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The Light Pokers

So many opinions and views regarding these uncertain times that we live in. There is a chorus of voices that will drive you mad if you tune into them, telling you it’s the end of the world… So don’t listen… 
The human race is trying to wrap their heads around the fact that the whole world came to a standstill due to a tiny thing called COVID19 virus that we can’t even see with our eyes…..

I have always been a square peg in a round hole. I have always had to think outside the box. Life is just like that for me. That combined with a very positive mindset believing that the glass is not half full or half empty but that it is refillable. So if you have time please read my musings about life and 2020 into infinity….

‘When I was little and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me: “Look to the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Fred Rogers

I call these people "Light Pokers". When the world is under a dark blanket of fear, despair, and hopele…

Covid 19 - Poem by Hakkiesdraad Hartman

photo: Claudia Fonte
You could feel the energy as
high spirits and fireworks ushered in a new decade
the 21st century has never looked this great
2020 was welcomed with open arms
embraced with hugs, kisses, best wishes, handshakes 
and the promise of an abundant tomorrow 
but then without warning the sorrow struck 
like zombies in a horror movie

ons bestaan bedreig deur 'n siekte
tot lewe gekom innie vorm vanne virus
volgens verslae ontstaan in China
gekom soos 'n dief in die nag
die wêreld op hol gejag 

vryheid verpletter...
die covid wetter

het mensdom agter slot en grendel...yoh!!!
ooh etter, hies nou 'n ding, verdeksels
ek soek uitkom kans...lockdown se dinges
ma jinne, jinne, jinne...
President Ramaphosa het gesê hou jou linne binne
so die volle nommer is
whatsapp, facebook en skype maar met vrinne...
vir ons veiligheid issie beginsel
mistertjie hierie kopseer se disprin
social distancing
jarre corona 'n bliksem... 
salute aanie essential workers wat elke dag brave

Hakkiesdraad Hartman - Woestyn Blom

photo: Wolfgang Hasselmann
The People's DNA was invited by one of our well-known local artists, Hakkiesdraad Hartman, to attend the screening of his music video “Woestyn Blom”.  We were fortunate enough to have an interview with the leading artist and one of the videographers, EgoNege, to gain more insight around the making and behind the scene of the music video. Here is just a preview of how the night played out, from the audience, to the interview and then the screening of “Woestyn Blom”.  As the guests were arriving to attend the event, there was an attitude of anticipation lingering in the venue.  Was it for the fact that we did not know what to expect from the music video? Or perhaps the fact that we all knew exactly what to expect from Hakkiesdraad Hartman, as he is a well-known and respected artist in the community of Pacaltsdorp. 

The guests were seated and ready to engage in the interview that was held with Hakkiesdraad Hartman and EgoNege. As the interview proceeded each …

Worshipping Together Is More Than Just Singing

Photo by Cherry Laithang on Unsplash

Here is how I see it: worshipping on your own is great and something I do daily but worshipping with a room full of people is just different. Corporate worship is about connection. Connection with each other and also a deeper connection with God. Corporate worship is coming together and worshipping together at the same time. It is powerful.

The word corporate makes it sound so formal. It is actually more a collective coming together of a community. So for the remainder of this article, I will call it collective worship.
Worshipping in the church is people coming together. It is your friend from school, the one who took part in Idols and your grandma's sister Ruth, she turned 89 last month and wants everyone to know she still hits her high notes. They sing together every Sunday, and the paint doesn’t peel off the walls. WHY? They are worshipping collectively. That’s why.

Collective worship is powerful. Alone I am still worshipping but together we ar…

Faraway George

In 'n donker hoekie van Pretoria tydens beurtkrag, is daar 'n gleempie lig wat skyn vanuit die Lagom Café. Sonder dat ons geweet het sou dit ons laaste aandjie uit wees vir 'n rukkie. Die kafee is gesellig en gons reeds met opgewonde stemme. Fritz Gun open die vertoning met 'n paar van sy gevoelvolle 'rock/blues' nommers. Hy is 'n talentvolle kunstenaar in eie reg.

My metgesel vir die aand is vriendin, Lizandra Winter. Straatvriende van die hoofkunstenaar, gee my bietjie "inside info", (dit staan ook op die cd omslag). Faraway George se naam is Hein Günther, sy boetie Fritz Günther (op elektries) en sussie Edelweiss. Op die dromme is Mias wat ek al by menigte bekendes se "live shows" gesien het en ek ontmoet voor die vertoning ook vir Jaco Smit wat ek verneem amper enige instrument kan speel en by KSM werk.

Hein, oftewel Faraway George, bedank sy ouboet en deel opgewonde een van sy heel eerste liedjies, “Vir 'n Vreemdeling”. Dit is n…

Articles Of Hope


It always amazes me how people adapt to situations in such individual ways. Most people tend to avoid uncomfortable conditions or environments unknown to them. Others seek out the most uncomfortable situations and tackle the ‘understanding’ and adapting head-on. In our daily lives and interactions with various individuals, these personality traits are not constantly apparent but throw a common enemy into the mix and people’s personalities explode in colourful intensity.

Nothing could have prepared the world for the onslaught of our common foe, COVID-19. This fiend did not attack all at once but made its presence known at a slow crawl spreading illness and death with a healthy dose of fear and uncertainty, to not only those infected but everyone who currently bears witness.
Those of us that tend to avoid the unfamiliar, denied its presence and the necessary steps we needed to take, but luckily, there are persons among us that do not shy away from the unknown. They ed…