Constitutional Hill

Eastern Cape rural schools visit

I am in Mthatha with a delegation led by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, visiting various rural schools to draw attention to the inequalities in our education system and highlight the need for the formulation of detailed and precise norms and standards setting out, at the very least, the minimum conditions in which children will be able to learn with dignity.

I will write a more reflective piece when I get time. Meanwhile I post a few pictures taken yesterday.

At Putuma Junior Secondary School more than hundred children cram into one classroom. The school is known for its choir which won the national championship last year. This is a picture of one children in grade 9.

At Sea View Secondary School only 13% of matrics passed last year. These unfinished classrooms are being built by the community. Students waiting for fellow class mates to complete their lesson in the classroom they share, hang out in these unfinished classrooms.

  • Maggs Naidu – GOSA is FUBAR! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    “Education is meant to be the great equaliser.

    “How are children meant to rise above poverty if these are the conditions in which they are forced to learn?

    “This is a betrayal of the hope and trust which parents and citizens have put in the government,” he said.

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2013/04/25/is-this-freedom

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Hey, but look at the bright side!

    The ANC can certainly blame this on whites, “whitr supremacy” and 700 years of apartheid and thus cunningly use it as a rallying call to another overwhelming victory in the next uhuru election.

    No one is going to notice, because this kind of thing has never happened before elsewhere in Africa.

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Archbishop Mokgoba said what he had seen was “painful and very disheartening”.

    “Even given these terrible conditions, there was learning happening – that was important. No textbooks but there were books and the choir was so inspiring in spite of this squalor and dangerous classrooms,” said Mokgoba.

    Writer Mda said it was apparent from the visit that little had changed since he was a schoolboy in Eastern Cape 50 years ago.

    “It is a combination of things. There is no capacity. There is corruption at top level. [That’s why] places like these are neglected.

    ”That makes me very, very angry,” he said after visiting Sea View High School, where teaching goes on despite deplorable conditions.

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Ozoneblue
    April 25, 2013 at 8:52 am

    OB – it doesn’t matter who’s to blame.

    It’s who suffers the consequences.

    As always FUCK THE POOR!!!!

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    Hhhhmmmmm! Is Pierre going happy-clappy? Associating with religious people? Isn’t he afraid they corrupt him?

    P.s. Hopefully those kids can do something about Pierre’s grammar. Proofread his blog etc.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)
    April 25, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Maggs. I really care. That is why I pay my taxes into my democratically elected African government and didn’t emigrate to Australia a long, long time ago. Although I certainly could.

    But I ask you with tears in my navy blue eyes, what can I do if the ANC keeps on stealing the tax moneys meant for building better schools and then blame my white kids for something they cannot control?

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    Maggs, I declare a dispute. It does matter ‘who is to blame’. No-one ever takes responsibility. That is the most important way to ‘matter’.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Vavi blames corruption for E Cape education crisis

    http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/fb3d5d0048810684bcddff91b7691256/Vavi-blames-corruption-for-E-Cape-education-crisis-20110929

    “General Secretary of Congress of South African Trade Unions, Zwelinzima Vavi, says fraud and corruption are to blame for the crisis in the Eastern Cape Education. He says the embattled Eastern Cape Education Department is in deep crisis and needs urgent help.”

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    Yesterday it was whatshisname. Cde isidingidwane. Vavi’s Nemesis at Cosatu. Blaming apartheid for poor education. Last week it was Cde isidingidwane General Secretary. Last month Cde President.

    It is always someone else’s fault. The last guy. The previous guy.

    Never the fool in the mirror.

  • Chris

    Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com) says:
    April 25, 2013 at 8:54 am

    “it doesn’t matter who’s to blame.”

    Hey Maggs, the sun has been very hot yesterday, you must wear a hat and stop talking such shit man!

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Ozoneblue – April 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Brett Nortje – +++ April 25, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Hey you bleeding-heart liberals.

    Stop making a noise about this.

    It’s only poor BLACK children that are suffering.

    Zuma needs a house befitting his status, our ministers need luxury X5s with state of the art technology to do their jobs, …

    So these people instigated by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, Pierre de Vos, Elinor Sisulu, Sindiwe Magona, Njabulo Ndebele, Lindiwe Mokate, Zakes Mda, researcher Graeme Bloch should just SHUT up.

    After all they did not complain during apartheid did they?

    ZUMA KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING!!!!!!!!!

    Just you lot wait until the PoIB becomes law then we’ll see what you say from jail.

    p.s. In the same circumstances I’ll support Zuma again.

    p.p.s. Just in case you didn’t understand the first time FUCK THE POOR!!!!!!!

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Chris
    April 25, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Hey Chris,

    “Hey Maggs, the sun has been very hot yesterday, you must wear a hat and stop talking such shit man!”

    Did you complain during apartheid???

    No – now that our democratic government are providing bricks (ok a bit crumbly ones cos we don’t have much money) for children to perch their feet on so that they can see the blackboard, all you right-whingers are complaining!!!!

    Eish.

    Fuck off back to India and live with other coolies!

