Rather than the tale of one city, yesterday’s city council meeting was the tale of two mayors.
Both got standing ovations, but the ANC opposition applauded only the first one, a 16-year-old schoolboy who dazzled his elders with his oratory. If Carl-Joshua Pophaim ever goes into politics as an adult, he will have constituents hanging on to his every word.
South Africa has just taken the lead with another world first – it has lost the longest stretch of railway line ever snatched from under the noses of those who use it.
What is now estimated to be 10km of track in Gauteng simply disappeared. One week it was there, the next it had gone. No one noticed a gang arriving night after night with their blow-torch equipment, cranes to lift the 960 tons of steel, and heavy-duty trucks to cart it away.
A funeral is a funny place to gain a new insight into pioneer heart-transplant surgeon Chris Barnard and his brothers when they were teenage boys, but Christ Church, Constantia, was where it happened on Saturday morning.
The deceased was a fellow doctor, Rob Hawke, who died a mere three weeks after breaking his lifelong bachelorhood at the age of 81.