Practical hints bring back a past mind-set

2008-07-07 00:00

Living in Cape Town, one has to learn to do things a bit differently. Like, for instance, being constantly aware of where “the Mountain” is. Because all directions to anywhere and everywhere are given in relation to “the Mountain”. The weather, also, seems to be determined by which side of “the Mountain” you are on.

The date of the piece is May 4, 1958, and is mostly about an interview which the author did with poet and dramatist Uys Krige, condemning the prudishness of the censors at the time. But it was the last few paragraphs which caught my eye. The author refers to a “recent Sabra (Suid-Afrikaanse Buro vir Rasse-Aangeleenthede) congress” where some practical hints were shared about how whites could create a bit more goodwill between themselves and “non-whites” (sic). I am going to quote the paragraphs in full, because — well, you will see why:

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