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)
    April 25, 2013 at 9:21 am

    You remember I posted about the reintroduction of National Service. With White and Black middle class kids doing upliftment projects and community service in townships and poor rural areas?

    What you think of such socialist concepts. Would work better than White Guilt?

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Maggs

    “In the same circumstances I’ll support Zuma again.”

    In my case, it would depend upon the alternatives If its Mr Zuma v “Madame” Botox, the choice is easy. I would never support someone who is hell bent on bringing back apartheid, and reintroducing INSPECTORS into the schools!

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    @Maggs

    “Fuck off back to India and live with other coolies!”

    Maggs – before India, I recommend Kenya. There are special Safari package tours available –

    Some schools in rural Kenya

    http://www.blog.dmitrimarkine.com/kenya-african-photo-safari-gap-adventures/

    You can still see the effects of 1000 years of colonialism – even today. Before these horrid colonial times all the kids went to Harvard where they read for their degrees in African studies.

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    You see, Maggs, in the case of myself and Pierre and OBS and Chris taking responsibility was bliksemed into us van kleintyd af. (Of course, it would be nice if the person doing some of the blikseming could take responsibility for some of his screw-ups, but isn’t that why Soylent Green is such a delightful film?).

    So we have short thrift for people who refuse to take responsibility and fix what is going wrong in the here and now and tend to want to hand out headslaps for people trying to avoid doing anything in the here and now by deflecting to the last guy are the last government or the last century.

    Can you think of a way to reconcile these conflicting weltanschaungs? It might be good for race relations…..

    Anyway, I think those kids are delightful (perhaps because they appear to be hosing themselves at Pierre) and would like to stand on the testicles of anyone sabotaging their future.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?
    April 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

    “Can you think of a way to reconcile these conflicting weltanschaungs? It might be good for race relations…..”

    Brett. It is my considered opinion that NATIONAL SERVICE for all South Africans but in particular the privileged middle/upper classes would be very good for “race relations”.

    However this ain’t going to help one little bit – ‘Coloureds overlooked for promotion’

    http://www.iol.co.za/news/politics/coloureds-overlooked-for-promotion-1.1506079#.UXjzitc88VY

    “At the meeting, on February 18, 2011, Engelbrecht said that after listening to his and other colleagues’ concerns, Moyane had appeared caring and said the department’s implementation of employment equity “was wrong”. However, Engelbrecht said after Moyane returned to Pretoria he changed his tune, saying his understanding of the matter was different. Engelbrecht and some colleagues later approached correctional services portfolio committee chairman Vincent Smith and provincial ANC leader Marius Fransman. “We went to many politicians. We tried to find a solution. The idea we got (from them) was: This is a coloured issue. We don’t want to get involved. “We said to them… It’s not a coloured issue… it’s a justice issue,” Engelbrecht said. During cross-examination, Engelbrecht said he had applied for the position of deputy director-general and the outcome of that hinged on a Labour Court case. “I lodged a case based on racial discrimination.”

    It reminds me of apartheid,” he said. “

  • Gwebecimele
  • Gwebecimele

    Reconcile this with the usual praises to the likes of Bhengu, Asmal, Mbeki, Mhlaba, Stofile, Sizani and all those who have earned millions & Handbook perks while pretending to be delivering education to our children.

  • Chris

    Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com) says:
    April 25, 2013 at 9:24 am
    “Did you complain during apartheid???”

    I did dear Maggs, I did. Not only did I complain, I tried to do something about it. All I got in return that was the Justice department, where I was working as a prosecutor almost fired me, transferred my lady friend hell and gone to get her out of harms way, and I was almost blown to pieces one day some 30 years ago when I was walking down Chuch Street, minding my own business and some lunatic caused a bomb to explode right there in front of me.

  • Gwebecimele

    Here is a hint: They dont even know how many pupils are there. Just like Public Works with State Property.

    What should be normal reporting now should cost R28 million.

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/StatsSA-to-count-Eastern-Cape-pupils-20130425

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    Ozoneblue says:
    April 25, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Ah. So white people ride to the rescue to save black people from black people.

    That hasn’t won us an awful lot of goodwill in the past. (Dworky will explain.)

    I say the better plan is for you to put your kibbutzim ideas into practice on the west coast in the Volkstaat.

  • Maggs Naidu – Chris and the DA fought apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    It’s being exaggerated that our country’s education for poor people is as awful as Pierre makes out in this blog.

    Everyone should know that we rank better at science and maths than Yemen!

    http://mg.co.za/article/2013-04-17-sas-maths-science-education-ranked-second-last-in-world

    And what about this, eh?

    More South African Grade 5 learners tested in Afrikaans or English reached the highest international benchmark in contrast to Grade 4 children in 13 other countries (including Morocco, Indonesia, Oman, Norway, Belgium and Colombia).

    http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=8641&articleID=14877

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?
    April 25, 2013 at 11:54 am

    “Ah. So white people ride to the rescue to save black people from black people.”

    I don’t know where you get that from. Please quote me so I can try to clarify the misunderstanding.

    BTW – I’m still waiting for any sort of response from your socalled “Genocide Watch” regarding Herr Mngxitama.

