Category Archives: Kloofstraat

Staaltjies uit ‘n straatjie in Kaapstad

Seks met skoolmeisies

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Noodwendig, ná my inskrywing oor altwee kante van ‘n debat én my post oor seks met ouer vroue, voel ek verplig om hierdie fliekdialoog aan te haal: 

Grandpa: Can I give you some advice?
Dwayne: [shakes head “no”]
Grandpa: Well, I’m going to give it to you anyway. I don’t want you making the same mistakes I made when I was young. Dwayne, that’s your name, right? Dwayne? Listen to me, this is the voice of experience talking–are you listening? Fuck a lot of women, Dwayne.
Richard: Dad!
Grandpa: I got no reason to lie to you kid, fuck a lotta women. Not just one, a lot. So are you gettin’ any? Is it going anywhere?
Dwayne: [shakes his head no]
Grandpa: No? Jesus! What are you? 15? You should be gettin’ that young stuff! That young stuff is the best stuff in the world!

– uit die fliek, Little Miss Sunshine

Want daar’s iets aan ‘n jong, soepel vel – ongeskend, onverweer deur tyd.  Die rilling deur haar lyf as jy haar sagkens streel met die rugkant van jou hand.

Seks met ouer vroue

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My beste valentynsdag was drie jaar terug dié tyd in Kaapstad.

Ek en my beste vriend en sy flatmate (twee van ons single en een it’s complicated) het manlik alleen elkeen ‘n burger-en-bier special by Arnolds, in Kloofstraat, bestel.

My bier het ek verruil vir ‘n whiskey of vier, en so het ons nog gesit en mor en kuier en rook, toe die tafel langsaan ons eensklaps opsyskuif vir drie swart nommertjies, elegant gedrapeer om drie beautiful lywe van drie aantreklike, vroeë-veertigs vroue.  Single en opgedress vir ‘n divorcée’s aand uit.

Die versinnebeelding van vrouwees.

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Debatte, redenasies en stomende blogs

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In standerd 6 het ek my hand opgesteek in die Engelse klas.

Die juffrou was naarstaltiglik op soek na leerders vir die Rotary Debating se junior debatspan.  En niemand was bereid nie.

Toe dink ek: ek kan nie is en are nie, en ek hou nie daarvan om voor mense te praat nie – die bottervliegies swerm in my maag rond – en dit lyk nie my na ‘n cool ding om te doen nie…

Klaarblyklik het die dink nog nie behoorlik in my losgekom nie, want vir enigiemand anders sou 1. Vrot concord 2. Vrees vir praat voor mense en 3. uncool ding om te doen, logieserwys gelei het tot 4. Moet ten alle koste nie jou hand opsteek nie.

Nietemin, my hand was in die lug en ek het heel verbaas daarna opgekyk.

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Troue op Bonnievale (Des 2008)

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In ‘n oulike klipsteenkerkie (regs onder) het my oudkollega, Marlien, met haar melkman, Helgard, getrou.  Hier is ‘n foto van hulle tussen die varkore:

marlien-en-helgard  klipsteenkerkie_mary-myrtle-rigg

Die oulike (maar warm!) klipsteenkerkie is gebou op versoek van die dogtertjie, Mary Myrtle Rigg (1903 – 1911) wat op sewejarige ouderdom aan breinvliesontsteking oorlede is.  In Bonnievale.

As jy van troufoto’s hou, gaan besoek gerus my vriend Kommerkas se blog of gaan lees die troustories van Karl Steyn.  Hulle het foto’s wat veel mooier as myne is!

Met hul hande in hul hare

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Ai, die leerders (meer as 2 500 van hulle) sit met hul hande in hul hare, aldus die facebook group http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=25507753112:

Amanda Van Der Walt (Hoërskool Kathu) wrote
at 6:35pm on July 22nd, 2008
Meeste ouens lyk net baie beter met langer hare as daai army style gross haircut… Kan skole dit nie begryp nie!!

Morne Coetzee (Hoërskool Waterkloof) wrote
at 3:52pm on June 29th, 2008
we should get a form with all our sigs on and take it to the governmint. us metal people want to grow our hair ffs

Antonio ‘Dork’ Cosentino (Abbotts College) wrote
at 8:49pm on June 12th, 2008
i have had petitions torn up in front of me by my student representative council. trust me dude, i have tried to make an impact. but i hav learned that skwl is a dictatorship, not a democracy. at my skwl, they put u down like a prostitute in court man.
and for the record, my hair is way longer than yours. my fringe alone goes past my mouth. so yeah, enough said.
im just not stupid enuf to bitch and moan about hair issues at skwl anymore, so i dont draw attention to myself.

