Quote of the week

Senekal last week had nothing to do with solutions. It was all about politicians’ testosterone. It was all about politicians’ egos. What useful idea came out of all that heat and noise generated by all those politicians in Senekal last week? There is nothing. Nothing that makes SA a better place. Nothing that leads us to a better understanding of race relations in SA after 1994. Nothing that is a solution to farm murders – many of whose victims are poorly paid, desperate black people – or a solution to the incredibly horrendous murder and crime problem in this country.

Justice Malala
Sunday Times Daily
12 February 2007

Rather Bloemfontein than Braamfontein….

Men’s Health magazine has just published a report which rates Bloemfontein as the top “city” for men to live in South Africa. The Men’s Health team might have spent too much time with the leadership of FNB because the survey seems rather obsessed with crime.

The Mail & Guardian reports:

Bloemfontein, with only 20 burglaries per 10 000 residents, was voted the best city in South Africa for men. Pietermaritzburg was rated second, Johannesburg third, Pretoria fourth, Cape Town fifth, East London sixth and Durban seventh.
This news must be heartening to those gentlemen judges on the Supreme Court of Appeal who are forced …. (I mean, who are lucky enough) … to live in Bloemfontein instead of living close to Braamfontein.

It is not clear from the news reports whether cities were also judged on the intellectual stimulation available and the commitment of its inhabitants to constitutional transformation. Given the fact that Bloemfontein came out tops, I would be surprised if they were.

To be fair, using the latter criteria I am not sure that Cape Town would have done better than its 5th position either. O well, at least we have the mountian and the ocean while Bloemfontein has the Vrouemonument.

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