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    Don’t get sillydefensive. Its not my Genocide Watch. Perhaps they have to scale down too like NGOs all over the world.

    Black South Africans have to start sorting out the kak they caused themselves. You’re not going to get thanked for doing it just resented. Its called biting the hand that feeds you. Too much of it in this country’s history.

    Learn from the English. They kept the illusion alive black people were doing it for themselves until they could walk away when they thought no-one was watching. The homelands they created?

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    Gwebecimele says:
    April 25, 2013 at 11:43 am

    And the land audit.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?
    April 25, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    “Black South Africans have to start sorting out the kak they caused themselves. You’re not going to get thanked for doing it just resented.”

    Nope. Most of the “kak” was caused by ruthless Capitalist exploitation of the developing world, including but not limited to colonial Africa.

    In order to address this kak those haves who inherited their privilege from systematic class exploitation should be encouraged and indeed expected to be actively engaged in a collective solution to the problem. Acidic race-baiting and endless whining about the “corruption” is simply not going to help.

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    Blah blah blah.

    You can re-arrange the deck chairs along with the liberals to take your mind off the inevitable or you can jump ship and try and make the iceberg habitable.

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    The bottom line is there are not enough life-boats.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?
    April 25, 2013 at 13:35 pm

    Yep. Keep on ducking and diving the issue. I’m still waiting for your “Genocide Watch”. The silence is overwhelming.

    “Anti-Apartheid Leader Forms New Party in South Africa
    By Lydia Polgreen, The New York Times
    18 February 2013

    JOHANNESBURG — Mamphela Ramphele, a respected veteran of the struggle against apartheid, announced on Monday that she had formed a new political party to compete against the governing African National Congress, calling on South Africans to “join me on a journey to build the country of our dreams.”

    The party is called Agang, a Sotho word meaning “build.” In recent years, Dr. Ramphele, 65, a medical doctor who became an anti-apartheid activist and a leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, has focused on social activism and business. Until last week, she served as the chairwoman of Gold Fields, a major mining company.”

    http://www.genocidewatch.org/southafrica.html

    “.. leader of the Black Consciousness Movement..”

    I believe your “Genocide Watch” they have a soft spot for Herr Mngxitama.

  • http://constitutionallyspeaking.co.za/eastern-cape-rural-schools-visit/ Chris Lombard

    OB, Maggs, Brett, MDF, Gwebecimele.

    Is this your life guys? Do you wait like little puppies for Pierre to throw some scraps so you can start your (almost) daily routine of arguing with each other?

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    In the last 19 years, how many self-defeating initiatives like Rob Davies’ business registration Bill – which is going to put your corner avocado vendor away for 10 years – have we seen eminating from your representatives of the working class?

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    What do you mean ‘almost daily’, Chris? DO you think the war of position takes a break over weekends?

  • Maggs Naidu – Go tell your granny! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Chris Lombard
    April 25, 2013 at 14:02 pm

    Hey Chris,

    Please go to question 9.

    If you need assistance, Brett will explain!

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Chris

    “Is this your life guys?”

    Can’t speak for the others, but yes, this is the life two which Maggs and I have decided to dedicate ourselves. We view it as our duty to assist Pierre in promoting awareness of our Constitution, which is arguably the best in the world.

    Thanks.

  • Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder
    April 25, 2013 at 14:25 pm

    Dworky,

    Leave Chris to continue with his waiting like a little puppy for us to throw some scraps so he can enjoy our daily routine of arguing with each other.

    Onto more important stuff.

    WDYST Madame Agang?

    Where was she during apartheid, eh?

    She never complained when they stole money from the poor then, so why is she complaining now?

    Johannesburg – A culture of corruption and impunity is seeping through every level of government and corroding society, Agang leader Mamphela Ramphele said Thursday.

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/Corruption-a-betrayal-of-our-struggle-20130425

  • Zoo Keeper

    Professor

    Whilst you are looking at those dilapidated buildings, remember the ANC government spends 80% of the national budget (I forget the reference) on salaries.

    Remember that when you put your X next to Zuma’s smiling face in 2014 as you wish another 5 years of poor education and deprivation on those smiling kids.

  • Paul Kearney

    I take it that the de Vos idea for making schooling more equal is to bring urban (old Model C) schools down to this standard. That way new students to UCT will think you are brilliant and you won’t have to be afraid of the older intellectuals like Gauntlett.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Maggs Naidu – Zuma knows what he is doing! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)
    April 25, 2013 at 15:22 pm

    Maggs. Brett will tell you the capitalist system is inherently corrupt but it is still better than socialism because it produced fancy black BMWs (with flashing blue lights) and not the humble looking beige/white Trabants.

    I have no idea why she is complaining about that then, as if Goldfields never exploited black labour and as notable BEE beneficiary she is in fact not benefiting from apartheid now.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Oh dear God.

    “Our [Agang’s] policies are going to be based on evidence.”

    I just thought she’s gonna add “reason” as well. Have the New Atheists now infiltrated the highest echelons of this global capitalist empire? What “evidence” is there that that the impoverished unwashed masses of the world should be saved from extinction?

