As someone who has minutely studied every photograph published so far of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla compound, I am practically an expert on the layout.
If he wants any advice on how to fit in more buildings without turning the place into a rabbit warren, I’m his man. My rates won’t dig too deep a hole in the taxpayers’ pockets, either. Assuming it’s a concern.
In 1943 a 10-year-old boy was smuggled out of a Nazi forced labour camp in a sack of sawdust and sheltered in a Benedictine convent until the Russians liberated Lithuania a year later.
Samuel Bak, then already an exceptionally talented artist, went on to become revered as possibly the greatest living painter of the Holocaust. I met him on Sunday night. Now 80, a slightly-built modest man, bearded and bespectacled, he looked a most unlikely creator of the large and powerful images that surrounded us in the Jewish Museum where he is holding his first-ever South African exhibition.