Gareth Matchett (Paarl Boys’ High School) wrote
at 1:36pm on June 9th, 2008
Threatening to riot is’nt going to solve anything.
You can’t suddenly convince all the people to boycott school. Think about it for a second.
I suggest taking Antonio’s advice and moving to a school where you are free to be who you want to be, for those of you who can’t, just stick it out, we’ve only got a few years left, them we can all grow our hair, pierce our lips and cut ourselves(unless you already are)”sarcasm”
Its not just you emo’s, metal heads and skaters that want to grow your hair, us jocks want it too.

Johann Potgieter (Parel Vallei High School) wrote
at 10:22am on June 7th, 2008
Aaarg!!! I HATE SCHOOL! I have to keep my hair “nice and tidy”! I think thats bullshit! I’m starting my career n acting and modeling so that will help me…. I hope…

Erin Fourie wrote
at 3:30pm on June 6th, 2008
i think hair seperates you from the groups makes you who you are makes you fit the fashion how am i suppose to be in a black metal band with short hair ITS GAY its not hurting anyone its doing nothing wrong just alowing some1 to be who they are and they gave us rights FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION WHAT IF YOUR HAIR EXPRESSES WHO YOU ARE THEN THEY ARE TAKING OUR RIGHTS AWAY THATS ILLEGAL WE DONT WANT TO BE ROBOTS AND ALL LOOK THE SAME i think we should organise i country wide strike LET US GROW OUR HAIR

i wrote a petition on my schools web site to let us grow our hair but they just deleted it and shut it down on the students forum i did nothing wrong no voilence just wanted to express my fashion choice but Paarl Boys Primary is like the nazi group anything different or want to change gets shut down immediatly i think we should all plan a strike country wide

Matthew Gouws (Rand Park High School) wrote
at 7:59pm on June 5th, 2008
i think we should rebel against growing our hair to our own lengths look at the first world country’s they alowed to but y not us ?? and wats with the uniforms ? we all our own personality let us get out of their grip and rebel

Conrad Andrzej Bachman wrote
at 7:17pm on June 5th, 2008
The Teachers are just jealous!!! just look at their hair… Fuck being neat

Jacques Nel wrote
at 5:28pm on June 5th, 2008
How does one be a respectable metalhead and amateur skater with hair that looks like sumthing from the movie little rascals!!!!!

Amber Leigh Davies wrote
at 3:19pm on June 5th, 2008
It is absolutely heartbreaking to see guys with cut hair. really, short hair is so unattractive and you should be allowed to express your own unbelievablely sexy sense of style. fuck ‘neatness’

Morne Maritz (Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck) wrote
at 1:32pm on June 4th, 2008
EVERYONE!! Gel ur hair back.. All the way.. It looks so gay, im the only one in my school that does it- ppl laught and point at me, do i care? No. Anyway, it works! Especialy for the emo fringes… Mine is all the way down to my bottem lip, the teachers cnt say shit coz it is neat.. So dnt be scared to join the revolution- if we all do it we wnt be looked at as if we’re idiots nd nerds, coz we NOT! Cum on ppl, do it and lemme knw if it also work 4 u guys!!

Brett Conradie wrote
at 1:22pm on June 1st, 2008
Dear Gustave Dude!
In your presentation, please tell me that you mentioned that the length of a persons hair doesn’t affect the academic grade, it just boosts self-confidence… And to me, I’ll only enjoy going to school with self-confidence because of my long hair, but when my hair’s cut, I lose that self-confidence and then I don’t feel like going to school until I look like myself again… It makes sense..

Cameron Kristen Baker (St. Thomas More Catholic College) wrote
at 7:37pm on May 31st, 2008
I fucking hate cutting my hair!!!

Matthew Pugin (Northcliff High School) wrote
at 10:14pm on May 30th, 2008
ah shit havin hair inspection on monday

Mark-Shaun Fowler wrote
at 3:23pm on May 29th, 2008
Kan die bleddie onnies maar net nie my hare uitlos nie!!!

