Thursday, 31 March 2016

Life Fourways Fail

I am not sure if this is a fail of Life Healthcare’s Life Fourways Hospital or a fail of Ampath Pathology Laboratory but I feel that this is a big fail on both their sides so much so that I never want to use Life Fourways or Ampath ever again.

About 1am this morning I was woken by Lynda who was in pain that women tend to get, half an hour later after pain killers weren’t working we decided to go to the emergency room (ER) of the closest hospital which was Life Fourways.

After getting through the admin side at reception Lynda got to see the doctor in the emergency room which was a few minutes past 2am. After doing the few usual tests, prods and pokes, they drew three vials of blood and sent it off to be tested, then they put her on a drip. And now comes the fail.

One hour just waiting we asked the nurse why can’t they give us a script and send us on our way, they responded that they waiting for the blood results to return so that they would know what was wrong. The waiting turned to two hours with other patients starting to complain. After some investigation of why it was taking so long, it turns out that Life Healthcare management had instructed the ER to send all blood for testing at Ampath which was about two kilometres away instead to sending it to Lancet Laboratories which has laboratories in the hospital building itself. This begs the question why? Is Lancet too expensive? Surely it can’t be slower that Ampath? Is their some kick-back deal between Life Healthcare and Ampath? According to the ER staff, they have been having time issues with Ampath for some time now.

Finally the results came back three hours later. I asked the doctor on duty about our extremely long wait for Lynda’s tests results and he answered that her tests would normally would take 30mins but now on average it has been one and a half hours. Why three hours, maybe it is time to start blaming IT and the network or maybe the traffic in the early hours of the morning.

We finally walked out of the ER at Life Fourways Hospital at 5:30 in the morning, their pharmacy was as expected closed and the closest one open was at their competitors hospital Netcare Olivedale Hospital, so off we went to buy the prescribed medication before arriving back at home just after 6am.

A quick wash, coffee, and it is off to work I go.

With all the warning signs around me this morning in a very quiet hospital, let this be a warning to you, don’t go to Life Fourways emergency room unless you have no other choice. Life Healthcare management have some ulterior motive to make sure their ER doesn’t work efficiently. In the end you have to go to Netcare Olivedale Hospital just to get to an open pharmacy.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Teen Selfie

Well as expected teenagers love selfies, and these three teens are no exception. Lesedi on the left is a 2016 Miss Teen South African contestant and her mom works here at Bosasa, so Lesedi and her two besties, Tumi and Tandu, decided to visit us here at eKayaMedia.

So now here I find myself inside a selfie photograph taking with my mobile phone. Although a bit washed out, what I enjoy the most about this photo is the three different teen poses all captured in one photo if you excuse the creepy old man at the back photo-bombing.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Great Expectations

Okay the first series of long weekends are behind us, now to get back focused into work. The eKayaMedia team is continuing to grow with the addition last week of Julius, our new HOD to replace Rob who is sadly leaving us for the land of sheep, flies, and roos. I hope I am not coming across as too jealous as many of my friends have left for greener pastures where the men are men and the sheep are scared. I have stated in the past that greener pastures doesn’t always mean lush green grazing as the grass may be other a septic tank. Great, now it is out there that I am publicly green with envy.

So with that jealous rant behind me, let me welcome Julius into the eKayaMedia family, you have big shoes to fill but I know that you will exceed all expectations.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Joie Stages

Family Day, what to do on Family Day when all my family are scattered around South Africa, well other than mopping around at home, we decided to join Lynda's family for the afternoon especially if Lynda gets to be with her granddaughter, Rebekah.

Family update: Robynne and Marco had just bought a Joie Stages car seat for their nearly six month old baby Rebekah. Today's photo is of Rebekah under the watchful eye of Robynne, test driving her new feature filled car seat that will adapt as she grows for the next six years safely, and if her proud parents have any say, she will be using it until she gets driver’s licence.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

Today about two thousand years ago, may be the most important day in the history of mankind, the day the Son of God rose from the dead. I have no words that a king would give his life for me, and the chorus of the song "O praise the Name" is heard trembling off from my lips, "Oh Lord, oh Lord our God" as I stand before an empty tomb.

I cast my mind to Calvary
Where Jesus bled and died for me.
I see His wounds, His hands, His feet.
My Saviour on that cursed tree

His body bound and drenched in tears
They laid Him down in Joseph's tomb.
The entrance sealed by heavy stone
Messiah still and all alone

O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forever more
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

And then on the third at break of dawn,
The Son of heaven rose again.
O trampled death where is your sting?
The angels roar for Christ the King

O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forever more
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

He shall return in robes of white,
The blazing Son shall pierce the night.
And I will rise among the saints,
My gaze transfixed on Jesus' face

O praise the name of the Lord our God
O praise His name forever more
For endless days we will sing Your praise
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God
Oh Lord, oh Lord our God

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Restrained Horses

Watching the Lipizzaner horses doing a display at the Nissan Easter Show, I was not that impressed, sorry but I wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, the control, precision, of rider and horse was beautiful to watch and not half bad as it takes lots of training to perform at this level. I suppose it was the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna which has set a very high example and I expected more than just four riders; two performing in the dressage arena and the other two who did something on the outside.

