Friday, June 11

feel it, it is here


i am freaking loving south africa so much right now. can't wait to get out there for the opening mania on long street.

mexico and bafana bafana are playing tonight. wish i was going to the game. anyhoo. nandos brought out this ad. love them. they're so funny. (you have to read the fine print - click to enlarge)

south africa may have it's problems. we're volatile, angry, loud, issued ... every single race group has a chip on its shoulder about something.

we have violent crime, corrupt leaders, petty politicians, poor service delivery, striking angry poor, snobby looting rich and squatter camps with no toilets.

the global media has made out that visitors will be robbed of everything barring their souls. and probably that also.

but i fucking love this country anyway.

i love us because we have a sense of humour, because we're trying and getting it mostly right. because we're compassionate and friendly and are proving that we can get over our shit.

i love us because even though brand rainbow nation has seen it's hey day and we're now actually having to face reality, we're doing ok.

i love us because we're creative and loud and noisy and abrasive and unmannered.

i love us because we're africa. because we're new and young and full of possibility.

1 comment:

Sparky said...

there are many things to love about this country. one of the finest being our constitutional preamble

"We, the people of South Africa,

Recognise the injustices of our past;

Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land;

Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and

Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.

We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the supreme Law of the Republic so as to-

Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;

Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on

the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law;

Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; and

build a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign State in the family of nations.

May God protect our people."

that, is a beautiful piece of writing. borne of pain, but with humility and hope for the future. it couldn't have been written anywhere else but here.

that said, if my neighbour plays his vuvuzela at 5am in the morning again, I'll forcibly teach him to play it rectally.