Sunday Tribune - - NEWS - Mazwi Xaba

THE colours of our na­tional flag are all over the pa­per today. There is per­haps no need to re­mind you that it is Her­itage Day but ev­ery rea­son to mark it.

There’s al­ways a note of am­biva­lence for some Zulu peo­ple like me who grew up know­ing this as Shaka’s Day. But, for­tu­nately, most of us are unity- and peacelov­ing peo­ple. I guess there’s no harm in cel­e­brat­ing the com­ing to­gether of the dif­fer­ent colours that make our new na­tion united in its diversity.

We devote pages 8 and 9 to Her­itage Day and VVO Mkhize ex­presses some strong feel­ings against “braai day” (page 20). It’s com­pli­cated. The cure for our ail­ing econ­omy may have been found. Some KZN farm­ers can’t wait for leg­is­la­tion al­low­ing the grow­ing of dagga (see page 6). Don’t ask what they’ve been smok­ing. At this stage we do need to con­sider ev­ery cure – care­fully.

And there’s a spread­ing num­ber of eater­ies who are grow­ing their own veg­gies and herbs (page 13). That’s real “fresh from the gar­den” stuff.

Driv­ing along the Seven­mile bridge in the Florida Keys is an ex­pe­ri­ence no vis­i­tor should miss. But your visit should not co­in­cide with some­thing like hur­ri­canes Irma or Maria. A man from Queens­burgh lived to tell his tale of sur­viv­ing them (see page 18).

And what do you make of the lat­est moves and ut­ter­ances by the “Rocket Man” and the man who re­cently cre­ated a new African coun­try, Nam­bia? Our Rus­sian writer analy­ses these devel­op­ments (page 20).

Our Big Is­sue (page 21) is on KPMG. One of our reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tors ar­gues that sim­ply black­list­ing the firm will pun­ish thou­sands of in­no­cent pro­fes­sion­als who have noth­ing to do with the sor­did sagas and will not solve our prob­lems. An­other be­lieves we’ve won the bat­tle and need to con­tinue fighting to win the war. Happy Her­itage Day!

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