Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
NERSA, the National Energy Regulator of South Africa has handed ESKOM a
26% staggered annual price hike for the next 3 years instead of the requested 35% per annum (2010 - 24.8%; 2011- 25.8%; 2012 - 25.9%). See this post for how you're budget is affected. The very first request from ESKOM was 45% annually.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
My friend and photographer, Wayne Turner, who also studied with me at Bible college is a photographer of note. Apart from just being a photographer, he has also written books on photography, is a guest lecturer and also mentors photographers using the one-to-one approach. I seriously need him for that. Just a pity he lives 1600Km (1000mi) from me!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
In a tiny piece called Abstinence Sex Ed Works in the TIME magazine of 15 February 2010 in The World: 10 Essential Stories section on page 9, it is reported that, well, abstinence sex-ed works!
According to a study that was recently published in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine:
"abstinence-only sex-education programs proved more effective in encouraging teens to delay having sex than more comprehensive school programs that include information about safe sex and contraceptive options."
This study even prompted Obama's administration to perhaps start giving more funds for programs such as these. Essentially the message is "Zip it up and keep your pants on!"
Does anybody find it strange that all kinds of expensive research needs to be done to show the obvious. Common Sense indeed has died! Who would have thought that comprehensive sex-ed programs would actually encourage teens to delay having sex? Certainly not the conservatives! Definitely the liberals... but, oh yes, the liberals want the teens to have more sex, do they not? They are the ones who want younger and younger children to experience freedom in making their own choices without adult interference. It is the liberals that have created a culture of perversion and death in the West.
How have they created a culture of perversion? This is quite simple. They have been fighting for ever increasing liberal sexual laws since at least the 60's with its sexual
How have liberals created a culture of death? Why, through their fight for abortion, the willful killing of another human being. Don't be fooled into thinking the argument is about "choice!" "Choice" is simply the pro-abortion movement's euphemism for abortion, which itself is a euphemism for the murder of pre-born babies. A woman has the choice to do with her body what she wants, as long as she keeps that choice limited to her own body. The baby is not a part of the woman's body, and therefore the woman has no rights over the life of the baby. Abortion is simply the modern version of child sacrifice to the god of convenience, which these liberals will worship to the point of death; not their own, but the death of defenseless babies. Of course, the abortion-mill market goes hand in hand with the push for free sex. No free-sex, no unwanted babies, no abortions, no money!
Liberals have also pushed towards legalized euthanasia--assisted suicide--in their promotion of the culture of death. I wrote about the issue of euthanasia in an article entitled Killing people using euphemisms back in April of 2005, so I will not touch much on this issue here. "Many claim that a person should be able to decide when he wants to die by which method. Physical illness affects the mind and the body. As a result, these stressful situations always lead to difficulty in coming to a well-adjusted decision. Patients may one day want to die and another day want to live. Which day will be reckoned as his final decision?"
Coming back to sex-ed, the problem with comprehensive safe-sex education is that sex is the fuel for more sex. Whether it is called safe-sex or something else, sex becomes a fuel that drives itself further and further until it becomes impossible to give it up. Taking into consideration the mindset of teens, it will not be easy to get them to stop once they have engrossed themselves into lives of free sex. Soon, so-called safe-sex will become unprotected sex which will lead to STDs and unwanted babies and abortions.
Abstinence education doesn't have anything to prove in reality. No sex, no STDs, no unexpected babies! Does the education work? Yes, if educationists are willing to try! The reason why liberals do not think that it can work is that they really do believe that humans are just more evolved animals which should give in to their animal urges. According to them, it is unnatural to go against those urges. If we continue to treat our young people as if they are just a bunch of animals, should we really be surprised if they act like they are?
Rather, we should treat our children as the moral human beings that they are, with dignity, and teach them that it really is possible to control those sexual urges that are sinful outside of marriage, because it really is possible. We are not animals, but beings with great moral capabilities, if only we will surrender to the God who created us with those capabilities, Jesus Christ!
Monday, February 08, 2010
If he was to be released today, I'm sure that even the so-called
saintly Mandela would have thought twice about the situation in the ANC and the ANC-led South African government! When my son was about 8, one night as I put him to bed he said: "Dad, do you know what ANC stands for?" As I wanted to tell him, he said: "African Non-Christians!" Out of the mouths of babes...
