Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Any Guesses Why the Matric Results Are Going to be Lousy?...AGAIN!

LOL....From SA Jokes...

You will need to click on the pics to get *AHEM* the full picture. And as this is a decent blog, I have had to add some strategically placed stars...Please people, no complaints here, ILSA wants to keep decent folks like you protected OK?

Pics: "Teacher's strike in Tembisa" (those very same people that you
have entrusted to educate, supervise and protect your children?)


Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:36

Matric pupils will know in the next few days whether they will write
their preliminary exams next week.

The exams were scheduled to start on 3 September but the ongoing
public servants strike has meant pupils have not covered all of the
necessary work.

Township schools have been hit the hardest by the mass action. Last
week, only around 20 percent of schools in Gauteng were open.

Over a million public servants are on strike over wages. Government
says it is essentially giving them 8.5 percent, just 0.1 percent less
than what unions are demanding.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

South Africa: the liberation's betrayal

So when did it all go wrong for ZA? My view is right from the start, and before.

Flashback to 1992. Whites were asked a question in a referendum to decide on whether to pursue a multiracial democracy or not. Many people voted "NO" The overwhelming majority voted "YES"

Was that a resounding YES? or was it a defeatist YES?

I maintain the latter. Whites had a gun to our heads. As De Klerk has pointed out time and again, and even in his latest interview a few days ago "We avoided a catastrophe and the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives."

We were cuckolded. We had no choice. The question in the referendum itself was purely rhetorical. We had no choice. I personally voted YES (for which I have apologised online to all 875,000 people that had the courage to vote NO) yet at the same time I am faced with the dilemma, even today, that had I voted NO, there may have been large scale loss of life...

But then, why present me with a choice (YES or NO) unless NO was a potentially viable alternative?

The decision to accede to a multi party "democracy" had already been made in the 1980's by the Big Guns of Western Capital. A deal was spun, compromises were made amongst higher echelons and a few elites walked away from the deal with smirking faces.

Your vote in 1992 meant nothing!

My (our) only consolation is a certain sense of Schadenfreude (as morbid and shallow as it is) that after seventeen years the ANC has failed. But that failure has repercussions for all races, including whites that have chosen to live there, and the future in ZA at the moment is bleaker than it was in 1994.

So with that intro, I'm posting an article we have done before. It appeared about two years ago in the
Mail & Guardian when Thabo Mbeki was kicked out of office. I think it is appropriate to reflect, that as useless, arrogant and condescending as he was, his successor is even worse. The ANC has let down the masses, and all those living in ZA will have to pay the price for that.

2 Oct 2008

In an article for the Mail & Guardian, Johannesburg, John Pilger
describes the 'social and economic catastrophe' that replaced the
African National Congress's 'unbreakable' promise' to end the poverty of the majority.

The political rupture in South Africa is being presented in the outside world as the personal tragedy and humiliation of one man, Thabo Mbeki. It is reminiscent of the beatification of Nelson Mandela at the death of apartheid. This is not to diminish the power of personalities, but their importance is often as a distraction from the historical forces they serve and manage.

Frantz Fanon had this in mind when, in The Wretched of the Earth, he described the "historic mission" of much of Africa's post-colonial ruling class as "that of intermediary [whose] mission has nothing to do with transforming the nation: it consists, prosaically, of being the transmission line between the nation and a capitalism, rampant though camouflaged."

Mbeki's fall and the collapse of Wall Street are concurrent and related events, as they were predictable. Glimpse back to 1985 when the Johannesburg stock market crashed and the apartheid regime defaulted on its mounting debt, and the chieftains of South African capital took fright.

In September that year a group led by Gavin Relly, chairman of the Anglo American Corporation, met Oliver Tambo, the ANC president, and other resistance officials in Zambia. Their urgent message was that a "transition" from apartheid to a black-governed liberal democracy was possible only if "order" and "stability" were guaranteed. These were euphemisms for a "free market" state where social justice would not be a priority.

Secret meetings between the ANC and prominent members of the Afrikaner elite followed at a stately home, Mells Park House, in England. The prime movers were those who had underpinned and profited from apartheid – such as the British mining giant, Consolidated Goldfields, which picked up the bill for the vintage wines and malt whisky scoffed around the fireplace at Mells Park House.

Their aim was that of the Pretoria regime - to split the ANC between the mostly exiled "moderates" they could "do business with" (Tambo, Mbeki and Mandela) and the majority who made up the those resisting in the townships known as the UDF.

The matter was urgent. When FW De Klerk came to power in 1989, capital was haemorrhaging at such a rate that the country's foreign reserves would barely cover five weeks of imports. Declassified files I have seen in Washington leave little doubt that De Klerk was on notice to rescue capitalism in South Africa. He could not achieve this without a compliant ANC.

Nelson Mandela was critical to this. Having backed the ANC's pledge to take over the mines and other monopoly industries - "a change or modification of our views in this regard is inconceivable" - Mandela spoke with a different voice on his first triumphant travels abroad. "The ANC," he said in New York, "will reintroduce the market to South Africa". The deal, in effect, was that whites would retain economic control in exchange for black majority rule: the "crown of political power" for the "jewel of the South African economy", as Ali Mazrui put it.

When, in 1997, I told Mbeki how a black businessmen had described himself as "the ham in a white sandwich", he laughed agreement, calling it the "historic compromise", which others were called it a betrayal. However, it was De Klerk who was more to the point. I put it to him that he and his fellow whites had got what they wanted and that for the majority, the poverty had not changed. "Isn't that the continuation of apartheid by other means?" I asked. Smiling through a cloud of cigarette smoke, he replied, "You must understand, we've achieved a broad consensus on many things now."

Thabo Mbeki's downfall is no more than the downfall of a failed economic system that enriched the few and dumped the poor. The ANC "neo liberals" seemed at times ashamed that South Africa was, in so many ways, a third world country. "We seek to stablish," said Trevor Manuel, "an environment in which winners flourish."

Boasting of a deficit so low it had fallen to the level of European economies, he and his fellow "moderates" turned away from the public economy the majority of South Africans desperately wanted and needed. They inhaled the hot air of corporate-speak. They listened to the World Bank and the IMF; and soon they were being invited to the top table at the Davos Economic Forum and to G-8 meetings, where their "macro-economic achievements" were lauded as a model. In 2001, George Soros put it rather more bluntly. "South Africa," he said, "is now in the hands of international capital."

Public services fell in behind privatisation, and low inflation presided over low wages and high unemployment, known as "labour flexibility". According to the ANC, the wealth generated by a new black business class would "trickle down". The opposite happened.

Known sardonically as the wabenzi because their vehicle of choice was a silver Mercedes Benz, black capitalists proved they could be every bit as ruthless as their former white masters in labour relations, cronyism and the pursuit of profit. Hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost in mergers and "restructuring" and ordinary people retreated to the "informal economy". Between 1995 and 2000, the majority of South Africans fell deeper into poverty. When the gap between wealthy whites and newly enriched blacks began to close, the gulf between the black "middle class" and the majority widened as never before.

In 1996, the office of the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) was quietly closed down, marking the end of the ANC's "solemn pledge" and "unbreakable promise" to put the majority first. Two years later, the United Nations Development Programme described the replacement, GEAR, as basically "no different" from the economic strategy of the apartheid regime in the 1980s.

