South Africa

Speeder fakes carjacking

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“John Smith” was driving 180 kph when he realized he’d just blasted through a speed trap outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. “Knowing the police…

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Theft in South Africa

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South Africa—It was somewhat of a shock to find nothing but white lines on asphalt in the place we knew we left a van….

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Pickpockets in Durban, South Africa

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“We do what you do,” Bob told the poker-faced pickpocket. “Same job.” Looking at his blank expression, it wasn’t clear that he understood. Perhaps…

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A pudding

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After twenty years of baking this decadent dessert, which I’ve called by a name I’m quite fond of, I must finally, if fleetingly, commit…

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Eat shit

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Mala Mala, South Africa— Our mischievous rangers convinced some in our safari group of an old “African tradition” while out walking in the bush….

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Alexandra Township

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Johannesburg, South Africa— I spent a day in Alexandra Township last month, where half a million people live in organized squalor in three square…

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Golden silk orb weaver spider

Golden silk orb weaver spider

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Mala Mala and Kruger National Park, South Africa— Spiders were an everpresant danger to a number of our safari group, to the extent that…

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Thieves and witchdoctors

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In Johannesburg for a string of corporate shows, we managed to find and talk to three pickpockets, one of whom claimed to be reformed….

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