PANGA MANAGEMENT (Panga: a large, broad-bladed African knife used as a weapon or as an implement for cutting heavy jungle growth, sugar cane, etc.; machete.) is a blog about ART, POLITICS AND LIFESTYLE in South Africa. Or to be fair, its about adventure and banality and what ever else PM feels like writing about. PM is a proud online pamphleteer.

We have not been introduced, I’m the narrator, and you can call me Nice. My story has very little reference to the blog but it’s always good to put a name to the narrator, and to be honest there is not much glamour in being an observer, so I have placed myself in the picture. I don’t stand out in  small South African towns, but two- tone khaki shirts have a way of drawing attention at art exhibition openings. Why me, why now? well that’s the way the dice crumbled . Okay, I don’t really wear two-tone khaki shirts but the idea amuses me no less because it’s untrue. Rather than introduce Panga Management with endless indulgent blog ramblings I shall introduce PM’s sensibility. A quote in context can be accurate a quote out of context can be a beautiful lie. Believing as I do that It’s better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly, I’m presenting certain quotes from Oscar Wilde and Joseph Stalin in this text which endeavours to introduce the sensibilities of Panga Management. As ambiguity is often more accurate than fact and as one can imagine a little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. I have removed the “who said what” in the hopes that the whimsical tyranny of life is accurately captured. If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. Yes I agree one death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic and democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people, but when it comes down to it, PM is the most important person PM knows, so let the people bludgeon democracy into statistics as long as PM does not get blood on PM’s shoes it’s okay. When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope we use; life is a roundabout and as long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular. In my experience you should always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas as I don’t wish to give myself away and I’m aware It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors PM will forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.

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  1. Ian Falcon Bentley says:

    As Pieter Dirk Uys once observed, in South Africa there is never any shortage of material … great blog. The pen is more powerful than the panga … all power to your pen!

  2. karl says:

    I wish I knew who you were ……..your brilliant turn of phrase dazzles. Cant you come out from the dark and let us know about you….The Bailey Trust article wonderful and so we could go on with panegyrics – how s that for a vocabulary ?

    Wd scare the pants off the nerds at the National Gallery perhaps ?

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