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Solid Rust Twotter
22nd Mar 2014, 15:10
Door to door intimidation. This democracy stuff is a real pain in the arse when the sheep won't play along. Threatening people to get them to vote for the regime has always been a favoured tactic of the cANCer. Seems it isn't as popular as it was and folks are getting a little pissed off.

Can't seem to cut and paste the story, but link here - Eyewitness News: 'ANC intimidated Bekkersdal residents' (http://ewn.co.za/2014/03/14/Bekkersdal-accuses-the-ANC-of-intimidation)

Not so much fun when the sheep fight back, eh? Looks like the regimes attitude towards the country and those they're meant to serve is being noticed.

Fuming Bekkersdal shows ANC the door

ANC bigwigs were chased out of Bekkersdal township by angry residents during the party’s door-to-door campaign today.

Police had to be called in to disperse the angry crowd, which attacked the ANC entourage consisting of several members of the Gauteng Legislature including ANC Chief Whip in the Gauteng Legislature Brian Hlongwa and deputy speaker Uhuru Moiloa.

When City Press arrived in the volatile township, ANC supporters stood a few hundred metres away from where the angry mob was guarded by armed police officers.

The mob accused the ANC of being opportunists who don’t care about the livelihood of the people of Bekkersdal but their votes.

One protester told City Press: “The ANC has a nerve to come and try to woo people who they said they did not want their dirty votes.

“They will never get our votes until Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane apologise in public for saying that our votes are dirty,” she said.

Hlongwa described the situation in a statement as, “anarchy, which will derail democratic progress in Bekkersdal”.

He said: “There can never be a concept of ‘no go areas’ in a democratic society.”

“It is unacceptable that schooling should be disrupted at will the way it was done today and legitimate public representatives being barred from doing their work.”

But, residents have vowed to bar the ANC from campaigning in the area until their demands are met. The demands include a public apology from Mokonyane and the removal from office of the mayor of Westonaria, under which Bekkersdal falls. They accuse Nonkoliso Tundzi of corruption, which they say has led to poor service delivery in the area.

However, Hlongwa said in a statement that the provincial government together with the Greater Westonaria Concerned Residents Association have agreed on how to resolve the issues raised by the community.

He said: “Clearly, there are commitments and programmes to deal with the challenges at least from the part of government, but I think as caucus we should ensure that these processes are accelerated.

“This would mean that we must continue to engage the residents of Bekkersdal and also ensure the leadership of the aggrieved also take responsibility,” Hlongwa said.

A 61-year-old woman, who claimed to be a staunch ANC member, said the ANC had fooled people for too long and was reaping what it had sowed.

“People are sick and tired of empty promises. Our children are unemployed in an area rich with mineral resources while their jobs are given to outsiders,” she said.

Another resident, Papi Radebe, said: “Last year, the ANC told us they do not need our dirty votes.

“What has changed between then and now?”

Of course the usual reaction to opposition by a despotic regime is a well balanced and measured response, no...?

DA is the devil - Gigaba

2014-03-20 16:25
Cape Town - Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba used a government dialogue with Cape Town residents on Thursday to take a dig at the DA and its policies.

"They are not the devil's brothers. They are not the devil's relatives. They are the devils themselves," he told the packed OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha.

"And so our modern-day devils, two-legged as they are, are liars and cannot face the truth."

He said the truth was that the ANC had created conditions in the country that showed "we have a good story to tell".

He was speaking at an event that had been billed as a dialogue between his department, Eskom and Transnet, and residents.

Both Eskom and Transnet gave brief presentations on their willingness to involve residents in various projects and feedback on improvements for their areas.

Residents were given an opportunity to ask questions before Gigaba's speech.

A large portion of the crowd was dressed in the black, green and gold of the ANC. The various entertainment acts also waxed lyrical about the party and got the crowd to join in ANC songs.

Gigaba was applauded for speaking out on the DA's policies on land, saying the party wanted land to remain in the hands of a white minority.

"We have to vote because they don't want us to change the willing-buyer, willing-seller principle and replace it with the just and equitable compensation principle.

"This is what these coming elections are about. This is what everything we are doing on a daily basis is about."

Party criticised

He criticised the party for its claim of creating six million "real" jobs.

"They have not been able to build one real job in the Western Cape. How will they manage to build six million real jobs anywhere in South Africa?" he asked.

Gigaba said it was not right to call Eastern Cape residents living in Cape Town "refugees", referring to a comment made in the past by Western Cape premier and DA leader Helen Zille.

He said many people had to support more than two people and sent their salaries back to the rural areas of the Eastern Cape to feed their families.

"These are the same workers who are subsequently called refugees in the Western Cape, in the country of their birth, in the country they died defending.

"This is your country. You cannot be told where to go."

Gigaba said the ANC was a party of the future, not a party of the past or present.

Over the last five years, the government had spent R1trn building new infrastructure, which had resulted in the emergence of new industries and factories, he said.

"We're seeing state-owned companies investing more money into skills development... for a change, we're beginning to see state-owned companies beginning to increase their investment into the economy."

ANCYL: Madonsela must resign
2014-03-20 13:31

Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League on Thursday called on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to resign following her report into the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.

Speaking at Luthuli House in Johannesburg, the league said Madonsela’s report was “a clear sign” she was an “opposition puppet”.

“Madonsela has been frequenting DA tea parties during her Nkandla investigation. She needs scrutiny,” reporters at the league's briefing quoted it as saying.

City Press reporter Sabelo Ndlangisa quoted the league as saying: “We want the incoming government to probe Madonsela's credibility. She must step down before 2016.”

The youth league’s view goes against that of its parent body which said that it did not intend to undermine the validity of the protector’s report.

“There is no such intention within the ANC,” party secretary general Gwede Mantashe said.

The African National Congress was "relieved" that the report had "finally been released to the public".

But the timing of the release of the report remained a concern "in terms of the disruptive effect" it would have on all political parties in their campaigning ahead of general elections in May, said Mantashe.
- News24

It appears reading and comprehension are not the strong suit of the cANCer Women's League. What they claim is pretty much diametrically opposite to what the Nkandla Report stated. Shouldn't those running the country be at least partially literate?

ANCWL: State didn’t fund Nkandla upgrades
2014-03-21 12:34

Johannesburg - The ANC Women's League on Friday rejected what it called the "opportunistic posture" taken by some political parties since the release of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home.

"The Public Protector's report... is substantially no different to the inter-ministerial task team report already in the public domain," it said in a statement.

It claimed that both reports came to the same conclusion, by apparently finding that the state had not spent any money on Zuma's home in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

The league further claimed that Madonsela's report found there was no political interference in the renovations at Nkandla.

On Wednesday, Madonsela said Zuma and his family had unduly benefited from upgrades and that government was responsible for it.

"It is common cause that in the name of security, government built for the president and his family in his private [home], a visitors' centre, cattle kraal and chicken run, swimming pool, and amphitheatre among others," she said in her findings.

"The president and his family clearly benefited from this."

Madonsela said Zuma should have asked questions about the scale, costs, and affordability of security upgrades which could end up being as much as R240m.

In December, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi said allegations that Zuma used state resources for the upgrades were unfounded.

"The requirement to provide security for presidents, both sitting and retired, remains the responsibility of government," he said at the time while releasing a report by the inter-ministerial task team.

He said a total of R206 420 644 was spent on the upgrade.

And from those who wished this upon SA, still nothing but crickets and tumbleweeds...

Solid Rust Twotter
22nd Mar 2014, 15:13
What price the much touted non racial New South Africa now?

Promotion about race, not merit, ConCourt hears
2014-03-20 14:36

Johannesburg - The decision not to promote Lieutenant Colonel Renate Barnard was based on her race and not merit, the Constitutional Court heard on Thursday.

"Only employment equity was taken into account and not Lieutenant Colonel Barnard's merits," said Martin Brassey SC, for Solidarity.

"The principle anxiety we had was whether the decision of the [national police] commissioner... weighed all merits into account."

The police commissioner had said he had taken the recommendations by an interview panel into consideration. However, Brassey argued that the commissioner was not supposed to just consider the recommendations, but also had to evaluate them.

The Constitutional Court was hearing an application for leave to appeal by the SA Police Service.

The SAPS wanted to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal decision that it had discriminated against Barnard on the basis of race.

Positive recommendations

Barnard had twice applied unsuccessfully for promotion to superintendent within the National Evaluation Services (NES), which dealt with complaints by the public and public officials concerning the broad spectrum of police services.

Despite recommendations by an interview panel and her divisional commissioner, the national police commissioner did not appoint her to the position on the basis that racial representation at the level of superintendent would be negatively affected.

Earlier, Hamilton Maenetje SC, for the SAPS, argued that the commissioner's decision not to appoint Barnard was rational and justified in terms of employment equity.

White officers were over represented on level nine, where Barnard would have been appointed, in the SAPS.

"There is over representation of five. Barnard's appointment would have 'aggravated' that over representation."

Maenetje said appointment was at the discretion of the national commissioner.
Acting Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke reserved judgment on the application.

22nd Mar 2014, 16:13
I lived in, worked, and contributed to the economy in S.A. from 1999 until 2010, before quitting.
Part of the problem in my experience was the weak kneed "H.R." sector in state institutions who sold qualified (largely white male) people down the river in order to protect their little empires who were playing pie charts with the race quota game.
Many of these individuals I found to be white( often Afrikaner),pathetically arrogant and naive females ( plus a few "meterosexuals") who consequently relished acting out 'Walter Mitty' control roles within what they perceived as a protected and elevated status.
However, just about every serious case on employee legislation that they were actually engaged in they had to surrender to lawyers and, of course, lost spectacularly (including one I instigated) - but no matter , the State paid.
Inevitably of course, like the tame "kapos" in German concentration camps who willingly performed State ordained selective activity against individuals on a higher level and we were then disposed of by their masters when their temporary usefulness had expired, the same process of their own subsequent removal is now well underway in S.A.

22nd Mar 2014, 16:52
I'm not close to the situation in South Africa, but I watch it.

From a distance I would think any sentient white South African would have been strategizing his exit for years now. If it were me I'd have already been gone.

Does anyone think that Zimbabwe is not what South Africa is destined to become?

Solid Rust Twotter
22nd Mar 2014, 19:20
Pretty much. Trouble is, there's nowhere to go for most. Many are multiple generation South Africans with no foreign links and almost no chance of obtaining a foreign passport/residence.

There is also the issue of aging relatives and other family who cannot be left to the tender mercies of the regime currently in power and their acolytes.

24th Mar 2014, 10:12
I always find it interesting how foreigners looking at the SA situation assume that all the whitey's could simple up and gap it elsewhere as easy as if they were going to the seaside for a weekend.

My foreign collegues often ask me if and when I'm leaving SA.

Its not like there is somewhere else that we could arrive and simply carry on living, as I get older though my sense of indignation at this expectation riles me more and more.

I asked a US collegue the other day regarding this point that now that the US was under "African rule", if and when things got out of hand, which country did he intend moving to?

He said if things got bad in the US they would stand and fight for what they believed in , I said I feel the same way about my country....

Solid Rust Twotter
25th Mar 2014, 06:23

25th Mar 2014, 07:03
From a distance I would think any sentient white South African would have been strategizing his exit for years now. If it were me I'd have already been gone.

Does anyone think that Zimbabwe is not what South Africa is destined to become? Many have left, or have put everything in place to leave when they feel that the final curtain is about to fall, but it is hard to judge accurately that point. I know families who've done that, left, watched from afar as things continued to blunder along with corruption, nepotism, government and private crime growing, but realised that they still had a better life in ZA than overseas, went back, and it became a cycle. Four times for one couple I know. Then there are others who have homes in ZA and elsewhere, spending time between the two.

Others cannot leave, they can't get another passport, and/or don't have the necessary skills, wealth, or qualifications for any country they might want to go to. Many won't leave the country they see as home and that they love, as one friend of mine says, 'I'd rather live like a white man in a black man's country, than like a black man in a white man's country', living in a poky flat in a grim damp suburb and having to do his own washing and cleaning. Pieter-Dirk Uys, a South African satirist had a character who represented a 'kugel' (ZA equivalent of a Jewish American Princess) who said, when asked if she'd move to London: “I’d rather be murdered in my own bed than get up and make it myself." The quality of life in SA for even moderately wealthy people is extremely high, and there are few countries that can match it.

The parallel with Zimbabwe is often drawn. ZA is of significantly greater strategic importance to the 'West' than ZW, so it seems unlikely that things would degrade that far without intervention of some kind. Whilst is moving closer to being a one-party state, there are still far more checks and balances than north of the Limpopo, and a relatively free press, a very sound economy, albeit a weak currency, and a far greater proportion of whites driving the economy. I think the answer to : 'Does anyone think that Zimbabwe is not what South Africa is destined to become?' has to be 'no' for the foreseeable future, but it is a real concern.

Solid Rust Twotter
25th Mar 2014, 12:15
Sadly, the Zim scenario is where I think SA is headed. The West stopped giving a shit when the ANC took power. We've gone from a nett exporter of food to a nett importer, infrastructure is crumbling, business is closing down with industry and manufacturing being a large component of those seeking an environment favourable to investment rather than one where they're held hostage by the govt backed unions. The mines are barely hanging in there, with many plundered by their new BEE owners and the producers are under pressure from the authorities to part with even more in taxes in the form of etolls and insane petrol prices. The public sector is heavily politicised and highly inept and the police are a joke.

I'm afraid I'd be more surprised if things didn't go the way of Zim. You'd think the voters would have woken up by now and dealt with those in power who are making things worse for them, but the current regime will be returned to office at the elections in just over a month. Those same voters will no doubt be back on the streets protesting at the lack of infrastructure and service delivery within a month or two of that happening.

It's bad enough this govt is incompetent. Those who keep returning them to power despite their dismal record are something far worse.

25th Mar 2014, 13:53
Dear voter,

The Public Protector’s long-awaited Nkandla Report shows, in great detail, just how far President Jacob Zuma went to steal your money to build his R246 million home.

It also explains how his network of crony ministers tried to shield him by lying, covering up and trying to prevent the investigation from going ahead.

Advocate Thuli Madonsela faced many challenges in completing this report. There were repeated attempts to bully her and prevent the investigation from taking place. We are grateful for her dedicated and unwavering effort in completing this task.

The Public Protector’s report is damning of President Zuma’s conduct and found that his actions were “inconsistent with the Constitution”.

The DA has initiated impeachment proceedings against the president.

Impeachment is a serious step and should not be used lightly. But the magnitude of the president’s misconduct deserves the most serious sanction.

Please join us in demanding President Zuma’s impeachment by signing our petition (https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-speaker-of-parliament-sign-this-petition-to-call-for-president-zuma-s-impeachment#share).You can also help us fight this corruption by making a donation here (http://donations.da.org.za/).

On 7 May, add your voice to the millions of South Africans who have had enough of Zuma’s ANC. Vote for change. Vote DA.

26th Mar 2014, 20:44
I wouldn't get too excited about a vote for the DA being a 'vote for change'. Some comments on the '11 municipal elections there:
"...summing that up, the DA got one third of the votes that the ANC got and only about a fifth of the total. No-one else was of any significance. In most democracies that would be seen as an ANC landslide victory!"
"Looking at things from another aspect, the DA now have roughly the same proportion of the national representation in the "Rainbow Nation" as the PFP had at its best in the "Apartheid" days. It was as unlikely to change national policy in the old days as it is now...".

From the discussion that you reported on having had with your Xhosa maid, don't expect any changes there. They'll trawl up a vote for the ANC being a 'vote for the legacy of Saint Nelson' just before the election and common sense (is there any there?) will be non-existent from then...

You've also said,The quality of life in SA for even moderately wealthy people is extremely high, and there are few countries that can match it.

What defines 'quality of life'? When used so often in this context it only appears to mean a slightly bigger house, not having to make your own bed and the sun shines slightly more.

How about these for real quality of life:
No 'armed response' burglar alarms;
No burglar-bars on windows or security gates on the doors;
No high fences with razor-wire;
Leave windows open and doors unlocked when you're home;
Can wander about anywhere in the house at night without worrying about triggering your alarm;
Gate is only kept closed to keep the puppies in (previous dog didn't wander out so the gate was usually open);
The dogs are pets and are scolded when they bark at people;
Nobody ever visits you carrying a gun and the only people that you know who own guns have shotguns for sport shooting;
Drive anywhere with doors unlocked and windows as we want and stop where and when we want at any time of the day or night without 'security' concerns;
Drive without road safety being any significant concern (haven't ever seen a road accident happening here, last seen 'immediate aftermath' of an accident must have been a good year or two ago and even then it wasn't too significant);
Live a real 'outdoor life' where we have very regular local sporting events (cricket, rugby, football and more) to participate in or watch several times every week;
Go hiking in the countryside and hill-walking whenever we want without 'security' concerns (and unless you're a 'softie', weather isn't even a limit as there is no such thing as 'bad weather', just 'incorrect clothing'!);
Any one of us can take the dog for a walk at 10pm if we want without security concerns;
Potholes mostly actually get repaired when reported to the Council (with no meaningless 'reference number' being given to you by officialdom when you make that report;
Power cuts are very, very rare and usually related to extreme weather (and compensation is paid if not rectified in time);
First Class post arrives the next day, even to the other end of the country (and things of value don't go missing in the post!);
Bags at the airports are not tampered with;
Retailers of all sorts are very well stocked and can often get in extra items that you might want the very next day;
Variety of food choices in supermarkets is very, very good (about two decades ago I took three people from the far east into a supermarket in a small town here to shop for three very different meals that they wanted to prepare, when I saw their shopping list I told them that they might run out of luck but they found everything that they wanted);
The variety and quality of domestic and international beers and wines easily available is unbeatable (including Black Sheep!);
Good free state education is available leading to very good university places with an excellent student loan system meaning that ability and effort is the only obstacle to university qualifications;
Many, many world-leading industries available for career opportunities (the sky isn't even the limit as some of the world's leaders in the space industry are available here too);
Never having to take your wallet out for any medical treatment (and despite the complaints that you hear from some, our family have had a variety of occasions to use the health system, some quite extreme, with excellent treatment each time);
A marvellous variety of holidays available, both at home and abroad, to beautiful and interesting places at very affordable prices and with very easy travel options (and to top that, with one of the world's top three passports that travel is very easy).

To me that is a very high quality of life and knocks the spots off 'a slightly bigger house, not having to make your own bed and the sun shines slightly more'. Or is that so-called 'high quality of life' in SA just a statement to make people feel better and hide the very low quality that it really is?

Solid Rust Twotter
30th Mar 2014, 08:13
Looks like the DA are little better than the current mob of trough snufflers. No change there then...

Greedy MPs demand more gravy
Thabo Mokone | 30 March, 2014 08:21
Politicians want free flights for 10 years after they retire.

According to the proposal, MPs who retire will be able to get up to 24 free flights a year for 10 years - at taxpayers' expense.

Critics have blasted the scheme, saying it makes parliament little more than a glorified gravy plane. The perks also include free flights for spouses.

This latest proposal flies in the face of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's repeated calls for the restrained use of public money, including less travelling by public officials, and a litany of extreme examples of wasteful public expenditure such as Nkandlagate.

The benefit will apply to parliamentarians who do not make it back to the legislature after May's election, including disgraced former communications minister Dina Pule, who this week withdrew from the ANC's parliamentary list after a public outcry.

In terms of the new post-retirement travel benefit for MPs, adopted by parliament's oversight authority a fortnight ago, former MPs and their spouses will get between eight and 24 free flights a year over the next decade.

The authority recommends that retired MPs and their spouses be given free flights at taxpayers' expense based on the number of years they served in parliament.

In terms of the proposal, an MP would qualify for eight economy-class tickets a year for 10 years after serving one term, 16 such flights a year for 10 years after serving two terms, and 24 business-class tickets a year for 10 years after serving three terms in parliament.

Parliament's oversight authority also wants the retirement travel benefit extended to all 430 members of the nine provincial legislatures.

The oversight authority is the highest policymaking body for parliamentarians and comprises senior MPs, including speaker Max Sisulu, National Council of Provinces chairman Mninwa Mahlangu, ANC chief whip Stone Sizani and Democratic Alliance chief whip Watty Watson.

A Sunday Times calculation estimates that parliament would fork out R10,6-million a year or R106-million over 10 years if the benefit was extended to all 454 MPs and 430 members of provincial legislatures if they served at least one term.

Parliament's travel plans could still be halted if Gordhan decides against it because of the huge costs.

The proposal is contained in parliament's oversight authority's annual report for 2013, tabled recently.

It was made following a two-year review of parliament's travel facilities policy.

DA deputy chief whip Sandy Kalyan, who served on the task team that reviewed the travel policy, said the idea was to "level the playing field" between the benefits granted to former MPs and those given to former ministers and deputy ministers.

"Currently, former ministers and former deputy ministers are entitled to 78 single tickets per year and former MPs receive four tickets per year.

"We believed it to represent a disparity," said Kalyan.

Sisulu has now been instructed by parliament's oversight authority to discuss the implementation of this proposal with Gordhan and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in his capacity as leader of government business in parliament.

Parliament, which last year had a budget of more than R224-million to provide travel and other facilities to MPs, asked auditing firm KPMG to conduct an estimate of the costs. Spokesman Luzuko Jacobs has declined to provide the figure.

Gordhan's spokesman, Jabulani Sikhakhane, said the MPs had not yet taken their request to the Treasury.

"The ministry of finance has not been approached on this matter, but the financial implications of the proposal would have to be considered in the context of a constrained fiscal environment," said Sikhakhane.

An ANC MP and another one from the Congress of the People (COPE), who each requested to remain anonymous, said parliamentarians were entitled to free air travel in their retirement.

They dismissed suggestions that the benefit was an extended gravy plane, saying it allowed retired MPs to continue their work as community activists.

"People don't understand parliament and the work it does and the value people add.

"If you value parliamentary work, you will value the contribution that every member can make. But if you want to be dismissive of parliament, you will definitely see it as a problem," said the ANC MP.

The COPE MP said: "I know you guys in the media don't think so, but I definitely don't think it's unfair."

But the DA's Dianne Kohler Barnard expressed shock at the proposal.

"This is now ensuring that the length of the feeding trough is extended for another decade. Is there no end to the amount of money that the ANC people will wring out of taxpayers?"

She was adamant that retired MPs should not be entitled to such a perk.

"This is a massive expenditure on the part of the taxpayer.

"It's as though they [the government] think the taxpayer's pocket is infinitely deep and they will go on and on digging out the money."

The proposed retirement travel benefit would be an addition to existing perks enjoyed by serving MPs.

Each serving MP is entitled to 86 return domestic flights a year.

Their children who are still studying can also claim travel vouchers to fly between home and their place of study during holidays.

When travelling overseas on study tours, MPs fly business class.

Earlier this month, parliament also approved a "generous" leave policy for MPs.

It has granted 11 categories of leave for MPs, including "religious leave", five days leave to attend traditional initiation schools, leave for court appearances and leave to attend to private business activities.

Several years ago, a significant number of ANC MPs faced criminal charges after being implicated in a travel-voucher scam that involved the abuse of their travel privileges from parliament.

Some had used parliamentary travel vouchers to go on overseas holiday trips with their family members. - Additional reporting by Prega Govender

unstable load
31st Mar 2014, 17:00
Politicians should serve 2 terms.
The first in Office, the second in jail.
Having said that, for me the DA is the more acceptable of the available evils in SA's upcoming election. Will they win the election? NEVER!
All I'd be happy with is them keeping the Western Cape and winning another province, just to rattle the cANCer's cage a bit.

Politicians are a step above tow truck driver and estate agents in SA, a small step.

31st Mar 2014, 17:28
President did not ask for improvements therefore he should not pay for them (http://www.news24.com/Elections/News/I-didnt-ask-for-Nkandla-upgrade-Zuma-20140331).
You couldn't make it up could you!

Solid Rust Twotter
31st Mar 2014, 19:32
Sadly, the totally ludicrous is a completely acceptable excuse for those in power. They've reached the point where they believe their own bullshit.

Tipping point? I think we may already be beyond redemption.

1st Apr 2014, 01:52
I thought the tipping point was years ago. I've encouraged white South Africans to get out for 20 years and offered to help them do so. I'm afraid there is no hope there for you and you need ultimately to let it go.

1st Apr 2014, 06:58
Trossie I read your reply a few days ago and meant to respond properly and forgot. Was a bit short of time last week as I was preparing and travelling for a very difficult assignment this week which is taking up most of my time. Infuriating how work gets in the way of things and I wonder how I ever managed to have a 'day job' and work full time!

There are some emotional aspects that I think you overlook, but your valuations of what constitutes quality of life, in many ways, are spot on. It's not just about 'a slightly bigger house', and so on.

Don't have time now! And BenThere, if only it were that easy for many to leave! Most can't and many won't.

Solid Rust Twotter
1st Apr 2014, 09:08
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1st Apr 2014, 12:48
DA announces upgrade to Helen Zille?s house | The South African (http://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/da-announces-upgrade-to-helen-zilles-house.htm)

Solid Rust Twotter
1st Apr 2014, 13:09
Checked the date, have we?:}

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Apr 2014, 06:31

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Apr 2014, 06:51
And yet another cANCer cheerleader discovers his idols have feet of clay. Bit late now, eh...?

Gareth Cliff's letter to the South African Government

Dear Government

OK, I get it, the President isn't the only one in charge. The ANC believes in "collective responsibility" (So that nobody has to get blamed when things get screwed up), so I address this to everyone in government - the whole lot of you - good, bad and ugly (That's you, Blade).

We were all so pleased with your renewed promises to deliver services (we'll forgive the fact that in some places people are worse off than in 1994); to root out corruption (so far your record is worse than under Mbeki, Mandela or the Apartheid regime - what with family members becoming overnight millionaires); and build infrastructure (State tenders going disgustingly awry and pretty stadia standing empty notwithstanding) - and with the good job you did when FIFA were telling you what to do for a few months this year. Give yourselves half a pat on the back. Since President Sepp went off with his billions I'm afraid we have less to be proud of - Public Servants Strikes, more Presidential bastard children, increasing unemployment and a lack of leadership that allowed the Unions to make the elected government it's bitch. You should be more than a little worried - but you're not. Hence my letter. Here are some things that might have passed you by:

1. You have to stop corruption. Don't stop it because rich people moan about it and because it makes poor people feel that you are self-enriching parasites of state resources, but because it is a disease that will kill us all. It's simple - there is only so much money left to be plundered. When that money runs out, the plunderers will raise taxes, chase and drain all the remaining cash out of the country and be left with nothing but the rotting remains of what could have been the greatest success story of post-colonial Africa. It's called corruption because it decomposes the fabric of society. When someone is found guilty of corruption, don't go near them - it's catchy. Making yourself rich at the country's expense is what colonialists do.

2. Stop complaining about the media. You're only complaining about them because they show you up for how little you really do or care. If you were trying really hard, and you didn't drive the most expensive car in the land, or have a nephew who suddenly went from modesty to ostentatious opulence, we'd have only positive things to report. Think of Jay Naidoo, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi and Zwelinzima Vavi - they come under a lot of fire, but it's never embarrassing - always about their ideas, their positions, and is perfectly acceptable criticism for people in power to put up with. When the media go after Blade Nzimande, Siphiwe Nyanda and the President, they say we need a new piece of legislation to "make the media responsible". That's because they're being humiliated by the facts we uncover about them daily, not because there is an agenda in some newsroom. If there had been a free press during the reigns of Henry VIII, Idi Amin or Hitler, their regimes might just have been kept a little less destructive, and certainly would have been less brazen and unchecked.

3. Education is a disaster. We're the least literate and numerate country in Africa. Zimbabwe produces better school results and turns out smarter kids than we do. Our youth aren't usemployed, they're unemployable. Outcomes-based-education, Teachers' Unions and an attitude of mediocrity that discourages excellence have reduced us to a laughing stock. Our learners can't spell, read, add or subtract. What are all these people going to do? Become President? There's only one job like that. We need clever people, not average or stupid ones. the failure of the Education Department happened under your watch. Someone who writes Matric now hadn't even started school under the Apartheid regime, so you cannot blame anyone but yourselves for this colossal cock-up. Fix it before three-quarters of our matrics end up begging on Oxford Road. Reward schools and teachers who deliver great pass rates and clever students into the system. Fire the teachers who march and neglect their classrooms.

4. Give up on BEE. It isn't working. Free shares for new black partnerships in old white companies has made everyone poorer except for Tokyo Sexwale. Giving people control of existing business won't make more jobs either. In fact, big companies aren't growing, they're reducing staff and costs. The key is entrepreneurship. People with initiative, creative ideas and small companies must be given tax breaks and assistance. Young black professionals must be encouraged to start their own businesses rather than join a big corporation's board as their token black shareholder or director. Government must also stop thinking that state employment is a way to decrease unemployment - it isn't - it's a tax burden. India and China are churning out new, brilliant, qualified people at a rate that makes us look like losers. South Africa has a proud history of innovation, pioneering and genius. This is the only way we can advance our society and economy beyond merely coping.

5. Stop squabbling over power. Offices are not there for you to occupy (or be deployed to) and aggrandize yourself. Offices in government are there to provide a service. If you think outrageous salaries, big German cars, first-class travel and state housing are the reasons to aspire to leadership, you're in the wrong business - you should be working for a dysfunctional, tumbledown parastatal (or Glenn Agliotti). We don't care who the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces is if we don't have running water, electricity, schools and clean streets. You work for us. Do your job, don't imagine you ARE your job.

6. Stop renaming things. Build new things to name. If I live in a street down which the sewage runs, I don't care if it's called Hans Strijdom or Malibongwe. Calling it something nice and new won't make it smell nice and new. Re-branding is something Cell C do with Trevor Noah, not something you can whitewash your lack of delivery with.

7. Don't think you'll be in power forever. People aren't as stupid as you think we are. We know you sit around laughing about how much you get away with. We'll take you down, either at the polls - or if it comes down to the wire - by revolution (Yes, Julius, the real kind, not the one you imagine happened in 2008). Careless, wasteful and wanton government is a thing of the past. The days of thin propaganda and idealized struggle are over. The people put you in power - they will take you out of it. Africa is tired of tin-pot dictators, one-party states and banana republics. We know who we are now, we care about our future - and so should you.

Please forward to all civilized people in the world!

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Apr 2014, 13:17
Yet another carriage hooked up to the gravy train. You couldn't make up this shyt.

Free State dairy project damned in treasury investigation

07 Feb 2014 00:00Sam Sole, Tabelo Timse, Stefaans Brümmer

A controversial R570-million Free State dairy project is riddled with irregularities, investigators for the national treasury have found.

A controversial R570-million Free State dairy project was riddled with irregularities, investigators for the national treasury have found.

Exclusive material from the investigation shows that the treasury launched a full-scale investigation of the Estina dairy following several Mail & Guardian exposés about it in mid-2013. The reports suggested the deal with Estina – a company without agricultural experience and led by a computer sales manager – flouted treasury rules and was designed to milk provincial government coffers.

The articles also flagged allegations of the Gupta family’s proximity to the project and several of the role players.

Until recently, the treasury would not confirm that an investigation was taking place.

Now a document obtained by ama*Bhungane shows that in Oct*ober last year a forensic team was dispatched by the treasury to Bloemfontein to question officials about the bizarre contract to develop a large dairy and milk processing plant in the northeastern Free State town of Vrede.

Investigators were shocked by what they heard, including:

The Free State agriculture department did not follow any supply-chain procedures when agreeing to fund the project through Estina, a private company;
The department did no due diligence on Estina or its claimed partnership with Paras, a major dairy company in India. Paras subsequently denied any involvement;
The Free State paid grants directly into Estina's bank account and the responsible official admitted she had no real evidence of how the money was being spent;
A "feasibility study" was done only after the contract was signed;
It appears the "loosely drafted" contract – skewed in Estina's favour – was drawn up by Premier Ace Magashule's legal adviser. The contract commits the department to shelling out R342-million and Estina will be billed for the balance of the R570-million project cost "if necessary";
Small-scale farmers, who were supposed to be beneficiaries of a 51% share in the scheme, were only identified recently and the official could not explain how they were chosen; and
Approval for the project was rushed through despite the fact there was no budget, no feasibility study and no urgency.

One of the investigators remarked in apparent exasperation: "Estina is using government's money to establish a plant, putting cows on land that is given by government rent-free. Now they get to make a fortune off the infrastructure."

The disclosures are made in a confidential transcript, which records an extraordinary interview with the Free State department of agriculture chief financial officer, Dipatle Dlamini.

Dlamini was questioned on October 9 2013 by two forensic executives, Suad Jacobs and Trevor Barnard, of the law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenberg (ENS).

ENS conducted other interviews – to which amaBhungane has not had access – and has since completed its report to the treasury.

It is not known what their final conclusions were.

Despite the damning admissions, the treasury seems hamstrung by devolved accountability that makes it difficult for the national department to intervene in provincial procurement.

Political sensitivities
There are also political sensitivities, given that the project is publicly associated with allies of President Jacob Zuma, including Magashule and the influential Gupta family.

Although there is no evidence that the Guptas are beneficiaries or involved in the irregularities, their proximity does raise the question of whether political connectivity played a role.

For months, the treasury refused to respond to questions from amaBhungane. When confronted with the evidence contained in the transcript, a source within the department confirmed that the issue was a political hot potato.

But the treasury spokesperson, Jabulani Sikhakhane, would only say: "National treasury is still studying the report, after which a decision will made on the way forward."

The transcript reveals that the dairy project appears to have been conceived during a visit to India by senior department officials and the then agriculture MEC, Mosebenzi Zwane, whose home town is Vrede.

The trip was signed off by Magashule, a close ally of Zwane.

Following the visit, officials in Bloemfontein were summoned to a presentation on the dairy project by Estina on May 24 2012.

Just three days later, on May 27, the head of department wrote to Estina accepting the proposal. On June 13, Magashule's legislature approved the deal.

The Free State government failed to respond to detailed questions but appears determined to press on with the project.

In a written response to a question in the provincial legislature in November last year, the MEC for agriculture, Mamiki Qabathe, said the project should be completed by July 2015. She detailed R114-million in expenditure so far, which includes 351 dairy cows at a cost of R6.2-million, a price that the opposition Democratic Alliance has noted is nearly double the market rate.

AmaBhungane was also told that about 30 cows and calves have already died – and this week saw many carcasses that had been dumped in a gully on the Vrede property. These losses suggest the project was poorly conceived and is being poorly run.

Other costs also seem inflated, such as a security gate and guard house for R2.6-million and a collection of basic tools – a spanner set and similar tools – for R2.5-million.

The doubtful beneficiaries
It appears there was a scramble to identify supposed beneficiaries of the dairy project only once the national treasury started asking difficult questions.

Local chair of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa) in Vrede, Ephraim Dlamini, told amaBhungane an urgent meeting was called in October last year by Mosebenzi Zwane, the former agriculture MEC.

"The hall was full of people, most I didn't know who they are. We were told to bring a copy of our IDs and you submitted names and addresses.

"Zwane gave a good speech about how we are going to be owners of this farm because we will own 51%. He begged us not to sell shares to anyone even if they offer millions.

"I warned people not to sign anything without fully understanding what is going on."

What breaks his heart, Dlamini said, is that people who had few cows sold them because they were promised they were going to get cows from the dairy, "but so far not a single person has received anything". He said beneficiaries appeared to have been "already chosen" by the politicians.

Dlamini said he understood that people were desperate: "But, by the look of things, this is not going to go anywhere and people will be worse off.

"Politicians don't understand … these are people's lives. They have this habit of doing things as if they have community support and then when they get caught they come to the people to legitimise these fly-by-night projects. It's nothing we haven’t seen before." – amaBhungane reporters

Mass grave points to daily deaths
Mystery surrounds a stinking stack of nearly 30 dead cows that were dumped in a ditch on the Vrede dairy farm project on the outskirts of the northeastern Free State town. The place where the animals were dumped is about four metres away from a river that provides Vrede with its drinking water.

It is clear from the state of some of the carcasses that some of the animals died quite recently, even as late as Wednesday, February 5. The site, visited by amaBhungane this week, is not far from the actual dairy where the more than 300 cows are milked, and backs up rumours that cows are dying on an almost daily basis on the controversial farm. Residents of the nearby Thembelihle township said they were concerned that diseases might spread as no one could offer any explanation for the deaths.

Along the R34 national road from Vrede to Newcastle, amaBhungane used the second entrance to the Vrede dairy farm and had to walk for about 2km. The sickly odour was present way before the actual site. The section where the cows were dumped was not easy to find as it was hidden among patches of tall bluegum trees, with overgrown grass in the area.

The smelly ditch was infested with clouds of flies hovering over the piles of decomposing cows. It looked as though three of the carcasses were dumped quite recently. One of them, a Friesland dairy cow, lay on the flattened remains of many other decomposing cows. The ears of many of them had been cut off.

A source who did not want to be identified said the fact that the makeshift graveyard was situated so close to a strategic water source was a health *hazard, especially if it rained.

AmaBhungane could not establish the cause of death as the farm's project manager, Chandrana Prasad, did not respond to questions.

Vrede's municipality could also not be reached for comment. *– Tabelo Timse

Free State dairy project damned in treasury investigation | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2014-02-06-free-state-dairy-project-damned-in-treasury-investigation)

4th Apr 2014, 23:58
Sadly not the black blokes in that regiment...


Mac the Knife
5th Apr 2014, 06:29
Politicsweb - The PP`s Nkandla report is the joke of the century - CLEEBLAW - PARTY (http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71654?oid=585916&sn=Detail&pid=71616)



"Comrade Mbuyiseni Mathonsi, the Provincial Secretary of SADTU KwaZulu Natal, remains a disciplined leader of our revolutionary movement and has the responsibility to further provide direction and advance the decisions of the organisation. We therefore warn those who are bent on isolating him that he will ever remain the hope for the working class and the poor."

[SADTU is the South African Democratic Teachers Union]

5th Apr 2014, 11:12
I read it an noticed: "Presentation by Mbuyiseni Mathonsi at Durban City Hall on 01 April 2014."!

Solid Rust Twotter
7th Apr 2014, 08:36
The cANCer has a new plan to make people dependent on food aid and guarantee their votes in exchange for food. It's been tried in Zim where the country has gone from the bread basket of Africa to just another African basket case. Bit of a final solution for farmers (who are already under immense threat due to the high incidence of farm murders in SA) whiff about this, notwithstanding the name of this plan.

Report: Workers could get half of farms
Apr 06 2014 11:36

Johannesburg - Farmworkers on commercial farms could own half of the farms according to a new proposal government was considering, Rapport said on Sunday.

The proposal meant expropriating half of every commercial farm in South Africa and handing it over to farmworkers, according to the report.

The newspaper was in possession of a document named "Final Policy Proposals for Strengthening the Relative Rights of People Working the Land", which was discussed with agricultural organisations on Monday.

The historic owners would retain half of their farms and the state would pay for the 50% taken for the workers, Rapport said.

The money would not be paid to the farmowners but into a trust aimed at investing and developing the farm for all shareholders of the farm.


Farmworkers get shares in the farm based on the number of years of service and on the basis of their contribution in the development of the farm, according to the report.

The document was met with mixed reactions with Congress of SA Trade Union welcoming it while AgriSA said drafts of the policy proposals had already been opposed by them and other organisations in the sector.

AgriSA deputy president Theo de Jager said it was unworkable and probably unconstitutional.

"They could possibly lead to disinvestment in the sector and also threaten food security," he was quoted as saying.

The question here is: What about all those other productive farms that have been handed over and turned into barren wastelands by the new owners? SA has gone from being a nett exporter to a nett importer of food in a few years under this regime and their policies.

Solid Rust Twotter
7th Apr 2014, 12:49
One of the old cANCer cheerleaders again. He doesn't quite get it yet but is making good progress in the right direction...

Zuma: lies, bootlickers and consequences

In about five weeks from now, President Jacob Zuma will again lie to the people of South Africa, this time under oath.

When he gets sworn in as president after the May 7 election, he will raise his right hand and solemnly declare that he would “obey, observe, uphold and maintain the Constitution and all other laws of the Republic”.

No, he won’t. His behaviour during the Nkandla “upgrades” and his middle finger to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report showed clear disdain for the Constitution. The office of the Public Protector was created by the Constitution.

Why would he start upholding the Constitution now? All indications are that he will behave more and more like a president-for-life or an African monarch, because he gets away with it.

It is clear to me that Zuma either does not understand or does not accept that South Africa is a constitutional democracy rather than a Parliamentary democracy. The Constitution is supreme. It does not matter what the ANC’s majority in Parliament is, they can’t make laws or behave in a way that contradicts the letter and spirit of the constitution.

It appears from Thuli Madonsela’s report and the reaction to it that Zuma and his inner circle even questioned her right to investigate the president of the republic. They’re either mischievous or they haven’t read the Constitution. Chapter 9 states that the Public Protector has the power “to investigate any conduct in state affairs, or in the public administration in any sphere of government, that is alleged or suspected to be improper or to result in any impropriety or prejudice; to report on that conduct; and to take appropriate remedial action.” (The italics are mine.)

Occasionally, in an unguarded moment, we get a glimpse of the mentality that allowed Zuma to behave as if he’s untouchable. One such a moment was when the ANC’s chairman in North West, Supra Mahumapelo, said in his reaction to the Madonsela report: “They say Zuma is our president. We see him as our king. In the African tradition, a king must always be respected and embraced by everybody, regardless.”

But there is no chance Zuma will walk away from Nkandla unscathed. He will dodge this bullet for now and will be elected for a second term as president of South Africa, but it is highly unlikely that he will be allowed to serve a full term. The ANC leadership knows very well they could face defeat in the 2019 elections if Zuma is then still the president. These men and women now scrape and bow before Zuma and do his dirty work for him because they fear for their own political future, but if the party loses an election they will lose their jobs and accompanying power and privilege anyway. And when Zuma goes in a year or so, it will be with his presidency entirely defined by Nkandla and other scandals.

A trial in his future?

He could, of course, be forced out of office in an entirely different way. The High Court had, in the matter of one of Zuma’s rottweilers - former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli, established the principle that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) was obliged to explain the reasons why the criminal charges against him were dropped. If this principle is applied to Zuma in an upcoming court case, the NPA will face the embarrassment of acknowledging that the decision to drop the more than 700 criminal charges against the president was a political and not legal one. That would mean the charges would be reinstated and he would be put on trial. Much of the evidence against him had already been accepted by the court that found his “financial adviser”, Schabir Shaik, guilty of corruption and sent him to jail.

After the way Zuma had behaved in office over the last decade, not having this trial would be devastating to our national culture of accountability and equality before the law. But sending him to Pollsmoor in an orange suit would probably not be very good for stability.

I would personally support a presidential pardon after the court had sentenced him.

The last well-known pardon of a former president was when president Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon after the Watergate scandal. On March 19, just days before Madonsela released her report, I tweeted: “Watergate lessons for Nkandlagate: it's not so much the original sin but the denial and cover-up that'll nail you.”

The other similarity between Watergate and Nkandlagate is that Nixon wasn’t the only one lying. He had a whole team of sycophants covering up for him – as does Zuma.

