April 1st, 2016
Pay your own way – you tell us how much you owe – poes!
Listen Mr Zuma – why don’t you walk through your mansion, and extensive holdings, and you tell us what you think is included or not, and what you should pay or not.
Why must the republic pay for your shit – even now you claim privileges. Act like a citizen – not a king…… you are a servant – act like one.
Good faith does not help me as a citizen if I screw up on my VAT, Tax and other state money suckers.
Apology not accepted.
You respect us first.
January 27th, 2016
Apartheid – an ingenious system that most people underestimate
Blacks, whites, Afrikaners, Indians – everyone is affected by racism. Societies response in the last few months seems to have increased – nobody want to be called a racist – seen by #pennysparrow, #GarethCliff and #RacismMustFall. What most people do not realise is that as evil apartheid was – it as also extremely clever. Anybody who thinks that they are not affected is fooling themselves – and those who do know it, will much more easily fight this scourge.
Apartheid had a pecking order – it was structured in such a way that everyone could be better than somebody – except the last in the scheme – and they seem to be the poor old Shangaan people (not TSONGA). At the top of this shit pile of racism were the white Afrikaner, next the souties (white English speaking people), Portuguese and Greeks seemed to be next in the pecking line, trumping the Coloreds and Indians. The Zulus seemed to be the top of the black food chain and then the Xhosa people. And so it went on – Apartheid let everyone be better than someone, and that is why racism is still so rife with each minority thinking “damn at least I am better than them”. Apartheid took racism and made into a art – playing one culture, language, race, colour – any difference it could find, and pitted one against the other. It then made laws to back this evil system up.
While I may have got the pecking order wrong – the basic fact remains – every tribe, culture, language group and person was infected with racism. And today the majority of South African still are – in fact I would go as far as to say the majority of humans are. It is not even something you would notice – it is lurking deep in our psyche. Only with conscious effort (once you accept you are not unscathed), will you start to fight it in yourself. There is no “better” cultures, races or colours – there are only individuals who make choices everyday to be better than they were yesterday, to recognise that we are one people of many flavors.
January 25th, 2016
While everyone is focused on El Niño & Climate Change and how this will affect the grain prices in South Africa, no one is really thinking about the downstream consequences of S.A. not growing her own grain. Prices on all products that use grain will increase, such as bread, maize and pap – and specifically any grain fed livestock – like chickens, beef etc. In turn this will increase the price of eggs, and of course chicken and beef. Couple this with the rand dollar – and what it has done to steel prices, and considering how many steel products are used in farming – we can expect some major price increases on many many products.
Perhaps it is time to push harder at home crops and home farming. Why anyone with even a small piece of land does not consider a crop of vegetables is beyond me, or even 5 or 6 layer hens to provide eggs for the family. When one considers that most of our population has roots in rural agricultural areas, it seems strange that we not try and provide for ourselves. Most of the basic crops are relatively easy to grow and care for – and when one takes into account the unemployment rate then labour is not an issue – just the will to try and provide. If we can boot GM crops out of South Africa these crops would be available every year at very little cost.
January 16th, 2016
Nothing to do with you
The massive IMO poultry farm in Nigeria lies in ruins
It would seem Nigeria is no better off when it comes to managing government assets and funding. IMO poultry complex situated in Avutu in Imo state seems to be the latest scam. After contracting a South African Company (Crux) to kick start and manage the farm for a year – which for a year went very well, until they sent the farm manager they contracted home – and promptly had all their birds die. Supposedly he was to be brought back in two weeks – but that never happened.
The farm has lain empty for 30 years and the local minister of Agriculture (Frank Ibezim) had a real job on his hands to bring the chicken farm back online. While he did a sterling job initially, it would seem that there is no real commitment other than getting the governor (Owelle Rochas Okorocha) elected for another term.
The farm is closed again – what a waste of resources and time. The farm re-employed the original farm hands from 30 years ago before the Biafran war…. they are all out of a job again. Such a buzz was created but it seems this was only to elevate the status of the local politicians and the governor of Imo state. Lots of hype just fizzled out to nothing with a few people making a few bucks and the poor people losing out again. A reliable source says the South African employed at the farm was not paid – that seems about how things work in Nigeria.
Nigerian chicken farming
What a lovely farm – and all for nothing.
Google view of IMO poultry farm in Nigeria
Poultry farming in Nigeria is a difficult proposition – high humidity and high temperatures make it a real challenge. But as long as they hold onto their outdated methods and an attitude of ” we don’t baby our birds” they will be trapped into importing 90% of their poultry…which by the way is illegal anyway. And boy, do Nigerians love chicken. This massive complex is ripe for the picking – but it seems that the crew that managed to pick it cannot make it work
August 27th, 2011
What is witchcraft?
Witchcraft in South Africa is a large part of daily life – what is witchcraft – in Africa is is a complex mixture of western religion, traditional African beliefs (from Sangoams and witch doctors) and, I am sad to say, criminal elements – I say this because if you do a search on witches or love spells or money spells – you will see hundreds of links to Traditional healers and self professed Sangomas. They claim to be able to heal any ailment from aids to a screwed up love life. Lost love spells seem to top the list. Not to mention that the poor old tokolohes seem to bear the brunt of any bad luck – deserved or not. Seems to me that tokoloshes are the biggest victims – easier to blame all our shit on the Tokoloshe.
How many of these Sangomas have gone through proper training, and how many healers are actually healers rather than con men. Soccer teams, gangsters and mothers all seek the help of Sangomas and traditional healers – lost love spells, money spells, spells against bullets and spells to make your penis larger. One has to wonder at the gullibility of our African people – in saying that – an international search for witches and spells will bring up a huge number of information about witches and witchcraft – how to be a witch? witchcraft school online? witchcraft beliefs? How to witchcraft? sorcery? Seems that the rest of the world is equally enamoured with the occult and how to manipulate people and objects. Maybe everyone wants to be a sorcerer’s apprentice – Sangoma rituals is a very popular subject – perhaps this is just curiosity – but somehow I doubt it!
