This of all the statements made day after day in the conversations and newspapers and on television and radio which are accepted at face value.
Think of all the implicit beliefs that influence the minds of ordinary South Africans as they go about their lives.
Clem Sunter has taken a sample of these in his new book Pretoria Will Provide and other myths and shows that the truth is surprisingly different to the orthodox view.
Whether it's "Crime doesn't pay," "Handouts work," "Words are read," "Men are smarter than women" or "South Africa is second-rate," the falsegood of each of these myths is ruthlessly exposed in short, sharp and often humorous essays. Nobody will take the future, or the truth, for granted after reading this book.