When evil is called good and good evil.

Let’s pray for our country.

Partisan politics are destroying our country. Each person justifying their integrity through Word and not deed. We are now flying dangerously close to oblivion without a thought for its future or it’s children…

Definitely there must be a reason or a pressure which places the interests of self before their neighbour. A reason so real that does not allow the leaders to steal bread from their subjects.

We need to pray for the ANC, DA and EEF. Let’s pray that God brings conviction to our leaders. Let’s pray that those in position of leadership and authority will surrender to the fear of God.

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What are we becoming?

We once knew the difference between a hero and a celebrity. We once applauded that which was for decency and knowing the difference between right and wrong. We once respected those living to make our world a better place.

What has happened to decency and respect? We have the protection for all types of madness and lifestyles yet the simple decency is lacking from our society. Selfish behaviour such as of recent- stockpiling and the tyrannical imposition of society turning in on itself so to save themselves. Destroying the structures built by those sacrifices of hardships and toil from the preceding generations, they were not mere celebrities- they were heroes, heroes with substance to their name.

Does our behaviour need to be now regulated, for we as a society no longer know what’s wrong from right? Gone are the moral boundary markers for in the name of art and free choice we are embracing an antinomianism approach for this new dawn.

A dawn of no absolutes, boundaries and no morals. Such perversions are applauded as progressive. The media, flexing its muscles as it relieves lady Justice of her duties. However with open bias and shoddy scales, she stands as a prostitute to the highest bidder- as a self-proclaimed justice of society without any decency or shame.

Legal Rights!

Is the law fair?

They save the pandas, rhinos, elephants yet everyday infants are able to be aborted because it’s a “legal right”. Would one day we too come to realise that the death penalty was also the legal right to be in judgement of another. The child merely suffering the penalty of the mother’s mistake.

Communities Fearful to Love

My childhood has been filled with uncles, aunties, grandparents and the extended family. Technically everyone was considered family – the butcher, the baker and even the candlestick maker – everyone was to be addressed as an uncle or an aunt. If we were to be found misbehaving in public – it was the community’s ‘right’ to discipline us.

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My childhood has been filled with uncles, aunties, grandparents and the extended family. Technically everyone was considered family – the butcher, the baker and even the candlestick maker – everyone was to be addressed as an uncle or an aunt. If we were to be found misbehaving in public – it was the community’s ‘right’ to discipline us.

How much has changed in the 40 years since my existence on this planet. For today we are now encouraged to an isolated way of life. A life of social distancing, a life which encourages that small, tight-knit communities are harmful to the pandemic.

Naturally we are to expect the rising levels of depression, anxiety, PTSD and segregation. For now, speaking to strangers and opening up to welcoming friendships have been covered by masks that hide the beautiful smiles God has given us to what look like an emotionless engagement of guessing the once all-important body language.

Now if loneliness is a feeling of sadness or distress about being by yourself or feeling disconnected from the world around you, what other options are out there as an alternative for an embrace, smile or merely the visit of a loved one?

Community life and engagement can have a positive influence on mental health and emotional wellbeing. Community participation provides a sense of belonging and social connectedness. It can also offer extra meaning and purpose to everyday life.

Although there are many social groups on Facebook etc… if it does not have the genuine consideration for its member it merely becomes a marketing tool for business marketing and advertisement. Take for example, yesterday a lady on the “I Love Houghton” facebook group was requesting someone to adopt her baby… instead of the admin or its members seeing this as a red flag to assist the lady and reach out – the members seemed to have offered lists of NGOs/adoption agencies whilst a good great many merely ignored her.

We are concerned by what our community is becoming… we are concerned that people’s welfare and mental stability at this time would cause for decisions not usually of character. Hence we have opened a true community page for the people to become a support group, “Houghton Estate Residents”. We should discourage members who use community pages for business motives and those who do not live in the area.

#HoughtonEstate Residents United.

We live in a very unique place on earth. It’s rich with heritage, culture and traditions which have come to define this gem in Johannesburg. Beautiful gardens, mansions and architecture boast the golden years of this magnificent living relict.

We live in a very unique place on earth. It’s rich with heritage, culture and traditions which have come to define this gem in Johannesburg. Beautiful gardens, mansions and architecture boast the golden years of this magnificent living relict.

We live in a very unique place on earth. It’s rich with heritage, culture and traditions which have come to define this gem in Johannesburg. Beautiful gardens, mansions and architecture boast the golden years of this magnificent living relict.

Landlords and tenants are both equally in appreciation of living in such an area where history still lives on.The time has moved-on and the generations of Houghton Estate contributors slowly disappear as the change of hands to custodians of the artefacts.

We are privileged to now stand as stewards of our community’s treasures. As a community we share a common purpose for safety, clean environments and that our children will be proud of the investments we have safeguarded.

