There have been rumblings from a number of quarters across South Africa that the negotiated settlement reached in the early 1990s was rubbish. It was “selling out”.
Let’s play a game. I say something and you say the first thing that comes to mind.
Before I delve into why I don’t want to braai any more, let me start with why I should be.
I have had a superlative kick-off to Heritage Month.
Many years ago, a tall, skinny guy with a comically high-pitched voice walked into Parliament and appeared before a subcommittee on arts and culture.
Years before President Barack Obama became the first person of colour to be elected to the highest office in the US, New York had its own Obama moment when David Dinkins became the first black mayor of the city.
Years ago as an 18-year-old “boy” studying in Cape Town, I often found myself in the company of a group of Xhosa men who were all the same age as me.
Many years ago, a young farmer and his new wife had to move house quite suddenly.
When I was six or seven years old, I saw the Freedom Charter on the walls of Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College in Tanzania. A kid slightly older than me read out each of its eight commandments, explaining what it meant.
It was exactly 102 years ago that my hero was born.
The past two weeks have been moving for me.
I steal minutes throughout the day to tend to my village in a rather addictive mobile phone game called Clash of Clans.
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Wednesday. I’m hungry. I’m thinking about Doctor Hunter S Thomson.
The recent behaviour displayed by our parliamentarians is disturbing, with the name-calling, shouting and refusal to obey the rules of the House.
There is nothing as sweet as a hard-earned victory. Ask Bafana Bafana. They should be over the moon at qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.