The ANC is ahead in all provinces except the Western Cape where the DA has a comfortable lead. The DA’s dreams of claiming the Northern Cape and Gauteng have yet to materialise but they have further entrenched their position as the official opposition. The EFF is becoming South Africa’s third biggest party as COPE and AGANG implode (as expected). Here are the top 12 so far: ANC – 62.78% DA – 22.45% EFF – 5.13% IFP – 2.43% NFP – 1.65% UDM – 1.11% VF PLUS 0.93% COPE – 0.75% AIC – 0.56% ACDP – 0.55% AGANG – 0.23% PAC … ‘Click here to read full article…’
It is too late to register to vote for the 2014 elections. If you are a registered voter, check if you are properly registered. You can do so: Online here. By SMSing your ID Number to 32810 (R1.00 per SMS). By calling 0800 11 8000 between 8am and 5pm today. 2. Check your voter registration details here. 3. Check where you must vote, especially if you have moved a short distance. Insert your address at this link. If your voting district has changed provincially, it will be too late to re-register change so you’ll not be able to vote on … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The casual approach to violence in South Africa has always disturbed me. Suspected of being cattle thieves from Garuele Village outside Kuruman in the Northern Cape, Gabanakgosi Gaobuse and an unidentified friend were tortured without evidence, seemingly for the joy of mob violence. They were tied up, brutally sjamboked and Gabanakgosi had his balls squeezed with pliers. That the attackers and onlookers joked and laughed throughout is the thought that will stick dirtily to my mind the longest. Watch more video from the Top Picks channel on Frequency'Click here to read full article...'
DOWNLOAD & LISTEN TO THIS BLOG AS AN MP3 “Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” ― Thomas Edison This is about willful ignorance, the state of brutal bliss which explains why most of you have chosen to not think for yourself and let South Africa fall apart. Politicians happily lie to the public, safe in the knowledge that the public would rather be stupid than change what they know. Selling fear of the unknown is ironically more powerful an aphrodisiac than selling … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Nelson Mandela died. Then he died again… and again… and again in the media (before and after his desmise). There were accusations of death-thirsty media and lying government. There were debates over what constituted death. If there were any truth to radical rumours and urban legends of a black uprising and white genocide upon Mandela’s exit from our world and future, then South Africa was given armour by the debacle for South African’s had being desensitised to the the true moment of his death.'Click here to read full article...'
In my hometown of Knysna, Lauren Waring, the Municipal Manager, wrote off R30 million of taxpayer’s debt in December 2012 (and refused to give us the details). In a small tourist town with tourism as the only main industry, disparity is far more evident here than in the cities but it’s indicative of the financial crisis that South Africa is in; an unsustainable increasing of misnamed ‘public service’ salaries and a vanishing few paying more and more. In a country of 51 million people, how can 3.3 million pay 99% of all income tax? It’s a policy that can only … ‘Click here to read full article…’
The way we treat our elderly is a reflection of the state of our society. With people living longer than ever before, social and economic measurements for people over 60 are needed to not only gauge this (so that their potential can be fulfilled) but also to help those planning for retirement. There have been many indexes aiming at localities but they fail to provide an understanding and comparison within a larger framework. Enter the Global AgeWatch Index 2013 which'Click here to read full article...'
Normally, i’d get bashed for mentioning anything remotely wrong with the DA but of late there’s been an interesting slide in local and national mindset. The DA’s free ride is ending which is good for democracy and keeps political parties more in check with honesty (well, i can hope it leads there). The ANC has very little hope at gaining honest respect whilst COPE is useless, AGANG unproven, Malema a disaster opportunist and the ACDP uncaring for all South Africans – religion is not moral if it divides) but what is amazing, and disturbing, is that the DA, a loud … ‘Click here to read full article…’
Knysna is not alone. Crime is reddening South Africa. Lately there’s been a fist in my tummy, gripping my innards when i think of the future of our country. Living with fear is not good living. Die Son (The Daily Sun) may be a tabloid but their sensationalism contains truths that most media don’t bother to print anymore (because the type of crimes have become so regular so as to no longer ‘entertain’ desensitized South Africans). A recent issue had R1-million unaccounted for in a Northern Cape Primary School with parents claiming bullying by the education department so as to … ‘Click here to read full article…’
I’ve no love for any political party in Knysna because they don’t believe in transparency, a fundamental factor in democracy. It’s why their slippery slope to lies has been so easy. That doesn’t mean that their faraway leaders, the ones who truly control our town, don’t sometimes make extremely relevant points. Hell, there’s a lot of them which is no surprise considering the state of our country. These may often be said for political gain (just watch how much ‘concern’ will appear as the elections near) but that doesn’t always dismiss their relevance. Such is the case with Helen Zille’s … ‘Click here to read full article…’