30 October 2012
Although it has always been my intention to keep the
Napier Natter local - to only include articles, stories
and information that directly affect our day to day
lives, I am going to make an exception this week.
I would like to include the article below written
Kate Sexwale, daughter of well known politician, Tokyo
Sexwale, and addressed to the last surviving members
of the Rivonia trial. This open letter was sent to
and printed in the City Press newspaper and in my
view, expresses sentiments felt by many a South African
about the current state of politics and leadership
in our country.
Although politics at this level often feels distant
and far removed from our day to day lives here in
Napier, they do have an influence, and they ultimately
set the parameters by which we define our quality
of life, our freedoms and our social norms:
"Dear Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni, Dennis
Goldberg and Nelson Mandela, I greet you all in the
name of the continuing economic freedom struggle of
Your courage in fighting for the emancipation of our
country is greatly appreciated. I was fed ANC propaganda
with my Purity baby food, but I believe the time has
come to consciously choose South Africa over the ANC.
The governing party, for many, is like a religion,
followed by many without question or doubt. Surely
comrades, your sacrifices were not for a one-party,
one-trade union state?
The time for a younger, patriotic and selfless leadership,
like yours in 1964, is here.
The thinking public laments our bumpy transition
from liberation movement to political party, with
some pointing out that a liberation movement has to
be centralised and secretive while a modern party
in government must be influenced by its members and
society, and so be more transparent. The loss of public
trust through daily media exposure of the plague of
government corruption, which appears to be condoned
by the ANC, is deeply seated. The public perception
is that the Mangaung leadership debate will boil down
to who will continue to allow rampant looting of state
resources, the dangerous slippery slope of tribalism,
or who might make a difference.
Truth be told, the names being bandied about as top
contenders are all synonymous with the rot that plagues
The masses so loved by political party leaders at
election time have taken to the streets to voice their
dissatisfaction. Earlier this year, even middle-class
armchair critics put on their designer sneakers and
marched against e-tolling, also reportedly shrouded
in corruption and an added burden on our ridiculously
In March, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa informed
Parliament that between 2007 and 2010, the most common
reason for police crowd management of gatherings was
labour-related demands for increases in wages, and
that unrest requiring police intervention was related
to service delivery issues. Later in June, City Press
reported that 372 protests related to service delivery
had been recorded between January and the end of May
this year alone.
In 18 years of democracy, we can still blame apartheid
for many social ills, but we must also blame
The disgraceful and shocking non-delivery of textbooks
in Limpopo left me cold. But the worst thing that
broke the soul of South Africa during this fateful
year of the ANC’s centenary was the shameful
Marikana massacre, reminiscent of the Sharpeville
slaughter. It highlighted aspects of every ill plaguing
black society under an ANC-led government: police
brutality, wage strikes, corporate greed, failure
of natural mineral resource redistribution, flawed
implementation of black economic empowerment, violent
crime, service-delivery failure – including
inhumane slum settlements – unemployment concerns
and much more. The man who shoved his way to the front,
taking the reins of leadership in this sorry mess,
was Julius Malema, a spat-out child of the movement.
In the space of a few days, he single-handedly nullified
what little trust I had left in the aging ANC leadership.
I was raised by courageous men and women, people
like you, the Rivonia Trialists, who now need me to
tell them it’s time to let go. The ANC has never
been as self-destructive as it is today.
Cosatu, the ANC-aligned trade union federation, has
driven the economy into free fall as the failure of
their collective bargaining strategy, designed to
perpetuate the racist status quo, is blowing up in
our faces with one strike after another. I’m
waiting for them to stop blaming “third-force
right wing elements” and take some responsibility.
And let me not get started on the recent madness
of more than R200 million-worth of Nkandla renovations,
SAA’s R5 billion bailout and the relentless
e-toll attitude of government.
In 2009, I took longer than usual to vote in the
booth, agonising over putting an X next to the face
of a man I instinctively knew was bad news. My love
for the ANC won over my reservations.