Nicole Smit (Hoërskool President) wrote
at 9:42pm on May 28th, 2008
Okay. . .Umm. . .This may sound kinda dumb, but a lot of people really love their hair. It’s a piece of who they are, it’s a way of showing the world a side of themselves and that’s something people generally miss. . .Take emo’s. Their hair has a lot to do with their style. In other words who they are. Making them cut it is saying they have to fit your description, because you don’t like their ‘look’. Isn’t that unfair? I think it is. I wouldn’t cut my hair for anything! I love it. It’s piece of me. It’s something special. . .

Antonio ‘Dork’ Cosentino (Abbotts College) wrote
at 4:49pm on May 25th, 2008
dudes, seriously
ther is this one teacher who used to be at my school, and he wanted to get rid of the “hair” issue by letting people just grow it freely and hav it how they want…
so wat does the school do, fire the poor bastard.
fucking wrong.

Giö Fernandez (Bergvliet High School) wrote
at 3:55pm on May 20th, 2008
Well, one time we got like 600 people from our school to sign a petition for long hair for guys and our principal just tore it up.

Johan Reynders wrote
at 8:31am on May 20th, 2008
It’s pathetic that boys can’t express themselves similar to girls with a hair style that suits them. This ‘short back and sides’ bullshit is a legacy of the old Apartheid NP regime…It’s got to go! The sad part is that by the time most guys are allowed to grow their hair, they start loosing it. It really pissed me off at school when I was forced to look like Hitler and I get pissed off again when my son who is now 15 and 10 has to cut their hair. Good luck and hope you have success in your efforts, as my generation was too pathetic to make a stand!

Aimée Grace Plank (St. Martin’s School) wrote
at 8:57pm on May 18th, 2008
my school has just come up with a rule thats says our fringes have to be 1 – 2 cm above our eyebrows. what the hell? like they are gonna measure and besides, do they know how stupid some ppl look when their fringes end in the middle of their foreheads.

Herman Visser (Crawford College Pretoria) wrote
at 7:16pm on May 18th, 2008
Cutting your hair for school really seems like a waste of time to me?
i dont understand why they want each kid to look the same?
Guys should be allowed to grow their hair if they keep it neat and girls should be allowed to let it go loose i dont see i problem there, they are still gona wear uniform?
I think the only reason they make kids cut their hair is cause its been like that for-ever and some people, especially old people(no offense) is scared of change or what might happen.

I say they should give it a try.
I can grow my hair as you can tell from my picture and im in Gr10 and my school has great academics and its a brilliant school?

Melissa Church (Principia College) wrote
at 12:12pm on May 15th, 2008
what about girls wearing their hair loose??? or wearing it in a style that we like??

Wade Profe (Bergvliet High School) wrote
at 5:41pm on May 17th, 2008
Long hair rox! any teacher who tells us to cut our hair violating my rights! totalitarian fools!

Liam Ham Summers (Abbotts College) wrote
at 7:37pm on May 11th, 2008
haha i go to abbotts im allowed to have long hair. woop woop.

but im with you in the struggle!
keep it growin boys!

Olivia Burton (Waldorf School Constantia) wrote
at 6:43pm on May 11th, 2008
HAHAHASHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA i dont have to tie my hair up and the guys can grow their hair as long as they want wahaha shame for you.. yes i do go to school and its not homeschooling ! lalalalal suck to you

Anthony Warren (Toronto, ON) wrote
at 3:06pm on May 10th, 2008
You can’t cut your hair in your school? Here in Canada their not alowd to do such a things:)

Douw Steyn (Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck) wrote
at 9:26pm on May 8th, 2008
Ahhh… awe people! I want long hair! Jine! hahah! WTF?!?!?! Ja gus mr muller se gaan na beheerliggaam! As jy dit reg kry om v hammies en al dai mense te oortuig dans jy my hero! Skool is al kla kak ons wil net leer en klaar maak nie sooos freakin idiots lyki! DUshbags! PEACE!

Kenric Potter (Bergvliet High School) wrote
at 7:14pm on May 8th, 2008
teachers can go stuff them selves im sick of them telling me to cut my hair its mine

Chrisjan Bergh (Durbanville High School) wrote
at 6:43pm on May 8th, 2008
sekere privaatskole laat dit toe dat seuns hulle hare lank dra, solank dit net skoon en netjies is! ek stem heeltemal saam met dit! staatskole moet dit ook inbring!

