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Themba

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by Andy Davis / 26.12.2012

Originally published 19 July 2012

This is Themba, he’s 59 years old and comes from Umkomaas, but he stays over the hill back there towards Umlazi. Every morning he’s up long before the sun, so he can take up his position in the old plastic chair by the new, now defunct showers at the Kite Beach in Durban. Themba’s a freelance carguard, he doesn’t work for anyone, is not employed or sanctioned by the city, the community policing forum or the SAPS. And yet, when the waves are cooking, at any given time, Themba often has more than 2 million Rands worth of car keys in his pocket. On a good day he’ll take home R80 bucks.

And that my friends is a pretty radical situation. If you’re looking for a feel good story, look no further than Themba, or any of the other carguards along the Durban beachfront, who local surfers simply, trustingly, toss their keys to as they jog towards their jump off point at the end of the pier. This is a unique system built almost entirely on honest to goodness faith in humanity and necessitated by the rise of automatic car keys, that are not waterproof.

Down by the North Beach parking lot, Paul does the mid-morning shift. The loose affiliation of carguards this side of town is more organised and the surf spot is more popular, so it’s a profitable patch to be working. On any given day, Paul’s chain of keys can represent upwards of R5 million worth of cars. That’s a lot of money entrusted into the hands of someone who probably can’t even afford his own skadonk. And yet, Paul and all the other beachfront carguards, take their responsibilities very seriously, and only earn a modest income for their troubles. At North, the carguards are registered with the local community policing forum, are known to all the regular surfers and get to keep whatever they earn on their shift. Most surfers who entrust their keys with Paul or Themba will usually pay between R2, R5 and R10 for the service. The peace of mind, a rare commodity in South Africa, is probably worth a bit more.

What makes this informal little beachfront business even more amazing, is that many of the Durban surfers I’ve encountered are prone to dropping some of the most blatantly racist epithets you’re ever likely to hear. It’s a competitive type of conversational intolerance, most often dressed up as humour and underlined by a kind of desperate need for affirmation. What’s more astonishing is the expectation, that because you’re white, you’re down with the Ku Klux Klan worldview. I mean, the ears assembled around some of these ous’ weekend braais are heavily peppered with k-bombs, salted with pessimism for the future and marinated in all manner of outdated, discriminatory and bigoted slop. And it’s not just the casual racism, there’s a fair amount of bergie-bashing and prejudice towards poor whites, vagrants, bums, lay-abouts, stoners and homeless people too; coupled with a rather biblical outlook on the role of women.

And yet the same folk will hit the beach the next day and happily toss someone like Themba, a virtual stranger with a vaguely familiar face, a relatively poor Zulu man, the keys to their 350 thousand Rand double-cab bakkie, for safe-keeping. It’s like we’re telling ourselves all these kak old stories, but our actions depict a far more progressive reality. I dunno, but in the smallest of ways, there’s something remarkable happening down at the Durban beachfront. Maybe, just maybe, we’re a lot further down the road than we like to admit.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    a fine piece

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  2. ParkaBoy says:

    Yeah.. I really like the optimistic tone in this piece, but maybe it’s because most of the folks you’re describing are used to viewing people of colour as servants.

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  3. Maxi Me says:

    R2? how long does an average surfer or even a swimmer stay in the water?

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  4. kza says:

    A very interesting and good read Andy, Thanks.

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  5. ZAK says:

    Andy, you inspire hope….that we may discover what makes us all human, and the opposite is sadly true.

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  6. koil says:

    Slam dunk Andy! , Fantastic piece bru, well captured!

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  7. Andynotaklevavanillaface says:

    Is it really wise to publicize the fact that one vulnerable guy is potentially holding a bunch of keys for cars worth a couple of million rands? You even state where they can be found!??
    You think enterprising and maybe violently ruthless car thieves won’t enjoy that knowledge?
    Maybe redact the identifying info?

    Eeish not too kleva this Andy mampompan.

    Jeez brother – how’s about like telling us your online banking log-on details next time – oh wait that would expose your personal vulnerabilities not just those of the humans in one of your “juicy” stories :(

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  8. Knobend says:

    Fantastic…and look its complete with photos…well done mate…really well done…you cake!

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  9. Confused says:

    I don’t know who your friends are but none of my surfer mates behave in the manner you have described in this article.

