Sport and politics dominate South African minds

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The turmoil on the South African political scene has delivered the first winner of a free copy of Babalaas to Hell in our collective noun competition.

The prize this week goes to Henry Faul for his “a discontent of voters”. After the performance of the Protea cricket team in the one day international series in Australia the entry of Piet du Toit, “a choking of cricketers” was a close runner-up.

Other entries included: “a corruption of officials”, “a cluster ministers” and “a quota of rugby players”.

There are another eleven books to be won, so keep the ideas flowing!

The competition

We invite our readers to send us their self-, family-, regional- or profession-made collective noun or nouns each week until the end of January 2014.

We have a panel that will select the best one on a weekly basis and we will mail that contributor a free, signed copy of Babalaas to Hell – a collection of Final Word columns published here.

You are welcome to also provide a short (not more than 150 words) background, rationale or explanation on your contribution. We might also use it in future columns with attribution to you.

For more background about the creative power of collective nouns and how it works, click here.

Please email your entries to us at [email protected]. All entries received by Friday every week will be considered for the next week’s prize.

You are also welcome to email us if you want to order a copy of Babalaas to Hell for R80, including postage.

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