Brynde Jeffes wrote
at 7:33pm on May 7th, 2008
at my old school there was this one teacher my brother had who used to measure and give set dimensions for his hair… omg he used to look like an freak!

Angus Cowie wrote
at 6:18pm on May 7th, 2008
unfortunately for u guys, schools need some sort of discipline…kinda like represents the school when you out on the streets in your uniform…altho I love my long hair, n reddam is pretty leniant bout it…if u rly hav a prob go b a hippy at Cedar or Waldorf ;);)

Gustav Lilienfeld (Hoërskool Jan van Riebeeck) wrote
at 5:07pm on May 7th, 2008
Im not cutting my hair! if they tru 2 cut it ill smack them> with my pimp hand

Peter Chantler (Hoërskool Outeniqua) wrote
at 4:17pm on May 7th, 2008
fok skool ek gan n hippy word

Andre Eksteen (Stellenberg High School) wrote
at 3:40pm on May 7th, 2008
Staat skole is vol diktators!!!

dis hond kak!

Daniel Green (Cedar House School) wrote
at 7:44pm on May 6th, 2008
hahahahah to all of u my hair can be as long as i want…

Andrew Pilcher (Vancouver, BC) wrote
at 9:47pm on April 27th, 2008
i go to school in canada n i can do w.e i want with my hair

Nikolai Niedermeier (Hoërskool D F Malan) wrote
at 3:54pm on April 25th, 2008
Dis sommer kak!! Ek sit nou hier in Duitsland en kyk na al hierdie mense se lang hare! My hare het ook nou lank gegroei en wanneer ek terug in SA is moet ek weer my hare knip? Jy´s sekker lekker mal!

Korte mette van haarkappery II

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7. VOORKOMSREËLS
7.1 MEISIES
7.1.1 Hare
» Hare moet te alle tye skoon en netjies wees.
» Hare wat langer as die kraag is, moet vasgemaak wees.
» Die kuif moet bokant die wenkbroue op die voorkop wees.
» Bollas mag slegs gedra word indien dit styf vasgemaak is en die  hare nie toegelaat word om te hang nie.
» Slegs skakerings van blou lint, knippies of haarrekkies mag gedra word.
» Uitspattige haarstyle sal nie toegelaat word nie.
» Geen haarjel of haarkleursel is toelaatbaar nie. 

7.1.2 Juwele
» Geen juwele, bv. ringetjies, armbande (leer, rubber of metaal), kettinkies sal toegelaat word nie.
» Slegs goue “studs” of goue ringetjies sal slegs in die ore toegelaat word.
» Die oorringetjies mag nie dikker as 5 mm wees nie.
» Slegs een oorring per oor sal toegelaat word en ook net in die onderste gaatjie in die oor.
» Slegs polshorlosies word toegelaat.
» Slegs medic alert-bandjies en hangertjies mag gedra word.
 
7.1.3 Naels
» Naels mag nie langer as die vingerpunte wees nie.   Geen toestemming sal vir lang naels verleen word nie.
» Geen naellak mag gedra word nie.
 
7.1.4 Grimering
» Geen lipglans, lipstiffie, maskara, oogpotlood, blos, onderlaag of enige ander grimering sal toegelaat word nie.

7.2 SEUNS
7.2.1 Hare
» Hare moet netjies van die kraag af weggesny wees,
» Hare moet om die ore gesny wees en mag nie lank genoeg wees om die ore te raak indien dit regaf gekam word nie.
» Bakkebaarde mag net tot in die middel van die oor kom.
» Die kuif moet 2 cm bo die wenkbroue wees.
» Geen puntige haarstyl of enige vreemde/uitspattige haarstyl word toegelaat nie.
» Gekleurde hare, jel of vaste golwing van hare word nie toegelaat nie.
» Hare mag nêrens op die kop langer as 3 cm wees nie.

7.2.2 Juwele
» Geen juwele, bv. ringe, armbande(leer, rubber of metaal) of kettinkies sal toegelaat word nie.  
» Slegs medic alert-bandjies en hangertjies mag gedra word.

Skooluniforms in die Afrikason

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Aha, die imperialisme.  Die wonder van die Britse Ryk.  Oral dra skoolleerders in Afrika, Australië en Indië uniforms as ‘n teken van onderdanigheid en eenheid.  Hare kortgeknip, hemde ingesteek, skoene gepolitoer.  En almal leer Engels.

Maar van hoeveel sin is swart skoene en ‘n langbroek in die Afrika-son?

