What a quiet week this has been after endless weeks of the media and public opinion makers trying to outdo one another with headline grabbing superlatives such as Mamphela Ramphele’s SA education like sinking ship, etc.
And whoever came up with my personal favourite, wild cat strikes, deserves a Nobel Prize.
You smirk! My argument is if a president of a certain powerful country can be awarded a Nobel Prize for his potential of what he might hopefully achieve, then this South African certainly deserves one for coining a confuddling phrase.
Why wild cats, why not wild dogs or even wild buffaloes? For me wild cats conjure up images of leopards and cheetahs croucing in wait for a kill or a lions doing their 100 metre sprint for a precision kill. Wild cats are not known for their marathon skills, and these strikes, having gone on for all these weeks, are certainly not the stuff of wild cats.
There was a point during all this ‘noise’ when one would have needed to be forgiven for thinking that the world was coming to a sticky end, SA style. Water coolers and smoking hangouts became places of deep meaningful discussions. Everyone had a strong opinion or two about where things were going.
When none of the opinions seem to leave anyone any wiser most people seem to resort to the latest “ray of hope” called Mangaung. The meaning of Mangaung has now come to also denote an event instead of just a beautiful city of roses in the heart of my home province. For all we know that’s were the wild cats come from and will be put to rest back there. Re tla bona teng!
Amidst all this minglemoes what managed to lighten the mood for me, if one may say such a thing, considering, was a story about some charity organisation helping to fight the scourge of cat sized rats (those wild cats again!) in Alexandra by giving cellular phones to people that can bring in 60 rats each.
What I did not get was whether these rats have to be brought in dead or alive! This week like this article seems to have been so short like the quiet we have been experiencing. The hurricane seems to have shifted to the northern hemisphere, no wonder they nicknamed Sandy Frankenstorm!
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.