The Strange Alchemy of life and law

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On a cold, windy, hermanus Saturday, I walked to the beach and in solitude continued reading the journey of Justice Albie Sachs in his book “The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law”

Sachs born in Johannesburg, South Africa (who’s parents were immigrés of Lithuania when it was still part of the Russian Empire) is a freedom fighter, activist, judge of the supreme court of appeals and a bomb blast survivor.

I am enjoying the journey he takes me on, through apartheid, through the truth and reconciliation commission, citing judgements he has been instrumental in like the azapo case and many others.

Great read, light on the eyes and I just cannot put it down. The blue dress on the cover was a tribute by Judith Mason ” The Man who Sang and the Woman who kept Silent” (Triptych), 1998

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“AFFIRMATIVE ACTION” IS IT FAIR?

My thoughts in response to the affirmative action debate ‘I received a scholarship to one of the best art schools because I came from a ‘previously disadvantaged background’ AND my marks AND craft talent where good, I was one of 3 black students in a class of 40+ whites . I worked my arse off to finish and become qualified and did so well. The day after I became qualified I started working as I had been headhunted in college and worked my arse off too and I am still doing that while studying an LLB degree – 4 years later – I was given an opportunity because of BBEEE but I never let it be the shining light to why I got to be where I am today. I worked hard to get here, I’ll work even harder to get my LLB.

The question is – would I ever have had the opportunity to at least get a foot in the door – if it was not for this policy?

I do not believe race should determine anything, I believe the world owes you nothing and you have to prove your worth, show your mettle and earn respect. But there are some figures that will make you wonder if the system is rigged in favour of certain cultures, look at airlines, look at law firms, look at agencies, look at the statistical evidence.

Would I have been able to do any of what i said above…without my scholarship?, without being seen in terms of my colour, my background, my previously disadvantaged status? For the school I wanted to get into, the answer would be a resounding no… and that is the truth of it.

But someone gave me the opportunity and I’ve been thanking them ever since 2007! ‘

Mauritius, my little india

I was blessed to spend 7 days in Mauritius with my mother.

It was a great time to rest, relax and rejuvenate and I definitely feel more at peace inside after spending the much needed break in paradise.

Mauritius has 1,2 million inhabitants and The people of Mauritius are multiethnic and multicultural.

The currency of Mauritius is the Rupee and the first language is not in fact English but French and Creole.

Mauritian Rupee

We stayed at Villa Caroline in Flic en Flac on the west coast where we had the warmest welcome and met the nicest staff including Sanjay from Quatre-Borne who always greeted us with a smile and made sure we always ate well.

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Fisherman at Flic en Flac beach

 

Villa Caroline

We toured the South West visiting:

The tea plantation of Bois Choisy.

Chamarel village including Chamarel waterfall and seven colored earth as well as the Rhumerie – where sugar cane is used to make the most delicious rum!

The 7 coloured earth

Rhumerie

Black River Gorges

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The Tamarind Falls

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Grand Bassin (the sacred lake and Hindu temple)

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and watched a Sega Mauricien Show with beautiful dancers.

Dancers.

On our own we travelled by bus to Port Louis and Quatre-Borne for the markets which were exercises in patience and perseverance as the market was as hectic in traffic of humans as were the streets with cars.

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Bus station Quatre-Borne

Quatre-Borne Market

Port Louis

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Market Port Louis

Mauritius is definitely worth the visit, with great people, beautiful sights, french-indian cuisine and stunning weather.

My little india, I’ll see you soon xxx

Sunset in Flac en flac

My favourite read so far: Wille’s Principles of South African Law

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Enjoying this book, especially the systematic way it is written  – as someone who has been new to the field of law, this book creates a clear path to understand the principles that make up the law, sources of law, private law, property, obligations (contracts), unjustified enrichment and delict. 

 

as per jutal online – Of Interest and Benefit to:

  • Academics, researchers and undergraduate students in the field of Private Law at higher education institutions
  • Legal practitioners, Judges, magistrates and legal advisors
  • Community centres and libraries

– See more at: http://jutalaw.co.za/products/9176-willes-principles-of-south-african-law#sthash.gjH4T6oM.dpuf

 

MEDIOCRITY IS T…

MEDIOCRITY IS THE ENEMY

“Do you know the hallmark of a second rater? It’s resentment of another man’s achievement. Those touchy mediocrities who sit trembling lest someone’s work prove greater than their own – they have no inkling of the loneliness that comes when you reach the top. The loneliness for an equal – for a mind to respect and an achievement to admire. They bare their teeth at you from out of their rat holes,thinking that you take pleasure in letting your brilliance dim them – while you’d give a year of my life to see a flicker of talent anywhere among them. They envy achievement, and their dream of greatness is a world where all men have become their acknowledged inferiors. They don’t know that that dream is the infallible proof of mediocrity, because that sort of world is what the man of achievement would not be able to bear. They have no way of knowing what he feels when surrounded by inferiors – hatred? no, not hatred, but boredom – the terrible, hopeless, draining, paralyzing boredom. Of what account are praise and adulation from men whom you don’t respect? Have you ever felt the longing for someone you could admire? For something, not to look down at, but up to?”

“I’ve felt it all my life,” she said.” 
― Ayn RandAtlas Shrugged