Posts Tagged With 'south africa'

  • Nov
  • 23
  • 2011

The Shroud of Secrecy Surrounding Black Tuesday

Posted by Katherine Stott In South Africa, Thoughts & Concepts | Comments Off on The Shroud of Secrecy Surrounding Black Tuesday

Living in South Africa, you’d know how the gloom of today is not merely a reflection of the weather. Yesterday was Black Tuesday; a day in South African history that will forever be marked as inconceivable yet true. The SA government voted in favour of the Secrecy Bill that will allow corruption to run rife through our political veins, without the journalistic world being able to comment on it. Legally, that is. How one could even fathom the introduction of such a law is beyond each and every rational mind and is something that the upstanding members of our communities have been fighting against for months. Petitions have brought the passing of this bill to a standstill before and perhaps old Jacob Zuma will do what is right and not put his stamp of approval on it, thereby allowing it to become law. My suspicions are against old JZ at this time, but it doesn’t mean it’s the end!

We all foresee a future where investigative journalism is about to become the enemy of the state; but at the same time we all know that every journalist worth his salt would more than likely now fight even harder to expose the truth. It’s been said that every ANC member of parliament was ordered to be present for the vote yesterday, producing a dominant force that would overthrow any decisions to do away with this bill. In addition to them being in attendance, each and every ANC member was also apparently ordered to vote in favour of the bill; whether they wanted to or not. What does this say for the ruling party? Not only do they want to enforce something so heinous that it insults the very intellectual capacity of our people, but they are also squashing any personal opinion or goodwill for the country that any of their members of parliament could hope to bring to the table.

I know I annoy the crap out of people with my eternal optimism; always looking for the ray of hope that indicates to me that everything will be fine. But I truly feel that this entire debacle will cause a host of ANC voters to wake up and shift places towards a vantage point facing the DA. How could any intelligent human being actually support something that is to the detriment of their country and their own personal wellbeing? In my opinion, the ANC have just shafted themselves royally and they can prepare for a number of lost supporters from those who actually understand the implications of this ridiculous bill. To me, they are just further proving to the world that they are a bunch of monkeys in suits with a dangerous amount of power in their hands, forcing their insane plans on a wealth of people who are too clever and too much in love with their country to not do anything about it.

Watch this space. All hope is not lost; in fact this might be the explosion that launches the ANC into oblivion where they belong. In the great and really catchy words of Journey: “Don’t stop believin’, hold onto that feeling!” Yes, it’s grey and miserable outside, but inside I’m feeling rather warm and positive.



  • Aug
  • 26
  • 2011

Rugby Fridays

Posted by Katherine Stott In South Africa | Comments Off on Rugby Fridays
Rugby Fridays

With the Rugby World Cup 2011 approaching, South Africa is getting into the swing of things by donning their rugby jerseys every Friday. Schools, individuals and corporations are Rugby Fridaysall showing their support for the Boks in what we call Rugby Fridays… and Quirk is no different. In addition to the rugby “vibe” that’s to be spread around the office, we’re expecting a guest speaker, Owen Nkumane, to come and chat to us during our inspiration session about all things Bok and beautiful. The team has been asked to wear their favourite rugby jersey in honour of this event, but I seem to be lacking in the rugby jersey department. Not only do I not have a favourite rugby jersey, but I don’t possess a single item of South African-esque clothing, with the exception of a Soccer World Cup t-shirt that was bought for me.

It’s not that I don’t support my country and that my patriotism has run dry; in fact it’s quite the opposite. I’m in full support of all things SA and I’ll be the one screaming in the pub for the Boks to push it over the try line. It’s just the whole clothing thing… I’ve never felt the inclination to paint my face with the South African flag or buy a green and gold jersey. That doesn’t mean I’m not bubbling over with pride every time our team walks onto a field.

I love watching exotic dancers, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to go out and buy 7 inch perspex stilettos and a sequined pair of hot pants if I wanted to support them. It’s the same with the Boks. I’d rather sit in my jeans and t-shirt, Kat-style, and let my support be displayed from me… just little old me in plain old clothing. So don’t judge me when my attire doesn’t reflect love for my country; green and gold just aren’t my colours, darling!

  • Nov
  • 20
  • 2010

South Africa is the Shizz (Day 5 of the 30 Day trial)

Posted by Katherine Stott In South Africa | Comments Off on South Africa is the Shizz (Day 5 of the 30 Day trial)
Numida meleagris, taken at Kirstenbosch, South...Image via Wikipedia
It is so incredible how completely different I feel today. Yesterday was the old “woe is me” saga; the tale of two extremes! And today I am bursting with vivaciousness and energy and brimming over with enthusiasm to get out there and experience this awesome day. It is truly amazing what sleep can do!~
The best part is waking up to a weekend in the arms of Mama Africa! With her streaming sunshine, countless birds in abundance, and the beauty of her exuberance that we find right here in our own garden.
Taking the dogs for a walk in the park this morning, we were greeted by a large family of Plover’s protecting their nest with passionate fervour… and a little bit of annoyance. The dew was fresh on the grass, the sky a magnificent blue that couldn’t get more intense. Little bees were buzzing above the purple flowers covering the veld and Guinea Fowl were making the most of the morning – just like us – a few metres away in the lush, green, riverside grass. As I walked I felt so priveleged to be a part of this incredible world; this country; this life. To walk side by side with these cheeky birds, under the South African sky… I am sure Johnny Clegg wrote a song about this? Minus the birds….
I love our life.
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