  • Maggs Naidu – The DA will bring back apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Zoo Keeper
    April 25, 2013 at 16:22 pm

    ZooKy,

    “Whilst you are looking at those dilapidated buildings, remember the ANC government spends 80% of the national budget (I forget the reference) on salaries.”

    Your MISINFORMATION is noted!

    It cannot be that our government pays 80% of the national spending on salaries.

    Government needs to compete with the private sector to get the skills it needs to run the efficient state that it does.

    You didn’t complain during apartheid did you – so why are you complaining now, eh?

    In the national accounts, compensation of employees now represents 88% of government’s final spending …

    … the average remuneration for public sector workers is now 32% higher than that of private sector workers.”

    http://www.prophet.co.za/Documents/Labour_Market_Navigator_2012Q4.pdf

    South Africa has some of the best-run companies in the world. According to a recent study, the real risk-adjusted return on capital of South African listed businesses is currently 10% – the highest in the world.

    In some notable areas including corporate transparency and board effectiveness, South Africa ranks # 1 in the world.

    The proportion of South Africa’s national income that is attributable to private business enterprises in the form of
    profits (as opposed to households in the form of wages) has increased from 39% in 2000 to 51% in 2012 (see figure).

    The private sector in South Africa, which includes such dimensions as the degree of business sophistication, is ranked 34th in the world, alongside Ireland, Chile and Israel; and the quality of professional management is ranked 13th in
    the world, alongside Denmark and Canada.

    South African companies’ financial management ranks # 1 in the world.

    As these results indicate, South African companies are vibrant, innovative and competitive and can stand up to comparison with any company in the world.

    http://www.prophet.co.za/Documents/Labour_Market_Navigator_2013Q1.pdf

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    ZooKeeper’s point being spot on, it is time to vote on the issue which is now well illuminated.

    I say the progressives are responsible for the parlous state of education because they were the ones bullying the ANC during the 90s to get corporal punishment out of schools and Montessori in when the ANC should have been focussing on maintaining and expand/extending infrastructure.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Yawn.

    Something a little bit more substantive for Dmwani and I.

    Homosexual Activist Admits True Purpose gay marriage battles

    http://forum.planet-rugby.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=33782

  • Maggs Naidu – The DA will bring back apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Brett Nortje – + a Thesis!
    April 25, 2013 at 20:47 pm

    Hey G,

    “ZooKeeper’s point being spot on, it is time to vote on the issue which is now well illuminated.”

    Awww shaddup!

    Our people did not join the struggle to be poor.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Maggs Naidu – The DA will bring back apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)
    April 25, 2013 at 21:02 pm

    “Our people did not join the struggle to be poor.”

    LOL. Exactly.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    But I maintain socialism can be sexy as well.

    You don’t necessarily need a nigger with a gun, a BMW with flashing blue lights, a white chick and tons of shiny bling to be a REVOLUTIONARY.

    http://www.peasanttuning.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/driving_veb_sachsenring_trabant_601_005.jpg

  • Maggs Naidu – The DA will bring back apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Ozoneblue
    April 25, 2013 at 21:11 pm

    OB,

    Would you like to take a holiday with me in Scotland?

    Dumbest Laws ‏@DumbestLaws

    It is illegal to kill an Englishman except for pleasure. (Scotland)

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Maggs Naidu – The DA will bring back apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    LOL. Good point maggs.

    Tell me why you think White people joined the Struggle? So that *they* could be poor and their kids could inherit a country where they are referred to as “baboons” and “dogs”?

    And Coloured people? And Indian people?

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    “The laws define Zimbabwe-born whites as not being “indigenous” citizens”

    http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/zim-minister-promises-compensation-1.1505857#.UXmcWtc88VY

    Correct. And this is where Whites [and Indians] in South Africa are heading as well. Full second class citizenship.

  • Maggs Naidu – Only the ANC fought against apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Eish – these impatient people must wait their turn.

    The arrogance of them complaining about pimples and sanitary towels – don’t they know that our country has pressing challenges.

    If they wanted better they should have joined the struggle!

    One girl was trying to lift another’s dress to reveal the horror. The girls believe that they might have been infected while using toilets dripping with faeces.

    There are four pit latrines for the girls – two of which are covered with flimsy plastic sacking. Sanitary towels are disposed of in the latrines – there are no bins.

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2013/04/26/education-at-the-school-of-pimples-and-faeces

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    Eish! Another ‘transformation’ success story from the era of an ‘intellectual’ philosopher President. Tip of the iceberg, no doubt.

    http://afrikaans.news24.com/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/22-000-staatsamptenare-aangekla-van-wangedrag-20130426

    22 000 staatsamptenare aangekla van wangedrag

    2013-04-26 11:41

    Johanneesburg – Altesaam 22 000 staatsamptenare van oor die land heen is aangekla vir wangedrag wat verband hou met korrupte aktiwiteite, berig OFM.

    Volgens die radiostasie is R300 miljoen van die oortreders verhaal.

