10 years ago

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - OPINION -

THE DE­PART­MENT of Labour has given the mush­room plant si­t­u­ated a stone’s throw away from Ler­ato Park, on the out­skirts of Rood­e­pan, 60 days to set up the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions around their elec­tric fence.

SO WE ARE en­ter­ing the silly sea­son and Christ­mas is but a mere 19 days away. I re­mem­ber as a child look­ing for­ward to this time. Sure we didn’t have three months of sum­mer hol­i­days, but the al­most six weeks that we had was sure to be pure bliss.

One thing I can say is that we were never bored. We would ei­ther be get­ting ex­cited about pack­ing up the sta­tion wagon and head­ing for ei­ther Cape Town or Pre­to­ria – wher­ever my gran found her­self at the time – round about the 16th of De­cem­ber.

The car trip was no fun I tell you, even though it was a sta­tion wagon, I don’t think any car could be big enough for four girls and one boy.

I re­mem­ber all of us wanted to sleep in the boot of the car. No mat­ter whether it was Cape Town or Pre­to­ria, it was still a long jour­ney.

The only crap was that if my brother got to travel in the boot he would be in there on his own while if it was any of the girls it was two at a time.

Now I need to point out that not only did you have to share the boot with your sis­ter, but a lot of the lug­gage and the most im­por­tant cooler bag.

But woe is you if you start scratch­ing around in that cooler bag and opened up one of the con­tain­ers. Trust me, my mom would smell it right in the front of the car and you would get a tongue lash­ing of note. Thank good­ness you were right in the back so that you couldn’t get the back­hand.

Once we had reached our des­ti­na­tion there were re­ally no days of bore­dom. If the hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion hap­pened to be Pre­to­ria, we had the cousins to keep us oc­cu­pied. Boy, we could hardly con­tain our­selves when we were dropped off there. Not only did they have a swim­ming pool, but they had this amaz­ing doll house where we could lose our­selves for hours. The imag­i­na­tions re­ally ran wild and we would play with their dolls and their tea sets – it re­ally was any girl’s dream mak­ing the pre­tend tea and food to eat.

Then there were the times we spent in the swim­ming pool, burn­ing to a crisp, but that didn’t bother us in the least.

We were young and we were care­free. There was no such thing as both­er­ing with petrol price in­creases, load shed­ding and the econ­omy com­ing out of a re­ces­sion. All we knew was that we had enough petrol in the car to get us to and from our des­ti­na­tion, wher­ever that took us.

It re­ally is hard some­times be­ing an adult and hav­ing to deal with all this – not know­ing how you are go­ing to get through every month.

A re­cent ar­ti­cle stated that mid­dle class cit­i­zens – which is prob­a­bly 90% of you read­ing this – are broke within five days of re­ceiv­ing their salary. Some peo­ple have even joked, “Five days? Ha ha try a cou­ple of hours af­ter the money is paid into my bank ac­count.”

This is our re­al­ity now. This is what we have to look for­ward to on a daily ba­sis. Gone are our care­free days and not hav­ing to worry about who gets to lie in the boot.

But, the good thing is we have man­aged to make it work. Re­gard­less we sur­vive and our cel­e­bra­tions might be muted some­what, but there is still a lot of happy mem­o­ries. THE NORTH­ERN Cape MEC for Trans­port, Safety and Li­ai­son, Le­bo­gang Motl­hap­ing, will to­day take the lead in a march for the 16 Days of Ac­tivism for No Vi­o­lence Against Women and Chil­dren cam­paign.

De­part­ment spokesper­son, Kei­tumetse Moti­coe, said the cam­paign is to high­light the scourge of women and child abuse.

“The march will un­fold on the back­drop of 16 Days of Ac­tivism for No Vi­o­lence Against Women and Chil­dren cam­paign, as ob­served yearly from Novem­ber 25 to De­cem­ber 10. The cam­paign seeks to heighten aware­ness on the neg­a­tive im­pact of vi­o­lence faced by women and chil­dren in so­ci­ety and en­cour­ages a per­ma­nent stand against all forms of abuse. The call to end vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren is a global call that ad­vo­cates for peo­ple to speak up and take a stand against all forms abuse,” said Moti­coe.

She said that var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions will join the march.

“Var­i­ous com­mu­nity-based or­gan­i­sa­tions and govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions op­pos­ing the abuse of women and chil­dren, such as the De­part­ment of Jus­tice, Rise Abafazi, Provin­cial Men’s Fo­rum and Life­line, will join the ini­tia­tive.The march calls on all mem­bers of so­ci­ety to unite against the scourge of abuse fac­ing women and chil­dren in our com­mu­ni­ties.

“Vi­o­lence against women and chil­dren af­fects us all and let us heed the call to stand united against all forms of abuse and en­sure our women and chil­dren have safe en­vi­ron­ments to live and thrive in.”

Moti­coe said the march will com­mence from the So­cial Cen­tre in Galeshewe. – Benida Phillips

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