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  10. Skaap says:

    …Interesting point of view Andy.. I agree these car guards deserve some serious recognition for what they do…However I have to agree 100% with Andynotaklevavanillaface’s statement. Probably not the most clever thing you could have done mate!
    Lets just hope this website is no where near as popular as you hope it is!

    Your point of view on the racist surfer jargon is completely your own opinion, and well you could have made that more clear…simply saying “most surfers I know…” is not good enough. I am a surfer and most surfers I know are salt of the earth guys?????

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  11. Mark Becks says:

    There are car guards wherever you go, but I wouldnt hand over my keys to just any one of them. Unfortunately some of them are even involved with syndicates to steal vehicles or the contents. This is a nice positive story giving recognition to those that patrol and watch over our vehicles and whom I entrust my keys to every week. Kudos to Paul, Ian, Johann, Norman and the other gents, and ladies. These guys are always pretty alert, and well worth a 10 buck.

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  12. Dbnpowerhouse says:

    The part about the racist surfers is 100% accurate , not all or even many but a good amount of the core Durban surfer locals are filthy disgusting racists , esp at braais damn those ou’s are sif. And as Andy pointed out if you are in their midst at that moment its assumed you down with it. Disagreeing to the K-bomb or the racism in general would be akin to coming out at the aforementioned braai as being homosexual , which is another group of people they are brutally discriminatory against :(

    Ja exposing where the cargaurds are situated and the value of the vehicles that they hold keys for is just flipping irresponsible , wtf Andy you are an editor ffs – think before you publish

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  13. Chantal says:

    I’m sorry but am I the only person who is more than a bit perturbed by this piece? You have just told anyone who cares to view or read this, what the local surfing community do in order to safe guard their precious cars. My boyfriend does this (will no longer due to this piece) and was absolutely horrified to read this. He always pays at least R5 or R10 for a 2 hour morning session before work and is always extremely courteous to them and so are all the other surfers I have seen who park in this area. Please be careful when giving out such sensitive information like this with photos to boot….?!? The chances of one of these guys getting attacked have now increased 10 fold and the amount of surfers who usually use this form of safety provision will now look to other means of precaution, the spread of information on the internet is frightening, one would be surprised at how quick this will pop up in blogs, tweets, facebook etc. Syndicate car thieves are not your average street dweller, they are smart; informed, and most certainly aware of this thing we call the World Wide Web….

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  14. Elizabeth says:

    A feelgood story? Erm…

    “Themba often has more than 2 million Rands worth of car keys in his pocket. On a good day he’ll take home R80 bucks” = shameful

    “Who local surfers simply, trustingly, toss their keys to as they jog towards their jump off point at the end of the pier” = shameful, these guys think nothing of risking expensive cars because they can just replace them?

    “Most surfers who entrust their keys with Paul or Themba will usually pay between R2, R5 and R10 for the service. The peace of mind, a rare commodity in South Africa, is probably worth a bit more.” = I’d say. Exploitation.

    “I mean, the ears assembled around some of these ous’ weekend braais are heavily peppered with k-bombs, salted with pessimism for the future and marinated in all manner of outdated, discriminatory and bigoted slop. And it’s not just the casual racism, there’s a fair amount of bergie-bashing and prejudice towards poor whites, vagrants, bums, lay-abouts, stoners and homeless people too; coupled with a rather biblical outlook on the role of women.” = shameful.

    “And yet the same folk will hit the beach the next day and happily toss someone like Themba, a virtual stranger with a vaguely familiar face, a relatively poor Zulu man, the keys to their 350 thousand Rand double-cab bakkie, for safe-keeping. It’s like we’re telling ourselves all these kak old stories, but our actions depict a far more progressive reality.” = Nope. They do this because it’s convenient and it suits them.

    Added to which – yeah, the car guard’s livelihood is at risk if these facts become known more widely.

    Altogether a not feel good story at all!

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  15. Anonymous says:

    That is the biggest invitation to the international criminal world!

    YOU TONSIL HEAD!

