Saturday, March 17, 2018

Shop kitty

Earlier this week when I posted about our shop kitty, a blogger friend asked if she ever gets off leash, 

The answer is yes!

During the day she is on this long leash which is just looped over a rail which allows her quite a free range but should she get loose and race down the veranda as she's wont to do, I'm able to dash after her and step on the leash, which stops her in her tracks.

At night, however, she sleeps in Colette's shop among and on the hides, sans collar or leash. She has the run of the whole shop from 5pm until 8.45 am when Colette opens her shop.

At present two more half-grown kittens have arrived to share Missy's space. At first she growled and hissed and Mama Jo kept her on "this side" of the veranda. Today she's loose again and indoors with her new BFF. One kitty is a smokey grey and the other is ginger striped. The latter has climbed up on a walled ledge in the shop and fallen asleep there. Missy and the grey kitty have shared a meal together (served separately) and at the moment, are dashing all over the shop playing. 

The door is closed and customers know to enter so it's business as usual for Colette. With the added attraction of the cute kitties on view. 
 Hello Mama Jo, is this a good pose for your blog? (note her leash is free)
 One part of Colette's hide and nature shop
 This is where Missy Miscot hangs out at night and now is playing with her new kitty friend

Soon I'll post Missy and the grey kitty playing... 

I'm linking to Eileen's Saturday Critters here 


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Modern friendships

Although this is on Wordless Wednesday, I need to add my two bob's worth here. 

I open and set up my shop, which is almost in the middle of the complex building,  every morning. I have a display on the veranda and while I'm arranging the paintings and other artifacts, several  young people pass me on the veranda. 

Young, attractive and intelligent men and women who work in the various outlets further along the shopping center. They all approach heads down, dead silent and reading things on their phones. I know not what. But there is no interaction between the people in any given group and no talking. They look up briefly to greet me and then it's heads down focused on the little screen flickering in their hand. 

This morning I noticed a whole group of young people who had stopped and were reading their messages or watching videos. Who knows? I took the photos but unfortunately the cashier from the supermarket saw me, smiled and alerted the others to0 what I was doing ! I asked them what they were watching on their phones, which got them giggling. So I still know not what. 

 In the seventies when I was young , girls would walk to work, head held high and a spring in their step. If they had to walk past a vehicle workshops and the young lads under the cars whistled, they flicked their heads up ignoring them but their bottoms would also automatically give a little waggle! 

How times have changed...

I'm linking to Wordless Wednesday here

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Voting registration

Just over 20 years ago, the permanent Independent Electoral Commission was created - see below. In March 1997, the then Town Clerk, Marquard approached me and asked if I'd assist in computerizing all eligible voters on the municipal roll. I was not at all computer savvy at the time and entered the municipal office set aside for this purpose with a little trepidation. Imagine my relief when I saw the familiar face of Chris, school friend of our younger son, Angus. Chris had left school the year before and entered the IT world. So here he was in our little town setting up the database for the Marquard and Moemaneng voter's rolls. 

Chis was the most patient and considerate teacher ever. During that first day where he taught me how to copy and paste; cut and paste (yes, I didn't know how to this until this time) and how to create an Excel worksheet and much more,  it came out that he had nowhere to stay while in town. Well, at the time, we owned a house with seven bedrooms; one being Angus' room with twin beds. The IEC recompensed me for Chris' board and lodging. 

Three days later, Chris and I had completed a most comprehensive data base with the relevant information on every voter in the district. Chris returned to the city.   I was paid handsomely for my work, I had had my first taste of politics and most importantly,  I could call myself computer literate!

VISION STATEMENT To strengthen constitutional democracy through the delivery of free and fair elections in which every voter is able to record his or her informed choice.

MISSION STATEMENT The Independent Electoral Commission is a permanent body created by the Constitution to promote and safeguard democracy in South Africa. Although publicly funded and accountable to parliament, the Commission is independent of the government. Its immediate task is the impartial management of free and fair elections at all levels of government.

A temporary Electoral Commission was created in 1993 to manage the first non-racial election of the national and provincial legislatures, which was held on 26–29 April 1994. The permanent Electoral Commission was established on 17 October 1996, and has since managed general (national and provincial) elections in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014, and local (municipal) elections in 2000, 2006, 2011 and 2016.

  Being in Africa for most of the next decade, Grant and I would only vote when we were home in SA. Then in our second year after Grant's contract had finished, I was phoned by friend, Estelle who worked at the local butchery. The owner of this shop, Flip (Afrikaans for Phillip) was our DA candidate. She was offering me a position to work for another DA Councillor elect, Piet van Wyk. 

What did I do? 

Of course, I rose to the challenge. Not only did I work for Piet for the next three months running up to the municipal elections, but I became the party PRO and subsequently organized the IEC special votes for the oldies in the retirement center. In the last month when we had dry runs on the election and had to glean information from the oldies, I enlisted Rina's help and she was paid by Piet as well. 

Do please click on the link below and check it out. Many of you were my blogger friends already and may remember this period in my life.  


This weekend past the whole country was encouraged to register at special voting stations around the country.  22,000 stations were open from 8am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. According to the news reports people responded very well and had their addresses amended where necessary (as was in my case!) and could check that they're eligible to vote in the 2019 elections. 

You can imagine the nostalgia when I stopped at the voting station on my way to work  from the Parkrun on Saturday. 

I'm linking to Our World Tuesday here