Bob’s Weekend News Wrap – 30 January 2017
I had a tinge of so-called “Western Envy” this weekend, I didn’t watch AFCON at all, I decided instead, to watch the Williams show and the Federer triumph. Mosibodi will have to excuse me today as I start with sports. The Williams sisters keep making us proud on the world wide stage and they were definitely on point again at the Australian Open. What a great match and achievement from younger sibling Serena, and what a gracious concession speech from Venus. I swelled with pride as I watched Blackness progress and triumph. As for roger Federer – at some stage, I thought he was going to lose the slam to Rafa but it seems the guy with nerves of steel won the day. If I have to justify my support for the Fed, the fact that his mother is South African will have to do for now. Be that as it may, my usual Sunday Chardonnay went down very well and I am well pleased that the Australian Open was both a victory for Black Pride and some South African chest beating as well.
As for other news; the Black Ops story featured quite prominently and so did US President Donald Trump – and what would the Sunday papers be without a bit of “white monopoly capital” story. All quite scary and negative stories that I am sure we all read, revised or retweeted. I got stuck with the City Press and went through what one would call “fringe” articles. The first one was penned by the honorable Peter Vundla. I nodded furiously as I read his piece in the City Press, especially because as part of increasing our knowledge on the continent, Ghana is one of the places we visited. In that piece Peter Vundla writes about his visit to Ghana for the inauguration of newly elected President Nana Akufo-Addo. He highlighted the President’s promise to his fellow Ghanains to never let them down, and he cleverly juxtaposed that day with Trumps Inauguration Day and Msholozi’s reign. Vundla is no praise singer and his disapproval of Zuma is well documented, and I am quite sure he could have a whiskey with Prince Mashele, but speaking truth to power takes courage. I paused in emotional pain as he repeated a part of the President’s speech which read, “we must restore intergrity in public life. State coffers are not spoils for the party that wins an election. Public service is just that – service and not an avenue to for making money”. If you have a copy of the City Press and didn’t read that piece, I suggest you go over it again.
And while you are at it, flip to the next page and read Martin Prozesky’s piece as well. In that article the Emeritus Professor of the University of KZN. This article almost mirror’s Vundla’s one because the Professor writes about greatness. He writes that “greatness does not come from military muscle, narrow nationalism, cultures of plunder, pompous platitudes or masses of money. It comes from practicing the finest ethical values of justice, generosity, respect, responsibility and integrity. The US doesnt have it and we in Mzansi sure dont have it either.”