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Ag Pleez Deddy June 2, 2009

Posted by baldricman in VOTD.
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Well I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic the past week or so, and also a little guilty for not updating my blog so regularly of late. So here’s a quick post which addresses both, I hope, sufficiently. My dad taught us this song when we (3 boys) were young, and I was delighted to be able to find a reasonable copy on YouYube. Take a listen!

For those of you who may be sensitive in this regard, please note that there is use of the dreaded “N-word”… I normally wouldn’t dream of posting something like that, but I believe everything needs to be taken in context: Firstly, the word is simply the first part of the name of a very popular type of sweet/candy at the time (“Ni****-balls), and to change the name (which has been attempted in many versions of this song) results in a distracting and meaningless line… But more importantly, this song, released in 1961 by the great Jeremy Taylor, is a very simple and innocent jab at the Afrikaaner accent (in English of course), vocabulary, mannerisms, and popular culture, and is rich in subtle reminders of my youth.
So, if you feel it inappropriate, rather don’t listen to the song… but for what it’s worth, I think you’ll be missing out… (oh ja, for more info, check out Jeremy’s website)

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Dear Mr Jacob Zuma April 2, 2009

Posted by baldricman in News.
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Dear Mr Zuma

Some of your recent comments to Afrikaner leaders in Sandton have left me quite confused, and I would like to try clear up a few things. Let us for a moment discuss the criteria for being called a “True South African”.

Firstly, what are the criteria for being called an Afrikaner? Does speaking the language at home make you Afrikaans? Or do both my parents need to be Afrikaans? Do I need an Afrikaans name? What about my grandparents? Perhaps I should have taken part in the Great Trek? Maybe I shouldn’t have been born in KZN… It might be good to put together some kind of simple Pencil (and paper) test that Whites can do at our nearest Home Affairs office.

Because I speak English, and I’m white, does that make me not a true South African? In fact, if I’m white, but I’m not an “Afrikaner”, what am I? I’m not sure I belong to any tribe, which I’m aware of. To be honest, I never thought I’d have to come up with a name for it, other than, well, just a “South African”. Should I instead try including all the “original” nationalities of my forefathers? (How many generations should I go back?) Perhaps I’m incapable of contributing to South Africa’s wealth anymore…

Is that really what you want? Is that really what South Africa needs? (more…)