This seemed surreal. Was South Africa a country of Harvard-trained technocrats breaking open the bubbly at the latest credit rating fro Duff & Phelps in New York? Or was it a country of deeply impoverished men, woman and children without clean water and sanitation, whose infinite resource was being repressed and wasted, yet again? The questions were an embarrassment as the ANC government endorsed the apartheid regime's agreement to join the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which effectively surrendered economic independence, repaid the $25 billion of apartheid-era inherited foreign debt. Incredibly, Manuel even allowed South Africa's biggest companies to flee their financial home and set up in London.

Certainly, Thabo Mbeki speeded his own political demise with his strange strictures on HIV/Aids, his famous aloofness and isolation and the corrupt arms deals that never seemed to go away. It was the premeditated ANC economic and social catastrophe that saw him off. For further proof, look to the United States today and the smoking ruin of the "neo liberalism" model so cherished by the ANC's leaders. And beware those successors of Mbeki now claiming that, unlike him, they have the people's interests at heart as they continue the same divisive policies. South Africa deserves better.

First published the Mail & Guardian, Johannesburg

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Yellow Money Is Good Money, Even if it's Red

So Zuma has returned from China (and no doubt another Faustian deal has been done) Perhaps billions have been bartered or guaranteed to be available, between ZA and China under a cloak of secrecy (which needn't concern ordinary folk like you or me)

Make no mistake about it, Zuma, the moderate, the chameleon, is under immense pressure from far left wing forces in ZA (Cosatu and SACP) to bring about some radical changes in the country. Just last week he was
"slamming" the current strikes that are crippling the country. Yet today, after his return from China, he is lauding the right of strikers to strike as long as they do it decently.

What the hell is going on?

Why, the money of course! Whether it's Eastern or Western lucre, it makes no difference.

In 1994, Western Capital bought out ZA and the deal was as follows A) ZA gets a black government and the political freedom blacks have been longing for: B) The Capital remains in white (overseas) hands. It was a deal! Mandela, Sexwale and Ramaphosa bought it. We, the whites bought it; it seemed like a fair deal.

Seventeen years later that deal is on shaky grounds. Why? Because the ANC has not been able to keep their end of the bargain. The masses have been let down. Service delivery, education, health care, housing, water are non existent for the masses and teetering on the brink even for the middle classes that can afford it.

That is what the strikes are about. Zuma's about-face is a signpost that ZA is about to abandon Western ties and move east. Land re-distribution will follow, perhaps experiments in nationalisation. Who knows what else.

Zuma's administration will soon bow to the pressure of the left, play the wild card, and rely on China as a guarantor for the consequences that will surely follow.

China will bail out ZA against a falling rand value, disinvestment, even western imposed sanctions and whatever else goes with it.

China is already ZA's main trading partner
(see China, South Africa Upgrade Relations to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership) and as long as ZA has the raw materials to trade with, people like Zuma, Vavi and Malema will continue to take the easy way out. The yellow man is no doubt delighted with this bargain...

You, white man, go along as the tax payer.

Zuma calls for 'human decency' during strike

In his first public address since his return from a state visit to China, he said government respected the right of workers to go on strike in support of their demands.

"However, we reiterate that protest actions should be undertaken within the ambit of the law and basic human decency," Zuma said.

He was speaking in Cape Town at the official funeral service of former deputy safety and security minister Joe Matthews.

Zuma, who was criticised by some union leaders for going to China while South Africa was in turmoil as a result of the ongoing public service strike, said government would always defend workers' rights.

Workers were the vanguard of the struggle for the improvement in the quality of life of all South Africans, particularly the poorest of the poor.

Government fully understood the frustrations caused by the legacy of low salaries and slow progression for some categories of workers, something the government had been addressing since 1994.

But workers' actions while on strike should not deviate from the commitment of government and public servants to be a caring government and a caring society.

"The abandonment of patients, including babies in incubators, as well as schoolchildren, is difficult to comprehend and accept, no matter how sympathetic one is to the needs of workers," Zuma said.

"We are confident that negotiators on both sides will find a solution soon, and help the country to get out of this unpleasant situation as quickly as possible."

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Prophets Everywhere!

The political situation in ZA is very fluid at the moment. I can sense the "electricity" from 13000 miles away. It's all to do with the strike by public sector workers, now entering it's 10th day.

Amazing how things have de-generated from the high of the SWC to this low so quickly!

There is a massive wrangling for power going on in the tripartate alliance and it is difficult to predict how it will play out in the coming weeks and months.

The latest from

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said on Thursday that its decades-long alliance with the ruling African National Congress was in a state of paralysis and could rupture.

"The alliance is unable to convene a summit for fear of an implosion," the group said in a statement.

The comment is one of the strongest indications that organised labour, which helped President Jacob Zuma ascend to the presidency, may be willing to cut a relationship with the ANC forged in their struggle to end apartheid. - Reuters

Read that again!!! The alliance is collapsing before your very eyes!

What does it mean?

I read the recent interview with FW De Klerk with interest (the photo reveals how the poor man has aged) and looking at his conclusions, I thought to myself, he should know better. I'm excerpting his conclusions only; you can read the whole article

De Klerk: "If you analyse the broader structures of the ANC you will find people grouped together who believe in completely different things. The old glue which kept them connected was the struggle to end apartheid. Apartheid is gone now, and so is the cement.

"So the ANC is going to split. They don't like hearing it, but I'm convinced it will happen. And when it does, we will see our democracy normalised to a greater degree.

"Then alliance politics will take a strong step forward in South Africa. Alliance politics allows for realistic compromises."

He's half right for sure, but as I say, he should know better! Looking at the situation in Kenya and Zimbabwe, he must know that things are not going to be that easy. Fatcat African politicos under threat (especially if they have the invincible "struggle credential" card, will deploy any means at their disposal to ward off any perceived attackers: There will be NO compromise. They will stoop to the point of attacking and killing their own countrymen in order to cling to power.

Then there are
those that are predicting the advent of the great uprising against whites. That what is taking place right now is a carefully orchestrated execution of the the "real" National Democratic (read communist) revolution.

If you take De Klerk's view, things will be OK and what has gone before was a false dawn and what is coming soon is nothing short of the true light of democracy in ZA and the end of ANC hegemony.

Alliance politics will be in vogue, politicians will be held to account for their actions and things will be rosy for ZA forever. If you take the other extreme, things are going to get worse, quick. It's very fluid and somehow, I cannot reconcile myself to a point in the middle. I'm forced to consider both extreme options.

Is this the beginning of the real end? Or is De Klerk somehow able to see Jesus in the clouds, slowly descending, about to pull the ultimate joke on the ANC?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Strikes, China, and the Economy.

I am a great fan of George Annandale. His usual sarcastic commentary sometimes gets on my nerves, but then I read a blog of him, where I want to join him in his facetious remarks, and lacking the ability, I am publishing it verbatim.

He obviously suffers from some great illness, but I only wish that he survives long enough to see that some of his comments has found there mark.

Zuma; Shopping in China

More than ayear ago I published a story in News24.about our trade with China. With Zuma's visit to China and his reference to the South African deficit in the bilateral trade between the two countries I realised my article was now more relevant than then.

In view of a suggestion, made by Clem Sunter, that all South Africans, especially those complaining about the ills of our society, should focus more on finding the good news stories and boldly broadcast these astonishing triumphs, of our rainbow nation, to the world out there. I hope Mr. Sunter does not expect us to put our heads up our collective bums, and tell everyone, prepared to listen, the brown stuff we see, is top quality Belgium chocolate, made in South Africa, by workers who just obtained an increase, double the inflation rate, after threatening to cut off the chocolate supply to the 2010 world cup.

