Karoo farmer can’t wait to invite flying saucer aliens to his braai

2012-03-02 00:00

A RESIDENT of the tiny Karoo village of Willowmore has the town talking with his picture of a pink flying saucer hovering in the air.

According to those who have seen it, this UFO — “bigger than a sheep truck hubcap” hangs in the air for a long time, with lights flashing brightly, and then disappears at very high speed in an easterly direction.

Some residents can’t wait for the UFO to land, so that they can shake hands with little green men.

“There’s always brandy and meat on my farm. What could be better than a genuine South African braai,” said Pepi van der Merwe. “We could also dance — I’ve got a jukebox.”

But others reckon that’s the kind of thing you’re likely to see if you eat or smoke “parrot salad” [dagga].

Or else it’s the neighbouring Steytlerville’s ghost that’s become mobile. They quite like its pink mode of transport. Silver has become so boring.

But jokes aside …

An increasing number of “high-ups” have become interested in the Karoo since it became known that it contains large shale gas resources — so could this be a gas exploration satellite?

“Hmm … Shell Undercover …” was the response of Baviaans mayor Ewald Loock, adding that it is definitely no outer-space flying saucer or satellite.

He knows, because he sees these “flying saucers” regularly while taking schoolchildren to Oudtshoorn by bus late every Sunday afternoon.

“When the sun starts setting and smoke, dust or moisture moves in front of it at a certain angle, the refracted rays form their own prism and make the most beautiful patterns.

“Once I saw with my own eyes a pink seven being formed. Now if I hadn’t known better I would have got the fright of my life and said the devil’s number is no longer 666, but 7.”

Van der Merwe has suggested that Loock wear a cyclist’s crash helmet with a camera mounted on it the next time he drives his school bus.

“I want to sit and gaze at those photos and mourn the fact that with his scientific explanation the mayor has now dashed all my hopes of being able to say ‘good evening’ to little Mars men,” Van der Merwe said.

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