Monthly Archives: October 2015






iron triangle
Currently in South Africa, here is widespread national protest in higher education institutions against increases in student fees. These protests are taking place against a backdrop of widespread government corruption, a pretty stagnant economy, widespread unemployment, widespread poverty, and low incomes even for educated professionals. Given that the issue of access […]

Student fees and the iron triangle: the solution is easy


Diederik cuckoo male passing food to female
Diederik cuckoo This blog post is about Diederik cuckoo, Chrysococcyx caprius, and is illustrated with photos taken at Rietvlei Nature Reserve last summer. I wrote it for two reasons: to talk a bit about bird photography, and to illustrate something about these birds biology – they are more than just […]

Diederik cuckoo, Chrysococcyx caprius – interesting birdwatching