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  16. Anonymous says:

    ANDY ANDY ANDY, wow dude. u are real piece of work man, i am one of the local surfers there and for you to call us racists is just, well, racist. who do you think you are? do you know me or any of my friends? do you surf? do you know the BLACK lifeguards, whom i a m friends with all? DO YOU?!!?!?!?!?!?!?

    i suppose you would never put a picture of your face on this kak website, cos you know you would never be able to show your face at the beach ever again. you have brave, untrue, bias opinion and as a story writer, wee you got that part right, but as an author as you call yourself, well ya lets just say you are incompetent.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    THANKS FOR LETTING THE WORLD KNOW WHERE OUR KEYS ARE YOU PIECE
    OF *$%$*^($&*$#(*&^#%$()*^$)#^*)%(#&@&%*^(#$*&(W$*%^()$^&$#W(%&*#%)(^%)*^%)#$(^*$#(^&($#&^($#W^()%^)()(
    and yes you deserve a farkin smack against ur head for the racism bullshit you wrote.

    put a picture of your face on the website so we can all see who you are. you probably wont cos u know ull get ur head kicked in. and whats this KKK crap you refer us to. F**K YOU .

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  18. Anonymous says:

    It feels so good to be called some KKK member and to be judged by some random man who runs a “mahala” website! That’s not stereotyping in anyway whatsoever nope not at all.

    The next time I am at a braai with my mates (we surf by the way) I will remember not to be racist…I promise, oh did I mention some of them are of a different colour to me…oh dear this is awkward…

    GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT “JOURNALIST”

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  19. Themba says:

    “and yes you deserve a farkin smack against ur head for the racism bullshit you wrote.

    put a picture of your face on the website so we can all see who you are. you probably wont cos u know ull get ur head kicked in. and whats this KKK crap you refer us to. F**K YOU . ”

    LOL , seems to have hit a sore point with you there hehehe

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  20. Durban surfer says:

    Bru. Racism is prevalent amongst all races in our beautiful country, unfortunately. Hopefully we will all get it out of our system eventually. To paint most white surfers as being that prejudiced in their daily lives is to put forward a viewpoint of utter ignorance ans stereotype – just like racism. The trust with the carguards has been built up over time, they do a great service for the surfers, they make an honest living out of it, and its all good. It typifies, as you say, about what is good and down to earth about south africa. However, considering that publicizing that knowledge could realistically cause potential crime and worst case scenario loss of life, a breakdown in this relationship and ous being out of a job, do ya think just maybe you should rather not publicize it?

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  21. Anonymous says:

    rookie move bro, rookie move

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  22. Koz says:

    Wow… there are so many negative individuals posting here… I’ve been down to durban for work and pleasure a number of times and sadly there is a large number of racists out there still. Heck it is a problem everywhere still, but to go get all defensive just tells us all that you either are a racist or you feel guilty because you have friends that are and you do not condone it, but make no effort to change it.

    As for the accusation of telling the world where you leave your keys, are you that ignorant to think that criminals are not aware of what is going on? Pull your head out the hole in the sand.

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  23. Kozyouracake says:

    No the reason people are getting pissed off is that he has generalised the fact that Durban surfers are racist, we are not and we do not have to justify it to the likes of you. I understand if there are a few bad apples, that will happen anywhere but DO NOT put us all in the same box.

    So stop doing a backflip and get your head out your own arse!

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  24. Tumi says:

    As a white person, if you are around other white people who are making racist comments about non-white people and you say nothing to call them out – and instead kind of just “go along” with the conversation, does that make you racist?

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  25. Mike says:

    The person or people who runs this website is extremely irresponsible and should be stopped. This article is not only placing the car guards lives and livelihood at risk, he is inciting racial hatred.

    I am not a surfer and not a dogooder but this is total kak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  26. Malcom X says:

    I love how some white people still fight tooth and nail to not be called out on their racist behaviour, even if they are. And for the love of God, can white people stop the “I have a black friend” spiel. That shit is tired and condescending as f*ck and shows you actually might be racist. These dudes need to man the f*uck up and own their actions instead of trying to come off as if they sing kumbaya at their braais and Andy is making this shit up.

    And here I thought surfers were supposed to be the mellow type.

    Ps. Amagitsa (hijackers/car thieves) don’t read blogs… at least where I come from, so please unbunch your knickers folks

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  27. Wakey wakey says:

    I think Andy is just showing his age , out of touch . I have noticed some but certainly not all durban surfers , of his age group and up , are quite racist . Angry men still stuck in the past . Would have been nice if Andy wasn’t so short sighted and narrow minded and had not tarred everyone with the same brush . Is this guy for real , what a self righteous tosser. Maybe it shows the quality of the company Andy keeps rather than the quality of Durban surfers?

