Helen Zille And Kelvin Lunch

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HELEN ZILLE and Kelvin Lunch

Date: 5th April 2009

Kelvin Club organizes regular lunches with very interesting speakers. Attended one last month at which the Leader of Cope should have addressed us but sent his 2nd Deputy President instead.  She'd only been in politics five minutes and gave quite a good speech but was totally floored by the Q & A at the end of lunch. 

But last week we had Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance.  I'd heard her two years ago at an IWL Lunch and thought she was incredibly impressive.  I rarely join a queue to congratulate anybody, but was moved to do so with her.  She reminds me of a modern day Maggie Thatcher.

The response to the lunch was so huge, I was on a long waiting list but somehow managed to get a place.  Again I was bowled over by her directness - she doesn't mince her words about Corruption in Politics and her them was returning to the 'Constitutional Democracy' of South Africa.  It isn't my place to make comments on the politics of this gorgeous Country, I can only pray that with some common sense and less 'cronyism' SA will win through.  There's so much going for SA, not least her welcoming and kind people.  Everywhere you go, shops, restaurants, garages, you are met with smiling, polite and excellent service - something that's almost died a death in the UK.

SA calls itself 'The Rainbow Nation' for very obvious reasons but what must be remembered is that in a Rainbow, you need all the colours to make it work.

Bye for now,  Jan

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