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Our world, our southern hemisphere world, has experienced darkness on levels both prosaic and unimaginable. We’ve gone to hell in a hand basket a man in the grocery store said, and he was right.

We’ve experienced: Darkness of the soul in the senseless racially motivated murder of Muslims at prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand. The death toll was a staggering 50 people, murdered by hate and religious typecasting and intolerance. Darkness of the heart as Mozambican Cyclone Idai caused the worst humanitarian disaster the southern hemisphere has ever seen, affecting three countries: Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Thousands were killed, many thousands more displaced. At least 90% of Mozambique’s fourth-largest city, Beira, was flattened. Just plain old-fashioned powerlessness for South Africans as Eskom plunged South Africans into the dark when they implemented rolling blackouts, causing huge disruption and chaos across our country. It’s all we South Africans can think about or talk about. Load-shedding has become a conversation starter: What about load-shedding do you mind the most? The lights going out … Just as you’ve switched on a fully loaded washing machine? When you’ve ...

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