I was so inspired I immediately went out to look for good-news stories to celebrate and there, amongst the flood of toxic economic data, the dropping manufacturing output, falling mining output, transformation to – in grand Zimbabwean style – a net food importer and rising unemployment, I read about the magnificent performance by the woolgrowers of South Africa. In the middle of South Africa’s unique, and much fĂȘted strike season, the woolgrowers apparently produced and sold the highest ever volume of wool. A remarkable feat indeed, in times of global economic doom and despair. Being naturally analytical by nature, I started digging, hoping to find the reason for their story of glory and triumph. It seems, the biggest buyer of South African wool at this year’s sale, was the Chinese. Very good news, I thought, our wool goes to China and we end up clothing all those little Chinese children.

To my surprise, as I researched my good-news story, I found, to my shock and horror, Chinese textile workers will turn the South African wool into clothe, which they will sell to us, at prices lower, despite import tariffs, than our textile workers can produce it at. I also discovered that the textile workers are demanding, like all other unions, an increase well in excess of the current inflation rate, which will result in an inevitable increase in local production cost. Does not make sense, does it? My good-news story approaches the farcical when, to my astonishment, I realise that the textile industry is earmarked for a “Presidential bail-out” and the current Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, is a past General Secretary of the trade union (SACTWU). I suppose, expecting the workers to understand the consequences, is asking a bit much, after all, the President and the Minister in charge of economic development, seem to have things under control. It is ironic that one of our stated economic developmental objectives is the promotion of downstream value-adding product enhancement. Well, so much for my good news story, destroyed by an industry, which has been on the road to self-destruction for years.

Not surprisingly, the “good news” story turns out to be a common occurrence. South Africa, having the best Chrome Ore resources in the world by far, developed and grew from a small base in 1980 to the worlds primary ferrochrome producer in 2004. However, since 2004, ferrochrome production stagnated and ore producers started exporting chrome ore to China who, with ore from South Africa, Kazakhstan and India, are now producing Ferrochrome cheaper than we do. The premium resulting from the additional cost of shipping high volume, low-grade chrome ore, instead of lower volumes ferrochrome, are negated by the lower cost of labour and power in China. The creeping rot will continue to accelerate, at an alarming pace because of unsustainable and unrealistic increases in the primary input costs, power and labour, over the next few years. Somehow, like confused alchemists, we turn gold into dirt by allowing the rape of the best Chrome resource in the world.

It is “success” stories, like these, that drive investors to Brazil, China, India and Indonesia. Volkswagen recently, having reduced output from South African factories, has opened a factory in India. BHP Billiton, a company with South African roots, reduced aluminum output from their Richards Bay plant and moved production to Brazil. The same BHP Billiton’s planned capital expenditure in South Africa is limited to USD 1.3 million, a mere 10% of their total planned capital expenditure.

Sorry Clem, maybe you can find good news in this lot...I tried. Just do not blame me for not suggesting a solution. It is just too obvious. Even Malema, Vavi, The President and Patel should spot it.

We're Number 82!

South Africa appears on Newsweek's "best countries in the world" at no.82, just behind Vietnam.

Oh, and Kazakhstan is at 61...

Some cool graphics mean you'll have to follow the link for the full story, but it's worth taking a look.

Four Robbers Shot Dead = a Good Start

Cops do their job - well done, lads.

Johannesburg - Three people were killed and a fourth died on the way to hospital after a shootout during a robbery at a Spar supermarket in Benoni on Tuesday, Gauteng police said.

Captain Katlego Mogale said police were following up on crime intelligence information relating to a possible robbery at the supermarket in Bayley Street, Farrarmere, when they came upon eight people robbing it at around 09:30.

"When they saw the police a shootout ensued,"

said Mogale.

Three men, believed to be robbers, were killed on the scene.

Crash in parking lot

The remains of the all-male gang tried to speed off but they crashed into two police vehicles in the parking lot.

Police arrested five of them, one of whom was critically injured and later died on his way to hospital.

ER24 said their paramedics treated a police officer for moderate injuries caused by the crash and took him to hospital in case he had a spinal injury.

Mogale said that the money that was stolen from the shop and cellphones stolen from customers were recovered, and six firearms were taken in by police.

Police also found three cars they linked to the crime - a silver BMW and a silver Hyundai, both stolen in Sunnyside, Pretoria, and a blue Citi Golf.

The four men are expected to face charges of armed robbery, attempted murder, possession of unlicensed firearms and possession of stolen goods at the Benoni Magistrates' Court soon.

Zuma Off to Meet his New Master

"yes, baas"
Zuma with Chinese prez Hu Jintao

Strike Still in Full Swing

Seven percent increase is not enough. Bastards.

Public service unions accused the government of creative accounting on Tuesday, as the state urged workers to reconsider its wage offer in an attempt to end a disruptive national strike.

About 1.3-million public servants, members of both the Congress of SA Trade Unions and the Independent Labour Caucus, relentlessly continued with the strike as it entered its seventh day.

"The situation is unchanged... many schools and hospitals are affected by the strike. No-one is more worried about what is happening in our hospitals and schools than the government," its spokesman Themba Maseko said on Tuesday morning.

He briefed the media on the government's wage offer on Monday afternoon, causing an outcry from unions.

Until Monday, the government said it was offering a seven percent increase, but Maseko told reporters this was in "real terms" actually 8.5 percent - a mere tenth of a percent short of what unions wanted.

This was because the increase offer was bolstered by a 1.5 percent pay progression.

However, unions said the pay progression was actually part of an old agreement about performance appraisals signed in 2003.

"This is a point of disagreement with the unions. They do not want this amount included in the calculations," Maseko said.

"From our side, we are highlighting the total cost to the taxpayer and that is that there would be a salary adjustment amounting to 8.5 percent."

He urged unions to meet with the government, but when asked if the state would consider revising its offer, Maseko replied: "At this stage our figures indicate that we cannot afford anything beyond what we have offered."

The public service and administration department has already signed the wage agreement into affect and has informed unions it will be unilaterally implemented if it is not accepted within 21 days.

Trade unions were making all sorts of accusations against the government on Tuesday.

The National Education Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) said in a statement: "Nehawu is deeply disturbed by the outright lies that government has told the people of South Africa that there is an 8.5 percent wage increase offer that has been presented to the unions.

"There is no offer that was tabled at the PSCBC [Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council], a democratic institution set up for negotiations."

Nehawu went on to accuse the government of misspending state funds on tickets to the Soccer World Cup, and financing ministers' "luxury vehicles" and "caviar lifestyles".

"A government with serious socio-economic challenges will think twice before spending millions of rands buying tickets [for] a month-long soccer tournament and buy[ing] acres of space in the media to peddle lies and mislead the public," said Nehawu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla.

The SA Democratic Teachers' Union deputy general secretary Nkosana Dolopi said the government was being dishonest.

"That is not a new offer from the government. Its offer is still seven percent. The government is just misleading the public," said Dolopi.

He said the unions would not end their mass action until the government improved its offer.

Dolopi was confident the unions would get results soon.

"We are continuing... it can't be that they are not a responsible government... when people are dying in hospitals and children are not going to school... what kind of government would allow that?," he asked.

The Young Communist League (YCL) in Gauteng called the government "anti-poor", the Congress of People Youth Movement said it lacked leadership and the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) "utterly condemned" its "propaganda".

The 210 000-strong Public Servants Association (PSA) issued a statement last week warning the public that the government was trying to mislead people by claiming to have added pay progression to its offer.

"The PSA has noted with extreme concern this distribution of incorrect information by the ministry for public service and administration," said spokesman Manie de Clercq.

