10 years ago

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - OPINION -

THE SOUTH African Po­lice in Vic­to­ria West are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of an­i­mal poi­son­ing af­ter nu­mer­ous dogs and cats died in the area in a week. Be­tween Au­gust 28 and Septem­ber 3, 30 dogs and cats were poi­soned in Vic­to­ria West. The an­i­mals had been fed poi­soned mince which was spread in the streets.

SO I HAVE de­cided to con­tinue with my paint­ing lessons. I have ac­cepted the fact that I will be no Pi­casso or Da Vinci, or even one of those tal­ented un­knowns you can buy on the street.

Nope, I have given up my grand dreams of quit­ting my job, dress­ing in a beret and think­ing 10am is the per­fect time to start sip­ping from my flask and just paint­ing from 9-12 ev­ery week­day and Satur­day from 9-1.

Sigh … I guess I will just have to pur­sue this new pas­sion of mine part-time.

The thing that I’m go­ing to miss the most about at­tend­ing the classes on a full-time ba­sis is the peo­ple. Ev­ery day there was a dif­fer­ent set and it was fun in­ter­act­ing with the dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties.

It was al­most like speed dat­ing. Now I wish I could choose the peo­ple I would like to con­tinue with. How­ever, that would be bor­ing too. Same faces ev­ery day.

All I can say is I have en­joyed my tiny lit­tle foray into the artis­tic world.

Although, per sé, I don’t mind be­ing in the same room with the same peo­ple on a daily ba­sis.

I take my hat off to the kind lady who gives the art classes. She has to face the same artists day af­ter day. But, she re­mains cool, calm and col­lected.

She gives ev­ery­body the at­ten­tion they de­mand from her with­out bat­ting an eyelid.

And, if you are any­thing like me in the paint­ing divi­sion, she pa­tiently helps you to fix up your bug­ger ups. Never a harsh word or one of dis­cour­age­ment falls from her lips. She will al­ways find a solution to the prob­lem.

Politi­cians and elected of­fice­bear­ers are in ex­actly the same po­si­tion that she is and, just like her, chose to be in that po­si­tion. Now they just have to do it and, in­stead of em­brac­ing it, they tend to shy away from it.

For many, as long as their nests are be­ing feath­ered, stuff ev­ery­body else.

In­stead of pro­vid­ing the flock with guid­ance, lis­ten­ing to their prob­lems and try­ing to find a solution, they ei­ther go miss­ing in ac­tion, shrug their shoul­ders or just make an empty prom­ise which they know within their heart of hearts will never be ful­filled.

Re­cently the city went into an al­most to­tal shut­down. The peo­ple were cry­ing out to those in au­thor­ity. The com­mu­nity even made it very easy for them and told them ex­actly what they wanted.

So, in­stead of em­brac­ing the com­mu­nity, lis­ten­ing to them and try­ing to find a solution to the prob­lems, they in­stead pro­vided half-baked prom­ises to the is­sues.

As far as mem­ory serves, some of the de­mands in­cluded that the Sol Plaatje mu­nic­i­pal man­ager and CFO to re­sign – in­stead they are put on sus­pen­sion.

An­other de­mand was that the Sol Plaatje ex­ec­u­tive mayor also tenders his res­ig­na­tion. This has, more or less, hap­pened. He has sup­pos­edly handed in his res­ig­na­tion but is still oc­cu­py­ing of­fice un­til Septem­ber 26.

Let’s see how this one plays out. Just like the nice art lady who is there to guide and lead us, these peo­ple should also pro­vide the lead­er­ship and guid­ance to the com­mu­nity.

I have de­cided to per­se­vere; it is my choice to do so, and I have to deal with the con­se­quence of my choice; ex­actly the same way the com­mu­nity needs to now deal with the con­se­quences of their choices.

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