view to improving my game. Obviously Churchill, whose ability is legendary, had to get a look in. Looking through this speech I understand why he has such an excellent rep and decided to share this with you. Enjoy…

The Story of Winston Churchill’s “Never Give In” Speech of 1941

by Ron Kurtus (revised 26 July 2012)

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Interview with my father…

First Published in City Press December 23, 2012 

Max and Shaka Sisulu

Max and Shaka Sisulu

I have always enjoyed my political chats with my father, over the years he has become more generous with his view, when I was younger he was prone to just shaking his head…

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My TEDxSoweto Talk, inspired by my late uncle Zwelakhe

My TEDxSoweto Talk, inspired by my late uncle Zwelakhe Sisulu

Entitled “Dreams of My Tata”, in this homage to uncle Zwelakhe, Shaka uses the power of imagination to travel into the future and brings back visions of a prosperous and affirmed Africa – the Africa we want, the Africa we must create”