    Die openbare dienskommissie het dié statistieke Donderdag bekend gemaak op die eerste dag van ‘n tweedaagse werksessie vir koördineerders van die nasionale teenkorrupsie-blitslyn.

    James Mudau van die dienskommissie het gesê die tempo van terugvoering en die aantal sake wat sedert die bekendstelling van die blitslyn afgehandel is, is kommerwekkend. Hy sê die publiek kry nie inligting of terugvoering oor die sake wat hulle aangemeld het nie.

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    Did anyone – except Thabo Mbeki – think this would not happen? Seriously?

    http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/poachers-kill-every-rhino-in-game-park-1.1506676

    Poachers kill every rhino in game park

    April 26 2013 at 09:05am
    By John Yeld

    Cape Town – Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park – a key element in the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, or peace park – has been stripped of all its 300-odd rhinos by poachers, with the last remaining 15 animals believed to have been killed last month.

    Many of the rangers in this national park, which adjoins the Kruger National Park, appear to have been involved in the massacre, according to local Mozambican media reports that were picked up by other news media sources.

    One of these reports – quoted in the Rhino War News Bulletin run by Tim Condon, a former KwaZulu-Natal game ranger now based in Canada – states:

    “Antonio Abacar, the administrator of Limpopo National Park, told local media that 30 rangers are to be taken to court soon after their cases are ready. There used to be 300 rhinos in the conservation area bordering South Africa. He said the last 15 rhinos were killed last month.”

    The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which straddles the borders of Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe, was signed to acclaim by the heads of these three states on December 9, 2002.

    It includes some of the best established wildlife areas in southern Africa, including Kruger and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park, and forms a huge conservation area of 35 000km2 – about the size of the Netherlands – that is supposed to be managed as an integrated unit across the three international boundaries.

    A second phase of this ambitious project, which is due to include Mozambique’s Banhine and Zinave national parks, will make the park almost 100 000km2 in extent, making it “the world’s greatest animal kingdom”, according to the Peace Parks Foundation.

    In 2006 the Giriyondo Access Facility between the Kruger and Limpopo national parks was opened. Some 5 000 animals were translocated from Kruger to Limpopo National Park, and about 50km of fence was dropped to encouraged more movement.

    But because of what is described in Condon’s Bulletin as the “rhino apocalypse”, South Africa is in the process of re-erecting the fence as part of its anti-poaching efforts.

    The news from Mozambique coincides with the disclosure by the national Department of Environmental Affairs that the number of rhino poached in South Africa since the beginning of the year has jumped to 249.

    The Kruger National Park remains hardest hit, with a jump in the number of animals killed from 167 to 180 in the last week. Rhinos have also been poached in four other provinces: 21 in North West, 18 in KwaZulu-Natal, 17 in Limpopo and 13 in Mpumalanga. Last year, at least 668 rhinos were killed for their horns.

    The number of alleged poachers arrested countrywide has increased to 78, with two alleged couriers arrested in KwaZulu-Natal in the past week. This brings to five the number of alleged middlemen arrested so far this year.

    A total of 73 people are facing poaching-related charges and some additional charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

  • vuyokazi

    ANC or any other political party, stop pointing fingers now come with the solution. If we always identify the problems why can’t we solve them?

    Money is money, temptations will always be there but please they must try to give a certain percentage to the poor, improve the quality of education in those poor schools. We know it can’t be equal but half full glass is better than empty.

    I now become worried as politics are happening inside our churches, discuss politics but don’t loose content. Godly people are needed to rule and lead the country.
    But a corrupt country like SA needs a cruel man to rule it. Infrastructure funds are there, but we dnt see any deliverance. We only told about provincials, when you go there they say its local, the next thing its rural. Government people don’t understand a jerk about the frustrations we go through in our poor rural communities, they can’t do their work.

  • Zoo Keeper

    Maggs

    Thanks for correcting me – 88%.

    That leaves 12% to keep the lights on and build new stuff.

    Maybe the Professor can ask one of the education department officials why kids are still crapping in dustbins whilst he drives a BMW X6.

    BTW, under Apartheid, State employees earned nowhere near their private sector counter-parts. But they did have better pension arrangements.

    The Nats had long term visions, despite their massive blind spot over Apartheid.

    The State is not a business. It does different things. There is no way on this planet that a State has to compete for the best with the private sector. If you take the private’s best, who’s going to keep the tax piling in?

    If you take off the blinkers – you’ll see its just an excuse to pay the cadres top bucks. Nothing else.

  • Maggs Naidu – Only the ANC fought against apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Zoo Keeper
    April 26, 2013 at 14:49 pm

    ZooKy,

    “If you take the private’s best, …”

    Correction. Again!

    The state can hardly be said to have “the best” – it just pays more to state employees.

    A shit load more than the private sector – cos this country has more wealth per capital than most countries.

    That’s why we can beat Yemen at maths and science.

    p.s. With Minister Davies grand plan of “regulating” businesses, soon new and novel ways will have to be figured out to support the state’s massive spend on the under performing civil service.

