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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Looting just the beginning: South African government starts reaping

When people in this country get angry, the first thing they do is break the law. They burn trains, kill foreigners, have violent strikes and now simply walk en-masse into supermarkets, helping themselves to food and other goods.

Each of these actions, performed mob-style, is a criminal action. To burn property, commit violent acts during strikes and taking what is not yours, is criminal. When people commit such crimes they should pay for those crimes. Especially those that instigate such actions. Nozipho Mteshane, chairperson of the South African Unemployed People's Movement (SAUPM), should be charged for instigating theft on such a scale. It is one thing to say that people are hungry and can't make ends meet, but it is a whole different issue when those people are instigated to commit crime.

When you look at the pictures in the gallery at IOL, it doesn't seem like these people are that bad off. Certainly, these are Click to see the gallerywell-dressed looters. Apart from instigating people to steal food en-masse from food stores, SAUPM also wants the government to pay each unemployed person R1500 ($187, €136, £118) per month.

South Africa has 17.87m people that are employable. Of these, 23.5% or 4.2m are unemployed. That leaves 13.67m that are employed. Based on the R1500 that SAUPM is demanding for each unemployed person per month, the South African government will need an additional R6.3b per month. That means, R75.6 billion ($9.45b, €6.87b, £5.9b) per annum! This is simply ridiculous!

On the other hand we have the ANC-ruled South African government. Their policies have brought this type of action on themselves. They have kept pushing up the minimum salaries that people are supposed to be paid, and in the domestic worker market, some people can simply not pay the minimum salaries anymore, with the effect that some have lost their jobs.

Furthermore, the ANC bred a people of strikes and violence pre-1994, and the children of those people learnt from their parents. As a result, we have a people today that know only one way of dealing with problems: violence and looting!

The ANC has a lot to do before this country can ever be normalized, and my guess is that they don't know how to do it! The question is, will that drive us back into becoming a socialistic nation?

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Annual Review of South African Constitution

The Parliamentary Monitoring Group has issued an invitation as follows:

In terms of Section 45(1)(c) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, the Constitutional Review Committee must review the Constitution annually.

Therefore, members of the public are invited to make written submissions to the Constitutional Review Committee on specific sections of the Constitution that they feel need to be reviewed.

Submissions can be emailed to Ms Pat Jayiya at pjayiya@parliament.gov.za by no later than Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Issued by Adv SP Holomisa, MP and Mr BA Mnguni, MP: Co-chairpersons: Constitutional Review Committee
The document is also here: www.pmg.org.za/policy_docs?page=1

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Should Prostitution Be Legalized? Open Public Debate - Wed 29 July

The Public Square Foundation will be hosting a debate on SHOULD PROSTITUTION BE LEGALISED? between Cheryllyn Dudley, Member of Parliament for the ACDP and Eric Harper from the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT).
When: Wednesday, 29 July, 19:00
Venue: UCT Upper Campus, Richard Luydt Room, Cape Town.
All Welcome.
For more information contact Gaynore Cele: 021-7026000 or 0741044136.
Sent out by:
Africa Christian Action
PO Box 23632
Cape Town
South Africa
Tel: 021-689 4481
E-mail: info@christianaction.org.za
Web: www.christianaction.org.za

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Driving in South Africa - Pt 3

Read Part 1, Part 2 if you haven't yet.


Who does not get frustrated at an intersection where you have to wait for oncoming traffic before you can turn, especially when that intersection does not have a green flashing arrow to allow you freedom to turn while oncoming traffic must stop for you? Of course, then you have to wait for the oncoming traffic to pass before turning and, in the event of the traffic light turning red, then you quickly have to turn before the traffic starts moving on the road perpendicular to your own.

In this scenario, South Africans are not very disciplined. Since many of these intersections without a flashing green arrow on the traffic light only allow about 2 or maybe 3 cars to go through after oncoming traffic has to stop for the red light, many people take the liberty of quickly "slipping" through.

For those who do this "slipping" through the red light in order to turn, without mentioning the obvious accident scenario, there are other problems with this. One of those problems is that "slipping" through like this on a red light causes a slowing down of the traffic coming from the sides. Now they have to wait for Mr/Mrs Selfish before they can go, slowing traffic down at the back, ensuring that the number of cars that should have made it through that green light could not make it. What this causes at the previous traffic light is a heaping up of cars, many of whom now get stuck in the middle of that intersection, blocking traffic from the sides. I hope you can see the cumulative effect of "slipping" through!

Even though some lights do not allow for many cars to make their turns, it doesn't give the driver the right to to make his turn when the light has turned red!

So, how should this scenario be approached in an equitable way? When you are at such an intersection waiting to turn across oncoming traffic, move your vehicle as far forward as safely possible. This way, more cars (1 or 2) can also get across the solid white stop line at the traffic light. As a result, all the cars that have crossed that white solid line can turn. The problem comes when the light has turned red. All cars that are still behind the solid white stop line should stay put. That means if you are behind that line and the light turns red, you may not go any longer! You are jumping a red light and should be fined for doing so! Do not see this as an opportunity to stick to the tail of the car in front of you and so "slip" through! By "slipping" through like this, you affect the lanes where the light has just gone green.

Lane changing

The question, of course, is which lane should you enter if you turn into a double-(multi) lane road? This is simple, really. The picture here explains it in a visual way. If I am travelling from north to south and I want to turn west, I should enter the lane on the right of the double lane road as indicated by the green line in the image. This means that if there is a flow of vehicles north/south, and there are vehicles both from north and south wanting to turn west, then those vehicles from the south should keep to the left-hand lane and the vehicles from the north should be able to use the right-hand lane. That is what the green lines portray. That means that the red line in the image becomes a no-no for the person coming from the north wanting to turn west. The simple rule here is to turn into the lane closest to you.

Why is this important? Well, the obvious reason for this is traffic flow. In this way, cars coming from the north turning west do not have to wait for cars coming from the south to first turn before they can go, helping with traffic flow. Obviously, when 2 lanes are allowed to turn, as is the case coming from the south, then those coming from the north must wait.

Once you have turned into your lane, you then change to the lane that you need to be in, after you have indicated your intended lane change with the relevant indicator.

Driving is all about ettiquette, and agressive driving is pure selfishness. Rather than making it easier for yourself by being a rude and crude driver, think of those around you. The roads in South Africa do not belong to a certain group only. It is part of an infrastructure built for all South Africans.

In essence, be a thoughtful and kind driver, not an oaf!

Continue with Part 4.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Chicken Catcher" has talent in America's Got Talent

It just happens that every now and again someone knocks your socks off with their talent. Especially when it is not expected at all! Be sure that "Chicken Catcher" will do just that. Just watch how many people are absolutely dumb-struck and with their mouths agape.

Once again, do not judge a book by its cover!

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Democratic Party: de facto party of racists

Hassan Nurullah has written a very enlightening short blog post on how the Democratic Party lived out their racism before the 70's and how they have changed their still-racist policies since.

You can read his post, The Truth Is Out There, at his blog Digital Publius.

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