The ANC’s reaction to the Madonsela report and its attacks on her are one of the ugliest stains on the party’s record since it was unbanned 24 years ago. It is a reminder that we can’t simply blame all ills in the party on Zuma. The rest of the leadership are willing participants in the cheapening of the old liberation movement’s dignity and respectability. This includes a man I had really hoped would keep the party on the straight and narrow after the Zuma faction took over, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

He was the one who said in his immediate reaction to the report that it really didn’t differ much from the inter-ministerial report on Nkandla. And then in his letter to the Speaker of Parliament Zuma himself said there were “stark differences both in respect of the findings as well as the remedial action proposed in the two reports”. In fact, he added: “In my experience in government I have not encountered such an anomaly.”

The ANC’s words mean nothing any more. This was what chief whip Stone Sizane, the man who had condemned the Madonsela report before reading it, said after Zuma’s evasive action to Parliament: “We are pleased with the president's response as it indeed illustrates the seriousness with which he regards the matter and demonstrates a clearest intention to act.” Ja, right.

It is appropriate to be reminded that in 1979 state president John Vorster had to resign in disgrace after he was found to have lied to Parliament about not knowing about the taxpayer money spent by the Department of Information. Even the ruling party and government during apartheid days regarded this as a mortal sin.

I know Madonsela found that Jacob Zuma had not “willfully” lied to Parliament. I think she blinked, or perhaps she decided to put that in so as not to push the ANC and government over the edge in their reaction to her report. Because from the rest of her report she makes it abundantly clear that she thought he had indeed willfully lied to Parliament. Still, that phrase constituted a stay-our-of-jail card for the president.

The ANC is probably going to win the May elections with a comfortable majority on May 7.

South African civil society will have to use every available instrument and every millimeter of democratic space to make sure the Nkandla report will have serious consequences for Zuma and his sycophants and not allow it to be dumped in the dustbin of history like Zuma’s other scandals.

Solid Rust Twotter
8th Apr 2014, 08:36
Dragging the national teams down to a level acceptable to this racist govt instead of choosing players on merit will do no one any good. No matter how good a sportsman is, if he fits the govt enforced demographic he'll forever be regarded as a token player fulfilling a quota who is there because of his skin colour rather than his skill. Many professional sports personalities have voiced their concern in this regard but the cANCer regime are hell bent on pushing their racist agenda at all costs.

Hard line taken on 'white' sport
Aphiwe Deklerk, David Isaacson, Liam del Carme and Telford Vice | 07 April, 2014 00:00

Failure to field 60% black players will lead to the Proteas, the Springboks and Bafana Bafana being banned from representing South Africa at international events.

This is according to resolutions taken by the Department of Sport following a meeting between Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula and the provincial MECs for sport on Saturday. They discussed a report, released last week, on the status of transformation in the most popular sports , rugby, cricket, netball, athletics and football.

Mbalula said the group decided to increase the 50/50 quota system to 60% representation after noting a "lack of willingness in implementing transformation, especially the enforcement of quotas".

Failure to implement the new quotas would result in withdrawal of any form of funding and support to federations and sport bodies, he said.

"[We will] withdraw the national colours of any federation that is hell-bent on the current set-up and status quo."

Mbalula said his department would block sponsorship of any sports association that was hostile to transformation. Bidding for and hosting sports events would become illegal without government approval.

The 60% requirement would come into effect immediately.

"The Minmec [ministers and MECs] recommended that it must happen right away. We are going to engage and inform rugby and all the other sporting codes that this is something that has to happen.

"[We will be demanding] development plans from the South African Rugby Union, South African Football Association, Cricket South Africa, Athletics South Africa and Netball South Africa as a matter of urgency and with immediate effect."

All the resolutions of the meeting had to be implemented before the new government administration took office after the May 7 general elections, Mbalula said.

Asked about possible resistance from sponsors, he said he had not heard "anybody" argue against the new quota, but he "would cross that bridge when I get there".

"Transformation is not going to be easy so we have to talk to them. I have instructed my people to engage the private sector equally because they are the biggest investors in sports transformation and sports in general," he said.

Saru spokesman Andy Colquhoun, who could not reach the union's CEO Jurie Roux for comment, asked: "Is the minister asking us to implement a quota of 13 black players in Super rugby teams from next Saturday and the Boks from June, for instance? There is a lot that needs to be understood ."

CSA spokesman Altaaf Kazi said it was still waiting for a meeting with Mbalula about the report on the pilot study on transformation.

"We are not in a position to comment on the statement as the minister might want to explain what he meant when he finally meets us," he said.

Sascoc president Gideon Sam agreed that many federations were failing in terms of development.

"We are seeing it for the Anoca Games ['African Olympic Games for youth] in Botswana later this year. Some federations cannot submit teams," he said, singling out shooting and archery.

"Shooting says the problem is that they've been banned from schools [as a sport]," said Sam.

Lions cricket coach Geoff Toyana said: "We are going in the right direction at CSA, but if there is a quota it could help. We have been through the days of black batsmen coming in at Nos 8, 9, 10 and 11, and black bowlers who bat at No9 and don't bowl.

"That doesn't make sense. Transformation is about giving players quality opportunities. We've done that at the Lions and the players haven't disgraced themselves. I'll be happy if something like this happens. I would support it."

Solid Rust Twotter
9th Apr 2014, 08:20
Back in the day the media were vocal opponents of the old regime and picked up a fair bit of flak for it. Seems the current regime have difficulty with the fact their cheerleaders have finally seen them for who they really are. You couldn't make up this shyt....

Nkandla articles 'white people's lies'

2014-04-09 08:12

Durban - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has described articles about President Jacob Zuma and his Nkandla homestead as "white people's lies", the SABC reported on Wednesday.

He said the reports were "lies perpetuated by white people", according to the broadcaster.

Nzimande, speaking at the University of Zululand, praised Zuma and said it was appropriate to honour him for his contribution to peace in KwaZulu-Natal and education in the country.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela last month found that Zuma and his family had improperly benefited from R246m security upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

'White owners'

The Witnessreported last week that Nzimande had also criticised newspaper coverage of the Nkandla issue, saying reporting was biased.

Speaking at a launch in Pietermaritzburg, he said: "When I was growing up, we used to call the newspapers white man's lies… and they still are reporting for their white owners."

He continued that media coverage of the Nkandla issue was meant to demean Zuma, according to The Witness.

- Sapa and The Witness

There you go folks. All that fuss to replace one set of arseholes with an even more inept and irresponsible set. The shyt remains the same, only the flies have changed.

Solid Rust Twotter
9th Apr 2014, 18:56
It just gets better and better...

People who are paid social welfare grants but who vote for opposition parties were stealing from the government.

That’s according to KwaZulu-Natal Agriculture and Environmental Affairs MEC Meshack Radebe, who was speaking in the presence of President Jacob Zuma in Greytown during his provincial roadshow on Tuesday.

Radebe’s previous portfolio was social development.

“Nxamalala (Zuma) has increased grants, but there are people who are stealing them by voting for opposition parties,” he said.

“If you are in the opposition, you are like a person who comes to my house, eats my food and then insults me.”

Radebe said those who intended voting for opposition parties should “stay away from the grant”.

The human rights organisation Black Sash called on Radebe to retract his comments, which were made in Zulu to a rural audience.

The Mercury

Solid Rust Twotter
9th Apr 2014, 19:04
....And better...

The useful idiots who wished this on SA need to give their heads a good wobble.

DA using witchcraft in Cape - Mbalula

April 7 2014 at 11:53am
By Xolani Koyana


Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula addresses ANC supporters at the Lusaka Community Hall in Nyanga. Photo: Courtney Africa

Cape Town - Politics turned surreal on Sunday as Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula compared the DA’s governing of the Western Cape to witchcraft - and urged residents to summon the help of tokoloshes.

Mbalula spoke in Nyanga on the occasion of commemorating the 35th anniversary of Solomon Mahlangu’s death.

Mahlangu was an Umkhonto we Sizwe freedom fighter, who at the age of 23 was hanged by the apartheid government on April 6, 1979.

“This thing of witchcraft is when a witch does nothing for the people but they still get re-elected. This is what we find ourselves in here in the Western Cape. We are being governed by witches,” Mbalula told the crowd at the Lusaka Community Hall.

In his speech, Mbalula laid into the DA-led provincial government and what he termed a failure to deliver for poor communities.

“These witches are oppressing us, they are trampling on us. Where are the tokoloshes and the (sangomas) so that we can chase these witches away?

“It is witchcraft to let people live with faeces inside their own homes and have no proper toilets. This is the same province where farmworkers are not paid with money but in the dop system.”

“It is the same place where our people are called refugees. What do you call that? Witchcraft,” he added.

He was welcomed with cheers, dance and song by about 120 people, mostly ANC supporters. Mbalula said South Africans elsewhere enjoyed freedom while those in the Western Cape remained oppressed under the DA. There was little development in townships and young people were unemployed because the DA-led government was not creating jobs for them, Mbalula said.

He said that this would change if they elected ANC to govern the province. Premier Helen Zille had done nothing to improve the lives of poor people in the province, even during her time as mayor of Cape Town, Mbalula said.

Mbalula said ANC supporters should not allow themselves to be misled into joining other parties by people who speak ill of the party. Those were the same people who were trying to turn supporters against President Jacob Zuma in an attempt to cut its numbers.

“They are talking about a report that says comrade Zuma stole money from the state… No one is stopping the theft being promoted by Zille in the Western Cape. You don’t hear anyone making any noise about that R10 billion is gone, spent on consultants by Helen Zille. This does not come from the ANC; it is from the auditor-general.”

Despite the report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Mbalula said the ANC would not abandon Zuma.

“This thing that we must leave comrade Zuma in a shambles is a delusion… The theft that happened in Nkandla is because there are a lot of crooks in Public Works. These thieves inflated the prices.

“Msholozi (Zuma) can’t oversee everything that happened there and these thieves took advantage of that,” Mbalula said.

ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile said ANC supporters should go out to vote next month because they can’t leave the country “to idiots like the EFF and witches like Helen Zille”.

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13th Apr 2014, 14:15
Here's a snippet from the Star.

Letter: End is nigh for JZ and his party - The Star | IOL.co.za (http://www.iol.co.za/the-star/letter-end-is-nigh-for-jz-and-his-party-1.1674917#.U0qakl5U3eI)

Solid Rust Twotter
13th Apr 2014, 18:50
Wouldn't hold my breath. Shit has a way of hanging about....

13th Apr 2014, 23:04
Soos was dit in die ou dae! ;)

Niks het verander...

Take A Chance radio show Darryl Jooste and Michael Mayer - YouTube


14th Apr 2014, 10:03
Thanks Caco. Been trying for years to remember Michael Mayer's name! One of my favourite sketches by the pair was "The Crunchie Granola Robbery". :ok:

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Apr 2014, 11:33
Seriously, you couldn't make up this shyt...

Moments after pleading poverty in front of several thousands of his supporters, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema hit the skies in a helicopter, heading to his next rally.

Malema told EFF supporters at the University of Venda sports grounds in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, today that his party was broke.

“We’re an organisation with a zero balance in the bank but our rally looks like that of people with money. We live on donations but our rallies are well attended. We don’t have money; we have nothing but imagine if we had resources and could afford to give all of you T-shirts and berets. This whole campus would be painted red,” he said. “We’re an organisation of orphans; an organisation of poor but loving people.”

While he was addressing the rally, a helicopter hovered over the venue, preparing to land. Malema continued to speak despite the noise. He later apologised for the disturbance.

“I want to apologise for this chopper, which was disrupting out meeting. I think someone called these people to come here and that is disrespectful. Don’t call choppers to places where there is a meeting; you must learn to respect our meetings. So for that I am very sorry,” he said.

Malema said this, only to be seen boarding the aircraft minutes later, leaving dust on the ground as thousands watched it take off.

After his speech, Malema was taken to the sports stadium next to the open field where he was addressing the rally. Many flocked there and climbed walls to get a glimpse of Malema’s helicopter behind the stadium walls.

Economic Fredom Fighters leader, Julius Malema, called President Jacob Zuma a "domkop" and apologised for his role in the ousting of former President Thabo Mbeki.

Malema was speaking at an EFF election rally in Mdantsane, East London over the weekend.

The former ANC Youth League leader said that replacing Mbeki with Zuma had been a "terrible mistake" and apologised to the Eastern Cape people for his role in it.

"We treated one of your own in a manner that was not correct. We did not listen to the silent communication and advice from President Mbeki. The people of Eastern Cape must find it in their hearts to forgive us for leading such an uniformed revolution.

"Today, Nigeria is number one economically in Africa because of that 'domkop' we have here for a president. The man can't think. Don't mistake a big head for a big mind. There are no ideas coming from that man," Malema said in a City Press report."

"We are in a mess because we removed Mbeki and replaced him with nothing," he said.

Malema also hit out at the ANC's alliance partner, Cosatu, saying that it had sold out by allowing ANC deputy-president Cyril Ramaphosa to broker an agreement between the trade federation and Numsa over the reinstatement suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

"How can Irvin Jim and Zwelinzima Vavi listen to Ramaphosa, a billionaire, about how a union should conduct itself? EFF is going to form its own union to fight for the working class."

Malema said that the EFF was the only party that would fight for the poor and the working class.

Solid Rust Twotter
15th Apr 2014, 12:36

15th Apr 2014, 13:55
I have no dog in this fight, other than one SA friend (Army captain, now deceased) and some friends who've worked there at the SAAO Sutherland Observatory, but I'd like to say thanks to Cape, SRT and the others who are keeping us abreast of the stuff that doesn't seem to make it into the UK mainstream media.

Cheers, guys! :ok:

Solid Rust Twotter
17th Apr 2014, 08:03
Sadly Mr P, now that the goal has been achieved, reality is put on hold by those who agitated for this to happen.

The DA bleat about what the cANCer are doing, yet back them up on practices that will surely sink the economy. To be honest, they're nothing more than ANC Lite and possibly the lesser of two evils. Putting them in power may slow the decay for a few years but it won't fix the problem.

Ayisafani: The full story

Mmusi Maimane
14 Apr 2014 10:46 (South Africa)

It’s not just the much talked about Ayisafani ad that was banned: actually, the SABC also pulled every single one of the DA’s ads off all of its 11 public radio stations across the country. Add to this the other four signs of a democracy under threat, and we should all be very concerned indeed.

As you read this, the DA’s Ayisafani ad campaign is probably still banned from the airwaves by the public broadcaster, the SABC.

We launched the Ayisafani campaign in Bekkersdal last week because we believe, as the slogan says, that the ANC has changed under Jacob Zuma.

In the commercial, I speak of Presidents Mandela and Mbeki, and about how I voted ANC in the past. I make the point that the ANC has changed under President Zuma and cite examples of corruption like Nkandla, and how service delivery protests are increasingly being met with live ammunition by the police.

The commercial concludes by saying that together we can change this, and allow an environment that creates jobs for all South Africans.

I said nothing in that commercial that I don’t personally believe, and certainly nothing worthy of being banned from national television.

The fact is this election is an historic opportunity to vote for change that will bring jobs and cut corruption.

In Gauteng, more than anywhere else, this change is possible as polls tell us the election will be extremely close. More so the overwhelming response to the Ayisafani campaign was steadily sending the polls in the direction of change.

And that’s exactly why the SABC pulled our ad campaign. Many people don’t know this but the Ayisafani ad was not the only commercial the SABC banned. In fact, the SABC also pulled every single one of the DA’s ads off all of its 11 public radio stations across the country.

Amongst the radio adverts taken off air was the DA’s national offer to voters. Below is the full script. You decide if this is an ad that should be banned from free-thinking South Africans hearing it:

“It’s clear that our country needs jobs. More jobs means less crime and a better life for everyone. The DA will carry out a plan that the South African Reserve Bank says will create six million real, permanent jobs.

“It starts by cutting corruption and improving education. Then it boosts support for small businesses and creates a million internships to expand work experience.

“I’m looking forward to voting for a party that will restart progress to a better life. Vote DA. Together for change, together for jobs.”

At the time of writing, the Ayisafani TV commercial had generated over 150,000 views on Youtube.

But these views are absolutely nothing compared to the massive reach of SABC TV and radio. Radio stations like Ukhozi FM and Metro reach around six million listeners each. SABC 1 news reaches nine million people each day, with SABC 2 and 3 reaching about five million people each.

Advertising on the SABC is vital for a political party in an election campaign. Banning this advertising for no good reason is one of the most blatant attempts to undermine democracy since it began in 1994.

In banning the country’s second largest political party from the airwaves the SABC offered four reasons in an official letter to us:

That we were inciting violence against the police (by stating the facts that people have been killed by police bullets while protesting for a better life)
That we can’t publish “false” information that over R200 million was spent on Nkandla because this “had not been tested by a court of law” (even though its public knowledge that R246 million was spent on as stated by the Public Protector and confirmed as fair comment by the High Court in the ANC’s Nkandla SMS case against us)
That advertising standards say you can’t attack another product and this should apply to politics as will (meaning that in a democracy you can’t critique your opponents according to the SABC)
That the SABC will not tolerate parties engaging their opponents on the airwaves (in contrast to the nightly news bulletins where any number of stories are run with the ANC attacking its opponents).

As our commercials remain banned from the vital airwaves of the SABC, the ANC continues to get massive coverage on the public broadcaster.

Watch any news bulletin, on any channel, on any night and I guarantee you will see the same thing. The news starts with at least two full stories on the ANC and its various affiliates campaigning.

This is followed by a shorter story where up to six opposition parties are lumped into one insert with no clear message or visuals accurately reflecting the campaigning. In between these stories are the ad breaks where copious amounts of “good story” government advertising is run.

This is the machinery all South Africans who believe in change are up against. It is a wonder that polls still show the ANC below 50% in Gauteng, perhaps as a testament to the resilience of the spirit of people in support of change.

The fact is developments at the public broadcaster don’t just matter to one political party. They matter to all South Africans who care about a thriving democracy in this country.

I will never forget an international conference I attended in Berlin that spoke of the five signs of a democracy under threat:

- The manipulation of elections (as we saw in Tlokwe by-elections recently);

- the capturing of the public security sector (seen by Zuma loyalist appointments in the police, SIU and other crucial justice bodies);

- the blurring of the line between party and state (as we see in the extensive use of government resources to campaign for the ANC);

- the increasing size of government that centralises employment opportunities under the ruling party (as we see in the burgeoning size of government under Zuma);

- and, of course, the capturing of the free media by political bosses, as we see in the Ayisafani case.

The regulatory body for public broadcasting, ICASA, will rule on whether the SABC was justified in pulling our political adverts from the airwaves.

I do believe in ICASA to make a finding in favour of truth, justice and democracy.

If not, it will be the courts that will decide if this election will be fought on equal grounds, or whether the outcome will be manipulated by a party dead set on power at all costs. DM

The DA are not much better when it comes to selling out their principles to garner votes.

Solid Rust Twotter
18th Apr 2014, 18:24

21st Apr 2014, 15:40
I am sceptical about some of the figures quoted in this article, but the underlying facts are largely correct. The government distort figures, the police massage figures, much crime goes unreported, even more goes unsolved, and the authorities are part of the problem rather than part of the solution.

We have gone from a relatively benign and functioning dictatorship where the majority were denied the same rights as the ruling minority, to an evil, oppressive and corrupt kleptocracy under which the majority are worse off than before.

That is democracy, African style. Wonderful for the Zumas of the world, crap for the rest.

South Africa White Genocide Escalates: International Groups Seek Solution

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The daily escalation of murders in and around South Africa has drawn recognition from International groups seeking a solution for this crisis. The term genocide is the deliberate killing of large groups of people of a particular race or ethnic group. The country’s whites are the victims of racial killings spiraling out of control. The pointless and often brutal slayings have no agenda or motive by the attackers and often it is the innocent, elderly, and young who become victims.
Americans against White Genocide in South Africa,a group based in America, with the intention of seeking world attention on the white minority has lodged a claim with the International Criminal Courts in The Hague against genocide of whites. The group has received an acknowledgement receipt of the complaint and now awaits further action.
Their claim of genocide includes the murders of farmers, men women, and children who have been tortured, raped, and then killed. It is estimated that since 1994 over 70,000 whites have been murdered in cruel and often horrifying ways. The murder rate is four times higher than that of the general population.
Statistics reveal that many people are slaughtered without motives. When theft is a motive, the victim will be raped, tortured, and then murdered by the attacker. Attackers use brutal means to torture their victims and will burn them with an iron, pour boiling water or oil on their bodies, and cut their bodies with pangas and other dangerous weapons.
The stunning white genocide in South Africa is violent, and according to Genocide Watch, run by Professor Gregory Stanton, this has placed the white people at stages six and eight of genocide. Stage six is referred to as the preparation stage while stage seven is the extermination stage. Stanton was part of an anti-apartheid movement and often people refer to him as racist and dismiss his theories before attempting to listen to his claim. Genocide Watch is the only international human rights group willing to declare an “Alert” on the high murder rate of farmers. Opposed to all forms of racism from any source, this group supported the anti-apartheid movement.
The actual statistics are unknown because the South African police fail to report most murders and do not make a distinction between black and white victims in crime records. It is estimated that 50 murders are committed daily in the country. Since 1994 it is estimated that around 350,000 murders have been recorded, although this figure can include other races.
An official state census revealed the white population of South Africa to be 4,434,697 in 1996. More than 400,000 have emigrated. In the twenty years of democracy, 2 percent of whites have been murdered with the figures sharply increasing. A record of 7,518 black people was killed by the apartheid government, and this would result in a 0.02 percent of the black population. When taking into account these figures the apartheid government was proclaimed by many not to have been responsible for killing millions of black people. On average 100 percent more whites are killed than blacks are.
The killing of farmers is the most highlighted factor in the white genocide claim by the international group. More than 4,000 farmers have been killed since 1994, excluding the number of victims who survived the trauma, rape, and assault. This is an alarming percentage considering 10 percent of the farmers have been murdered in the last 20 years.
The theme of the genocide action is hate speech. People do not go about killing others because they are disadvantaged; they need to be called to act. The world ignores the hate speech spoken repeatedly by the African National Congress (ANC) party. Former ANC youth league leader Julius Malema defied a court ruling banning the singing of the “Kill the Boer” song. Ronald Lamola, current president of the ANC youth league, continues to outshine his predecessor by stepping up hate speech against Afrikaners.
Lamola claimed the land reform policy needed a forceful act of war and told his followers that it was an illusion to believe whites would hand over the land peacefully. Afriform, a South African civil-rights organization, has filed a complaint against Lamola for the use of hate speech.
It was a few hours after Lamola called for war that a 77-year-old farmer was murdered in Limpopo province. An American tourist found the deceased farmer and his critically injured wife.
Facebook and Twitter have now become the leading social media for people to express their anti-white hate speech. Propaganda spreads on the social media platform from liberation movements and the uninformed keep repeating the wrongs of apartheid. On the other side of the social media platform, groups are formed by whites and other activists proclaiming the need for protection of the white population.
The Economic Freedom Front (EFF), a new political party in South Africa and a contender in the May elections, launched a banner in October 2013 with the words “A revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate.” This banner caused a scandal and the social media sites buzzed with indignation over the hate speech. Another picture by the EFF that showed a banner displaying “Honeymoon over for whites in South Africa” also caused a flurry of attention. An EFF spokesperson denied any claim to these banners and dismissed this as propaganda.
Analysts of the Marikana mining massacre where 34 people were killed last year showed that many citizens believed the only answer for their voices and dissatisfaction to be heard by government was through violence. A deep-seated anger rages to the fore as the continued outbursts and killings continue daily.
Afriform listed ten reasons why South African farm murders should be prioritized and said the minister of police refuses to acknowledge the problem.
Mamphela Ramphele, the leader of a newly formed political party Agang SA, said Julius Malema, leader of the EFF, is South Africa’s own Hitler. She made the comparison based on the dangerous promises of land reform he made to the poor people as compared to Adolf Hitler and his promises ahead of World War II. While more than 38 percent of the country’s youth support the EFF, land reform policies remain the key to their success.
The government denies genocidal intentions although the South African Communist Party remains more open about the intent to drive whites out of the country. According to their report, whites are unwelcome settler colonialists with no role in the future. While several political parties and organizations have called on the government to declare the farm murders a top priority, their pleas are ignored. Former president F.W. De Klerk’s foundation accused the government of deliberately annihilating the white population in the country.
The international group from America continues to seek a solution to stop the white genocide in South Africa. All victims and racially intended harm is being recorded to statistically iron out the escalation of hate speech crime.

21st Apr 2014, 15:52
On 20 April 1964 - 50 years ago - Mandela, the lawyer, delivered a long and reasoned explanation of his position. ..........
The so-called "Speech from the Dock" ended with arguably the most famous and oft-quoted words of all his speeches:
"During my lifetime I have dedicated my life to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realised. But, My Lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die."

How sad it is that Mandela's hopes have turned to shit, suffering and poverty under the party he led to power for the majority in SA.

21st Apr 2014, 15:56
Add this one to the mixing pot:
Johannesburg - If the ANC wins the Western Cape in the 7 May general election, Cosatu will ask it to fire more than half the white senior civil servants, the Cape Argus reported on Thursday.

"Their employment would have to be terminated - and within a year," Congress of SA Trade Unions provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich was quoted as saying.

"They’ll have to go and start their own businesses. They are better placed to start their own businesses because they have both the networks and the historical infrastructure to do this."

He said the "sunset clauses" in relation to jobs were gone, and so should "continued white preference".

"The most recent figures we have are that senior management at the provincial government is made up of at least 57% whites," he said.

Whites made up only about 16% of the population.

"That means whites are over-represented in terms of the demographics of the Western Cape - so roughly half the whites in senior positions in provincial government would have to go," he said.
The glorious 'Rainbow Nation'!!!

Solid Rust Twotter
21st Apr 2014, 18:25
Plus ca change and all that....

The shit remains the same. Only the flies have changed.

Apparently that's all fine with the chattering classes who wished this upon SA...

Solid Rust Twotter
24th Apr 2014, 16:55
Once again everyone shakes their heads and wonders how this came about, despite predictions that this is pretty much exactly what would happen...

In the bowels of Africa's largest hospital, doctors carry out emergency surgery by the light of a cellphone while, in a nearby ward, seriously ill patients are sardined three-to-a-bed.

Twenty years after South Africans jubilantly swept apartheid aside, Johannesburg's Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, like many of the country's post-apartheid institutions, has failed to live up to the dream.

Away from the country's high-profile political scandals, a more pernicious institutional crisis is ravaging the "Rainbow Nation".

Small municipalities and large ministries are being eaten away by corruption, mismanagement and the enormity of serving all of the country's 51 million citizens, not just an elite few.

The problems are "systemic" and require a complete "overhaul" according to Phophi Ramathuba of the country's doctors association, but they are not limited to the health sector.

Education failure

In Limpopo 5 000 children had no textbooks for more than six months because the government stuffed-up a delivery contract.

Across the country the government has lowered the high school pass mark to 30% to ensure matriculation rates don't collapse under the weight of low-quality teachers, protected by government-allied unions.

At an upscale housing estate in Pretoria ill-trained or reckless police tramp through a suspected murder crime scene, putting their own case in jeopardy, while some investigations into the politically connected are dropped.

"The whole policing sector is a failed institution. It has become like a militia - like Haiti's Tonton Macoute," said political analyst Moeletsi Mbeki, the brother of former president Thabo, referring to the brutal paramilitary force created by ex-dictator Francois 'Papa Doc' Duvalier.

'Things have got worse'

And a facility that was once one of Africa's finest hospitals is now plagued by broken equipment, a lack of basic medicine and despite having 3 200 of them, a lack of beds.

At the advent of democracy on 27 April 1994 Baragwanath Hospital had a stellar reputation, receiving referral patients from far beyond South Africa's borders.

Its doctors had already successfully separated conjoined twins, while Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town was the first place in the world to successfully carry out a heart transplant.

With universal suffrage came a duty to care for tens of millions of black patients who had largely been denied access to quality care for most of the previous century under racist apartheid laws.

"Things have got worse, it's so bad, it's actually frightening," said a black senior doctor at the hospital who asked not to be named.

He remembers an incident two weeks ago when three very ill patients were forced to share a bed in an admission ward that checks in more than 100 patients each day.

"The one in the middle died and suddenly these two people were sandwiching a corpse," he recalled indignantly.

In another recent case a woman was forced to share a bed with a male patient.

State "hospitals were much better run under apartheid", he said, dismissing suggestions that the expansion of medical coverage to black patients is the root of the system's problems.

"There was less money that was going into corruption."

Corruption takes root

When the ANC took over governance 20 years ago, the party, by its own admission, lacked the capacity to run a government.

"We were taken from the bush, or from underground outside the country, or from prisons to come and take charge," the late Nelson Mandela recalled after becoming the country's first democratic president.

"We were suddenly thrown into this immense responsibility of running a highly developed country."

But 20 years on South Africans appear to be less understanding, with blame roundly piled on the governing party and its policies.

The party's leadership has "allowed corruption to take root, ran an ineffectual bureaucracy and education system, and spent millions on vanity projects," said analyst Max du Preez, in a recent book A Rumour of Spring.

While Mandela sought to retain all but the most politically-warped white civil servants needed to run the country, many still left. (Most were sacked to make way for those with a lower albedo, more pleasing to the current crop of race obsessed trough snufflers.)

They were replaced by party acolytes who too often used the public sector for self-enrichment, looting coffers through manipulation while the people were neglected through poor service delivery.

"The public service is incapable of fulfilling its obligations because of a lack of capacity among civil servants," said Wits University vice chancellor, Adam Habib.

This is a consequence of the government's "misguided cadre deployment policy".

"Corruption runs rampant and is not dealt with firmly because of party loyalties or inefficiencies in the system," he said in a recently published book South Africa's Suspended Revolution.

Not all is lost

Despite the bleak picture, the country is unlikely to turn into a failed state and a few institutions still function well.

"Our best institutions are the public protector, the constitutional court - in fact the courts, generally are very independent and these institutions are doing what they are supposed to be doing," said Mbeki.

"SARS (the South African Revenue Service) is efficient at collecting taxes, but it's being used by Zuma and company to harass his opponents.

"South Africa did not go into a tailspin which other African countries went into, is because we have a very strong and competently managed private sector," said Mbeki.

"This is what keeps the country shining."


Meanwhile, no surprises here.

A shortage of a key chemotherapy drug has halted treatment for certain cancer patients at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital.

Patients who need to be treated with Gemzar chemotherapy have been told that it is not available as the supplier has not been paid.

Gemzar is a chemotherapy drug used to treat non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, metastatic breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.

In one case, a breast cancer patient's chemotherapy was halted in the middle of a multi-week treatment, which is extremely dangerous.

This chemo drug shortage is totally unacceptable as it is endangering the lives of vulnerable patients.

We need swift action to procure this drug and answers as to why medicine shortages continue to happen at Gauteng state hospitals.

Eskom has asked government for a R50-billion "equity injection" to alleviate its cash-flow situation.

According to Business Day, the power utility will also approach the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa to review its tariffs.

"We have approached the government, through the Public Enterprises Department, to see if there’s a possibility of getting an equity injection," Eskom's finance director Tsholofelo Molefe told Business Day.

"As a minimum we may require R50bn, but that must come in addition to a tariff review."

According to a Rand Merchant Bank credit analyst, Elena Ilkova, Eskom needs the equity injection to stop its standalone credit rating from deteriorating further. Ilkova said that Eskom was currently undercapitalised and that a government guarantee would be a boost for bond investors.

A Public Enterprises Department spokesperson said that the department was considering ways to help Eskom but added that no financial assistance was being discussed yet.

According to Molefe, Eskom had run up huge diesel bills when its coal supply was soaked in the rain deluge earlier in the year. The power utility used the diesel to run its gas turbines for long periods to avoid blackouts but says that it had only budgeted R3bn for this and not the R10bn it ended up spending.

Eskom has also started servicing the debt it raised for the Kusile and Medupi power stations. The stations are not operational yet, due to various delays, and are thus not generating any revenue.

Molefe though was confident that Eskom's cash flow was stable.

This would be the same ESKOM whose top management are among the highest paid in the country. The money they want doesn't come from govt, but from the same people they're raping with constant price increases in exchange for piss poor service and no real maintenance, which leads to constant daily power failures.

Let's not even go into the amount of power stolen by illegal connections they're too frightened to go in and disconnect, or the cheap power exported over border to neighbouring countries, all subsidised by guess who....

24th Apr 2014, 17:02
Ah, but they got rid of the evil racist regime, and they got the democracy and freedom that the lefty snot-gobblers were bleating for, and now everyone should be happy and playing nicely in the sun. Just like Rhodesia where they overthrew the Ian Smith regime and they got that lovely Mugabe chap.

Where's Peter Permatan Hain by the way? Drowned in his own poisonous slime?

Solid Rust Twotter
24th Apr 2014, 19:09
Things to watch out for.

House robbery and break-in markings are making the rounds in the west again, and with some houses already targeted, police and the CPF are warning residents to be on the lookout. In recent weeks, several homeowners found suspicious-looking objects in front and around their properties.

Pretoria West Sector 1 deputy chairperson, Suzette Goosen, and her husband Koos recently discovered a suspicious brick on top of their electricity box. “We saw a brick on top of our power box just as we were about to leave for work. If I think about it now, there have been other occasions where there were boxes that we didn’t know the purpose of in our driveway as well.” Suzette added that the brick worried them, as they did not know when and if the criminals would strike.

Many residents do not take notice of the signs placed in front of their yard, as they think it is just rubbish lying around. Yolandi Pieterse, who used to live in Wespark’s property, was also a target a few months ago when she got back from work and found a tree branch and a red piece of cardboard in front of her gate. “I saw these strange items in my driveway when I got back from work. I stopped, looked around and was very scared. I sat in my car and wondered if I should get out or just leave.”

Pieterse said that she remembered receiving documents from the Sector 1 Policing Forum that warned residents of certain signs or objects left around houses to indicate that the property had been marked by criminals. She decided to drive around the block to check for anything or anyone suspicious. When she got back, she opened the gate to drive in and saw a man approaching her asking for money. She replied that she did not have any on her, but felt uncomfortable and suspicious. “The man left, so I quickly got into my car, drove into my yard and closed the gate. I then removed the tree branch and piece of cardboard, went into the house to get some clothes and left.”

After what happened, Pieterse is constantly scared. “My husband opens the gate for me every morning and afternoon, I never enter my yard on my own.” Members of the Community Policing Forum in Hercules and Pretoria West Sector 1 have been distributing a list of the markings that residents can look out for, urging residents to familiarise themselves them and learn the meaning behind the different markings and colours.

Residents should look out for the following: • a Z painted on a stop sign or on the road means that all the houses in the street are marked • piles of small stones are an indication of dogs and two big stones together means there are old people living in the house • red objects mean resistance, for example, two red tins means that the owner of the house is armed • white objects mean the house is an easy target • green objects are used as direction markers • blue objects mean the house is an easy target and there will be help from inside.

“Residents must be aware of anything that is suspicious outside their homes, on their fences, markings on perimeter walls or anything that is strange or suspicious and out of the ordinary,” Hercules CPF Sector 2 chairperson, Conrad Naudé, said. He added that residents could contact the police or their CPF for more information regarding the crime trends in the area.

Hercules police spokesperson, Captain Bonginkosi Msimango, confirmed that the police were aware of the markings used by criminals to attack, but no cases of robberies in the area using the markings had been reported. “It helps if residents know their community leaders, patrollers and neighbours. Our response time to incidents will be quicker.”

Here follows a list of markings that you need to look out for:


Z painted on stopsign or on road –houses in street targeted for burglary.

Pile of little stones – warns of dogs

Two big stones together – two old people

Stones placed in a row – indicates how many people in the house

Swastika painted on road – houses in street targeted for burglary.

Direction of the swastika indicates which house is the target.

Red: coke tin, red cloth, crisp packet etc – can expect resistance.

2 coke tins indicates that owner is armed.

Coke tin, opening towards the house – someone is home.

Upright coke tin – nobody home

White: sorghum carton, plastic bag - Easy target

Sorghum carton facing towards house – target marked

White plastic bag in fence – easy target

Green: direction marker

The direction that the bottle is pointing indicates the direction they should proceed.

Blue and/or blue and white: Clicks packets, etc - Easy target and someone inside will help.

Black – stock theft

Poisoning: If a dog dies suddenly or vomits, check for black specks in the vomit or white powder near the dog.

Please report all dog poisonings to the SAPS who MUST give you a case number.

Listen to your barking dog. Kiewiets (plovers) and geese are excellent watch dogs. They sound the alarm when a human encroaches on their territory. Become aware of their various calls.

Simba (or Lays) chip packets – normally neatly folded, but sometimes weighed down by something inside the packet

Crisp packet – facing the house - Owner at home

Crisp packet – facing the road - No-one home

Shoes and shoesoles near or by the gate - No-one home and direction of the shoes indicates the escape route

Wrong numbers on your house or cell phone – checking if you are home

Electricity off at the main box - When you go out at check, the house is open and the people inside are soft targets.

Strange items in front of your house, i.e. cardboard box, bricks, neighbour’s tree branch - Do not stop to remove. You will be a soft target.

Phone the police or your security company to assist you.

Brick – normally indicates a car to be stolen

2 or 3 bricks (normally new bricks) – house robbery

Action - Immediately remove and dispose of all markers. Instances of markers reappearing and being removed again. Apparently the person marking the area got into trouble with the syndicate.

Paint over marked road signs.

Markers cleared up while marker tout watches from a tree and re lays them once safe. Even those in security complexes are not safe with intruders being brought in and extracted with their spoils in the boot of cars or even renting a domicile in the complex from which they operate to rob other homes.

Keep your pavement neat and tidy. Remove all possible markers and dispose of.

Be aware at all times.

Solid Rust Twotter
26th Apr 2014, 07:36
The current regime have their tame public watchdogs censoring things they don't want people to see. What they're doing is scarily like things the old regime did, yet the silence from those in the so called free world who wished this on SA, is deafening.


The cartoon refers to cANCer electioneering by handing out food parcels, funded by the taxpayer.

For clarity:

IEC = "Independent" Electoral Commission (Riiiight...)

ICASA = "Independent" communications Authority of SA

SABC = South African public broadcaster paid for by licence fees and tax contributions, aka, the voice of the ANC

Icasa upholds SAPS complaint
2014-04-25 21:03

Johannesburg - A complaint by the SAPS regarding a DA election advert that contains a photo of a police officer shooting rubber bullets, was upheld the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) said on Friday.

"The election period tends to bring about a lot of volatility. The police should not be seen as a threat to the community," chairperson of Icasa's complaints and compliance committee Wandile Tutani said in Johannesburg.

"The offending part of the advert [must] be excised. That is our decision."

The DA's Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane, who was present at the ruling, disagreed, stating it was not right that conversation and commentary be restrained.

"It's an injustice and in fact we will be taking this decision under review at the high court."

On Thursday, the committee heard a complaint by the police against the DA's election advert. The SA Police Service contended the advert would incite violence against the police.

The televised advert shows Maimane standing in front of a mirror talking about the current state of the country. At one point he states that "the police are killing our people". This is accompanied by a photo of a police officer firing rubber bullets at two unarmed people.

Nick Ferreira, for the DA, told the committee on Thursday that the photograph was authentic and taken in Bekkersdal, Westonaria, in March.

Political criticism

The DA argued the advertisement was a form of political criticism aimed at the current government.

"Look at what those in power have allowed the police service to become," Ferreira said.

"[The current national government] allowed the police service to become brutal and violent. It has allowed for an upsurge in police brutality."

There were no closing arguments as the commission, the DA and SAPS decided these would be submitted in writing by 15:00 on Friday.

The commission watched additional footage the DA provided, describing them as examples of police brutality.

The police argued that Maimane's statement in the advert would "invite violent acts against the members of the SAPS".

William Mokhari, for the police, said the DA would suffer no harm if it removed the photo and Maimane's line. He said it was important for the committee to consider how people would interpret the DA's message.

Maimane's statement would "inflame members of the public against the police", he told the hearing.

The advert was previously banned by the SABC after it was flighted on 8 and 9 April. The public broadcaster said it incited violence.

The DA laid a complaint with Icasa, and a public hearing was held. The DA and SABC came to an agreement on 16 April after which the broadcaster again aired the advert.


Things the regime don't want the world to see...


26th Apr 2014, 08:19
Things the regime don't want the world to see.Ah yes. The left wing media used to be full of the howls of protest from the 'righteous' about the evil racist white supremacist regime oppressing the suffering minoirty. Funny how it's all gone quiet now that the ANC are doing it far more widely and brutally than before.

Solid Rust Twotter
26th Apr 2014, 09:59
A completely politicised public service, from the top tiers of govt, through the military and right down to metro cops and minor officials. SA has become a one party state under the cANCer in all but name.

eNCA reporter given 'hell' at ANC campaign
Elections 2014
Friday 25 April 2014 - 3:02pm


One of President Jacob Zuma's bodyguards is photographed taking eNCA journalist Nickolaus Bauer's cellphone and deleting photos on it. Picture: Beeld


eNCA reporter Nickolaus Bauer looks on as one of President Jacob Zuma's bodyguards deletes photos from his cellphone on 25 April 2014. Picture: Beeld

DUDUZA - An eNCA reporter was harassed earlier today by a member of the SAPS VIP protection services.

The officer forcibly took the reporter's phone, and deleted the pictures himself.

Nickolaus Bauer was covering the ANC campaigning in Duduza, Ekurhuleni, when he was confronted by a plain-clothed officer.

The man objected to Bauer taking pictures of a Gauteng traffic vehicle being used to transport ANC T- shirts. Officers were seen handing the t-shirts from the cop car to ANC officials.

The SAPS member demanded that Bauer delete the pictures on his cellphone.

After refusing, the officer forcibly took the reporter's phone, and deleted the pictures himself.

Other journalists, meanwhile, photographed this action, while another bodyguard asked that the pictures be deleted, failure of which would result "in us giving you hell".

Bauer has said the matter will be taken further, to ensure this doesn’t happen to other journalists in the future.
-Additional reporting Sapa

Solid Rust Twotter
4th May 2014, 13:04
And, as expected, a light tap on the wrist with a wet noodle. This is what happens when the line between party and state all but disappears under a de facto single party system. A heavily politicised civil service is but one symptom of the malady. The occurrences of this type of thing are myriad.

Meanwhile, still nothing but crickets and tumbleweeds from those who wished this shower upon SA.

Gauteng cops warned against helping parties

2014-05-04 10:04
Johannesburg - Gauteng traffic cops have been warned that they will be in hot water if they don’t stop using state resources to promote political parties ahead of Wednesday’s elections.

According to the Sunday Times, the warning, which was emailed to all staff last week, comes after two traffic officers, who were on duty, were caught ferrying and distributing ANC T-shirts at an election campaign event in Ekurhuleni recently.

The probe was launched after journalists saw a patrol car ferrying the T-shirts to the Duduza event.

After photographing officials handing out the T-shirts, members of President Jacob Zuma’s protection unit grabbed the journalist’s phone and deleted the pictures.

It is alleged that uniformed traffic officers also distributed T-shirts to people attending the rally.

4th May 2014, 14:01
It will be interesting to see the outcome of the election. I believe that the ANC and Zuma will be as firmly in power in a week's time as they are now, even if the DA increase their share of the vote. It will just entrench the inexorable slide towards a one-party state run by an autocratic racist buffoon supported by the corrupt mechanism of the state.

