Frank Natter

Basically the South African white community is a homogeneous community. It is a community of people who sit to enjoy a privileged position that they do not deserve, are aware of this, and therefore spend their time trying to justify why they are doing so. Where differences in political opinion exist, they are in the process of trying to justify their position of privilege and their usurpation of power.

With their theory of “separate freedoms for the various nations in the multinational state of South Africa” the Nationalists have gone a long way towards giving most of white South Africa some sort of moral explanation for what is happening. Everyone is quite content to point out that these people -meaning the blacks -will be free when they are ready to run their own affairs in their own areas. What more could they possibly hope for?

But these are not the…

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Wow! Impressive lecture/discussion with Prof.Achille Mbembe, 29Apr, organised by UCT:Rhodes Must Fall collective (RMF).
Decolonising ‪#‎africa‬ ‪#‎america‬.
Video/recorded see: ‪#‎rhodesmustfall‬ YouTube

RMF in Conversation with Achille Mbembe
Part 1
Part 2
Videographer : Wandile Kasibe
Via facebook: UCT: Rhodes Must Fall
Collage by ‪#‎odetteherbert‬
‪#AchilleMbembe #‎uct‬ ‪#‎decolonise‬ ‪#‎institutions‬ ‪#‎spaces‬ ‪#‎mustbedone‬ #RhodesMustFall #imperialism
# # #
David Adjaye Associates took 11 years to visit all African countires and document its architecture.
I hope they invite him to give a talk/lecture on decolonising architecture.
I was shocked at the inside of UCTs Computer science building where the lecture took place. It looked like a drab old state hospital. Get the art/design students in to give it a make over. Hideous! Universities world wide, Mbembe mentioned will soon be a thing of the past!


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The LGBTQIA movement were the founders of the Rhodes Must Fall Movement at the University of Cape Town (UCT). This is what makes the movement extraordinary & why it has taken off world wide.

[LGBTQIA = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual]

“Rhodes Must Fall: How black women claimed their place” M&G
Without black women in the movement, “I felt that my own intelligence and knowledge would either be questioned or dismissed” – Mbali Matandela.

“When the Rhodes Must Fall movement began, UCT feminists quickly called a meeting with its leadership. They were not going to let their voices be drowned out.

After the movement’s first meeting, myself and a small group of black, radical feminists decided that we needed to stake our claim in talks about the university and its institutional racism. We began speaking up at meetings about what it means to be a black women or LGTBQIA people in an institution that still celebrates misogyny and white supremacy symbolically with the statue of Cecil John Rhodes statue. We knew how easily patriarchy can dominate any context, even protests about equal rights, and they were not going to let the Rhodes Must Fall movement become one of them.

We were not going to let only men lead the movement.

Decolonising a university means figuring out what the intentions behind its creation were. Universities are created as organs of knowledge, art and expression in society and as with other institutions in former colonial states, universities’ histories are based on the bodies that carry histories and culture on them and what these bodies look like. In South Africa, educational institutions were built to cultivate European ideologies and to create an ‘enlightened’ Africa.

But this idea of an ‘enlightened’ Africa was implemented using European ideas of modernity: patriarchy, capitalism and racism. These systems oppress and silence some populations and have made themselves painfully clear to black students by controlling their knowledge, their expression of art and the way they behave. At UCT black students feel this oppression in the way black identity is not shown in the university’s buildings, statues, lecturers and curriculum. What this shows them is that their history, culture and language is inferior. How this makes students feel about themselves is at the core of the Rhodes Must Fall Movement.

Since the first radical protest on March 9, students have been talking louder than ever about their pain over what the university categorises as success. One student said in one of the debates that the university is ‘built on white success’ because its institutional culture does not celebrate being black or being a woman. I know what this feels like. I have felt it in the Political Science department. There is only one black woman lecturer in the department this year who can channel the politics of being a black woman in her discipline.