He said the pay progression was a "notch increment" for deserving workers.

"Employees who qualify for this increment are therefore entitled to receive it, irrespective of what the annual general increase for public servants will be for 2010," said De Clercq.

"The ministry is clearly grasping at straws and is seeking to artificially inflate its meagre offer, which has driven its entire workforce to strike action."

Some 1700 soldiers remained deployed at more than 30 state hospitals countrywide to help out on Tuesday.

Police and government officials said no further strike violence was reported on Tuesday morning, after nearly 70 striking workers were arrested for public violence on Monday.

- Sapa

Monday, August 16, 2010

Toozday Toot - CAA Roni

First the usual disclaimer; I am not advocating the use of violence. However, this video resonated with me, because it quite simply turns your Glock into a mini-carbine. Imagine the possibilities as a farm defense weapon. Besides, the music was catchy. Oh, and it is available in South Africa.

SA Rent-a-Kid!

Although it's not likely they have difficulty making their own.....

Creches in the South African city of Pretoria have been renting out babies left in their care to beggars who use them to elicit sympathy money from motorists.

Creches in the South African city of Pretoria have been renting  out babies left in their care to beggars who use them to elicit sympathy  money from motorists.
Orphan children are being 'rented' out to beggars Photo: ALAMY

Police made the discovery after questioning beggars who congregate around busy intersections about the origins of the children accompanying them.

It follows reports last year that parents in nearby Johannesburg were themselves renting their children to beggars for as little as 20 Rand a day - just under £2.

Doortjie van Rensburg, a spokeswoman, said officers suspect a crime syndicate is running the unnamed creches.

She said that parents would drop off and collect their children unaware of how they had been used and urged them only to used childcare facilities licensed by the state.

The discovery came amid a general crackdown by police in the city on the use of children in begging, which is widespread in South Africa where up to 45 per cent of the population is unemployed and the gap between rich and poor is still growing.

Police, social services and volunteers have mounted patrols of intersections, and children begging either unaccompanied or with adults have been moved to shelters.

A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Development said the issue of street children had been neglected "for some time".

"We should protect children from exploitation and from adults using children for financial gain by begging at street corners," he said. "We want to ensure that the children get to a place of safety where they can go to school and get properly fed".

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Why Do SA Cops Need to Wear Reflective Clothing?

Click on the pic to get the full picture.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Can We Have This System in South Africa Too Please?!

Wouldn't it be great if SA minorities got six votes each?

1-man, 6-vote racial plan used to choose board's 1st minority

Federal judge ordered system changed when majority continued to dominate

Posted: August 08, 2010
10:18 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

A bloc of Hispanics, estimated at a little over 20 percent of the voters, successfully installed a candidate of its choosing on a city council after a federal judge ordered the traditional one-person-one-vote system altered because the majority continued to prevail in election after election.

The situation developed in Port Chester, N.Y., where a majority white population continued to choose white candidates for the council, outvoting the estimated 21.9 percent of the voting population that was Hispanic.

However, U.S. District Judge Stephen Robinson, noting there were many more Hispanics who were not voters, demanded a change and approved the city's plan that gave each voter six votes – with permission to concentrate them in any fashion in the recent council election.

The result was that instead of having voters cast one vote in each of six council races this summer, they were allowed to cast up to six votes for a single candidate.

Activists who oppose illegal immigration condemned the move.

"It encourages racial voting," said William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC. "It works only when a minority votes in a racist fashion … instead of choosing candidates on their qualifications."

The plan approved by the judge in a lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department over the town's election procedures was aimed at reducing the one-person-one-vote system's effect of "illegally" diminishing Hispanic influence.

The lawsuit was hinged on the Voting Rights Act. Michael J. Garcia, the U.S. attorney in the district, told The New York Times earlier the "at-large system of electing Port Chester's Board of Trustees dilutes the votes of Port Chester's minority citizens and undermines democracy."

The lawsuit claimed the village's at-large system in which all voters voted in the race for each open seat on the board let majority white voters prevent minority Hispanic voters from electing their candidates.

Gheen said the plan is similar to the gerrymandered congressional districts where party powers determine the boundaries so that a certain population will control the vote.

(photo: National Review)

"We end up with a lot of very bad actors," he told WND.

But he warned the situation that so far has enveloped one town could be much worse.

"Imagine [a federal program that turns] 12 million illegal aliens into voters," he warned. "Envision a future of when that happens. A lot of people aren't really thinking about [when the U.S. would] suddenly have a new voting bloc of 12 million illegal aliens."

According to a news website serving the Lower Hudson Valley, Hispanics make up about half of Port Chester's population of 28,000, but only about 20 percent of the voters since many are not citizens.

Council elections previously were staggered, with two candidates selected each election and an at-large winner-take-the-seat voting procedure. The procedure imposed under the federal government's lawsuit had all six council seats filled during the same election – with each voter given six votes to use any way he or she chooses.

The result, as reported by The New York Times, was the election of Luis Marino, a Latino candidate who ran as a Democrat. Also elected was the first black on the board, Republican Joseph D. Kenner.

Democrat Mayor Dennis Pilla told the Times, "The new system worked."

A subsequent survey reported by Ballot-Access.org showed 34 percent of the voters gave all six of their votes to one candidate.

One online forum participant, however, didn't go along with the idea that six votes per voter was a good idea.

"Cumulative voting is one more junk so-called reform," the participant said. "Total votes / total seats = Equal votes needed for each seat winner ... Way too difficult for armies of moron lawyers and especially judges to understand."

The original complaint was drawn up by the feds after statistics revealed that, while 46 percent of the village's population was Hispanic – and 21.9 percent of the voting-age residents – no Hispanic was elected.

The Fairvote.org website, which monitored the election, said cumulative voting already has been used for school or other boards in Amarillo, Texas; Chilton County, Ala.; and Peoria, Ill.

The organization also suggested cumulative voting benefits all minorities, "including Hispanics, independents, third parties, Tea Party supporters, enthusiastic backers of major party candidates and so on."

A commentary in the New York Post disagreed.

"Port Chester, N.Y., was forced to swallow a goofy voting scheme that makes sense only if the aim is to erase the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants," the commentary said. "Under the plan, imposed by a federal judge in response to a 2006 Justice Department civil-rights suit, each voter in the board of trustees election got six votes. A voter could give all six votes to one candidate, or divide them among several.

"The reason: No Latinos had ever been elected to any of the six at-large seats in the suburban town, even though they make up nearly half of the population of 28,000. … That's because many of the Latinos are here illegally, so they can't vote. No matter. The cockeyed voting system was put in place to satisfy a claim of discrimination based on their total numbers, as though immigration status has no consequence to election results."

Other winners in the recent election included Democratic Trustee Daniel Brakewood, who was re-elected to a second term, and Republican Joseph Kenner, appointed to the board in 2007, who won election as an incumbent.

John Branca, the lone Conservative nominee, and Saverio Terenzi, a registered Conservative who ran on the Republican line, also were installed on the board.

A blogger at PoliticalJunkieMom wrote, "This. Is. Insane."

"The existing election system = voting one time. How antiquated, right?"

And blogger Erick Erickson at Redstate went further.

"Judge Robinson … overstepped his bounds to impose a solution that not even Barack Obama's Justice Department wanted," he wrote. "He should be impeached."

SABC board summoned to parliament to explain chaos

The entire board of the state-owned SABC has been ordered to appear before parliament's watchdog committee.

Ismail Vadi, chairman of parliament's portfolio committee on communications, has summoned the entire board of the SABC to explain what he called "an apparent corporate governance crisis".

