Just when I thought it would take a major war or dictatorship or land invasions or something to get blogging started in SA, and I started hearing about all these awesome local blogs. I think the craze started around the same time that the Mail & Gaurdian online launched their 'Blogspot' tool.
The tool is crap (it will get better) but the awesome thing is that it was launched by one of the most respected newspapers in southern Africa - and does a lot to raise the level of community among bloggers here.
Before this, there wasn't a local engine out there, so bloggers remained pretty dispersed and isolated (using Google's blogger, or homemade versions). Now I'm finding new bloggers every day. I met these very interesting 'Jo-blog' dudes who are being interviewed for an open source software tv program last week. After telling me that they didn't really need to use the license because they break copyright law every day and don't care if others take their posts and do the same, they eventually agreed to use a creative commons license. In fact, they decided to dedicate their blog to the public domain with the cc 'public domain' license in the end.
This is huge. It's the first private dedication in SA that I know of. It made my 1 hour rant on a hot Friday afternoon to these guys worth it.
(I promise not to talk about Creative Commons again... from now.)