It Boggles the Mind


Desie Heita

THIS column is supposed to entertain and inform you, dear reader. We are using the verb suppose, not because of not knowing what to do, but rather because the decision of what topic to write on, which was dully done days ago, escaped the elephant’s memory.

There were, and still are, many thoughts, since the day it was announced that yours truly must write a very thought provoking piece for this space. Really, there were.

First in the mind was the baying for the blood of our soon-to-be professor in Paris, monsieur Hengari, by the academics at the University of Namibia.

What, it is a good topic for public discussion, even if only an opinion from a non-Phd, Master, Doctorate candidate.

There is the X word, whose actions are vigorously being expressed by our brethren across the Orange River. Then, there is the inflation, a term that no economist has hitherto been able to thoroughly define to an ordinary member of society. Not to mention the earthquake in the backyard of 2008 Olympic host, Zimbabwe run-off, service delivery, and many other pressing issues.

I really did have many thoughts but, unfortunately, the working class that is picketing for more money in form of zinc did it to me.

While we are at it, the editor having given me space and medium carte blanche, allow me to vent some anger. An execution of which is going to be in a very respectful and diplomatic manner, as you would read for yourself, of course. The very people who despise loafing robbed me of three productive working hours this week. Ironically, folks, these golden hours were spent actively sitting on a rather comfortable chair at the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare foyer. It is not that I did not want to be there. I had to be there. It is the timing that threw the spanner in the works, or so the metaphor goes. The phone call to newsrooms came too early, two hours early. By the time we all got there, the indunas were still locked in meetings.

Colleagues, that was not on.
I digress.

Why did a topic that took more than a month for two parties to consent upon take only a day-and-a-half to conclude in the presence of the minister? What was so difficult for the two of parties to conclude by themselves? After all, here we have legal minds and labour experts on either side. The minister is not a legal expert. It is mind boggling as to how it always has to be the minister or the Head of State that breaks deadlocked negotiations.



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