Archive for 'History'

Should South Africa KILL the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station?

Posted 21 May 2011 | By | Categories: History, Trade & Politics | 2 Comments

Tweet Many people in the United States are surprised when I inform them that South Africa possessed six nuclear bombs between 1960 and 1980. These were dismantled in the early 1990s, but the legacy lives on with Koeberg nuclear power plant in Cape Town. My dad, Paul Stevens, recently sent a letter to a Cape […]


A Scientist, Tycoon and the Third Private Citizen in Space

Posted 11 February 2011 | By | Categories: Book Reviews, History, Technology Landscape, Video & Film | 1 Comment

Tweet In a recent telephone interview with maverick scientist and business millionaire Greg Olsen, I asked him whether he had experienced an “aha” moment on his journey into outer space in 2005 — only the third “international” civilian ever to do so at the time. “All ten days were an aha moment but I didn’t […]


The Most Dangerous Man Alive

Posted 20 January 2011 | By | Categories: History, Video & Film | 3 Comments

Tweet Without telling you his name, let me tell you a little bit about him. At the age of seven he fell in love with a martial art called Hapkido after witnessing one of his Korean friends fend off several bullies at school. This took him on a 34 year journey into martial arts which […]


Clifton Shark Files Goes Live

Posted 23 September 2010 | By | Categories: History | 3 Comments

Tweet It was around 2000 that I heard a vague reference to a shark attack that had occurred at Clifton Fourth Beach, South Africa sometime during the 1970s. At the time I was working as an editor for a technical publishing house called George Warman Publications and surfing my brains out each evening at Llandudno […]


Yellow Crazy Ants Invade Johnston Atoll

Posted 15 August 2010 | By | Categories: History | 1 Comment

Tweet “The Forgotten Island of Johnston Atoll” generated some great responses from those involved presently and historically with this remote atoll in the middle of the Pacific. This includes updates from Susan White, Project Leader for Pacific Reefs National Wildlife Refuge Complex which encompasses Johnston Island and civilian Shelby Magnuson-Hawkins in charge of pest control […]


The Inter-Disciplinary Science of Sir John Herschel

Posted 03 August 2010 | By | Categories: History | No Comments

Tweet Sir John Herschel, landed on Cape Town shores in early 1834 to map out the stars of the Southern Hemisphere. His father, Sir Frederick William Herschel, also an astronomer, had discovered the planet Uranus in 1781. Sir John would continue his father’s work in Cape Town by building a 21 ft telescope through which […]


Vote For Table Mountain as One of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World

Posted 26 July 2010 | By | Categories: History | No Comments

Tweet South Africa needs your vote to get Table Mountain listed as one of the ‘New Seven Natural Wonders of The World’. Currently it’s lying in the bottom two of the rankings while Austrialia’s The Great Barrier Reef, somewhat predictably, is positioned in first place. This is the third phase of the competition which has […]


The Forgotten Island of Johnston Atoll

Posted 18 July 2010 | By | Categories: History, Technology Landscape | 106 Comments

Tweet In 1995 the U.S. government declassified a set of military documents which outlined the real story behind a series of failed high-altitude nuclear tests and atmospheric air drops during 1962 on a tiny atoll in the middle of the Pacific called Johnston Island. Barely a mile long this island is permanent record of the […]


Here Comes The Alabama (Daar Kom Die Alabama)…

Posted 03 July 2010 | By | Categories: History | 2 Comments

The Alabama was skippered by Raphael Semmes, a growing Civil War legend, who symbolized the independent spirit and cavalier attitude of the American South as he took up the role of a pirate of the seas. Thousands of Capetonians lined Signal Hill and other high points beneath the dramatic shadow of Table Mountain as Semmes masterfully toyed with the Yankee commerce ship, Sea Bride. After some strategic maneuvers and shots fired off the brow, the captain steered his prize into Cape Town harbor, South Africa, where he was given a hero’s welcome.