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  28. Elizabeth says:

    LOL @ Malcom X.

    Of course not all Durban surfers are racist, but some are, and the point of the article was that these racists are quite happy to hand over their car keys to a car guard.

    On reflection, however, it’s probably common knowledge that this happens, so if the cars haven’t been stolen by a sophisticated crime syndicate by now, they probably won’t be.

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  29. Confused says:

    Why do some of you have such a problem with surfers having a go at the author?

    You can’t go to a braai and suddenly write about a whole group of people as if we are all cut from the same cloth. If you are hanging out with racist surfers then that’s pretty sad and even sadder that you continue to associate with people like that. When my friends and I braai we talk about the good times and lie about the great waves we caught. This article uses terms like “many of the Durban surfers i have encountered” which is such a relative term. I surf almost every day and know so many surfers and I can honestly say I have never been in a situation like the one you describe in this here.

    The surfers i know are some of the most chilled laid back people I’ve ever met and it pisses me off that people find it ok to label us like you have here. What’s even more amazing is that people are now commenting saying because surfers have a problem with it… they must be racist. I mean were you dropped on your head as a child? If someone calls you a thief and you defend yourself are you clearly the thief? This logic is so mind numbingly stupid I don’t even know how to address it.

    The whole thing is ridiculous. If you want to be considered a journalist you can’t brand a whole tribe based on braai you attended with your trash friends. Do some actual research and you will realize what you have described is a problem with South Africa and not Surfers. Don’t associate something I love doing with this filth. I am by no means anything like you have described here and I speak for the majority of Durban surfers. How can i say that? Well i didn’t just attend a non-racist braai. I actually know all these people and have spent my life sharing the ocean with them.

    They are not the people you have written about.

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  30. Mike says:

    Is being racist to racists, racist?

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  31. Anonymous says:

    howcome when a black person sez something bad about whites its ok, but as soon as there is a suspision about a white guy even having an argument with a black guy its racist………

    ja go figure….and by the way….F*K YOU ANDY. thanks for teling the world where we hide our keys….. you stupid ass.

    and yes, i do take offence because i am not racist, but every black person still thiknks we as white people are… i think they should get their heads out there arse aswell. its all you bank on when thinks dont go your way with a white person. wake the hell up. i am black. I HAVE WHITE FRIENDS I HAVE BLACK FRIENDS>
    is that stupid aswell @ MALCOM X, u must be the dumbest person apart from ANDY
    u also must be one of the people who feel you are harldy done by….well….. do better for urself.

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  32. Maxi Me says:

    keys can be taken from the owner as easily as from the guard and the robber won’t have to figure out which key opens what

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  33. will says:

    The keys the car guards hold for the surfers are on huge metal rings that the guys carry around openly. It’s not a protected secret!! Anybody who sat near the parking lots for moree than 2 minutes would figure it out. The reason the keys don’t get stolen is that there are a kakload of guards and even more surfers hanging out next to a police station in broad daylight. Who’s going to rob these guys? Seriously…

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  34. Dora's Ghost says:

    Whoa! Some of you are getting really upset over nothing. The author never called Durban surfers racist, he merely said “many of the Durban surfers he’s encountered”. If you count yourself in that group and feel upset by his comments, well then that’s your problem and I suggest you do some soul searching rather than taking it out on the writer. Because really this a great piece. I mean did you even read the end? He basically says that even if you do tune racist kak around your braai, you probably don’t believe it, because your actions state otherwise… Get a grip people. Catch a flippen wake up!

    Secondly, if you surf in Durban, you know exactly who to give your keys to. It’s a solid system that works. The cars are safe. Keep up the good work ous.

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  35. Mugambi says:

    The flood of negative reactions to this incredibly positive piece of journalism just prove the point, Durban is home to some seriously stuck in the mud motherfuckers.