5th May 2014, 07:47
S.R.T., you are constantly referring to '... those who wished this shower upon SA'.

Well consider this: "Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite." South Africans have got, and will remain with, what they "mérite". They wished it upon themselves.

Until it becomes like South Sudan, not many people 'out there' will really care (and to be fair, how many South Africans really care about what might be going on 'out there'?).

Someone recently told me that SA has a fairly unique situation of having had 66 years of continuous bad government. I looked it up and, yes, next month (June 2014) that will come true.

Good Luck!

5th May 2014, 07:55
'Those who wished this shower on SA' are not the voters. They are the self-righteous pontificating lefties of the western world who interfered in the political balance of SA and Rhodesia, conspiring to bring down the governments of the time. (Peter Hain, anyone?)
The voters who brought about the catastrophes that are the ANC and ZANU-PF, largely uneducated and unsophisticated, were brainwashed and manipulated into voting for those parties. The same will happen on Wednesday, as the naive still believe that voting for any other party than the ANC is betraying the 'freedom' struggle and makes the voter a 'traitor' to the cause. This is what has been put about in the townships and this is how these evil and corrupt dictators perpetuate their grip on power.

5th May 2014, 13:57
Justice Malala writes:

President Jacob Zuma is not a fool. He makes gaffes every week and has no
idea what constitutionality means.

But he is not a fool.

He might not read - as has been alleged - but that does not mean he does not
know what levers have to be cranked to ensure that he never gets inside a

Since he became the president of the ANC in 2007, he has overseen the most
concerted and successful assault on the country's independent institutions.

The judiciary is today facing a major crisis of confidence because of cases
involving him at the Constitutional Court.

The minute he won the ANC presidency in Polokwane, the Scorpions - which had
been investigating him- were disbanded. It was quick, cruel and ruthless.

Over the past few months it has been the public protector's turn. In that
time, we have witnessed concerted and coordinated attacks from parliament,
the executive and various wings of the ANC on the office led by possibly the
most admired "public servant" in the nation today - Thuli Madonsela.

This past week we had the extraordinary sight of our security cluster -
which has over the past few weeks made fools of themselves saying all kinds
of nonsense about Madonsela - turning on the populace and declaring that
publication of pictures of the taxpayer-funded Nkandla monstrosity were
illegal and that the full might of the law would come down on those who
dared to do so. All this for one man: Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma.

The man is not a fool. He has managed to get Africa's oldest liberation
movement to become a tool for his protection.

Whatever he does - whether it is his friends the Guptas landing their planes
at military key points with impunity or a hideous compound being built for
him for R208-million, the man has got the party rushing to do his bidding..

And so one has to ask: Which ANC is this?

How can an organisation that refused to have a personality cult built around
Nelson Mandela allow itself to become a mere tool in the hands of Zuma? How
can its leaders cast aside the party's historical mission - to transform the
lives of millions of poor black people and build a united, non-racial,
prosperous and democratic country - to simply become gophers for Zuma?

Yet that is what the party's 86-member national executive committee has

ANC MPs are now introducing legislation that is aimed solely at protecting
this one man.

Across the land, provincial party leaders hobble state machinery merely to
protect and keep this one compromised leader out of jail and in power.

It is an incredible sight.

Once proud leaders who served our nation in exile, in the United Democratic
Front and in trade unions now scrape and bow before one man.

The ANC no longer has leaders. It has zombies who mindlessly follow this one
leader and do his bidding.

It is quite extraordinary.

What has happened to the culture of debate and contestation that once
permeated this movement?

What happened to the pride that made this once great organisation stand up
and expel people who muddied its name?

How can this lot walk in the shoes of Albert Luthuli, AP Mda, Anton Lembede,
Pixley kaIsaka Seme?

So, as we look at the extraordinary lengths that the current ANC
"leadership" has gone to defend an embarrassment of a leader whose entire
family seems to be infused by a shocking culture of entitlement - Zuma's
brother, Michael, last week admitted using his name to swing tenders to his
benefactors - we have to ask: Where is the ANC?

The answer is heart-breaking: The ANC is compromised; it is lost.

It has lost its moral compass and its leadership of society.

The man at its head is a reflection of what the party is: ill-disciplined,
compromised and unprincipled.

The desperation one sees among the ANC's leaders is a reflection of this.
When a man as widely admired as Cyril Ramaphosa has no other argument to
convince a voter to still support the ANC than "the Boers will return", then
you know that this is a movement that is both intellectually and morally
bankrupt. The emperor and his lieutenants have no clothes.

And so we will remember the reign of Zuma. We will remember it not for its
achievements but for the cowardice, callowness and bankruptcy of the
leadership that he brought with him. We will remember his lackeys for their
bowing and scraping and their destruction of the continent's greatest
liberation movement.

What an ignominious end for the party of Mandela.

If you're in agreement please forward ...

Solid Rust Twotter
5th May 2014, 19:41
And those who saw it coming were vilified and marginalised. Sadly it appears to be the natural progression among most African democracies.

6th May 2014, 09:02
Please, please, please don't ever 'credit' that slimeball Peter Hain of ever having been able to actually cause the outcome of anything. He has justly been slated on the BBC's 'Question Time' both within SA and Britain over the past few months. He is an ineffectual self-opinionated idiot.

The 'political balance' of the governments of both the old SA and Rhodesia was totally unsustainable and 'bringing them down' was inevitable and nothing that could be caused by any leftie conspiracy. In fact, one could very easily argue that it was the lefties that maintained them artificially in place for so long: If the lefties' darling the USSR had not existed there would have been no Cold War; it was only due to the Cold War that the West was propping up the more unpleasant extremes of the 'right' such as Pinochet's Chile, Galitieri's Argentina (although the Brits sorted that one out!) and 'apartheid' South Africa; without this 'indirect support' from the left through the existence of the Cold War, the West would not have tolerated apartheid and the SA government of the time would have gone a lot, lot earlier. However as it was artificially maintained for so long, the situation became so 'bitter' that it has enabled the ANC artificially to use (abuse?) this 'struggle' well beyond its sell-by-date to maintain its corrupt power, having seen how well that tactic has worked in the old Rhodesia. Add an alliance with a communist party and you are guaranteed to end up with a situation where Arthur Blair's prediction that some animals will become 'more equal' than others comes true.

SRT, yes, 'those who saw it coming were vilified and marginalised', the same as 'those who saw it coming were vilified and marginalised' when the Nats were dominant. I'm getting to like that '66 years of continuous bad government' that I was told... it does fit. Also, 'most African democracies' but not all; just look across the Molopo (but no-one in SA wants to admit that a smaller neighbour could be doing something better!).

Good luck this week. It appears that you'll all need it.

6th May 2014, 09:09
BBC News - South Africa election: Does the ANC deserve to stay in power? (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27284158)

Solid Rust Twotter
6th May 2014, 10:57
There are a couple of places in Africa where the holders of power seem to be getting it right, or at least less wrong than most. Bots has its problems, but SA is far outstripping them in the race to the bottom.

6th May 2014, 16:23
Any bets on the result of the election tomorrow? My money is on the ANC getting 64%.

Meantime, enjoy 'sauce-a-loza'.


6th May 2014, 16:31
Any bets on the result of the election tomorrow?

Do you think the DA will hold Western province?

I have a nagging feeling/fear that the EFF will do better than expected.

I have put the 'captains chairs' in the car boot, ready for a queue at the Polling Station.

6th May 2014, 16:40
I think the DA will hold WP but with a reduced majority, and I share your concern about EFF as their agenda is populist and has had extensive coverage. A lot of black people are rightfully pissed off with Zuma but won't vote DA as they see it as a 'white' party and thus voting for them is a 'betrayal'. The logical alternative for them is EFF. Tragic, however you look at it.

I had lunch today (5000 or so miles away from SA) with a friend who is now retired but used to be a very respected broadcaster and political commentator (NRBC, RBC, and SABC) and he is of the opinion that there may well be violence tomorrow. I hope not. I wish you a peaceful day for all.

6th May 2014, 17:16
Just found this:Pollsters Ipsos on Friday predicted that the ANC will garner around 63% of the vote.
While comprehensive that would be just short of the two thirds majority needed to change the Constitution and a slight drop from the 65.9% won in 2009.
“There is no doubt about which party will win the election,” Ipsos said, releasing its final poll before the May 7 vote.
“However, this is still the most hotly contested election since 1994.”
Ipsos – which polled 3 730 people in February and March – said that in some provinces the ANC would see its lead eroded.
Ipsos predicted the opposition Democratic Alliance would get 22% of the vote, up nearly six percentage points from the last election and would retain control of the Western Cape.
The party is also seen doing well in Gauteng – which includes Johannesburg and Pretoria – and the Northern Cape getting more than 25% in each. – Sapa-AFP

7th May 2014, 07:02
Back of a truck
Meanwhile, reports that ballot papers fell off a truck in the Western Cape on Sunday were a cause for concern for newcomers Agang SA, who said on Monday the incident added to a list of concerning events before election day.

Trevor Davids, the commission’s Western Cape spokesperson, said on Sunday that an official had lost 10 ballot paper books on the N1 while transporting them to a voting station in preparation for elections. This had been reported immediately and the police had helped locate all of the books, according to Davids, and the official was fired. IEC chair Pansy Tlakula added her voice to the matter, telling voters not to be “alarmist”.
“We recovered all those ballot papers,” she said at the national results operations centre (ROC) in Pretoria yesterday. “The ballot papers have serial numbers so we are able to trace each ballot paper to its voting station. We report this matter to the party liaison committee for transparency.”

Secret ballot ............... ha ha!

Solid Rust Twotter
7th May 2014, 07:51
Still up to their old tricks, despite the faux outrage and lip service paid to stopping this kind of behaviour. It's pretty widespread among the faithful followers of the regime.

DA, Bekkersdal residents lay charges against ANC
2014-03-18 14:16

Johannesburg - The DA and the Bekkersdal Concerned Residents Association laid criminal charges against the ANC on Tuesday, the party's Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said.

"Criminal charges have been laid against the African National Congress and the alleged Bekkersdal shooter and local ANC leader Nelson Mdayi," Maimane said.

On Thursday, an ANC delegation visiting Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg, were pelted with stones during a door-to-door campaign ahead of the 7 May general election.

Thabang Wesi, leader of the Bekkersdal Concerned Residents Association, said residents saw ANC "bodyguards" with weapons in the township shooting at unarmed people, mainly school pupils.

The Star on Friday reported that ANC "bodyguards" fired live ammunition at residents after disrupting schooling.

The Citizen newspaper carried pictures of the episode. One was of Mdayi wearing an ANC bib with a gun behind his back.

Maimane on Tuesday said he had met the residents association to discuss the situation and it was decided that they would jointly lay criminal charges.

Two charges were laid, he said.

‘Thugs and hooligans’

These were charges against the ANC in terms of section 9(2)(b) of the electoral code of conduct which forbade firearms at political events and charges against Mdayi in terms of section 84 of the Firearms Control Act.

"Residents believe we are being led by thugs and hooligans," said Maimane.

"Corruption kills job creation and service delivery for communities who need it the most. Instead of cleaning up its act, [President Jacob] Zuma's ANC wants to rule by bullets."

The ANC on Monday said disciplinary action would be taken against Mdayi.

"His action has undermined the ANC's integrity and [its] public image," ANC Gauteng spokesperson Nkenke Kekana said.

"The ANC does not approve of the use of weapons during election campaign activities from its members or from any political party, as this can only serve to intimidate or escalate tensions unnecessarily."

The party's provincial integrity committee would look into the matter.


One among many. It's what you get for putting party faithful in charge of elections.

Voting materials found at house
Tue, 06 May 2014 9:17 AM

IEC election officials were removed from their station in the East Rand after voting materials were found at the home of a party agent.

The IEC said that the officials broke election protocols by storing the voting materials at the party agent's house.

According to journalist Aldrin Sampear, the voting boxes were found at the home of an alleged ANC party agent.

IEC Deputy Chair Terry Tselane said that the voting boxes had been quarantined and taken to a police station for storage while the IEC investigated the situation.

IEC chair Pansy Tlakula also revealed that some ballot papers had been dropped from a van in the Western Cape. She said that the ballot papers had been recovered but that they would not be used in the elections.

Staff Reporter

Funny, he seemed to be OK with them when he was bouncing around on stage calling for violent protest and supporting them back in the day.

Zuma: Tutu should stay out of politics
Mon, 05 May 2014 4:11 PM

President Jacob Zuma hit back at Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu on Monday for his criticism of the ruling African National Congress, two days before general polls.

"My understanding is that bishops and pastors are there to pray for those who go wrong, not to enter into political lives," Zuma told journalists after the Anglican archbishop emeritus last month questioned the calibre of the country's leaders.

Known as South Africa's moral compass, Tutu has been very critical of the ANC government's graft scandals and poor governance.

A few weeks ago he reaffirmed that the ruling party would not get his ballot in the 7 May elections.

"I have said I won't vote for them and say it with a very heavy heart," he lamented after saying the new leaders fell short of liberation heroes like Nelson Mandela.

Zuma's government has limped from one scandal to another, the most prominent being R246-million in state-paid security upgrades at his private rural homestead.

This has prompted a group of ANC stalwarts to call on voters to spoil their ballot - a campaign which Tutu supported.

But Zuma disapproved of the measure.

"For pastors to say don't vote... I think to me that is a problem. That is entering into a political thing," he said.

His statements come despite the fact that numerous clergymen from different religions have attended campaign rallies of the ANC, and even prayed for the party's victory.

Other political parties also often invoke religion in their support.

Relations between the "Arch" and the ANC have been prickly in recent years, but the party has carefully worded its responses to the often-public diatribes of a popular figure.

"I respect pastors, I respect bishops. That is his views, it is his own views, and he talks to people," Zuma said Monday.


And the beat goes on...

Police investigating DA supporter death
Mon, 05 May 2014 4:39 PM

Article by Chanel September

Western Cape police on Monday said they are investigating whether the killing of a man in Philippi is politically motivated.

The victim was found in an open field opposite a supermarket, in a Democratic Alliance (DA) T-shirt.

The police's Thembinkosi Kinana says it seems he was stoned to death.

"The man was wearing cream pants, a DA sweater, and beige leather jacket. Police also found stones near his body. However, the motive for this incident is unknown at this stage."

7th May 2014, 13:15
One cross been marked!

Didn't need the chairs, in and out inside 5 minutes :ok:

8th May 2014, 05:53
Live elections 2014 results | News | | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/data/2014-05-07-live-elections-2014-results)

This is continuously updated.
31% of the vote counted so far nationally, ANC showing well above 60% in all provinces except WC where the DA have 61%, with 60% of votes counted.


Provisional results as at 08:58:01 on 08/05/2014

32.93% complete

Status: 7331 of 22263 voting districts counted Total valid votes: 4,424,836 Spoilt votes: 61,864 Total votes cast: 4,486,700 Voter turnout: 72.76% Registered population: 6,166,283 Note: Figures are based on voting districts for which results are available.

Party Logo Valid Votes % Of
votes ANC http://www.elections.org.za/resultsNPE2014/img_parties/ANC.png 2,520,283

Mac the Knife
8th May 2014, 07:33
"But Zuma says the Nkandla upgrades gave the ANC no trouble on the election trail. “Nkandla is not an issue that affects ANC voters. it’s an issue with bright people, the clever people," he said. Opposition parties had thought that using Nkandla was an “important thing” for the elections, Zuma said, but this had not worked."

In the main, I think this is quite right and explains why the ANC were never as worried about Nkandla and all the various scandals as the press thought they ought to be.

To much of the ANC community one of the biggest sins is being "too clevah", which implies that you harbour critical thoughs and are probably a "coconut" (who by implication wants, if not apartheid, then at least white domination back so they can lick white arse).

Although "one should never attribute to malice what is adequately explained by incompetence", The Department of Primary Education has certainly done it's bit in preventing blacks from getting "too clevah" and thus Zuma, who understands Africa and Africans very well indeed, correctly never saw the various corruption scandals as that much of a problem.

These are, and remain to a considerable extent, a black bourgeoisie, intellectual and white minority concern.


[That these sort of shenanigans are likely to lead us along the path of the failed states to the north of us (and to the sort of institutionalised greed that is now so damaging the US economy) is not a worry, since it lies in the undefined future beyond tomorrow.]

8th May 2014, 07:42
Trying to access the IEC website


Service Unavailable

HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable.

That would be the government, or the website?

8th May 2014, 09:06
Hau! She is wekking now!

Official prediction is ANC 63.2%, I was not far off in my 'guesstimate'.

Provisional results as at 11:02:57 on 08/05/2014

48.84% complete

Status: 10873 of 22263 voting districts counted Total valid votes: 7,028,835 Spoilt votes: 102,058 Total votes cast: 7,130,893 Voter turnout: 72.71% Registered population: 9,807,255 Note: Figures are based on voting districts for which results are available.

Party Logo Valid Votes % Of
votes ANC http://www.elections.org.za/resultsNPE2014/img_parties/ANC.png 4,374,972 62.24%

DA http://www.elections.org.za/resultsNPE2014/img_parties/DA.png 1,660,807 23.63%

EFF http://www.elections.org.za/resultsNPE2014/img_parties/EFF.png 325,257 4.63%

9th May 2014, 12:48
With almost 99% of the votes counted, I am happy to say I was wrong with my 64% ANC estimate, it's not quite that bad .....

Party Logo Valid Votes % Of
votes ANC http://www.elections.org.za/resultsNPE2014/img_parties/ANC.png 11,171,275 62.23%

DA http://www.elections.org.za/resultsNPE2014/img_parties/DA.png 3,981,830 22.18%

EFF http://www.elections.org.za/resultsNPE2014/img_parties/EFF.png 1,125,264 6.27%

Solid Rust Twotter
9th May 2014, 13:12
No surprises there...

Dumped ballot papers found in PTA

Eyewitness News | about 21 hours ago

PRETORIA - Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) Chief Electoral Officer Masotho Moepya says he hasn’t been made aware of any alleged dumping of ballot papers in a park Lynnwood Ridge,Pretoria.

Eyewitness News established the papers were found in a park on Thursday morning.

Several black bags filled with ballots were discovered by Lynnwood Ridge residents in a park on 8 May. Picture: iWitness.

Bags of dumped ballot papers reportedly in favour of the DA were discovered in a park in Lynnwood Ridge in Pretoria on 8 May. Picture: iWitness.

Dumped bags of ballot papers were reportedly found in a park in Lynnwood Ridge in Pretoria on 8 May. Picture: iWitness.

The IEC and the police are now trying to find those responsible for apparently dumping the bags of ballot papers.

Voting stations were set up for Wednesday’s general elections in Cedar Road.

Most of the papers were apparently in favour of the Democratic Alliance (DA), but this cannot be independently confirmed.

Sources say the black bags were discovered by residents this morning and collected by an unknown man earlier in the day.

The DA’s Mmusi Maimane says, “We are bitterly disappointed that there was a breach. It questions the legitimacy if the electoral results in Gauteng.”

He said it is clear that there has been interference.

“Those aren’t just a few ballots, it looks like packets and packets of them and that could have a significant effect on a particular ward. It’s a very serious concern.We urge the IEC to do the best they can to investigate and ensure we get to the bottom of the issue.”

DA leader Helen Zille says she is looking into the allegations.

Moepya said party agents are in place to ensure that ballots are transported away from voting stations safely.

Officials will investigate the allegations.
“Capturing for the Tshwane metro is in place and we will establish the facts.”

Reports are also coming in that two ballots boxes have been found hidden between and inside shacks in Alexandra.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is also claiming that a ballot box was dumped in Diepsloot.

A Diepsloot ward counsellor confirmed that ballot papers were found in the northern Johannesburg township.

Abraham Mabuke says he was alerted of this earlier today.

“A lot of ballot papers have been found at Cobra Street, Diepsloot, by school kids.”

He says he went to collect the papers himself.

“Those ballot papers are the correct ballot papers for the national and provincial elections and are marked in favour of the ANC.”

Moepya also said the IEC hasn’t been made aware of allegations that ballot boxes were found in Alexandra.

IEC officials who were allegedly held hostage by Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) members in Alexandra this morning are receiving trauma counselling.

The EFF and IFP are both accusing the ANC of vote rigging and tampering in the northern Johannesburg township.

Residents say an EFF member found a box of ballot papers at the entrance of the Thusong Service Centre on Thursday morning.

The party member says he found national, provincial and special votes ballot papers.

IFP members later said they saw the ballot box being transported in an ANC vehicle.

It’s also alleged that IFP members then held officials from the ruling party and Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) against their will in the centre at around 3am.

The IFP denied this but said it had evidence that ballot boxes were being transported in an ANC-marked vehicle.

No injuries have been reported.

IEC officials are receiving trauma counselling.
Gauteng Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko earlier visited the area and said her department deployed social workers to help those who were held hostage.

10th May 2014, 05:21
Same results, different interpretation. The Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation hails the victory of the corrupt......... Amidst rumours of vote rigging, intimidation and ballot dumping. Another 'free and fair election' African style.
South Africa election: ANC wins huge victory (https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27321171&ct=ga&cd=CAEYAioUMTQzNDU3MDA0ODA0MjM1ODMyMTkyGjI5YmVmNzRjNjMzNWM4Z TU6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHzTJgPWBSt5hmgjlkPjBURvFXhAw)
BBC News
The African National Congress (ANC) has won a commanding victory in South Africa's general election, South Africa's embattled ANC squeaks past 'psychological threshold' to stay in power (https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2014/0509/South-Africa-s-embattled-ANC-squeaks-past-psychological-threshold-to-stay-in-power&ct=ga&cd=CAEYASoUMTQzNDU3MDA0ODA0MjM1ODMyMTkyGjI5YmVmNzRjNjMzNWM4Z TU6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEvsz0KHzKeTuV3bawaJWf3csZLGw)
Christian Science Monitor
South Africa's African National Congress party will return to power with more than 62 percent of this week's national election. ANC Wins South Africa Vote in Landslide Leaving Zuma Emboldened (https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-05-08/south-africa-s-anc-wins-fifth-straight-vote-as-opposition-gains.html&ct=ga&cd=CAEYCSoUMTQzNDU3MDA0ODA0MjM1ODMyMTkyGjI5YmVmNzRjNjMzNWM4Z TU6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNF01iC5pkZ_crX9S1HUB2HyepAb8Q)
South Africa's ruling party won its fifth straight national election in a landslide, defying predictions that it will lose significant support as a corruption

Here come the allegations of vote-rigging and massive discrepancies favouring, of course, the ANC :

10th May 2014, 17:59
The Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation hails the victory of the corrupt.........
You appear to be complaining about the BBC's report? The corrupt were victorious, and by a massive margin (40% above the nearest opposition is an absolute landslide!); the BBC hasn't praised this in that report, just reported it. You may feel bitter about it from that end but that's your problem that end. Don't be bitter about someone reporting facts. The truth about things from the British end is that there wasn't much coverage of the election there, probably because the result (i.e. the ANC winning significantly) was pretty much a foregone conclusion so there wasn't anything of interest to report.

The biggest opposition party managed to increase their support by 6%... if they can maintain that for each election from now on they might manage to sneak into power in the 2034 election.

That's just the way it is.

(And you'll have to get used to having a group that is much closer to the real Bolshevics having seats in your parliament. That's also just the way it is.)

Mac the Knife
10th May 2014, 20:40
I think the election was generally fair and mostly representative of the feeling of the people in our country.

What was perhaps not so fair was the vast amount of government (not ANC) money that the ANC were able to pour into their campaign - but at a guess, it only bought them a disappointing extra 3%.

But considering the situation in the USA where the 1%, with their massive financial clout, decide pretty much everything, and Jeffersonian democracy is as dead as a doornail, I suppose we can't complain too much.

At least we have (for the moment) the finest Constitution in the World.


11th May 2014, 05:38
Trossie : I'm not 'complaining' about the BBC's report, it's factual, but as we all know facts can be presented to convey a message, and in my view the message is 'well done lads'. The BBC has generally been quite supportive of the ANC despite the corruption, nepotism, and incompetence of its leaders.

The ANC achieved a win in this and previous elections by taking advantage of the ignorance, which it is largely responsible for, of the electorate and the fears and prejudices it has disseminated in the townships and the rural areas.

There are rumours, not likely to be without foundation, of ballots being 'lost' and various other devices used to manipulate the results. The rest of the world sits by and calls this a 'free and fair' election. It's not. There never has been a truly free and fair election in Africa and there never will be.

We all know that the so-called 'liberation' movements are hailed as saviours. They're not. Sadly, you have to have lived in Africa to know the reality.

Draft Dodger
11th May 2014, 22:05
I have more than a passing interest in SA politics as I have a place there and spend half my life there.

Just a small point about the election. Rough figures, but the ANC got 62% of the vote on a 73% turnout. That means they got 45% of the votes of those eligible to vote. Of the 27% who did not vote there would have been many who did not vote because they could not vote for the ANC for all its misdemeanours and would not vote for the DA as an alternative. I appreciate that this happens in most elections but in my view a clear victory can only be 'talked about' if you get more than 50% of those eligible to vote.

Just a point of view

Solid Rust Twotter
12th May 2014, 11:01
And the tactics used...

Horrific Mob Lynching Of Alleged ANC Opposition Party Member [Graphic Video] | 2oceansvibe.com (http://www.2oceansvibe.com/2014/05/12/horrific-mob-lynching-of-alleged-anc-opposition-party-member-graphic-video/)

12th May 2014, 11:15
Perhaps this fellow hasn't seen it yet. A website bombardment springs to mind as a lesson to encourage the sanitation department.

Peter Hain | Labour MP and campaigner (http://www.peterhain.org)

Solid Rust Twotter
15th May 2014, 06:14

15th May 2014, 06:43
Letter sent to loathsome Hain

Dear Mr Hain

I wonder, when you sit in your constituency in South Wales, or your comfortable London flat when you attend Parliament, whether you really consider how much worse off the majority of black people in Southern Africa are since 'the struggle against bigotry and discrimination under apartheid in South Africa' brought about the fall of those governments and their replacement with regimes which were, and which remain in every way more brutal, evil and corrupt.

Whether those of your ilk really achieved anything is debatable as it may have happened anyway as Africa reverts to savagery, as is inevitable, but you do claim to have been instrumental and you should thus accept some responsibility for the horrors which the ANC and ZANU-PF inflict on millions of people.

You will no doubt state that 'free and fair' elections brought about the current governments. We all know this to be untrue in reality even if in theory it is correct.

Do you feel any shame or regret, or do you delude yourself that life has improved for the majority of people under the 'democratic' regimes with which you seem so smugly satisfied?

15th May 2014, 13:36
Letter sent to loathsome Hain
Actually sent or just 'wishful thinking'?

If not actually sent then please do, to:

House of Commons

He deserves it!

(Isn't it a pity that SA no longer has constituency MPs who one can write to?)

15th May 2014, 14:37
Actually sent, by email to the address on his website.

Solid Rust Twotter
16th May 2014, 05:56
Yup, can't have anyone going around showing up the Glorious Liberators for the thugs, thieves and inept clowns they are...

Govt, Madonsela to fight Nkandla battle in court

Eyewitness News | about 18 hours ago

JOHANNESBURG – Government says it will approach the high court to have Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's controversial report on the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead reviewed.

Ministers in the security cluster say some of the findings and the actions recommended in the report are irrational and, in some cases, contradictory.

As a result, government says it would be difficult to implement some of the recommendations and it needs clarity from the courts.

The state’s legal team is already compiling court papers and government expects them to be filed at the high court within the next week.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams has told Eyewitness News the ministers did not take the decision for a judicial review lightly.

“I think it is a decision that we had to take in order to deal with the issues that are raised by the public protector. There is no point in us saying we’ll implement recommendations that are, in our mind, contradictory.”

In March, Madonsela found that Zuma unduly benefitted from the R246 million upgrades to his private KwaZulu-Natal home.

The report, released in March, said the upgrades cost around R246 million and that the president and his family unduly benefited from them.

Madonsela said government dismally failed to manage service providers and prevented project costs from rocketing from R27 million to the current figure.

She recommended that Zuma pay back a percentage of the costs involved in building features such as the swimming pool, the visitor centre and a cattle kraal.

But the president has publicly stated that he never asked for the upgrades and would not pay back any funds.

In Parliament, an ad-hoc committee was set up shortly before the elections to consider the report, but was soon put on hold until after the polls.

(Edited by Craig Wynn)

Wonder if the bright orange one has anything to say about the crop of racists he helped put in power?

Nkandla articles 'white people's lies'

Durban - Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has described articles about President Jacob Zuma and his Nkandla homestead as "white people's lies", the SABC reported on Wednesday.

He said the reports were "lies perpetuated by white people", according to the broadcaster.

Nzimande, speaking at the University of Zululand, praised Zuma and said it was appropriate to honour him for his contribution to peace in KwaZulu-Natal and education in the country.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela last month found that Zuma and his family had improperly benefited from R246m security upgrades at his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

'White owners'

The Witnessreported last week that Nzimande had also criticised newspaper coverage of the Nkandla issue, saying reporting was biased.

Speaking at a launch in Pietermaritzburg, he said: "When I was growing up, we used to call the newspapers white man's lies… and they still are reporting for their white owners."

He continued that media coverage of the Nkandla issue was meant to demean Zuma, according to The Witness.

- Sapa and The Witness

16th May 2014, 07:54
I don't comment here because it is many years since I was last in Africa.
But I have sent the orange one that video 'cos I hate the smug B***ard.
Regards, Den.

16th May 2014, 21:15
The executive director of Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) said:

"The police should not be put in a position where they have to act against individuals who break the law."So just what is the SAPS for?

Solid Rust Twotter
17th May 2014, 04:50
So just what is the SAPS for?

Rewarding comrades who support the right party with cushy positions that don't require much effort?


Solid Rust Twotter
17th May 2014, 07:02
Meanwhile, the pilferati continue behaving as they always have. The really sad thing is that those they're disadvantaging by their greed and corruption just continue voting for them. I'm afraid I have little sympathy left for their willing victims.

North West Health MEC Dips into Ambulance Funds to Buy New Merc
Posted by: Staff Reporter
May 16, 2014

Health MEC in North West, Magome Masike, is now driving around in a R1-million Mercedes-Bez SUV, paid for out of the province’s ambulance fund. According to a report in the Mail and Guardian on Friday the vehicle, the MEC’s second car in three years, was bought at the cost of three new ambulances for the province.

The report quoted a senior provincial government official as saying the money spent on the luxury SUV was meant for buying “ambulances, mobile clinics and forensic pathologists’ cars. Strictly those cars, nothing else.”

North West is battling with a shortage of ambulances, and is unable to meet the national norms of 15 minute response time to emergencies in urban areas, and 45 minutes in rural areas.

But officials in the department have defended the move, saying it is normal practice to shift funds around to finance a luxury vehicle for the MEC.

The newspaper said it has seen documents which show that R200 000 of the money used for the car came from cost centre number 32281, meant to finance mobile clinics in the province while nearly R800 000 came from cost centre number 32499, money allocated for patient transport.

The M&G reported that department spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane first denied that the department dipped into ambulance funds to pay for the luxury vehicle, but later admitted that the budget came from the cost centres indicated, saying it is normal practice in government to shift funds around various cost centres to be replaced later.

The Mercedes-Benz ML500, reportedly the second car bought for Masike in three years, and the third bought for his office in the government’s five year term, comes fitted with an extra step to make it easier to get into and out of the vehicle as well as privacy glass fitted between the driver’s seat and the backseat.

Before the latest car Masike was driven around in a Mercedes-Benz GL500, valued at around R1.1-milliion. This vehicle was bought after Masike refused to use the six month old BMW X5 driven by the previous MEC.

31st May 2014, 16:08
Apparently this is a vile racist cartoon.


31st May 2014, 17:44
When whites speak the truth about the ANC they are racists.

Now for real racism ............but these idiots want to carry on blaming whites and apartheid for the misfortunes they have brought upon themselves by being lazy, corrupt, and greedy.
You’re buying stolen land, Mr Branson

23 May 2014 00:00 Andile Mngxitama

The EFF has a message for all who continue to trade on the spoils of colonial battles.
The EFF tells Richard Branson that his purchase of a 40ha farm in Franschhoek is illegal and that it might be repossessed. (Supplied)
Dear Mr Branson,
My name is Andile Mngxitama. I am the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF’s) commissar for land and agrarian revolution. Our movement got 1.1-million votes in the recently held elections in South Africa and will be represented in Parliament, with the real prospect of becoming the government in our lifetime.
I write to alert you to an illegal activity you may unwittingly have been part of. Our media reports that you have just bought yourself a 40 hectare wine farm in Franschhoek.
Sir, you have bought stolen property. The consequence of your witting or unwitting participation in this illegal transaction is that the EFF policy of land expropriation without compensation may, in the near future, affect your investment adversely.
It behooves me to warn you now so that you do not plead ignorance on the day of historical redress, which may not be too far off.
You may not know, sir, the history of land dispossession in our country, which renders all land stolen property. Basically, there are two idioms that govern the land dispute in our country. The dominant idiom since 1652 is that of the settler, who imposed it upon the native majority through force of arms. The result of this conquest is that, about 350 years later, the native majority is landless and only about 40 000 white families own up to 80% of our land.
To make this settler idiom clearer, let me give you an analogy. Basically, it’s as though I came to your house with a marauding armed gang and forced you and your family out of your house into the coldness of the streets. Then, I wrote a piece of paper, called it a title deed and put my name on it; this paper I sent to the gang headquarters as evidence of my ownership of your house.
The title deed you have is a piece of paper written by the original land thieves to give them illegal dominion over property that doesn’t belong to them. The title deed here, sir, is a pathetic attempt by the land usurper to legalise an act of illegality.
Now this settler idiom competes with the native idiom, which holds that “ityala aliboli molato ha o bole”. If I may attempt a translation, I would say it means that an act of evil doesn’t erode with the passing of time. In short, a debt doesn’t rot. So, from our perspective as natives, it doesn’t matter how many times the stolen land changes hands – it remains stolen property.
I also need to bring to your attention a historical fact you may not be aware of. The African people who occupied the land you have bought were the Khoi and the San.
The land thieves, after dispossessing them of their land, found themselves in a dilemma: they were stricken by guilt. So, to make this problem go away, they committed even a bigger crime. They undertook a genocide against the legitimate landowners. They literally disappeared the landowners so that the crime of land theft could be erased. This genocide has not been accounted for, nor have reparations been paid. You will be surprised to know that no acknowledgement of the crime has been made.
As you can see, sir, we are a nation with deep problems – all of them linked to the original land theft. I do not write these words lightly. I recognise the difficulty this may cause you and the inconvenience it invites. But I’m sure you will agree that there is something fundamentally wrong when stolen goods are sold in full view of the legitimate owners.
Our pain defies words. The descendants of the original landowners have been reduced to slaves. You may not know this but farmworkers who work those vineyards earn as little as R1 500 a month. That’s a mere $145. This is a legislated form of slavery by our democratic government.
The EFF has called for a R5 000 minimum wage for farmworkers. It’s not much but would go a long way towards improving the conditions of our people on these lands.
I believe I have brought the most important information to your attention. What you do with it is really between you and your God. Those buying land in our country can no longer plead ignorance. Now you can’t say you didn’t know.
Yours sincerely,
Commissar Andile Mngxitama
Andile Mngxitama is an EFF MP.

31st May 2014, 20:06
That looks like one of those scam emails - only in reverse.

31st May 2014, 22:28
Andile Mngxitama (South Africa) - TOW2013 (http://disabilityunit.ukzn.ac.za/index.php/time-of-the-writer/tow-2013-programme/769-andile-mngxitama-south-africa-tow2013.html)

1st Jun 2014, 16:21
Minister claims ex-wife bewitched him | News24 (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Minister-claims-ex-wife-bewitched-him-20140601)

unstable load
2nd Jun 2014, 14:57
SA has worst maths, science education in world

2014-06-02 16:02 http://cdn.24.co.za/files/Cms/General/d/2023/8fc1ef359d4b4e30a630106302399b5b.jpg

Johannesburg - The quality of South Africa's maths and science education places it last out of 148 countries, according to a World Economic Forum report.
Under the "skills" sub-category, the quality of South Africa's maths and science education comes in last place, behind the likes of Haiti, Lesotho, Chad, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and Kenya.
The quality of South Africa's education puts it in 146th place.
This is according to the "Global Information Technology Report 2014". It uses a networked readiness index (NRI) to rank the state of countries' information and communication technology.
South Africa is placed 70th on the NRI, which is made up of 10 different sub-categories from which the overall NRI ranking is drawn.
Democratic Alliance education spokesperson Annette Lovemore said in a statement she would seek to have Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga brought before Parliament.
This was so the minister could account for what appeared to be the worsening state of South Africa's education system.
She said the ministerial task team established to investigate teaching in maths, science and technology last year released a "damning report" about South Africa's education.
"[The ministerial report] exposed gaping holes at every level of our education system," said Lovemore.
It noted that the national strategy was out of date, there was a shortage of qualified teachers, and curriculum changes over the last 10 years had negatively affected teaching.
Universities were not training teachers adequately, and district officers were largely unable to provide adequate support to teachers.
"Furthermore, a reply to a subsequent DA parliamentary question revealed that the department of basic education does not know the full extent of the shortages of mathematics, science and technology teachers," she said.
"The reality is that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has not done enough to address the maths, science and technology crisis."
The WEF's ranking did not reflect the ability of South Africa’s school pupils, but an education system that needed urgent intervention.
The education curriculum and methodology had to be aligned to achieve similar successes in South Africa as had been seen in the Western Cape, said Lovemore.
Here, the 2013 matrics achieved a 73.3% pass rate in maths and 73.7% in science.
"Quality education is a crucial necessity for creating more globally competitive young adults, much-needed jobs and entrepreneurs," she said.

SA has worst maths, science education in world | News24 (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/SA-has-worst-maths-science-education-in-world-20140602)

Thanks to all of those who stumped for the cANCer as a viable Government. We appreciate your input.....NOT!

2nd Jun 2014, 15:55
A long time ago, when South Africa was a stable and well run, if mildly undemocratic, country, I went into a post office to buy 10 x 40 cent stamps. I put down my R4 on the counter and asked for my stamps. After much fiddling around and fumbling, the clerk said she was looking for her calculator to work out how much I had to pay.

If possible, the standard of education has got worse since then.

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Jun 2014, 06:16
No surprises there then. Yup, we've definitely come a long way....:rolleyes:

Education dept rejects WEF report

2014-06-02 22:38

Johannesburg - The department of basic education on Monday rejected a World Economic Forum report about the state of the country's maths and science education.

"The report is not a credible or accurate reflection of the state of education in South Africa," the department said in a statement.

According to the WEF report, the quality of South Africa's maths and science education placed it last out of 148 countries.

"[We] reject this finding as it is based purely on the opinions or perceptions of selected executives," the department said.

According to the report under the "skills" sub-category, the quality of South Africa's maths and science education comes in last place, behind the likes of Haiti, Lesotho, Chad, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and Kenya.

The quality of South Africa's education puts it in 146th place.

This is according to the "Global Information Technology Report 2014". It uses a networked readiness index (NRI) to rank the state of countries' information and communication technology.

South Africa is placed 70th on the NRI, which is made up of 10 different sub-categories from which the overall NRI ranking is drawn.

The department on Monday said the WEF report did not base its research on any actual tests or assessments done by pupils and the forum did not interact with pupils.

"This perception index is based on interviews conducted with business sector executives and reflects nothing more than their personal perceptions."

4th Jun 2014, 06:32
It is only fair to point out that there are still a number of world class schools in South Africa, but they are private and only affordable for a small section of the community. i.e. those who work for their money and those who brown nose the ANC and have a privileged life sponsored by those who work.

The state schools are by and large atrocious, many lack books, electricity, sanitary facilities and running water. There are are insufficient teachers, many of the teachers are barely literate, and class sizes are often up to 60. Stories abound of teachers abusing, in all senses of the word, pupils.

This is how far we have come since 'democracy'. Great, innit?

6th Jun 2014, 22:46
Now then gentlemen, no wailing at his political passing, no remonstrations at his green gardening adventures to come. Perhaps a simple letter of condolence expressing regret that his horrible hypocrisy and the crimes that have been committed as a consequence of it have never been permitted by him to permeate the glutinous horror of his own monstrous ego.

6th Jun 2014, 22:59
Well said CC. That vile man's oleaginous smarm is perhaps only beaten by that of his close rival in crimes against humanity, one Anthony Blair.

Solid Rust Twotter
7th Jun 2014, 04:31
Neither will he ever expose himself to the consequences of his achievements by living as Joe Average in one of the societies he helped create.

Solid Rust Twotter
9th Jun 2014, 07:10
Sound familiar? Echoes of similar paranoia among the leadership on this blighted continent....

ANC: White foreign forces behind platinum strike

Gia Nicolaides & Lesego Ngobeni | 15 minutes ago

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC accused 'white foreign forces' of being involved in the platinum strike saying their intention is to destabilise South Africa's economy.

Miners affiliated to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) have been on strike for nearly five months now demanding a R12,500 minimum salary.

After a National Executive Committee meeting in Pretoria this weekend, the ruling party raised concerns about the real motives behind the strike, questioning whether or not political and foreign forces are involved.

Secretary general Gwede Mantashe said white foreign interests are involved with the intention to destabilise the economy.

But he did not say who these foreign forces are - only expressing concerns that the strike had taken on a political dimension.

The ANC warned Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi to handle the strike with care after he launched himself into the situation saying his first priority as minister was to resolve the issue.

Ramatlhodi set up a task team to help resolve the ongoing wage dispute and has reportedly managed to narrow down the key issues.


After stepping in to mediate talks, the Department of Mineral Resources said it’s now up to Amcu and the mining bosses to continue wage negotiations.

The union rejected the platinum company’s latest offer that would have seen its demand met by mid-2017.
Ramatlhodi's spokesperson Mahlodi Muofhe said after today, both parties will have to continue negotiations on their own.

“Even if there’s no agreement the parties are at a stage where they can come up with a solution acceptable to both, and the minister said he’s disengaging because he’s set the tone for the resolution.”

Last week, Amcu President Joseph Mathunjwa said the latest round of talks “went well”, while a newspaper reported the union agreed to a government wage proposal.

9th Jun 2014, 07:24
Two gems from this morning's M&G.
Word is that the Zapiro cartoon is a fake.


The presidency has announced that Jacob Zuma has been sent home from hospital to rest for a few days following a gruelling election campaign.

Solid Rust Twotter
9th Jun 2014, 07:39
Yup. The cartoon was a cheap shot at Dubya IINM. Some wag has pasted Zuma's mug on it which has raised the ire of the regime. Strangely enough, there was not a murmur from them when GW was on the receiving end.

Go figure...:hmm:

Solid Rust Twotter
21st Jun 2014, 06:52
There's a surprise...:rolleyes:

ANC suppresses real history to boost its claim to legitimacy | Analysis | Analysis | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2014-01-02-anc-suppresses-real-history-to-boost-its-claim-to-legitimacy)

ANC suppresses real history to boost its claim to legitimacy

03 Jan 2014 00:00 Stephen Ellis

The ANC's key statement of principles, the 1955 Freedom Charter, was written by white communists, writes Stephen Ellis.

Nelson Mandela was at the time of his arrest in 1962 - when this picture was taken in Algeria - a member of the SACP and the party's central committee. (Robben Island Mayibuye Archive)

"He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the *present controls the past."

