PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Irukandji
 
Comments: 8
Article views: 361
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all Irukandji's badges.
 

Our soap opera

16 August 2013, 10:41

Sometimes I get the distinct feeling that somewhere in the universe there is a mad alien who spends his days writing and producing soap operas for South Africa. We are the actors, and the stage is our country.

Our soapies would have names like: “Days of Our Marikanas,” or “7de Vavi,” or “The EFFing Young and the Reckless,” or “The Last Tanga in Nkandla.”

The plot never varies – it is always about the struggle; the fight for freedom; free schools; free houses; free education; free booze; free compounds and free holidays overseas. Free dignified toilets, fraudulent deals and tenders, racism, nepotism and xenophobia. Murder and rape – and a corrupt and useless police farce.

Mindless masses who strike at the drop of a hat, loot, destroy property, and even kill if they cannot get their way.  

Throughout these soapies, like a polluted river running through it, the storyline would tell the shameful tale of a nation who has lost the plot – babies and grannies that are raped and killed; a president who gets away on rape, fraud, and corruption charges; a government that, through incompetence and greed, has allowed the country to go to the dogs.

A sad soapie; about a country where the words: “Integrity, Morality, and Ethics,” no longer exist.

But that’s not important right now.

What is important is to understand what goes into the making of a good soap – so here goes:

I’ve taken the trouble of reading up on soap and finally settled on the brand that we use at home: Pears.  

Pears have been making soap for more than 200 hundred years – that’s before Dingane kaSenzangakhona Zulu was even born. Not that old Dingus would have used Pears – he was a Lifebuoy man – but just so you know: Pears has been around for a long time.

I Googled “Pears” and came across an advert that was published in 1890’s. It reads: “The first step towards lightening the White Man’s Burden is through teaching the virtues of cleanliness. Pears’ Soap is a potent factor in brightening the dark corners of the earth as civilization advances.”  

This got me pondering: What ingredient was added to this brand of soap that (the producers claim), would brighten Darkest Africa as a hole?

And then I found it! Right there before my red-rimmed biopic eyes – on the side of the little Pears soapbox! The magic ingredients: Sorbitol, Aqua, *Sodium Pentothal, Propylene Glycol, **Alcohol, Nitroglycerin, EDTA, BHT, CI 12490, ***BEE, Cinnamal, ****Gupta, Benzyl, etc, etc.

So this was how the early adventurers tamed Wildest Africa. With soap!

Armed only with his gun, his rifle, a few cases of whisky and some bars of Pears’ Soap, the courageous explorer would go where no white man has gone before: into Duckest Efrica.

His mission? To explore strange new lands and life forms – and new uncivilizations – to boldly go where no white man has gone before.

But, alas, alack, and woe betide! Things do not always go according to the soapies’ script. The soapie depicting South Africa can only have one name: Scandal!

And there is one every day – with yet another political “role model” playing the lead character.

Don’t forget to tune in on the newspapers tomorrow for your favourite homegrown soap!

*Sodium Pentothal – truth serum: to get politicians to tell the truth


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.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Puff
Bloodlust

This man had a mother. A father. He was perhaps a brother, a friend, a lover. This man had a purpose. He had a dream. He had a life. He had laughter and love and hope waiting for him. Read more...

3 comments 343 views
Submitted by
Andre Colling
The Saudis, Iran, Yemen and a bad...

Many conclude that Yemen is yet another step towards the cataclysmic sectarian war and , quite possibly, the trigger that leads the region to this ultimate battle. I, for one, can find no reason not to hold a similar position. Read more...

2 comments 362 views
Submitted by
Elaine Bing
Roots of xenophobia and genocide

We don’t want to live in a country that harms others and we need to all take on the responsibility of preventing further violence. Read more...

16 comments 207 views
Submitted by
AfricaMusings
The past month and what it (possi...

The shocking and quite frankly disturbing news coming out of South Africa recently cuts deep. Xenophobia has reared its ugly head again. Read more...

4 comments 787 views
Submitted by
Seun wa Moutse
The Poor people keep on voting AN...

Again, another person who is more than happy with poverty, lack of jobs, diabolical education system and zero service delivery with zero accountability. Read more...

6 comments 454 views
Submitted by
Sesi Xvi
SA economy not as big as we think...

During the Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki's time SA was number 1 economy in Africa. Today, however, our economy is not as big as we think.  Read more...

4 comments 779 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.