Mocked because of accent
In my second year, I was sitting in a lecture and the accent of a black lecturer triggered comments from white students about the credibility of his expertise. This made me so angry because in that moment I realised that there must be so many students who were too scared of expressing their opinions in lectures because of the fear of being mocked about their accents. I felt that my own intelligence and knowledge would either be questioned or dismissed in this space which is actually meant to promote engagement and critical thinking.

These same feelings were echoed by a group of black feminists at the start of the Rhodes Must Fall debates. The feminists said their pain, which at times is different to men’s pain, needs to be known. We asked for a meeting with the movement’s leaders and told them that before the movement became a powerful resistance to institutional racism, there needed to be healing within to be able find solidarity. This meeting enabled those that had been silenced to reconcile with the black males who had previously simplified or devalued women’s experiences.

As a member of this group of feminists, I have had the chance to voice the pain that black females experience based on how the ‘ideal’ personality of an elite white male has influenced how black men treat black women and LBTQIA people. In that meeting we decided that the way this movement was happening needed to change. And it did. Strong black women took up leadership positions in the movement and LGBTQIA members have taken leadership positions in our sub-committees, joint-meetings and protests. The movement also changed one of the songs we were singing at protests to make it inclusive of women. The song Nantsi indonda emnyama meaning: “Here is a black man” was changed to include black women by adding Nangu umfazi omnyama, which means: “Here is the black woman”, to the lyrics. This song also added to the process of healing, which was so important because the differences that often divide movements were dealt with within the first week of this one being formed.

But there are still men and women in the movement who have never even thought about how racial oppression differs according to class, gender, sexuality and ‘able-bodiedness’ and we still have a long way to go before we can consider ourselves a well-oiled movement. We will keep building.

What I hope for is that people will look back at this movement one day and see how a small group of black feminists changed the politics of a black consciousness space – a space that has previously excluded these populations. They will remember how black women and members of the LGBTQIA community became valued members of one of the most important movements in the university’s history.” – Mbali Matandela

Mbali Matandela is a fourth year UCT student studying gender and transformation

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University of Cape Town – Last week [March 2015], shit was thrown at the bronze of Cecil Rhodes (1853 – 1903) on campus. He donated the land to build UCT on.
“The Rhodes statue is ridiculous. How do you steal a million square miles of Africa and then want recognition for donating some of it back?” – Chester Missing [TV Political Analyst, Puppet personality] aka ventriloquist comedian, satarist/activist, Conrad Koch.
LINK : Chester Missing’s Article on the smelly debarcle still playing out at UCT

Zapiro Cartoon

@chestermissing ‪#‎chestermissing‬ ‪#‎conradkoch‬ ‪#‎rhodesuct‬ ‪#‎apartheid‬ ‪#‎satire‬ ‪#‎zapiro‬

 Gaurdian article.
‘Cecil Rhodes’ colonial legacy must fall – not his statue’

“Following furious debate in South Africa, the removal of the memorial to the British coloniser has been approved. But taking it away misses the point, says Siya Mnyand

A student wears a sticker calling for the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes from the campus of the University of Cape Town.
A student wears a sticker calling for the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes from the campus of the University of Cape Town. Photograph: Mike Hutchings /Reuters . Cape Town 25 March 2015

The protest prompted furious discussion across the country as to history’s place in the present, with the dean of UCT finally announcing yesterday that the removal of the statue had been approved by senior leadership.

“UCT is an argumentative university. This is an abiding strength and undoubtedly, the students are leading a national debate,” he said.

Rhodes was born in 1853 and went on to become one of the world’s wealthiest men and the premier of Cape Colony in 1890. But he is also responsible for the beginnings of enforced racial segregation policies in South Africa, with his early drafting of the Natives Land Act which later came into effect in 1913.

Upon his death in 1902 Rhodes donated his fortune to setting up UCT, now ranked one of the best universities in the country. Aware of this history, protesters called for the statue’s removal from the centre of the campus with a well-organised #Rhodesmustfall campaign, arguing that the institution should become “more African”. Some even called for his remains to be exhumed and sent back to the UK.

South Africa does indeed have a responsibility to redress previous atrocities and injustices, but does this have to be done in a way that edits and distorts history?