Thursday, February 04, 2010
On this matter Zuma, in a media statement from his office, said:
When will publicly elected officials such as presidents realize that while they are in their elected term of service, they do not have privacy like other citizens. The president is not just an individual that happens to be elected as president. When the president is sworn in, he promises to devote himself "to the well-being of the republic and all of its people." Jacob Zuma, as the elected president of South Africa represents South Africa and its people, and not the ANC or Zulu culture. During his time in his service to this country as president he must behave and conduct himself in all things--including his so-called private life--in such a way to promote the best image of South Africa to the world. After he finishes his service to South Africa he can do what he wants, but while he serves as president, and being paid by the people of this country, he needs to conduct himself without any serious misconduct for which he may be removed from his office as president. As president, Jacob Zuma must promote "the unity of the nation and that which will advance the Republic." By living as if his private life and presidential life are separate, and through his repeated sexual misconduct he is definitely NOT promoting "the unity of the nation and that which will advance the Republic." This matter is not just between the Zuma and Khoza families, this matter is between Zuma and the people that he represents, whose name he is continually dragging through the mud! BTW, Zuma said that he made the necessary reparations to the family according to his culture, but why does he not just keep his pants on? Then no reparations would be necessary!
The media statement continues:
What?! Zuma wants to blame the media for the exposure that Sonono Khoza and the baby are getting? That is truly disingenuous! It seems like Zuma's hamster has vacated its offices. Did Zuma really think that he could do anything without the media scrutinizing those actions? It may be great to be president in South Africa, thinking that people should treat you like a Zulu king, but no, there is a dark side that comes with being president. RESPONSIBILITY! Zuma planted the seed--pun intended--and now he must watch it grow, with everything that goes with being president. Just because Zuma is a Zulu does not mean he will get a "Skip Media Scrutiny" card in his little monopoly game. Again Zuma calls upon the constitution to shift blame away from his own actions. By claiming, according to the constitution, that it "is inappropriate to place at risk, the child’s well-being, physical or mental health, spiritual, moral or social development," he tries to use a baby's so-called well-being to move scrutinizing eyes away from himself. Typical of a coward's actions! How the media's scrutiny of his actions and making known who the baby's mother is can harm the child, only he will know. In fact, the child does not even know what is going on.
What is quite laughable is that Zuma claims that all this attention places the child's moral development at risk. What in the world would Jacob Zuma know about moral development? He has the moral acuity of a coral reef!
I must say, the poor child has been exploited so much! Wait a sec! No-one has even seen the child yet, so how could the child be exploited! No-one has even seen the child, but the child's parents have been named, how does that have long term implications for the child? Oh yes, the life-long implications for the poor child is that she has to be reminded every day for the rest of her life that her father is a philandering, immoral charlatan! These children were at risk, not Zuma's baby! The fact is that Zuma's child would always have been exposed to the public, being a child fathered by the president, morally or immorally! There is nothing out of the ordinary. If Zuma had a child with one of the women in his harem, it still would have made the news. The only difference is that in this case the parents had illicit sex and the child is unfortunate to be born under such circumstances. The newsworthiness of the situation has nothing to do with the fact that the newspapers have scrutinized Zuma's immoral actions, but with Zuma's immoral actions and lifestyle!
In the media statement Zuma also says:
I would like to know what kind of mental gymnastics Zuma and his ill-advisors went through to claim that the media in essence is "questioning the right of the child to exist and fundamentally, her right to life?" By highlighting the destructive sexual behaviour of Zuma in no way questions the right to existence of the baby that was born as a result of that immoral behaviour! Through all of this ducking and diving, Zuma simply will not take responsibility for the way that he lives. It is always someone else's fault. This has been Zuma's and the ANC's tactics from the beginning. Blame someone else, anyone else. Zuma certainly has a distorted view of the world, hoping that the "media will protect the rights of children." Children have the right to grow up in stable homes with parents that live moral lives from which they can learn. However, this is not what Zuma is going to give this child. This child will grow up knowing that her father loves other women too, and not just those he speciously claims as his wives. This clearly puts this child at risk in terms of her "mental health, spiritual, moral [and] social development!"
What Jacob Zuma needs is the good news of peace with God!
Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.
You can read Zuma's media statement here.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa has now shown conclusively that he is not worth being called president, even if the ANC received 60+% of the vote in South Africa's last election in 2009. From being a
terrorist liberation organization to one that fronts despicable, corrupt and immoral men as its own and South Africa's leader, it seems to me that the ANC and Zuma are simply par for the course! The ANC does as the ANC does! Nothing has changed since pre-1994! A leopard can't change its spots!