Politicians come and go with ideologies for their personal gain, however sadly with these shifts of changes we see the negligence of their duties affecting our way of life. Over-grown grass, potholes and dug-up driveways, on and on it goes without any care in the world to the representative.

Whether they do or don’t do their job – their stipends are protected whilst our investments are on shaking ground.It would be futile to believe that politicians, who live outside our community, know what is best given that ruins lie around us. This is our community, and we have the right to charter its future.

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COVID-19 is not just killing people, it is killing “god”

I’m calling the religious leaders of all faiths to seek truth. To take a lead rather than being led. How is that which is spiritual is now afraid of that which is physical? How is it that which preached hope are now hiding under their beds? I’m a Christian and we have not seen our leaders take any leadership from Jesus but the words on their lips are from Cyril… What’s your god saying to you at this time?… Or has he died too?

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South Africa is deeply rooted in the belief that there is a god. No matter which religious institution one follows, the belief is that a higher power watches over their lives. Judaic, Christian and Muslim share a common history traced back to Abraham. Other faith share their beliefs that whatever we believe it helps others and builds a community.

Having a belief system brings a realisation that man is not the measure of all things and that one’s actions need to be accountable. Religion brings a self-discipline that god is watching us and that breaking the law without getting caught does not mean one has succeeded. In fact, it provokes a conscience to guilt which is far greater than the secular rule of law.

When the COVID-19 approached our shores we the people of South Africa prayed, we saw our President humbling himself to call on GOD. This is not the response of a secularist for the science would be the answer looking into the microscope attempting to unravel its make-up. However it’s clear that they are without success – man is shown NOT to be the measure of all things. Instead of taking a rational approach, which secularism heralds it, calls all to hide in our homes.

Secularisation is a process by which societies become more rationalised. It occurs when people perceive that the circumstances around them are changing – able by human intervention. If religious belief, such as fatalism, prevents society from seeing the environment in that way then religion may become an obstacle to modernisation. A rational or secular basis of social values does not accept unalterable or the sacred facts of life.

Secularisation means enabling people to differentiate between the sacred and the profane, the religious world and the world of material objects. It does not interpret everything in terms of a set of beliefs about what is sacred and what is handed down from time immemorial. Those beliefs may remain but people begin to separate them from secular concerns, the latter then being exposed to rational scrutiny.

Now that definition of secularism is clear, but then what has happened to the church? Why did they go also into hiding? The bankers, politicians and medical staff are taking the lead in showing courage on the front line, and showing greater beliefs in the world systems than the religious to their gods. Does the religious institutions not have a contribution? Is there no essential service they could take on – besides yet collecting the tithes? Have the pastors, clerics and rabbis gone into hiding? People are fearful, many don’t understand the spiritual significance of this or is it that religion has no answers?

I’m calling the religious leaders of all faiths to seek truth. To take a lead rather than being led. How is that which is spiritual is now afraid of that which is physical? How is it that which preached hope are now hiding under their beds? I’m a Christian and we have not seen our leaders take any leadership from Jesus but the words on their lips are from Cyril… What’s your god saying to you at this time?… Or has he died too?

Maybe South Africa is in possession of a money tree?

There are statistics which show that only 31% of the population pay tax. So, in light to the country’s financial delinquency to provide “free” money is not a socialistic outreach but one which means we now have a money tree, or we are going to hit serious rock bottom in the coming months. Where did this money come from? Are we selling off our country one bit at a time until the entire country is swallowed at the hands of the cursed?

South Africa has for more than twenty years struggled with balancing an economy, low levels of education and high unemployment. There are statistics of approximately more than 7 million people go to bed without food every night. The government has been the ruling party since its freedom in 1994. Inefficient and ineffective government bureaucracy, restrictive labour regulations and a shortage of skilled workers as many leave to work abroad. 

With notably high rate of murders, assaults, rapes and other violent crimes compare to most countries, South Africa seem to have turned a blind eye to the many issues the country faces.  I personally have requested crime statistics from my local police station and was told that these statistics were not “available” to the general public – so much for transparency in a democratic society.  In recent months prior to Coronavirus, South Africa’s economy appeared wounded and awaiting the vultures – as SAA, Eskom and other National entities all showed the similar characteristics of poor management. 

The only stability and guarantee South Africa has, during the current constant changes, are the inefficiency of those managing the country’s resources. Miraculously, amongst the many commodities – South Africa has grown its own money tree – for how else could we account for the R500 billion once off stimulus into social and economic support package at a time when there has been the greatest lack of productivity the country has ever experienced due to the COVID-19. Yet we now see more has been provided for the population to do “nothing”. This is not a hand-up just another spirit of entitlement. 

There are statistics which show that only 31% of the population pay tax. So, in light to the country’s financial delinquency to provide “free” money is not a socialistic outreach but one which means we now have a money tree, or we are going to hit serious rock bottom in the coming months. Where did this money come from? Are we selling off our country one bit at a time until the entire country is swallowed at the hands of the cursed?