In last year’s local government elections,
I rebelled, voting for the ANC in my neighbourhood
and for another party in the city. I am sure Joburg
Mayor Parks Tau is capable, but my rebellion against
a President Jacob Zuma-led ANC began with that ballot
To not vote at all in 2014, as many are threatening,
will be to dishonour the memory of my uncle, Lesetja
Sexwale, and his many fallen comrades who died in
combat for my right to vote. It will be to disrespect
the struggle for which men and woman such as him,
men like yourselves, sacrificed their youth. Personally,
it will be a betrayal of little Kay who was badly
injured in a cross-border raid in Lesotho in 1982
when the apartheid forces were hunting down Umkhonto
we Sizwe combatants like my father and Chris Hani.
I don’t know who I will vote for.
All I know is that Zuma will never again hold office
with my consent.
I choose South Africa."
Sexwale is a media and communication strategist
with an interest in current affairs and post-apartheid
Oh to live in
the country .... by Kathy Hardy
We humans have got to be one of the craziest
species. We long for something, and once we
get it, we soon want to change it.
For instance, say we dream of moving to the
country, where we can live the simple life,
in harmony with nature. Once we’re blessed
enough to be actually living out our dream,
it doesn’t take long before we begin
to move the goal posts.
Firstly, the “living in harmony with
nature” palls after a while, and Roundup
(yay, say Monsanto, who produce the stuff)
is liberally spread in our gardens; ditto
snail bait and synthetic fertilisers.
Then we get really upset about the natives,
who have lived here long before we even started
dreaming about it. We talk of shooting them,
getting rid them once and for all!
Yes, Baboons are a threat to our fruit trees
and rubbish bags. Maybe we should just box
our rubbish bags, and scare them away from
our fruit? We’re pretty lucky to have
wild animals around, and just have to discourage
them from getting too up close and personal.
They are doomed if they move into the village,
but they haven’t done that yet. So maybe
if we adopt an attitude of kindly stewardship
towards them, they might survive.
Kindly behaviour to our baboons means giving
them the message that they are not welcome
on your property. Period. If they do approach
your living space, get yourself a paintball
gun, and sting one or two of them with serious
intent. They’re unlikely to become frequent
Apart from our eventual disenchantment with
harmonious natural living, it seems that it
doesn’t take very long before the village
we longed for becomes too small.
Hence a bunch of us dream up the idea of “Putting
our Village on the Map” by attracting
more people here, for more events. Somewhat
contradictory, surely? First find yourself
a quiet little country village and then do
your damndest to make it a bustling destination
No logic there.
What a complicated bunch we are.
This has been written to promote thought
around the idea of keeping our village a village,
as well as avoiding the severe baboon problems
that have developed in Pringle Bay, Hermanus,
Simonstown, etc etc ...
I received the following letter from a local resident
who questions the concept of buying local (Napier
Natter 20/12 - see www.napier.co.za for back issue)
if the service provided is 'un-satisfactory. Just
because we live in a small town and have less choice,
should we have to accept sub-standard service?
ONDERSTEUN DIE PLAASLIKE BESIGHEDE -
HOEKOM EK WYER OM VAN HULLE TE ONDERSTEUN
Ek bly 'n jaar op Napier en hou daar van om die plaaslike
besighede te ondersteun (soos 90% van besighede op
Napier weet). Ek het onlangs meer as R5000 by n plaaslike
besigheid gespandeer (naam sal onbekend bly) maar
die produk wat ek ontvang het is glad nie wat ek bestel
het nie. Ek het die eienaar/bestuurder laat weet dat
die produk nie reg was nie, en 4 ure later het ek
'n e-pos gekry waarin my lewe gedreig met die woorde
"as jy weer jou voete in die winkel sit sal ek
jou keel af sny........."
Dan word daar gesê "support the locals!!!"
Ek mag wel 'n bietjie eksentriek wees, maar is dit
nodig dat ek beskinder word elke keer as ek in 'n
winkel of eetplek instap?
Ek moet eerlik wees - ek spandeur eerder R 500 op
petrol geld om in Hermanus te gaan 'shop' voor ek
weer enige van die plaaslike besighede ondersteun.
Willem - Napier inwoner
happening in Napier this week?