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  36. Anonymous says:

    Are you blind @Mugambi, if you think the journalists use of the word ‘many’ when calling Durban Surfers racist is a positive piece of Journalism then you’re an absolute idiot and I don’t care if you’re black, brown, yellow, white or f…king indigo!!! It is extremely irresponsible to do so, as it is a generalisation in which he has no hard facts / statistics etc. I love the fact that this guys isn’t even from Durban, and I’m am sorry if he rolls with a group of people that go to braais and make racist comments but that is his indaba and should never have made it into an article regarding the work car guards do!
    I am extremely glad to see the passion in defense from the Durban surfers and Durbanites in general, good on all of you!!!
    If the tables were turned and a negative generalisation was written about people of a sport you were involved in, then I’m sure you would do the same!
    And regarding the comments about people going overboard on the car key issue, its very easy for you to comment as they are not your car keys and not your cars, so I think best to reserve judgement for those who do leave their key with the guards.

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  37. Anonymous says:

    “And it’s not just the casual racism, there’s a fair amount of bergie-bashing and prejudice towards poor whites, vagrants, bums, lay-abouts, stoners and homeless people too; coupled with a rather biblical outlook on the role of women”

    So in your view “many” Durban Surfers are Neanderthal racists with a snobish outlook even on the white underprivileged and have a biblical outlook on how their wives and girlfriends should behave! Those are some seriously heavy things to say……..I can only but feel sorry for you, you sad sad little man!

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  38. Samora says:

    Come on… are you cats really gonna stop giving your keys to the car guards because of this article?

    Im heading for north now and im gonna leave my keys with Shaun as he squats on top of the bin with his eagle eyes… like i always do. I bet he’s gonna have a fistful of your keys too.

    To the cat who says “thanks for letting the criminals know where we hide our keys”… are you kidding me? Have you ever seen the car guards in town ‘hiding keys?’ Or do they carry them on a giant ring for all the world to see? And do you not think criminals ever go to the beach? You know just to have a swim or something like a normal person… It’s not like Durban’s best kept secret or something.

    A lot of the Durban surf posse ARE straight-up throw-back racist! Dont act all ignorant. That’s not to say EVERY surfer is a racist. Look at what happened when the umthombo kids started surfing at newps? Don’t act like you have forgotten.

    My favourite quotes…just off the top of my head:
    “These lifesavers should go back to being taxi drivers. Theyre more likely to pop a bathers head than save anyone.”
    “Those umthombo kids just dont BELONG in the surf.”
    “you can see by the look in their eyes that they are like wild animals.” [on the umthombo kids]
    Every time the mosque at north beach calls the faithful to prayer: “I wish these churros would go back to where they came from.”

    If you havent noticed you must be suffering from Helen Keller. And if its not you and your crew, then why get mad as a snake and defensive and start saying you’re gonna beat Andy’s head in? Do we not have a violent enough society as it is?

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  39. eatmeandyyouchop says:

    Well played bru,
    you’re a cut above the rest of the ‘trying to make a name for myself for being all caring, intelligent and shit’ when the very people you supposedly care about and want the best for are the ones i just effed over…..” it takes nothing to string a tirade of awesome self centered viewpoints together and make a sentence but it takes years of practice to become a twat such as yourself……

    P.S. why don’t you invite Themba and Paul back to your house for a Sunday lunch and give them a job working for you….??!!???

    P.P.S. Did you give them any remuneration for selflessly flogging their stories for your own gain????

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  40. Mugambi says:

    Ho ho ho… some of you people are so stupid. Seriously. He said, many of the surfers he’s encountered. That’s hardly a sweeping indictment of the whole Durban surf scene. If you include yourself in that and get upset, well then he must have hit a nerve huh! This is actually a lekker piece of writing. I totally get where he’s coming from. And I’m a black surfer, well bodyboarder (don’t hold that against me). I live in Durban. I surf the piers a lot. People are generally nice, but I’ve heard some pretty racist shit when people think I’m out of earshot…

    Keep riling em up Andy. All the negative, senseless kak just shows you’re onto something

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  41. Anonymous says:

    This article is very racialy inclined i hope this author realizes what an idiot he is one day when he grows up or gets the racist chip of his shoulder.

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  42. north beach surfer says:

    I have lived and surfed Durban for about 16 years and not once in my time have I found the authors generalisations about the racial prejudices of surfers to be true. There are idiots everywhere, but there are far fewer of them who surf. Would love to had had a more in depth piece on the men we do entrust with our keys etc, would help build a mutual respect instead of creating division.Looking forward to the day when media isnt driven by crude racial slurs and people willing to perpetuate them.

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  43. Anonymous says:

    Any comments from the author…ANDY…where are u boet??