Protesters have said the statue stands for white supremacy, racism, imperialism, and the oppression of the black African majority. Discontent spread to Rhodes University in Grahamstown, too.

A student representative, Siyanda Makhubo, told the South African press that the name of the Grahamstown university needed to be changed: “Rhodes is a symbol of our past. But it looks like the university is not committed and not ready for transformation,” Makhubo said.

These views of Rhodes’ history are legitimate, as much of his wealth was acquired by despicable methods that often involved forcefully evicting African people from their land.

Dr Max Price, vice chancellor of UCT, summed up the contradictions by saying that although Rhodes was considered a “great man” and “great politician” the attitudes and means he used “were not right”.

“He was racist. He used power and money to oppress others. So on balance he was a villain,” Price told CityPress.

The statue of Rhodes at the University of Cape Town.
The statue of Rhodes at the University of Cape Town. Photograph: Schalk van Zuydam /AP

For many students, the statue is not just a simple reminder of Rhodes’ former power. It’s as much a symbol of his dubious past as his financial donation, and highlights South Africa’s problematic history – something we shouldn’t hide from.

But as a black UCT alumnus who walked past that statue for four years, I think Rhodes should be left exactly where he is. Removing him omits an essential part of the institution’s history that has contributed to everything good, bad and ugly about it – and arguably the country too.

UCT is no different to the majority of South African institutions that were established before the first democratic election in 1994. All of them have inherited problems from previous regimes and all of them inadequately reflect the demographic profile of the country.

In light of yesterday’s announcement, we must ask: where do we draw the line when editing the history and figures who have played an influential role in South Africa’s narrative? Who decides – and how – on what stays and what goes?

A good example is that of Shaka Zulu, a significant figure in South Africa’s past who advanced the Zulu kingdom by violently obliterating and dispossessing many neighbouring Xhosa, Sotho and Swati people of their land.

As a Xhosa person flying through an airport named in his honour – the King Shaka International Airport near Durban – this presents a similar dilemma. But this doesn’t mean I think his place in history be edited out.

The same is true of Rhodes, and applies to other contentious monuments such as The Castle of Good Hope and the Voortrekker Monument. Removing these symbols of the past does not change the future.

So while I believe the statue should stay, what should not go unaddressed are the real issues that have arisen at UCT thanks to its legacy.

These include little or no focus on African philosophies and perspectives, a student body that doesn’t adequately reflect the country’s demographic profile and a predominance of white male academics.

The same amount of energy that has been used to campaign for #Rhodesmustfall should be put into championing faster transformation. We should be fighting for a more just and sound education system, better access to student funding and the building of more universities promised by the government.

These campaigns can lead to real change – not the removal of a statue.” – Siya Mnyanda

Siya Mnyanda is a politics and philosophy major from the University of Cape Town and currently works in the private sector


UCT‬ ‪#‎decolonisation‬ has began 23.4.15 (128mins) discussion.
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Here are key words I picked up.
‪#‎rhodesmustfall‬ ‪#‎fase2‬ ‪#‎transformation‬ #change ‪#‎intersectionality‬‬ ‪#‎gender‬ #sexuality #misogynist ‪#‎history‬ ‪#‎ours‬ ‪#interests #humanity ‪#‎needs‬ ‪#‎truth #21years ‪#‎kenya‬ ‪#‎ghana‬ #neoliberal #business ‪#‎white supremacy‬ ‬‪#‎enslavement‬ ‪#whiteness #‎narrative‬ ‪#‎deconstruction‬ ‪#‎reconstruction‬ ‪#‎academia‬ ‪#‎knowledge‬ ‪#‎power‬ ‪#‎safespaces‬ ‪#‎epistemology‬ ‪‪#‎hegemony #‎critical history‬‬ ‪#‎patriarchy‬ #university of capetown #ubuntu #decolonisation of south africa #‎decolonise curriculum‬ #reclaiming africa #student movement #representation #critical enquiry #freedomday #independenceday #imperialist #colonial #cape town #africa

Join the journey of decolonisation starting @ UCT: Rhodes must fall, facebook page.

