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.
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.
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Please stop telling me about respect because you only have oppression, corruption and ageism to give in return. Do not hide your incapacity, insecurity and unintelligibility with age – it’s stale and it’s embarrassing.
Yes, there is good news on Ebola. Nigeria and Senegal have been declared Ebola-free. This is a reflection of good governance. Nigeria learnt from a previous polio outbreak to lock down a breakout to prevent a pandemic.