The legendary Lipizzan are breed for dressage, although elegant looking, nothing comes close to seeing majestic horses in the wild without the hard bits restraining them.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Why Good Friday?

So what is good about Good Friday when it is a dark blotch on our history? In German it is called Karfreitag, Sorrowful Day; maybe we too should call it Black Friday, or Bleak Friday, or even Sad Friday as it is the day that we remember Jesus the Messiah suffered Roman torture and ultimately death on a cross. It was a Friday a few hours before Shabbat was to start, about two thousand years ago; a man from Galilee who we believe was and is the Son of God, looked up from a Roman cross on a craggy hill outside Jerusalem and cried out “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”

Today we decided to bake our own hot cross buns which I must say turned out a lot of work but the result turned out, well wonderful. After mixing all the ingredients there followed a lot of kneading of the dough then waiting a few hours for the dough to rise before baking. The smell of fresh baked buns wafted throughout the cottage which was beautiful. But the memory of the day was all but beautiful.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Jesus died that sorrowful day; accounts tell us that the earth trembled and a huge curtain known as the veil that early Jewish tradition stated was 4 inches thick was torn top to bottom. That veil separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple and only the High Priest was permitted to pass beyond this veil once a year and make atonement for the Jewish nation. The time fabric was torn and broken on this Friday.

And today, about late afternoon, Lynda and I found ourselves on a craggy hill with a single cross overlooking the valley, not outside Jerusalem but Magaliesburg. It was hard going climbing the rocky path and the thought of what the Messiah did for me and you on another hill far away, a long time ago sure hit home. That day when God’s Righteousness met God’s Grace and became Good Friday.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Night Out for 2

Tsogo Sun’s Silverstar Casino has a promotion that started mid January and was about to end, where for only R250 you and your partner could have a night out for 2. Well we decided on a date night so Lynda and I went out to Silverstar for a meal at Billy G’s buffet which normally costs R165 per person, then treated ourselves to a romantic movie. We are both not into gambling but all the rest was totally worth it.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Sho’t Left

Forget going places with sho’t left, the taxi industry derived saying to tell the driver to stop at the next corner. Now here I find myself on leave watching the huge full moon with a sad face rise over the valley over my left shoulder. Beautiful just sitting here enjoying the view that the full moon brings while the bats swoop chasing their supper and somewhere down by the river jackals are howling. Sho’t left driver, the next stop is my home.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Check and double Check

Towards the end of last year Pick n Pay decided to mix all the shelving around at the Northgate Hype which made us swear never to shop there again as getting lost and never knowing where things are simple frustrated us so much.

Yesterday, months later we dared to venture into the Pick n Pay Hyper at Northgate only to throw our hands up in despair. The order of the shelving just confused us and on top of it all the price labelling of the items left a lot to be desired. Take the 6 pack of long life milk for example, the label used to have the total price plus the price per one litre which helped us find the bargains. Now the milk had the total price plus the price for the pack of 6 which duh is the same which helps no-one except the lazy price marker person. Then Clover milk had no price anywhere, nada, nothing. Now I know that Clover is on promotion at another Pick n Pay for a good price so instead of simple adding the Clover milk to the trolley, I had to cart the box of 6 over to a scanner a few rows away only to find that the Clover here was way overpriced, hence the price label missing, clever Pick n Pay.

The missing prices where all over the store and we struggled to shop wisely with all the price increases everywhere. Pick n Pay was not inspiring us at all. We had to triple check all the items that we put into our trolley. Take the Safari Sundried Cake Mix 500g was marked on the shelf as R25 something but on the scan it was R49 something, wow what a price difference. At the till we had to call the supervisor who changed the price on the till just to R25.00 straight. We feel that if we didn’t check Pick n Pay's prices, they would have gladly ripped us off.

Arriving home, we went through all our purchases again only to find that one slipped through the cracks, the frozen 1kg frozen vegetables which we were certain cost about R21 and on our slip it R31.49 so today I had to go back to Pick n Pay to check and then rectify the price difference. So Daniel shown above kindly helped me, the price was R21.90 on the label, it goes to show please check everything especially at Pick n Pay, inspired not.

Monday, 21 March 2016

What about the Mannequins?

It may be Human Rights Day here in South Africa but it doesn’t mean we can now exploit mannequins as slave labour, shame on us. We use mannequins everywhere, in shop windows dressed to the tees, and now as slutty dressed and holding auction direction signs.

