CHRIS THURMAN: Plunging into the depths and shallows of a world under threat
Helen Zille could use a lesson in the nuances of ‘tone’ from funnyman Alan Committie
It has been a wet week in Johannesburg. Grateful though we are for the rain, we’d be happy to send it all southwest to the people who need it in Cape Town. This is a platitude, the kind of vague gesture of goodwill that means little but seems necessary after Premier Helen Zille (or the weird poltergeist that controls her Twitter account) decided in January to reinscribe those old coast-versus-highveld binaries with her "karma is a bitch" taunts. Admittedly, I’ve been guilty of pontificating as a Joburger about Capetonians’ curious ways. But the Western Cape water crisis is a national crisis — for reasons humanitarian, economic, political and otherwise — and it has, or should have, a chastening effect on all of us elsewhere across the country.That doesn’t mean it can’t also be hilarious, as I discovered with some relief while watching Alan Committie’s latest show, Planet Mirth, which the irrepressible funnyman is performing throughout February at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino theatre....