Columns 7.8.2018 08:15 am

Can’t we just be blooming nice and keep on blossoming?

Wouldn’t it be magnificent if all South Africans decide to blossom with the trees, and to keep on blossoming?

Every year, at more or less this time, my neighbour reminds me that the seasons are about to change. No, he doesn’t personally walk over and hand me a calendar. But he does have a magnificent apricot tree that somehow manages to cover itself in the most exquisite blossoms.

Can’t we just be blooming nice and keep on blossoming?
Can’t we just be blooming nice and keep on blossoming?

Can’t we just be blooming nice and keep on blossoming?

Wouldn’t it be magnificent if all South Africans decide to blossom with the trees, and to keep on blossoming?

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