It looks like we have already forgotten the many attempted Auton invasions by the Nestene Consciousness who were stopped by the Doctor. The mannequins are all around us, and this one be it a simple doll or an Auton is rather too close to my home.

Sunday, 20 March 2016


Buffelsfonyein’s 100% braaipap or as us English speaking South Africans would understand as Buffalo Springs’ 100% ground corn porridge for eating with barbequed meat. Eish doesn’t quite come across the same does it now. Mans huil nie ons lei ons baarde nat.

Touring the North West Province we came across these bags of roughly ground corn or what we call in South Africa mieliemeel. As jy nie kam nie, is jy nie ‘n man nie. 100% braaipap. 5lb rof en grof met semels.

Bederf jouself, jou rowwe bliksem.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Lamp to my Feet

Wow, the first of a series of long weekend is upon us and here I am at the end of the day with my feet up chillaxing without even taking a photo for the day. This must be the sign of what this first long weekend is going to be like after all that stressfully hard digital marketing strategy that I was working on the past few weeks. Thankfully the completed strategy was handed over yesterday which was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I suppose that is why I am in this vegetative state, a dull noise from the TV, and this antique lamp standing just under two metres tall lightening up the sitting room with soft light. Oh I better take a photo before I forget again.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Knitting for Granddaughter

Since ever I’ve known Lynda, she has been into her knitting especially knitting for babies. This knitting enthusiasm has been re-ignited since her daughter announced the arrival of her granddaughter Rebekah. Above is a little woollen poncho and below her current project, a little jersey, as we all know winter is coming.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Two in the Rain

The relentless rain seems to have no end, although thankfully the weather bureau states that it will start to clear tomorrow.

In the meanwhile we just have to make do with the few umbrellas that we have, as Terrence and Rob shows us how to share a brolli.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Unpleasant Pheasant

Rain, rain, go away, come again another day, this pheasant doesn't like the rain. Here is one sad looking pheasant seeking shelter on my windowsill. I am not 100% sure what type of pheasant he is as he looks like a juvenile Common or Ring Neck Pheasant but does not have the red facial wattles around the eye. So whatever pheasant he is, he sure finds the rain unpleasant and wants in.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Late Afternoon

It has been once again a rather busy day with me stuck behind my laptop all day without much of a break. As I walk out after work, late in the afternoon, I noticed that it is starting to get dark earlier, well the echo of the cry that winter is coming is becoming ever so louder.

Walking from my office up to where I have parked my pickup, my route takes me through some awesome garden scenery. Thankfully the wave of rainy weather seems to have tailed off, leaving behind some lush greenery. Let us hope that it has broken the back of the drought and that it will smooth sailing going forward for the boere that grow our food.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Flappy Bird

It feels wonderful, arriving at work on a Monday to be greeted by a beautiful Grey Crowned Crane, well I have posted about Johnny before and sorry I can’t help myself so here is another post with a video.

It is strange when a bird starts purring like a cat when it is close to me especially when I stroke her waddle. But be warned, Johnny is rather jealous of anyone or animal coming too close to me. Noma has stated that Johnny is emotionally unstable as he or is it a she, attacks anything coming in between us. Maybe she needs some serious therapy from the animal whisperer.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Growing up

Matthew is growing up so fast that his teenage years are flying past. Soon he will have to start adulting. Along with been a teenager comes all the problems that teenagers face, like music genres that differ so much from mine. So what has happened to the punk, metal, rock, and pop music of our youth? All the good music of our day has been replaced by strange sounds of Japanese anime music coming from Matthew's earphones. Well I suppose that is one way to learn Japanese.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Cat Fish

This is one that didn’t get away. As the sun was setting, Matthew cast the line out, the lure was a fluffy thingy attached to the end of the line. He didn’t have to wait long at all, as a large cat fish bounced on the lure. It took some effort to carefully reel the cat fish in as this was one feisty fighter.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Mpho about to Pop

Yip just a few more days now and Khumo will be born. The family at eKayaMedia held a surprise baby shower for Mpho with cake, cooldrinks, and best of all presents. And she was surprised as the ladies just over a week ago held a party for her but this time it was our turn, the eKayaMedia family.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Between the Hedges

The rain has set in and at times the downpours have been horrendous. In the lull of the rain, I took a walk to find something different to photograph for the day other than poor Johnny the Crowned Crane who has been standing in the rain outside my window begging for me to come out and play.

There was water everywhere, duh it has been raining, and in between the hedge rows I found three duiker, two females and this somewhat smaller yet majestic male.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

61 Today

61, old man Velile, how could I get that so wrong? Okay 50 then and all that sweat on Velie’s brow is not because he is in a flat panic but because he has just stepped in from outside in the rain to a SURPRISE Happy 50th Birthday song...

