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It’s going to be quite a week. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s funeral this coming Saturday is going to be huge, both for us South Africans and for visitors from the rest of the world. There seems to be a plot in KwaZulu Natal to get rid of President Cyril Ramaphosa, and the Democratic Alliance has emerged from its weekend congress in pretty much the same form as it was before. But I have a quiet duty to perform in this space and no matter how juicy our current affairs may be I can’t delay it any longer. Early in January this year, my second column of the year in fact, I had a go at Discovery’s Vitality programme. I had joined it last October and, determined to rise up the Vitality points ladder, I had exercised my way out of the lowly and shameful Blue status you have to start with to Bronze and was in sight of Silver. I was going great guns. Gold loomed and, who knows, Diamond was just a few dozen visits to the Virgin Active gym away. I couldn’t believe my luck. I didn’t drink any alc...

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