The old road that passes Orlando West’s
Donaldson Community Hall – where the young
Mandiba taught boxing – was becoming
a highway with verges for the World Cup.
On the central reservation, a man
in rags was selling plastic toilet seats
and a woman was herding three cows.
On a side road, in front of the Hall’s gates,
there had been a shop with a sponsored sign –
‘Burkino Faso Tuck Shop – Coca Cola.’
The business now was shuttered – the sign pristine.
A boy in the many striped blazer
of a private school in Jozi passed homewards.