Recent events made me think of these words by George Orwell, the novelist who had such insight into the methods of totalitarian governments.

Within hours of Nelson Mandela's death, the South African Communist Party (SACP) at last admitted what I and some other historians had discovered through patient research – namely, that Mandela was at the time of his arrest in 1962 a member not only of the party, but also of its central committee.

It is astonishing that so many people lied about this for so long. Maybe the SACP's chieftains will now admit that the ANC's key statement of principles, the 1955 Freedom Charter, was written by white communists.

The suppression of knowledge about South Africa's past goes far beyond these two examples. Three years ago, while I was researching my book External Mission, I was astonished to order files from a public archive and to find them empty.

I asked the archivist what had happened. Some ANC heavies had taken away the papers, he told me.

Many historians in South Africa have stories like this. The National Archives in Pretoria has become notorious for its inability to transmit public records for study. Various SACP and ANC archives mysteriously appear and then disappear.

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory seems to have been active in suppressing public discussion.

All of this matters because, as Orwell understood after experiencing communist manipulation during the Spanish Civil War, controlling the past is a vital technique of totalitarian government.

Successive ANC governments have done everything to burnish the myth of the armed struggle, which was always more theatrical than real.

The ANC insists that the South African Defence Force was smashed at the 1987-1988 battle of Cuito Cuanavale in Angola, when this is blatantly untrue. A generation of South Africans has been told that the ANC single-handedly brought about the downfall of apartheid, when the truth is that it was the work of many other actors in society, not to mention the ending of the Cold War.

There is no space for the younger generation to learn about black consciousness. There is not even any room to debate apartheid properly, which has to be kept as a monolithic evil in contrast to which the ANC can underline its own claim to legitimacy.

The point is to cut off the possibilities of clear thinking for anyone who wonders what sort of country South Africa really is and what sort of government it has.

For these reasons, those South Africans who think "so what?" when they learn that Nelson Mandela was an SACP member are wrong. They need to understand that the armed struggle was originally the work of the SACP, decided at a conference in Emmarentia in December 1960 that was attended by just 25 people. Mandela was one of the few black people present.

The ANC as an organisation in fact never voted in favour of armed struggle. Mandela was given the task of persuading the sceptical ANC president, Albert Luthuli, to accept the policy retrospectively. Luthuli refused, but he conceded that he could tolerate the military organisation Umkhonto weSizwe if it was entirely separate from the ANC.

As the ANC's grip on historical memory loosens, rethinking the past becomes a politically explosive activity. I have lost count of the times that radical, angry young black South Africans have asked me why the transition from apartheid left so much of the country's wealth in the hands of whites. Many Afrikaners wonder how, from a position of strength and in control of a proudly undefeated defence force, the National Party managed to give so much away in such a short time.

What was the real nature of the violence in the transitional period? If it wasn't all the work of a mysterious third force, where did it come from?

Maybe the public humiliation of President Jacob Zuma by the crowd who booed him at Mandela's memorial service will be the starting point for the more extensive debates that are necessary if we are to see a more healthy politics emerge.

"Officially invented history always prepares its own destruction," the late Frederik van Zyl Slabbert wrote. "The burden of the lie becomes too great to bear."

This moment of truth may now be coming to South Africa.

Stephen Ellis works at the *Afrika-Studiecentrum, Leiden, the *Netherlands. His book, *External Mission: The ANC in Exile, *1960-1990, is published by Jonathan Ball.

Somehow, I don't think I'll be holding my breath. If you think the apartheid regime was bad, you ain't seen nuthin' yet. These clowns are just getting warmed up...

Solid Rust Twotter
27th Jun 2014, 18:20
The rot continues. Those hypocrites in the west who wished this upon SA are nowhere to be found now that their heroes turn out to have feet of clay.


SAIRR: Whites kept out of public service
2014-06-26 12:23

Johannesburg - Public service managers are being encouraged to keep posts vacant rather than fill them with whites, an SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) consultant said in a newsletter this week.

"In the name of transformation, managers in the public service have actually been incentivised to keep whites out for racial and ideological reasons. Better to leave a vacancy unfilled than to put a white person into it," SAIRR consultant John Kane-Berman said in the newsletter, published on Tuesday.

He believed this set up newly-qualified young black recruits for failure and their failures in turn hurt countless numbers of people dependent on the public service.

He said this was a "lose-lose-lose situation" and "madness".

AA blamed for babies’ deaths

The incentives included, among other things, performance bonuses and promotion prospects, he told Sapa on Thursday.

In the newsletter, Kane-Berman was responding to the death of three babies in Bloemhof, North West, due to water contamination caused by a sewage spill.

Earlier in June, the SAIRR reportedly blamed affirmative action for the deaths, and said the policy should be scrapped.

The institute said black empowerment policies had seen unqualified people appointed to positions where their incompetence affected poor and vulnerable communities.

"The Bloemhof municipality lost its capacity to maintain the sewer plant," CEO Frans Cronje was quoted as saying at the time.

"There is no doubt that the officials responsible for these deaths were appointed, at least in part, on grounds of race-based affirmative action and that a direct causal link therefore exists between the policy and the deaths."

‘Blacks are victims of AA’

In his newsletter, Kane-Berman said the majority of "victims" of affirmative action were the "black poor".

"But affirmative action is one of those holy cows, discussion of which is inhibited by the dictates of political correctness."

He questioned why so many government sectors were having problems.

"The reasons have a great deal to do with the criteria for appointment of staff at the national, provincial, and local levels... Affirmative action and cadre deployment mean that appointments to government jobs are very often made on grounds of race and/or political allegiance to the ruling party."

He said skills and experience were a sub-ordinate criteria, and many of those appointed to posts were unqualified.

"Posts are sometimes left vacant if the only person available to fill them is white. It further means that experienced people who happen to be white get out of the public service because they are denied promotion or encouraged to take early retirement."

‘A toxic mix’

The problem is further complicated by a lack of accountability in government, with politicians accountable to party headquarters, rather than to the electorate.

"People who fail to do their jobs, or who defraud the state, do so because they know they can get away with it," he said.

The mix, he said, was toxic.

"Our system of government is indeed poisoned by a toxic mix of affirmative action, cadre deployment, and impunity.

"Filling a racial quota or supporting the right party, or the right faction within it, are often more important."

South Africa was suffering from a crumbling health system and a rising disease burden, he said.

"Hospitals and clinics don’t run themselves. They are run by people. When things go wrong... it is not the result of happenstance or bad luck or just one of those things. It is the result of decisions made or actions taken, or not taken, by those people.

"So it is a logical inference that something is wrong with the criteria according to which appointments in these facilities are made."

Compounding the problem

He said healthcare management was in crisis, infrastructure and equipment in health facilities were in a desperate state, facilities in rural areas faced dire shortages, and those in urban areas were under severe strain due to a growing population.

"Again, it is a reasonable inference that affirmative action and cadre deployment in the public service compound the problems arising from the country’s skills backlogs, and failure to train government professionals," he said.

Kane-Berman said anger at nepotism, corruption, and lack of accountability were behind numerous protests across the country.

Quoting from a report by the Commission for Employment Equity, he said Africans presently held 69% of top management jobs in government.

"But Africans within the 35 to 64 age cohort from which one would expect top managers to be drawn make up only 36% of the economically active population, while only 4.1% of over 20s have post-school training.

"This suggests that affirmative action has been rigorously implemented in the public sector regardless of levels of experience or formal qualification."

He said it was widely recognised that South Africa was plagued by corruption, nepotism, incompetence, and lack of accountability.

"A few people are beginning to identify cadre deployment as a problem. Very few people are willing to identify affirmative action as part of the problem," he said.

"South Africans need to wake up to the tragic results of the policies being implemented in their name."

No surprises there. The current racist regime are no better than the old mob, yet the previously vociferous western media are strangely silent. Nothing but tumbleweeds....

29th Jun 2014, 06:46
Those who so roundly condemned the old government for its practices are somewhat less vociferous in pointing out the many and grave failings of the new one. All that has changed is the reflective index of the perpetrators.
The police and judiciary are part of the problem, when they should be part of the solution.

Freedom from torture is the one human right on which there can be no limitation. There are just no circumstances that allow any person to subject another human being to any acts of torture; to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This is the one right that can be given effect with so much ease. Just do not torture. The courts will not accept evidence based upon torture; you are opening yourself to litigation.
South Africa has recently passed legislation, the Prevention of Torture Act 2013, yet in our democratic, non-racial, non-sexist South Africa, torture continues.
The Independent Policing Investigative Directorate (IPID) is specifically charged with the investigation of torture by law enforcement officials. Two general responses are heard today: one, that torture belongs to the apartheid era and two, that should it occur today, it is justified against criminals who have no respect for the law.
I page through Elaine Bing’s book Unmaking of the Torturer (better called, in the Afrikaans edition, Ek Het Gemartel – I Have Tortured). A lot has been said about the victims of torture, but here it is about torturers themselves: three torturers from the South African police. One person even speaks of how he enjoyed the torturing. Others suffer guilt, shame and serious relationship problems. There is nothing about “I had to follow orders”. It was as if they knew what was expected of them. To be white was to be the boss, to be superior.
That was then. What about now? What motivates the torturers in post-1994 South Africa? I spoke to a law professor who also deals with cases of victims of torture. He said he could take me, on a Thursday evening or a Friday any one of three or four police stations where the torture continues. At one station, they do the “roast chicken”: your legs are pulled up, your arms over your legs and a broomstick put between your arms and legs. Your hands are then tied up and then they do with you what they want. At another station, it is the “sausage method”, where you are rolled up in a carpet or blanket …
And so the law professor continued, talking about the different torture methods he has pointed out in court already. He spoke about a forensic pathologist with a special camera to take pictures of the inner ear: you see the marks of the pliers on the ears of the victims where electrical shocks have been administered.
It is not a matter, any more, of “I have tortured” – it is “I am torturing”. The professor showed me the medical evidence he has presented to the court and gave me contact numbers of the specialists who can testify on this. The professor’s latest case was in February 2014.
State attorneys are also a valuable source of information. They have to deal with the civil claims on torture. I went to see the head of a well-known investigative institution. He feels we need to achieve balance in our society. The police are completely demoralised by all the focus on individual rights. What about the police’s rights? What about the protest actions that are so violent? What about the responsibilities of communities?
And then he switches over to the corruption and criminality, also in the police. I know of attorneys who are paid with cocaine, he says. I cringe. It is about the ebbing away of our country’s values. “The bad guys are winning,” he says. And it is in this context that the police must do their work.

Solid Rust Twotter
29th Jun 2014, 07:15
Doesn't help when the police are a large part of the problem. Too many incidents of people pulled over and having their vehicles searched without their permission, items stolen from the vehicle and money blatantly taken from their wallets under threat of spending the weekend in gaol waiting for a court to open on Monday morning to be released when no case is found. The cells are no place for a woman and definitely not safe, even for men.

New depths are plumbed daily. The liberal west must be so proud of their achievements.

Solid Rust Twotter
2nd Jul 2014, 05:51
Such a pity the collection of thugs, thieves and fools running SA won't listen to sense. The Zim scenario is already a reality in many places, with multiples more farmers murdered in SA than in Zim at the height of the invasions.

Economic View: White Farmers Are Not Land Thieves
Posted by: Rabelani Dagada

Posted date: July 1, 2014 | 8 Comments

By Rabelani Dagada

As I was contemplating this opinion piece, I remembered the old adage; if you tell a lie several times, you may end up believing it. Moreover, some of your listeners may start to believe your lie. That’s exactly what happened in Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean government and its governing party’s propaganda created an impression that white farmers owned most of the country’s farming land. This was not true; Zimbabwean white farmers only owned about 20 percent of the land. The Zimbabwean government portrayed white farmers as the author of poverty among blacks. Again, this was not true because there were actually thriving black farmers in Zimbabwe, but their participation in farming was disrupted when the land grabs destroyed the value chain and agri-business. The government sponsored land grabs in Zimbabwe exacerbated poverty in that country.

There are lots of disturbing similarities between Zimbabwe and South Africa (SA). The South African public policy in agriculture and land affairs was meant to empower black people and to eradicate poverty. However, since the African National Congress’ (ANC) government introduced the minimum wage regime in the farming sector, more than one million jobs have been lost and the biggest losers are black farm workers. Where Zimbabwe once had a thriving agricultural sector, it has now been all but destroyed. This is also happening in SA – thanks to ill conceived public policy this country has now become a net importer of food and things are getting worse. While the Zanu PF government in Zimbabwe discouraged investors through its indigenisation policy (black empowerment), the South African government is contemplating a 50/50 redistribution land plan.

I don’t foresee the unconstitutional 50/50 redistribution land plan being implemented, but it has already created huge damage by discouraging foreign direct investments. Of course, local investments will also be negatively affected; farmers and banks will largely suspend investments in the agricultural sector due to policy uncertainty. Like the Zimbabwean farmers, some South African farmers will continue to leave this country. We used to have a thriving agricultural sector in SA, but our farmers have been forced into early retirement and migration. Twenty seven countries have approached the agricultural union, AgriSA to recruit our farmers to their countries. More than 800 South African commercial farmers have migrated to Mozambique; yes – SA is importing their products. Half of the farmers in Zambia are South Africans. Some foreign countries are offering 0% VAT on primary supply of agricultural products to our experienced farmers and some of these farmers have already benefited from the Georgian offer of 0% of property tax on property transaction.

The ANC and its government have created a narrative which portrays white farmers as thieves of land that rightfully belongs to the indigenous people of this country. Although these farmers benefited from the apartheid system, it disingenuous to attribute the 1913 Land Act to them; they were not yet born. On the other hand, the government’s bad public policy and corruption are responsible for escalating poverty in SA. It’s unfair to blame white farmers for the mismanagement of the land restitution; the blame should be attributed to the poor project management within the government. Most of the land that was attained by black farmers through the land restitution process is commercially redundant. The government failed to craft a Local Economic Development (LED) framework that will assist traditional communities to use the land commercially.

The Royal Bafokeng and Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela were able to formulate their own LED framework and governance structures. The upshot of this has been impressive economic development by these two traditional communities. My ‘thumb-suck’ estimations are that there are about 10 million beneficiaries of the land restitution policy who could maximise the acquired land commercially and become economically empowered. Interestingly, these people automatically acquired the mining rights when they received the land. It is very clear that the government has no plan for how to assist the people who have already acquired land.

If we are serious about fixing South Africa, we should create a public policy that would enable the ‘boer’ (farmer) to come back to farming and ‘maak ‘n plan’. Experienced farmers (white) and new (mostly black) farmers should work together. Black farmers will bring the land while their experienced counterparts bring their massive experience.

The ANC government and unions should start to appreciate the role of farmers in providing food security and creating jobs. Our public policy should be formulated in such a way that most experienced farmers can still own land because in the absence of land, banks won’t give them funding. Actually, all farmers should be given financial support and subsidies regardless of their race.

While the Asian countries and Europeans appreciate and empower their farmers, here in SA the ANC government treats them with contempt and suspicion; this should stop. Massive economic development in China and Asia were stimulated by a thriving agriculture sector. Growth in agriculture boosts productivity in manufacturing and services sectors – this leads to job creation.

Dagada is a Development Economist based at the Wits Business School. He is on Twitter: @Rabelani_Dagada

Solid Rust Twotter
3rd Jul 2014, 15:15
And still nothing but crickets and tumbleweeds from those who helped put these thugs in power.

Remaining white farmers must go, Mugabe
02/07/2014 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

No country for whites ... President Robert Mugabe

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe on Wednesday ratcheted up pressure against few hundred white remaining farmers saying they too must go adding whites would no longer be allowed to own land in Zimbabwe.

In an address filled with anti-western rhetoric at the launch of the A1 Model Settlement Tenure Permit in the Zanu PF heartland of Mashonaland West, Mugabe said Zimbabwe was no country for whites as far as the land was concerned.

“There are white farmers who are still on the land and have the protection of some cabinet ministers and politicians as well as traditional leaders,” he said.
“That should never happen and we will deal with ministers but as for our chiefs we do not want to harass you.

“Chief Charumbira (Fortune and president of chief’s council), you need to help us on this one because we respect you and your members. We do not want trouble.”

He added: “I have been given a list of 35 white farmers in Mashonaland West alone and in just a few districts that have been audited. We say no to whites owning our land and they should go.

“They can own companies and apartments in our towns and cities but not the soil. It is ours and that message should ring loud and clear in Britain and the United States.”

The new tenure system will confirm land ownership and, according to Mugabe, the government will create modalities within the financial services sector to allow farmers to access funding.
In typical anti-western rhetoric Mugabe took a dig at former British Premier Tony Blair.

“We had an agreement with the Margaret Thatcher government and when Tony Blair came he reneged on that agreement. I pleaded with him to review his decision but he was a boy from the street with no experience so he stuck to his guns,” said the veteran leader.

“I was not amused and told him to keep his England and we would keep our Zimbabwe. We will not pay for our land and we will not ask our people to pay for it because they never paid for it in the first place.

“They were selling to each other amongst themselves and we will not recognise any of that nonsense. They were living like kings and queens on our land and we chucked them out. Now we want all of it.”

Mugabe’s latest pronouncements are likely to send jitters across the agricultural sector and the remaining white commercial farmers some who have argued that they never benefitted from colonialism.

At the turn of the century, Mugabe unleashed veterans of the country’s liberation struggle on the country’s white commercial farming sector at a time his hold on power was threatened by the emergence of a strong opposition in the form of the MDC led by firebrand unionist Morgan Tsvangirai.

What followed was a chaotic and violent exercise which saw a handful of white farmers killed in a development that angered the West which reacted with devastating sanctions.

Destruction of a once thriving agricultural sector and the impact of the sanctions triggered a decade-long economic recession that forced millions of Zimbabwe to leave the country.
Mugabe has argued that he is correcting colonial land imbalances skewed in favour of a few thousand white farmers.

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Jul 2014, 15:36
Yup, things are definitely on the up and up with the cANCer in charge...:rolleyes:

Official gets ICU bed over dying woman - report

2014-07-04 11:39

Bloemfontein - A critically ill woman was denied a bed in an intensive care unit (ICU) at a Free State hospital because provincial ANC officials had ordered that a high-ranking office bearer be admitted to ICU, according to a report.

The woman, a surgical patient, died in an ordinary ward at the Dihlabeng district hospital in Bethlehem, the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday.

The ANC official had a poorer prognosis, and should not have been admitted to ICU according to health guidelines, while the critically ill woman may possibly have survived had she received the care available in ICU.

The number of ICU beds at the hospital had reportedly been reduced due to financial constraints affecting the Free State provincial health department.

A doctor told the Mail & Guardian that Free State health MEC Benny Malakoane and the head of the provincial health department, David Motau, ordered that the official be admitted to ICU because they'd apparently promised this to his family. This despite an ICU consultant stating he was in the last stages of a chronic illness and was unlikely to recover.

Two other critically ill patients have since been turned away from ICU while the official remains in ICU with no improvement to his condition.

The provincial health department did not respond to questions about the incident.

Earlier in the week, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) called for the suspension of Malakoane and an investigation into his conduct.

It said hospitals in the province are without doctors, water, electricity, or equipment, while others have problems such as shortages of drugs, no laundry services and no ambulances.

The province's crumbling health system has been the subject of numerous news reports, with the SA Medical Association and DA stating that the patient lives and jobs are at risk due to financial and administrative mismanagement.

Solid Rust Twotter
15th Jul 2014, 09:14
What an embarrassing shower of shyte they are.

Still nothing but crickets and tumbleweeds from those who wished this on SA.

SA Jews seething over ANC volunteer's post
2014-07-15 08:51

Cape Town - The ANC has distanced itself from a woman who posted a photo on her Facebook page that has left the Jewish community seething.

The woman, Rene Smit, says on her Facebook page that she manages social media for the ANC in the Western Cape.

At the weekend, Smit posted a picture of Adolf Hitler with the caption “yes, man you were right”.

Underneath Hitler’s photo are the words “I could have killed all the Jews but I left some of them to tell you why I was killing them. SHARE THIS PICTURE TO TELL THE WORLD THE WHOLE TRUTH”.

The post was screengrabbed and made headlines in Israeli publication, The Times of Israel. Smit has, however, removed the post and told the Times that she removed it “immediately once I became aware that it is inappropriate and offensive”.

The SA Jewish Board of Deputies has asked for a meeting with ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe over the incident, reported the Times.

Western Cape ANC spokesperson Cobus Grobler said Smit was not a party employee but helped during its election campaign as a volunteer.

The Jewish board said it is also considering taking ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte to court over her comments in which she likened Israel's attacks on Palestine to Nazism.

Smit has removed the Hitler post from her page but has continued pledging support for Palestine. At the weekend she also posted a photo stating that the same person who was contracted to build Israel’s separation wall, dubbed by many as an “apartheid wall”, funds the DA.

Smit was responding to the latest Israeli offensive in Palestine that has left almost 200 people dead.
- News24

...once I became aware that it is inappropriate and offensive...


15th Jul 2014, 09:27
Once again, anti-semitism and anti-Israeli/Zionist warmongery are being confused. They are two entirely different things.

Solid Rust Twotter
15th Jul 2014, 09:34
I'd say the AH pic and comments are definitely anti Jewish. The target of that is Jews rather than Israelis.

15th Jul 2014, 09:46
Just to clarify my posting, I am not in any way condoning anti-Jewish sentiment in any form, and that was clearly such. Being anti Israeli/Zionist is a very different matter and the current events in the ME are not going to increase Israel's popularity ratings.

The term 'antisemitic' is wrongly used in current usage, as strictly it encompasses all semitic people, thus including Arabs.

Solid Rust Twotter
20th Jul 2014, 09:31
Says it all, really...


Solid Rust Twotter
21st Jul 2014, 11:06
Tumbleweeds and crickets.

Four Year Old Boy Dragged To Death In Brutal Hijacking
Posted by: Staff Reporter Posted date: July 21, 2014

A Gauteng family is left traumatised after watching their four-year-old son be dragged to death behind their car in a car hijacking incident. According to a report on Eyewitness News Chantel Morris was with her eight-year-old daughter and four-year old son in Reiger Park near Boksburg on Saturday evening when they were approached by two armed men.

Morris told EWN she begged the men not to harm her children.

“I told them they could take everything, but I just wanted my children safe, please let me just take my children,” she was quoted as saying.

She was busy trying to unstrap the boy from the car seat when the two men drove away in her car, with the child dangling outside the vehicle. Morris was forced to watch as her son was dragged behind the car as it raced away.

The car was later found abandoned in Boksburg, just a few kilometres from where it was stolen, with the boy’s body still hanging from the vehicle.

21st Jul 2014, 12:56
Carjacking. I'm speechless...Are they human?

23rd Jul 2014, 22:53
A poacher has been sentenced to 77 years prison for his activities and the killing of three rhino.

I have no problem with that, on the contrary, but it is a strange and worrying contrast to the lesser sentences that murderers and rapists get for their crimes against human beings.

Solid Rust Twotter
24th Jul 2014, 09:46
Making room for more snouts in the gravy trough while the numbers of those contributing to the pot dwindle. Got to wonder what's on those laptops that makes finding them worth around a million USD. Or is it just distribution of largesse to deserving party acolytes...?

Former Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros’s company – The iFirm – was awarded a R10 million contract to investigate the theft of three laptops at the State Information and Technology Agency (Sita).

This is according to the Sunday Times. The newspaper reported that The iFirm was awarded this deal despite the fact that it did not have a suitable track record, and it was not listed on the government database. The Sunday Times added that state law enforcement agencies – the police, Hawks, and Special Investigation Unit – were already investigating the crime, which made the deal even more curious.

Lt-General Petros left the South African Police Service last year after he served as Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape for a period of seven years, and had been in the same position in Gauteng for almost three years. “I think he has worked well. Remember, Gauteng was not his first assignment. His first assignment was the Western Cape, which he executed until he was moved to Gauteng” Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the time.

Update from Sapa: The state information and technology agency (Sita) has defended its decision to award former provincial top cop Mzwandile Petros’ company a R10 million deal to recover three stolen laptops, the Sunday Times reported. “The minister [then Lindiwe Sisulu], the chairperson and I took a decision to appoint the company — even though it wasn’t on our database or had a track record — because we needed someone with experience in the police — someone who can link the information quickly and someone we can trust” Sita CEO Freeman Nomvalo told the newspaper. “You must understand that the burglary wasn’t a pure crime. It was done by highly trained people,” he said.

iFirm, the company belonging to Petros — the former Gauteng police commissioner — was hired in March to investigate a burglary at the Sita offices in Centurion that had taken place on February 28 in which three laptops were stolen. Soon after being awarded the deal — the company was then paid R3 million — before it had even obtained a VAT number.

Petros confirmed to the Sunday Times that his company only obtained a VAT number after receiving the initial R3 million. “When the first payment of R3 million was made, there was no VAT number and subsequent to that the VAT was applied for. It’s a section done by SARS and the VAT number was given.”

Meanwhile, Nomvalo declined to disclose who had recommended Petros’ company. Petros served as Gauteng commissioner for nearly three years. Previously he was the provincial commissioner of the Western Cape for seven years.

unstable load
26th Jul 2014, 12:22
Or is it just distribution of largesse to deserving party acolytes...?
Got it in one, Old Son!:ok:

27th Jul 2014, 16:46

Solid Rust Twotter
28th Jul 2014, 13:52
It just gets better and better.....:rolleyes:

Nearly a quarter of the police officers required to carry a firearm are not competent to do so because they failed the test, says Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko.

Also, more than 900 officers - 281 from the Western Cape - were charged in the past four years with helping detainees escape, he said in response to questions from the national and provincial legislatures.

By July 14, only 116 201 of 155 534 SAPS members met the standards to carry a firearm, he told DA MP Dianne Kohler- Barnard in a written reply.

Kohler-Barnard said this meant that 39 333 or 25.3 percent of operational SAPS officers did not have the competency to carry a firearm.

“This confirms a 2012 leaked performance audit which revealed that 27 000 police officers had failed their firearms proficiency test. It is of great concern that not all our police service members have the necessary training to perform their jobs to the best of their ability. This not only puts them in danger, but it may also result in harm to members of the public when they perform their duties.”

It might also be contributing to the “trigger-happy” firing of weapons, which was “increasingly becoming a trend in our SAPS”, Kohler-Barnard said.

From 2009 to 2011 alone, the number of allegations of police brutality increased by 91 percent, she said.

“The minister of police, Nathi Nhleko, must take urgent steps to address the lack of training that is making police officers a potential danger to the citizens they are tasked with protecting.”

Nhleko’s spokesman Musa Zondi on Sunday said he was unable to give details of why some officers had failed the firearms test and what measures would be put in place to correct this. “I will need to get the details from the police.”

Nhleko said that national police commissioner Riah Phiyega was not required to carry a firearm because she was “classified as management”.

Kohler-Barnard said the DA would submit further parliamentary questions to seek clarity on the status of the officers who do not possess firearms “or possess firearms without the requisite clearance”, and the measures put in place to correct the problem.

In a written-reply to a question from DA MPL Mireille Wenger in the Western Cape, Nhleko said 907 officers had been charged with helping detainees escape from 2010 until last year.

Of them, 516 had been found guilty in disciplinary hearings.

More than a quarter - 281 - were from the Western Cape. Nearly 60 percent of these were found guilty, but only two were dismissed.

Wenger said this was “cause for concern”.

In the province, 162 officers were found guilty, but only two were dismissed. Of these, 133 received written or verbal warnings, while the rest were fined, suspended or received counselling.

“The consequences appear to be far too lenient. Aiding an escaper is tantamount to defeating the ends of justice and is a serious matter,” Wenger said.

She would take this further.

Wenger, who is also chairwoman of the standing committee on community safety, said the number of officers committing crimes was alarming.

It was even more worrying that they were being kept on in the service. She would investigate how many of those found guilty in disciplinary hearings had been criminally charged, Wenger said.
Cape Times

Solid Rust Twotter
30th Jul 2014, 07:03
As if a parliament full of thieving useless parasites wasn't enough....

No doubt the regime considers it money well spent to keep things sweet when they need a large core of malleable voters who will vote as instructed by their tribal leaders.

South Africa's 10 kings have received a salary increase, but it is just not enough.

The R1-million-a-year salary has angered the Congress of Traditional Leaders because they believe kings are equal to the country's president, who earns more than R2.6-million.

The chairman of the National House of Traditional Leaders will receive an annual salary of R727877, and his counterparts in the various provincial houses of traditional leaders will be paid R599505. The 5% salary adjustment will be backdated to April last year.

But it is particularly the salaries of senior traditional leaders and headmen - which go up to R188 424 and R79 364 a year respectively - that has Contralesa fuming. The body's general secretary, Xolile Ndevu, said yesterday that their salaries were "a disgrace".

"A headman is the first layer of government. If something happens in a rural community, the one stop where people will report to is the headman. The whole structure of our institution is really undermined."

Ndevu said the chairman of the National House of Traditional Leaders should be paid as much as the speaker of parliament. In January, when President Jacob Zuma approved pay hikes for senior government officials, the then National Assembly speaker, Max Sisulu, got an annual package of about R2.5-million.

Ndevu said Contralesa and the leadership of the National House of Traditional Leaders would discuss the salary increments before addressing the issue with Zuma.

King Goodwill Zwelithini was allocated R51.3-million for the current financial year for the upkeep of his royal household, including almost R3-million for crop and animal production on his farms.

He received an additional R12-million last year for the refurbishment and renovation of his seven palaces.

Solid Rust Twotter
1st Aug 2014, 13:11
The culture of entitlement in action.

Joburg school kids wreak havoc in CBD

By: Zulfa Petersen, News24 2014-07-30 14:05

Johannesburg – Thousands of school children have descended on Johannesburg CBD, reportedly wreaking havoc and looting from shops and vendors.

Tara Weber, who works at an art gallery in the CBD, told News24 that a group of learners in school uniforms were looting from vendors in the streets outside their building.

“The gates to the gallery had to be locked. We are not sure what is going on or where they are coming from.”

She said the children were seen running down the street just after lunch time.

Weber said: “We are following the incident via Twitter and I have heard police sirens outside.”

News24 user, Silindile Sibusisiwe Ntumba, said: “These children are hooligans! I have no idea why they are marching and I do not care, but harassing us, snatching our food and threatening to hit us with bricks was just not on!”

Sapa reported that the group was in Albertina Sisulu and Eloff streets around 14:00, and majority were standing in front of the education department building.

Metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar said there had been reports of the group misbehaving by picking up hawkers' stands and throwing them on the ground.

He advised motorists to avoid the streets and use Marshall Street as an alternative.

Metro officials were monitoring the situation.

News24 users who witnessed the looting, sent these reports:

“I came across the school kids on Claim Street in Joubert Park, looting an alcohol truck while offloading and running away with multiple cases of alcohol some were even drinking,” wrote Khongoteri Michael Nkondo.

“A restaurant was almost looted as the pupils sang ‘we are hungry’. We spoke with one pupil he informed me that the police forums around the CBD are harassing them making them to learn in fear,” said Gillen Tshabangu.

“They were a lot of school kids around Johannesburg CDB throwing fruits which they loot from vendors. They forced many shops to close for some few minutes because the owners were scared to lose their stuff. I've haven’t seen any injuries I only saw an Indian man hit with an orange on the knee. This happened between Commissinor and Delvers streets but we don't know where they were coming from and the reason why,” wrote Ronald Frank.
People in the CBD have tweeted that the children are armed and threatening vendors and shop owners.

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Aug 2014, 11:34
You couldn't make up this shit!

Pretoria - The life sentence of a man who repeatedly raped an 11-year-old girl he regarded as "a daughter" was reduced on appeal by the High Court in Pretoria because she seemed to be a willing partner, the Citizen reported on Saturday.

Molefe Joseph Mphanama's life sentence was replaced with an effective sentence of 20 years imprisonment for his conviction on four rape charges.

Two judges said the girl had visited Mphanama out of her own free will after the first rape and her unwillingness to have sex was only shown when she closed her thighs, according to the report.

On one occasion the girl reportedly asked her mother to allow her to go to his house and spend the rest of the week with him.

During the trial, the State argued that Mphanama groomed the girl over time. The court, at the time, dismissed the argument that the girl had consented to sex because she was only 11, which in terms of legislation meant she was unable to consent.

According to the report, there was reportedly no evidence that she had experienced any negative psychological symptoms for the rape.

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Aug 2014, 20:19
Rotten to the core. No wonder SA is in such a poor state.

Pallo Jordan's phantom doctorate

GARETH VAN ONSELEN | 04 August, 2014 11:30

Pallo Jordan, regarded as one of South Africa's foremost intellectuals and an ANC stalwart, has no formal academic qualifications - in spite of numerous mentions of a doctorate from a UK university.

A Sunday Times investigation could find no evidence that Jordan - who goes by the title "Dr" - has ever earned a PhD or even had an honorary doctorate bestowed on him.

After two weeks of promising to provide the Sunday Times with answers to questions about his qualifications, Jordan has failed to do so.

Jordan has no degrees or diplomas from the University of Wisconsin-Madison or the London School of Economics (LSE), the two institutions cited on his CV.

As far as the Sunday Times could ascertain, he has no formal tertiary academic qualifications whatsoever.

Jordan's official CV, as it appears on the Government Communications and Information System's website and elsewhere, is titled, "Zweledinga Pallo Jordan, Dr".

Under "academic qualifications", it states: "Dr Jordan studied at the University of Wisconsin in the United States of America in 1962 and he acquired a postgraduate degree from the London School of Economics."

However, the office of the registrar at the LSE has told the Sunday Times: "We can find no record of Zweledinga Pallo Jordan having been awarded a PhD from the school."

No evidence could be found of him being awarded an honorary doctorate and he cites no other qualifications on his CV.

Asked whether Jordan had obtained any degree or diploma from the LSE, the registrar's office replied that there existed "no record for Zweledinga Pallo Jordan at the LSE".

The office of the student services registrar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison confirmed that Jordan did study there, making this claim on his CV technically true.

But he obtained only 97 credits between September 16 1963 and February 24 1964 and never completed his degree.

The university's records for degrees under Jordan's name returned "none".

Jordan is a senior ANC member, a former minister of arts and culture, a current member of parliament and a representative to the Pan-African Parliament.

He is widely regarded inside and outside academic circles as a leading intellectual.

In his official capacity as the minister of arts and culture (2004-2009) he has delivered many speeches as either "Dr Pallo Jordan", "Dr PZ Jordan" or "Dr Z Pallo Jordan". The site South Africa Government Online Homepage (http://www.gov.za) returns 347 hits for the search "Dr ZP Jordan".

As "Dr Jordan" he has written for the ANC's weekly newsletter ANC Today, for journals - such as issue 45 of South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy - and has appeared at international conferences under that title.

In countless interviews on radio, television and in print he has been referred to as "Dr Jordan".

In Lady Grey, in the Eastern Cape, there even exists a "Dr Pallo Jordan Primary School".

For two weeks the Sunday Times has sought comment from Jordan to no avail.

The three questions, first put to him on July 16, were:
◾What are your formal academic qualifications?
◾On what basis do you use the title "Dr"?
◾Can you help explain the LSE's response?

Despite numerous e-mails and SMS requests - see the full SMS exchange in the accompanying story - Jordan failed to provide substantive answers. Among other undertakings, he said he would phone, provide a preliminary account via e-mail, meet face-to-face on his return from a trip abroad, and provide "supplementary documentation" (but, significantly, no degree certificates). He reneged on all these commitments.

On Monday this week Jordan sent the following SMS: "I had hoped that my chosen biographer wud b the one who collects on the Faustian bargain I made 30 years ago. U have taken that role with no invitation. So, here's the deal. U can wait for me to get home, and I give u a full biography of a key player in SA politics over the past thirty odd years. It cud rival Gevisser's Dream Deferred. Or you could go for a Profumo [sic] story that burns out in month or less. I am still en route home and haven't read your e-mail."

Jordan did not explain what he meant by "Faustian bargain". Dream Deferred is the title of Mark Gevisser's biography of Thabo Mbeki.

The message represented an attempt to defer or abort the potential story in exchange for exclusive access to Jordan's life history, for the purposes of a book. The Sunday Times declined.

Jordan first made the suggestion of a biography on July 19, texting: "I had hoped that my selected biographer would be the one who writes up the twisted narrative of my life. But, it appears that a would-be detractor will be the person to do so."

On July 23, he first made an offer of collaborating on his biography in exchange for killing the story, texting: "Refer my SMS, 19:7? Hold whatever u r doing, and u cud b that biographer."

After the Sunday Times informed Jordan it intended to go to print, having afforded him a reasonable time to respond, he sent a message on Tuesday this week saying he was now in England: "In London regarding your queries ... expect correspondence from here in the next day or two responding to your queries."

The promised correspondence never arrived. Finally, on Thursday, Jordan sent a message threatening court action: "I'll take you to the cleaners, the dry cleaners plus the laundry!! So do what you wanna!!" However, he still provided no answer to the questions put to him.

Although he has never officially claimed them, third party biographical profiles have attributed other academic qualifications to Jordan over the years.

They include a bachelor's degree at Wisconsin, a doctorate in economics at the LSE, a history degree from the University of Michigan and a history degree from the University of Cape Town.

According to the registrar's office at UCT, their records do not show Jordan ever having studied there. The certification department at University of Michigan could find no evidence of Jordan having been at that institution but its older records are kept on microfilm and it would take more than a week to verify that fact. Apart from the LSE, there are no other references to a doctorate.

Jordan is the son of AC Jordan, an eminent writer and the first black professor at UCT. He died in 1968.

His mother Phyllis Ntantala is also an eminent academic and writer, who has lectured at the University of Michigan.

Some of the complexities involved in studying as a South African exile are captured in Ntantala's book, A Life's Mosaic, in which she describes how her son was "endorsed out" of the New School for Social Research in New York, where he was enrolled for a master's degree.

She wrote of Jordan: "Then about the middle of November [1966], he received a letter from Immigration telling him to be out of the country by the end of the month, as the purpose for which he had entered the US had been accomplished and he was prolonging his stay unnecessarily." Despite the request being unreasonable, Ntantala writes that Jordan eventually agreed to leave for England, or risk imprisonment.

Lengthy and evasive SMS exchanges

Sunday Times (5.24pm): Dr Jordan. Hello, my name is Gareth van Onselen; I work as a reporter for the Sunday Times. I wonder if you would be so kind as to send me your e-mail address as I have an a query for you?

Pallo Jordan (5.31pm): Why not SMS?

ST (5.32pm): Well, it is fairly complicated and requires some space.

PJ (5.33pm): Not my fault!

ST (5.36pm): I don't think it is a question of guilt or innocence, merely logistics, but if you prefer I am happy to set it out on SMS. I shall send it through later this evening. Thank you.

ST (7.52pm): Dr Jordan, I am trying to confirm your academic qualifications. Your official GCIS CV has your title as "Dr" and says you "studied" at Wisconsin and obtained "a postgraduate degree" from the LSE. On inquiry, Wisconsin confirms you studied there but did not complete a degree. Also on inquiry, the LSE states it can "find no record" of you being awarded a PhD and the school can find "no record for Zweledinga Pallo Jordan at the LSE" for any degree or diploma. I would be most grateful if you could tell me (1) What your formal academic qualifications are (2) On what basis you use the title "Dr" (3) Whether you can help explain the LSE's response. Thank you, regards, Gareth van Onselen

PJ (9.33pm): I'm at a reception. Let me call u when I get home.

ST (9.34pm): Okay, thank you. No rush either, if you would prefer to call tomorrow morning. Either good.

ST (11.06am): If you would prefer, my e-mail address is (blank).

PJ (11.14am): I am arriving in Jozie [Johannesburg] on Wed. I will bring with me all the documentation. U bring yours.

ST (11.21am): I presume you are overseas. No problem, I shall wait for your return next week. I am unfortunately in CT [Cape Town] but if you believe it best to meet I can arrange that. I shall, in the interim, send you via e-mail a more comprehensive outline of the query, as well as my correspondence with W-M and the LSE.

PJ (1.56pm): I shall have the relevant documentation, including letters of acceptance, testimonials from teChers [teachers], profs, etc.

ST (2.05pm): Okay, thank you. I shall send that correspondence through this afternoon, for your information.

PJ (1.16pm): I had hoped that my selected biographer would be the one who writes up the twisted narrative of my life. But, it appears that a would be detractor will be the person to do so. My return home has been delayed by a day or two. When I get close to a PC I'll send u a prelimanary [sic] account. Relevant materials are at home so they'll have to await my return. I'll reach for scheduled appoint as soon as I land.

ST (1.19pm): Thank you. I shall await your return.

ST (6.41pm): Dr Jordan, I sent you a follow up e-mail just to set out exactly what I am trying to confirm, to avoid any unnecessary locating of documents on your part. Gareth

PJ (8.02pm): Shud be back in Jozi Friday, back 2 CT on Tuesday. I don't lug my huge Apple when I travel.

PJ (9.11pm): Refer my SMS,19:7? Hold what ever u r doing, and u cud b that biographer. Bc in CT on Tues

ST (9.13pm): I shan't write anything until I have a response from you.

ST (9.38am): Dr Jordan, are you back in South Africa? If so, have you had a chance to read through the two e-mails I sent you, and could you please give me some indication as to when I can expect a response by? Thank you, Gareth

ST (4.13pm): Dr Jordan, I would be grateful if you could give me an indication as to when you will be able to reply to my query. Gareth

PJ (4.54pm): I had hoped that my chosen biographer wud b the one who collects on the Faustian bargain I made 30 years ago. U have taken that role with no invitation. So, here's the deal. U can wait for me to get home, and I give u a full biography of a key player in SA politics over the past thirty odd years. It cud rival Gevisser's Dream Deferred. Or you could go for a Profumo story [British government sex scandal of the late 1950s] that burns out in month or less. I am still en route home and haven't read your E-mail.

ST (5.03pm): That is kind of you but I am interested only in confirming the facts in this particular matter: 1. What your formal academic qualifications are. 2. On what basis you use the title "Dr", and 3. Your explanation for the LSE's response. If the context is relevant to those facts, please do provide it. But it is those facts I am trying to confirm and understand. From what you have said, I assume you will be home tomorrow, I shall follow up tomorrow evening, if that is alright. Thank you.

ST (12.40pm): Dr Jordan, I have not yet received a response from you. I first wrote [to] you two weeks ago, on 16 July. You asked me to send the query though by SMS. You then said you would phone me. Then, you said you would return to SA on Wednesday 23 July and contact me then. You then said your return was delayed but, when near a PC, you would send me a "preliminary account". Then you said you [would] set up preliminary appointment "as soon as you land".

You then indicated you would be back on Friday 25 July and in CT on Tuesday 29 July. At least two of the queries - your formal academic qualifications and the basis on which you use the title "Dr" - require no documentation as of yet, simply the facts. I can understand the LSE query requiring more detail. I would be grateful if you could please respond soonest. Thank you, Gareth

ST (9.51am): Dr Jordan, I have, as of yet, received no substantive reply from you to my original two e-mails and SMS correspondence over the course of the last two weeks - and the queries therein. The Sunday Times intends to go to print with this story this coming Sunday. If you do not reply today, I am going to take it that your response to the three questions posed: 1. What are your formal academic qualifications? 2. On what basis you use the title "Dr"? 3. What is your response to the LSE's statement that it has no record of you at that institution and no record you having been awarded a PhD by the School?

as no comment or refused to reply, which I believe to be reasonable descriptions of your response, given the time afforded you for a reply and relative simplicity of the questions. Obviously, if you do wish to provide comment, you can reach me at my e-mail address or on my cellphone at any time today. I have also sent you an e-mail to this effect. Gareth

PJ (9.57am): Currently in London regarding your wueries [queries]. Expect correspondence from here in the next day or two responding to your queries.

