Quote of the week

Over the last 150 days we have learned much about the power of the habitual in post-millennial, post-apartheid South Africa. We have heard it in the grumbling, cavilling, quarrelling and grousing about the logic (or lack of) of government decrees. We have also seen it in the defiance of logic among the many bourgeois folks who mistook their entitlement for rights, whether to go running, do yoga on the beach, surf, get takeaway coffees, or to purchase items subjected to restricted trade… We saw it in the contradictory messages relayed by official government channels, in the conflict between some experts advising government, between government officials and such experts, and in the ways in which opposition parties contradicted themselves as they opposed government proclamations.

Angelo Fick
Johannesburg Review of Books
26 September 2008

Rejoice, Dr beetroot is no more

I am extatic to read that Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has been moved from her post as Minister of Health and replaced with the excellent Barbara Hogan. Now if only Mbeki did this about 8 years ago. Maybe he could still have had a job. Pity Manto was not “redeployed” as ambassador to Tjikitjikistan….

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