Why was he born so beautiful?
Why was he born at all?

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Not Singing in the Rain

The rain has set in and some of us don’t take to water like ducks and cats. Oh no, scratch cats off that like water list as most cats I have found out the hard way, don’t take to water like well ducks.

Well here is poor Johnny, our resident Grey Crowned Crane who by the way is besotted with me, he doesn’t take too kindly to rain nor does he sing in the rain.

Poor Johnny, he is never far from my office window, always watching out for me and running interference even in the rain.

Monday, 7 March 2016

21 Today

Oh wow, our junior designer, Terrence, turned 21 today and can now have the keys for his new car. Okay I knew he was a youngster but this young. Anyways all the best Terrence, may you be blessed to be a blessing to others.

It wasn’t the only birthdays that tried to sneak past without us noticing, Mkuseli and Cyril, joined Terrence in the traditional eKayaMedia birthday song.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Minky Sunday

Minky, our precious cat, has become one of the most photographed cats in our home. Why? Because she is our most precious.

Anyway here I am winding down my Sunday afternoon in the lounge after running around to the Voter Registration centre just to check if I am still on the voters roll. Deadline today. Yes I know you can check online but stories are starting do its rounds that although you may find yourself on the roll, you might not be down at the centre closest to you. For example, one couple we know are both online registered but because their Voters Centre split, she found herself at one and her partner at another even though they live under the same roof.

Okay now here I am sitting in the lounge and then it dawns on me, no photo for the day yet. So I look around for possible candidates and there was Minky fast asleep on the chair next to me. She must have heard me preparing to take a photo, as she looked up with her big eyes just before I could click the trigger.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Granna and Rebekah

This afternoon I had to do some work on the Sofasticated website and do some training on how to add products and sliders. The training meant that Lynda aka Granna would spend the whole afternoon with her granddaughter Rebekah.

Little Rebekah loves the attention that her granny is giving her but is also fascinated watching me work on her mommy's laptop.

Friday, 4 March 2016


Bagheera, the workshop panther, greeted Scarlet and I when we arrived at ME Motorcycles first thing this morning. Scarlet, my red Vespa GTS 300ie Super, was on the back of my pickup, and I was here to drop her off into the loving hands of Mark, who is renowned on the West Rand of Johannesburg for lovingly taking care of motorcycles and Scarlet was in need of some love and pampering. Bagheera will make sure of that.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Dying Light

I use my Vespa GTS 300ie Super as my daily commute to work and back which is about 80km a round trip. The Vespa is reliable, economic and a breeze through traffic well that is until now.

This is the second time that Scarlet, that is what I call my red Vespa, has left me stranded at the side of the road. The first time was from a faulty fuel pump which packed up not long after I got the bike. It seems to be a design fault and there was a factory recall on the pumps but I can’t find anywhere that my Vespa had her’s recalled.

Now I find myself at the side of the road in the dying light of this day because I have been neglectful to poor Scarlet. I was supposed to have changed the belt and rollers last service but there was still plenty of life left in the belt so I made the call, mostly for financial reasons as these items can be very expensive.

Now over 32,000km a world record I assume, the drive belt simply disintegrated while I was on my way home. Normally the belt and rollers have to be changed at every 9,000km service and I think Scarlet might be still on her first belt and rollers that she had when she rolled out of the factory.

A Vespa is very reliable, economic and a breeze through traffic that is if you look after her. For economic reasons as I have failed Scarlet but she held onto her dignity for three times longer that she should have. And in the dying light, Scarlet still stands proud. She has not let me down as I have her.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016


Be praised, eKayaMedia gained their latest family member, Malibongwe. Now for those who don’t know isiZulu, or who are learning the taal, here is your word for the day, Malibongwe’s name means “Be Paised”, and praise be, Malibongwe joins us as our newest camera person in the Digital Department.

Well Malibongwe, welcome to our family and all the best in your career. Malibongwe igama lakho.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Mom to be!

Ahhh it is time to celebrate with the pregnant fairy Mpho, and wish her all the best for the upcoming birth of her son. Oh you don’t know how many times I tried to twist her arm and name the baby Jérôme, the bestest of names in all the universe. Okay I know that bestest is not a word until you make it one and that is what is great about the English language, you can make up words and if more than one person accepts it than it has a chance of being included into the Oxford Dictionary and become a new bestest word.

So Jérôme, Jerome, Jeronim, Jerko, Jeroen, Jerry, Jerónimo, Jerônimo , Geronimo, Gerolamo, Girolamo, Gerónimo, Hieronymus, Ieronimus, and Roni, means holy man or sacred name and is derived from the ancient Greek word Hieronymos. Aren’t that a good name for a boy child, mom to be?

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