ST (6.20pm): Dr Jordan, I have, as of yet, received no response or correspondence answering the queries I sent through. Gareth

ST (8.57am): Dr Jordan, I am now on deadline. For the final time, could you please tell me: 1. What are your formal academic qualifications? 2. On what basis do you use the title "Dr'? 3. Whether you can help explain the LSE's response? Without a response, I am forced to write you were unwilling to answer those questions for a period of two weeks. Gareth

PJ (2.48pm): Tell me, does Tokyo still poem [own] Times Media? I will not take an old friend to court, but I'll take you to the cleaners, the dry cleaners plus the laundry!! So do what you wanna!!

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Aug 2014, 20:24
Irony is lost on some people.


NWU = North West University.

unstable load
6th Aug 2014, 12:08
Indeed, SRT..... Black people writing in English about killing Afrikaners....

6th Aug 2014, 12:11

Although, a dick is useful.

Solid Rust Twotter
6th Aug 2014, 16:04
Not to mention the non racial calls to murder those they hate, Mr Load. You couldn't make up this shit.

Solid Rust Twotter
13th Aug 2014, 12:08
From a well trained disciplined force to this rabble...

South African soldier arrested for farm attack

On August 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm
South African soldier arrested for farm attack

Ladysmith, South Africa – Police raided a 5SAI soldier’s home on Friday afternoon and arrested him after he was positively linked to the farm attack that took place on Friday.

Another suspect handed himself over to police after he was informed police were looking for him.

This brings to three the number of people arrested for the attack so far.

The attack took place on Friday afternoon at about 12.45pm.

An elderly resident (about 80 years old) was at her home on a farm situated along the N11 just outside Ladysmith when she was surprised by a group of men, two armed with firearms. The men threatened the lady and got away with a small amount of cash and an air rifle they mistakenly believed was a real firearm.

The elderly lady was not injured in the attack.

It is alleged that the men were in a group of at least four or five.

Neighbouring farmers and police quickly mobilised and went in search of the suspects. One of the suspects was found hiding in the surrounding bush and was arrested. A small amount of cash allegedly stolen during the robbery was recovered. Later the same afternoon, another suspect (a soldier) was arrested in the Acaciavale area.

The suspects, aged 36 and 39, will appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court, facing charges of house robbery. Detectives are confident that they will arrest the outstanding suspects soon.

A licensed 9mm firearm was found in possession of one of the suspects and seized as evidence by police.

Solid Rust Twotter
13th Aug 2014, 12:24
Sadly, the glaringly obvious goes right over the heads of the cANCer and their acolytes.

Economic View: White Farmers Are Not Land Thieves

Posted date: July 1, 2014

By Rabelani Dagada

As I was contemplating this opinion piece, I remembered the old adage; if you tell a lie several times, you may end up believing it. Moreover, some of your listeners may start to believe your lie. That’s exactly what happened in Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwean government and its governing party’s propaganda created an impression that white farmers owned most of the country’s farming land. This was not true; Zimbabwean white farmers only owned about 20 percent of the land. The Zimbabwean government portrayed white farmers as the author of poverty among blacks. Again, this was not true because there were actually thriving black farmers in Zimbabwe, but their participation in farming was disrupted when the land grabs destroyed the value chain and agri-business. The government sponsored land grabs in Zimbabwe exacerbated poverty in that country.

There are lots of disturbing similarities between Zimbabwe and South Africa (SA). The South African public policy in agriculture and land affairs was meant to empower black people and to eradicate poverty. However, since the African National Congress’ (ANC) government introduced the minimum wage regime in the farming sector, more than one million jobs have been lost and the biggest losers are black farm workers. Where Zimbabwe once had a thriving agricultural sector, it has now been all but destroyed. This is also happening in SA – thanks to ill conceived public policy this country has now become a net importer of food and things are getting worse. While the Zanu PF government in Zimbabwe discouraged investors through its indigenisation policy (black empowerment), the South African government is contemplating a 50/50 redistribution land plan.

I don’t foresee the unconstitutional 50/50 redistribution land plan being implemented, but it has already created huge damage by discouraging foreign direct investments. Of course, local investments will also be negatively affected; farmers and banks will largely suspend investments in the agricultural sector due to policy uncertainty. Like the Zimbabwean farmers, some South African farmers will continue to leave this country. We used to have a thriving agricultural sector in SA, but our farmers have been forced into early retirement and migration. Twenty seven countries have approached the agricultural union, AgriSA to recruit our farmers to their countries. More than 800 South African commercial farmers have migrated to Mozambique; yes – SA is importing their products. Half of the farmers in Zambia are South Africans. Some foreign countries are offering 0% VAT on primary supply of agricultural products to our experienced farmers and some of these farmers have already benefited from the Georgian offer of 0% of property tax on property transaction.

The ANC and its government have created a narrative which portrays white farmers as thieves of land that rightfully belongs to the indigenous people of this country. Although these farmers benefited from the apartheid system, it’s disingenuous to attribute the 1913 Land Act to them; they were not yet born. On the other hand, the government’s bad public policy and corruption are responsible for escalating poverty in SA. It’s unfair to blame white farmers for the mismanagement of the land restitution; the blame should be attributed to the poor project management within the government. Most of the land that was attained by black farmers through the land restitution process is commercially redundant. The government failed to craft a Local Economic Development (LED) framework that will assist traditional communities to use the land commercially.

The Royal Bafokeng and Bakgatla-ba-Kgafela were able to formulate their own LED framework and governance structures. The upshot of this has been impressive economic development by these two traditional communities. My ‘thumb-suck’ estimations are that there are about 10 million beneficiaries of the land restitution policy who could maximise the acquired land commercially and become economically empowered. Interestingly, these people automatically acquired the mining rights when they received the land. It is very clear that the government has no plan for how to assist the people who have already acquired land.

If we are serious about fixing South Africa, we should create a public policy that would enable the ‘boer’ (farmer) to come back to farming and ‘maak ‘n plan’. Experienced farmers (white) and new (mostly black) farmers should work together. Black farmers will bring the land while their experienced counterparts bring their massive experience.

The ANC government and unions should start to appreciate the role of farmers in providing food security and creating jobs. Our public policy should be formulated in such a way that most experienced farmers can still own land because in the absence of land, banks won’t give them funding. Actually, all farmers should be given financial support and subsidies regardless of their race.

While the Asian countries and Europeans appreciate and empower their farmers, here in SA the ANC government treats them with contempt and suspicion; this should stop. Massive economic development in China and Asia were stimulated by a thriving agriculture sector. Growth in agriculture boosts productivity in manufacturing and services sectors – this leads to job creation.

Dagada is a Development Economist based at the Wits Business School. He is on Twitter:

Solid Rust Twotter
13th Aug 2014, 12:39
Still nothing but tumbleweeds and crickets from those who wished the cANCer on SA.:hmm:

White women would be the biggest losers once the broad-based black economic empowerment amendment bill was enacted as expected early next year, BEE specialist Andile Tlhoaele said on Monday. The proposed changes meant they would no longer be entitled to benefit from empowerment programmes as has been the case till now. This represents a victory for the black business lobby, which has been fighting for their exclusion.

White women would no longer be regarded as legitimate beneficiaries of black economic empowerment once imminent new laws come into effect, a member of a subcommittee of the presidential BEE advisory committee, Andile Tlhoaele, said in an interview.

The Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Amendment Bill eliminates all white people including the disabled. “The definition of black people is now clear and aligned with the Constitution,” Tlhoaele said.

There has been widespread criticism that white women were benefitting disproportionately from black economic empowerment with their black counterparts relegated to the bottom rung of the drive to redress societal inequalities. The Black Management Forum has been leading the calls for white women to be excluded after it came to light that they were the fastest rising category of people in terms of employment equity.

Tlhoaele said the inclusion of white women had been abused. This had defeated the aim of true inclusivity.

Now that the B-BBEE Act would take precedence over other legislation relating empowerment, enterprises would no longer be able to claim employment equity points for white women. Employment equity is a key element of the B-BBEE scorecard used to rate empowerment credentials.

The Employment Equity Act still has white women as a designated group for affirmative action purposes.

Tlhoaele said proposed changes to BEE legislation would go a long in ensuring that growing numbers of previously disadvantaged South Africans were drawn into the mainstream economy.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies gazetted the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Amendment Bill two weeks ago and gave members of the public 60 days to make submissions. Another highlight of the amendments has been the criminalisation of the practice of misrepresenting BEE credentials, known as fronting.

In terms of the proposed amendments, those involved in fronting could face jail terms of up to 10 years or be fined 2%-10% of annual turnover depending on the seriousness of the incident. In addition, contracts awarded to guilty companies could be cancelled.

Further, the amended law requires the government and its agencies to comply. The auditor-general will audit and report on BEE compliance for government departments.

Stock exchange-listed companies will be required to submit annual reports to the B-BBEE Commission, which the amendments propose. The commission’s function would include supervising adherence to the act.

It would further receive and investigate complaints relating to B-BBEE, and maintain a registry of major empowerment transactions. “The proposals are a bold move and demonstrate government’s commitment to ensure successful implementation of BEE,” Tlhoaele said. “The Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Bill closes many loopholes in the current BEE Act – a move that is long overdue.”

The upshot of this racially discriminatory law is that unless you have your own business, as a white job seeker you're effectively excluded from the work force. The shit remains the same, only the flies have changed. So what was the point, really...?

13th Aug 2014, 14:23
No, this is wrong. Blacks can't be racially discriminatory against whites, it only works the other way round. In the same way, Muslims can impose their way of life on Christian countries, but Christians trying to do the same in Muslim lands are for the high jump.

unstable load
14th Aug 2014, 07:18
The cANCer should approach the Euro countries and petition them to grant full rights to the decendants of the countries that live in SA so those who at the moment CAN'T leave due to being ineligible for visas are at liberty to leave SA for the much trumpeted "Go home, White man!".
The cANCer can then finish off their plunder and allow the UN/USAID/etc to get busy with relief and support which has always been the aim of the game.

Solid Rust Twotter
16th Aug 2014, 16:26
The corruption becomes more blatant by the day. The collapse of infrastructure while the pilferati loot the coffers is the result of the de facto single party state wished upon SA by the chattering classes in the west. Still nothing but tumbleweeds and crickets...

Aged just 25, Thuthukile Zuma has been bumped up to chief of staff in the telecoms department.

President Jacob Zuma's daughter, Thuthukile Zuma, has landed a senior management post in the government despite her lack of experience. (Gallo)

President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Thuthukile may have made history as South Africa’s youngest head of a minister’s office.

From a lowly public liaison officer to the powerful position of chief of staff within two months at the age of 25, she now earns almost a million rand a year.
Her dramatic rise to the position, which she assumed in May after the appointment of her father’s new Cabinet, has raised concerns about political nepotism at the renamed department of telecommunications and postal services.

It appears the post was never advertised, although ministers have the prerogative to make these appointments without going through the normal processes. Several departments do advertise such posts to ensure they attract the best-qualified candidates.

Thuthukile is the youngest of the president’s four daughters with ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former Cabinet minister who is currently chairperson of the African Union Commission.
Thuthukile now occupies a similar position to Lakela Kaunda, President Zuma’s chief of staff, who is considered to be one of the most powerful senior managers in the government.

‘HR procedure’
Most chiefs of staff are appointed at chief director level – earning an all-inclusive package of R934 000 – but ministers can motivate for the incumbent to be appointed as deputy director general, the second highest position in the civil service, a government official confirmed to the Mail & Guardian.

“There is an HR procedure for an upgrade of posts, but ministers’ requests are rarely turned down,” the government official said. It is not clear which level Thuthukile is on.
A chief of staff position requires “extensive management experience, an understanding of ministerial services and parliamentary functions to take charge of the overall management of the ministry, knowledge of the Public Service Management Framework and Public Finance Management Act”, according to several job advertisements for the position that the M&G has seen. The chief director position requires at least five to 10 years’ experience at senior management level.

Shortly after completing her undergraduate degree in 2011, she worked – or “volunteered”, according to the ANC – at the ruling party’s headquarters. She subsequently joined the State Security Agency and spent less than a year there.
The University of the Witwaters*rand confirmed that Thuthukile graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in April 2011 and received an honours degree in anthropology in June 2012.

Political appointment
One public servant maintained that a chief of staff position is a political appointment and that ministers do not consider a candidate’s managerial experience, but several ministries have advertised such positions with strict senior managerial requirements.

Soon after the elections in May, Thuthukile followed Zuma loyalist Siyabonga Cwele from the State Security Agency to the new telecommunications ministry, where he was appointed minister.
Apparently, a formal complaint has been lodged about the appointment, according to M&G sources, but this could not be confirmed independently.

Ministerial spokesperson Siya Qoza told the M&G that there are no human resources complaints relating to Thuthukile’s appointment. “We have checked with the department’s human resource management unit and they have assured us that there is no record of a complaint about Ms Zuma’s appointment,” he said.

17th Aug 2014, 07:39
...wished upon SA by the chattering classes in the west. Still nothing but tumbleweeds and crickets...

Why should 'the west' give a sh!t? It's no difference from most of the rest of Africa, so why bother? This wasn't 'wished upon SA' by anyone, other than by South Africans. SA had a bad lot running things (who would never have survived to the end of the '60s if it hadn't been for the Cold War and them being 'anti Commie', meaning that they reluctantly had to be supported against the commie ANC; that all changed when the Iron Curtain crumbled). But SA provided a celebrity who everyone, including South Africans, fawned over. With him came his party, the ANC. And it's not really any different from most of the rest of the continent, so what's the fuss?

I agree that by western standards it's rotten to the core, but then so much of the third world is, so why particularly care a sh!t about any one of those countries? So, sadly for all the decent people there, it will remain 'tumbleweeds and crickets'. But SA did bring it on itself and 'a country deserves the government it has'! So why should anyone else care?! Sad but true.

Solid Rust Twotter
17th Aug 2014, 13:30
Many would like to know what has become of those formerly strident chattering classes. As you've put it, the old mob were as bad as the new mob, yet the current regime seems to have received a pass from those who agitated to put them in power, despite their dismal record. Failing infrastructure, collapse of the manufacturing sector and SA becoming a nett importer of food when she used to export all over the world in years past.

Meanwhile, the comrades continue to benefit while displaying their concern for the masses...

'F*** the poor!' is the message from a top executive at African Bank

Thekiso Anthony Lefifi | 17 August, 2014 09:26

SO WHAT: Tami Sokutu, former chief risk officer at African Bank, says he is off to play golf in Scotland soon

In a terrifying glimpse this week into the dark heart of unsecured lending in South Africa, a former top executive of African Bank, Tami Sokutu, scorned the poor who were sucked into debt by easy loans from his now failed company.
Sokutu, who made more than R50-million in share options and earned another R35-million in salary and bonuses from his time as Abil's chief risk officer, was asked about those who had obtained loans but were now unable to repay them.

The lives of thousands of borrowers have been ruined because they have been listed as bad credit risks.

In response to their plight, Sokutu said: "F*** them, f*** them."

Asked whether these people would be right to blame him for not having done a better job of controlling lending at the bank, Sokutu's answer was simple: "They will be right to say, 'I'm f******.'"

Sokutu joined the bank from a top civil service job in 2002 and was appointed to the board a year later. He has been on "sick leave" since September, which meant he was not actively involved in the bank, South Africa's biggest microlender, when it spectacularly collapsed. Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus placed it under curatorship on Sunday last week.

The collapse has sent ripples throughout the financial system. It has led to losses in pension investments - those run by Coronation among them - and wiped 0.3% from Absa's money market funds.

But Sokutu showed no sign of remorse for the reckless splurge of lending to millions of South Africans who could not afford it, which led to African Bank's demise.

Sokutu, a former director-general of the Department of Public Works, was notoriously fired last year as chair of the South African Biodiversity Institute when he arrived drunk at the Chelsea Flower Show in London, where he was meant to be welcoming guests.

Sokutu agreed to an interview with the Sunday Times this week. He stumbled and fell to the ground while welcoming the newspaper's reporter to his house in a gated complex in Centurion, Pretoria.

During the interview, he repeatedly boasted about how he had made millions and was now globetrotting.

He has three houses in South Africa, including holiday homes in Port Alfred and Cape Town, and another in Portugal. He said he did not need to ever work again.

Sokutu also boasted about owning six cars, including a Porsche, which he said was parked "somewhere in the world - I don't know where". He also owns a Hummer H2, a turquoise Bentley, a BMW M6, a Mercedes-Benz A-Class and a Mercedes S500. His Johannesburg car, the Bentley, stood in his double garage.

He said he lived lavishly with "no regrets" and borrowers should not have applied for loans if they knew they could not repay them.

Rather than worry about the bank's collapse, Sokutu said his focus was on an upcoming trip to play golf in Scotland. After that he plans to go on a cruise.

The Sunday Times has calculated that Sokutu made more than R50-million in share options alone during more than a decade at the bank. This was thanks to stellar profits made by the bank as it cashed in on the hefty interest rates it charged its low-income borrowers. Sokutu also earned an additional R35-million in salary and bonuses.

In February last year, Sokutu caused a stir when he was questioned in parliament about the unsecured lending bubble and said people just wanted to get their hands on the money.

"We know as a fact that [consumers] are not interested in consumer education. They're not interested in financial literacy. They want a loan and they want it as quickly as possible," he said.

But as the former head of risk, Sokutu personally played a key role in the bank's lending strategy and was part of discussions about how much cash to set aside to cover bad loans. It was far too little, as it turned out.

Sokutu said African Bank's management had been "greedy". He admitted that perhaps the criteria that the bank used to grant loans were not the best, but he denied that it had been "reckless".

"I will never place blame on another person. I was part of a team [that took the wrong decisions]," he said.

The bank remained the way it was, he said, because "I was not the CEO".

Although he was once thought to have been earmarked as a successor to CEO Leon Kirkinis, Sokutu apparently butted heads with him by pushing for a more diversified range of products.

"Leon [Kirkinis] is a good guy, I promise you, but he was stuck in his own ways," said Sokutu.

He said African Bank's management had seen the bad debt problems coming nearly two years ago, but believed borrowers would repay their debts.

Asked whether the bank had hidden information about how bad the situation was, Sokutu said shareholders had known exactly what was happening.

"There was full disclosure," he said.

He said that what was happening at African Bank was "really sad" and not the legacy he wanted to leave behind.

"I don't give a f*** about what South Africa says about whatever ... but I have never been a crook. And I don't want to be a crook."

And once again, nothing that wasn't predicted at the time.

Cape Town - Former chief of state protocol Bruce Koloane, who took the fall for the Guptagate saga, has been rewarded with a diplomatic posting to a key European position.

According to the Sunday Independent, Koloane has landed a diplomatic posting in the Netherlands and leaves the country next week.

The report states that Koloane has been nominated as an ambassador to The Hague.

This comes after he was demoted to liaison officer late last year following the Guptagate debacle where he accepted blame for the illegal landing of a private aircraft at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria last April.

The plane was ferrying guests from India to the wedding of a Gupta family member at Sun City.

In August last year, Koloane pleaded guilty to all charges relating to his involvement in authorising the controversial landing of the jet.

According to a report in August last year, Koloane was fingered by a government probe into the saga as central to the scandal that saw the politically-connected Gupta family illegally landing a private jet carrying their wedding guests at the strategic air force base.

The saga sparked a national outcry, with parties demanding answers from the presidency and for heads to roll.

18th Aug 2014, 14:34

Solid Rust Twotter
20th Aug 2014, 17:02
Not only is infrastructure being neglected, it's being ripped out and stolen. And it's not only JNB, it's everywhere. SA is fast becoming just another third world hole...

Joburgers stripped of R57m

August 20 2014 at 01:31pm


Johannesburg - Joburg’s roads and pavements are being stripped on a daily basis, leaving ratepayers to foot a R57 million annual damages bill.

The entire stretch of the M2 East and West has been stripped of all metals from the guard rails to the bridge expansion joints.

The thieves move along the highway, setting up temporary homes under some of the bridges to be close to their “workplaces”.

The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has discovered numerous places in which people have lived along the route. There are also signs of fires, lit to strip the paint off the overhead directional signs.

Now that these two stretches of highway have been depleted of all metal, the vandals have moved on to the M1 North.

The JRA took the media on a tour to reveal the extent of the vandalism, which Chris Bruyns, JRA’s manager of traffic signals, described as “rampant and devastating”.

A trip along the M2 East and West shows most of the bridges have no railings or guard rails, many of the large overhead road signs have been removed, gantries demolished, stormwater drain slabs removed and traffic signal equipment stolen.

This was organised crime that was spreading across the city, Bruyns said.

The thieves operate openly, in broad daylight. They have been seen lying on their stomachs, digging trenches, while motorists drive by.

At a stop during the tour, a motorist approached JMPD spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar and told him two people were digging up a road in Wemmer Pan, southern Joburg. JMPD officers caught the two in the act and arrested them. They had bags of metal on them.

“Criminals are stripping our road infrastructure bare. It is a direct act of sabotage and devaluation of the city’s assets. The crimes are devaluing our economy, infrastructure and heritage, and lead to the disruption of essential services and jeopardise public safety.

“The end result is a negative drain on the economy, with traffic congestion and unproductive, frustrated commuters and an increase in collisions.

“The very infrastructure that is intended to prevent accidents and protect our community and road users, ends up being sold to illegal scrap dealers for almost nothing,” he said.

A large section of pavement along Commando Road, near Bosmont, has also been dug up.

The paving bricks were removed, and deep trenches dug out, uncovering cables that were then taken to a nearby cemetery to be sorted out for valuable components.

The pavements have been rendered unusable because of the depth of the trenches, which pose a danger to pedestrians.

The figures released show 5 000 stormwater drains have been chopped up, costing R10m; 1 050 manhole covers have been stolen - R4.1m to replace; and 70 traffic signals damaged in a month costing R5.3m.

Conel Mackay of the JRA’s infrastructure protection unit said as a relief measure, a special team comprising officials from City Power, the JMPD, SAPS, the National Prosecuting Authority, Home Affairs and the city’s utilities and entities was set up to ensure a more effective, collective response. The NPA and SAPS are being trained on the seriousness of the issue that has previously been treated as petty crime.

The JRA is negotiating with fibre-optic companies, Telkom and other businesses which use cables to utilise one joint trench to house all the cables, which will be easier to secure.

The JRA is also replacing metal products with alternative materials which have no value.

Materials that are being tested are recycled plastic, fibreglass and polymers. Wooden gum poles are also being used.

One of the test solutions was the installation of CCTV cameras and sensors within traffic light poles to alert security guards if they were tampered with.

This was installed at the Wemmer Pan/N17 intersection where traffic lights and cables were stolen and tampered with 11 times over six months this year and has proven to be successful.

“However, this is expensive and cannot be rolled out across the whole city. We need a cheaper option and that is why other rolepayers (are) being brought in,” he said.

The JRA wants to get communities involved to curb this sabotage.

Minnaar said a special team of nine dedicated officers, working around the clock, 365 days a year, would be working on patrolling the streets to stop this vandalism.

20th Aug 2014, 17:56
When the thieving starts right at the top, it will filter down to all levels. A fish rots from the head.

unstable load
20th Aug 2014, 18:11
Redistribution of wealth......

Solid Rust Twotter
24th Aug 2014, 07:15
You couldn't make it up. The cANCer created him and now the tail is wagging the dog while the cANCer get all pouty faced. Pots and kettles?

Of course, anything that attacks the common enemy (who happen to be a tiny minority), will see them ganging up on that enemy like the ignorant schoolyard bullies they are.

The ANC has lashed out at the EFF after the new party's disruption in the National Assembly yesterday.

The EFF called on President Jacob Zuma to respond to the Public Protector's Nkandla report and chanted "pay back the money".

This was a reference to the Protector's recommendation that Zuma pay back a portion of the costs of non-essential Nkandla upgrades.

The ANC has blasted the EFF's conduct in a press statement titled 'EFF a threat to democracy'.

"This is an act of rebels mask (sic) as parliamentarians who are committed to hijack our democracy, parliament and legislatures," ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

Kodwa said the EFF wasn't in Parliament to solve problems, but rather "to cause destruction and anarchy".

"They use and hijack parliament and legislatures as laboratories for political adventurism, we call on parliament to wake up to this reality and defend its integrity," Kodwa continued.

"Millions of South Africans who vote for political parties to represent them in Parliament, have their hopes and aspirations in Parliament and MPs. Parliament therefore, must not allow itself to descend to a kindergarten and betray the hopes of our people.

"The violent nature of EFF engagement provokes emotions and this may lead to political intolerance..." Kodwa concluded.

26th Aug 2014, 09:05
An extract from the SANParks web page on Table Mountain:As Table Mountain is an urban park, please exercise the same common sense and security precautions that you would anywhere else in the world.

But that same page starts with this:
Due to attacks and muggings in and around the Table Mountain National Park ...

Which is echoed by the comments in the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice for South Africa:There have been violent attacks on hikers and tourists on Table Mountain. Take care in quieter areas of the Park, especially early in the morning or just before the park closes.

Could someone please explain to me how, when these attacks are specifically mentioned in these two official publications, this can be compared with 'anywhere else in the world'?

Or is this simply South Africans trying to convince themselves that things aren't as bad as they really are by saying this to themselves and that most South Africans haven't really travelled to that 'anywhere else in the world' so that they haven't any reality to compare with so they'll believe this rubbish?

unstable load
27th Aug 2014, 17:47
Or is this simply South Africans trying to convince themselves that things aren't as bad as they really are by saying this to themselves and that most South Africans haven't really travelled to that 'anywhere else in the world' so that they haven't any reality to compare with so they'll believe this rubbish?

Think about it, Trossie......
The Western Cape could be goverend by the cANCer, which would definitely make it worse for everyone....

28th Aug 2014, 10:00
Excellent artice by Allister Sparks, a doyen of SA journalism.

How long will the ANC put up with Zuma?

August 27 2014 at 06:03pm

Independent Newspapers
President Jacob Zuma responds to Parliamentary Questions in the National Assembly on Thursday. Photo: Elmond Jiyane, GCIS.

Allister Sparks says the EFF’s protest in Parliament could the catalyst for a transformation of our national politics.
As an honorary pastor, Jacob Zuma should long ago have taken heed of that biblical injunction in Galatians VI that, “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”
The president looked taken aback by that display of street theatre by Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters in the National Assembly last week. Indeed it was dismaying for anyone who cares about the dignity and integrity of our democratic institutions to see riot police being called in to the sanctity of Parliament to evict an entire party.
But my goodness it was an effective demonstration.
Somehow the sheer crudity of that chant, “Pay back the money”, gave vent to a pent-up feeling of national exasperation and anger at Zuma’s continuous prevarication, obfuscation and equivocation in the face of the multiple allegations of corruption that are closing in on him more tightly than ever.
I believe the unprecedented chaos that erupted in the House, and the public reaction to it in Malema’s favour, even by people who dislike the young man’s crude methods, was a catalytic event that is going to have a transformative impact on our national politics.
It could well mark the beginning to the end of Zuma’s presidency.
But what Zuma himself should note is that he has brought this upon himself. It was Zuma who created Malema and condoned his methods.
It was he who unleashed Malema and his ANC Youth League stormtroopers in his fight to unseat President Thabo Mbeki at Polokwane in 2007.
It was he who allowed Malema to launch violent attacks on opposition party rallies.
Those were the seeds Zuma sowed. Now he must reap the crop that has sprouted in his face.
Thursday’s eruption occurred during presidential question time as Zuma ducked and dived when Malema demanded that he say when he would pay back the money owing to the state for the over-expenditure on Nkandla, as ordered by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
Zuma tried to fob off Malema by saying he had already responded to Madonsela’s report, referring to the wishy-washy report he submitted to Parliament last week on both that report and another by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), which he had ordered to check out Madonsela’s findings.
The SIU pretty well confirmed all those findings, but laid the blame on the architect, Minenhle Makhanya, saying he rather than Zuma should pay the excess of R155 million.
Zuma’s typically cunning response has been to order the hapless Police Minister, Nkosinathi Nhleko, to decide who must do the paying.
Since Nhleko has just been appointed by Zuma and serves at his pleasure, ordinary citizens may feel the minister’s decision would not be unbiased.
More important still is that Madonsela has now written a blazing letter to Zuma accusing him of acting illegally and defiling the constitution.
She points out that the office of the public protector is a Section 9 institution embedded in the constitution and that no-one has the legal right, not the SIU nor any minister nor the president himself, to overturn her findings. Only an order of court can do that.
Whether Malema was aware of that, I don’t know. But he is an impulsive fellow and he wasn’t having any more of this procedural wriggling. So he and his fellow MPs let rip with their protest demonstration, and as the Speaker, Baleka Mbete, tried repeatedly but ineffectively to protect the president, the session disintegrated into chaos.
But the effect is going to be lasting.
Nor is this Zuma’s only problem with the Nkandla issue, for in its efforts to divert responsibility from Zuma the SIU did a foolish thing. It issued summons on architect Makhanya to pay up. Now R155m isn’t peanuts and it seems Makhanya is unwilling to play sucker. His lawyer says they will fight the matter in court. Which could be embarrassing for Zuma.
To make his case Makhanya would have to give evidence that when he added all those expensive embellishments such as the swimming pool, the cattle kraal, a visitors’ centre and expensive landscaping, he was not working off his own bat, but under the instruction, or at least with the approval, of “The Principal” of the project – the president, whose home it is.
That raises the question of whether Zuma would be prepared to give evidence under oath denying that, and face cross-examination? Which is something he has spent six years desperately trying to avoid in the arms deal case.
Speaking of which, that grey-bearded issue is also raising its head once more. Twelve days ago the redoubtable Kemp J Kemp, who commanded Zuma’s great “Stalingrad retreat” in the arms deal case from one appeal to another, was chopped to bits by judges of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), to the point where he had to admit he had “no case” in his appeal to prevent the so-called “spy tapes” being handed over to the DA.
The court duly ordered that the tapes be handed over to the DA after first being examined by a retired judge or senior counsel to decide which items, if any, should be excised because they contain vital matters of national security. Retired SCA judge Noel Hurt has now been given the job, with the DA’s approval.
This could conceivably lead to a reassessment of whether the former acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mokotedi Mpshe, was justified in withdrawing the charges of corruption against Zuma six years ago. If not the charges could be reinstated.
Mpshe declared at the time that the tapes revealed a conversation between Bulelani Ngcuka, then National Director of Public Prosecutions, and Scorpions chief Leonard McCarthy that rendered the case against Zuma “fatally flawed”.
The mystery of how and by whom the tapes came to be recorded, how such confidential material came to be handed to Zuma’s private attorney, Michael Hulley, and how Hulley in turn came to hand them to Mpshe, may also be revealed.
All of which could amount to a cleaning of the Augean stables. Which raises the question of how much longer the ANC can live with all this muck? Zuma has become a huge burden on the party. It has already cost it a number of seats in Parliament and the provincial legislatures. Now, with Zuma’s ratings plunging even faster and the metalworkers’ union Numsa planning to form a labour party, it is set to suffer a veritable haemorrhage in the local government elections in 20 months’ time.
The hundreds of ANC grassroots mayors and councillors who stand to lose their jobs – which means falling out of the middle class for many – can’t be relishing the prospect. I smell a grassroots revolt in the offing and venture to predict that Zuma will be gone before those elections.
Who might replace him? As deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa is in pole position. But don’t rule out the possibility of his predecessor, Kgalema Motlanthe, being recalled to serve once again as he did after the ANC so thoughtlessly dumped Thabo Mbeki in favour of Zuma.
Either one could do an effective rescue job. Which is what the country, even more than the party, desperately needs.
* Sparks is a veteran journalist and political commentator.

Solid Rust Twotter
28th Aug 2014, 13:02
...But what Zuma himself should note is that he has brought this upon himself. It was Zuma who created Malema and condoned his methods.
It was he who unleashed Malema and his ANC Youth League stormtroopers in his fight to unseat President Thabo Mbeki at Polokwane in 2007.
It was he who allowed Malema to launch violent attacks on opposition party rallies....

Not to mention Malema the Zuma cheerleader at Zuma's rape trial, where he proclaimed his willingness to die for Zuma, all the while intimidating witnesses and officers of the court.

You couldn't make up this shit. Once again, it's nothing that wasn't predicted over 20 years ago, amid loud protestations to the contrary from those who wished this shower on SA.

Solid Rust Twotter
28th Aug 2014, 15:47
783 – that’s how many charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering Jacob Zuma faced until April 6 2009. The charges were all dropped by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)

1 month passed – and, with 65.90% of the vote for the ANC, Zuma was elected president of South Africa during the national general elections and sworn in on May 9 2009

5 – the number of years the Democratic Alliance’s case has been running

6 – the number of court applications the DA brought in its bid to get the spy tapes

R8.8 million – the amount of money Zuma spent on lawyers from 2009 to the end of 2013, according to a parliamentary reply given by then Justice Minister Jeff Radebe last November

5 – the number of days the NPA now has to hand over the tapes, as ordered by the Supreme Court of Appeal

300 – plus-minus the number of DA supporters who came out to hear the ruling this morning

City Press


How far we've come...

Solid Rust Twotter
29th Aug 2014, 05:58
Interesting take on those who aided the cANCer in getting their little fingers in the purse.

My Liberal Daughter’s Fear of Driving through a Black Johannesburg Neighbourhood

Aug 20, 2014

A peculiar thing happened while my liberal daughter and I were driving through a black area of Johannesburg on our way back from the airport during her most recent trip home-she expressed fear of her beloved blacks and the very people she championed two short decades ago.

My daughter had not been in the country for a few years as she’d moved to the US after the fall of Apartheid. Like many wealthy educated liberals she’d left after the nationalist government she loathed so much had been toppled, and the ANC installed in its place.

On the way back from the airport, we took a route I’d taken so many occasions before – one that thousands of whites drive through on their way to and from the airport on a daily basis. Within minutes of seeing predominantly black faces my daughter commented that she wasn’t ‘comfortable driving through this kind of area’.

At first I wasn’t sure what she meant, as I didn’t want to appear racist; so I questioned this as I know she is favourably motivated towards the Black cause, and would not have, I thought, any apprehension about being where we were. It wasn’t like we were in the heart of Soweto or the Alexandria Township where I could understand her concern.

We were literally in a mixed neighbourhood with simply more black faces than she was accustomed to.

But, regardless of my concerns that she was out of touch, she was positively resistant to both the topic and driving through the black neighbourhood on the way back home.

As she is a Liberal Marxist, still ardent supporter of the ANC, I was rather astounded with the hypocrisy of it.

She was an outspoken critic of Apartheid during the 1990′s, even campaigning for our first black president. Although I am a moderate and realist, I was open to the change. My concerns, when voiced, were always met with criticism, even accusations of racism.

There was me, twenty years on, supposedly White and racist, having no problem with driving through an area with a mixed population, and the person who’d sided with the Black cause, very nervous.

This bothered me a lot because I have often been concerned about the motives my daughter has, and wondered how she could be influenced to such an extent, and not perceive the hypocrisy of this attitude. She is a self-described Marxist, and literally calls Blacks and the ANC supporters ‘her people’. She tends to lay the blame on Whites whenever there is a discussion about black societal failure, classing it as racial hatred and oppression against Black people.

Yet, when I, who quite honestly don’t have the time or money to spend on petrol to avoid certain areas of the city, drove her through an area inhabited by her people, she objected due to fear.

The Liberals have created these ghettoes to keep the Blacks safely tucked away from their own doorsteps, but cannot bear to be near them. Those of us that actually care about our country, that haven’t simply upped and left, on the other hand, are now put at risk by policies they fought for.

I typically dislike writing about personal affairs in a public forum-especially when it involves my family, but I felt this needed to be said.

In America, Marxists like Barack Obama & Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, have facilitated killings to be perpetuated in that city on a daily basis. They ban guns, facilitate teachers’ strikes so kids are put on the street, and only when things get bad, do they decree that extra police be brought in.

They in essence wreck the city, so they can increase public spending. Emmanuel himself put more police on the streets in order to fight the crime he created. He failed to inform the residents that the cops would only be working Mondays to Thursdays, not during the weekends when the killings take place.

What is happening in Chicago and other American cities is identical to the situation in South Africa because Blacks are killing other Blacks, in the absence of law and order; who in their right state of mind would condone that?

It also demonstrates the intentionally divisive nature of Marxist ideology, where hatred has been stirred up to such a degree that no communities are safe – and particularly in the case of South Africa, the white population are being annihilated at the hand of Blacks and no one is lifting a finger to help them.

I often wonder if this is an intended or unintended consequence of liberal meddling. Saddens me that my daughter had a hand in it before she like so many of her liberal comrades escaped to North America.

I’ll be sure to drive through a black neighbourhood next time she visits.

29th Aug 2014, 06:55
The general sentiment in that piece is spot on, however there are some fundamental terminology errors.

South Africans have a very, very big misunderstanding of the word 'liberal' as well as the term 'Marxist' and almost always equate the two.

Marxism is one of the most illiberal political philosophies that exists! It is all about the importance of the 'collective' and the individual must be subjugated to this collective. It is also totally anti-'capital' and has no way of operating other than as an irritating opposition in any capitalist society. Anyone who claims that Obama is a 'Marxist' is advertising to the world that they have absolutely no concept of the real meaning of the term as he is in one of the most capitalist countries in the world and is clearly not just that irritating opposition! 'More left-wing than they are' would be a better way for them to describe Obama and even that is relative as Obama is extremely right-wing to many of the 'lefties' in the world!

Now to this term 'liberal': A liberal is one who believes in the importance of the individual being free (liberate) to act as individuals against the subjugation of the individual to the 'will of the collective' or the dictats of the few in either the left or right wings of politics. To try to put liberals into the same group as Marxists shows an absolute misunderstanding of both terms. (Margaret Thatcher was a liberal in that she wanted the individual workers to be freed from union control and businesses to be freed from state control, she championed the rights of the individual over the will of the collectives. Margaret Thatcher was very clearly no Marxist!!)

A Liberal is one who feels that an individual has every right to wave a middle digit to a passing presidential cavalcade without state interference, a Liberal is one who feels that every worker has a right to go to work and not be intimidated by the striking union 'collective'. I hope that I have shown in this that Liberals are the opposite of Marxists and that to lump to two together shows a level of ignorance of political philosophies that should normally invalidate the meaningfulness of any further comment by that person.

In the above passage, if the terms 'Liberal' and 'Marxists' were deleted and replaced with the term 'lefties', it would all make so much more sense.

Two things that do stand out in that passage: The South African 'lefties' who were supporting the illiberal but Marxist ANC are rather horrified at the fact that the pigs are now definitely running the farm and excluding those South African lefties who are not also pigs; Those South African lefties have often left the country for a better life in some of the most capitalist countries of the world rather than stay to enjoy the 'benefits' of the collective.

And the true liberals can't stand them and their hypocrisy!

29th Aug 2014, 07:24
That piece sums up the double standards and the cowardice, both moral and physical, of the so-called liberals who postured against apartheid whilst benefiting from it. Regardless of Trossie's useful analysis of terms, I think we all know what sort of people we're talking about and we all know some like the writer's daughter - sickening hypocrites.

I recently had an acrimonious exchange with a (now ex) friend, who had been one of my closest friends in the 80s and 90s, and now lives in Canada. I had copied her in whilst forwarding one of those joke emails that go round, and which as is often the case, could be construed as racist in that it poked fun at the new rulers of SA.

She left South Africa in the early 90's, seeing the writing on the wall for SA, before the cANCer took power. I got a thoroughly nasty email from her asking me not to send her any more 'racist' jokes. I replied saying that it was all very well for her to take that attitude from the safety and security of a suburb of Toronto, based on what she read in her Canadian media, but I was actually in South Africa experiencing what went on there on a daily basis. Naturally I called her a hypocrite and a coward.

She is representative of so many. They disgust me. I have no problem with people who accept that they may be innately racist, or that they have run away from the destruction of a beautiful country (two if you include Rhodesia) but those who have turned, sicken me.

Solid Rust Twotter
29th Aug 2014, 07:32
Spot on Trossie. The sad reality though, is that the left and their sponsors have hijacked the word liberal and it no longer refers to those who choose to be responsible for themselves and those close to them without interference against or from others. Libertarianism is about as close as it gets now. That hijacking has also resulted in conservatives conforming more closely to true liberal values than any strident neo-liberal.

30th Aug 2014, 13:46
Looks like this might be stanza two...

Lesotho: Army occupies police and government buildings in suspected coup attempt - Africa - World - The Independent (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/lesotho-army-occupies-police-and-government-buildings-in-suspected-coup-attempt-9701167.html)

Tensions have been running high in the landlocked country since June, when Prime Minister Thomas Thabane suspended the country's parliament to avoid being ousted in vote of no confidence amid feuding in the coalition government of two years.

South Africa attempted to mediate after the attempted coup and warned political rivals that any unconstitutional change of government would not be tolerated.

Lesotho, which is completely surrounded by South Africa, has undergone several military coups since gaining independence from Britain in 1966 and held its first peaceful elections in 2002 under a new voting system.

In 1998, at least 58 Lesothans and eight South African soldiers died and large parts of Maseru were damaged during a political stand-off and subsequent fighting.


unstable load
30th Aug 2014, 17:55
Seconds Out!!
Round number 3?

Solid Rust Twotter
31st Aug 2014, 05:34
On a lighter note...:}



unstable load
31st Aug 2014, 08:44
Cheers, SRT!
Nando's do hit the nail on the head, don't they? :D

31st Aug 2014, 09:00

Racism test.

Do you prefer him white?

No ........ then you're not racist.

Solid Rust Twotter
31st Aug 2014, 09:20
Bloody hell, CT! Pass the eye bleach.:eek:

Solid Rust Twotter
31st Aug 2014, 13:58
Interesting read...

How Mugabe raised R1bn of Wall Street cash to fund the 2008 election intimidation

Cam Simpson and Jesse Westbrook | 31 August, 2014 00:31

This story starts with James McGee, the former US ambassador to Zimbabwe during the contentious 2008 election that Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai was tipped to win.

Shortly before the poll, McGee secretly met a member of Mugabe's political machinery.

McGee was deeply sceptical of this insider during their first meeting, but one of his tips was plausible: Mugabe was about to lose the first round of elections and he knew it.

Mugabe did indeed lose the first round to Tsvangirai, and two weeks later McGee again spoke to his insider from the president's ranks. "He told us the regime was preparing for war," he recalls. The issue was how to finance this war.

Funding a crackdown

Mugabe's men were setting up command centres for torture and killing in areas that voted for the opposition, the man told McGee, and regional party leaders like him had been told to draw up lists of people to target.

The ambassador learnt that Mugabe's government had landed critical funding, totalling $100-million, only days after the vote. The regime provided hundreds of trucks and other vehicles to ferry militias to regions that favoured Tsvangirai.

