“Woza payday imali yam iphelile

2015-10-22 06:00
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How about we continue with the money talk once again this week? Because I have a bone to pick with other Black people regarding payday.

Blacks and their payday are like Hugh Masekela and his trumpet. Inseparable. Joined at the hip.

One thing you can never fault we Darkies with is that we work incredibly hard to earn our pay. Whether we will get rewarded at the end of the day, week, fortnight or month is irrelevant to the debate, so long as we get the job done and the Baas’ instructions are followed to the tee.

Tell us what to do and we’ll do it at a sprint. We will not show any signs that we are actually doing it for the incentives that come with ‘the job’, but boy, when the day comes, something akin to a pandemonium breaks out.

It’s quite easy to see when it’s payday in a Black family these days.

Quite the opposite with Whits, though, because to them, payday is much like any other day. Its heaps of old money, you know.

This is not a rant or drunken stupor. Who hogs the fast food outlets when it’s payday. Blacks. Such that I’m beginning to think people of other hues know not to be anywhere near them until the ‘crazy season; is well and truly over. Black order KFC chicken by the buckets.

The mostly Black employees at these shops know they have to be at their best on such dates.

They can relate. I must admit, it is always quite a delight for one to play witness to all this, knowing that fellow brothers and sisters are spending their hard-earned cash on the things they truly desire, even if for a moment.

It’s called ukuzivisa kamnandi.

Many habits are on show when payday rolls around.

This ranges from heads of houses going on endless drinking binges, soon as they alight from the transport from work, to folk reneging on promises.

These can sometimes prove serious and tragic in the long run. I seem to remember one man who arrived home from a hard day’s slog, threw his bag on top of the bed and told his wife he was going to buy butternut for her to cook.

Mind you, this was before a ‘share of the spoils’ could take place. I kid you not, the wife is still waiting for daddy to come back home, or perhaps he was just looking for a kind of butternut that has proved really hard to find.

Talking of the wife, it’s a known fact in our townships that ‘roll-on’s’ (oomakhwapheni) also need their “fair share” of the pay, so to speak.

They will let peace reign for the other days of the month, but when payday beckons, they strike.

And, as you can imagine, it hurts for those affected.

If you have not done so yet, please take time and notice the buzz at taxi ranks, bus stops and train stations next time imini yomrhayo arrives. Trust me, you will not miss the fishy smell in the public transport arena. And all of a sudden, people suddenly become untouchable and you need to mind your own business. Funnily enough, barely 10 days after payday, you’ll find our people crawling to the mashonisas or walking as far away from KFC as possible. It’s something that’s been happening for a long time and there are no signs things are about to change.

For me, one thing to complain about payday is that the Honourable Members of the Opposite Sex Party suddenly become tough customers. If you try your luck at proposing, you get this refrain: “Hayi khawundiyeke mna bhuti, andifun’ uncwaswa.” But try your luck a couple of days later

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