Opinion

Chicken-feet saga highlights a gap that must be closed

23 May 2021 - 00:04

Social distancing as a term has become ubiquitous in our current circumstances, where we always have to keep a safe space between ourselves and other people who are not from our households in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19. It has become so widely used that it was put on the shortlist for 2020 “word of the year” by the makers of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Its Dutch version, Anderhalvemetersamenleving, did get the nod as word of the year in the Netherlands. There was a time not so long ago, here in SA, when the term had a totally different meaning. If, like many of our political journalists, you had spent much of your time during the Jacob Zuma years attending conferences of ANC-aligned trade unions and other organisations, you would have heard the term being mentioned a lot...

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