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Archive for the ‘Crime’ Category

Man killed by motorist on Malibongwe Drive and a lesson in citizen journalism

A man estimated to be in his early twenties was killed on Sunday at approximately three PM on Malibongwe Drive in Muldersdrift, just north of Johannesburg. According to an eye-witness, the man was struck by a silver Hyundai containing four occupants while attempting to cross the busy road—popular with motorists making weekend trips to resorts in the Hartbeesport Dam area.


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Fish out of water


Eastern Cape surfers don’t know how good they’ve got it… one of the most memorable sessions of my life—banging, six foot, chunky runners down the point, eight guys out—at the crown jewel spot in Slummies, Nahoon Reef.

One of the perks of my new so-called career as a project manager based in Hell, aka Johannesburg, is that I am still getting to travel to coastal regions and maintain some sort of status as a surfer. (Some of the other perks being the colourful assortment of ulcers, cancers and nervous conditions I am accumulating in the soft tissues of my body.) (more…)

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Shadowman: A Jo’burg-set superhero TV pilot pitch

So I’m thinking about having a go at creating a Saffrican surperhero TV or Web series, and thought it might be fun to share some ideas here. Below is a draft of a pilot. It’s very much genre formulaic, modelled off a screenplay that I found on, optioned from American writer James Thornton and added a little local flavour. I’d very much welcome feedback, suggestions, storyline ideas, a million dollars to make the pilot, what have you. Anybody reckon I could give Mr. Blomkamp a run for the big bucks?



DOWNLOAD (PDF) –> Shadowman (working title) a screenplay by JE Thornton & Byron Loker 


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Mine bosses head for the hills

Johannesburg, Sep 14th, 2012 — In the wake of crippling strikes that have brought mining operations to their knees on South Africa’s Highveld, fleets of luxury German sports utility vehicles have been seen speeding away from heavily fortified security gates at the entrances to six of the country’s top tantalum, niobium and potash producers.

“Not since 1994 have I seen such a mobilisation of armoured personnel carriers,” commented P.O. Wekker from his final resting place in a gutter moments before he died from injuries sustained from being driven over from the back by a black BMW X5 with flashing blue lights. “It’s like they’re running away from something or something,” he said with his last breath. (more…)

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