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How to Catch a Taxi (and other tips for living in Africa) from Curtis.

Posted by Curtis Love on Thursday, February 25, 2010, In : South Africa 
Catching a Taxi in the major metro's of  JHB or Pretoria/Tshwane (affectionately known as P-Town) is serious business. This is especially true if you are a 'white cat'. This guide is written with my paler friends in mind who perhaps have never caught a taxi and would like to know how to go about doing it. I have distilled all my knowledge into a (hopefully) helpful, simple-yet-nuanced approach to the art of taxi catching.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty let me give you two ground rules whi...
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Why Whites think everything has changed and Blacks think nothing has changed?

Posted by Curtis Love on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, In : South Africa 
Excerpt from Antjie Krog, A Change of Tongue (Random House, Johannesburg, 2003)

Antjie Krog is one of my favourite authors especially on being white in SA. I can across this passage again she hits the nail on the head. Her analysis is spot on!

The more I listen, the more I hear people using the word ‘transformation’ as if it has a generally agreed
meaning. They also use it interchangeably with ‘change’ and even ‘metamorphosis’…I am beginning to
see a kind of hierarchy: change…meta...

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Why I love SA: The Colliding of Worlds.

Posted by Curtis Love on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, In : South Africa 


I found this great quote by Allister Sparks in Kahane's Solving Tough Problems. He articulates something so important about SA. He says SA is the Country,

"...where the First and the Third Worlds meet,...the developed and the developing worlds, the dark-skinned and the light skinned worlds, the rich and the poor, in the same proportion as the rest of the global village of roughly one to five. It is where the white-skinned...

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Why South Africans problems are so complex.

Posted by Curtis Love on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, In : South Africa 

I am in the process of reading Adam Kahane's excellent book Solving Tough Problems : An Open Way of talking listening and Creating New realities.

I think Kahane has an excellent insight into why problems in South Africa are so complex.   

'...I knew that problems are tough because they are complex and that there are three types of complexity:dynamic, generative and social' 

  • Dynamic complexity:A problem has low dynamic complexity if cause and effect are close together in space and ti...

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