Right now it’s 3.37am, dark and windy in Cape Town. The predawn hour is quiet but restless, with branches playing percussion on my roof.
A disheartened Lesley Mofokeng bemoans the half-baked tribute paid to Nelson Mandela at Joburg’s FNB Stadium yesterday
Nelson Mandela gave his blessing for me to become a journalist, or at least that’s how I’d like to think of it.
Saturday night. Deadline’s come and gone. Long bloody last. It’s been a pig of a week. A stankmonster. Too many 5am crawls out of bed. Too many evenings waist-deep in court documents. Too many dodgy punters. Scumbags.
Just a week ago, my running shoes went on holiday with me to Nigeria. It wasn’t the easiest of places to train, but here is how you can make it work.
It’s hard to imagine a more hypocritical bunch of bastards than the people who are presently in charge of Durban.
Ever so often, all runners must take a break from pounding the pavements, and what better than some active relaxation on a bike.
Hot or Not
He was a father – not to his children alone. He was a father – not only to South Africa. He was a father – not only to Africa, but to the entire world. God gave us 95 years to share with him in this world. His passing should ignite the world to live with the ideals that he lived by. We are thankful for the time we had with him. Thank you, Madiba.Not:
All lawyer Nomzama Zondo seemed to be doing wrong was celebrating with her clients after winning a court case for traders to return to their spots. Instead, Joburg metro police arrested her and ignored the judgment of the Constitutional Court against the council. But courts are the final arbiters of disputes and their decisions should be respected by all.
Bafana Bafana’s win over the world champions could have counted for nothing. But this week, soccer governing body Fifa ruled that the game – in which the Spanish team tried to reduce it to nothing by making more substitutions than required – will stand as an official friendly. The nation now has every reason to celebrate beating the world champions. Hooray!Not:
President Jacob Zuma could not possibly be hot, knowing that he can cool down in a R550 000 swimming pool at his Nkandla home. According to Public Works documents, the “fire pool” doubles up as a second water reservoir for fire-fighting purposes and was funded by tax money. Pity the pool can’t put out the fire of public opinion.
Like that David versus Goliath fight in the Bible, Bafana Bafana made the country proud by beating world champions and top-ranked team Spain on Tuesday. Winning the game with a gutsy performance brought joy to many South Africans. Now, we need our boys to treat each and every game they play with the same vigour and determination.Not:
They could be the top team in the world, but Spain showed little respect for South Africa. Making seven substitutions in a single match, thereby flouting Fifa’s rules on the matter, is inexcusable. Their arrogance on Tuesday clearly shows they forget the little team when they are on top. But being on top is not a permanent spot you occupy.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has displayed that she takes her job seriously. She will not buckle under pressure from anyone. This week, she took on security-cluster ministers – who went to court to stop her from releasing a preliminary report into state spending at President Jacob Zuma’s private residence of Nkandla – and won. We need more of her ilk.Not:
Government’s responsibility is to ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent correctly to address the many challenges the country faces. In our case, the opposite is true. The Auditor-General found that R30.8 billion has either been wasted or irregularly spent. As long as our public services are open to this kind of misspending, fraud and corruption will thrive.
Registering to vote in next year’s general elections is the right thing to do. This is the chance for people to vote in or out those they want to lead them. By registering, South Africans would be making sure that the freedom fought for so hard over the many years was not in vain. So, let us all register to vote and make our mark. That way, your voice is heard.Not:
Education should encourage critical thinking and creativity. Spokesperson forthe department of basic education Panyaza Lesufi showed he does not encourage either by saying “derogatory art” won’t be tolerated in government schools like Westville Boys’ High. What Mr Lesufi called derogatory art, some might consider a legitimate attempt at satire. So much for opening up minds.
My increasingly wild life has led to an unseemly absence from my blog.
Monday morning. I’m lying on the couch.
Is ever-after type monogamy outdated?
Saturday the Croc and I got to hang out in Nxamalala. Again.
Fishermen catch fish and cops catch crooks (well, in a perfect world, that is). Just so, journalists capture life.
Need an excuse to gawk and admire the scenery like a tourist? Need people in Cape Town to understand why you feel compelled to greet everyone you pass on the street in the early morning?
For the first time in my life I’m considering celibacy. Giving up sex. Hanging up my boots.
Only Mr Mandela, Madiba, Tata, could bring everyone together like this.
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