“Time is when we talk good about our Kasis’’

2015-08-06 06:00
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My drinking buddies and I are of the strong belief that beauty is in the eye of the “beer holder”.

Today, I want to confront you, dear reader, with a question that I have been grappling with for some time now: how do we define beauty as township folk? Moreover, is there such a thing in our surroundings, to start with? I mean, let’s be honest, the kasi is mostly associated with all that is negative, dark and evil. Rape incidents, murders, hijackings, congregants falling prey to their pastors’ wayward ways, substance abuse… you all find all these here on these streets. And so all things beautiful are associated with the ‘burbs and, by extension, whites. Why is that so? Is that a normal state of affairs?

My humble opinion is that there is, of course, beauty all around us – just that we choose to ignore it. For example, there is the Gugulethu Smart Park in NY110, which received an upgrade worth over R5 million earlier this year. It’s a public space meant for the convenience of residents, and what could be more beautiful than such an invention in a township popular for the challenges it faces on a daily basis? For sure, dare I add, it’s a welcome recreation facility in a society where one watering hole is not that far from the next. I myself will never forget an era when Page 3 girls used to adorn these pages. Oh boy! Now, I know for a fact that this was a highlight of any male reader’s week. The then City Vision photographer, Hannes Mundey, really went to extreme lengths to set up appointments with these kasi lasses, after which he would take breath-taking pictures of them at different locations. These ranged from the beach to a street corner or any such public space. Most of these girls wore next to nothing and we simply adored and appreciated such angelic sights. These snaps would be the talking point right around the location, with debates about the young sistaz’ looks, smiles and curves often hotly contested. Perhaps our esteemed editor might consider bringing back a similar “flavour” to your favourite township read. I promise you it will be a hit.

Really, it’s time that we change the way we view our places of living and realise that they are more beautiful than we think they are. I remember where I grew up, there was a nearby forest, from where a terrible stink emanated for a long time. No one dared investigate this, but when someone took the plunge, it was discovered that the cause of the stink was a plastic bag that was left dangling on a tree branch. It contained some strange, meaty contents inside. From that age already, it created in me the impression and mentality that nothing rosy could come out of the ghetto. Which is why I believe that we’d be damned if we do not inform our young ones that this, in fact, is not the case. They themselves must be the beautiful change they want to see. They must stop carrying weapons, looking for trouble. They must walk around with a smile!

One local artist has a song, the lyrics of which go something like: “If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life, never make a pretty woman your wife, so from my personal point of view, get another girl to marry you.” See, our people’s phobia with all things beautiful knows no boundaries. I know of guys who share the same sentiments as the song, but my point is that it cannot always be that beauty is synonymous with ‘negative’. Look around you, ‘yellow bones’ are considered a no-go zone for this reason or the other. Although experience has taught me that a beautiful woman can be as treacherous a ground as Chapman’s Peak, not all cases are the same.

So says the “beer holder” in me!

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