Tell It Like It Is

At Tell It Like It Is, we call a spade a shovel. If you're politically correct, easily offended, a bleeding heart or simpering do-gooder, this website is not for you.

Furthermore, journos are neither employed nor paid by bands, record companies, venue owners, promoters, event organisers, vehicle manufacturers, etc. If we were, we'd be called publicists, and publicists are paid exorbitant fees to say nice things in effusive press releases in order to sell an artist or event or a product. We just tell it like it is.


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He’d be a joke if he wasn’t such a destructive swine. But what Jacob Zuma has done to South Africa isn’t a joke. Mandela must be turning in his grave.

Civil rebellion, violent labour protests, deteriorating infrastructure, unemployment at 25.5%, and a president who doesn’t seem to give a tinker’s cuss for anyone but his arrogant self, is setting the country on a path to anarchy.

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18 months on …

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Syd Kitchen sang Africa’s not for sissies, and he was right. Emigration’s not for sissies either.

Relocating to the other side of the world is probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. But we’re still here and I still think we made the right decision.

So, what has this ex-pat learned after almost two years on this not-so-tropical island?

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Our new life in the UK

Opening the door to a new life in the UK

Tim Wells is a South African born British Citizen. Essentially, he is a South African who grew up in Durban. He is an actor musician and has sacrificed an established 22-year career in the performing arts to move to England and live in the Somerset countryside. Here’s Tim’s story …

Debi (my wife) and I felt that our autistic son would benefit hugely from the special needs school we have found in Bath called 3 Ways and it is proving to be a massive success. We felt that a move here would be the best for all our futures (we also have a 13 year old daughter), in light of where South Africa appears to be heading under the appalling leadership of Zuma’s ANC.

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Dear Bob … about my farm

Drawing: Mel Card

My relationship with Bob Mugabe has been trundling along for quite a while now, writes Gavin Foster.  I send him emails, and he never replies. I even invited him to go on holiday with me, and he ignored me. But it all started much earlier, with a couple of brandies one night, when I stumbled across the Zanu-PF website. For weeks I forwarded them all the spam I received, interspersed with personal messages to be forwarded to Bob. This was the first …

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Book review: Scatterlings – A Tapestry of Afri-Expat Tales

Scatterlings - A Tapestry of Afri-Expat Tales

Scatterlings – A Tapestry of Afri-Expat Tales – by Eve Hemming

You know that magic formula to help you figure out whether to sit tight or emigrate?  There isn’t one. 

Stay or leave? That’s the question which has forced hundreds of thousands of people to do a lot of soul searching before they could make a decision to either stay and face the music in an increasingly unstable South Africa, or take a life changing gamble on the unknown and emigrate to a foreign country.

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