Reports of violence across the country soon reached McGee's embassy as the Zanu-PF leader's militias sought to punish opposition activists, drive their supporters from their homes and intimidate the rest into backing Mugabe in the next round of elections.

Shaking off Mugabe's intelligence agents, McGee met diplomats from the UK, EU and other missions outside town. They headed to an old sawmill turned torture centre. There, in a local village and at two hospitals, McGee and his entourage, which included journalists, interviewed and photographed victims of the violence.

McGee had witnessed just a fraction of the violence aimed at swinging the second election, scheduled for June 27 2008.

In the weeks leading up to the runoff, there were thousands of casualties reported - and tens of thousands of refugees.

Enter the hedge fund

McGee would not find out for years but, as the attacks were unfolding, a Wall Street consortium provided the $100-million for Mugabe's government.

These millions secured the rights to mine platinum from central Zimbabwe.

Several firms were involved in the investment, including BlackRock, GLG Partners and Credit Suisse. But the most vital player was Och-Ziff Capital Management, the largest publicly traded hedge fund on Wall Street.

Och-Ziff, founded by Daniel Och in 1994, is a hedge fund titan with an estimated $45.7-billion in assets under management. The seeds for Mugabe's salvation were sown when Och-Ziff met Camec (which is not the same company as Camac Energy, the controversial company in which the Public Investment Corporation recently bought a stake).

By February 2008, 40% of Camec's shares were controlled by an Israeli diamond trader named Dan Gertler, who had forged a close relationship with Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A panel headed by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan last year said that the Congo lost about $1.4-billion when its government underpriced assets that it sold to Gertler.

Gertler has denied any wrongdoing.

A source familiar with its investment decisions says that Och-Ziff was primarily interested in Camec because of the Congo assets it was developing with Gertler.

Grabbing Amplats's claims

Zimbabwe has few sources of foreign currency, but in March 2008 one asset it did have was platinum, which at that stage hit a record $2301.50 an ounce.

Some of the best of Zimbabwe's platinum claims are along the southern tail of a narrow, 480km seam of ridges known as the Great Dyke - one of the richest platinum seams ever found.

Weeks before the election, Mugabe's government took control of undeveloped platinum claims along the Great Dyke held by Amplats.

Almost immediately, the government set out urgently to sell the rights.

Camec was ready to buy - it just needed money. And so Camec announced that it was privately raising $200-million by selling ownership stakes, cash it said it would use to pursue "multiple investment opportunities in Africa".

Och-Ziff then stepped up, providing 75% of Camec's total fundraising, or $150-million, making it the mining company's fourth-largest shareholder.

Camec raised the rest of the cash by selling smaller stakes to BlackRock and 10 other companies, including GLG Partners and Credit Suisse, according to records and interviews with other fund managers involved.

Finally, on April 7 2008, Och-Ziff got its hands on the Camec shares.

Four days later, Camec announced that it was using the money it had just raised to buy a "joint venture" with the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC), Mugabe's state-owned mining company.

The joint venture owned the platinum stakes on the Great Dyke that had been taken back just a few weeks earlier from Anglo American.

The price included $5-million in cash - Camec issued shares to partners whose identities were shielded by a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands - and $100-million paid to Mugabe's government.

Officially, Camec said the $100-million was a cash loan "to comply with its contractual obligations to the government of Zimbabwe" for the platinum claims. The money, it said, would be repaid out of the ZMDC's share of future platinum earnings.

It was pretty clear that the money Camec used to pay Mugabe for the platinum rights had come from the deal with Och-Ziff.

The bloodshed spreads

On the day that Camec announced the deal with Mugabe's government, two US embassy employees were gathering intelligence on Mugabe's efforts to ensure his victory.

People in Mugabe's army told the embassy staffers that soldiers, militia members and people loyal to Zanu-PF were training to conduct a "reorientation campaign". They said that 400 vehicles had been deployed for this operation.

What happened next is a vivid - and grim - memory for many Zimbabweans. The violence intensified throughout May. Soldiers drove opposition supporters from their rural villages or urban neighbourhoods. According to the UN, more than 33000 people were driven from their homes by month's end.

With the violence escalating, Tsvangirai withdrew from the race in a move he hoped would stem the bloodshed. No runoff was held and Mugabe triumphantly clung to power.

The bottom line: 289 people were left dead and more than 22000 were injured.

Following the money

Part of McGee's job was to assist in identifying the sources of funding that had helped the regime to stay in power so that Washington could apply more targeted sanctions.

The platinum deal was an obvious starting point.

Embassy staff interviewed mining industry insiders and sent a cable to Washington in June 2008 titled "Rich Platinum Claims Change Hands in Hush-Hush Deals".

They did not know where Camec got the funding, but on July 25 2008 the US Treasury Department placed Camec's partner - Mugabe's ZMDC - under sanctions.

Then, by October 2008, McGee's staff pursued another tip that one of Camec's shareholders - Billy Rautenbach - was helping Mugabe's government to buy vehicles off the books.

A Zimbabwean businessman named Raymond Tendai Chamba, who ran the local office of a Namibian export-import firm, claimed that Rautenbach and Mugabe's central banker, Gideon Gono, placed orders for 642 vehicles with his company. They were mostly Isuzu bakkies, Toyota SUVs and minivans. Chamba says the orders began rolling in during the election period and he was paid $65000 in cash per truck. Rautenbach apparently paid in US dollars.

In November 2008, after those vehicle orders had been reported by McGee's embassy to Washington, the US Treasury designated Rautenbach for sanctions, calling him a Mugabe crony. (Rautenbach did not respond to phone and written requests for comment).

Reached at a poultry farm he runs in Zimbabwe, Gono said: "As soon as I left the bank, I closed off my mind to anything that related to the bank's business."

Gono said he did not recall the platinum deal or any vehicle purchases.

What is interesting about Camec's supposed $100-million "loan" to Mugabe's government is that there are no records of any repayments. Camec also never disclosed precisely who in Zimbabwe got the $100-million it raised.

Andrew Stuart Groves, Camec's former CEO, declined to comment, but his spokes-woman said the $100-million went "to a series of international creditors for a variety of commodities, primarily for seeds, grain, fertiliser and fuel" and that the company "undertook appropriate due diligence" when it paid out the money.

Not only has the loan never been repaid, however, the platinum claims have never been mined.

Camec implodes

Since that bloody Zimbabwean election, Camec has been through some changes. It was bought out in 2009 for $970-million by a much bigger company, listed on the London Stock Exchange, called Eurasian Natural Resources. Eurasian, which was made up of a trio of Kazakh oligarchs in business with their country's government, pulled itself off the stock exchange in November last year after corruption allegations caused its shares to plummet.

A few months ago, Och-Ziff warned shareholders that the US Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission were investigating the firm for, among other things, "investments by some of our funds, both directly and indirectly, in a number of companies in Africa". The probe involved claims that it may have bribed foreign officials, the firm said.

Asked when Och-Ziff first learnt that its money would fund the Zimbabwe platinum deal, a spokesman declined to comment. It seems unlikely that it would not have known.

Payback time

On April 28 this year - about six weeks after Och-Ziff disclosed the federal probe - it suffered the biggest daily drop in its stock price in almost five years when the Wall Street Journal reported that, starting in 2008, it had loaned a total of $284-million to two of Gertler's African ventures in the Congo.

Through his lawyers, Gertler denied any wrongdoing in the Congo and "any allegation which might be understood to mean that our client was involved with, or engineered an investment which potentially involved funds being used to promote the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe".

Zimbabwe's political environment remains a mess.

The tenuous power-sharing deal with Tsvhangharai's MDC ended last year when Mugabe, who is now 90-years old, won new elections - which many independent observors described as rigged.

McGee, now 65 and retired, was outraged to learn that Camec closed the funding deal only nine days after Mugabe lost the first election.

"That's how all the good work we do, or try to do, gets blown away in nine days," he said. "There's just so, so many behind-the-scenes deals in Africa," he said. - Bloomberg and Business Week

Solid Rust Twotter
1st Sep 2014, 05:57
Big fat hairy surprise. Of course, no one saw this coming 20 years ago...:rolleyes:

Guptas, Zuma in line for billions
Moyagabo Maake @City_Press 31 August 2014

Rajesh “Tony” Gupta and Duduzane Zuma stand to benefit from a multiyear infantry combat vehicle contract with Denel worth billions, which will kick off within the next two years.

The two hold a 25.1% stake in VR Laser Services through Craysure Investments, a company wholly owned by Westdawn Investments, according to the Mail & Guardian.

Company records show Gupta and Zuma are directors in Westdawn, and both Westdawn and Craysure share a registered office in Midrand, Gauteng.

On its website, VR Laser, tucked in a cul de sac in the Boksburg industrial area on the East Rand, boasts that it is involved in “the supply of steel components for the Armaments Corporation of South Africa’s project Hoefyster, which involves a total of 264 infantry combat vehicles for the SA National Defence Force”.

Denel – the state-owned defence, security and technology solutions company – recently released results for the year to March 2014 showing revenue grew 17% to R4.6 billion and operating profit was up 91%.

It expects “delivery on key local defence requirements”, including the rejuvenation of the army’s fleet of infantry combat vehicles, to boost locally earned revenue in the coming years.

This army contract, which Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown described as a “R10 billion investment by government in Denel through the department of defence” during Denel’s AGM earlier this month, is called Project Hoefyster.

When it was unveiled in 2007 by former public enterprises minister Alec Erwin, the project was described as the largest deal in Denel’s history.

It involves the development and manufacture of 264 combat vehicles using scores of local subcontractors, who would be guaranteed business for the next 10 years.

The vehicles will replace the army’s antiquated Ratels, which had been in service for more than 30 years by then.

The project has been beset by delays, but Denel Land Systems has made a prototype of the Badger infantry combat vehicle, with production expected to begin soon.

“Operational testing and evaluation of the Badger … are continuing apace with serial local manufacturing expected to start within the next 24 months,” said Vuyelwa Qinga, a spokesperson for Denel.

The first fully completed local Badger is expected to roll off Denel’s production facilities in Lyttelton, Pretoria, late in 2016, according to Qinga.

Gary Naidoo, a spokesperson for the Gupta family, did not respond to questions on Rajesh’s involvement in VR Laser at the time of going to print.

Denel did not to answer questions about who the subcontractors were.

“All Denel subcontractors are selected according to procurement policies applicable to state-owned companies,” said Qinga.

City Press could find no record of an invitation to bid for subcontracts in Project Hoefyster.

Denel group financial director Fikile Mhlontlo said VR Laser was a key industrial player, but denied it was involved in developing the Badger vehicle.

“We have not finalised subcontracting and I confirm that no Badger work has been subcontracted to them,” he said.

Asked about VR Laser’s claim of involvement in the Hoefyster project on its website, Mhlontlo said: “I understand they have an interest to get involved in Badger, but are not involved.”

VR Laser operations head Benny Jiyane did not respond to requests for comment.

Solid Rust Twotter
1st Sep 2014, 07:11
From that shining beacon of prosperity and hope in Africa...

Mugabe: SA is failing AU because of whites
2014-08-31 20:20

Nhlalo Ndaba, City Press

Johannesburg - Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe says South Africa is failing to lead the economic development of countries in the African Union (AU) because its economy is in the hands of the white minority, City Press reports.

Speaking at a function attended by African diplomats stationed in Beijing, China, on Monday where Sierra *Leone ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh and Liberia’s McKinley Thomas heaped praise on him, Mugabe said South Africa was in a compromised situation.

“We would love to see South Africa taking the lead. But the country’s economy is still controlled by the white community, making it difficult [for blacks] to take charge.”

His address took place on his recent two-week tour of China to seek funds for Zimbabwe’s ailing economy.

In response, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told Voice of America’s Studio 7 on Wednesday that South Africa would not “drive whites into the sea” in a manner that would look like Zimbabwe’s chaotic black empowerment programme.

He said South Africa would not draw inspiration from Zimbabwe in redistributing national resources.

Last year, in a televised interview with Dali Tambo, Mugabe took a dig at Nelson Mandela for being too “friendly” with whites. “Mandela has gone a bit too far in doing good to the non-black communities, really in some cases at the expense of blacks,” said Mugabe.

Since taking over as chair of the Southern African *Development Community (SADC) earlier this month, *Mugabe has pushed for South Africa to help other African countries, especially those in the region, instead of using them as a “dumping ground” for surplus products.

He told journalists at the end of the SADC summit: “We also appeal to South Africa, which is highly industrialised, to lead us in this, and to work with us and cooperate with us and not just to regard the rest of our countries as open markets for products from South Africa.”

Before this address, Mugabe had been let down by South Africa which, with Namibia, had refused to sign the Protocol on Trade in Services.

The protocol outlines general expectations for all state parties regarding the treatment of services and service suppliers from other countries.

It does not contain liberalisation obligations, but provides for a mandate to progressively negotiate the removal of barriers to the free movement of services.
- City Press

Meanwhile the clown sells his country out to his new masters while his mates cheer him on.

Mugabe a true son of Africa – diplomats
2014-08-27 12:42

Cape Town – African diplomats in China have reportedly hailed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a true son of Africa, during his week-long visit to that country.

According to The Herald, the ambassadors describe Mugabe as an African statesman who stood up to challenge the West despite the imposition of sanctions on the country.

Mugabe is in China to secure more investment in his country's ailing economy.

According to NewZimbabwe.com, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday promised that China will continue to support development in Zimbabwe and Africa.

Mugabe, on the other hand, vowed to expand bilateral co-operation and to enhance the two sides' communication and co-ordination on global and regional affairs.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported on Tuesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mugabe signed several co-operation deals.

The two presidents signed several deals, including on food, finance and tourism, the report said.

- News24

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1st Sep 2014, 08:04
Cape Town – African diplomats in China have reportedly hailed Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as a true son of Africa, during his week-long visit to that country.
Absolutely true, and proven by his total disregard for anyone who isn't "one of the family", the annihilation of any opposition opinion, and rampant self-enrichment at all costs.

According to The Herald, the ambassadors describe Mugabe as an African statesman who stood up to challenge the West despite the imposition of sanctions on the country.
And the former "Breadbasket of Africa" bears testament t his success. VIVA!

Solid Rust Twotter
3rd Sep 2014, 06:37
Why SA cops are not to be trusted.

Bogus cops shot dead in Midrand

Govan Whittles | about an hour ago

JOHANNESBURG – A dramatic early morning shootout between police and a gang of suspected truck hijackers, including real and fake police officers, has ended with two of the alleged robbers being shot dead.

The suspects were dressed in police uniforms and were driving a car with fake number plates and police decals.

The shootout took place in Midrand shortly after midnight following a brief car chase.

High calibre weapons like an R5 assault rifle were recovered.

An R5 rifle, Z88 pistol, police radio and a police bulletproof vest were found in the fake police car after the shooting on 3 September 2014.

The Hawks Paul Ramaloko says after the alleged truck hijacking gang noticed the police were following them and tried to flee after opening fire on the officers.

“Five suspects were confronted. Two of them were killed during a shootout and three of them were arrested.”

He says after the shootout, the Hawks discovered tools believed to have been used in hijackings and business robberies.

“In the suspect’s vehicle we found two jamming devices. This gang is suspected of also being involved in truck hijackings.”

He says of the three men arrested, two are real policemen.

No surprises there then...

3rd Sep 2014, 07:39

Nando's hit the spot again!

4th Sep 2014, 06:55
A heart warming story ..........

It is time to fight back.......Johannesburg - Armed robbers who stormed into a church at the end of a prayer meeting and started demanding phones and money last night got the beating of their lives from the enraged congregation.
They were punched, kicked and had chairs thrown at them.
The incident happened at about 8pm last night in Berea, Joburg.
Congregant Thuso Siziba said a prayer meeting at the Assemblies of God was disrupted when three “gun-wielding thugs” stormed into the church. Siziba said people were about to leave the church when the men drew their firearms, ordering everyone to stay put.
“Sit. Don’t move. We want phones and cash,” the men reportedly yelled at congregants.
Siziba said two of the men had firearms which they pointed at the congregation. The other man allegedly went around the church, collecting phones and money.
Then a woman worshipper stood up and shouted: “This can’t happen in the house of God!” and started praying in earnest.
Other congregants joined in the prayer.
Siziba said at that moment, the men became confused and did not know what to do. One armed man, who he thinks was the leader, fled.
“One of the congregants put his life on the line by taking that opportunity to go to one of the men. He grabbed the hand that was holding the gun and twisted it until it faced upwards.
“The gun fell on the floor and the congregant also pushed him on the floor.
“We had to make sure that he does not escape so we started hitting him. The other one was (still) busy collecting phones and money. He did not have a gun and we also went for him.
“Up until that moment people had been frustrated at what was happening so when both men were down, they (the congregants) unleashed their anger at them. I had never seen women angry like that. They beat them up and threw chairs at them,” he said.
“We beat them up. We had to do what we had to do.”
One of the congregants who had gone outside to phone police saw officers patrolling the streets and flagged them down.
The officers immediately went to the church where they found the injured and bleeding suspects lying on the floor.
“Police were patrolling at the time. We really thank God for visible policing,” he said.
Siziba said their church had become a soft target for criminals. He said criminals had destroyed street lights to afford them cover for their activities.
“The church has been broken into before and the speakers taken. The cars in the parking lot are always broken into, too,” he said.
Sergeant Mduduzi Zondo, spokesman for the Hillbrow police, confirmed that two suspects were arrested and a 9mm firearm confiscated.
“They have been charged with business robbery and the possession of an unlicensed firearm,” Zondo said.
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Solid Rust Twotter
4th Sep 2014, 07:47
Predictably, the cANCer have done exactly what was expected by those who saw this coming more than 20 years ago. The silence remains deafening...

For a third time in five years the Dalai Lama has been denied a visa to South Africa, reports said on Thursday.

He had been invited to attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates next month, for the first time being held in Cape Town, the Cape Times reported.

The summit is being arranged by a local organising committee formed by the foundations representing the four South African laureates, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, FW de Klerk and Albert Luthuli.

The Dalai Lama’s representative in South Africa says the international relations and co-operations department had contacted her in the past week to say he would not be granted a visa.

And in a new twist, other Nobel Peace Laureates say they will also not attend the summit if the Dalai Lama is denied entry into the country.

But FW De Klerk’s foundation says the laureates should attend and protest there.

It is widely believed that the reason the Dalai Lama has been denied visas to the country is because of South Africa’s relations with China.

When asked by News24 for comment, the international relations spokesperson, Nelson Kgwete, refused to speak on the matter and said all statements would come from the department’s top spokesperson, Clayson Monyela.

Monyela is on business in China.

In February, the Chinese government reacted in anger as US President Barack Obama ignored their request to not meet with the exiled Tibetan leader.

In April, Norwegian authorities were left torn between a planned visit by the Dalai Lama to Oslo and warming up its chilly ties with China, AFP reported.

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4th Sep 2014, 08:39
I guess the perennially sour look on Zoomie's mug has to stem from the discomfort of having a Chinese hand up his jacksie in order to effect the necessary manipulation of lips and vocals....

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Sep 2014, 08:43
Hopefully that of a Szechuan chef directly after slicing chilis....

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Sep 2014, 04:46
Anyone still surprised?


Mayor, officials in court for allegedly taking double salaries
4 September 2014 8:57

The Ngaka Modiri Molema district municipality mayor, speaker, and two other officials appeared in the Mahikeng Magistrates’ Court in the North West over a R300 000 fraud accusation, the Hawks said.

Spokesperson Captain Paul Ramaloko said mayor Phaladi Audrey Saku (49) speaker Vincent Smanga Dila (39) ward councillor Keboneng Peddy Mokotong (55) and a manager in Saku’s office, Kgotlaetsile Piet Ramoabi (46), appeared in court yesterday.

They were arrested for fraud after they handed themselves over to the Hawks.

“They were notified about their arrest after the Mahikeng Magistrates’ Court had issued warrants for their arrest after a lengthy investigation involving R300 000 fraud,” he said.

“The suspects were accused of receiving double salaries after they had been appointed in their current positions.”

They were granted bail of R5 000 each.

Saku was appointed executive mayor of the municipality in June 2011, and continued to receive a salary of R117 232 from June to December 2011 from her previous employer, the education department.

Ramaloko said Dila received R78 489 in salaries from June to December 2011 from the agriculture department, where he was employed before being appointed speaker.

Mokotong worked as a teacher and received R71 707 from June to August 2011 after she was also appointed as a full-time councillor at the same municipality in June 2011, he said.

Ramoabi received R40 038 from the education department.

The case was postponed to November 21.

“The provincial executive committee resolved to place Ngaka Modiri Molema district municipality under administration with immediate effect,” spokesperson Ben Bole said.

An administrator would be appointed to take over the municipality’s executive functions for 12 months. The municipality’s seat is Mahikeng.

Bole said the municipality had experienced governance and administrative problems since 2011. These include failure to address audit disclaimers for the years 2011 to 2013, the nonpayment of debt, and service delivery issues.

- Sapa

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5th Sep 2014, 10:26
Meanwhile, in the (much coveted by the cANCer) Western Cape we suddenly have this...
2 bombing incidents in Cape Town

2014-09-05 07:52


Cape Town - Pipe bombs exploded outside a Woolworths branch and a car dealership in Cape Town late on Thursday night, according to reports.
- Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos (http://uploads.news24.com/#story).
Western Cape police confirmed to News24 that the two explosions occurred just after 23:00 on Thursday night.
"Cases of malicious damage to property were opened for investigation, no arrest as yet," said Western Cape police spokesperson Captain Frederick van Wyk.
The blasts went off outside the Woolworths branch in Kromboom Road and AutoBelgravia in Belgravia Road, Athlone.
"We can confirm damage to a window in our Kromboom store. There were no injuries reported," Woolworths said in a statement to News24.
"We are currently investigating the cause of the incident with the relevant authorities,” it added.
The City of Cape Town's fire and rescue services told Eyewitness News (http://ewn.co.za/2014/09/05/Separate-explosions-rock-Cape-Town?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter) they were called to Belgravia Road after an apparent explosion. They found a car was on fire, and bystanders said it had exploded.
eNCA reporter Lester Kiewit tweeted (https://twitter.com/lesterkk) from the scene that it is unclear whether Woolworths was the target, as there was more damage to Vee's Videos and Auto Belgravia.
He added that there were similar pipe-bombings at two auto dealerships in Athlone in August last year.

2 bombing incidents in Cape Town | News24 (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/2-bombing-incidents-in-Cape-Town-20140905)

Solid Rust Twotter
9th Sep 2014, 13:19
Probably just as well most won't understand this...:ugh:

Boewe baklei oor beseerde se skoene

‘n Motorfietsryer is na ‘n botsing aan sy arms in die pad gesleep waarna sy valhelm en rugsak van hom afgepluk is.

Jacobus Myburgh | 9 September 2014 13:20

Quinten Wagner is tans onder sedasie en aan 'n ventilator in die Netcare Milpark Hospitaal na 'n ernstige ongeluk in Krugersdorp-Noord.

Oomblikke nadat ‘n 20-jarige man van Dan Pienaarville in ‘n ernstige ongeluk betrokke was is hy aan sy gebreekte arms rondgesleep en beroof.

Quinten Wagner se motorfiets en ‘n voertuig het op die hoek van Onderste- en Derdestraat gebots waarna ongeveer 20 omstanders op hom toegesak het.

“Hy is onmiddellik aangeval,” sê sy ma Monique wat vroeër vanjaar by was toe sy pa Hennie voor hulle huis deur rowers doodgeskiet is.

“Ek het gehoor dat hulle hom aan sy arms gegryp het en in die pad gesleep het. Daarna het hulle sy valhelm en rugsak van hom afgepluk en boonop oor sy skoene baklei!”

Sy sê lede van die publiek het gesien wat gebeur en ingegryp.

“Ons weet nie of sy arms so erg gebreek is tydens die ongeluk of toe hy daarna rondgesleep is nie,” sê sy.

“Hy was in daardie stadium nog redelik by sy bewussyn en kon darem uitwys waar hy oral pyn gehad het.”

Lede van die Sektor 3 Gemeenskapspolisiëringsforum was ook blitsig op die toneel. Hulle het paramedici bygestaan totdat Netcare 911 se helikopter opgedaag het, sê Pieter Sparks, voorsitter van dié forum.

Monique sê haar seun moes ses sakkies bloed kry nadat hy in Netcare Milpark Hospitaal opgeneem is. Hy het intussen reeds drie operasies ondergaan – twee keer is daar aan sy lewer gewerk en penne is in sy gebreekte arm ingesit.

“Terwyl hulle sy lewer ondersoek het, is daar vasgestel dat daar ook probleme met sy pankreas is.”

Altwee Wagner se arms, ses ribbes en ‘n sleutelbeen is gebreek. Weens die pyn word hy steeds onder sedasie gehou en is aan ‘n ventilator gekoppel.

“Al wat ons nou kan doen is bid. ‘n Skandering kon eers Saterdag gedoen word omdat sy toestand volgens die dokter tot in daardie stadium te onbestendig was. Daar is toe vasgestel dat hy heelwat inwendige beserings opgedoen het.”

Wagner sê haar seun, een van ‘n tweeling, slaap heeltyd.

“Sy tweelingsussie Monezta is nog rusteloos en was in ‘n toestand toe sy van haar boetie se ongeluk hoor.”

The gist is that a 20 year old man involved in a motorcycle accident was dragged around by his broken arms, robbed of his helmet and rucksack while other thieves in the mob fought over his shoes. He's in ICU at the moment with serious injuries, including to his internal organs. His father was also shot dead in front of their home by burglars earlier this year.

13th Sep 2014, 07:26
War of Zuma wives at SABC studios | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2014-09-11-war-of-the-wives-at-sabc-studios?ars=true)

Solid Rust Twotter
15th Sep 2014, 06:08
From an efficient force to an undisciplined rabble. The few remaining professional soldiers are being targeted and thinned out to bring things in line with the rest of the continent. Fortunately they can still seek help in bringing a case against the military but how long till that avenue is also shut down?

The Department of Defence and Military Veterans (DoDMV) had its legal nose bloodied again this week.

A 36-year veteran, senior warrant officer took the former officer commanding of the SA Army Combat Training Centre (CTC) at Lohathla to court in connection with unlawful arrest. The High Court in Kimberley found in his favour and it appears charges of hate speech will now be brought against the woman general.

She is Brigadier General Nontobeka Mpaxa, now Officer Commanding the SA Army Intelligence Formation.

The case dates back to 2010 when Warrant Officer At Malan was allegedly arrested by military police at CTC and then sworn and spat at by Mpaxa, Afrikaans daily Beeld reported. An amount of more than R500 000 is being sought as damages in the civil case.

Add to this the acquittals last month of 664 soldiers charged with AWOL in connection with the now infamous 2009 soldiers protest march to the Union buildings and the military’s legal services has now seen more than 780 soldiers apparently part of the protest go free.

Another high profile case involving SANDF legal services which has dragged on for more than a year – the illegal landing of a privately chartered jet at AFB Waterkloof – is also starting to irritate Sandu (SA National Defence Union).

Earlier this week its general secretary Pikkie Greeff said notice had been served on the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) seeking information about two of its members apparently implicated in Guptagate, as the incident has become known.

Sandu has given the SANDF 30 days to indicate whether it intends going ahead with charges against lieutenant colonels Christine Anderson and Stephanus van Zyl. Alternatively charges against the pair, the last two facing legal action over the incident, must be dropped.

Both have been suspended while investigations and Military Court hearings are underway. At the time of publication they were still in limbo.

DoDMV spokesman Siphiwe Dlamini told Johannesburg daily, The Star, he could not confirm whether or not the Sandu notice had been received by the military.

Former Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) state protocol director Bruce Koloane was also suspended and demoted following an investigation conducted by the director-general of government departments, including DRICO and the DoDMV. He has since been given a diplomatic posting to The Netherlands.

That leaves only the two SA Air Force officers still facing charges, in their case now of disobeying a lawful order, in connection with Guptagate.

In its 2012/13 annual report the DoDMV showed its legal services division as managing a just under 15% success rate in litigation. Of the 104 cases that went to court in the period under review by far the majority of rulings – 90 – went against lawyers representing the military with only 14 in their favour.

Solid Rust Twotter
15th Sep 2014, 17:47
Democracy my fat hairy piles! It's only a good thing when it suits the regime but completely ignored when they try to cling to power, despite being voted out of office. Yet another municipality where the cANCer refuse to give up their seats when voted out. Shades of Mugabe...

DA marches to Oudtshoorn municipality
September 15 2014 at 04:53pm

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance marched to the Oudtshoorn Municipality on Monday morning in protest against alleged mismanagement of the area.

DA Western Cape leader Ivan Meyer said a memorandum was handed to Mayor Gordon April.

The document listed examples of “gross mismanagement” and “dirty tricks” allegedly employed by the African National Congress.

According to Southern Cape police spokesman Captain Malcolm Pojie, more than 1000 people took part in the march.

“There were no criminal activities or incidents that took place,” he said.

“There were some Icosa (Independent Civic Organisation of SA) bystanders positioned somewhere but they didn't march as such.”

Meyer said a coalition between the ANC, Icosa and the National People's Party had “clung to power” in the municipality.

“ 1/8This is 3/8 despite the fact that the DA won a by-election in August last year which gave us control of the Oudtshoorn council.”

The local DA constituency asked on Monday that the municipality be placed under administration.

“I will take this request to the Western Cape government,” said Meyer.

Municipality spokesman Ntobeko Mangqwengqwe confirmed the memorandum had been received and said a response would follow at a later stage.


Still nothing but crickets and tumbleweeds from their supporters in the west who agitated for this.

Solid Rust Twotter
2nd Oct 2014, 20:01
By Stalin's scarlet suspender belt!

Words fail me...

SANDF’s R1.6m female shoe mission

October 1 2014 at 01:28pm
By Louise Flanagan

Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told Parliament that Armscor is spending R1.595 million to design a pair of court shoes for women in the SANDF.

Johannesburg - What do you get when you ask Armscor to design a pair of shoes?

A very, very, very expensive bit of research that takes six years, lots of jargon and a product that the defence force is too shy to show Parliament.

The problem, it seems, is that women in the SANDF have unusually shaped feet.

Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told Parliament that Armscor is spending R1.595 million to design a pair of court shoes for women in the SANDF. So far, R1.2m has been spent.

The project has logged 1 608 hours over six years, including this year, and it’s not finished yet – because they haven’t got enough money – so they’ll finish in March next year.

The reply arose from questions about the progress of the shoe project from DA spokesman on Defence, MP David Maynier.

The project was “to overcome poor fit, poor comfort and foot pathologies” of the existing SANDF court shoes, said the minister.

“Due to the diversity in shape, variability in foot sizes and specific foot characteristics identified in the SANDF population, commercially available uniform footwear does not accommodate the full spectrum of the female SANDF population,” said Mapisa-Nqakula.

So they had to do “substantial research to characterise the South African female foot”.

The first year was spent on “detailed analysis of anthropometric foot data” to identify “foot forms characteristic to the SANDF female population”, said the minister.

The next year, computer-aided design software was brought in to design a base size last (a shoemaker’s model of a foot that is used as the basis for making shoes).

The third year, they made two pairs of lasts and shoes, and tried them out on the SANDF.

The fourth year, they built a full range of lasts and shoes in two styles.

The fifth year, they did “a literature review and engagement with industry” (they read research and talked to shoemakers) and modified their shoes.

This year, the sixth year, involves “a small scale fit evaluation”.

Maynier asked Mapisa-Nqakula if she could show the shoes to Parliament, but she didn’t reply to that question.

“I don't know what you get for R1.6m in female footwear, but at that price, we should expect a pair of Jimmy Choos,” said Maynier.

“There are red lights flashing all over the defence force because the operational budget has been cut to the bone.

“So, I simply cannot understand why the defence force would budget to spend R1.6m on the development of a female court shoe.

“Surely, the private sector have the available anthropomorphic data to be able to produce a comfortable female court shoe for the defence force.

“It seems to me that the Defence Force is shooting itself in the foot.”

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The Star

Solid Rust Twotter
4th Oct 2014, 05:59
It appears the high horse on which these dullards are desperately trying to remain seated is due for the knackers yard...

The Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the 1999 Strategic Defence Procurement packages (SDPP), also known as the arms deal, has responded strongly to organisations calling for its dissolution.

“The Commission wishes to caution members of the public and interested parties that it is a criminal offence to, among others, disparage or insult the Commission or its members,” spokesman William Baloyi said in a statement to the SA Press Association.

The statement comes after more than 30 local and international social justice organisations earlier this week called for the Commission to stop its hearings because it has, among others, refused to admit documents seen as germane to its work and has made rulings that have hamstrung independent witnesses.

Baloyi said the Commission wanted to “put the record straight” amid disinformation currently in the public arena. He maintains the campaign against the Commission is linked to the withdrawal of witnesses Andrew Feinstein, Paul Holden and Hennie van Vuuren.

The three said last month they were withdrawing from the Commission because they could no longer co-operate with it. This was because “it (the Commission) is so deeply compromised that its primary outcome will be to cover up”.

Baloyi said Feinstein had indicated in a radio interview he and the other two witnesses who have withdrawn would campaign for the dissolution of the Commission.

“The Commission has thus far been extremely reluctant to invoke the powers it has in terms of the regulations to initiate criminal proceedings and other legal measures at its disposal against people who maliciously vilify it or its chairperson but it may be forced to do so if the disparaging and insults persist,” Baloyi said.

Public hearings are due to recommence on Monday when Terry Crawford-Browne is set to appear. Crawford-Browne is the man who took the issue of alleged corruption in the acquisition of new front-line equipment for the SA Air Force and SA Navy to the Constitutional Court, forcing President Jacob Zuma to establish the Seriti commission.

Initially the commission was given a year to complete its work and report to Zuma, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF). This was subsequently extended by another year and Judge Willie Seriti, who heads up the commission, last month indicated another extension would be sought.

unstable load
4th Oct 2014, 14:56
Meanwhile, in other news, SAA and SA Express have been declared wanting in the requirements to be " A going concern" as businesses as they yet again latch onto the teat of the Treasury in search of sustenance....

Can't be ar5ed to post a link as it's too depressing.

8th Oct 2014, 13:29

13th Oct 2014, 10:46
It seems those who really pull the strings are in Beijing. The Dalai Lama was 'refused' a visa to visit ZA for a meeting. Officially, he 'decided to withdraw' his application after being advised it would not be granted. The unstated reason for this is that the ANC are not prepared to do anything to jeopardise their very profitable links with Beijing, so Zuma rolls over to have his fat gut tickled by the Chinese.

Mandela would be turning in his grave.

Solid Rust Twotter
13th Oct 2014, 12:51
Oh, I don't know...

The good of the party has always superceded the good of the people.

Solid Rust Twotter
22nd Oct 2014, 10:50
Making more gravy available by using museums as conduits to keep the trough snufflers sated. Taking care of the exhibits and recording the history is just too much to ask, I suppose.

Erika Gibson Column: Lucrative Museum Mischief in the RSA

Somehow interventions by the SANDF’s top echelons at military museums in the past few years have not always been handled with the appropriate procedures nor the proper discretion or decorum.

The so called Keystone Cops “raid” on the SA National Museum of Military History in 2005 was one of those farcical incidents when members of the SAPS and the Military Police enthusiastically pounced on museum personnel for the alleged illegal possession of dangerous armaments and equipment.

The whole scene might have been very funny were it not for the tragic consequences of the museum director, John Keene, losing the sight in his one eye after he was shackled to his bed just he had endured serious eye surgery. We also know that the Departments of Defence and the SAPS had to back down subsequent to a punitive liability claim brought against them in the high court.

The judge at the time expressed his grave disquiet that senior people, including a number of ministers themselves, made all kinds of ignorant and pontificating statements about the “successful raid” instead of professionally verifying the facts before engaging in the arrests of honest people. That was after the museum provided the necessary paperwork that the armoured car in question had in fact been appropriately donated to the museum with all the requisite authorisation.

The judge also said that the matter was one of considerable public interest and that the public should know how virulently tax money was being blatantly wasted when the government had to fork out a few hundred thousand Rands in compensation.

I had the same idea when the SA Air Force admitted that it is in the process of appointing at least one Major General to ensure that the three SAAF museums would in future become more reflective of not only the history of the SAAF, but also the air wings of the TBVC defence forces and those of MK and APLA. Quite candidly, it was the first occasion that I discovered that the latter two organisations had operational air wings either during the armed struggle or after.

Major General (Ret) Lucky Ngema, who retired from the SAAF in 2010, is the designated commanding officer of this project and rumour has it that, astonishingly, he will be assisted by three more retired generals in the execution of his onerous duties. I wondered whether this coincidence was purely accidental, being confirmed just shortly after the three museums at Swartkops, Port Elizabeth and Ysterplaat were temporarily closed to the public and a number of Reserve Force employees were told that their contracts might not be renewed because of “a lack of funds”.

Then someone kindly provided me with the details of General Ngema’s earnings perhaps explaining why he is being called up into the very same Reserve Force (RF) for an undetermined time (the other members can only be called up for three months at a time). At a staggering R2 700 per day his earnings would have kept at least five technical RF members on the payroll. I wondered why funding suddenly no longer constituted a challenge or a problem anymore.

“General Ngema will be responsible to integrate and capture as well as to preserve and present a casual display of an all-inclusive history of the SAAF, former TBVC defence forces and the armed wings of the liberation movements post the integration process. This is to ensure that all three museums present an acceptable, correct and informative synchronized visual display of the history and heritage of the SAAF as well as to implement measures to preserve the history and heritage for generations to come. This is estimated to be completed by September 2015,” commented Major General Wiseman Mbambo, 2IC of the SAAF.

Shortly hereafter the museums were open and operating again.

General Ngema has had an illustrious SAAF career and was ,at some stage, I believe, earmarked to become its chief. However, after he resigned he was initially appointed as the Military Attaché in Brazil. This apparently posed a few problems as it was only a Colonel’s post at the time. It was understood that Ngema would have had to earn the lesser salary if he was to take up the post, which is in contradiction with all sorts of financial regulations. In the end he never took up the post.

It is also interesting that the project of transforming the displays at the museums was part of his responsibilities when he was still in the SAAF full time. According to those in the know it was the museums’ personnel themselves, who, already in 2007, had started with negotiations to obtain a single similar aircraft to the Cessna 150. The original aircraft was no longer in existence and a similar one was sourced from Gabon. This was shipped to South Africa and is currently being renovated by the dedicated personnel at the Port Elizabeth branch of the museum.

I believe part of the new plans included new exhibition halls which would depict the aviation history of the liberation movements. And again I wonder where the funding suddenly came from as all of us interested in aviation matters know that the museums have been struggling to exist due to a lack of funding. It was the selfless efforts by the Friends of the Museum and other interested parties to care for the warbirds that somehow still keep them flying and not the generous budgets awarded to the museums in recent times.

Maybe I am uninformed, but I am wondering what the planned displays would consist of. Some of the TBVC aircraft have been sold off and few are still being used by the SAAF, but none are really warbirds.

Maybe it’s a good thing that we get to know all about the liberation air wings and its contribution to the SAAF’s history.

But somehow I cannot imagine why it would need a handful of generals to achieve this, when it is really historians and technical people who are needed for this purpose. I don’t even want to mention the word “ job creation”, because maybe it is a very complicated task which lies ahead which may need the firm authoritative hand of a few top generals to be achieved.

At the same time I also cannot help but reflect on the words of the judge in the Military Museum case mentioning how taxpayers’ money should always be used wisely and definitely not be wasted.

I am willing to eat my words come September 2015 and the museums emerge spruced up with all sorts of new exhibits and flying days every Saturday instead of possibly once a month!

Solid Rust Twotter
27th Oct 2014, 12:56
Despite things going down the shitter at an ever increasing rate, the current mob keep getting voted into power by the very people who protest and set fire to vehicles in the streets to bemoan the crap job they're doing. WTF?!

South Africa soccer captain Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead by intruders when trying to protect his girlfriend during a robbery at her home near Johannesburg, officials said on Monday.

The 27-year-old Orlando Pirates goalkeeper died on Sunday after suffering a single shot through the chest at the home of girlfriend Kelly Khumalo, a local actress and singer, in the township of Vosloorus.

“Two guys entered the house and demanded cellphones, money and other valuables,” provincial Community Safety official Sizakele Nkosi-Malubane told reporters at the scene.

“Senzo tried to protect Kelly because one of the men had a gun pointed towards her.”

Police on Sunday said two men entered Khumalo’s house about 8 p.m. local time (1800 GMT). A third waited outside the house and all three fled immediately after the shooting.

Meyiwa was declared dead on arrival at hospital, the police added.

South Africa coach Ephraim Mashaba comforted several of Meyiwa’s team mates who arrived at the hospital not long after the shooting.

“We can assure all South Africans that we will do all we can to bring Meyiwa's killers (to) book,” the South African Police Servicer said on its Twitter account, offering a reward of R150,000 ($13,700).

Meyiwa captained South Africa in their last four matches in the African Nations Cup qualifiers without conceding a goal and played on Saturday when his club advanced to the semi-finals of the South African League Cup.

“This is a sad loss which ever way you look at it –- to Senzo’s family, his extended family, Orlando Pirates and to the nation,” Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza said in a statement.

Meyiwa's death has further highlighted South Africa's rampant gun violence less than a week after Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius was given a five-year jail sentence for culpable homicide after shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

More than 17,000 people were murdered in South Africa between April 2013 and March 2014, an increase of about 800 over the previous year, according to police figures.

It also appears you have to be a public figure before the police get off their fat arses and do anything.

27th Oct 2014, 15:23
Senzo Meyiwa's death is huge news, and very sad, but it's only newsworthy because he's a person in the public view, which doesn't make him a more worthy or better person than most of the other 18,000 people a year who die violent deaths in ZA.

A pointless crime, since all they stole was a cellphone, which he would probably happily have given them.

Another pointless crime is the destruction of public property ........ last night, 19 Metrorail commuter carriages were destroyed by arson in the Salt river yards, bringing to the total destroyed so far this year to 35, worsening services which are already under-resourced and over-crowded.


Solid Rust Twotter
29th Oct 2014, 07:43

That would be nekulturnyy.

Mac the Knife
29th Oct 2014, 09:14
They're going to have to enlarge this quite considerably to fit in all the by now unflyable Gripens and Hawks and whatnot.

Not to speak of the submarines!



Solid Rust Twotter
29th Oct 2014, 11:57
More profitable to flog them for the scrap value, Mr Mac.

31st Oct 2014, 06:52
The ANC is broke | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2014-10-30-broke-anc-may-have-to-cut-jobs-for-comrades?utm_source=Mail+%26+Guardian&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily+newsletter&utm_term=http%3A%2F%2Fmg.co.za%2Farticle%2F2014-10-30-broke-anc-may-have-to-cut-jobs-for-comrades)

South Africa’s ruling party is broke and may be forced to lay off staff.
An official at Luthuli House, the ANC’s headquarters, told the Mail & Guardian that Africa’s oldest liberation movement was in such a dire financial situation that some workers had not received their salaries for more than two months, whereas others had been paid a week or two late over the past few months.
Maybe they should start by kicking out the biggest parasitic criminal of all, Jacob Zero Use to Most Africans. Of course most of us have known for years that they were morally bankrupt, now they've run out of other people's money.

