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.
With former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon’s passing two weeks ago, I was struck by how different his obituaries were to those of our own recently deceased former head of state Nelson Mandela.
With the laying to rest of our beloved Madiba, the question of leadership has been on our minds.
City Press on Twitter
- Baxter: Chiefs’ striker crisis forced me to use Plan C: http://t.co/VSczqQfYm4 3 hours ago
- ANC looking into Jackson Mthembu shooting: http://t.co/XV6RwX9Q1N 3 hours ago
- It’s now or never for Derby-Lewis parole – lawyer: http://t.co/yIQLL34uvj 3 hours ago
- RT @tomtom_m: Wheeeee! So can ordinary citizens use Nkandla too? RT @City_Press Zuma: #Nkandla is like PW Botha’s George airport 4 hours ago
- Zuma: #Nkandla is like PW Botha’s George airport: http://t.co/qPu0vOxO0m 4 hours ago
Could you please calm down and crawl back into the beds and couches from whence you came? Yes, I’m talking to you.
It should be increasingly difficult for South Africa’s top executives to justify their enormous pay packages, given the furore over excessive pay, the country’s high level of unemployment, and the huge disparity between the highest- and lowest-paid employees at companies.