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Pricier, yes, but still it is drinks all round after Budget2020

By Siobhan Cassidy / 26th February 2020 / 0 Comments

A round will cost a little more but it’s definitely drinks all round after a largely positive Budget 2020

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Full circle with ‘the one who sings’ … and writes and heals

By Siobhan Cassidy / 9th February 2020 / 2 Comments

Zolani Mahola’s sensational one-woman show at Jagger Lounge in downtown Cape Town for one night only

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Foraging and feasting in a delicious city

By Siobhan Cassidy / 26th January 2020 / 7 Comments

A day foraging and feasting on wild food on the coast near Cape Point over-delivers in every way

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South Africans should max out on tax benefits before they start a revolt

By Siobhan Cassidy / 23rd January 2020 / 0 Comments

Max out your tax benefits to keep more of your rands from being captured

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The minister responds: SA rail agency is broken

By Siobhan Cassidy / 15th January 2020 / 2 Comments

A statement from Fikile Mbalula, South African Minister of Transport 15 January 2020 Prasa (the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa) has suffered blows from many years of mismanagement and deteriorating corporate governance. Today it is a broken organisation, struggling to provide an efficient commuter and passenger rail service. Overcrowded trains, ageing infrastructure, old rolling […]

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A long love affair with trains

By Siobhan Cassidy / 12th January 2020 / 8 Comments

There is something so special about a long-distance train journey. You travel through so much more than geography. It feels like you can see time, the seasons, emotions, history, your life … unfolding  … slowly. As you rock and roll gently through the countryside you see the scenery and the light change. You can feel […]

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A survivor’s guide to train travel in SA

By Siobhan Cassidy / 11th January 2020 / 28 Comments

A 10-point guide to resisting the South African railway service’s best efforts to ruin what should be one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Forget images of train travel from a bygone era. Banish those pictures of elegant couples sipping Earl Grey or G and Ts as they rock and roll gently […]

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Fabulous festive fun for the family

By Siobhan Cassidy / 15th December 2019 / 0 Comments

Cape Town City Ballet’s A Christmas Carol, The Story of Scrooge is excellent festive family fun, a classic-but-light lesson in the power of good over evil, of generosity over meanness. Real Christmas spirit stuff. The cast, which often seems largely made up of children and child-like adults, delivers a jolly, heart-warming evening of playfulness and […]

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Nik in full bloom after a little pruning

By Siobhan Cassidy / 3rd December 2019 / 0 Comments

There is a reason that Nik Rabinowitz packs the house at the Baxter year after year. How we all love that hour or two of riotous laughter, the opportunity to step away from all the nonsense around us and laugh at a lot of it. I was surprised to hear this year that Nik is […]

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We are all just hanging by a thread

By Siobhan Cassidy / 27th November 2019 / 1 Comment

Less than a week after hearing Zolani Mahola tell her very powerful and personal story, seeing An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life at Alexander Bar felt like paying another instalment on an old debt (for bullets dodged). An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life is Jervis Pennington’s story, told by himself, of how he went from lead singer in a […]

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