He said in a statement the board, which was appointed in January with a mandate to bring order to the chaotic management of the state broadcaster, would be asked to explain the bungled appointment of a new head of news and current affairs.

Board chairman Ben Ngubane
has been at loggerheads with his colleagues over his unilateral appointment in May of SABC veteran newsman Phil Molefe to the position.

The rest of the board declared the appointment, which was sanctioned by SABC chief executive officer Solly Mokoetle, unlawful, but have been unable to dislodge Molefe.

Vadi said the board would need also to report at the August 24 meeting on its turnaround strategy for the organisation.

Turn-around-strategy? OLOL...I'm rolling on the floor with tears in my baby blues! When are they ever going to get it right? I'll tell you when: Never.

Stories like this give me much mirth and I'd like to present the recycled and appended SABC dictionary....Just for a laff.

Arwa – Collective. Eg, Zuma is arwa esteemed leeda.
Beds - mossies, doves, sea-gulls etc
Beg - container, as in shopping beg, hend-beg.
Ben - to set alight
Betta – I feel betta after voting for ANC.
Brocan – After I drop the cup on the floor (see also Eskom)
Cheelruns - our future is in their hands
Chetz - where worshippers go on Sundays
Cuds - you can play poker or rummy with them
Cut - a small donkey-drawn vehicle
Debben - city in KwaZulu Natal
Deekshunry - where you find weds
Dees – Demonstrative pronoun - eg Dees flowa is preety
Detty - opposite of clean
Drivah - holds the steering wheel of a teksi
Duck - very duck at night when the lights are all off
Eet-Weks – After white repairman has visited Eskom substation
Ebon - you get ebon erriors and rural erriors
Effrican - from the continent of Africa
Erriors - districts, e.g. ebon erriors
Erection – A make of mobile phone
Eskom – eet is brocan
Ewways - eg. SAA, Comair, Lufthansa etc
Feather - Cape Town is feather than Johannesburg
Fems - companies, e.g., Anglo-American
Fest - the one before second and third
Fok - used with nifes to eat.
Fum - you can fum with ship or kettle
Fumma - he owns the fum (diminutive Boer n)
Guddin - where you grow kebbijees
Geev - you MUST gev, I WEEL take
Get - a hinged device in a fence
Glus – Dangerous and sharp when brocan.
Hair - as opposed to heem
Heppi - state of elatement, e.g. I'm so heppi - I just voted
Hiss - masculine form of hairs
Hubba - where sheeps dock
Incest – We demund and incest on expressing arwa rights
Ingaij – Bi-lateral negotiations
Jems - little bugs that give you the flu
Kah - what you drive around in
Kebbijees – vegetable
Kennel - Army officer
Keptown - some think parliament doesn't belong there
Kettegry - in a system of classification
Kipper - one who kips, as in goal kipper
Kleenix - where nesses wek and sick peepul get betta.
Kot - where the judges sit
Len - to acquire knowledge
Leeda - as in Arwa Leeda, JZ the president
Lungwich - weds what are spokkin
Nesses - they wek in kleenix and hosspeetals

Parrot - Illegal/ mimic/ copy/
Pee pull – Collective - Powa to da pee pull
Peppa - one way to get the news (soon to be phased out)
Pesson - one of pee pull
Pees - symbolised by white dove
Pees-Tocks – As in Middle East negotiations
Reeva - e.g. Limpopo, Vaal, Orange
Rejeem - anything to describe pre-1994
Reekwest - replaced by deemunds
Sefty glus – Not dangerous in kuhs when brocan into
Selulah – A mobile telephonic device
Sheep - big boat
Shex - (PL) houses in squatter camps
Ship – Animal that provides wool, keeps you warm in the shek
Shuck-attak – Happens if the shuck-net is brocan
Shuck-nets - at Debben, for safety of sweemas
Spitch - what politicians make at a relly
Suffa-Ring - as in “the pee-pull are suffa-ring”
Sweemas - compete in a sweeming pull
Tekkie – The bed in the oven to celebrate Jesus’ bethday
Teksi - kah for hire - sometimes parrot teksi
Tex - Reperations for apartheid paid by whites
Thesty - ice cold Coke will relieve it on a hot day
Tipic ally - characteristically
Tocks - negotiations
Ummy - military force
Verrr – To an extreme – The reeva was flowing verrr fast
Weel – Expression of powa eg Wekkas weel unite against the oppressor
Weemen - ladies
Weepon - a gun
Weendo - with glus for throwing bricks through
Weena - the one with the most votes
Weds - what the dickshunry is made up of
Wek – Productivity -eg. I wekked verr hud dees week
Wekkas – Wekkas do the wek, wekkas always strike.
Weld - the whole eth
Wems – Bait for fishing

Monday, August 09, 2010

Rape ordeal: Mom tells boy to cover his head

Another shocking story from SA. I am convinced that the level of violent acts committed against whites by blacks has it's source in a deep rooted inferiority complex in the African psyche. This manifests itself in displays of hatred, vengeance and an attempt to control the "other"

What have the police done until this story broke? Fuck-all! No docket, no report has been filed and no statement was taken!

Is this the sacrifice whites are expected to make to continue living in SA? Are we expected to deliver our little ones and our wives to be slaughtered by rapacious beasts to apologise for apartheid!

It's a sickening tragedy! If SA were a human body, I would say it is in an advanced stage of melanoma, rotted to the core and dying...

Hilda Fourie, Beeld

Pretoria – Before being raped and assaulted with a garden fork, a mother from Pretoria told her 7-year-old son to hold on tight to his Daschund and pull a blanket over his head.

The robber also kidnapped her, and she suspects she jumped out of the car to get away from him. She broke her right arm, right leg and jaw, but can’t remember parts of the incident.

More than two weeks after the attack in The Orchards, in the north of Pretoria, the police have still not visited the 35-year-old mother or taken her statement.

The mother, who may not legally be identified, woke up early that morning and saw a man standing in the room with a gardening fork in his hands, when he switched on the bedroom light.

Her son, who was lying next to her, also woke up.

“I went ice-cold. He told me to come to him and jerked me out of the bed. I told my son to hold his puppy, Kassie, tightly and pull the blanket over his head.”

The attacker beat her over the head with the gardening fork and demanded money.


“He said he would kill me if I screamed. He hit me with the back of the garden fork a few times.”

They returned to the bedroom where the little boy told the attacker that he had R30 is his wallet, which was in the kitchen.

The attacker then raped her on the paving next to the swimming pool.

“While he was raping me I prayed out loud: ‘Lord, forgive him, for he knows not what he does.’ He kept shouting ‘shut up, shut up’.”

The robber took her son’s R30 as well as her bank card, forced her into her car and drove off.

At one stage she saw lights and started screaming, but once again he beat her over the head.

“I can’t remember what happened next. All I know is that I felt the ground, then I was gone.”

'A miracle'

She was found by a woman who lives nearby. She was admitted to the intensive care unit at the Eugene Marais hospital.

Besides her broken right arm, right leg and jaw, she also needed many stitches to her face and on the back of her head.

“God was good to me. He saved my life,” she said.

“It’s a miracle that I’m alive. I’m getting the most wonderful support from my loved ones. What about the poor women who can’t say that?”

Since the incident, no-one from the Akasia police station has been to see her to take a statement.

The investigating officer, a male constable, is not answering her family’s calls.

Her sister-in-law, a police official, received permission from the police to take down the statement. More than a week later, this statement has not yet been fetched.

