Have you ever been down a gold mine? For most of us, the gold price is
just the boring bit on the radio, between the news and the next song, but
mining people are tough and resilient.
For instance, you may be fed up with potholes on your way to the office,
but try working in one. I discovered that the cage that takes miners
underground isn’t lowered. That’s considered too
slow. It’s pulled down at such a speed that, if you accidentally fell down
the shaft, you’d be overtaken
by the cage and you still wouldn’t
be getting to work quickly enough for the boss’s liking. Add the fact that we
have the world’s deepest gold mines at over 3 kilometres, that’s
1.869456845 miles for those of you who prefer the simplicity of the
imperial measurements, and it becomes clear that when Americans go to
the core of the earth to irritate Mother Nature, they call it a sci-fi movie.
There are many South Africans who just call it another day at work.
So what’s my point? I suppose I’m thinking that sometimes it’s useful to re-
evaluate our assumptions of our fellow South Africans. We are forced to
live such security conscious lives that we forget to come out from behind
the boom/moat/electric fence/crocodile pit/tank trap/spiked gates we’ve
built in our minds.
Here’s another example:
A friend told me this story. He has a daughter whose sixth birthday is
coming up, so they decided to invite her school friends around for a party.
The dad asked her whom she wanted to invite and she reeled off names
of her classmates like, “Dylan and Chesney and Thandi…”
That last name got Dad’s attention and he asked, “Is Thandi… Black?”
His daughter considered this for a while, then replied, “I’ll ask.”
That’s the beauty of this rainbow nation. What matters to you might not
matter to me. And what matters, is that we realise that.
Al Prodgers is a Proudly South African comedian. His brand of positive,
motivational comedy can maximise the impact of your golf day, event or
any corporate communication.
For free comedy downloads and more information about Al Prodgers
Comedy, go to www.alprodgers.co.za or contact Ulandi at 011 462 9322 to
secure a booking for your next company function.
9th April 2011