Africa’s riches but not her lin­eage?

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Richard Jen­nings

South Africa… The dusty veld seems end­less per­haps worth­less now the rand has lit­tle value.

So far from be­gin­nings, far in space, far in time, in a cave un­der the dusty veld lies Mrs Ples; an­ces­tor of us all? Die Volk dis­agree Though they breathe in the dust and be­come African.

Even the English are not sure they want a lin­eage from Africa;

Though they’re happy enough to build roads and rail­ways and claim th­ese as their legacy to Africa.

Happy also to claim her riches.

Gold-bear­ing reefs lie be­neath the dusty veld that men fought over, killed cleanly, killed dirt­ily, killed by not car­ing.

Let us bury his­tory un­der the dusty veld and write a new start with Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion! But how to progress? How to undo the blight of his­tory?

To re­claim the century wasted?

In the end there will be gold in the reefs, Mrs Ples safe in the cave and dust on the veld. Dust to dust Ashes to ashes. At the go­ing down of the sun and in the morn­ing we will re­mem­ber, after all, this is Africa. South African liv­ing in New Zealand

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