Books, rugby and Survivor

Good day people of Ladysmith

How is everybody doing? I’m proud to say this is my 25th column for the Gazette. I’m half way to fifty.

A few things grabbed my attention last week. But first, did Hugo phone the police?

I was shocked to my core when it was announced by MNET that there won’t be another season of Survivor SA next year, despite the increase in ratings. I’m very disappointed with that. They should rather cancel another reality show like The Batchelor.

Watching Survivor used to be one of my favourite highlights of the week. The tension, cunningness and the excitement kept me at the edge of my seat.

A lot of people are complaining about the new law that has been passed that prohibits parents from spanking their kids at home. To them I would like say: Where should the line be drawn? A few weeks ago everyone was protesting against the violence against women and children. A step has been taken to protect minors from physical abuse.

The Springboks thrashed Namibia 57-3 on Saturday. I never had any doubt on the outcome. It was like the first team playing against the under fifteens C-team. Now our full attention should be on the Boks for Friday when we clash against Italy.

Let ‘s talks about something else. The other day I was at a restaurant here in the Drakensberg and I saw someone sitting at the table next to me playing a game on his tablet.

I’m sure some of you can agree with me that most of these games can become quite addictive. You don’t focus on anything beside the games you play. I once played Subway Surfers for 8 hours straight!

That’s why I want to encourage you to read books. Especially the youth.  Reading has a lot of advantages. Firstly, it’s fun and entertaining. Don’t let people tell you otherwise.

Secondly, you gain so much knowledge and insight. Knowledge is power.

Reading also stimulates your mind, reduces stress, improves your memory and analytical thinking and exposes you to new words and writing styles.

Take out a book at the Town’s Library or buy a book at the local CNA. Why doesn’t Ladysmith have proper bookstores? If a Musica can survive in Ladysmith, surely a bookstore can too!

The closest bookstores are in Newcastle or Pietermaritzburg. Why is that?

Remember what I said. Read a book.

Keep well

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