Halloween Party at Gunners Mess - Wed
31 October from 7.00pm till late
R170 pp includes a 3-course meal. Bookings
083 739 6045
'Goodness Gracious' at Pascal's of Napier
- Fri 2 November at 7.00pm
Ben Pheiffer (piano & vocals) & Miso
Markovina (saxophone & flute) will take
you on a romp through the Jazz Houses of yester-year,
down Broadway, across The West End, and into
the music halls of Paris and Berlin. Their
ability to engage the audience with their
reparté and quiz-style interaction
guarantees a night of music, fun and laughter.
Don't miss it!
Tickets are R145 and include a 2-course meal.
Health #1 - an open letter to the Natter
After spending many years living and working in London,
my wife Susan (originally from California) and myself
Brett (Cape Town) decided to fulfil one of our life
long ambitions to establish a health food shop in
a community environment. We have had our full of cramped
city life, and after a few visits through Napier and
Bredasdorp, fell in love with the slow paced nature
and incredible friendliness displayed on all fronts.
We are currently living in Napier and look forward
to our shop, Nature’s Voice, opening on 1st
November in Bredasdorp.
Susan grew up on a natural diet with no additives,
preservatives, artificial ingredients etc which at
the time was a revolutionary diet implemented in her
household to help treat her brother who suffered from
ADHD (attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder) It
worked wonders and in keeping with the practice we
feel it is really important to have local access to
supplements and super-foods that have not been processed,
refined or treated in any way. Susan went on to attain
a double degree in holistic health and psychology
at the California State University of San Francisco.
I have always been interested in a healthy way of
life and spent many years as a pool and beach lifeguard
in South Africa as well as 6 years at the Hurlingham
health club in London where I learnt a great deal
about nutrition and physical health.
Our shop focuses on natural foods to include in any
diet as well as vitamins, organic supplements, skincare,
tinctures and oils to increase health, energy and
We are happy to source products that you need or have
been unable to find elsewhere and are open to selling
local natural products.
We are more than happy to demonstrate how easy it
is to make healthy additions to your existing diet
such as sprouting, wheatgrass juicing etc and look
forward to meeting more of our fellow Napieriens in
the coming months.
Brett and Susan Van Niekerk - firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Health #2
There is also the possibility of a health shop opening
up right here in Napier early in 2013. Should you
be interested in more info or if you would like to
participate in the survey regarding this, please log
on to the following: http://adropofwellness.blogspot.com/
The Natter Q&A
(Answers at bottom of page)
The birthstone for January is the Garnet.
What color is the January garnet?
- What was the name of the panda in the movie
Kung Fu Panda?
- Which British King is believed to have
killed his nephews in the tower of London?
- Where would you go to see a three toed
sloth in the wild?
- The Gulf of Aden connects which two bodies
- What is the capital of Chile?
- Who created the paintings entitled, The
Night Watch and The Three Crosses?
is responsible for the 'funnies' this week
STUDENT WHO OBTAINED 0% ON AN EXAM - This
is clearly someone who is thinking outside
the square !!!
Q1. In which battle did Napoleon die?
* his last battle
Q2. Where was the Declaration of Independence
* at the bottom of the page
Q3. River Ravi flows in which state?
Q4. What is the main reason for divorce?
Q5. What is the main reason for failure?
Q6. What can you never eat for breakfast?
* Lunch & dinner
Q7. What looks like half an apple?
* The other half
Q8. If you throw a red stone into the blue
sea what it will become?
* It will simply become wet
Q9. How can a man go eight days without sleeping
* No problem, he sleeps at night.
Q10. How can you lift an elephant with one
* You will never find an elephant that has
only one hand..
Q11. If you had three apples and four oranges
in one hand and four apples and three oranges
in other hand, what would you have ?
* Very large hands
Q12. If it took eight men ten hours to build
a wall, how long would it take four men to
* No time at all, the wall is already built.
Q13. How can u drop a raw egg onto a concrete
floor without cracking it?
*Any way you want, concrete floors are very
hard to crack.
Answers to the Natter Q&A
- Richard III - Often depicted as a hunchback
- Brazil - there are 4 species of 3-toe'd sloths
- The Red Sea and the Arabian Sea
- Santiago - the largest city in the country
Life sucks, I lent a guy ten grand to get
plastic surgery, and now I don’t know
what he looks like. – Anonymous