The ANC arrived in force in the Nelspruit area. I'll give them this much, they were a jovial bunch. I stayed out of town, I'm a bit agoraphobic at the best of times. But my few encounters with the masses were more positive than usual, there seemed a good vibe.
They certainly did not spare any money, they seem to have a bottomless pit of loot to feed from. I'm out of the tourism industry now, but keep my ears open. This is what I have heard over the past week.
Some lodges that were fully booked for the weekend by the ANC, all paid up in full before the time, never had a single guest arrive. Lekker, money for mahala. Others did not get bookings due to not having television in their rooms, a criteria absolutely essential to the comrades. The ANC offered to install television for the lodges, they would arrange the contractors. They would take them out at the end of the weekend. No worries about money, these guys.
The tourism industry coined it big time, those that suited the somewhat odd criteria of television at all costs. (Amazes me a box that you watch every day at home can be so important when you're away socialising...) I'm sure all the vendors at the stadium made a killing. So there was an injection into the informal economy as well.
Whilst they might all have had a lot of fun, spending huge amounts of money on accommodation and food and beverages, I wonder if the consumption and waste perhaps pricked the consciences of some of the cadres. Surely a party claiming to represent the interests of poor people could learn to be a bit more frugal?
I guess different strokes for different folks...