We are all obedient servants, in South Africa. Everything needs to be referred up the levels of authority, step by laborious step, until it gets to the very top -- and then it may need to journey all the way back down again. One should not try to buck this system. In a moment of foolish bravado, I tried this week to buy a magazine at the Central News Agency (CNA) that didn't have a price on it -- but I really wanted it. I patiently saw this through six members of staff, one after the other, all the way up to the senior manager -- but not one had the courage to put a price on the magazine. I said: "Just slap a price on it! Any price!" But the senior manager said the magazine should be physically returned to the distributor for a decision. Then I should come to collect it. (I gave up).