I’ll try to be slow (girls and boys) says a bureaucrat dumbing us down on my afternoon radio I’ll try to be slow coming over like some tender proposal on a steamy date (Motown-style) I’ll try to be slow for your benefit like we all take our own African time I’ll try to be slow Freudian in its meaning to myself anyway in my native intellect (Nothing premature and the pushing of ceremonial buttons Plato-style)
Zwelinzima Vavi’s address to the Ruth First Memorial Lecture 17 August 2010, Wits University I will always cherish this moment. It is such an honour to deliver the annual lecture in memory of Ruth First. The theme is “how policy is affecting the marginalised and its impact on poverty”.
His Excellency Jacob Zuma President of the Republic of South Africa Union Buildings Private Bag X1000, Pretoria, 0001 South Africa BY FAX: +27 12 323 8246 19 August 2010 Your Excellency, We are writing on behalf of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum, which represent 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries, to express our serious concern at two recent moves by the ruling ANC that seriously threaten press freedom in South Africa.
I stopped myself from the proverbial just when you thought in the normal everyday I stopped myself doing the I told you so post- the F-extravaganza I stopped myself ridiculing Metro-hell as you know it to be I stopped myself trains as grimy as before (late or cancelled too) more than a window gone I stopped myself the F-joyhere still our moment in herstory (history as it was before) I stopped myself
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More of the same is the appeal after all the euphoria has gone and left us More of the same service delivery not just an oxymoron (for only 67 minutes) More of the same poverty right here still second-class citizens (do you feel it as well) More of the same not corruption, fraud sleaze and scams up high (moral examples are few) More of the same keep the momentum (the sky won’t fall)
Not tonight darling I have a (stadium) headache a big F-branded one Not tonight darling can you feel it too its a R4.5 billion one right here in our colony Not tonight darling the morning after is here last night’s thrill is all gone (now schools get burnt down) Not tonight darling I am counting the cost notwithstanding the R93bn boost and your positive global image Not tonight darling it just won’t go away
And with a smile says our young lion (he reduced to page 5 asour F-show comes first) And with a smile volunteers faithful to the party’s cause will serve the people And with a smile membersshould get priority in the food queue over you the sweaty masses (their patriotism comes first) Not girlfriends of officials (a little bit on their side) companions, friends even the odd missionary too well-connected in
Readingis cool his teacher told him says a Spelling-bee a learner on my radio Readingis cool sabotage was the word that got him winning a Spelling-bee contest Readingis cool now adults phone in and good-naturedly try to trick him with long words Readingis cool on World Book Day (past Freedom Day too) and any other time
72 million children around the world do not go to school Can you imagine that 774 million adults are not able to read and write Can you imagine that These children and adults are denied their right to an education Can you imagine that 1GOAL: Education for All now can you imagine that in this world we live in this planet of ours that we do not yet own 1GOAL: Education for All a quality public education