Photo & montage by Odette Herbert
In praise of the courageous students

Part ONE






Your brain will pay attention to what you are thinking and saying to yourself and others and make sure that’s what you get!

Rather than focusing on how terrible things are try focusing on what is wonderful in your life! What you are greatful for.

What have we got to be grateful about?

Our health, family, friends, partners, pets, animals, our job, employer, food on the table, roof over our heads, running water, chocolate cake, great teachers, blue sky, the sun, rain, thungderstorms, forrests, art, music, litrature, food, singing, the wind etc

Rather than being concerned about poverty and the financial uncertainty which the media are having a humungous field day with….

We need to be concerned about abundance for all!

If we focus on poverty we give it more ‘power’ ‘energy’ ‘force'[?]

We might then get fearful and slip and slide all the way into a jolly depressing powerless place which also adds to all the others who are thinking similarly to you which then becomes the general trend and guess what? it happens – its called a self fullfilling prophesy

Top Photo by © Miguel Ángel HorcajadaLINK – to their stunning work

So what can we do?

What we need to do is focus on how we want things to BE – according to the ‘law of attraction’ & deal with NOW – not worry about what has been or what might happen

FEEL the feelings of how you want things to be.

Not on how you are being told things ARE or how things MIGHT be

Yes? Are you with me?

For example – instead of being ANTI WAR – which keeps one focused on war, violence, destruction etc

Rather we must focus on PEACE – fulfilment – tranquillity – well being – our community – fun – laughter – caring – all the goooooooood stuff we love and want around us and in our communities

After all this is what makes us feel gooood and safe and secure and happy – all we can really be ‘in control of’ and influence – our immediate community

We must not focus on the things we do not want

We must not focus on the things we do NOT want







It took me a while to get that one!

So what are some of the gooood powerful words we can start to use and focus on no matter how under whelmed we feel?!

Abundance …. Vitality … Relaxed Enthusiastic … Caring … Joyful … Loving … Patient … Considerate … Listening … Sharing … Generous Prosperous … Invincible … Keep on till it’s sorted … Finding Solutions … Seek the positive aspect in all challenging situations … being energised … See The Bright Side Of Life … Laughing … Smiling!

A friend told me they saw a graffito that said

Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty!

Anthony Robbins [The power with in] encourages us to turn the volume of harsh angry destructive words down and turn up the intensity of the good things or ordinary things!

Lets say you’re fuuuuuuuming and steam is coming out of yr ears…..

“I’m feeling a tad irritated” ! [& and a smile would be excellent too!]

Did you know that your brain can’t tell the difference between you smiling or laughing and faking a laugh or smile?!

So if laughter makes you feel good then if yr feeling seriously miffed, a tad concerned about the sate of affairs

Try laughing or even just hold a smile – fake it

Smile at everyone – and see what happens!

The muscles that we use to smile tells the brain that we are happy and it releases the appropriate feel good chemicals – endorphins i think they are called

The power of smiling

We are wired up to feel good when we see one and when we use one!

[even if yr feeling a smidging under the weather]

Smile Smile Smile

Try it!

I found out that there are laughing clubs!

Hooo hoooo hooo haaaa haaaa haaa hooo hooo hooo haaa haaa haaa

See if there is one near you or start yr own!

I’m going to get the neighbours in for a good laugh and maybe a tipple too!

Here’s a brilliant site that tells you where to find one and if there isn’t one near you how to start yr own and how to do it!

How generous is that?!

heee heee

LINK – to laughter groups in your area!