  • sirjay jonson

    vuyokazi
    April 26, 2013 at 14:32 pm

    “ANC or any other political party, stop pointing fingers now come with the solution. If we always identify the problems why can’t we solve them?”

    Finally a thread of common good sense and wisdom, as the humour dudes above tend to monopolize discussions on this blog. Prof: I think they view your blog as a playroom. No insult intended boys.

    Problem vuyokazi is that political parties and those who offer solutions are slandered into weak submission, the populace foolishly misled to their intentions.

    What percentage of the population do you believe thinks clearly, comprehensively and non emotionally in order to support wisdom and excellence, or for that matter to even recognize these gifts being offered?

    I’m reminded of a Zen koan, the exact words are failed by my aging memory, but to the effect:

    ‘When the master fails repeatedly and eventually falls, so likewise do his followers.

    As for why we can’t solve the problems, easy, greed and self interest rules. The well intentioned are cruelly bludgeoned.

  • Brett Nortje – Help! Help! The ANC has turned my country into a Bantustan!

    Maggs, why would you say did the MEC duck Pierre? Scared of being hit over the head with a ‘knobkerrie’?

  • sirjay jonson

    Undoubtedly you’ve not missed my poor Latin, considering this is a legal blog. Not to worry, I only post irregularly.

    Pauci autem docti
    ideo contendimus

  • Lisbeth

    @sirjay

    Here’s a David Bullard quote, just for you –

    “So my guess is that things will become progressively worse for the majority of South Africans and when we eventually ask the ruling party whether they saw the writing on the wall they will no doubt answer with a grin “What do you mean, we put the writing on the wall”. And like all good commies they will have accumulated an offshore nest egg.

    (I suspect that I will get the usual quota of “if you don’t like it here why don’t you go back to where you came from?” comments following this column. To save you all the trouble let me assure that you that I do like it here and plan to stay. Fortunately I am now at an age when I can see the exit signs on life’s motorway and can afford to live a life of genteel poverty. But if I were under the age of 50 I would be seriously worried about this country’s future, or lack thereof.)”

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Lisbeth
    April 26, 2013 at 20:22 pm

    “So my guess is that things will become progressively worse”

    True. And I don’t have to be the prophet to tell you that they will blame 1000 years of colonialism, 300 years of apartheid, 50 years of Apartheid and the evil omnipresent WHITES.

    If ever there was a historical disaster of injustice – the Bleck problem will for ever remain unsolvable and unique.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Maggs (quoting someone or another)

    “South Africa, is ranked 34th in the world … alongside …Israel”

    Where will I find that “country” on the map, Maggs? You are not referring to the Illegal Zionist Entity (“IZE”), are you? If so, please use its proper name in future!

    Thanks.

  • Maggs Naidu – Jesus spelled backwards sounds like sausage! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Zoo Keeper
    April 26, 2013 at 14:49 pm

    ZooKy

    “That leaves 12% to keep the lights on and build new stuff.”

    It doesn’t quite work like that.

    There’s a reason why government spends 88% on salaries.

    12/88 = 14% = VAT!

    So nothing left for the lights – an indication that we will soon all be in the dark!

    As for “new stuff”, as we say back at the compound “in your dreams”.

  • Maggs Naidu – Jesus spelled backwards sounds like sausage! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Lisbeth
    April 26, 2013 at 20:22 pm

    Ok Lisbeth – I’ll honour your request

    “I suspect that I will get the usual quota of “if you don’t like it here why don’t you go back to where you came from?” comments following this column.”

    If you like it here, fuck off back to India to live with 1.399 billion other rent-seeking coolies!

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    @maggs

    Did you know maggs there were indeed (besides for USSR and Cuba) some good WHITE MALES during the Struggle?

    http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71619?oid=372692&sn=Detail&pid=71616

    “Slovo and First were amongst the many white revolutionaries who, unlike Suzman, shunned the comfort and privileges of the apartheid parliament and rejected to participate in the election in which the majority of South Africans were not allowed to participate.”

    If only those “many white revolutionaries” knew at the time that they were fighting for fokkol and that indeed one day they and their kids would be stabbed in the back by their own black comrades.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Ozone

    “Suzman [enjoyed] the comfort and privileges of the apartheid parliament …”

    Ozone is right. Our people will never forgive Suzman and other LIBERALS for opposing the “armed struggle,” which, although it targeted a few Wimpy Bars, and necessitated a few unpleasant NECKLACES, ultimately us bought freedom from inequality, and mostly enclosed ablutions!

    Thanks.

  • Maggs Naidu – Jesus spelled backwards sounds like sausage! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Ozoneblue
    April 27, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Well OB,

    I dunno if First would ordinarily be regarded as a White Male.

    But I suppose the exception establishes the rule.

    So Slovo, Fischer show that the only good WHITE MALE is a …

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Maggs Naidu – Jesus spelled backwards sounds like sausage! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)
    April 27, 2013 at 13:18 pm

    Maggs. The exception always establishes the rule – as in 1% of our labour market has not yet been “transformed” therefore it is much too soon to start talking about relaxing AA/BEE in some sectors.

