As someone who barely passed matric maths, and only after taking extra lessons with a very patient retired teacher, I am full of sympathy for all those who discovered that their struggles with the subject were unsuccessful, according to the national results just released.
This is in spite of the questions becoming easier.
There was a message on our answering phone when we arrived at our Hermanus house on Friday afternoon. It was Colin Eglin.
It sounded as if he had had a stroke. “It’s Colin... Colin Eglin,” he stumbled and stuttered. “Just to let you... I’m waiting for you this afternoon...” The rest of the message was too garbled to decipher. But it ended with a “bye-bye”.
At first I couldn’t understand the DA’s objection to the electronic monitoring system that the ANC proposes to introduce to Parliament.
Radio frequency identification will automatically register which MPs enter or leave a debating chamber or committee room and a biometric system will record members’ thumbprints. The main purpose of all this gadgetry is to curb MPs’ absenteeism, alleged to be highly prevalent among the ANC. Surely the DA would support such an innovation, I thought, if only to have a quorum of opponents to engage with.