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  44. Anonymous says:

    This article has shown one other thing. There are many Durban surfers who are complete knobs with a total lack of self-awareness.
    Great article Andy. Unfortunately the comments section has once again devolved into Thinker (Andy) versus non-Thinkers (angry Durban surfers)…..

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  45. Andy says:

    Anonymous I’m here. The many Durban surfers line, wasn’t meant to be a sweeping generalisation for the Durban surf community. It was just me reporting on my own personal experience. A lot of the white people I know in Durban, surfers or not, seem to have no problem dropping small racist epithets in their daily speech. Little group generalisations and slurs. It’s low level stuff, but it’s also kind of ubiquitous, in my experience, which is the only thing I can aptly report on. The most important thing about this story, which a lot of people are missing, is that I don’t think these people are hardcore racists. I just think they’re caught in outdated modes of communicating and telling themselves kak stories that no longer relate to the realities they’re living.

    It’s a pretty complex idea and it’s just kind of sad that so many people got stuck on what they perceived as a wholesale diss of the Durban Surf Community. Which was not my intention at all.

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  46. Anonymous says:

    Andy, thanks for the reply. Why do only white people drop the “small racial epithets?” Is that perhaps because these are the social circles you hang out in? From my experience, those sort of ubiquitous racial epithets are present in all circles (whites obviously included, but not exclusively) . Showing how we need some serious social changes. I guess these sort of social standards filter from the top…but that is an entirely different topic in itself.
    Anyway Andy I appreciate what you were trying to say in this article, I guess it just didn’t come out 100%, and probably ended up revealing how much anger we all still have…

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  47. Andy says:

    I also know many Durban surfers who are some of the most progressive and switched on cats in the whole world!

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  48. gunston says:

    Hells teeth boet. If this bit of trolling shows us anything it is that the Durban crew are illiterate. Mahala became news24 for a day.

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  49. Nick says:

    What a load of shit! Makes me angry to read crap like this. Yes motivate ppl to tip well, but all the rest of this is just having a go at a group of people you clearly have a problem with. As for the information of the value of the cars on any given day, well done, u clearly thought the consequences of that one through. And every time I’m down in see the car guards enjoying conversations with the surfers, laughing etc etc.

    Can’t believe the contents of this article! It should be taken down!

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  50. Jon says:

    Andy you are a real pice of work you idiot. First for telling everyone about this and making the guards and our cars targets. Secondly most of the surfers in Durban are not racists. How do you know that anyway as I am sure you dont know any of them and none of them would want to be riends with a dick head like you. I am certain you have never been to a braai with any of them so how do you know what they do or say. Check your facts before writting a piece of crap like this and get a life asshole and stay out of ours.

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  51. tumi says:

    yho andy i’m blaming you for bringing news24 to mahala haai haai he eeeeeee! first i thought it was a good article but damnit these people are damn ignorant!! and it’s depressing me about SA – like it seems majority of white people don’t gerrit

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  52. tumi says:

    …and token blacks. And as a former token black I’m judging all you token blacks hahahaha

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  53. Andy says:

    Tumi… just imagine how I feel

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  54. black victorian says:

    and once again Andy you indulge in white sentiment towards the end of your piece-‘racist’ surfers trusting black life guards with their car keys has very little to do with a concealed idea of rainbow nation trust-it’s because they’re seen as servants. Kinda like how you always trust your gardener to not kill you in your bed even though technically, you are his master at his expense. This shallow, uncritical piece of writing made me mad, and then it made me laugh-reconciliation is a long way off if whites are still blind to how they constantly rewrite and perpetuate their privildge even when they attempt to account or maybe atone for it. Keep dreaming.

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  55. Anonymous says:

    the masters are trusting their slaves! hurrah!

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  56. Anonymous says:

    why is the black guy poor, why are the white people rich and what is worth celebrating about the poor guy trusting the rich people?

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  57. Andy says:

    Anonymous you need to read this story again… and work a bit harder to not simply jump to binary thinking.

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  58. WTF says:

    I don’t surf and don’t really agree with the opinion of the article. However, I totally agree about the casual racism in KZN. It’s the only place I’ve been in the country where middle class whiteys casually talk about “the kaffirs” and “those muntus” in the year 2012. Sure not everyone is a racist, but it sure seems acceptable to be one.

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