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SAWmail Editor's Message - 21 May

Greetings Readers

Fortunately the past week has been stable and quiet - except for water and power cuts!

Being resourceful, my wife and I seemed to cope OK. Having alternative sources of lighting, heating and stored water is of course essential. We even tape the freezer and fridge shut to conserve the cold within.

Our other problem revolves around communication – or rather the sudden lack of it.

You see, when power outages occur in a suburb, it often cuts the cell-phone tower for that area as well, requiring the next tower to handle all the calls, which in turn results in dropped calls or no means of dialling out. Even the landline suffers, due to [I think] an overloading of the analogue system.

Trying to send a simple fax takes on a new range of difficulties - enough to test one’s patience. Impatient recipients waiting for the fax fail to understand - after all faxes, SMS and e-mail are "normal" things now - for their developed country maybe.

A new website has been developed by Maureen Cram - www.stuffbusters.co.za.
Here you find out all about an energy therapy called Emotional Freedom Techniques. You can easily learn and use this for yourselves, your children and even your pets.

It’s well worth a look into - go there!

Maureen tells me that she is working on a new interactive idea for the future for SAWmail - so this will be the last one in this format.

She will be writing to all SAWmailers to let them know as soon as she has finalised all the details. Look out for it!

Thanks for all the kind words and help you readers have given me during the time I have been editor... I really appreciated it :)

Read the full issue of SAWmail here.

I know a place in Africa...

More inspiring poetry written by Wayne Visser, a South African currently based in Nottingham, UK.

I know a place in Africa
Where I can feel the sun on my back
And the sand between my barefoot toes
Where I can hear the gulls on the breeze
And the waves crash on the endless shore

I know a place in Africa
Where the mountains touch the skies of blue
And the valleys shelter vines of green
Where the trees spread out a cloth of mauve
And the bushveld wears a coat of beige

I know a place in Africa
Where I can hear the voice of thunder gods
And watch their lightening spears thrown to earth
Where I can breathe the scent of rain clouds
And taste the sweet dew of dusty drops

This is the place of wildness
Of evolution and dinosaurs
Where life began and mankind first stood
Of living fossils and elephants
Where lions roar and springbok herds leap

This is the place of struggle
Of desert plains and thorn trees
Where pathways end and hunters track game
Of horizons and frontiers
Where journeys start and sunsets bleed red

This is the place of freedom
Of exploration and pioneers
Where darkness loomed and light saw us through
Of living legends and miracles
Where daybreak came and hope now shines bright

My heart is at home in Africa
Where the sound of drums beat in my chest
And the songs of time ring in my ears
Where the rainbow mist glows in my eyes
And the smiles of friends make me welcome

My mind is at ease in Africa
Where the people still live close to the soil
And the seasons mark my changing moods
Where the markets hustle with trading
And Creation keeps its own slow time

My soul is at peace in Africa
For her streams bring lifeblood to my veins
And her winds bring healing to my dreams
For when the tale of this land is told
Her destiny and mine are as one

© 2006 Wayne Visser

I am an African...

This poem was written by Wayne Visser.

I am an African
Not because I was born there
But because my heart beats with Africa’s
I am an African
Not because my skin is black
But because my mind is engaged by Africa
I am an African
Not because I live on its soil
But because my soul is at home in Africa

When Africa weeps for her children
My cheeks are stained with tears
When Africa honours her elders
My head is bowed in respect
When Africa mourns for her victims
My hands are joined in prayer
When Africa celebrates her triumphs
My feet are alive with dancing

I am an African
For her blue skies take my breath away
And my hope for the future is bright
I am an African
For her people greet me as family
And teach me the meaning of community
I am an African
For her wildness quenches my spirit
And brings me closer to the source of life

When the music of Africa beats in the wind
My blood pulses to its rhythm
And I become the essence of music
When the colours of Africa dazzle in the sun
My senses drink in its rainbow
And I become the palette of nature
When the stories of Africa echo round the fire
My feet walk in its pathways
And I become the footprints of history

I am an African
Because she is the cradle of our birth
And nurtures an ancient wisdom
I am an African
Because she lives in the world’s shadow
And bursts with a radiant luminosity
I am an African
Because she is the land of tomorrow
And I recognise her gifts as sacred

You can visit Wayne's site here

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