Let’s avoid be­ing slaves again, by choice

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clashed with lo­cal stu­dents – namely Pitso and Mot­sekalle – who are now both late. Mot­sekalle had a blue eye to show for it.

The source of trou­ble was said to be a woman who be­friended the Mozam­bi­can. The sec­ond re­lates to Pu­lane Makuta, a fel­low univer­sity stu­dent who had been protest­ing the ad­vances of Nya­mukachi, my class­mate from Zim­babwe.

Things got ugly as the lo­cal boys fi­nally as­saulted Nya­mukachi, ex­press­ing their dis­ap­proval.

Li­et­siso Mo­hapeloa, a fel­low stu­dent from Le­sotho, threw his body over Nya­mukachi to save him as he was on the floor be­ing kicked by the ma­raud­ing vil­lagers.

The brawl ended and Nya­mukachi was es­corted out of the hall.

But old Liphoto, a se­cu­rity of­fi­cer, said he doubted if Nya­mukachi would sur­vive. He said he saw a knife go­ing into Nya­mukachi with each thrust com­ing out gush­ing with­blood. I could not be­lieve it be­cause I was part of the con­tin­gent that saw Nya­mukachi out of the hall.

When I saw Nya­mukachi in class on Mon­day I was ac­tu­ally sur­prised.

Liphoto had fab­ri­cated his own facts and this fu­elled dis­con­tent and prompted the need for a “tribal meet­ing”.

The meet­ing con­vened ev­ery evening for a week, dis­cussing how for­eign stu­dents felt and were in­se­cure on cam­pus.

I re­call Mombeshora from Zim­babwe in­sist­ing on safe­guards for for­eign stu­dents.

NUL had a pol­icy for for­eign stu­dents shar­ing rooms with lo­cals.

So it used to be pretty funny that after the heated ex­change in the lec­ture the­atre, room­mates re­mained good room­mates.

The im­passe dis­solved after Dr Mashu­lugu, the vice-chan­cel­lor ad­vised the stu­dent body that each ap­plied in­di­vid­u­ally and they were on cam­pus as such, lo­cal or for­eign.

That was the end of the height­ened feel­ing of xeno­pho­bia.

Fas-for­ward to the pres­i­dency of Bishop Mu­zorewa, whose brother was a Pro­fes­sor of Eco­nomics at NUL. This was short-lived as preparations for the real pres­i­dent were afoot.

Crispen Mu­denge (now late) was heading to Rhode­sia as a ste­ward for the elec­tions and he had to be 2 hours early at the King Moshoeshoe Air­port and off to Zim­babwe.

On com­ing back, Zanu-PF had won the elec­tions and it was cer­e­monies all over cam­pus.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the cer­e­monies were an ex­o­dus of our beloved lec­tur­ers, Siny­ow­era Marufu, E A Ngara, Mashin­gaidze, who be­came min­is­ter of state se­cu­rity, and Stan Mu­denge, who be­came min­is­ter of for­eign af­fairs.

There was also the bril­liant statis­ti­cian Si­mon Nyarota, who later worked for the Re­serve Bank of Zim­babwe, and my friend and room­mate Mor­gan Chawawa, who went on to be a gov­er­nor of one of the prov­inces.

We were sad when our lec­tur­ers left us to go and build their coun­try and lib­er­ate it as an eco­nomic and in­tel­lec­tual pow­er­house.

As I pro­ceeded to the UN Re­gional In­sti­tute for Pop­u­la­tion Stud­ies in 1980, I met an­other team of great Zim­bab­weans with whom we were in class.

A year later I had to flee from Le­sotho be­cause of bad pol­i­tics.

Since then, Le­sotho has been in con­stant po­lit­i­cal tur­moil and Zim­babwe has faced a con­tin­u­ous eco­nomic melt­down.

A friend and col­league, Tukufu Zu­beri, who is a de­mog­ra­pher and pro­fes­sor of so­ci­ol­ogy at Penn Univer­sity, re­cently wrote a book ti­tled How Africa Shapes the World.

Tukufu re­minds us that as Africans, we have been slaves be­fore.

His book asks us the ques­tion whether we shall choose to be slaves in the fu­ture when ev­ery third per­son will be African on earth.

Me­thinks Africa needs a sea­son of hope if it is to shape the world – oth­er­wise we shall be slaves again and this time round by choice and with our full per­mis­sion.

Dr Pali Le­hohla is for­mer Statis­ti­cianGen­eral of South Africa and for­mer head of Statis­tics South Africa. IT’S near­ing the time of year when many in­di­vid­u­als start wind­ing down and pre­par­ing for the fes­tive pe­riod after a long and pos­si­bly stren­u­ous year.

While many en­trepreneurs be­lieve work­ing around the clock comes with the ter­ri­tory and that ded­i­cat­ing extra time is vi­tal for the suc­cess of the business, work­ing more than 40 hours a week is detri­men­tal to the en­tre­pre­neur’s health, and can neg­a­tively im­pact the longterm out­look of the business.

Global stud­ies have proved that en­trepreneurs who work more than 11 hours of over­time a week have an in­creased risk of heart dis­ease, un­healthy weight gain and de­pres­sion.

It has also proved that lit­tle pro­duc­tive work oc­curs after 50 hours a week, mean­ing that those extra hours could in fact be in vain, par­tic­u­larly if they are sus­tained over a long pe­riod.

To achieve and main­tain a healthy bal­ance, business own­ers should con­sider the fol­low­ing five after-hours tips to strike a bal­ance be­tween work and per­sonal time if they wish to en­sure sus­tain­able suc­cess in their business.

The source of trou­ble was said to be a woman who be­friended the Mozam­bi­can stu­dent from a sem­i­nary.

Clear your mind

Whether it’s a run or walk be­fore

Pali Le­hohla

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