<p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 16.796875px;">Wikipedia Page: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year's_resolution">en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Year's_resolution</a> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 12px; color: #666666; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 16.796875px;">Every year as the sounds of Auld Lang Syne dies out in the midnight hour; the ensuing silence is almost immediately filled with the sound of resolutions being made, and almost without fail, ultimately shattered. From promising to quit smoking, paying of debt, shopping less to the more bizarre resolutions like gaining some weight (didn’t your Mom always tell you that you were skinny?), working less (all work and no play...) And on the other end of the spectrum you could even make the resolution to take up smoking, if only to keep tobacco workers employed.
So SA Promo has thought it a good idea to look at some seriously famous people and leaders and suggesting some resolutions for them. Seeing as resolutions are usually made by people who feel they need to make a change in their life, these are people who could do with a change. We would not want to force anything on them, we are too friendly this time of the year!
First off, Steve Hofmeyr makes the list. The blue-eyed ‘lover of many and loved by more’ has dominated the headlines again with his ‘extracurricular activities’. Even though he has always seemed to come out of the trenches smelling of roses, He should just consider an operation to cut it off to cut it out.
Next, Luke ‘Opgooi’ Watson. We suggest a solid resolve to stay away from the Eat-as-much-as-you-can seafood buffet at Ocean Basket before Test rugby. That would definitely reduce the ensuing nausea that he has been complaining about this past year, especially when putting on his jersey on match day.
Then there is the ever present Amy ‘Rehab’ Winehouse. She has eventually given in this year and gone of to rehab. We are of a firm belief that she does not actually have a drug problem as it is so widely reported, but that she suffers from drug-like trances and trips due to her excessive use of hairspray to keep that beehive up. So if she were to make the promise to herself to change her hairstyle, she will not only be ‘clean’ but could also do her part for saving the environment.
No list of people in need of a reform would be complete without Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. Dr. Beetroot herself was moved out of her role as Minister of Health in the South African government by the successor to Thabo Mbeki, after he resigned. President Kgalema Motlanthe decided to move her into the obviously less dangerous position of Minister in the Presidency. We simply feel she should make a resolution, which is not so far-fetched, but could make a great difference. She should read more. Maybe then beetroot and garlic will not be considered to cure AIDS.
And then, to finish of our short list of people in need of making resolutions and sticking to them, for global good, or just general common sense. Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Or in short, Sheikh Nahyan, is the President of the United Arab Emirates. He is the second richest ruler in the world and fortunately a very generous man. He donated greatly for the construction of hospitals and research in medicine, and also raised the salaries of his own government’s employees. So we just feel he could let some of that generosity flow over to us. He could make a resolution to donate even more of his money, to Saffa expats in particular, in the UAE, UK, Australia or wherever.
But seeing as these things are most probably not going to happen, and we can only dream of the Sheikh making personal donations to us, we can prepare for another year of scandals, newspapers filled with sensation, bumbling ministers and people in leadership (fortunately George W Bush’s reign as US President is over) and the credit will continue to crunch. So we will just try to quit smoking, save more money, lose some weight, recycle more and leave the big steps and world changing resolutions to people who can stick to them. So, by the time you have finished reading this, another person will have eaten the last slice of chocolate cake, lit up a cigarette again and the Sheikh will still be much richer than us!