A few things on my mind

Archive for November 2014


I have not had much to say – not because there haven’t been things on my mind, quite the opposite in fact – I just could not find what to talk about.In a month’s time, we will be commemorating Nelson Mandela’s passing. This is going to be an opportunity to once again reflect on where we come from and where we are and going. I can already see the headlines, local and international – all good and bad – on the state of things in this beautiful country of mine.

My thoughts today are based on statements I have read or conversations I have had. At the risk of plagiarising – I will attribute comments accordingly.

In understanding what I found so difficult about putting my thoughts to paper – I described this period we are in as the ‘Twilight Zone’ I used to watch the Twilight Zone when I was a child.
This might explain a few things about meFor those who have never seen the show, it “it is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge” Branko Brkic dailymaverick.co.za/article/2009-09-30-the-twilight-zone-is-50-years-old/#.VFnejvmUd1Y

As we head into the silly season, the events of this year will pass, and we will plan for a better 2015. As historian, I am firm believer that we must look at our past to determine our future. But in so saying we need to know what lessons we learned.
So in review of things that have passed and had us acting in an episode of the Twilight Zone, here are my top three :

1.Oscar’s trail
Done and dusted. We move on, unsure what lesson. We will revisit this issue one day am sure. Just suffice to say, after explaining to my daughter what Oscar was on trial for, she said “Why did he not knock on the door?” But for a more informed view, read the article by Rian Malan on Oscar Pistorius in Newsweek: newsweek.com/2014/11/07/pistorius-trial-parable-about-celebrity-not-south-africa-280549.html

2.The Lighthouse Baby Shelter
My son turned two, and as per his paediatrician’s advice, I can now take him to a nursery school. In my search, I decided to check out the one up the street from house – The Light House Baby Shelter. I was saddened to find out that it is a home for ‘unwanted, abandoned and abused babies from newborn upwards’https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lighthouse-Baby-Shelter-Main-Page/184040991612919?sk=info&ref=page_internal. My daughter last night asked me if I had found Lesego space in this school and without thinking I told her what that place was and she said ‘Why would anyone abandon a baby?’

3.Nkandla… Bring back what money, for what?
Apparently the draft report by the parliamentary committee on the Nkandla controversy has absolved President Jacob Zuma and concluded that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings against him on misspending on his private home were not binding Media24,

In the absence of something smart to say, I will quote Ranjeni Munusamy who said these things happen in our country “Because every day we get accustomed to a new abnormality”



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