Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Just call me...

I see that there is a whole national spirit to go along with my recent name change. I am changing mine to Sister Mary Champs, in an attempt to become better behaved & avoid the pits of Hell. Our dear sweet bored government has recently set their sites on changing Jo’burg International Airport to the Oliver Tambo Airport & KwaZulu Natal to just plain KwaZulu, and well, Pretoria is an issue beyond bloggable explanations.

My favourite part of a report last night on the news was when the reporter stated, “And the airport is not even in Johannesburg, but rather in Kempton Park”. Ah, well yes, luckily for us Kempton Park is the pumping jazzy-lit internationally-infamous town that it is, otherwise how would people in Toronto or Timbuktu know to access the hub of Africa via this East-Ended one-horse “dorpie”.

And I see the necessity & priority of ridding the New South Africa of any form of past history, whether it be Colonialism, Apartheid, or just the plain old past reality. I was not aware that “Natal” was the disgraceful swearword that my under worked government has gratefully pointed out to me.

But I bet I am a whole lot less grateful than the millions of South Africans who are currently freezing their butts of in whatever-named town it is in which they squat, starve, lack water/ lights/ police enforcement/ rape- & sexual abuse–eradication, and in which +25% suffer from HIV and die of AIDS. At least they know their government is fully focused on their daily plights and is putting ALL its time, energy, and most especially finances into addressing such pressing issues!

7 comments:

Jam said...

It seriously makes my day go really bad when they rename things - because I too fail to understand how this cost can be justified.

Champagne - I am not too sure that "sister" suits you!

Champagne Heathen said...

I am all for renaming if it is incredibly offensive, or if we do not have other pressing needs we should attend to first.

Also, what was "amusing" is that they changed Jan Smuts Airport to JIA 12 years ago because they believed that airports should not be renamed after politicians. So who was dear old Oliver then? A great forgotten actor or longlost sportsman?!

Ah yes, you need to see me in my habit first for the full image to settle in!

Cookie Monster said...

Fuck yea!!!! They just dont get the plot! The government of the day seems to be so obsessed with changing history, they have changed what was necessary, but there seems no end..... Champs good on you for mentioning the poors plight.. at least the "Comrades" are changing names, will they still get votes? Of course they will!

Champagne Heathen said...

My pleasure. Anytime. Well, anytime such instances come to my attention.

As for voting - there is something else they could put their attention and finances into, and start improving voter education. But I suppose that would mean people might actually would realise their votes count even if it is for another party or a spoilt vote, and then the gov might dangerously lose out...

TwoFlower said...

ah, you have to love south african politics sometimes. why would they put money into education, health and housing when renaming a BUILDING is so much a better way to spend tax-payers money....?

and as for our country's past- you cannot change it, only accept it and not repeat it (history can be rewritten and given different interpretations but it cannot change what happened)...yes shit happened but look at how far we've come now compared to other african countries which became independent.

we should be appreciating what we have done so far and only move onwards and upwards...

TwoFlower said...
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Champagne Heathen said...

2F, (Had to just delete the duplicated comment there), exactly.

But sometimes, I think, when people are so overwhelmed with what to do in an overdemanding situation, they take the easy solutions just to feel they are achieving anything. Perhaps. It's one theory to the madness!