In order to make more money available for executive salaries and bonuses, the South African Bootlicking Corporation’s national radio service has steadily reduced expenditure on journalists. Instead of thoughtful, entertaining programmes that are relatively costly to produce because one has to hire talented people, it now fills the airwaves with talk shows — endless hours of mind-numbingly tedious, trite burble. It is not only the ignorance that makes one despair. It is the smug positions taken on both sides of the racial divide. The darkies mutter self-indulgently — and, well, darkly — about past injustices. The whities opt loudly for the Chicken Licken theory of the universe: the sky is about to fall down, at least over the southern part of the African continent.