|Hey, just found out we've been
celebrating the New Year at the wrong time of the year! According to some
African tradition the new year falls on September 22. This is the time when
mother earth gives us spring. It is thus the time that black African people
celebrate as New Year. And with the full moon in October, it is a signal
that the land can now be sowed in preparation for a full harvest. Nouja,
wat kan ek sê? Probably the first time that most Africans find this
out! Of course this guy (who-ever he is) wants government to make provision
for this day by declaring it a holiday. It has nothing to do with the fact
that the 23rd is a public holiday here by us (Heritage Day) and the suckers
just want another day of loafing around at some shebeen (local township
drinking hole). Definitely not!
Myself had a major long weekend - Been working 'till 04:30 on Friday morning - that's now since 06:45 the Thursday - and with Monday a working day for which we had to put in a days leave (no use starting up a whole factory for one day), it's been a full (including Friday) five days. And of course I'm not doing too much. Missed the airshow though, with two Harvard planes crashing due to technical problems (no lives lost) it's maybe just as well. These planes were used as training craft 'till about three years ago. On the subject of crashing - the only remaining Spitfire (picture of it in my gallery) in South Africa crashed a couple of months ago, killing it's pilot. Great pity for both.
Read a story about a British woman (married to a Zimbabwean black) critisizing the world for running Mugabe down. Now this woman got herself a farm out of the deal. Pasella, for nothing! She could count herself as part of the black elite there, with ministers and even Mugabe's family taking the best farms she's definitely on the right track. Anne Motanga (used to work for the local government in Essex - what do you expect?) returned to Zimbabwe after spending most of her life in the UK and promptly moved into her new house while the 'owners' (who had the farm in the family since 1920) has to get used to a tiny flat in Harare. She still has the cheek to talk about the 'white colonialists who stole our land'. How's that for a Pom! Tony Blair should have her put out of her misery. Or maybe if we're lucky, she'll contract some desease and suffer a bit. Such cheek!
Time for some feedback on
all the corruption that I've written about in the past. The forestry deal
is off with Zama Resources who 'bribed' the chief director awarding
the deal with lots of money. The tender is to be re-opened with Zama getting
a second chance. Who says the press doesn't have a part to play!
They themselves don't pay their domestic servants according to their own laws, but they expect us to abide by their law? That'll be the day!
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