    “As in the past, the CEE also focuses mainly on slow racial transformation at the top management level, even though the 52 611 people at this level represent less than 1% of the total number of employees covered by the report.”

    http://www.citypress.co.za/business/equity-report-errs-union/

  • Brett Nortje – Help! Help! The ANC has turned my country into a Bantustan!

    Maggs, please reassure me the Eminent Progressives Group (EPG) visiting the failed education zones in the Eastern Cape are aware the problem they’re looking at is not specific to education nor the Eastern Cape – despite the amount of refugees streaming westward from that state – but is symptomatic of a malaise to be found in every department of state in every town city and province in the country? Wherever the ANC ‘governs’?

  • Maggs Naidu – Poor people should have joined the struggle! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Brett Nortje – The Bantustan Guy.
    April 27, 2013 at 15:36 pm

    Hey Brett,

    “Wherever the ANC ‘governs’?”

    The ANC does not govern, it RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Libeth will explain (if she comes back from India that is).

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue
  • Brett Nortje – Help! Help! The ANC has turned my country into a Bantustan!
  • Brett Nortje – Help! Help! The ANC has turned my country into a Bantustan!

    The real reason for deploying troops to the DRC?

    http://www.rapport.co.za/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Zuma-soek-ons-olie-20130427

  • Brett Nortje – Help! Help! The ANC has turned my country into a Bantustan!

    A government that would terrorise its old people into surrendering their only protection would have no qualms about stealing from them:

    http://www.rapport.co.za/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Sies-Transnet-20130427

  • A Passabi

    A picture is worth a thousand words.

    The 13% pass mark notwithstanding, there is probably a higher level of intellectual discourse in that classroom than there is in this debate.

  • Brett Nortje – Help! Help! The ANC has turned my country into a Bantustan!

    We’ve been hearing for 19 years the cup is half full.

    Here’s what it looks like up close.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Brett Nortje – Help! Help! The ANC has turned my country into a Bantustan!

    Brett you would find a new tendency now to blame the old Bantustans civil servants – yeah i tell you 20 years is simply not enough, especially when you are totally preoccupied with BEE arms deals and transforming 1% of the labour market.

    But as Pierre pointed out – all you have to open your eyes, pull your head out of your arse and look North to the overwhelming success of our fellow Africans understand that this can only be because of the Bantustans under *apartheid*.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/mar/10/schools-worldwide-tanzania

    “There are 73 pupils in Zainab’s maths lesson. They sit in a dank classroom with holes in the ground and cracks in the ceiling. Samwel Sarakikya, the maths teacher and the school’s headteacher, uses a broken protractor to teach Pythagoras’s theorem. The school has a ratio of one teacher to 63 pupils. Unesco says a “good quality learning environment” should have no less than one teacher for 40 students. The charity ActionAid estimates that class sizes in Tanzania have risen to one teacher for every 53 students now, from one teacher to 40 pupils in 1997. The ratio is worse in rural areas.”

    Oh – and it looks like it is once again the evil WHITE people engaged in their conspiracy of White Supremacy who has to bail out this lot.

    “Mhaiki says that although his government has reduced its dependency on foreign aid from 40% of the country’s budget to 30% this year, it “can’t do without it”.

    But where are extra funds to be found when big donors such as the UK are in economic turmoil? Unesco, in its Global Monitoring Report for this year, says: “The most recent data tell of a slowdown in aid for education and even more so in aid for basic education.”

    The enthusiasm with which billions of dollars were pledged across the world four years ago seems to be dissipating. Back then, international leaders pledged to increase foreign aid from an estimated $80bn (£57bn) in 2004 to $130bn in 2010.

    In 2005, it was $110bn. For the last two years, the figure has fallen to under $97bn. Will the UK live up to its promises? If it does not, the consequences could be catastrophic. The UK is the second largest donor to basic education in low-income countries such as Tanzania.”

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    And at home they are going to use us evil WHITE MALE’S taxmonies to bail out another African success story.

    “Zimbabwe needs cash, but it might find that South Africa’s purse comes with strings attached. Despite the potential risk of lending Zimbabwe R900-million, analysts believe financial aid that comes with strict conditions from the South African government could help to bring stability to our cash-strapped neighbour. The treasury offered no denials to media reports on the loan, saying instead that it could not comment on “ongoing” talks.”

    http://www.thezimbabwemail.com/zimbabwe/17044-south-africa-has-zimbabwe-in-its-pocket.html

    And lets not forget that WHITE Zimbabweans are not considered to be “indigenous” i.e. they are second class citizens.

  • Maggs Naidu – Only the ANC fought against apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    “Brett Nortje – Help! Help! The ANC has turned my country into a Bantustan!”

    Hey Brett,

    Bantustans were not all that bad.

    After all it’s produced our Chief Justice, didn’t it?

    And that was after he pleaded for the death penalty, said some stuff about women and children …

    Moseneke, who “joined the struggle”, did the stint Robben Island style, cannot claim the same honour – he’s simply not good enough.

    It just goes to show that apartheid was better!