Eugene Opperman, Gauteng police spokesperson, said the case is being investigated on “a high level” after he brought it to the attention of the provincial chief detective.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Toozday Toot

Great song, great lyric!

"Now my girl you're so young and pretty, and one thing I know is true, you'll be dead before your time is due, yeah"

My advice to those still thinking about leaving, Carpe Diem!

RDP Houses to be "Confiscated"

Many of us have been aware of this problem for years. The reality of multiple ownership of homes has meant that individuals have profited from government schemes designed to help the needy, not just the opportunistic.

The pattern is simple, government builts you a house, then you sell it or rent it out and go back to living in a shack, and/or move to another area and get the government to build you a new house.

Favourite quote:

"beneficiaries sold their house, and then once they had spent their money, tried to reclaim it."

RDP houses sold in contravention of Housing Act to be confiscated

Peter Luhanga

RDP houses in the province transferred to beneficiaries less than eight years ago, which have been sold by their owners, will be confiscated and given to the needy, says Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela.

Location specific audits have revealed that in some cases, as in George, up to 90 percent of RDP houses have been sold by beneficiaries, and a visit by former housing MEC Richard Dyantyi in 2008 revealed that up to 60 percent of RDP houses in Du Noon had been sold or let.

But Madikizela said the Housing Act stipulated that the RDP housing beneficiaries were not allowed to sell their houses within an eight year period, and his department was to audit the 101 000 housing subsidies granted since 2002.

“The houses that are returned to the Department in terms of the pre-emptive right clause (in the Housing Act) will be reallocated by municipalities to qualifying people in terms of the relevant criteria,” said Madikizela.

“We will find a way that government reclaim the houses (RDP) and give them to the needy.”

But he said the magnitude of the problem had to first be determined.

To this end his department was busy drafting terms of reference to appoint a service provider to analyse the status of all state-funded housing projects.

He said the survey to be conducted by an appointed service provider would also establish how many title deeds still needed to be transferred to beneficiaries and, where title deeds had not been handed over, what the reasons for the delay were.

“It is anticipated that this survey of our projects will be concluded by the end of the financial year (31 March 2011). However, once we have some preliminary data from this study we will already be in a position to start to plot a way forward in dealing with this matter.”

In Du Noon residents were scared to speak about the sales and ownership of RDP houses, saying they feared being killed if they spoke out about what exactly was happening.

Community leader Madlomo Ndamane said the sale of RDP houses was “a hot business” in the township.

“Its a big problem.”

She said beneficiaries sold their house, and then once they had spent their money, tried to reclaim it.

She also said there were people who were approved RDP house beneficiaries, but never occupied their house, suggesting that money could have exchanged hands and other people were given the houses instead.

Meanwhile, the City has admitted that it was battling to issue title deeds to approved RDP housing beneficiaries in the metro.

Land acquisition specialist in the city’s housing directorate, Marlize Odendal said in many cases the occupants of RDP houses were not the official beneficiaries, which made it difficult for the city to issue title deeds.

“It’s a general problem (issuing of title deeds) and its country wide,” said Odendal

A senior city official in the housing directorate, who did not want to be named as he was not sure he was allowed to speak to the press, said the process of issuing title deeds in Du Noon was suspended last year as city-contracted workers received death threats from residents.

Blaauwberg sub-council chair Heather Brenner confirmed that city efforts to investigate “approved beneficiaries” of RDP houses in Du Noon had been continuously disrupted by people who did not want the project to move forward.

Brenner said of about 1000 RDP houses in Du Noon, half of them had been investigated and were occupied by official beneficiaries, but the remainder were unknown and under suspicion because residents there had threatened city contractors.

“It’s been a very frustrating exercise, true beneficiaries have been waiting for ten years to get their title deeds. They deserve them.”

Odendal said similar problems had been experienced in Gugulethu and Langa. — West Cape News

Saturday, August 07, 2010

A Dig at Religious Relativism

Click on the pic to enlarge...Remember to save Jesus&Mo to your favourites...

No debate on media tribunal - Malema

The idiot we all love to hate, Malema, is back at it again. He just has to give his two cents worth to the current issue of the media tribunal which will soon come into effect in ZA. What this poor retard does not understand of course, is that the media is in fact not "above the law"...South Africa has a long standing judicial system in place, and for any party that has a grievance, there is ample recourse to the Courts to sue for defamation or damages. Why do you need a media tribunal?

Another thing this retard cannot understand is that a free media is an insurance policy for any healthy democracy and you stifle it at your peril. We easily dismiss Malema's ham fisted style and say he is a nobody in the political atmosphere of South Africa right now, but this rabid black racist will no doubt be moving up the ranks in the next few years...

The proposed Media Tribunal wanted by the ANC will not be a debate because it is a Polokwane resolution, ANC Youth League President Julius Malema said on Saturday.

"We have already decided. We want Parliament to appoint a tribunal, make it law."

Malema said the media must be regulated because "they think they are untouchable."

The ANCYL president was addressing some 500 delegates at the Free State ANCYL conference in Bloemfontein.

Malema said the Press Ombudsman cannot be a player and referee at the same time.

"These people are dangerous," he told the delegates. He said: "They write gossip and present it as facts."

Malema said the media have put him and his family's lives in danger after the death of AWB leader Eugene Terreblanche by suggesting in questions to the opposition that "Malema's songs had contributed" to the murder incident.

He said the media "on a rumour" also nearly destroyed the political life of ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa.

Referring to the Free State youth league leadership elections at the conference, Malema urge the members to "respect" the decision of the conference.

He said anybody who disrupts any further youth league conferences would be expelled from the ANC.

"You win your battles at conference not in the newspapers. The ANCYL is not run by editors."

The youth leader urged nominated leaders who fail to make it at conferences to respect the decision of the organisation even when it "takes an unfair decision".

Malema also urged the country's Magistrate's and Judge's to discourage political battles in court.

"Send party's back to their organisations to work it out," he said.

Lately various court cases have been brought against the ANCYL in leadership struggles.

A court order prevented the league's congress in the Eastern Cape.

Limpopo provincial chairman Lehlogonolo Masoga also went to court to force the ANCYL to drop disciplinary action against him. - Sapa

Friday, August 06, 2010

Woman shot dead in front of kids

Just another Statistic?

Sorry, it just won't do...It's not enough to try convince people that crime against farmers in SA is "normal" when we can all so clearly see that is not the case. I am not buying snake oil from the rainbow peddlers no more, no matter how sincere they appear to be at first glance. People like Rooster just deny, deny, deny..One wonders about their bona fides...

Nobody would suggest that the ANC is organising or controlling the onslaught against the white farmer in SA, but hell, you have to admit it fits in pretty smartly with their agenda; which is to apply pressure on the farmer to sell his land at bargain basement prices and move, in the interests of restitution.

The government knows and has admitted that the principle of "willing buyer, willing seller" has not, and cannot, work in SA, so what are their alternatives? Why do they not do more to protect this vulnerable segment of society? Surely the stats are compelling enough to cause them to create alternative protection measures for the "salt of the earth?"

Who is it that keeps yammering on about the "unequal" distribution of land? It's the same people who keep yammering on about the lack of black CEO's in business, it's the same people who keep yammering on about BEE quota's. It's the government and it's black people. So much for the "free and fair" "non racial" post apartheid paradise of Mandela's South Africa. Blacks are just as racially aware (if not more so) than whites. Lose sight of this and you end up like Rooster; oblivious to the stark realities of the struggle that is still continuing against whites to this very day.

