‘Your Thoughts’

Children on our Roads

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.

Watch out for children!

Schools out

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.

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. (more…)

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Gender Equality – boys and girls!

Seems that gender equality is a rights issue in it’s self. Why is there so much attention on girl children and almost nothing said about young boys. In fact the only mention boys get are around crime and rape. It would seem to me that if we placed the spotlight on the boys we may be able to turn this around. When we speak of children there should be no difference in the attention they get – Adults are a different story – Gender issues need to be sorted out and adult woman, in my opinion, need the centre stage.

Take a boy child to work? – heard of that – me neither. We have all heard of take a girl child to work though. Pretty strange considering that children are all in trouble in this country – they all need focus, help and guidance. In fact I would go as far as to say that boys need more attention – especially in Africa, as they are placed in a position of superiority in cultural terms. If we can get them thinking in democratic, fair ways we will, by default, sort out the problem woman face. It will take a generation – but it will be done.
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Have black people lost their courage?

I wonder sometimes if my black brothers and sisters have lost their ability to stand up for themselves. After fighting an extended war against the apartheid government, bravely and steadfastly, they seem to wilt in the face of a uneducated, money grabbing taxi industry.

How is it possible for a loving mother to keep on loading her children into a taxi, that is not road worthy, every day – day after day. How is it possible for grown men to wilt in the face of an aggressive taxi driver. What happened to standing up to what is wrong.
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Apartheid on Woman in the new South Africa

Black men embraced the new South Africa. Apartheid was over, freedom for all – or was it?

From my perspective freedom for all meant freedom for the black man – and no-one else. Woman and children were to maintain their place at the bottom of the pile. Now I may be wrong – I hope I am – but from what I can see, and from those black dudes that I talk to, Black men are quite happy to keep the ‘cultural’ balance in place. And according to them the cultural way is that the man owns his woman and children and that a “warm klap” every now and then is OK.
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Apartheid was played by black and white.

Don’t ever think that only white people played the apartheid game. The vast majority of South African did not even realise that they were being played. the propaganda machine worked on all of us.

Think about this – What do black people think about Shangaans – or Tsonga if you want to use the correct, respectful term? Ask a Zulu – he will most likely tell you that a Shangaan is a dog – and will be gleeful in his description – and that is now… in the new South Africa.

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White guilt – white soldiers!

1997 came and went – there was dancing in the streets  by blacks and quiet relief by whites.

Black freedom fighters went from terrorist status to national hero status. All was now good in the rainbow nation.

What has been forgotten is the white soldiers who were fighting a wrong war. The status of a national serviceman went from hero to enemy in one day. Where once it was a proud thing to walk down the main street in step-outs, with tannies smiling and giving encouragement, is now a thing to hide. In one fell swoop servicemen were now the evil minions of the apartheid government. (more…)

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