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Finding a way to survive


The great Dr Saul has promised to lead a modern province where corruption will become a forgotten word and much-needed services will be rendered to a desperate community

Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul

TODAY’S column is really going to be about this and that. So much has been happening these last few weeks – it feels like it’s been me in a coma and not Masabata Jafta.

Where to start … hmmm. Might as well start with one mighty elephant – who can’t just fit in one room but needs multiple ones. I’m referring to our new “boss” – the almighty Dr Zamani Saul. At this point he has been hailed not only as the saviour of the Northern Cape but the whole of South Africa.

The great Dr Saul has promised to lead a modern province where corruption will become a forgotten word and much-needed services will be rendered to a desperate community.

Two of his main focus areas are education and health and he will set up offices in both ministries – two areas which need the most attention. The Northern Cape Health Department is very sick and I hope Dr Saul can nurse it back to health. It’s going to be a tough one, but let’s see if he is up to the task.

Next we have our pathetic cricketers. I’m sorry, you can call me “pathetic” for calling them that. But seriously dudes? What the hell? We all know what a bunch of chokes you can be, but allowing countries like Bangladesh to beat you? No offence to Bangladesh.

You guys have really improved by leaps and bounds. I just don’t think we have the right team at the World Cup. And don’t even think about going the route of “experience and youth”. That is just such a cop out. What the hell is JP Duminy still doing there? He is long, long past his sell-by date.

Then there is Dale Steyn. Yes, in his prime he was the top bowler in the world. Yes, he showed some form in India during the Indian Premier League and then he got injured. You knew this, yet you included him in the team.

Now you call on Beuran Hendricks? Are you kidding me? But, in essence what you are saying is that there was never a clear plan ahead of the World Cup.

You were riding the wave of players showing some form instead of focusing on the team. I think by the time we exit this World Cup we will no longer be known as chokers, but a bunch of palukas.

Now, I have saved the best for last. I don’t know if it is just me, but I always – and still do sometimes – look at my plate of food and eat the “not so nice” food like the veggies for example. I normally save my meat for last. The only problem with that is you eat yourself full and don’t really enjoy the tasty part of the meal.

Anyway, my story of the week has to be the “sleeping princess” of the Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital.

Here kudos need to be given to the hospital for keeping her alive for almost nine months. We hear of horror stories on a daily basis. Some people have even gone as far as to say that if they just put their little toe into the hospital they are going to die. Never mind those who do enter and are treated there.

But, Masabata has proved that you can actually survive and tell the tale.

This woman is an inspiration. No matter what life has thrown at her, she is still willing to share the love and smile through it all. She is a true hero and deserves everything good that comes her way.

Her story should be seen as a wake-up call for everybody – never give up.

Let’s hope our Dr Saul and the cricketers do just that.