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Display name: GerritR
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I am a veterinarian turned entrepreneur with three "vetshops", an internet business and an import business. During my 75 years on this planet I have experienced many weird and wonderful things, from having a rabies scare to treating chimps and elephants. I am unashamedly proud to be a South African, but this does not mean I have my head in the sand. With my articles I hope to give my own take on this country and what ails it. To this end I have traveled widely and researched the chaotic history of Africa.

A Conversation between Voltaire and Sir Isaac Newton long after their deaths. By Gerrit Retief

Having abused alcohol as a youngster occasionally with sometimes comical results, it has become in my later years the subject of hilarious anecdotes usually told with great amusement to my friends.

My friend has just undergone chemotherapy and radiation therapy for lung cancer. Incredibly, he still smokes.

About one year ago I was diagnosed with colon cancer, had the thing removed, and have been clear of cancer since then. This inevitably made me think about longevity and what might happen to me in the future.

On this forum we have had some ferocious debates and downright insulting remarks on both sides of the Atheist/religionist divide.

For about 40 years I haven't been able to see anything between my navel and my knees, except in the mirror.

"Ve are moofing to Pietermaritzboorg from Chohannesboorg, zo ve haff to take ziss pet lion wit us, ja?

When I was a Veterinary Officer in Botswana I lost my camera and sent a letter to the Insurance Company explaining what happened.

The girl behind the counter looked at me and said casually that people over 60 could jump for free!

One of my articles on News24 caused some of my family members to "unfriend" me on Facebook.

It is my contention that there is no such thing as a 'popular uprising', there always seems to be an organization or group fanning the flames of discontent and encouraging violence


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