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I’m young, wild and free…what’s Mangaung to me anyway?


As university students and young people alike gear up for what seems like an exciting festive season, the last question any youth seems to want to answer is whether or not Jacob Zuma should spear head the ANC at Mangaung going into 2013.


Kgalema Motlanthe has been a strong contender thus far, but other big names being thrown into the mix to challenge him for the deputy presidency include Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, businessman Cyril Ramaphosa and  ANC treasurer Matthews Phosa.


It is that time of the year again when the vicious political tug-of-war has party leaders playing the blame game and pointing disapproving fingers at the ruling party.


Meanwhile the ANC’s top guns stand opposed as we watch closely to see who outwits outplays and outlasts everybody else in the race to finish first at Mangaung. But the question is, if this ‘Survivor’-lookalike saga was spun into a reality show – would young people be watching?

Varsity term is no more and as students await their final results, Mangaung is certainly not what is on their minds as we kick off the holiday season.


For those in and around the Western Cape, Lady Gaga’sBorn This Way” concert is the topic of the day as fans prepare to be entertained by the controversial hit-maker on 3 December 2012, at the Cape Town Stadium.


Chris Brown will light up the mother city at the Grand West Arena from 19 – 20 December. On the local front Prime Circle reign in the festive spirits on 23 December – at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, while Hugh Masekela & Hot Water perform at the Kirstenbosch New Year’s Eve Concert.

So as we make our way firmly into jolly jamming season, perhaps Youtube sensation Sweet Brown would say it best: Mangaung – Ain’t nobody got time for that.



  1. StewartG

    February 2, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    i could not help but break into a chuckle after reading the last phrase,it is a rather nervous and hasty chuckle as i think it and find it rather sad that us the young and “wild”youth of South Africa have no inclination nor interest in who will run our country(in my opinion).Instead we would rather frolic.2014 is a big year in this nation the people of South Africa will get the chance to elect their leaders,and yet from all the young people i have conversed with and paused the question as to whom they will elect into office,70% i have found could care less and in my opinion will not even cast their ballot.The other 30% have very strong views and opinions but lack options,apart from the ANC who does one vote for?The DA?UDM?EFF?

    • Trimm Ditch

      February 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Thats a great question Stewart! Cause I havent voted in ages because of a lack of choice when it comes to real leaders in South Africa. I think the youth does want to participate but we are discouraged by the state of affairs in the country at the moment and feel a bit powerless.

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