‘Woza weekend’ is the lifeblood koKasi

2015-07-30 06:00
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“TGIF.”- This abbreviation, you are likely to see on a Friday, and to the uninitiated, it stands for ‘Thanks God it’s Friday.” Folk are known to scream these words soon as they drag themselves out of bed on a Friday. This is in anticipation of the weekend ahead, more than anything else, and relief in the knowledge that a break is looming from a hectic work schedule.

For those studying, it is a temporary putting up of feet, away from the books and the burning of the midnight oil.

Having said that, weekends in our townships mean different things to different people, but we tend to agree on one thing, and that is that they are always welcome.

Imagine a life without weekends, where we have to slog every day and every hour of our lives. Our very existence would be an exhausting exercise.

It’s interesting to see how people suddenly change from ‘midweek mode’ to ‘weekend mode’ as soon as they leave their workplaces, and this can be evidenced by way of dressing, the accent, demeanour, the company one keeps.

This reminds me of a former high school teacher. An unassuming professor, who was well-liked. Yet, when I bump into him on weekends, I cannot help but draw comparisons of him and Michael Jackson or Wacko Jacko, for he is always in his element. In one instance, I met him and noticed he was clutching a bottle of whisky. It turns out he had spilled the stuff on the floor by accident, but, in denial, raced towards me asking, “Who dropped my bottle?”

On Tuesday, he posted this on a social network site: “sitting in a police cell with oontshonalanga no Mpumalanga. On the wet ground watching ‘ma se p**s’ search. Having 4 slices of bread as supper @ 5pm nd 28s taking the rest, ma se p**s. not only for one day bt 4 full days. 4 a warrant that never was. In court there’s no warrant changes to business robbery. A robbery @ a nearby tavern. My fingerprints all over savannah bottles. Ma se p**s. I hv a close relationship with beer nd I dnt wear gloves whn drinking. At the end of the day no charge against me. Just changing cells btwn belvil nd delft for 4 days. ma se p**s gonna sue tht station.”

I have also noticed that weekends provide a platform in kasi for guys to play big. They do this to impress the opposite sex. It is not uncommon to see chaps driving the sleekest German machines or indulging in the finest malt whiskey. But if I have to give the weekend credit for anything, it has to be that it is the only period (besides end-of-year holidays) we get to spend valuable time with family and friends. For a moment we forget about the stresses we have encountered from Monday morning to Friday afternoon.

The thought of that tjatjarag colleague who gets on your nerve is put on the back burner. Chesa nyama and car wash businesses make a killing, especially on payday weekends.

Yet, may I lament, that the negative side of a weekend in Visionland is of evil forces always lurking in the background. Just this past weekend in my area, Lower Crossroads, a woman and her two kids perished in a fire. May their beautiful souls rest in peace.

In the middle of all the merrymaking, we tend to drop our guard. We leave the door unlocked. We walk at night. We leave our young ones to their devices.

Still, I look forward to a weekend

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