Riaan Wolmarans

Service, please

It’s sad to see how little our public servants care about their jobs. And here I’m specifically referring to the little people, not the ministers or heads of department. These are the men and women who man counters, operate cash registers, print licences and take thumbprints. I recently had the misfortune of having to renew…

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The spokesperson you have called is not available at present …

Sonia Gandhi — president of the Indian National Congress and the leader of the ruling Indian Congress Alliance — is planning to visit South Africa. Obviously, the Mail & Guardian would like an interview. So a colleague phoned one Manusha Pillai, the Department of Foreign Affairs employee who had sent out the press release on…

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A blog a day …

“Blogging. BLOGGING!” says the technologically empowered hausfrau on the TV ad as she boasts of her recent achievements on the web (with the help of one of her sprouts). We heard you the first time, dear; blogging is less of a mystery these days to most people with at least some kind of awareness of…

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