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Interesting piece of art. But what does it mean? Is there an explanation somewhere?

 

I don’t see any museum labels. Wait! There on the floor, is that it?

 

What does it say? I can’t read it. It’s such a small print. And on the floor! You have to kneel down to read it.

 

It says: “DISCLAIMER – Tickets are valid for 7 days from the chosen date. This ticket is not refundable.”

 

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'Rooms of the Ballenesque' by Roger Ballen at Zeitz MOCAA.

‘Rooms of the Ballenesque’ by Roger Ballen at Zeitz MOCAA.

 

Mommy, why did somebody draw on the doors?

 

Because it’s art. But only here at the Zeitz MOCAA, not at home!

 

 

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One man's trash is another man's treasure: I needed 3 folders and here they are.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure: I needed 3 folders and here they are.

 

Or shall I write ‘Ordner from the universe’ as in the German word for ‘folder’?

 

Because sometimes the universe works in surprising ways:

 

I was cleaning up my office stuff, but couldn’t pack it away properly, as I needed some folders.

 

I know I have folders somewhere in our packed things, but until we’ve properly unpacked everything I don’t know where to find them. So I’m a bit reluctant to buy new folders.

 

In the meantime however I sorted my documents into 3 piles = 3 folders.

 

So as I’m leaving the house for a doctor’s appointment I’m thinking: 3 folders is all I need.

 

After the hospital appointment I wanted to shop our groceries, but cycling down from Groote Schuur I landed up by the main road first, needing to cut back to the supermarket.

 

This was random, normally I would have turned right earlier to get straight to the parking lot.

 

So now that I had already lost my way of most efficient route I decided to take a shortcut through the vegetation.

 

And lo and behold: I stumble across 3 discarded folders.

 

Somebody must’ve dumped their old office equipment in the bush. But there was nothing wrong with it!

 

I still can’t believe this coincidence, because it is so precise in its execution: It was always just about 3 folders.

 

As if I had ordered them from the universe!

 

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So, how do you like living in Lower Woodstock?

 

I like it. I enjoy living in this street. The neighbours are friendly. It’s safe to cycle.

 

What about the crime?

 

Crime is an issue everywhere in South Africa.

 

What about the dirt?

 

We can all help clean it up by doing a MOOP swoop.

 

And the children? What about the noise?

 

You mean the kids playing soccer on the empty plot next door? But that’s the best part!

 

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What’s going on next door?

I think they’re having a braai.

Yes, I saw, but what’s the commotion?

I don’t know?

It sounds more like an argument.

Shall we have a look?

Yes, that’s like, they’re shouting.

But wait.

What?

It has stopped.

Gosh, that silence is more worrying than the shouting. Please take a look.

Okay.

What is it?

No way. It looks like…

What?

I think they’re busy taking a selfie.

 

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Good morning M’am, please sign the register.

 

Of course.

 

‘Ranzani’? Are you Venda?

 

Sorry? A vendor?

 

No, I mean Venda.

 

Sorry, I’m not selling anything.

 

No, I mean ‘Ranzani’, is that Venda?

 

Well yes, you could say so, my husband runs Ranzani Design, a product design and manufacturing company.

 

So, is your husband Venda?

 

Ja well, he sells his products.

 

No, no. You know, ‘Ranzani’ means something like ‘Loving’ in Venda.

 

Ah! … Oh! … Wow!

 

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I don’t understand: Why even mention the person’s skin colour? It is not needed for the context of the story?

 

You wouldn’t know, you’re not from here, you’re an alien.

 

Well, I’m still from the same planet!

 

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