South Africa has been in the media spotlight again with pictures of students protesting and police using harsh measures to keep rioters under control. While I think the international media has sensationalized this somewhat wanting to play the police brutality angle that has plagued our nation in the past, I think they missed the real story behind the past few weeks.
Media bias aside, what has struck me most about this whole uprising is that for once our people seem united in their fight to make higher education more accessible to all South Africans, it’s a topic we all agree on for once. Are we finally finding a space where we can join together and call ourselves South Africans, finding our voice as a nation?
It’s the first time since our democracy that I can think of where people of all races, ages and political persuasions have stood up against the ruling party to demand change. Sadly there was some level of violence involved which I believe is a throwback to our past and how people believe that they only way to bring change in our country is through violence which, I don’t support, but I do believe it’s possible to protest peacefully and get your message across and promote change.
I didn’t have the privilege of attending the elite universities of our country when I was studying, I studied through private collages as well as a brief stint at UNISA (a distance learning university). I often ponder what life would be like if I had attended one of our elite universities like Stellenbosh or UCT…. Would doors have opened that haven’t for me yet? I’m not bemoaning my lot though, I’ve worked hard to get where I am and I still believe that there is no degree in the world that can replace hard work and determination to succeed. That being said I do think that for the aspiring few who have incredible talent, but no means to study, this move will be a Godsend. Why shouldn’t we re-direct funding from fancy government employee cars and housing to education?
Maybe if we spent more time and effort educating our own people we could get to the place where we stop having to “import” talent to fill positions of doctors and engineers (not that I’m against people from other countries coming to work, but rather that in the public sector there just aren’t enough qualified people in our country to sustain our needs). I guess in the end that sums it up in my mind, we are a nation still hoping for a brighter future. To quote our once president:
Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end. ~ Nelson Mandela
This is probably the first and last “political piece” I will ever write for this blog given politics and good food don’t mix (given politics has the nasty habit of stirring up a bout of indigestion) so thank you for reading this far! If you are still with me then fear not…. I’m not all doom and gloom.
Getting out this month:
Hubby’s birthday is on November 1st so we decided to take some time and head down to the Cape for a little weekend escape. While we were in the area we enjoyed so many treats including a visit to Kamers, Bartinney Champagne Bar, Simons Town, cocktails as The 12 Apostles and general moseying about town. I love the Cape and right now she is looking spectacular. It’s also warming up as we move into the summer months so you can head out and enjoy the sun but as always: back a jacket or jersey this is the time the south-easter blows so be prepared for all 4 seasons in one day!
Movies from this month:
Sadly there isn’t much for me to share on this topic for the month, I have watched a few movies but they were pretty much out of our own movie library and all old. On my “to watch” list though is Burnt with Bradley Cooper which I think I may just take myself off to watch next week. The trailer looks super cool and of course Bradley Cooper isn’t going to be sore on the eye. Love the quote from the trailer “I don’t want my restaurant to be a place where you come and eat. I want people to come and sit at that table and be sick with longing” – don’t we all!
On my bookshelf:
The latest LCHF (low carb high fat cookbook) to hit our shelves is The Low-Carb Solution for Diabetics which is suburb! I’m looking forward to trying out Lucca’s Warm Porridge as well as the easy fish bake which I thing would go swimmingly with a light summer salad and a glass of crisp Sauvignon blanc .