Editorial comment

2016-01-14 06:00

JUST two weeks into the new year, everyone can agree that 2016 has been full of drama since the clock struck 12pm on 1 January.

From Penny Sparrow calling black revellers at a South Coast beach monkeys to Velaphi Khumalo­ in turn saying black people must do to whites “what Hitler did to the Jews”. N o other year in the history of this country ever started like this.

What adds to the uneasy feeling is the unprecedented freefall of the rand. It is like we are in a very bad dream as we witnessed it hit R17 to the US dollar.

It is also taking a mighty blikseming­ from other major currencies like the pound and the euro.

Everyone made fun of our neighbours up north in Zimbabwe­, who at one point, pushed wheelbarrows full of banknotes just to buy a loaf of bread. It doesn’t seem as funny now. Luckily the Chinese came to their rescue.

Government has proposed the learning of Mandarin (a Chinese­ language) in schools.

Just like our neighbours across the Limpopo, are we being prepared for the time when we also use the Chinese yuan as our trade currency?

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