In defence, people like Rooster start coming across as pooh-poohing a very serious issue and lose credibility by appearing to be very thick skinned and callous.

A 37-year-old woman was shot dead in front of her two young boys on a farm in Cullinan, Gauteng police said on Friday.

"She came home with her two children, aged four and six, and when she got out of the car two men tried to grab her," Cullinan police spokesman Johannes Jaftha said.

The incident happened in Brandbach, Cullinan just after 6pm on Thursday.

Rianna Schoeman ran into the house with her children and leaned against the door to keep it closed.

Police said a shot went through the window from outside and hit her in her upper body.

The robbers made off with a laptop, a cellphone and an undisclosed amount of money from her purse.

The boys were unharmed.

Schoeman's body was discovered by her husband when he arrived home at 7pm.

Police said the husband called for help on a civilian radio and drove his wife to the nearest hospital were she was declared dead on arrival.

An investigation of murder and house robbery was underway, but no arrests have been made.


SA Doctors Win Judgment against Government

The article as I received it is long and technical, so I'm busily trying to summarise it for those - like myself - with lower attention spans. Basically, the government tried to tell private medical practitioners what they could charge. The case has been ongoing since 2007, with doctors' Associations arguing that doctors need to set their own fees to justify the high costs of providing care, medical training, and return on their substantial investments in their careers. The number of doctors leaving South Africa is a major cause for concern, also.

The "arrogant" attitude of senior DoH staff throughout was that "they are there to
govern and not to consult”, and they continued to ignore the detailed studies (7700 pages of evidence) presented to them by their opponents.

The background is as follows:
Department of Health (DoH) attempted to interfere in pricing for private medical services (including Psychiatry, Audiology, Speech Therapy, Optometry, Physiotherapy and Anaesthesiology). The DoH

"introduced a new Regulatory Framework and has been at loggerheads with the Private Sector ever since."
according to the report, which comes directly from HealthMan, a privately owned healthcare consultancy.

The DoH ignored all submissions from the various healthcare Associations and produced a
"Reference Price List ( RPL) that is incomplete, did not take into account the costs of private practice and in many instances was irrational."
In short, the government set fees to low, and the private sector resorted to legal action to seek redress. Taking on the government was not cheap, and the following summary is taken verbatim from the article:

Summary of Judgement

The RPL used by medical schemes to determine the rate at which they
will reimburse healthcare providers were declared null and void this
week. This ruling is applicable to the 2008 & 2009 RPL and is
retrospective. Acting Judge Piet Ebersohn found the process by which
the rates were determined to be unfair, unlawful, unreasonable and
irrational. The judge said the process had resulted in tariffs that
were "unreasonably low" - one of the reasons cited for the exodus of
doctors from this country.

The judgment has created a huge vacuum that has the DoH, the CMS,
medical schemes, medical scheme administrators and healthcare
providers pondering as to a way forward. Many medical schemes use the
RPL as the basis for their benefits, and the setting aside of the RPL
could affect their rules that relate to the payment of claims. The
time is now opportune for the Funding Industry to constructively
engage with healthcare professionals and not to fall back on their old
ways of making unilateral decisions without due consultation.
The DoH "came in for harsh criticism" and refused to comment on the judgment. The following is also quoted verbatim with my emphasis:

South African Private Practitioners Forum (SAPPF).

The SAPPF was one of the lead applicants in the legal challenge
against the DoH. Dr Chris Archer, the chief executive officer of the
SAPPF, said his organisation's key message now was one of
reconciliation with the Department of Health. Archer said a new
methodology for determining guideline tariffs, which would allow
practitioners to earn a reasonable salary and make a reasonable return
on the investments they had made into their practices, needed to be
developed to stop doctors leaving the country. He said practitioners
would be unable to implement the required much higher charges
immediately, because this would bankrupt the funding industry, but a
process that acknowledged the problems needed to be found.
Salient Features From the Judgement.

Unreasonable Low RPL Tariffs.
In his judgment, Ebersohn said "the fact that the 2009 RPL reflected
rates that were unreasonably low meant that private healthcare
providers would continue to struggle to cover their costs (let alone
make a reasonable return on investment). Ultimately, there was the
real risk that the effect of the RPL decision would play out on
patients, who might face the burden of a declining number of doctors
within the country and who might be confronted with general and
specialist practitioners who, in an attempt to make ends meet, would
be forced to focus on a high-volume turnover of patients at the
expense of the quality provision of medical services"

The process used by DoH to determine doctors' costs was flawed.
The RPL that forms the basis of many medical scheme benefits was not
only drawn up in terms of invalid regulations but the process failed
the tests of legality, fairness, reasonableness and rationality.

Much of the court challenge hinged on the practice cost studies that
healthcare providers submitted to the DoH to assist it to determine
the cost of private healthcare services. The department dismissed most
of these studies, claiming they did not meet the required sample sizes
or they used unacceptable costing or coding methodologies. The judge
made the following points in his ruling:
The DoH was, in terms of the National Health Act, supposed to consult
with the National Health Council before promulgating the RPL
regulations. The department had failed to provide any evidence of
these consultations. Neither did the DoH offer any evidence that it
had consulted with the Technical Advisory Committee prior to
publication of the RPL. The Technical Advisory Committee was also a
defendant in the Application, but did not oppose the SAPPF
application. The Judge found this lack of evidence to be far fetched
and clearly utenable.
The then Minister of Health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, delegated to
Thami Mseleku, her then director-general, the power to determine the
process of deciding the RPL. This was impermissible, as was many of
the other actions taken by senior staff members of the DoH.
Mseleku decided on the methodology that should be used to determine
the costs of healthcare services. He then admitted that this
methodology was ill-suited to determining costs for providers such as
hospitals and emergency services but failed to deal properly with
proposed alternative methodologies. The publication of a methodology
that he knew was ill-suited was "irrational, unreasonable, and

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Mantashe: Editors should join tribunal debate

WOW - Zapiro sure does have a way with his pencil!

Instead of acting defensively, newspaper editors should join the ruling party's debate on setting up a media tribunal, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says.

"Our invitation is that the media must engage in that debate constructively, throw around ideas and not defend its own turf.

"The fact that editors and columns in the newspapers are on the defensive is not going to stop us from having that discussion. It's up to them if they want to contribute to that debate, and actually to influence it," Mantashe said in a report in The Star.

"It is up to them, if they think they are on the defensive and must take a laager approach to that discussion, they are doing that at their own peril."

The African National Congress wants an independent statutory body accountable to Parliament to deal with complaints against newspapers, instead of only using the Press Ombudsman who currently deals with complaints.

Selebi Sentence: "A Rare Instance of Justice"

So true, and I am thrilled to hear it. My toes are absolutely curling with delightful schadenfreude at seeing the complete humiliation of that pseudo-intellectual Thabo Mbeki who defended his pal right through and asked everyone to trust him...Beautiful! Mmm-mmm-mmm-MMMMMMMM!....Of course, Selebi has a two week reprieve before embarking on his "new life" but I can't help wondering, if this was not Mbeki's pal, if instead this was Zuma's pal, would the outcome have been the same?

And I'm still troubled by the fact that Jacob Zuma has got off Scott free from 783 counts of fraud without a trial. I'm also wondering about old Shaik, is he dead yet? LOL, no of course not, he's playing golf tomorrow...It's not what you know, it's who you know...Isn't Azania an amazing jungle?!

Former national police chief Jackie Selebi's 15-year jail sentence is a "rare instance of justice for corrupt cadres", the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

This marked the end of one of the most controversial trials in South African history, DA spokeswoman Dianne Kohler-Barnard said.