It has come to light that South Africa's
despised revered president has fathered an illegitimate child with a friend's adult daughter. This is his twentieth child! This is the same man who slept with a girl a couple of years ago while corruption charges against him were still being investigated.
What was Zuma thinking? Was he thinking? Zuma is already a polygamist according to his Zulu culture. If he hadn't divorced one and another died, he would've had five wives. As a man with three wives, he still goes around having sex with other women. Polygamy is simply a way of cheating on your wife. Zuma is very clearly hiding behind the it's-my-culture claim to legitimize his polygamy and philandering! This man cannot keep his zip up! His immorality is astounding. His corruption unequaled! To what lengths will this man go to drag the name of South Africa through the mud? At least Bill Clinton tried to hide what he had done with that woman, Monica Lewinsky! Not our Jacob Zuma! His motto is: "I can, so I will!" And so he did! And he flaunts it too! "Look dudes! Three wives and a bunch of chicks! I think I've worn out my zipper!"
That is NOT the kind of president we want to represent US before the world! Mr. President, you are a scumbag! Oh, yes, you do not even use condoms! Is that below your status as a Zulu man? This man does not engender pride in the hearts of thinking South Africans. He brings feelings of shame, disgust and horror that such a person could be our president. Respect! No, Mr. President, respect is earned and you have squandered that opportunity! Disrespect is what you have earned, and heaps of it! Zuma had the opportunity to prove everybody wrong about him after he became president. Yet, through his own actions he has proven us all right. He should not have been the president.
(4) By justice a king builds up the land, but he who exacts gifts tears it down...
(27) An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked."
(Proverbs 29: 2, 4, 27 ESV)
The response by the ANC is also simply par for the course. ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said:
The fact is that this relationship is not just between any adults, it is between the president of our nation and some woman! What the president does has an impact on the people of this nation and on the world's perception of this nation! When the president does not bother to live an upstanding, moral life, why should anyone else in the nation care to do so? It is exactly because of this that the HIV infection rate in South Africa is the highest in the world and that South Africa also has the highest per capita occurrence of rape in the world! We can conclusively say that South Africa is one of the most immoral nations in the world! That, Mr. President, is SHAMEFUL, and you are at the forefront of that drive to deeper depths of immoral behaviour! May God have mercy on your soul and that of the people of this once great nation!
Every time someone dear to the ANC is caught in some expression of a severe character flaw, they claim that that person "has not breached our constitution or any of our laws," as Jackson Mthembu claimed for the anti-president, Jacob Zuma. The ANC has no sense of morality, especially not a Biblical, eternal morality as defined by God. They have a very convenient morality. A morality based on whatever is expedient for the moment.
ACDP president, Rev. Kenneth Meshoe said in a media release from his office:
Although I agree with Kenneth Meshoe's sentiments, I think he has it wrong. "Sex addiction" is not a psychological problem, it is a moral problem. It is a sin problem. The remedy for Zuma's sex-lust is not psycho-babble-therapy, but surrendering to Christ and repentance from his life of abject immorality. Zuma will not find help in "sex addiction" therapy--modern western culture--nor will he find it in Zulu culture. It is only in Jesus Christ that he can find refuge! May God's kindness lead Jacob Zuma to repentance! (Rom 2:4) It is as John Scott wrote, sex addiction therapy is usually "only for people whose wives (like Mrs Tiger Woods) regard their husbands' promiscuity as wrong. Mrs Zuma and Mrs Zuma and Mrs Zuma obviously don't mind, and Mr Zuma doesn't mind either, thank you very much." Is this also part of Zulu culture, or is this attitude from the Zuma wives simply due to the expediency of being set for life without having to work! Morality! Obviously not required!
I agree with the Reverend Theunis Botha, leader of the Christian Democratic Party, a member of the CDA who called for Zuma to resign for the good of the country.
Zuma has shown himself as irresponsible in his actions as it undermines the so-called African Renaissance which supposedly was to bring a higher moral standard to South Africa. Of course, this Renaissance has a "DNS"--Did Not Start--next to its name in the race of life, and Zuma and the ANC's attitude to issues such as these are making sure that this drunken lust will bring great ruin upon South Africa.
Now, something a little light-hearted:
Please listen to the 30 second sound clip below!
What did you hear? Are you sure? Actually, what you heard is Father's Day at Jacob Zuma's home!