“The Story of a Southern African Farm(er)…”
I heard a great story today. I must say, I could not stop laughing. It represents the true spirit of the typical Southern African living on the “Plaasie” (farm). It also reminded me of the Henry Charles Bosman story we learnt about in first year English – “The Withaak’s Shade.”
My brother was carefully driving, on his way to Vereniging, when a very interesting sight caught his eye.
He was stuck in a bit a traffic, so he decided to take a look. Low and behold there was a man, the typical, Afrikaans farmer, with the “beer-boep” and the sun-hat, off loading an entire herd of sheep into a make-shift pen on the side of the road. A few minutes later, there was a large sign made out of cardboard that read:
“Sheep for sale, Perfect for Labolla.”
The sign was written in THREE different languages: English, Afrikaans and Zulu.
So if you’re on your way to Vereniging tomorrow, don’t forget to give our friendly sheep farmer a hearty, South African wave.