It never ceases to amaze me how MSM articles on the web attract so much attention in the comments section! In this case, we hear that the Springbok will be demoted from being displayed on the chest of the national team shirt in the next RWB, and be relegated to the sleeve.
Witness the backlash!
Several hundred comments, most of which are angry outbursts and racially slanted rants against the country in general.
Some comments are calling for people to stop over reacting and remember that the "bokkie" is not being removed, it is merely making way for the protea, which after all, has always been SA's national flower, and still has a place of pride in the team.
"You can still call them Bokke man! LOL" is the refrain...
But I think the reaction is indicative of something more serious. Much like an iceberg hides it's bulk under water, the comments in this article (and many others, take Timesonline as another example) seem to me to be a symptom of raging against the machine of "transformation"
The relegation of the "bokkie" is another slap in the face of the white man. Another attack on his identity. Another attempt (as if the daily crime and grime is not sacrifice enough) to wipe out the very last icon of his past and even his very existence as a white man.
Another thing these comments reveal, is that quite patently, most whites living in SA are NOT reconciled to "transformation" Why should they be? They want to preserve their unique identity, they want their own place in the sun. They want things to settle down, people of all races to move on, and get with the programme. Culturally separate, but equal...
Instead, these relentless, incremental changes seem to be marching on to some unseen "common dumb denominator" in a hazy future, with nobody in leadership having any clear vision whatsoever of how it will end.
Banks and corporate sponsors are kowtowing to the ANC adding fuel to the fire. The blind leading the blind.
Between 1995 and 2010, something has gone terribly wrong with SA, and we can all sense it. The Rugby saga is one element, amongst many, of that fact.
No Springbok on chest at RWC
Pretoria - The Springbok emblem will not be on the chest of the Springbok jersey at the World Cup in New Zealand next year.
Springbok supporters are in for a shock on Friday when the South African Rugby Union (SARU) introduces a supporters' shirt in anticipation of the World Cup, which will kick off in New Zealand in less than a year.
Government guidelines determine that the official South African sports emblem - the protea - be placed on the left side of the chest on national sports jerseys.
This rule had already forced SA Rugby to move the Springbok from the left of the chest to the right side.
According to guidelines from the International Rugby Board (IRB), its World Cup logo must be placed on the right side of the chest on all teams' jerseys during the tournament.
In the Springboks' case, this means there will be no space on the front of the jersey for the most famous badge in world rugby.
Negotiations in this regard between the IRB, the government and SA Rugby have apparently ended in a stalemate, which leaves SARU with no choice but to move the Springbok to the sleeve of the World Cup jersey.
This might be everything but a popular choice, but SA Rugby doesn't have much of a choice in this case.
The IRB's policy also determines that no jersey sponsor's name may appear on the jerseys, which means Absa - who in all likelihood will take over as sponsor from Sasol next year - will not be able to exercise that right during the World Cup.
The Springbok emblem and its placement on the jersey has long been an emotional issue, and it's mainly thanks to former president Nelson Mandela that the emblem has stayed on the jersey.
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