Look, if you guys are going to dwell on Babotie. I believe it's now a truly South
African dish, which had it's origins with the Malay slaves in Cape Town.
Recently published books have shed light on the experiences of slaves in the
Cape - previously largely forgotten in our history books - describing the extent
of their suffering and other ways in which they contributed to the cultural
heritage on the Southern tip of Africa.
I enjoyed reviewing the training materials with Jeff, although I sadly missed the
restaurant experiences. The materials left me with some serious concerns
which need to be addressed urgently:-
1. Are they Y2K compliant? To test, load the documents into Word 97 and
change the date on your computer to June 21, 2015. If it bombs out, check
whether it was the bios, the operating system, the word processor or indeed
the training materials themselves thinking they were suddenly horrendously
2. Do they translate well? To test, run them through Systransoft on the Zulu (or
whatever language) option, then back to English. When I tested, the section on
"Gender and Culture" regrettably became "S*x and Table Manners". Back to
the drawing board.
3. I find promoting 'Eudora Lite' discriminates against the gravitationally
challenged - many of us in Africa appreciate human profiles that wouldn't
appear on Vogue's front cover.
4. Search engines really get me : 'Yahoo' was started by a bunch of intellectual
elites, and some of the other's are far too commercially orientated to benefit our
development. Those of us with less grey matter could more easily identify with
a name like za.zoo*, and aardvark.co.za for environmentally friendly searching.
5. The materials were mainly written in the North, so don't account for the fact
that our bathwater down South spins counter-clockwise when you pull out the
* It really exists at http://search.mweb.co.za/
p.s. The views expressed above are not really what I would subscribe to if we
lose the World Cup.