Sources & Enourmous Thanks to:
Daiskau Ikeda
SGI Buddhism
Dale Carnegie [1888 – 1955]
Anthony Robbins – Feel good expert
Gregg Braden – Scientist



“I like to see objects as living organisms, imagining them coming alive and being able to surprise you with their behaviour. I want to create objects with my hands, then I can give them my personality. I turn them into communicative objects that can arouse one’s sensations and imagination. In short, what I want to create are objects with a fictional or fantasy element, that allow you to escape everyday life.” – Nacho Carbonell –

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about Nacho Carbonell :

Photography by Odette Herbert
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#art #NachoCarbonell #design #guildfair2014 #odetteherbert

telkom w cape zones power cuts

Steps to get to know when your area is going to have a power cut

you need to know the number of your area for the schedules.
you need to know what level/stage of power outage, 1 to 4, to read the appropriate schedule.

go to: Eskom site/click on link, Eskom or Municipality /look at map/look at schedule on Municipality site

follow Eskom on twitter/facebook
& your municipality

here you can see if there are any cut offs going to happen.
Accurate only if other machinery doesn’t break down,
then its immediate with no warnings!

Find your municipality

if your not supplied directly from Eskom

Western Cape MAP

– pdf file, locate yr area and its number for the schedule of black outs [click on map photo above if yr in the Western Cape]

Click to access Loadshedding_map_with_timetable.pdf

shcedules stages 1 to 4

eskom twitter

Eskom facebook

CONTACT – Western Cape City of Cape Town​
Phone: 0860 103 089
SMS: 31220 ​​

Keep your phone charged & if you can afford it, get a external battery pack for your phone [mine does 2 charges. R500]

WELL DONE ESKOM & CITY OF CAPE TOWN for this excellent system!
It is break downs of old equipment that’s unpredictable & causes chaos!

Knock on effects of power shortages is a disaster for businesses & farmers. Prices will increase. [Generators and fuel costs]


What we need are sun energy farms, wave & wind farms. [not the big propeller ones, they are inefficient as they have to turn to face the wind at all times. The tubular ones, can spin no matter the direction of the wind.]

power cuts – WHY?

Whats going on?
here are some links to articles and audio that will shed light on the matter! : )

Audio of interview with expert SA energy expert De Vos

Daily Maverick -Eskom: Broken by politics and incompetence, now breaking South Africa



It is the function of evil to divide, to alienate people from each other and divide one country from another. The universe, this world and our own lives, are the stage for a ceaseless struggle between hatred and compassion, the destructive and constructive aspects of life. In the end, the evil over which we must triumph is the impulse toward hatred and destruction that resides in us all.
Daisaku Ikeda

● Quote by Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda
LINK – Daily Quotes

…factors that can create a “perfect storm” which leads good people to engage in evil actions. This transformation of human character is what I call the “Lucifer Effect”, named after God’s favorite angel, Lucifer, who fell from grace and ultimately became Satan….Although it is often hard to read about evil up close and personal, we must understand its causes in order to contain and transform it through wise decisions and innovative communal actions. Indeed, in my view, there is no more urgent task that faces us today.
Dr Philip Zimbardo – Stanford University – Psychology


LINK – Download podcast [mp3] or see or listen to Zimbardo’s facinating, enlightening lecture on The Lucifer Effect given at the TED conference

Many thanks to JAX 60, for your beautiful photograph
LINK – original photo [& find out more about this 50m high sculpture – Angel of the North?]

● A few of the things mentioned in Zimbardo’s talk on, The Lucifer Effect that were eye openers for me
– Power lies in the system, that corrupts people.
– The Lucifer Effect – It’s about the crimes against humanity – Its about power, the key is power – perpetrating of evil acts against humanity/people.
– Anonymity – uniforms make one anonymous  – make many capable of terrible things [behind closed doors – domestic violence]
If someone else  takes responsibility for our actions we can seriously harm or even kill others if told to do so – eg the electric shock experiment and the fake jail experiment – fascinating stuff
– Evil – that people can BECOME, not ARE.
– and what we can do to change it – education of children [& adults] in taking responsibility/deciding to be a hero in waiting

LINK – Zimbardo’s web site on The Lucifer Effect


LINK – To join Zimbardo’s HERO PROJECT – Exploring And Encouraging Our Inner Heroes – to create an international organization to promote heroism as an antidote to evil and as a celebration of what is best in human nature.

LINK – Every day heroes site – Who will be the heroes of the 21st Century? What is heroism in the digital age? These are a few of the questions this site seeks to understand and explore.