"Controversial because of the numerous obstacles placed in the way of due process and the law in trying to bring this criminal to book and controversial because we as a country are almost completely unfamiliar with the idea of a corrupt official, connected to the ANC, actually going to prison," she said.

As Selebi came to grips with the idea of prison, so too should the government think about the integrity of a police structure that was for years led by an individual who on Tuesday joined the ranks of the very criminals from which the police were supposed to protect society.

"The reason was cadre deployment and cadre deployment alone, and that ANC-driven policy needs to be scrapped," Kohler-Barnard said. - Sapa

Monday, August 02, 2010

Nzimande Says Media a "Threat to Democracy"

h/t Black Coffee

Speaking at the SACP's 89th anniversary celebration in Rustenburg, North West, Nzimande said his party understood the importance of a free media but establishing the controversial media tribunal was one way to ensure "responsible journalism" and restore the sector's "credibility".

He said the proposed tribunal, to be discussed at the ANC's policy conference next month, was necessary because the press ombudsman "is toothless and useless".

There was no recourse for those who were defamed by reports, he said.

"We know the importance of free media because it was the communists that went to jail for that," said Nzimande.

"But we want a media tribunal that will hold journalists accountable. If there is one serious threat to our democracy, it is a media that is accountable to itself."

He accused the media of being an "extension of the opposition".

Journalists were always "looking for bad news out of the ANC and its alliance partners".

"We have no . opposition other than the bourgeois media.

"The manner in which the newspapers report is an extension of the opposition and an example of that is the way in which they reported on the DA conference.

"You will never find a positive story being reported on out of an ANC conference," said Nzimande.

The ANC last week released its discussion document on the proposed tribunal, first hinted at during its 2008 Polokwane national conference. It would impose tougher sanctions on reporters who "get it wrong". The document accuses the print media of an "astonishing degree of dishonesty, lack of professional integrity and lack of independence".

The document says the ANC, as the governing party, is responsible for encouraging the media to report responsibly.

Nzimande echoed the ANC call for journalists found to have published false reports to be fined or jailed. He said the ANC-led alliance should not allow itself to be "blackmailed" or made to believe that the move to establish a tribunal was an attempt to stifle media freedom.

"If we want our journalism to mature, we should not be blackmailed. [But] we don't care anymore because, if we do not do this, the media will steal our media that we fought so hard for.

"We pioneered progressive journalism in this country and, because we are pioneers, we must encourage the tribunal because of the rise of gutter journalism," he said.

DA leader Helen Zille spoke out against the planned tribunal yesterday.

Writing in her on-line newsletter, Zille said: "The ANC wants to control the independent media through a parliamentary media tribunal (stacked with ANC MPs).

"The inevitable result will be a compliant media, seeking to appease this jury of politicians with a keen interest in keeping the media in check.

"The inevitable result is that all our news will begin to resemble what we regularly see on SABC TV - a party broadcaster rather than a public broadcaster," Zille said.


Disgruntled Assassins go on strike: Only in ZA

Hat Tip: Ingrid

Disgruntled assassins tip off police about hit:

Plots revealed against five other officials

Co-operative Governance Minister Sicelo Shiceka has revealed that the plot to murder George Mthimunye - seconded by Shiceka's department to clean up the Naledi local municipality in Vryburg, North West - is not unique.

Speaking to The Times yesterday, Shiceka said his department has uncovered plots to assassinate five other administrators of municipalities in the same province, all assigned to root out corruption.

He would not name the municipalities to which they had been dispatched.

On Friday, North West police were contacted by one of the three men hired as assassins by two officials, and by a woman the officials had asked to arrange Mthimunye's murder.

The hitmen were hired after Mthimunye uncovered a spate of irregularities in tenders the municipality awarded.

In May, The Times broke the news that Mthimunye had uncovered a housing tender fiasco, in which the municipality paid R86-million for 470 low-cost homes in the area but only four were properly built.

Mthimunye suspended the two officials - one of whom was a project manager - after uncovering tender corruption in which the two were allegedly involved.

The officials had allegedly promised to pay the assassins R100000 for the murder, but then tried to bargain the men down to R75000 - which they refused to accept.

One of the hitmen, who told the police of the plot, has turned state witness. It is not known whether the remaining two hitmen will be charged.

Police spokesman Colonel Junior Metsi said the accused were aged between 45 and 49. Their names cannot be released because they have not appeared in court.

They will appear in the Vryburg Magistrate's Court this morning on charges of conspiracy to murder.

Metsi said details of the corruption in which the officials were involved will be revealed in court.

Shiceka told The Times yesterday that he was aware of the plot against Mthimunye and five other administrators. He said that it was the first time that local government administrators had been targeted in this way.

"The Mthimunye plot is part of a bigger plot. They have done the same all over North West, and their aim is to eliminate people they believe are there to make them pay for the corruption they have committed," he said.

Shiceka said he spoke to Mthimunye on Saturday, after he received word of the arrests, and had told him that he was "not intimidated".

"The reason for these plots is because we are beginning to charge people who are responsible for corruption, and the police are arresting all the suspects," he said.

Shiceka said he had "constant meetings" with the other administrators whose lives were believed to be in danger.

Twelve people - including local government councillors and officials - have been killed and others have disappeared without trace since 1998 after questioning the awarding of tenders in Mpumalanga.

Earlier this year, Sammy Mpatlanyane, spokesman for Mpumalanga's Department of Arts, Culture and Sport, was gunned down at his home in Nelspruit. He was regarded as an obstacle by an unnamed "ANC boss", reported the Sunday Times, to winning irregular World Cup tenders. Whistleblower and speaker Jimmy Mohlala was shot dead at his house near Nelspruit.

BEE Stats a "Complete Shokka"

From News24 reader "Hoo-Kaai's Dad"

Shame, it reveals the long, uphill battle still ahead for the various nations doomed to share South Africa into the future...

Dear Editor,

Ninety-one percent of SA CEOs are white - heading of an article that not only left me perplexed but made me wonder in despair, this is the unfortunate state our beloved 16 year old democracy has presented itself to us.

Here’s a brief summary of some of the findings:

Of 269 CEO positions, blacks occupy 9% (Africans 4%; Coloureds 3%; Indians 2%) and whites 91%.

Females accounted for 3% and males 97% of 219 CFO positions. Blacks occupy 8% (Africans 2%; Coloureds 1%; Indians 5%) and whites 92%.

If these statistics don’t hit a nerve, then I don’t know. Look, let me admit my sheer ignorance towards this particular subject. Its existence of course not being foreign to me – having known this was the case; it is the severity I’ve been oblivious to.

Can this be solely attributed to blatant racism on the part of our white counterparts or is there possibly a greater and deeper reason for it, perhaps no follow through/continuation from those that are eligible?

I believe/know there’s a large group of black intelligent candidates who not only have the leadership qualities we are often crucified in lacking and as such this long awaited upsurge in black executives might remain what it is currently – a sad far reality.

What then should be done in order to ensure that we transform these shocking statistics into a positive leap for the black nation that we are?

Hoo-Kaai's Dad

(What the fuck is wrong with you?! Do you have any idea of the training, hard work and ability it takes to make a good CEO? Have you seen what black CEO's have done to the parastatals in South Africa, huh? You need to go back to school, learn to compose a proper letter. Just because this is a democracy doesn't give you the right to make a fool of yourself writing such shit. Do you think having a black skin is going to automatically qualify you as a captain of industry in the private sector? Moron!)