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Professional Freelance Writer and Stay-at-Home Mom

Angus Taylor’s Statue Destroyed – Stellenbosch


Hi, this is Nicolette’s husband speaking, again… and this time I’m extremely pissed-off. And it’s not about a recipe that turned out badly…

During the past week vandals destroyed artwork in Stellenbosch, again… some drunken animals felt it is funny to savage a statue that was donated by the artist to the town – utterly disgraceful.

My family has strong ties with Stellenbosch and its University. My great grandmother was one of the first three women to graduate from the University, the J.H. Neethling building is named after my great-great grandfather and my maternal grandfather studied here. As did my mother and wife.

But talking about my grandfather…

He did not only study at Stellenbosch University, but played for Maties (first team rugby and cricket).

Once in a disagreement with my grandfather, way back in the 1920’s, a snobby fellow student told this Natal dairy farmer’s son that he must remember that the cream of the country studies at Stellenbosch. My grandfather’s answer was simply that you must never forget that cream also has scum on it (“room het ook skuim op” in the original Afrikaans).

It seems that the times didn’t change much from those pre-Great Depression years and that in these Great Recession/Sovereign Debt Crises days cream still has (a lot of) scum on it.

Thanks to these idiots that destroy public art, I’m so glad I studied at the NMMU – we Uppies might not be seen as the cream of the country, but scum is less evident in milk than on cream.

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One thought on “Angus Taylor’s Statue Destroyed – Stellenbosch

  1. Siesa! Jou vroutjie het in Stellenbosch geswot ;-P

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