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    Maggs Naidu – Only the ANC fought against apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)
    April 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Maggs. I’m starting to see the light. I want to better your Zuma must go! I think the ANC must go NOW!

    I read this http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71619?oid=371420&sn=Detail&pid=71616 and as a much-hated WHITE MALE I was almost in tears.

    Magss- I don’t think there is a future inside the ANC for WHITE MALES, I don’t think there is a future in the ANC for WHITE FEMALES either, I don’t think there is a future in the ANC for INDIAN MALES, I don’t think there is a future in the ANC for INDIAN FEMALES, I don’t think there is a future inside the ANC for COLOURED MALES, I don’t think there is a future inside the ANC for COLOURED FEMALES and dear lord knows I don’t think there is a future inside the ANC for GAYS of all colours and ethnicities either.

    Maggs – I’m pleading with you and all my non-African brothers who are lokking forward to a dismal Zimbabwesque future as second class citizens, join me – lets start to fight back, hold my hand. DIVIDED WE FALL, UNITED WE STAND.

  • Brett Nortje – Help! Help! The ANC has turned my country into a Bantustan!

    Maggs Naidu – Only the ANC fought against apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com) says:
    April 28, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I always wondered as a kid how Cliff Saunders could say the words ‘Paramount Chief’ with a straight face. Gooing signs at the TV seems to have worked in the long term coz we haven’t seen him for ages.

    These schools Pierre visited – do we know whether Bantu Holomisa and Lennox Sebe erected them and the ANC just maintained them like they did Escom?

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za/ Ozoneblue

    More of the racist and sexist diatribes of a pseudo-revolutionary, morally bankrupt, corrupted, intellectually impoverished, quasi-fascist political party that has now finally run out of excuses and new ideas.

    http://allafrica.com/stories/201304191113.html

    “It is evident that the ANC led provinces and the national government are continuing to prioritise transformative and affirmative programmes with a view to address the injustices of past. In this regard, a number of instruments including charters have been developed with the intention to accelerate the pace of implementation of transformation and equity. The ANC government has further, in many platforms, called for the creation of partnerships between all societal players particularly the private sector, government and labour, for a social compact that would see the progressive redress of the sins of the past whilst building an inclusive and growing economy. The same cannot be said for the provincial government of the Western Cape that is largely led by white males.”

    But where is this socalled “transformation” for these kids trapped in subhuman conditions in Eastern Cape?

  • Brett Nortje – Help! Help! The ANC has turned my country into a Bantustan!
  • Maggs Naidu – Go tell your granny! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Ozoneblue
    April 28, 2013 at 13:01 pm

    LOL OB

    “Maggs – I’m pleading with you and all my non-African brothers who are lokking forward to a dismal Zimbabwesque future as second class citizens, join me – lets start to fight back, hold my hand. DIVIDED WE FALL, UNITED WE STAND.”

    Please answer question 9!

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    Ozoneblue
    April 28, 2013 at 13:01 pm

    Does this mean Maggs is free to come home and stop eating bunny-chows?

    Remember, Maggs, there are a couple of things you promised to slip into your luggage for me:

    A Royal Enfield motor bike, an Ishapore 308 rifle and examples of the black powder muzzle loaders India is famous for like a copy of Brown Bess.

    Better not forget Miss Preity Zinta’s phone number…

  • Maggs Naidu – Go tell your granny! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Our expensive WHISKEY is under siege!

    Thieves broke into the garage of former national police commissioner Bheki Cele’s Durban home and stole whisky.

    According to the Sunday Tribune, the criminals tried to get into his Umhlanga home through a window on Friday night, but failed. They then broke into the garage and got into the cars.

    They drank a bottle of expensive whisky found in one of the cars, and stole valuables and two other bottles of whisky valued at R1000 each.

    “Our community is under siege, there is no doubt about that. What pains me is that I could do something if I was still on the force,” Cele was quoted as saying by the Sunday Tribune.

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2013/04/28/thieves-steal-bheki-cele-s-whisky

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    Remember the Beeld report that R5m was stolen from under his pillow?

    Aren’t I glad I don’t have R1000 whiskey in my Nissan 1400?

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder – Know Your Desperate Alternative!

    Maggs, did you know that DA has NO INTENTION of bringing back apartheid?

  • Maggs Naidu – The DA fought apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder – Know Your Desperate Alternative!
    April 28, 2013 at 22:21 pm

    Dworky,

    “Maggs, did you know that DA has NO INTENTION of bringing back apartheid?”

    Is that a carefully considered DA policy position?

    Did HZ say that publicly?

  • Maggs Naidu – How stoopid can can people be? (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    p.s. Ah ha – Dworky. Duh!

    “We will never bring back apartheid. In fact, people who think life was better under apartheid do not belong in the DA. We will never take away your grants or houses,” Zille said.

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2013/01/26/da-will-not-bring-back-apartheid-zille

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder – Know Your Desperate Alternative!

    Maggs, did you know that, whilst the DA has NO INTENTION of bringing back apartheid, it does have a plan to reintroduce CAPITALISM. And that, given existing pattern of racial inequality, amounts to the same thing!

    Thanks.

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