Viva, ANC! Viva, Freedom!
It has become the norm to criticise the ANC. I don’t. Under their watch, I have become almost completely self-supporting and independent. Just like my traditional ancestors and forefathers.
What the idiots in the ANC government don’t seem to realise, is that many of their most hated enemies, the Afrikaners, grew up on farms. Self-reliant. Completely without any suppott from the government. The way I grew up on our farm.
The farmers (read: Boere) never rioted, looted, bent tyres, destroyed private property, or clashed with the cops because they didn’t get free howzees, grunts, chops, or free seevass deelee-varry.
They generated their own electricity on their farms; produced their own food; cleaned and filtered their own water supply; built their own farmhouses and outbuildings; cooked on wood-burning stoves; paid for their children’s education out of their own pockets; repaired and maintained their own farm roads; and even created jobs for unskilled workers on their farms.
Farmers certainly never rioted because the government wouldn’t give them free “dignified” toilets.
Unfortunately, there is a culture of entitlement in this country – the “empowered,” uneducated, unskilled masses, expect everything for free.
Promise howzees, 6 million chops, and government grunts – give them free T-shirts and KFC – and they’ll vote for your political party.
Under the ANC’s dismal, incompetent and corrupt governance, this country has collapsed and become just another failed African state. The pee pull who are suffering the most, are the mindless masses (MMS’s) who keep voting them into power. So bugger the pee pull – they’ll get no sympathy from me. I hope that this will be a really cold winter – just for them.
Unemployment; corruption at the highest level; rampant crime; collapsed infrastructure; strikes and riots – this has become the daily fare in our own “beloved” Arse of South Africa (RSA).
I woke up at 03:06 on Easter Friday to a deathly silence. I couldn’t hear the bubbling-babbling of the water features in our garden. At first I thought that my ears, like those of all old farts, have finally given up the ghost.
But then I noticed that all the garden lights were off as well.
“Move along folks,” I thought. “Nothing to see here. This is Duckest Africa, the cable thieves have been working overtime again.”
I turned over and went back to sleep.
At 06:00, with the power still off, I had a shower, made coffee on the gas stove, and served the wife her early morning coffee, yogurt, and cookies in bed. (She beats me up if I don’t.) I sat in the study, drinking my second cup, while reading the daily news on my iPhone.
And then it struck me:
Under the ANC’s pathetic governance, my household has become almost completely independent of seevass deelee-varry.
It has long been our tradition to have supper by the light of candles and paraffin lamps – cheap, intimate, and, even after forty-four years of matrimony, kind of romantic.
I bought a 4 KVA generator some years ago (when it became clear that the useless cops were turning a blind eye to the cable thieves who did their business with impunity in the so-called “previously advantaged” neighbourhoods). I have four 12V 105Ah, deep cycle, marine batteries on standby, fully charged, in the garage.
I installed a solar geyser three years ago when we bought our “retirement” house.
We have a borehole on the property – and our own fire pool. But unlike that piece of sheet, who had his fire pool built from money stolen from the taxpayers, I paid for mine out of my own pocket.
I have no need of the Post Office. All our correspondence, e-mail, and Internet access, can be done using a cell phone or computer.
We have a gas stove and gas bottles of various shapes and sizes – and whole range of cookers, fryers, braaiers, and other fancy fittings.
We don’t have a TV, and have no need for one.
We live on a farm in the middle of suburbia. And it’s wonderful! Thanks to the useless, corrupt, communist ANC-government and their suppottas: the MMS’s. Please keep it up. Freedom is great.
On Saturday night (still no electricity), I made curry fish – with any help from the ANC-government.
Add-on for Crabbie:Traditional Cape Curried Fish
1 pack 750g or 800g Hake, frozen, scales removed, cut into portions
Flour in which to roll the fish
Oil for frying
2 or 3 large onions, sliced
375 ml (1 ½ cups) white or brown vinegar
250 ml (1 cup) water
250 ml (1 cup) white or brown sugar
15 ml (1 tablespoon) curry powder
5 ml (1 teaspoon) turmeric
5 ml (1 teaspoon) salt
2.5 ml (½ teaspoon) ground ginger
6-10 black peppercorns
4 bay or curry leaves (optional)
30-45 ml cornstarch
30-45 ml of water to make a smooth paste
Roll the frozen fish lightly in flour and fry in oil. Set aside.
Mix all curry ingredients in a largish saucepan and bring to a boil. Leave for 5 minutes to cook without lid. Add the cooked fish with corn flour paste. Stir gently until the sauce thickens and slowly simmer. Cool and move to a non-metal container. Cover and store in the refrigerator.
Serves 4-5 people. Serve with freshly baked brown bread and lots of butter.
The fish will be good for at least 5 days in the fridge, but it can also be eaten immediately after preparation.
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