July 29th, 2011
A new Poultry Forum for South African chicken farmers has gone live on the www.africanpoultryfarming.co.za site. It is a great place to speak to other small poultry farmers in South Africa. It is free to register and there seem to be knowledgeable users answering all sorts of questions about chicken houses and chicken farming in South Africa. It is a discussion board about poultry farming for small chicken farmers and emerging poultry farmers. It looks like they are trying to set up a group buying thingee for smaller farmers. There is also a discussion going on about government loans for chicken farmers. Chicken farming and poultry farming is growing in South Africa – especially small chicken farms. The poultry forum or chicken forum is a perfect place to discuss poultry farming and find poultry information.
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January 17th, 2011
In the beginning we all came from Africa. Or so says DNA technology. This is quite a thing to deal with, and one I am sure, will displease many people. People who like to think that they are the “chosen ones” They come in all forms – business, religion, and a lot of the time, your neighbour. Differences in culture do not help – A powerful sangoma who promotes togetherness can have a huge influence on black and white relations – as can crooked politicians use out cultural difference to grow his power.
Me, I am quite happy about it. Levels us all off and makes us one family – which is what the sages have been saying for millennia. We are all interconnected as we scurry around in a world which demands attention. A pity, because the attention on the scurrying causes us to miss part of what the world is all about.
The gift of being able to be an interconnected human being and an individual is fantastic. Free will for myself, and group will, to shape the planet and the human race. Wow. Racism and separtaeness will, I think, always be a part of the human struggle – in a way it is not a bad thing, the idear that we celebrate our differences is great – I love the fact that there are so many races and cultures – once we lose our fear of being different, and our fear of others who are different, racism can be included as a positve element – postive racism – something to look forward to. In Africa, particularly, witchcraft and ancient beliefs help to cement negative difference, and often give unscrupulous leaders the ammunition and the means to promote difference in a negative way. The absolute belief in the evil side of the other world, and spirit world, allows for the manipulation of the masses. It is a pity that leaders, who are mostly eductated, use these beliefs to further there own power base.
To all of those who were born in Africa, welcome. Leave us your thoughts and musings.Tell us what you think about racism, about witchcraft and African customs – whether a powerful sangoma promoting spells and witchcraft helps South Africa or not.
January 8th, 2011
What a screwed up world we live in! Have you noticed that in many families the caring for old parents always falls on one or two siblings?
Almost without fail there is a sibling in the family who does bugger all to help and care for the aged parent. They are always too busy, have no money to help and generally shirk their responsibility.
When they are asked to help they always have a pained, oh poor me, expression and response.
Well I say screw you brother or sister. Why is it my responsibilityalone to care for Mom or Dad – why is the time and cost not shared equally? And in many cases the selfish sibling is wealthier than the rest – like they are too important and busy. I wonder if it happens in Black communities? – Maybe ubuntu sorts that out!
Man I hate that.
December 5th, 2010
When you bring a woman to your mother and fathers house for the night there are certain African customs that must be followed. If the woman is just your girlfriend she must leave the house before it gets light. If she is to be you wife she must rise at first light and begin to work. She is now responsible for cleaning and sweeping the yard. She is to wash all the dishes and pots. She is to sweep the house and do all the chores that her mother in law to be would be doing. This includes fetching water (sometimes very far from the house) collecting wood and tending to the young ones needs. This work will often go on until after lunch.
She will told what to do by anyone older than her. Many young men who wish to get married will rather wait until they have their own house – as this custom brings with it many challenges and conflicts.Originally this custom had many good qualities. It allowed the family to get to know the new wife to be. Whilst doing the chores the Mam (Mother) could speak with her and gauge her suitability and qualities. If the girl does not do her chores properly Mam will say nothing to the girl or the rest of the family. She will wait until she is alone with her son, and will then tell him what she thinks of the girl. The girl will know if the family likes her as they will help, talk and joke. If the family does not like her, or she is cheeky and full of nonsense, she will be left to do all the chores alone, whilst the family makes more and more mess for her to clean up.
The first time you bring a girl home the son will need to speak with his father first and then his Mam. The son will bring the girl home during the night – with a new broom, which he will keep in his room. The couple will spend the night together and at first light the girl will rise and begin to sweep the yard with the new broom. Mam and Father will the act surprised, asking “who is sweeping, who is this girl?”. The son will often stay in his room until his new wife to be has finished all the chores. (mostly because he is embarrassed by how his girl gets treated)
Often, in the modern world, this custom is abused, relegating the girl to slave status in a power play between mother and daughter in law to be. This custom is practised by almost all African Cultures. In the townships, close to the big cities this custom has faded away – and is only practised in rural Africa – the woman who practise the old customs and traditions are known as “home girls” African culture and African customs around marriage custom and wedding customs are great – they instil the older values of family and ubuntu – although some of them, I suspect , are outdated and are not really woman orientated.
December 4th, 2010
Children present truckers and drivers with a real challenge. If you are driving around the time schools start or finish it is likely you will see scenes like this.
These kids are happy to be out of school but are paying no attention to what is around them – the speed limit on this road is 120km/hour. At this speed there is no chance if a kid steps out.
Speed limit 120 - kids on road.
In some cases the verge is non existent – the children are literally in the road.
These kids are walking up to 15km’s to get to school and back – that means that the are in the road for several hours every day. There is no way that they are aware of the risks around them for this time. Read the rest of this entry »