Meanwhile at the national carrier, the Chief Honcho is locked out of his office ..............Tensions escalate between SAA bosses | News | National | Mail & Guardian (http://mg.co.za/article/2014-10-30-tensions-escalate-between-saa-bosses) ..... probably a smart move as he's likely to do less harm to the airline if they get him to make the tea and clean the bogs.

Solid Rust Twotter
5th Nov 2014, 11:21
And we thought the continual power failures and blackouts were because the cANCer clown show had trousered the maintenance budget....

http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa329/rigpig1/010114/10734060_10205191878463402_6150690828404443843_n_zps308c0953 .jpg

5th Nov 2014, 14:38
you'all are guilty of acceding to the minorities whims.

They demanded the house on the hill.

You said no, somebody else built that.

they said no: it is and was ours....

Solid Rust Twotter
6th Nov 2014, 05:21
Two heads of state vs a philandering kissyball player. Just how far removed from reality are these cANCer clowns?

Mbalula to Cliff: Who paid for Verwoerd’s funeral? Stop questioning Meyiwa’s state-funded funeral!
Tiisetso Malepa | 04 November, 2014 11:57

Mbalulua had previously claimed that Cliff was suffering from a "Verwoerd hangover".

Times LIVE reported on Monday a Cliff tweet which escalated into a racial Twar with Mbalula - the Minister hit back last night and slammed the idols judge for lacking respect for the deceased.

“Who paid for Verwoerd funeral?And who paid for PW Botha's funeral? It is the state, did they deserve it?... we never asked because we respect the dead (DD)."

On the day of Meyiwa’s funeral in Durban on Saturday, Cliff came under fire from social media users after posting on his Twitter account: “Who's paying for this massive funeral for #SenzoMeyiwa?”

Mbalula hit back and said Cliff’s “question in essence draws comparisons and insinuates that Senzo doesn't deserve an official funeral.”

Cliff, on his personal blog, labelled the attack he received from many social media users as "The wrath of Black Twitter."

"Why do South Africa allow this disrespect in the name of independent thinking. Why are we so gullible?" asked the Minister, in reference to Cliff’s inflammatory statements on his personal blog.

Mr Cliff, of course, being one of the cANCer's most strident cheerleaders back in the day. Reality's a bitch, eh?

6th Nov 2014, 06:59
"The wrath of Black Twitter"? Is that worse than 'The wrath of Rust Twotter'?!!

Mr Cliff, of course, being one of the cANCer's most strident cheerleaders back in the day.Therein lies the problem: it is not the west or the outside world that is to 'blame' for your present predicament, but that old 'enemy from within'. Of course a lot of them will be disillusioned, the outcome was inevitable but with their idealistic eyes they could only see that 'Mandela magic' that they had made up in their own minds. As you say "Reality's a bitch"!! But, a bit of reality is that the present situation there was created from within and wished upon the country from within. If that is what the masses there want then why should the outside world care anything more than 'tumbleweeds and crickets'? Reality's a bitch!!

As with Scotland, another place blighted by the evils of a party with the word 'national' or 'nationalist' in its name (and nationalists are always removed from reality!), I feel sorry for all the good people living there. But: Reality's a bitch!!

Solid Rust Twotter
6th Nov 2014, 07:13
We're talking the huge western support for an organisation that many within SA knew to be deeply flawed, Mr Trossie. None of the excesses of the cANCer come as a surprise. Those paying attention saw them for what they were long before they gained power.

In no small way reminiscent of Mugabe and his Zanu heroes, so lauded by the west back in the day.

Pinky the pilot
6th Nov 2014, 08:39
In no small way reminiscent of Mugabe and his Zanu heroes, so lauded by the west back in the day.

'Aint that the truth, SRT. You would be quite surprised to find just how many Aussies despise former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser for his deep support for Mugabe!:ugh:

The fact that he got rid of arguably the most incompetent PM (Whitlam) and Government Australia even had* is unfortunately neither here nor there. A sizable number of Australians will never forgive him for selling out what was then Rhodesia.:ooh:

*Although the jury is still out when it comes to comparing "Goof' to the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd (mis)administrations.:rolleyes:

Solid Rust Twotter
6th Nov 2014, 09:14
Politics, eh? It's a dirty business. Can't say it attracts anyone I'd allow into my home.

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Nov 2014, 04:30
H.L. Mencken — 'Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey-cage.'

South Africa's parliament descended into chaos - and comedy - Thursday ahead of a debate over the building of a palatial home for President Jacob Zuma with taxpayers money.

Rambunctious opposition lawmakers refused the speaker's orders to sit down or leave the house, instead standing and yelling at her: "You must go!"

It was the second time the issue of Zuma's R246-million home has thrown parliament into turmoil.

In August, riot police were deployed after a group of radical lawmakers yelled at Zuma: "Pay back the money".

The session was suspended and Zuma has not returned to parliament since.

On Thursday, uproar broke out within minutes of the start of the session when speaker Baleka Mbete, chairwoman of the ruling African National Congress, tried to limit the programme for the day.

She was met with a barrage of angry objections and accused of trying to "bully" the opposition and run a "one-party dictatorship".

After around 40 rowdy minutes Mbete was forced to back down - a rare victory for the opposition in a house dominated by the ANC.

Opposition sources revealed that their tactic was to extend the parliamentary session into the night, when ANC lawmakers usually fly home for the weekend.

That would leave the ruling party unable to muster the numbers to pass a committee report into Zuma's home, which has been dismissed as a whitewash.

The report, adopted by a committee made up entirely of ANC MPs after the opposition withdrew, exonerated Zuma of responsibility for the "security upgrades" to his rural Nkandla home.

Once the speaker backed down, opposition members rose endlessly to give notice of motions for future debate, many of which made scornful digs at Zuma.

The "security upgrades" at his home included a chicken run, a cattle enclosure, a swimming pool and an amphitheatre - giving lawmakers vast scope for jokes about their security uses.

But the scandal has created great bitterness and seriously damaged Zuma's standing.

When it does finally come up in parliament, seven of 12 opposition parties plan to call for his removal from office on the grounds that he has violated the constitution.

When that fails - as it will because of the ANC's overwhelming majority - they plan to take the issue to court.

Zuma also faces a police investigation into the building works.


unstable load
15th Nov 2014, 18:31
H.L. Mencken — 'Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey-cage.'
So, now all we need is a nice, solid cage.....

17th Nov 2014, 08:10
The death of the rainbow nation | Opinion | Moneyweb Today (http://today.moneyweb.co.za/article.php?id=792799&cid=2014-11-17#.VGm6H8kXJig)

Solid Rust Twotter
17th Nov 2014, 13:08
The death of the rainbow nation | Opinion | Moneyweb Today

And of course no one saw it coming...:rolleyes:

...Except those who did and were vilified and shouted down when they sounded the warning back in the day.

17th Nov 2014, 13:10
...Except those who did and were vilified and shouted down when they sounded the warning back in the day.
Of course, because we ......... ooops ....... they ........... were racist, white supremacists, and elitists.

Solid Rust Twotter
17th Nov 2014, 13:56
Pretty much the description used for anyone who didn't subscribe to the flavour-of-the-month groupthink at the time, Mr CT. No room for dissent in Utopia.

unstable load
18th Nov 2014, 06:52
Pretty much the description used for anyone who doesn't subscribe to the flavour-of-the-month groupthink at the moment, Mr CT. No room for dissent in Utopia.
There, fixed it for you, Mr S....

18th Nov 2014, 07:35
While talking about the 'death of the Rainbow Nation', it would be interesting to consider the following:

1. It was the world's first ever monochrome rainbow!

2. What is South Africa? Why is it a country? What/who has ever held it together as a country?

3. Is there anyone who is going to be able to hold it together in the future? If not, how many new countries will it become and how soon? Is there any chance of this being done peacefully?

(I have said for many years that it is an artificial country and will come apart at some stage. Of course, not only those living in the new regime but also those from the days of the pre-'94 regime won't believe me. How could anyone who questions the existence of their country that they are so 'proud' of be right?!!)

Solid Rust Twotter
18th Nov 2014, 09:08
Clem Sunter of FNB went around doing a Rah-Rah Road Show in which he spoke of a high road and a low road. Sadly, I don't think he got it. There was only a low road and a lower road, both leading to collapse of govt and total loss of any confidence in the regime (except at election time when the bogey man is dragged out and dusted off, and t-shirts and boxes of KFC are distributed).

The only real difference being that the lower road may have led to something relatively positive rising from the ashes after a short sharp shock, instead of this slow motion train wreck posing as a working country while the edifice is destroyed from within by the cANCer termites.

Solid Rust Twotter
19th Nov 2014, 15:54
The farce continues.

Heckuva job guys...!

Poor Lynne Brown. Poor, sad Lynne Brown. What a terrible situation to find oneself in. She is, ostensibly, the minister of public enterprises.

She is not. A mere glance at what she has been going through at SAA makes it clear that she is a mere seat-warmer, an empty suit, an effigy on a chair.

The decisions are made elsewhere. The minister exists merely to take the blame when it will, inevitably, need to be apportioned. She is waiting to be blamed for something at SAA for which she is not responsible.

SAA is now nothing less than a comedy show. Just like the SABC. Just like the Post Office. Just like Eskom. Just like our parliament.

Events at SAA have been more than sad to watch. It is a microcosm of everything that is going wrong with our government and our politics. It is a hive of the politics of patronage, cronyism, sloth and failure. It is an example of men and women of integrity failing to stop and ask: Why am I doing all this for one man?

The SAA chairman, Dudu Myeni, who has been named by the Mail & Guardian newspaper as currently engaged in, or having engaged in, an intimate relationship with the president of our republic, has been running rings around Brown for months. Her word seems to be taken as that of an anointed leader rather than that of someone who has to comply, like the rest of us, with the rules of corporate governance.

First, she lied to SAA by claiming that she has a bachelor of arts degree, which she doesn't.

Over the past fortnight she has rushed to change her story and now claims that she had merely forgotten to say that she had not completed two major courses for the degree.

It is not a degree, darling, until you have completed your majors, passed the exams and received a degree from the institution.

In this regard she is at one with other leaders of our state-owned enterprises. At the SABC we have the chairman of the board - also linked several times to the president of the republic - taking parliament to court for asking her to produce her degree after she lied about graduating from Unisa as a bachelor of commerce.

The chief operating officer of the SABC claimed he had a matric when he did not.

None of the three is out of a job.

Lesson to our kids: Don't worry about study and application. Just lie, or sleep, your way to the top.

Two weeks ago Myeni suspended SAA CEO Monwabisi Kalawe. The minister, who has fired a whole board to accommodate Myeni, ordered her to lift the suspension.

Myeni told a shareholder meeting, and the minister in writing, that Kalawe's suspension had been lifted.

However, inquiries by Business Day revealed that the airline was claiming that Kalawe was "on leave". His access to his office was blocked. His was locked out of his e-mail.

SAA appointed an acting CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout, claiming that Kalawe was on "special leave". Kalawe's lawyer said this was a "blatant lie".

And so it is that, for the second time now, Myeni has defied Brown's orders as the shareholder representative and gone ahead and done what she deems fit.

What is her power?

Is it because she is the chairman of the Jacob Zuma Foundation? Is it because her son has been "integrated" into the Zuma family? Is it because she is known to drop Zuma's name in conversation?

What has happened to Lynne Brown? This is a stalwart of the struggle. This is a woman generally perceived to be a person of integrity and honesty.

How exactly does a person like this end up in a mess in which she becomes an apologist for the absolute nonsense that is taking place at SAA?

How does she manage to sleep at night when yet another Zuma untouchable runs amok at the national airline?

She is not the only one. Two weeks ago Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president, went to parliament to tell the National Assembly that the president of the republic would not be fulfilling his constitutional duty of appearing before the house at least four times a year.

Last Thursday we saw the good men and women of the ANC united in defending - to the point of fisticuffs - the president of South Africa's wanton theft of R246-million of taxpayers' money.

They howled and threatened violence in defence of Zuma.

Do ANC MPs actually believe that the security upgrading at Zuma's private homestead are justified at R246-million? Including the million-rand cattle kraal?

The answer doesn't matter. Last week, like sheep, they were happy to endorse this theft of taxpayers' money as they adopted a sham of a report authored by six of their own exonerating Zuma - again.

Why have the good people of the ANC become so fearful and useless?

What has happened to their backbone? Where is the ANC?

Times Live

20th Nov 2014, 16:19
While talking about the 'death of the Rainbow Nation', it would be interesting to consider the following:

1. It was the world's first ever monochrome rainbow!A rather meaningless but catchy appelation dreamed up by the late Nelson Mandela.

2. What is South Africa? Why is it a country? What/who has ever held it together as a country?Spain is a kingdom because it is run by a king. Now you know why South Africa is a country.http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/images/resized_images/706x410q70b5af9b0c644810b565a42ff8a99e472c.jpg

Joking apart, ZA was forged together from various different entities, and many of the borders between the former and current provinces are artificial, other than where formed by a natural feature. The Union of South Africa came into being in 1910 as the union of four British colonies, In 1961 it became a republic and at some point, I forget when exactly it was, the provinces were renamed. It is indeed, like many modern day countries (Italy, Spain, UK .....) an artificial country, but unlike many other African countries, there are really only two politically significant tribes, the Zulus and the Xhosa.

3. Is there anyone who is going to be able to hold it together in the future? If not, how many new countries will it become and how soon? Is there any chance of this being done peacefully?

(I have said for many years that it is an artificial country and will come apart at some stage. Of course, not only those living in the new regime but also those from the days of the pre-'94 regime won't believe me. How could anyone who questions the existence of their country that they are so 'proud' of be right?!!) I am not convinced that it will come apart, although theoretically it should. I have heard very little talk of 'independence' of any part of the Republic, although it is likely that the Zulus and the Xhosa would possibly like to form separate republics/kingdoms, however the reality is that that is not realistic. It would be war. Africans cannot resolve political or territorial problems peacefully.
The Boere and the English speakers would probably also like to get shot of each other, but again, improbable.
I can't rationalise the above, just a gut feeling.
Interesting discussion though.

20th Nov 2014, 17:36
Dr Marc Faber, a leading investment guru, tells it like it is...
This was published in a UK paper

South Africa – The Future
I expect, like me, you are aware that there has never been a prosperous
black-led country, but perhaps it’s just because of “bad luck”, or whatever, for that incontrovertible fact.

Take Haiti as an example. Before the black slaves revolted and killed all the whites and half
castes Haiti had a GNP greater than most of what is now the USA. It supplied 60% of all the
sugar used in Europe. Today it is a wasteland. Apparently if you Google Earth the place you
see is a sere, brown coloured landscape compared to the neighbouring Dominican Republic
which is green and verdant. Twice the USA has occupied Haiti, building roads, ports,
hospitals and schools while putting in a functional society. The moment the Americans left
they reverted to dictatorship, voodoo, witchcraft, corruption and barbarism. They did not
stagnate; they regressed to the primitive savagery of their forefathers.

Since the 1960s, when the Congo expelled the Belgians this has been a mirror of African
regression, moving steadily southwards until the example of Zimbabwe. Once a prosperous,
well educated exporter of food the population now eat rats to survive.

Will SA go the same way?

There are those optimists who say “No, we have such a strong economy, such sophisticated
infrastructure, such a talent pool, that we can never sink”.

My belief is that they have not considered the root cause of Africa’s failure. A cause that is
not spoken about as it is fearfully politically incorrect, and probably illegal to speak
about. That cause is the deficiencies of the black ”mentality”, for want of a better word.
Are there differences between races, or is race just a meaningless social construct? Until
recently, I believed all races were the same under the skin variations, and that perceived
differences were only the result of cultural differences. I believed in a common and equal

But things did not always ring true; observable anomalies were inexplicable if all men are the

Why, under apartheid, did the Indians prosper; become doctors, scientists, educators,
merchants and professionals while the vast majority of the equally oppressed black Africans
remained hewers of wood?

Why can black Africans run, jump and throw better than honkies, but why, out of a billion of
them, have they never invented a single thing of any worth? Why have they, collectively,
contributed absolutely nothing to the advancement of humanity?

Well the physical thing, the running, throwing bit is easily and uncontroversial answered.
Simple, people of African descent (especially the Jamaicans) are genetically better equipped
in this regard. Their muscle fibres are different and the typically have 15% more free
testosterone than other peoples. Acknowledging this is regarded as racism. Unfortunately,
racist or not, that is proven and a fact. Google it and you will find that for over 70 years, in
test after test, done by dozens of university professors and Nobel laureates plus USA
government studies, most people of African descent trail other races by a wide margin.
Of course I.Q. tests have been attacked, especially by those who perform badly at them, as
one might expect them to do. Detractors claim cultural bias, dysfunctional families, past
oppression, poor schooling and a host of other reasons for poor black performance, but the
professors defend their contention that I.Q. is largely an inherited trait; that differences are
inherent, built into a person’s inherited DNA.

For every argument attacking the validity of these tests they have a host of results confirming
their accuracy and typicality. Fascinating stuff if you are interested in reading up on it.
The effect of high/low I.Q. has also been studied in depth, with fairly predictable results. Low
I.Q. individuals performed badly in social class, family stability, income, educational levels,
illegitimate pregnancy, single parent families, rate of prison incarceration, rape, violent
crime etc. etc. etc.

I.Q. measurement measures different facets of intelligence and mental competence. Sadly it is
in the absolutely vital sphere of cognitive ability that blacks score worst. This means they
score abysmally in things like forward planning and anticipating the consequences of their

It is this I.Q. (and testosterone) disparity that is blamed for the fact that African Americans
are 5 times more likely to be imprisoned than white (including Hispanic) Americans, 9 times
more likely than Americans of Asiatic descent. All in line with I.Q. distributions.

Once imprisonment for violent crimes is computed the numbers become stratospheric. These
are American government collated statistics, so pretty accurate. Our government in SA do
not, for obvious reasons, publish similar stats, but a pound to a pinch of salt they are even
more astounding.

So why the lecture on I.Q.?

Well for a start you must understand that our ruling party are voted into power by a largely
moronic plebiscite. I choose the word moronic intentionally. If the cut off point for moronic
is an I.Q. of 70, half the voting population would be classified as such.

Only one in 40 black South Africans achieves the average I.Q. of his white fellow citizens.
One in a hundred has the I.Q. to achieve university entrance requirements. That is why only
one in ten blacks pass our dumbed down Matric (with a pass percentage of 30% in many
cases). One in 6000 black grade one learners will pass Matric with both Maths and Science.
Simply put, they are bloody stupid, and they rule us. Furthermore Zoooooma says they will
rule us until the second coming. I believe him.

This explains why the ANC have such idiots in their positions of power and influence, the
likes of Zuma, Malema, Khomphela and Cele. They are, unfortunately, the best they
have! Well, they are the best blacks they have. All the critical positions in government are
held by Indians, coloureds or whites, something I am grateful for but which pisses Malema
off big time .

Will this last? I doubt it. The black/white polarisation is growing and the rhetoric is becoming
more extreme. Listen to the pub or workplace chatter, read the blogs and ‘comments’ sections
of the newspapers and it becomes obvious. Whites are gatvol at the waste, corruption and
stupidity of the black elite. Blacks are demanding, as their right, the wealth of the whites by
means of redistribution of assets. No matter that they have not worked for those assets, they
claim them as the spoils of war.

Just in the past week the Mayor of Pretoria, Malema, a minister and Winnie have gone on
record as blaming whites for sabotaging redistribution and exploiting blacks. Malema calls
out “Kill the boers for they are rapists” to thunderous applause by university students Four
influential ANC opinion makers who are echoing the groundswell of mutterings in the
ghettoes. The natives are getting restless.

Things are not going to improve. They cannot, there is no reason to believe our slow slide
into a failed state can be reversed with our current regime, and there is no prospect
whatsoever of there being a change to governance based on meritocracy. Anyone who
believes otherwise, or that the ANC can mend their ways, is living in LaLa land. They do not
have the intellect.

Like the proverbial frog in the slowly heating pot we have become inured to the slow collapse
of our hospitals, schools, courts, water supplies, roads, civil service and service levels. They
will become totally dysfunctional shortly. Inevitably so. Those in charge do not have the
mental capacity to organise things.

Our economy and rand is reliant on short term “hot” funds from overseas that can flee at the
touch of a computer button, and probably will if our rand weakens. Conversely we need a
weaker rand to encourage exports.

6 million taxpayers support 12 million recipients of social grants, and that figure is set to rise
this year. The National Health Insurance scheme will happen, no matter how unaffordable.
That will push our social grant costs up to four hundred billion rand. Four hundred billion
rand which produces absolutely no product. Inflation is set to stay and worsen. The
consequence of being the biggest socialist state on earth. I do not believe the ANC has the
intellect to conceptualise how big a billion is, let alone 400 billion, or what effect this will
have on the economy.

You do not believe Malema’s call to nationalise the mines? This guy articulates what the hoi
polloi are thinking, but the ANC leadership will not say yet. The tactic is to set the bar high,
then lower it and the victims will sigh with relief and say it could have been worse. So
perhaps it will not be total nationalisation but rather 51%, á la Zim. Just look north for
revelation, Zuma does.

Who would have believed that this country would ever be headed by an unschooled, rape
accused, adulterous, corrupt, sex obsessed bigot like Zuma. Anything is possible with the

You have few years left to enjoy what is left of the glorious SA lifestyle, especially in
the Cape , but understand it is not permanent. The end could be sudden as the tipping point is
reached, just as it was sudden for those Zim, Zambian, Mozambican or Angolan whites. It
could, conceivably, be as bloody as the Hutu/Tutsi uprising when primitive tribal bloodlust
overcomes a thin veneer of inculcated civilisation.

Dr Marc Faber
Dr Marc Faber
Born in Zurich, Switzerland. Went to school in Geneva and Zurich . He studied Economics at the University of Zurich and,
at the age of 24, obtained a PhD in Economics magna cum laude. Dr Faber resides in Thailand and is best known for the
Gloom Boom Doom newsletter and web site.
Between 1970 and 1978, Dr Faber worked for White Weld & Company Limited in New York , Zurich and Hong Kong .
Since 1973, he has lived in Asia . From 1978 to February 1990, he was the Managing Director of Drexel Burnham Lambert
Ltd ( Hong Kong ). In June 1990, he set up his own business, MARC FABER LIMITED which acts as an investment advisor
and fund manager.
Dr Faber publishes a widely read monthly investment newsletter "The Gloom Boom & Doom Report" report which
highlights unusual investment opportunities.
Dr Faber is the author of several books including “ TOMORROW'S GOLD – Asia 's Age of Discovery” which was first
published in 2002 and highlights future investment opportunities around the world. “ TOMORROW'S GOLD ” was for
several weeks on Amazon's best seller list.

20th Nov 2014, 17:43
I think that the Boere and the English-speaking would primarily like to get shot of the Xhosas and the Zulus. Which would be a welcome change from being shot at by the Xhosas and the Zulus.

20th Nov 2014, 17:55
A very large, and by definition unknown, amount of crime in ZA is committed or syndicated by non-South Africans illegally in the country. How many there is a topic for speculation. The Nigerians do the syndication, drug rings, trafficking, mandating hijackings and murders, others do their bidding. The Zimbabweans are forced into petty crime through sheer need and starvation due to the situation in their country.

Solid Rust Twotter
21st Nov 2014, 05:23
That petty crime quite often being home invasions and murders.

Not that petty, really...:(

unstable load
21st Nov 2014, 06:27
A very large, and by definition unknown, amount of crime in ZA is committed or syndicated by non-South Africans illegally in the country.
Particularly the Nigerians in the Western Cape. The recent spate of mall hijackings/robberies that has targeted cell phone/computer outlets has resulted in the GSM operators identifying the vast majority of those devices being turned on and activated in Nigeria.
Add to that the Nigerian that was bust in Table View with over a million bucks in drugs and so on and so forth.

21st Nov 2014, 06:40
SRT : I'm referring to what the Zimbabweans are doing in ZA as 'petty', which of course is relative, but they are not generally involved in violent and serious crime to the extent of, for example, the NG lot, it's more driven by economic need. What is happening north of the Limpopo, home and farm invasions and murders, is politically motivated by Bob, Grace, Joice and the rest of the ZPF thuggery.

24th Nov 2014, 11:04
SA is in crisis right now

November 19 2014 at 01:38pm

Our leaders in government, labour and business seem to be sleepwalking their way towards the cliff’s edge, says Allister Sparks.
Three months ago, I suggested in several articles and presentations that South Africa was heading rapidly towards the dangerous convergence of both a political and an economic crisis. That moment has arrived.

I claim no special foresight about this. The stark facts have long been there for all to see. But our leaders in government, labour and business seem to be sleepwalking their way towards the cliff’s edge. No one seems to realise what a serious situation our economy is in, or how close the ruling ANC alliance is to disintegration. Nor what the consequences of these two interacting crises may be.

It is almost exactly a year since our previous minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan, warned that state expenditure was overtaking revenue inflows, and that unless something was done to cut expenditure and boost revenue, the point would be reached where the government would be unable to fund both its infrastructure programmes and its ballooning welfare payments.

Well, nothing was done. Instead, we got the Nkandla blowout, the continued haemorrhaging of SAA and other state-run enterprises, as well as further growth of our dysfunctional and hugely expensive cabinet and civil service. This is to the point where Gordhan’s successor, Nhlanhla Nene, has now told us there is no more money.

And even as he spoke, calling for stringent expenditure cuts in his medium-term budget policy speech, the Post Office bosses were demanding a 26 percent pay increase and President Jacob Zuma was seeking a huge expansion of the presidential budget.

It was also exactly a year ago that the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) decided at a special congress in Boksburg to withdraw its support for the ANC at the upcoming national election. It also gave notice of its intention to establish its own United Front of left-wing groups, including unions, with a view to forming a Labour Party to challenge the ANC.

Now, predictably, Numsa has been expelled from Cosatu for moving in that direction. No surprise there either.

So, some time next year, we shall almost certainly have a Labour Party to add to the EFF on the left flank of our political spectrum.
In the course of this break-up, at least some, if not all, of the seven Cosatu affiliate unions that have so far sided with Numsa may join its United Front and support the new Labour Party.

Cosatu itself will be greatly diminished, reduced to a federation of mainly public sector unions, while the alliance will effectively be ripped apart. And a weakened ANC will find itself under dual attack from this new challenger on its left and the steadily growing DA on its right.

That in itself is not a bad prospect. It would mean a more logical line-up along ideological lines, rather than the present gridlock of conflicting ideologies within the ruling alliance which has brought the country to a discordant standstill.

But it is the interaction of the economic crisis on this break-up of the political alliance that poses the danger. As long as there is political turmoil, there can be no economic growth. And as long as there is no growth, there will be more unemployment, social frustration, protests, crime, strikes and general unrest, particularly among the disillusioned and angry youth.
All of these point to a further downgrading by the ratings agencies next year, which will have yet further knock-on effects.

Such a downward spiral is a truly alarming prospect. That is when, in the words of WB Yeats, the falcon can no longer hear the falconer, things fall apart and the centre cannot hold.

There is already one alarming sign of things falling apart at the very heart of our democracy. In Parliament itself. Last week, the National Assembly was again the scene of chaotic disorder, beginning with a filibuster carried out by all opposition parties, and culminating in riot police storming into the Chamber after Parliament’s own security refused forcibly to remove an EFF member whom the Speaker Baleka Mbete had ordered out.

Something is indeed rotten in the state of South Africa when the very symbol of our democracy can be subjected to such action, with legislators being punched, manhandled and knocked to the floor. And it is time the national executive committee of the ANC recognised that it is President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma who is the root cause of the rot.

The ANC blames the EFF party members for the misbehaviour, and they are indeed a raucous lot. But they are also a symptom of a growing sense of outrage across the nation at the way our democratic institutions, from the National Prosecuting Authority to the public protector and now, Parliament itself, are being abused to protect the president from the ever-lengthening list of corruption allegations against him.

It is an outrage that Parliament appointed an ANC-dominated ad hoc committee specifically to whitewash Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s findings about how Zuma had benefited from the R246 million expenditure to upgrade his Nkandla home.

The public protector’s role is entrenched in our constitution, and every MP swore an oath to defend and uphold that constitution.

It is an outrage that the committee expects us, the citizens and taxpayers of this country, to accept its finding that Zuma himself knew nothing about these upgrades, despite his frequent visits there. That he never noticed the sudden appearance of a swimming pool or an amphitheatre, a cattle kraal, a chicken run or extensive landscaping of the Nkandla grounds… that these things simply materialised on his property without his awareness of them.

It is an outrage to expect us to believe that he never asked his private architect, whom he insisted take charge of the security upgrades on behalf of the State, any questions about all this. And that he never approved of any of it.

It is an outrage that Speaker Mbete, who is supposed to be even-handed in controlling debates in the House, has shown such bias in trying to restrict debates about the Nkandla debacle, that the opposition parties have called for her removal. That being after 20 years of really good ANC Speakers, highly respected by the opposition.

It is an outrage that last Thursday’s intrusion of riot police into the National Assembly to manhandle opposition members was obviously pre-planned. And that ANC parliamentarians openly applauded their action.
Above all, it is an outrage that the government, instead of focusing its undivided attention on the twin crises now facing the country, is massively preoccupied with trying to protect a dysfunctional president from the consequences of his own follies.

There is only one way to rectify the deplorable state we are in, and it surely cannot be long before the stalwarts of the ANC come to recognise and act upon it. Zuma should be asked to step down, even if that requires granting him a blanket amnesty and allowing him to go and enjoy Nkandla. The country and the ANC itself can no longer afford him.

His interim successor should then form a government of national unity drawn from all sectors of society, to get the country back on track ahead of the 2019 elections.

* Allister Sparks is a veteran journalist and political commentator.
** The views expressed hereare not necessarily those of Independent Media.

Cape Times

Solid Rust Twotter
24th Nov 2014, 12:11
The only surprise here is that some are still surprised by the antics of these clowns. If the old regime had tried controlling parliament using riot police the left would have blown a collective gusset they'd shit themselves so hard. As it is, still nothing but tumbleweeds and crickets...

Many of the home invasions and murders in Gauteng have been by Zimbabweans and Mozambicans. Perhaps it hasn't yet permeated down to the Cape. It's not only South Africans who are involved in that kind of thing any more. The Nigerians seem to be into the bigger money operations like drugs and prostitution, rather than home invasions. Still quite a few of them running scams of one sort or another as well as the odd mugging or robbery.

As usual, getting the cops to do anything is a hiding to nowhere. Small wonder when you realise how politicised the SAPS has become.

24th Nov 2014, 19:18
47/2014 - African Pilot Aviation News - African Pilot Magazine (http://www.africanpilot.co.za/472014---african-pilot-aviation-news.html#saa)

SAA boardroom saga deflects attention from R5-bn financial black hole
Who is to pay back the R5-billion government guarantee backed loans that SAA is spending but has no hope of repaying any time soon? Tales of SAA boardroom infighting and ministerial banging of heads may be fascinating but they must not be allowed to obscure and deflect the shocking truth that South Africa’s national carrier’s financial black hole continues to swallow scarce taxpayer funds at an alarming rate. Despite having received nearly R25-billion in state aid from taxpayers since 1999, SAA is technically financially insolvent and seems unable or unwilling to present financial statements for 2013/14. Insiders suspect that the loss to March 2014 may be as high as R2.5-billion with perhaps another R2.5-billion loss looming on the horizon for 2014/15. This would exceed the current R5-billion government backed guarantee, which technically expired on 30 September 2014 but was quietly extended indefinitely.

For SAA just to remain in the air on its current course, let alone replace its aging fleet, in a few months and despite Finance Minister Nene’s tough words, it will require more money from either public or private sources, says transport economist and aviation analyst Dr. Joachim Vermooten. The current R5-billion guarantee is the subject of a court action by one of the few remaining national private airlines Comair who argue, inter alia that the bailout is unconstitutional and contrary to the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.

So far, the total financial assistance provided to SAA by government and state-owned Transnet since the incorporation of SAA in 1999 is R24.742-billion: R13.301-billion from Transnet between 1999 and 2007 and R11.441-billion from government provided from 2007 until the present. While the government may call these contributions ‘loan guarantees and re-capitalisations’, because their value has been eroded by SAA’s operating losses, they are de facto subsidies. The fact that SAA has raised loans against these guarantees that it cannot repay means the government, which is currently providing surety for SAA’s debts, will have to pick up the bill from the public purse or allow private sector participation. No subsidies have been disclosed in the government’s annual budgets.

According to Leon Louw, executive director of the Free Market Foundation, “The opportunity cost is obscene. Close to R25 billion would have built in the region of 400,000 RDP houses and provided shelter for some 1 million people. The bailouts subsidise the rich to fly at the expense of the poor. Any subsidy for any state-owned enterprise means that resources are diverted from other essential programmes such as education, clean water, school toilets, prisons, police and more all of which are desperate for additional funds. SAA is a government vanity project,” Louw said.

Vermooten also said that things would only get worse. “SAA continues to operate on a loss-making basis and to expand its operations through its subsidiary, low cost domestic airline Mango, which continues to add routes and planes into a market declining by 4% per annum. Government maintains that the country needs a national airline to fulfill a ‘development mandate’, but what does this mean? They need to spell out exactly what this development role is and explain why SAA should not be sold off to the private sector where competitive forces will either return it to profit or see it go the way of all other failed business.

25th Nov 2014, 10:03

Solid Rust Twotter
28th Nov 2014, 05:39
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28th Nov 2014, 06:03
And I thought that man was a scientist, makes a very good comedian to. L know it is not humorous to the folks who have to live with the "Absolutely no current" but hopefully some will get a chuckle.

unstable load
28th Nov 2014, 06:05
Meanwhile, in Utopiafontein...... the likelihood of a black/dark Christmas appears all the more likely. VIVAA!! Amandla! (Ironic that the word means POWER, innit?)

As Eskom fights to keep the lights on another power station is on the verge of collapse.


The Times can reveal that vital sections of Lethabo power station, in the Vaal Triangle, which contributes about 10% of the energy carried by the national grid, is buried beneath tons of ash.

The power station's near-collapse has been a month coming. Employees have repeatedly warned of impeding critical equipment failures.

But the warnings appear to have been ignored, resulting in conveyor belts used to transport ash failing.

The failure has led to two of six power-generating units being unable to function.

Compounding the power station's problems is a leak of highly toxic acid from the spillage catchment system. This is yet to be repaired and fears are mounting that the acid could seep into the area's underground-water system.

Earlier this month a silo collapsed at Majuba power station, in Mpumalanga, and several generators were shut down for planned and unplanned maintenance.

Two weeks ago, Eskom management instituted load-shedding as the national grid came under increasing pressure.

Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona denied two days ago that the problems at the power stations were because of poor maintenance. He ascribed them to "random incidents that we cannot predict".

But a Lethabo insider yesterday said management had been warned about the likelihood of conveyor belt failures and other problems, including impending chemical spills. "It is a disaster. The plant is falling apart. Months ago they were told it was dire. Warnings were ignored. On Saturday, units two and three failed. They tripped because the ash from the hoppers could not be emptied quickly."

He said the ash build-up was huge, "especially inside the plant".

"Vital equipment is covered beneath tons of ash. The emergency ash-collection area is overflowing beyond legal limits.

"The situation is so bad that at night ash is being blown out above the legal limits to try to get rid of as much as possible.

"Tons of ash are blowing over Sasolburg and Deneysville and their informal settlements."

A Deneysville Clinic nurse said there had been an increase in people reporting respiratory problems - on average, 10 a day.

"We thought it was a change in seasons, but it's not."

Hein Lourens, Deneysville's pharmacist, said he has had to restock medications for chest infections several times.

"The problem is particularly bad at night."

He said that when he drove towards the plant last week it looked as if a heavy rain storm was hanging over it.

"Not until I was there did I see that it was ash."

Eskom spokesman Sipho Neke confirmed the failure of the ash-plant equipment.

"This resulted in significant ash backlog on the precipitator hoppers - filters that remove dust - of all six generating units.

"Another unit was offline for repairs and production from the other units was reduced to lower emissions.

"It is not known how long it will take to restore the units to normal operational level," he said.

Neke said the conveyor belt breakdown was not an isolated incident.

Neke blamed the generator downtime on unreliable ash-plant equipment and lightning.

He said maintenance teams were continually making repairs but had fallen behind schedule and the ash backlog was a consequence.

Neke said Lethabo was operating within legal limits in terms of emissions - and would be forced to shut down if it did not.

Energy analyst Ted Blom said the coal used at the plant was close to as useless rock as one could get. "Eskom deliberately uses this coal because it comes from the country’s largest reserve blocks that are left."

He said Eskom had an alternative, which was to mine coal in the Free State.

"This is, however, a lot deeper than the current coalfields."

Blom said Lethabo was designed to produce almost 10% (3700MW) of the national power grid's requirements (40000MW).

"Of the 40000MW, a sixth is not available because it is hydropower and the country's rivers are dry.

"Another 4000MW should be supplied by gas-powered generators but the gas systems are designed to work for only two hours a day.

"In terms of 24-hour-a-day capacity, just over 34000MW were meant to be supplied constantly.

"Of the units supplying this, 10% should be under maintenance, leaving 31000MW.

"The problem is that, on top of the 10% [lost because of] planned maintenance, Eskom has another 10% [lost to] breakdowns, leaving 28000MW - not enough to power the country."

Blow said lots of power plants were fitted with pollution scrubbers. "The problem is is that if you operate them, they require 10% of the plant’s power to operate. If you are in trouble like Lethabo and you don't have enough electricity you turn them off, giving the plant a higher power output. But it's at the cost of pollution."

He said that, since 2010, under former CEO Brian Dames, Eskom had reduced maintenance work by 80%.

"This caused slag build-up in the boilers and boiler meltdowns," Blom said.

He said the only way in which Eskom could maintain its energy output was to use its gas turbines.

"But the problem with this is cost. Last year, Eskom burned R10-billion of diesel on a R2-billion budget.

"If they continue to burn [gas turbines] at this rate it will cost them R120-billion, exceeding Eskom's R80-billion turnover.

"We have a power meltdown."

Blom said the solution was easy and could be done within 12 months.

He said allowing private households to erect solar panels and feed into the national power grid on the basis that they were allowed to reverse their metres, could solve Eskom's woes.

"It would, however, mean the utility would become insolvent because their revenue would be reduced substantially."

30th Nov 2014, 07:32
End of the world and we're... nooit!

28 Nov 2014 00:00 Phillip de Wet (http://mg.co.za/author/phillip-de-wet)

Eskom's rolling power blackouts aren't the problem, it's the discontent many in South Africa are all too familiar with.

(http://mg.co.za/article/2014-11-27-end-of-the-world-and-were-nooit) NEWS ANALYSIS
These are the signs of the not-quite apocalypse.
Generators are flying off the shelves, particularly since Eskom released its results this week and painted a grim picture of potential rolling blackouts in the near future.
“There was a lull where we weren’t moving any stock, but the last couple of weeks we have these people walk in and go, ‘I need to be off the grid’,” says Peter, a mega-hardware store manager in Johannesburg. He didn’t give his surname because it is company policy that employees don’t speak to the media.
Many customers are determined to be independent of Eskom, but they are not preparing for a total breakdown of civilisation – no one seems to be storing anywhere near the amount of diesel or petrol necessary to survive in the warm comfort of electricity while anarchy and motorcycle gangs roam a fearful country.
There was, admittedly, a run on bottled water – during Gauteng’s recent water crisis when the taps ran dry. But it was limited to the province, and the demand abated as soon as the taps were turned back on.
No fistfights
Perhaps most tellingly, there have been no reports of fistfights breaking out over the last can of baked beans on the supermarket shelves, and candles and toilet paper are easy to find at prices that, the pernicious effects of inflation notwithstanding, do not quite qualify as profiteering.
So if the end is indeed nigh then the hardy individualists who intend to survive it have not yet got the memo – and they are not the ones sounding the warnings.
The emergency systems set up to counter the “night of the long knives”, the prophesied systematic slaughter of white people that was due after the death of Nelson Mandela (but now indefinitely postponed because of technical problems, it seems), are dormant.
The township anticrime networks, based on the self-defence units of old, have not started patrolling the borders of their settlements to keep out marauding looters, even if they are more than a little worried about the levels of street robbery taking place in broad daylight.
Instead, the warnings are coming from loftier places. This week billionaire businessperson Johann Rupert told a Remgro annual meeting that South Africa could be approaching the “sudden stage” of a bust that comes first gradually, then suddenly.
Two weeks ago, celebrity investment strategist Magnus Heystek warned in a Moneyweb column that South Africans should get their money offshore before the inevitable happens, because they may just wake up to find out that, while they hesitated, authorities changed the rules to prevent them from doing so.
“It will happen overnight, without warning and at precisely the time when the demand for foreign assets is at its peak,” he warned.
African Spring
And the week before that, political commentator Max du Preez warned that South Africa’s version of the Arab Spring uprisings could come well before 2020, although he, at least, does not consider it inevitable.
“We will need all hands on deck – business and industry and civil society – if the ship is to survive and South Africa is to avoid its own Tunisia Day,” Du Preez wrote.
But the sentiments of these men, all of whom happen to be far better off than average, do not seem to be entirely representative.
“Now that you whites see people shouting in Parliament, you think there is trouble,” said Wisdom Maseko, a long-time service delivery protester in the Themb’elihle township, south of Johannesburg.
“We have been saying for a long time there is trouble. You didn’t notice. Now you think it is worse?” said Maseko.
“No, my brother, things haven’t changed; you have changed.”

Solid Rust Twotter
30th Nov 2014, 17:35
Of course no one saw this coming before '94. Oh! Wait....:rolleyes:

Still nothing but tumbleweeds and crickets from those vocal mobs who wished this shower of shite on the country.:hmm:

Solid Rust Twotter
6th Dec 2014, 18:30
The usual collection of thick fcuks yapping at their own navels. Those who agitated to put this shower in charge must be so proud...

THE Darwin Awards are held annually to acknowledge those terminated by their own attempts to swim upstream of evolution (and so improve humanity). Critics bemoan the narrow participant pool; most of the candidates are North American who end by scattering bits of themselves over large areas.

Were I kin of the Nigerian faith healer who claimed to have invented bulletproof muti, then had his friend shoot him, or the Zimbabwean sangoma who decided to float off Victoria Falls in a wine barrel, I would be screaming racism. But what if the Darwin Awards became industry-specific for, say, state-owned utilities and their managers?

At Eskom, every story is almost the same: one week a silo collapses, the next another silo cracks, there is weather affecting coal stocks, diesel shortages, voluntary staff severance packages, obscure sponsorship deals with newspapers partial to the ruling party, and boardroom mischief. There are delays to existing — successful — programmes; high rates of executive and technical attrition; allegations the utility paid about R1bn to labour brokers and the US-Japanese firm Westinghouse appear unrelenting in an attempt to expose irregular nuclear maintenance tender procedures, allegedly signed off by Eskom’s former acting CEO, Collin Matjila.

The response from the African National Congress (ANC) to load-shedding after the initial Majuba silo collapse was desperately inept but with illuminating indicators. "Electricity," claimed secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, "is a public good, so therefore we will not privatise." Momentarily ignore commentators suspicious that this was another dark example of the manipulative South African Communist Party’s influence. Ignore, too, the predictably paranoid response that the government would "establish a task team to evaluate SOEs (state-owned enterprises) and their representation". Ignore even the naivety of former public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba trying to model said SOEs on Chinese (supposedly — but not really) communist examples. Mantashe’s narrative explains that the only people he is appealing to are those without access to electricity.