LINK – 10 questions answered by Zimbardo re The Lucifer Effect

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Image left
Original courtesy of Malachi Lopez

Image right
Phil Zimbardo
Photo courtesy Skeptic

LINKEVIL google search – result – about 223,000,000 [223 million] in (0.19 seconds)!!

LINKGOOD Google search – result – about 2,210,000,000 [two thousand two hundred and ten million] in (0.15 seconds) – pheeeyou!

Google YES – Results of about 857,000,000 for YES [definition]. (0.05 seconds)
[857 thousand million]

Google NO – Results of about 7,510,000,000 for NO (0.06 seconds)
[7 trillion 510 thousand million] interesting!


TED Talk – Philip Zimbardo: The psychology of evil

Filmed Feb 2008 – 23 Mins

“Philip Zimbardo knows how easy it is for nice people to turn bad. In this talk, he shares insights and graphic unseen photos from the Abu Ghraib trials. Then he talks about the flip side: how easy it is to be a hero, and how we can rise to the challenge.” TED


Philosophers, dramatists, theologians have grappled with this question for centuries: what makes people go wrong? Interestingly, I asked this question when I was a little kid. When I was a kid growing up in the South Bronx, inner-city ghetto in New York, I was surrounded by evil, as all kids are who grew up in an inner city. And I had friends who were really good kids, who lived out the Dr. Jekyll Mr. Hyde scenario — Robert Louis Stevenson. That is, they took drugs, got in trouble, went to jail. Some got killed, and some did it without drug assistance.

So when I read Robert Louis Stevenson, that wasn’t fiction. The only question is, what was in the juice? And more importantly, that line between good and evil — which privileged people like to think is fixed and impermeable, with them on the good side, and the others on the bad side — I knew that line was movable, and it was permeable. Good people could be seduced across that line, and under good and some rare circumstances, Continue reading ‘●The Lucifer Effect? How good people can go bad, very very bad’


Absolutely NO comment.

Photography by Odette Herbert

Photos taken 30mins apart

Well, just one comment

I popped into my local store to pay a bill.
Did a quick run round, chatted with my favorite staff.
Had a giggle and a laugh together.
Realised again how hard they work.
On their feet for 8 hrs, serving so many shoppers. Most then go home & carry on working! Cooking & tidying…

I love the women at the hot food counter & deli & the woman in the photo – they brighten my day! And we always have a good hearty laugh.

Everyone loves the store. The staff are friendly & helpful. AND they keep everything in the same place! (10 + yrs)
The owners respect us, so don’t use sly tactics to get us to buy more, as we hunt for what has been moved on purpose, in all other stores!

I then popped in for a treat at the local Tai takeaway (Red & black corporate colours), then stopped to photograph the latest new building in my neighbhood, of a world fast food mega brand.
Their flag ship, which looks OK, a new look & contemporary rehash 50s style. But food still identical throughout the past 50? yrs. & have horrific statistics, of meat consumption, badly paid teen staff, impact on the environment etc etc.

I got some satisfying images which I’m happy with.

And then, enters the gorgeous Ferrari!
So incongruous!
R2.2 million car! Plumstead!  Drive through, fast food takeaway!?
(FYI 19 klm from Cape Town 3 klm from Constantia)
(I suspect it’s the owner of the franchise’s run around)

Perfect lighting, floodlights, no parked cars. Only negative, was the ghastly 15m high logo reflecting on it!

I’m very proud of this collage. It’s a powerful image. It has multi layer meaning for me.  It’s not just a pretty picture.

Petrolheads info : Ferrari California. From Modena, Italy. R2,219,154 ($198,000)  4.3L (260cu”) V8, 460PS (338kW;454hp)

Oh to drive one… just for a couple of days.. a trip to Johannesburg… Cape Town & back? I know where all the speed cameras are… by default!

#portrait #ferrari #beauty #art #design #ratrace #relationships #happiness #power #violence #kindness #us&them #capetown #africa #everywhere
#petrolheads #photography by #odetteherbert
Via my brilliant phone.

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