Ons hier in Afrika het verval in ‘n klakkelose tradisie van Britse-styl skooldrag na-apery, alhoewel baadjies en dasse weinig nut vir leerders het – ook wat netheid betref.  Maak Eendrag mag?  Of is daar Eenheid in diversiteit?

Toe ek in matriek was, het ons skoolmeisies ‘n veldtog gevoer om grys meisieslangbroeke te mag dra.  Hulle argument was dat hulle bene koudkry en die kouse maklik en gereeld leer (skeur).  Die beheerliggaam (wat uit heelwat ma’s bestaan het) het geluister, en die skooldrag is gewysig.  (Vader behoede!)

Skuins teen die berg in Kaapstad dra die leerders blou jeans en ‘n wit T-hemp as skooldrag – die Duitse skool se leerders lyk netjies, hulle hare inkluis – al is die seuns s’n dikwels oor hulle ore tot by hul skouers.  Dit pas by die jeans-look.

In Melkbosstrand is daar tans ‘n privaatskool vanaf voorskool tot hoërskool wat vir die kleintjies laat gumboots dra in die winter.  Hulle kan dus rondplas en droog bly op die plaas waar die skool geleë is.

Maar by die meeste skole in Suid-Afrika word daar nie twee keer gedink oor skooldrag of haarreëls nie.  Dit is so, want dit was so en daarom moet dit so bly.

In my vorige post Lang hare en ‘n skooluniform moedig ek skole aan om gesprekke rondom netheidsreëls te begin voer sodat daar oorbeweeg kan word na ‘n waardegedrewe sisteem waarby leerders en onderwysers en ouers inkoop.

Die groot probleem tans in skole, voer ek aan, is die afwesigheid van so ‘n gesprek.  Niemand besin of bevraagteken die geldigheid van kort hare en knippies en uithanghemde nie.  Alhoewel daar nie meer tyd of mannekrag is om inspeksie te hou t.o.v. die netheid van kinders se voorkoms nie, word dit steeds halfhartig vereis en halfhartig afgedwing.

Volgens my ondervinding berispe onderwysers egter net die ongehoorsame kinders, ongeag of hulle lang hare het of nie, en laat begaan hulle die ordentlike leergieriges – ook ongeag of hulle lang hare het of nie.  My hare het regdeur my hele skoolloopbaan om my ore gekrul, maar ek’t opgelet in klas en is selde aangespreek.

So, tans in skole pas ons verouderde reëls sonder die gewensde effek halstarrig toe.  In die leerplan moet ons kritiese denke en probleemoplossingsvaardigheide vir leerders aanleer met die oog op verantwoordelike burgerskap binne ‘n demokratiese opset, maar ons vermy debatte wat enigsins outokratiese, uitgediende konstrukte binne hulle onmiddellike skoolomgewing aanspreek …want dalk kan dit moontlike verandering teweegbring.

En verandering is sleg.  As ‘n mens moet verander, dan beteken dit tog wat jy tans doen, is ongewens…?  Ai, ai, ai.  Wat ‘n mens in berekening moet bring, is die feit dat die wêreld ingrypend verander het… Juis daarom moet ons herbesin oor hoe ons dieselfde uitkomste in ‘n nuwe milieu kan bewerkstellig…  en/of ons dalk ander uitkomste moet oorweeg.  Want in ‘n veranderde wêreld is vantevore se nyd vandag se deug.  Dit is goed om krities te wees.  Om anders te wees.  Skaaptrop-mentaliteit is deesdae ongewens.

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Demokrasie is nie majority rules nie.  Demokrasie beteken almal het ‘n sê: almal word verteenwoordig, en almal het mag.  As ‘n mens dus kinders laat deelneem aan gesprek, sal die enkele leerder in die skoolbeheerliggaam op die ou end die leerders se standpunt moet meedeel en die res van die SBL oortuig.  Die SBL bestaan uit sowat drie onderwysers, een administratiewe personeellid, die verteenwoordiger van die oudleerlingbond, ‘n hele spul ouers, en een leerder.  In ‘n demokrasie het almal, soos destyds in my matriekjaar die kouebeen meisiekinders, ‘n sê.

Die punt is, die mense moet praat.

En die wêreld verander.

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Maar intussen dok ouers op vir dasse en gestreepte baadjies, en werk skoolwapens teen wit hempsakke vas.