It has only been in the past decade that energy policies have started revealing how absorbed or removed a government is from its electorate. As energy secretary under Gordon Brown, UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has been accused of expensive, elitist, unpopular energy policies directly responsible for fuelling poverty. These accusations are interesting in context; as leader of the opposition, Miliband suffers almost weekly confidence crises based on the awkwardly accurate perception that he and his ministers are aloof or oblivious to Labour’s core.

Uncomfortable similarities emerge when comparing Miliband’s position to Mantashe’s rhetoric. Eskom and other SOEs do not require teams of partial, probing mandarins. As Prof Anton Eberhard suggests, the utility needs to become the subject of a commission of inquiry. The exact state of its finances and supply agreements need to be open to public scrutiny and this should apply particularly to the new Medupi power station.

But that won’t happen: instead, we shall experience familiar processes whereby after extended periods the task team presents a report that accuses the white-owned media of a vendetta against SOEs but excludes mention of the vacuums of merit or competence in the respective executives.

The mere suggestion of a "task team" articulates a victim conspiracy that continues to haunt the ANC and its judgment. As one paranoid fury feeds another, the party appears to subconsciously seek evidence of subversion, either at the hands of the media or business. Like a classic tragic character intent on a legacy of control but torn apart by wounded pride, the party and its management must have a culture of enemies, imaginary or not. Only a commission of inquiry, detailing everything from appointments to expenditure, would expose this culture as the means to supreme unaccountability.

Eskom stopped producing electricity more than seven years ago. Today it scrambles from one controversy to another, perhaps grateful, like its master, that there are still members of the population who do not know what electricity is or how much it should cost. There are solutions, but however pragmatic or applicable, the intervention of business will not be tolerated because the systems of Eskom and other SOEs have become so familiarised with the routine of state management — and people such as Mantashe and Gigaba so obsessed by nonexistent similarities between China and SA — that little hope exists for the near future.

Instead, we’ll keep scrambling, repeating cycles. SOE executives will express their "vindication" at task teams’ findings and "enemies" will be blamed until the cycle spontaneously combusts and the ANC is a Special Lifetime Recognition fixture in the Darwin Awards for its management of Eskom.

Juliet Sierra Papa
6th Dec 2014, 19:29
Reference must now be made to 'previously lit' areas.

:D:D:D Nice one Miss Gigi

Solid Rust Twotter
7th Dec 2014, 04:29
No water yesterday and power off for six hours during peak trade hours at a small restaurant in which I have an interest.

Meanwhile the Chief Phucquewit witters on about building the economy and creating jobs. Must be a pretty nice view from the ivory tower at Nkandla...:rolleyes:

Solid Rust Twotter
7th Dec 2014, 17:47
The cANCer and cronies involved in yet another shady deal?

Big fat hairy surprise...:hmm::rolleyes:

Found in SA … Libya’s trillions
December 7 2014 at 11:26am

Johannesburg - The South African government and President Jacob Zuma have been caught in the middle of an international wrangle over as much as R2 trillion in US dollars as well as hundreds of tons of gold and at least six million carats of diamonds in assets belonging to the people of Libya.

What could be the world’s largest cash pile is stored in palettes at seven heavily guarded warehouses and bunkers in secret locations between Joburg and Pretoria.

The Libyan billions have led to a Hawks investigation into possible violation of exchange controls as well as international interests from the UN and the US.

It has also led to heightened interest in the local and international intelligence community as well as the criminal underworld.

Those interested in the Libyan loot include several high-ranking ANC politicians, several business leaders, a former high court judge and a number of private companies.

The R2-trillion held in warehouses is separate from several other billions, believed to be in excess of R260 billion, held legally in four banks in South Africa.

Other legal assets include hotels in Joburg and Cape Town.

The Sunday Independent has seen official South African government documents which confirm that at least $179bn in US dollars is kept, illegally, in storage facilities across Gauteng.

Soon after Muammar Gaddafi’s death in October 2011, the new Libyan government embarked on a large-scale mission to recover legal assets in South Africa, the rest of Africa, the US and Europe.

In South Africa, the focus of the Libyans has been on assets brought into the country legally as well as illegally.

Last year, the Libyan government put in place a separate process to identify and repatriate the illegal assets in South Africa.

Investigations by The Sunday Independent on the illegal assets have led to allegations that:

* The US dollar loot was ferried to South Africa in at least 62 flights between Tripoli and South Africa. The crew of the planes were mainly ex-special forces from the apartheid era. The crew are understood to have deposed affidavits clarifying their role in an effort to avoid criminal charges.

* The money, gold and diamonds were moved to South Africa. Most of it was kept here and some was moved to neighbouring southern African countries. Most of the assets were taken out of Libya after Zuma got involved in an AU process to persuade then Libyan President Gaddafi to step down after an Arab-spring-like uprising to force him out of office.

Gaddafi was killed as he tried to flee Tripoli.

The Libyan government has formed a special board, the National Board for the Following Up and Recovery of Libyan Looted and Disguised Funds, to recover the assets. Now two companies have presented themselves to the South African government, claiming they were mandated by the national board to recover the funds.

The two companies are the Texas-based Washington African Consulting Group (WACG), led by its chief executive Erik Goalied, and Maltese-based Sam Serj, led by its chief executive, Tahah Buishi. Both companies claim to be the only legitimate representatives of the Libyan government.

Goalied has dismissed Sam Serj as impostors who want to stage the “biggest heist in the world”.

He said they were using fake documents and had used a number of South Africans, with the lure of lucrative commissions, to get the South African government to comply. Goalied has formalised his allegations about Sam Serj in an affidavit that he has submitted to the National Prosecuting Authority, who have passed it on to the Hawks.

He told The Sunday Independent that on September 26 he met with the Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani in New York, where both parties reconfirmed that the WACG should work with the South African government. “The assets are important but the bigger goal is to resolve this smoothly so that relations between South Africa and Libya can improve,” he said.

Goalied said the Libyans did not necessarily want the loot to be sent back to Tripoli. They wanted full and legal control of the assets which, he added, could be used for investments and other job-creation projects that would benefit both countries.

Last month, Goalied wrote to Zuma asking for co-operation and assistance in resolving the assets saga. The Presidency wrote to him this week, acknowledging his letter.

The Presidency has referred The Sunday Independent’s queries to the Treasury. The Treasury, in turn, referred The Sunday Independent to a statement issued last June in which the government called on those with knowledge of Libyan assets in South Africa to come forward. Hawks spokesman Paul Ramaloko declined to confirm the probe.

The Sunday Independent has also established that Goalied has also written to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and US Foreign Secretary John Kerry asking for assistance. The UN adopted Resolution 438 which forces countries that have Libyan assets to return them.

The second company – Sam Serj – has already been in South Africa to discuss the return of the assets.

Sam Serj chief executive Buishi claimed his company was the only legitimate entity with a mandate to find and recover assets that belong to the people of Libya.

Buishi said his company has been contracted by the Libyan government to trace and recover assets looted by Gaddafi and those close to him.

He said the assets had been traced to South Africa, Libya’s neighbour, Tunisia, and several countries in Europe.

“We have been contracted by the Libyan government and are working with the South African government to recover the looted assets.

“We had a good meeting during our last visit with the then-minister of finance, Pravin Gordhan.

“We are working with the South African government. Hopefully, there will be a delegation to South Africa to repatriate the assets or come to some sort of arrangement.

“We want to work with the South African government to not only recover the assets but to find ways of re-investing them in South Africa.

“We want the assets to be identified as belonging to the Libyan people.

“Politically, we are trying to help the new Libya integrate with the rest of the African continent. Libya is a very big and rich country and together with South Africa can play a strategic role in Africa,” Buishi said.

Several sources told The Sunday Independent that the Libyans have complained to the UN and have placed South Africa and Zuma on terms, threatening to lay charges of theft with the International Criminal Court if the assets were not returned promptly.

The Sunday Independent understands that the money was brought in by a company, which has hired former SADF special forces and is keeping the warehouses where the money, gold and diamonds are being kept under 24-hour surveillance.

Other cash assets, running into hundreds of millions of rand, are being kept in accounts in South Africa’s major banks.

Several sources have confirmed that the ex-apartheid era special forces pilots and soldiers have deposed affidavits that are designed to protect them from, among others, money-laundering charges.

7th Dec 2014, 18:53
A trillion here and a trillion there, pretty soon we'll be talking serious money!

8th Dec 2014, 08:34
After another weekend of power cuts, ours were from 18h00-20h30 from Friday to Sunday, we are beyond frustrated. If you had to pick a time that would be the most inconvenient, that would be it. The take away places are doing a roaring trade. Other suburbs have different time slots for their power cuts, some even have more than one a day!!

So you look at why we have reached this unhappy state of affairs. Simply put, the ANC government never did any forward planning in 2004. Eskom saw the need for new power stations, but the ANC said no, we have other priorities such as social grants, payouts to all the loyal cadres who put them in power (how ironic), RDP housing, the list goes on. Suffice to say that the ANC under Mandela wanted to grow the economy, but made no provision for additional power generation, or for the millions of immigrants streaming through our porous borders, who would be using more electricity!!

Then you need to look at the structures or lack of them at Eskom itself. Enter BEE (Black Economic Empowerment) for the uninitiated! Many of the senior white managers and technicians, some with more than 35 years experience, were retrenched or told to take early retirement. Who replaced them? Mostly untrained, unskilled black workers. As a result maintenance, which since the advent of electricity in this country had been of the highest order, was not properly carried out. End result, many varied and increasingly serious malfunctions throughout the grid!! The two power stations that were due to be completed in 2012, are nowhere near ready yet. Why? Industrial action, pathetically slow building, way behind deadlines and the lack of will to get the job done.

No matter what your political views are, the inescapable truth is that under the so-called apartheid regime, we had the cheapest electricity in the world and despite sanctions, we were able to support a vibrant economy. Now the complete reverse has happened. We have close to the most expensive electricity in the world, we have chased away would-be investors because you can’t run a business without power and we have been downgraded by all the world’s rating agencies. The country is fast approaching being rated as a failed state!! Is the black majority better off today? Only the elite few of Zuma’s acolytes are, the rest sadly are not.

Please look carefully at these photos and the explanation from a friend of mine about what happened. So the silo collapse at Medupi is but one in a string of calamities to befall Eskom. The utility has kept mum about Duhva, saying ‘unplanned maintenance’ has put it partly out of commission. It’s a miracle that we have any power at all. The ‘good news’ is that we can expect rolling black outs until 2018, co-incidentally just a year before the next general elections, when miraculously the lights will stay on. Just to prove to the masses that the ANC is in control!! I hope that these photos go around the globe to show the utter incompetence of all of our para-statals. Look at the 4 month long Post Office strike, the bankrupt SAA, Transnet, Telkom etc.

Now that I’ve had my Monday morning rant, I’ll go off and have a pleasant day. For those in other countries thank your lucky stars you’re not living here, despite what other problems you may have at least you’ve got power!!

Subject: : Duvha Power Station Accident
Now we understand the darkness ahead !!!!

Is it not a miracle the lights are EVER on ?

Not really intended for the public, BUT, amazing how pics like these can get out even after Eskom put a blanket of secrecy around the whole incident. Eskom like hiding stuff like this?
So I found out what happened at Duhva power station and the busted turbine.
They were doing a test of the turbine overspeed protection system, and in short, the protection did not kick in. Conventional wisdom tells me that there should be a better way to test a protection system than to try and destroy the turbine and see if it feels like protecting itself, but that’s basically what they did.
The turbine has a governor valve which controls the amount of steam coming into the turbine In order to keep it running at the right speed (3000 rpm for our grid frequency) and then it has a main isolation valve to shut the steam off completely. The protections systems (of which there are 3 independent systems, and a dude with his finger on the emergency button) are supposed to close this main isolation valve in a fraction of a second when the turbine overspeeds.
So they get ready for the test, they dump a helluva lot of steam onto the turbine, speed starts going crazy, it went from 3000 RPM to 4500 RMP in ten seconds (they are generally only designed for 10 to 15% overspeed, all three protection systems should have kicked in by the time you get to 110%). Anyway, I don’t know why, but all three systems failed, and the dude with his finger on the manual trip button wasn’t at his post. So the result was a big bang, some fire and a lot of steam going where it shouldn’t go.
Scary thing is Duvha has a shared turbine hall. All six units are placed in one long straight stripe, with no missile shield between them. And if you look at the third last pic you can see how big that shaft is, if that landed on another turbine it would have destroyed that too. They are very lucky they didn’t lose the entire station.
So anyway, what gets reported in the news? “Unforeseen maintenance” at one of the units at Duvha requires it to remain shut down for 18 months. understatement of the century in my book. But you shut off the containment ventilation system at Koeberg for one hour and a radiation alarm goes off, then it’s a front page news national crisis. I give up.

Solid Rust Twotter
8th Dec 2014, 14:16
The rumour mill has it that a certain collapsed coal silo was reported to have had serious structural problems months before it fell over. The fairly well placed person who reported it as unsafe was ignored and now that it's collapsed, has been canned and is said to be out of the country with his family.

Can't vouch for the veracity of this, but it wouldn't come as a surprise to learn it's true and even more convoluted than we think.

Solid Rust Twotter
8th Dec 2014, 15:36
No crisis, eh? Shouldn't be difficult to convince his fellow trough snufflers with this pure unadulterated bullshit in order to protect the fat performance bonuses they'll no doubt award themselves.

CEO Tshediso Matona: No crisis at Eskom
26 minutes ago

Johannesburg - The country is not experiencing a power supply crisis, Eskom said on Monday.

"There is no crisis at Eskom. I think the way Eskom gets reported on creates the perception of a crisis," CEO Tshediso Matona told reporters in Johannesburg.

Matona said the power utility needed financial stability and additional power to make sure electricity supply was reliable.

Eskom sold power cheaply.

"We sell electricity below cost compared to other countries. We have spoken about this before... It is a matter of policy implementation, which we do not do ourselves."

Eskom did not anticipate implementing its stage three schedule of rolling blackouts again this month, he said.

"We will probably not go into stage three from this difficult patch, but that will rely on additional power capacity going forward," Matona said.

Stage one allows for up to 1000MW of the national load to be shed, stage two for up to 2000MW and stage three for up to 4000MW.

Matona earlier apologised for recent power blackouts.

"The events were completely unexpected, especially on Thursday and Friday," he said.

Stage two blackouts went into action on Thursday and stage three on Friday.

Eskom was doing everything possible to manage the outages, Matona said.

"It really pains us to have to load shed. We know the public is not pleased."

He said a complete blackout would spell disaster for the country.

READ:Matona: Complete blackout is not an option

"We load shed out of responsibility... A complete blackout would be catastrophic and can take weeks to recover from."

He said the power system would remain tight until the Medupi and Kusile power stations started producing power, probably in 12 to 18 months.

Medupi was expected to be on line by December 24.

"We may not meet the target, and could see Medupi coming online in early January.

"We expect to see full power production from Medupi within six months thereafter."

Work on getting the Majuba station in Mpumalanga to full capacity was continuing.

"An average of 1800 megawatts is being fed to the national grid per day. Following the collapse of a silo, five units are running fully," he said.

Majuba was able to generate 2900MW during peak periods.

READ: Yelland's 15-point plan for Eskom to solve crisis

Group executive Matshela Koko said he led an investigation into the collapse of the silo at Majuba.

"Majuba is urgent... yes, we had a second crack at Majuba, and we will soon take the public into [our] confidence," Koko said.

Matona said the blackouts had also affected customers in neighbouring countries.

"There is a perception that we load shed but continue supplying neighbours with electricity. That is not so, cross-border customers are also affected."

Matona said electricity supply was expected to be constrained in February and March because of budgetary constraints.

"Our financial director is looking at options in this regard," he said.

The power supply would depend on the availability of diesel during the period.

Eskom used 140 million litres of diesel to produce power in November.

"We have had situations during this past week where the ordering of diesel was delayed due to budget constraints," said Matona.

"Sometimes, in terms of logistics, things do not go smoothly between us, PetroSA and other suppliers," he said.

9th Dec 2014, 17:45
Eskom has introduced a new multi-outlet socket :


It is questionable if this type of thing is funny, but one has to keep a sense of humour. We have made plans to cook Christmas dinner without electricity.

Solid Rust Twotter
9th Dec 2014, 18:08
Generally too bloody hot in SA to do the whole turkey and ham thing over Christmas. A braai round the pool with a few salads, cold meats and a watermelon to finish with is the usual family get together. Being a bit of a social hand grenade, one usually makes sure one is at least 3000 miles away with little contact.

Bah! Humbug!

11th Dec 2014, 12:11
The wheels are really coming off.

Today, the Post Office in Claremont (Cape), and a few others, are closed.


Not a strike, not a staff shortage, not a bomb threat, electricity outage, although any of those would make sense ............

It's ................. cash flow problems, preventing them from paying their rent.

This is real third world stuff.

14th Dec 2014, 09:29
I've mentioned before the sad and pathetic cycle of 'let's play the victim and blame it all on apartheid and the nasty white men'.

You can't blame people for doing it when that attitude comes from the one who is supposed to be the great leader :

Zuma: Electricity problems apartheid's fault

13 Dec 2014 09:46 Sapa (http://mg.co.za/author/no-profile)

SA's energy problems were a product of apartheid and government was not to blame for the current blackouts, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.
http://cdn.mg.co.za/crop/content/images/2014/10/31/jacobzumahandsupreurters_landscape.jpg/676x380/ (http://mg.co.za/article/2014-12-13-zuma-electricity-problems-apartheids-fault)
“The problem [is] the energy was structured racially to serve a particular race, not the majority,” Zuma told delegates at the Young Communist League’s congress in Cape Town.
He said the ANC had inherited the power utility from the previous regime which had only provided electricity to the white minority.
Twenty years into democracy, 11-million households had access to electricity, double the number in 1994, Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery. Government was taking action to address the energy situation.
The development of the Medupi and Kusile power stations was being accelerated in order to bring them on to the grid.
“Projects in the region with the potential to produce power in the short term are being assessed and we continue to evaluate options with the intention to maximise all sources of energy including coal, gas, nuclear, solar and renewable energy options”, Zuma said.
Earlier this week, Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane said Eskom must declare the rolling blackouts a national crisis.
“The president, the public enterprises minister and Eskom must come clean and acknowledge that load shedding is indicative of a national electricity crisis,” said Maimane.
“Now more than ever we need to see transparency and honesty from government on the full extent of the crisis, and the plans in place to solve it.” – Sapa

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Dec 2014, 10:39
Interesting that part of the campaign of defiance back in the day was to refuse to pay utility bills for so called non existent power and water in the formal townships. It's not like the current regime weren't warned 20 years ago that this is how it would end up if they did nothing to ensure SA's power supply.

I suppose nicking the maintenance budget and funds earmarked to build new power stations is also apartheid's fault...:rolleyes:

Blaming a tiny minority with zero political power for 20 years of fcuk ups on their watch is a pretty desperate tactic. Sadly, the cANCer supporters swallow it all hook, line and sinker...

Solid Rust Twotter
19th Dec 2014, 11:43
Big fat hairy surprise...:rolleyes:

‘Affirmative action has led to Eskom’s problems’

Beeld writes that a letter doing the rounds at Eskom makes the claim that the parastatal’s problems with load shedding and delays with the Medupi and Kusile stations coming on stream are attributable to the manner in which affirmative action is being applied at the power utility.

The letter writer, who wants to remain anonymous, is a highly trained technician who has 30 years’ experience at Eskom. He claims that job competence training does not take place at Eskom, which only has a goal of getting its employment equity figures right. He claims there have been promotions and appointments to artisan positions without regard to proficiency, but the appointees don’t take any technical advice. The employees from the old dispensation are said to be very demotivated because if they complain about skill shortages “the race card is played.”

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA’s (Numsa’s) Stephen Nhlapo agreed yesterday that the manner in which Eskom applied affirmative action seriously affected service delivery. He confirmed that job training does not take place at Eskom. “Training is the aspect that is last on the list of Eskom’s priorities. Let’s be honest, a lot of the people who work at Eskom do not have the skills required of them (freely translated),” Nhlapo said. Meanwhile, the whites take their pensions, leave and then come back as consultations, he claimed. He indicated that Numsa was busy with a comprehensive investigation into Eskom.

Dirk Groenewald of Solidarity, which has 7,000 members at Eskom, commented that it looked as if Eskom did not make use of available experience and instead focused on employment being in terms of the economic active population. This had a very negative effect on delivery and the morale of workers, he said.


19th Dec 2014, 11:51
No, it's all the fault of Apartheid and particularly of a certain Mr. Verwoerd :



Solid Rust Twotter
21st Dec 2014, 17:15
As ye sow...

A study has found that life expectancy in South Africa has declined on average 4.3 years since 1990.

The average life expectancy for women was 63 years in 2013, with men living on average 57.7 years.

By contrast, in 1990 women lived on average 68.9 years and men had a life expectancy of 60.5 years, according to research co-ordinated by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in the US.

Out of the 188 countries included in the study South Africa ranked 162nd for women and 169th for men for the longest life expectancies.

The leading killers in South Africa were HIV/Aids, stroke, and pneumonia, accounting for 51 percent of all deaths in 2013.

This compared to 15 percent in 1990.

In 1990 pneumonia was the first cause of death in South Africa (26,614 deaths) and stroke the 5th leading cause of death (21,360 deaths), while HIV accounted for about 415 deaths. Altogether, the three conditions accounted for less than 15 percent of all deaths recorded in the country in 1990.

In 2013 HIV/Aids and interpersonal violence were the top two causes of death for people between the ages of 15 and 49, resulting in 191,792 lives lost.

21st Dec 2014, 18:31
This pneumonia, there's been a lot of it about!

I was in twice in hospital with it this winter for a total of 12 days, and when I saw my dentist, he told me that he had 'lost' 3 patients to pneumonia this winter.

Its something that I'm not blaming on the ANC.

22nd Dec 2014, 05:43
This pneumonia, there's been a lot of it about!Pneumonia is what gets you when your immune system is down. HIV knackers your immune system (other diseases too, there is a type of cancer that also knackers the immune system). The overlap between pneumonia and HIV will be seriously skewing the true HIV statistics there! That couldn't possibly be the ANC's fault! Must have been apartheid. (Just eat more beetroot and garlic!)

Solid Rust Twotter
22nd Dec 2014, 08:55

You're 77, Hoss!:ok: These things are going to start sneaking up on you.

I think the decline in medical facilities and the dearth of personnel to adequately run those that still exist may be a factor. It's entirely possible the pilferati might have played some small part in that.

Solid Rust Twotter
31st Dec 2014, 17:52
The stench of failure and despair hangs heavily around the arch apologist. Sometimes you get what you wish for....

Zuma - SA’s one-man wrecking ball

December 30 2014 at 06:49am

The devastation caused by Jacob Zuma will take years to rebuild, even if he were to leave office tomorrow, says the writer.

The devastation caused by that one-man wrecking ball – Jacob Zuma – will take years to rebuild, even if he were to leave office tomorrow.

Sounds a bit harsh? Well, I don’t think the serious damage this president has inflicted upon our political culture and our key institutions deserves softer condemnation.

Zuma was never going to match the analytical and intellectual acumen of his predecessors. But he did represent a significant section of South African society that had been under-represented in the top echelons since 1994 and he was our first Zulu-speaking president.

If he had surrounded himself with able ministers and advisers and listened to them he could still have been an exemplary president. He was closer to the people than any of his predecessors and had a strong reputation as a listener and a peacemaker.

But the after-effects of his corrupt relationship (in the words of a judge) with his financial adviser, the debt he owed to those who put him in power and his obvious view that he was more of an African chief than the president of a modern democracy led him on a different path.

His only talent we did experience was that of a political street fighter and manipulator, a talent he had perfected as the head of intelligence of Umkhonto we Sizwe while in exile. He masterfully outmanoeuvered those who stood up to him and instilled a culture of fear in his party. He richly rewarded those loyal to him through a vast system of patronage and massively enriched his own family and clan in the tradition of Mobuto Sese Seko (former president of Zaire, now the DRC) and Robert Mugabe.

The golden thread running through his six years as president was his determination to stay out of court (and jail) with more than 700 charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering hanging over his head.

In the process he co-opted and corrupted the entire intelligence machinery, the National Prosecuting Authority, the police service and the SABC. Tenderpreneurship blossomed and corruption mushroomed with almost no consequences for perpetrators.

These tendencies moved a key member of the Tripartite Alliance, Cosatu general secretary Zwelenzima Vavi, to declare back in 2010: “We’re headed for a full-blown predator state where a powerful, corrupt and demagogic elite of political hyenas are increasingly using the state to get rich.”

The Nkandla scandal is the one that comes up first when citizens talk about corruption in government. And yet it is a relatively small scandal – that is apart from the fact that the president had lied to Parliament on not being aware of what was being built at his homestead and the fact that he forced his party to lie for him and savage an institution of the Constitution, the public protector.

Zuma’s blatant interference with the criminal justice system is a much bigger scandal. It undermined one of the central pillars of our democracy and stability. In recent weeks it became clear that two other key state institutions have fallen victim to Zuma’s machinations – two institutions that have been functioning better than most other thus far: the South African Revenue Service (Sars) and the corruption-fighting Hawks unit.

Zuma appointed loyalist Tom Moyane as head of Sars in September after he had retired as head of Correctional Services. His record at that department wasn’t a good one. Under his leadership the department was rebuked several times by the auditor-general and Moyane was instrumental in the release on medical parole of former police commissioner Jackie Selebi who was supposed to be on his deathbed three years ago.

Moyane started a high-level purge of senior Sars officials. The State Security Agency had prepared the ground for him by planting false stories on the journalists of a leading newspaper, who published them without further investigation. Most of the information so published has now been discredited.

And last week the head of the Hawks, Anwar Dramat, was suspended, ostensibly because of the deportation of a Zimbabwean four years ago. The real reason was that he refused to hand over files on Nkandla, Northern Cape ANC leader John Block and other high-level corruption cases to the police commissioner. He was fired because he was doing his job. Dramat confirmed this in a letter to the minister, saying his investigations into the affairs of “influential persons” cost him his job.

It is Zuma Demolition Inc at work.

* Max du Preez is an author and columnist.

** The views expressed here are not necessarily those of Independent Media.

Pretoria News

Solid Rust Twotter
13th Jan 2015, 10:59
No doubt there'll be much mutual arse kissing between this terrorist and the crop of terrorists running the country. The same lot who refuse to issue a visa to the Dalai Lama.

Controversy over Pro-Palestinian group's plans to bring plane hijacker to SA
2015-01-13 09:46
Cape Town - Israeli supporters are upset about a tour organised by the pro-Palestinian group, Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS), in which the group will host the infamous female airplane hijacker, Leila Khaled.

Khaled is described on Cape Town Muslim.com as "the poster girl of the Palestinian struggle”. The website advertises the upcoming fundraising tour saying, "Khaled’s image flashed across the world after she hijacked a passenger jet in 1969 and made world history by becoming the first woman to hijack an airplane.

"The picture of a young, determined looking woman with a checkered kuffiyah scarf, clutching an AK-47, was as era-defining as that of Che Guevara, Ruth First and other political figures from our recent past."

The website invites people to "support BDS South Africa and dine with the remarkable living legend, Leila Khaled".

However Deputy ambassador and spokesperson for the Israeli embassy in South Africa, Michael Freeman, is upset about the tour. He told IOL News that Khaled was a self-confessed hijacker and someone who believed violence was the mainstay to advance her aims.

Freeman says Khaled is a member of the politburo of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the organisation believed to be responsible for killing of four Jewish worshippers in West Jerusalem last month, and says the tour would condone violence in South Africa.

He said that Khaled's visit to South Africa goes against the values that our country and the world stands for, which was emphasized by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

Despite Freeman's opinion of Khaled's visit to the country, BDS president Muhammed Desai said the group was not promoting violence.

The advertisement inviting listeners to the gatherings where Khaled will be speaking, describes her as a "wife, mother, plane hijacker and Palestinian freedom fighter".

The BDS defended the use of 'hijacker' in the ad saying they used the term because it is Khaled's claim to fame.

Khaled will be visiting South Africa from the 6th to the 14th of February, touring to Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg among other places.

13th Jan 2015, 23:32
I wonder if JZ ever gets to read what is said about him – probably would not make a difference in any event as he remains under the illusion that he is greater than the creator. This guy really is a clown but I doubt very much that even a circus would employ him. I cannot understand that any intelligent South African would vote for such a corrupt bunch – the time has come for a change and we should be looking forward and not continually looking back and supporting them because of the so called struggle. If we don’t change we are going to struggle to sort this country out as the present bunch speak with forked tongue.

It is sad that the majority of the population, those who deserved and expected better after 1994, are now worse off than ever before. They will continue to follow their corrupt and incompetent leader(s) and blame everything on apartheid and the white man.

Jan van Riebeeck?s arrival the beginning of all SA?s problems: Zuma (http://southafricatoday.net/south-africa-news/jan-van-riebeecks-arrival-the-beginning-of-all-sas-problems-zuma/)

Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival the beginning of all SA’s problems: Zuma

On January 10, 2015 at 5:49 pm
http://www.pprune.org/cid:[email protected]
In a speech in Cape Town on Friday evening the 9th of January 2015, President Jacob Zuma made the following statement:

“Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival in Cape Town was the beginning of all South Africa’s problems.”

Never in the history of the world have I heard a Head of State so clearly saying to a part of the population of his country: You are a problem. You are not wanted here. Apart maybe from Adolf Hitler to the Jews of Germany. We take note, Mr. Zuma. We’ll get back to this.

You see, president, we have known for a long time that you are not a very clever man (how’s that for an understatement?!), but to show such clear evidence of your lack of understanding even the most basic knowledge of our history is a blemish on this country.

1) Jan van Riebeeck did not arrive in Cape Town. There was no Cape Town, there was no road, harbour, Castle of Good Hope, Parliament building, airport, Nkandla or KFC in sight. There was no infrastructure, there was no democracy or election. In fact, there wasn’t even a black man in sight. The southern tip of Africa looked pretty much as it did on the day of creation, because the few scattered groups of Khoisan people lived off the land and slept in minute little huts of reed which they would roll up and carry about on their backs when they moved on.
In fact, Mr. Zuma, everything that you set your eyes on, was created by that civilization which Jan van Riebeeck and the descendants of his people brought to this country. Of course, if you wish the country to return to the state of living in little huts of mud, wearing animal skins, not being able to read or write or in fact not even having had the capability of inventing the wheel, by all means – crawl back into your hut. But I’ll be damned if the civilized white, coloured and Indian population will follow you into that state. You belong in a hut, not me.

2) As applies to where the problem started: The problem started when the weaker and more cowardly African tribes starting running for their lives in the region around the great lakes of Malawi and fled southwards ahead of the Berbers.
As far as they went they murdered and raped and pillaged and stole the land from the rightful owners, the Khoi people. They met the white man around 1718 in the Eastern Cape. Those were your ancestors, Mr. Zuma,.
And the problem started when your ANC decided it wanted to adopt Western concepts like democracy, government, multiculturalism. Unfortunately the African incapability of understanding abstract thought and hypothetical reasoning makes it irreconcilable, so you decided to imitate.
Mr. Zuma, a palace bigger than that of the former Czar of Russia, a fleet of BMW’s, the vote of the majority of non-reasoning people and a KFC meal and a Samsung with enough airtime is not sufficient. The world has recognized you for what you are: YOU are the problem!

3) Zuma ended off his speech with another statement: “We, the black nation, are crying for our land which was taken by the white people.” Kissing up to Julius Malema now or what? WHAT land? Where is your deed an poll?

What evidence do you have? What do you call the vast pieces of land called the Ingonyama Trust and the Royal Bafokeng Trust apart from “our land” for the black man then? No Mr. Zuma, you might as well stop your act.

We will resist you stealing OUR land, be prepared for that. One thing you have to understand, and there will be no negotiation on that: White South Africa built this country to what it is, we’ll see you in hell before we leave it to your mercy.

You labour under the misunderstanding that we are going to hand it all to you on a silver platter because we feel guilty. Don’t. You are wrong again.
You see, the one thing that you keep trying (and like a fool doesn’t realise that it is not working) is to blame “apartheid” and the injustices of the past and then offering the white man your forgiveness. And you think that, combined with the brand of “racist” will shame us.

You’ve missed the bus, Mr. Zuma. Black majority government in this country is shameful failure and your forgiveness means nothing to us. Keep it. We have no use for it, we are not interested in it. So carry on living in your ignorant little bubble of stupidity – the age of ethnic nationalism has dawned in the rest of the world and it will reach South Africa also. And you will have to bow your head and stand ashamed before history for having had all the opportunities imaginable and making one big, and gruesome bloody genocidal mess of it.
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Front Nasionaal Suid Afrika (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Front-Nasionaal-Suid-Afrika/248174628693735?ref=ts&fref=ts)
South Africa Today

unstable load
14th Jan 2015, 06:29
At risk of being labelled pedantic, both the Front Nasionaal and Zuma are technically wrong.
Zuma, probably because he is thick, the FNSA probably because they are milking an opportunity to score points.....

Dias wanted to continue sailing to India, but he was forced to turn back when his crew refused to go further.[/URL] It was only on the return voyage that he actually discovered the Cape of Good Hope, in May 1488. Dias returned to [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon"]Lisbon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolomeu_Dias#cite_note-4) in December of that year, after an absence of sixteen months.
Bartolomeu Dias - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartolomeu_Dias)

So, instead of laying the blame on the Dutch, Zoomie should blame the Portuguese.......:oh:

14th Jan 2015, 06:38
The arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in the Cape sounded the death knell for the indigenous peoples of southern Africa. This is because the arrival of the Dutch settlers led inexorably to the Great Trek and the eventual northward Boer colonization of the territories that were to become South Africa. The root cause for the start of the Great Trek, the exodus of the Afrikaner, was the British abolition of slavery. Slave keeping was a way of life for the Afrikaner, the dross of the Netherlands; an immigrant race that had discovered the free labor of a species it thought lower in the human life form chain than they themselves had been at the point of embarkation.
Without slavery the white Afrikaner would have stayed in the Cape and the history of Cape Colony would have played a different hand. Therefore, the abolition of slavery was the beginning of all South Africa's problems. Perhaps someone should send Zuma a postcard?

Solid Rust Twotter
19th Jan 2015, 11:20
Trying to prop up an ideology that has failed everywhere else in the world, to the detriment of the country and its people. Those who agitated to put this clown show in charge must be so proud...

Eskom: now for the really bad news
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The head of one of South Africa's largest business chambers, the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut, says the government's fixation with ideology and politics is steering the country to disaster - and nowhere is this more apparent than in the collapse of Eskom.

Christo van der Rheede was part of a delegation of business leaders who were briefed on the energy crisis by Eskom this week. At the meeting, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona told them his parastatal needed an immediate R20-billion bailout to keep the lights on.

But Matona couldn't tell them why Eskom was not collecting the billions owed to it by municipalities.

This failure to pay Eskom has contributed significantly to the electricity provider's cash crisis. "We were told it is a government issue and their hands are tied," says Van der Rheede.

These municipalities are in effect "sabotaging" the country, he says, but the government will not do anything about it for political reasons.

"This is simply not good enough. Someone must be called to task. Ministers must put pressure on cabinet and cabinet must put pressure on the head of this country to clamp down on people who are completely disregarding the laws of this country."

Putting Politics Ahead of SA

Another example of the government putting ideology and politics ahead of South Africa's interests, he says, is its refusal to use readily available private sector expertise to fix the power crisis.

"Why the state is so fearful of the private sector boggles my mind.

"I am very perturbed by this idea that ideology or politics will solve our problems. We sit with a business challenge and we need a business solution driven by expertise from the business environment."

The government is contributing to the looming crisis by "trying to downplay the situation", Van der Rheede says.

"This is no use at all. The CEO clearly stated that we sit with a national emergency. Not my words, his words."

But then the government contradicted Matona's statements.

Van der Rheede also questions the government's seriousness in ending the crisis, considering that it put someone with Matona's limited experience in charge. Although he praised Matona for being "frank" about the problems facing Eskom, Van der Rheede was clearly not filled with confidence about Matona's ability to lead Eskom to safety.

"When [senior executive] Dr [Steve] Lennon, who is a top-class guy, spoke at a previous meeting, I immediately sat up because here's a guy who knows the ins and outs of Eskom. He's an engineer, he's got a strong business background," he says.

Lennon announced his resignation after the appointment of Matona, a former director-general in the Department of Public Enterprises, and will be leaving Eskom in March.

"Why they bring in somebody from outside with very, very little experience, especially at a time like this, is mind-boggling," says Van der Rheede.

He thinks it would be naive not to relate the present crisis to the "massive, massive brain drain from Eskom over a period of time".

The really bad news is that it is about to get even worse.

Van der Rheede says he can't believe that, at this stage, Eskom is offering pension packages to its staff.

"Of course it is experienced people who are taking those packages. So we sit with a massive, massive crisis. At a time like this you need to rally your best troops. You don't tell them to leave the organisation."

A former school principal on the Cape Flats who became a developmental economist, Van der Rheede, 50, describes as "nonsense" the claim by Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown that Eskom needs to remain out of private hands in order to implement the government's developmental agenda.

"You don't use a state-owned enterprise for developmental purposes. You use a state-owned enterprise to provide the best service at the best price to communities, to businesses. You have schools to develop communities, you have NGOs to develop communities, you have state departments to serve as instruments for development. SOEs are first and foremost businesses and they must be run like businesses. If it serves a developmental agenda, then you go the wrong route. That is not their purpose."

Van der Rheede represents the interests of 20000 businesses, from giants such as Absa to the small and medium-sized businesses on which, he believes, South Africa's prospects for economic growth and employment largely depend.


The power cuts predicted by Matona will be "disastrous" for them, he says.

They don't have the money to buy generators or invest in alternative power supplies. Many are farmers who need a constant supply of electricity to keep their storage facilities going.

Matona made it clear to business leaders that South Africa is balanced on a knife edge.

Van der Rheede believes that if there is a repeat of the infrastructure failures of last year, such as the silo collapse at Majuba power station, "we will face the possibility of a complete blackout. If that happens, the entire economy of this country will come to a standstill."

His "biggest fear" is that infighting and factionalism as the 2016 local government elections approach will further reduce the already seriously limited capacity of municipalities to manage the power cuts that lie ahead.

"You need them to implement load-shedding schedules properly so that businesses and factories can plan around them. You already have dysfunctional municipalities which don't have the expertise to do this, never mind maintain the infrastructure and collect money from the local populace."

Many in the government and the ANC condemn this kind of talk as ridiculously, even treasonably, alarmist.

Van der Rheede doesn't agree.

"I've studied risk management. We call it heat mapping, where you sit and say: 'What are the probabilities and what will the impact be?'

"If you look at the current state of affairs and at what has happened over the past year, we're already in the red part of that heat map.

"If you try and brush over that as being alarmist, then you must either be very stupid or you don't care a damn. We cannot afford that type of attitude."

Van der Rheede says South Africa is rather like the frog placed in the pot of water that is slowly being brought to the boil, unaware of what is happening.

"The water has started to boil. We're going to discover too late that it has reached boiling point. Unless business rises to the occasion now and makes its voice heard."

Solid Rust Twotter
20th Jan 2015, 14:14
It appears things are not going well for Numbah Wan and his cronies who tried to pin the blame for misusing national assets to help out their mates on a couple of honkies.

I hope they take these clowns to the cleaners. Sadly, it'll be the few taxpayers who carry the rest of the country taking up the slack for this as well.

Two Guptagate accused off the hook: Sandu
January 20 2015 at 01:42pm

Johannesburg - All charges against Lt-Col Stephan van Zyl and Lt Col Christine Anderson have been withdrawn, the SA National Defence Union said on Tuesday.

“The military prosecuting authorities have today informed the attorneys of indicted Air Force officers in the 'Guptagate' matter, that all charges are forthwith withdrawn and, therefore, no prosecution will commence against them,” national secretary Pikkie Greeff said in a statement.

Anderson and Van Zyl were accused of being involved in the landing of a private jet carrying guests to a wedding for wealthy business family the Guptas, at the Waterkloof Air Force base in Tshwane.

“Sandu confirms that both officers have already provided instructions to the Sandu legal team to immediately institute civil law suits against all the state organs which were involved in implicating them.”

The legal team had earlier on Tuesday “demanded” that Van Zyl be reinstated.

The SA National Defence Force was not immediately available for comment.


20th Jan 2015, 15:09
As for the idea mooted above that the Afrikaners were "the dross of the Netherlands", that's much too simplistic. It totally neglects the large French Huguenot influence. If it wasn't for them SA wouldn't have a wine industry, for starters. Many common Afrikaner names are actually French e.g. Fourie, Viljoen, de Klerk (e.g. PW), Du Plessis, Du Toit, Theron (e.g. Charlize) and many more. You can't blame the Dutch for Eugene Terre'Blanche, either: he could trace his ancestry to a Huguenot refugee who landed in 1704. :hmm:

20th Jan 2015, 15:34
Letter from the posh and glittery northern suburbs of Egoli :

This morning, following another ruinously expensive visit to my superb dentist (although he does smirk when I walk into the surgery; while his nurse genuflects, and his cashier gurgles with delight...), I decided to have an early brunch at the Benmore Shopping Centre in Sandton...

And then I remembered that I needed a postage stamp, and so proceeded to the nowadays quite large and usually busy Benmore Post Office upstairs.

The place was locked up. There were no staff in sight.

I called at a couple of adjoining shops, and one opposite to see if their staff knew the reason why the South African Post Office was not functioning today...

Alas, the short answer was 'No'.

On my way out I noticed the Centre Information Desk, and thought that perhaps someone there might know.

"Oh yes, sir! The reason it is closed is that they haven't paid their rent."


When next that dent-headed *&^%$#@!d tries to blame Jan van Riebeeck for all our modern ills: for the railways not running, for the SABC transmitting incomprehensible English, for the SAA being populated by fat cheats, for the ruination of the South African Navy, and for the management of Eskom being beyond the obsidian black of night (even the Dromedaris had lantern lights!), I am going to write to the said *&^%$#@! to remind him that Oom Jannie found his way to Suid-Afrika without even the advantage of the knowledge of longitude. And I am going to tell the said *&^%$#@! that I have grave doubts whether he, the said *&^%$#@!, could find (Look away now ladies...) his own arse hole using both hands.

The incumbent President of the Republic of South Africa has not only secured his place in the history of our country, he will soon be assured of his unique place in the history of the world...

I wish all civilised people a very good day.

......... this from a friend who really has very high tolerance level. In the Kaap, our Poskantoore were closed before Christmas for a few days for the same reason. We are becoming a banana republic. Still, it's all the fault of Oom Hendrik and the evils of apartheid and colonialism.

20th Jan 2015, 15:37
The Afrikaners knew what they were doing. To that list of names, I'd add a lot of names of Portuguese origin too, Ferreira, Gomes, Da Silva .... many crossed the colour bar and ended up in Manenberg and Athlone. By the way I didn't think that De Klerk was Huguenot origin, but on reflection it probably is.