On Sunday, as I sat meditating in the deep tranquillity that comes when you have neither electricity nor running water, I realised I was managing my expectations well.

These things happen, I told myself. Neglected water pipes burst. Necrotic ANC politicians deindustrialise the country. These are immutable laws of nature. Getting angry about them would imply I believed things should be different; that water pipes are indestructible; that the ANC is capable of doing anything but eating; that crumbling states, ruled by idiots, cowards and thieves, somehow keep supplying electricity and running water...

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