Why I Love the Stumbling Boks

Struggling to win is glorious.

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There is a lot of pessimism about the rugby Springboks at the moment – not all of it unfounded.

No longer can we bash the likes of Ireland and Argentina over. We have to struggle for every win. The Bulls template no longer works. It is all about skill in getting out of your half and then holding onto the ball on attack with offloading and quick recycling.

And that’s hard for our players, raised on a diet of schoolboy koppestamp on the platteland. For decades we believed our ultra-competitive schoolboy game was our biggest asset. Now it is a liability, because all our young players learn how to play ultra-conservative rugby without much freedom to express themselves and take risks. Continue reading

The ANC Will Die

The only question is when.

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Liberation movements do not generally survive. This will also be true of the ANC.

I recently read Albert Luthuli’s autobiography, Let My People Go, which detailed this moral titan’s involvement in the struggle.

Intriguingly, Luthuli did not believe the ANC would one day govern South Africa. He was of the opinion that the ANC would have to form smaller political parties out of the various ideological factions which were working together under their auspices.

He constantly refers to the ANC as ‘Congress’, as though it were a parliament for the struggle rather than a government-in-waiting. Continue reading

Going from Zero To One, or Rising from the Dead

Life’s about having your own secret.

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Peter Thiel is an interesting guy.

He was one of the founders of PayPal, the first ‘angel investor’ of Facebook, and he has recently been in the news for two things: Giving a speech endorsing Trump, and funding Hulk Hogan’s major law suit against Gawker as revenge for invading his privacy and discussing his homosexual orientation.

On top of this, he is currently throwing money at ways of discovering biological immortality, and he also pays young entrepreneurs not to go to university (which he believes is a scam).

This makes him an intriguing, if not somewhat sinister public figure!

But I find him interesting for three separate reasons. Continue reading

Forget Politics

If South Africa is to have any hope in the future, we are going to need a lot more political apathy.

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“It is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects—military, political, economic, and what not. But in a way things are much simpler than that. The State exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life.

“A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden—that is what the State is there for. And unless they are helping to increase and prolong such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time.”

So wrote CS Lewis in his classic, ‘Mere Christianity’.

For so many people, politics has become a kind of tribalism. A way of finding your identity. Continue reading

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