The future generations of South Africans would look back and not see great men of sacrifice, instead history will show that they cared only for themselves. There is no shame in that, posing as socialist and manifesting capitalistic tendencies are but a shame!

Did SA Lockdown too Early?

Sweden uses science and evidence to implement a different strategy, a lone voice in fighting COVID-19. However, Austria, Denmark and Norway and amongst others are also now lifting the lockdown… No not us… we let others think for us. Look at the protest in Michigan, US, the people are not having it – “We will not comply!” – they realise their civil liberties are at sake – wake up South Africa!

We all watched, read and some tasted the beatings of those enforcing the public to “STAY AT HOME”.  A truly unprecedented time facing us all – warning us that those who disobey the lockdown “place everyone at risk” with objective to “flattened the curve”.  We the people like herd-minded individuals must obey the authorities. 

To those well-off this was a good time to recharge and reflect, however to those living “hand-to-mouth” this could not have come in a worse time ever, for not to work means not to eat and question how they will survive.

Now much of the world has been in “lockdown” unable to go outside apart for the purchase of essential items. What is considered “essential” are defined by the subjective priorities of the government’s interests. Stock Exchange, Banks and major corporations are willing to go as the “sacrificial lambs” to keep the country above water – but your livelihoods are not as “essential”.

In addition, religious institutions, despite adhering to the policies, are not considered essential despite the much benevolent givings to society, physically and spiritually. The sad reality is that the institutions had not challenged the directives of their authorities depicting as a vital service to society. Currently with much of the population locked indoors, with limited capabilities of engaging with family, neighbours and friends – we will soon reap the aftermath of psychotic behaviours created by these actions taken. 

There are plenty of studies to show of how isolation affects people and the mental disorders it creates. Have our authorities considered the response to the aftermath? As some governments have already begun to get itchy feet and now prepping its people to do a U-turn by sending them back to live as normal… for calls to stay at home echo no long-term strategy.  

what did we stay at home for? To see the economy plummet, or to see our jobs lost?  The virus has not run its course yet – so why let us go out now or “phase” us back as they say? Why, is it because this may not have been a wise strategy? It’s also a shame that religious institutions will be secondary priorities for industries will take a precedent to return to become to “normal” – this is good! I really hope this becomes a wakeup call for churches as I watched them bury their heads in the sand.

So, to be clear, it is eminent that the governments cannot carry on with a lockdown or face the consequences of becoming bankrupt and so could its citizens. This was a stupid idea and they swallowed the bait hook, line and sinker – now what?  Wasted effort of a suicidal attempt.  

Sweden uses science and evidence to implement a different strategy, a lone voice in fighting COVID-19. However, Austria, Denmark, Norway and amongst others are also now lifting the lockdown… No not us!… We let others think for us.  Look at the protests in Michigan, US, the people are not having it – “We will not comply!” – they realised their civil liberties are at stake – wake up South Africa!

Local is Best

Local is Best is a conscience effort by the community to making the decision to buy from a local business instead of going to a large retailer. It is also the understanding that the local business would appreciate that loyalty with reciprocating the consumer with a service which is unlike that of the large retailers. The businesses would vouch never to exploit the relationship in giving less than the value.

 

IVOTESA initiative, a love stimulus for our local economy.

Across the country, public events are cancelled, shops and restaurants have shut down, and workers were sent home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This reduction in commerce is necessary as a public health response to the virus, but its adverse effects are already rippling through our local economy — and will likely worsen in the coming weeks and months.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has already mentioned that, “It will have a huge impact on travel, negative impact on our economy which we all know is in a very precarious situation”. It is for this reason we as a community need to stand together in support of our local businesses. In response, I have launched a campaign called, “Local is Best”.

Naturally we all can appreciate the financial adverse consequences affecting our local businesses. We have designed a number of campaigns to assist our business community. If you are a business owner in Killarney, Houghton, Norwood, Orange Grove, Fellside and surrounding areas – do get in touch, as we aim to provide you the media representation you so deserve when you get back to business. Our communities need to realise why local is best, especially life after the pandemic.

What is Local is Best?

Local is Best is a conscience effort by the community to making the decision to buy from a local business instead of going to a large retailer. It is also the understanding that the local business would appreciate that loyalty with reciprocating the consumer with a service which is unlike that of the large retailers. The businesses would vouch never to exploit the relationship in giving less than the value.

Why is it better to shop locally?

§  We refer to this as the love stimulus for evidently local businesses do not have the buying power of large retailers but do have the appreciation for their support. 

§  When we purchase at locally owned businesses rather than nationally owned, more money is kept in the community because locally owned businesses often purchase from other local businesses, service providers and farms. 

How do I get people to shop locally?

§  Directory – Exposure and media coverage of what our community has to offer therefore we will create an exclusive (not exhaustive) listing of reputable businesses.

§  “Local is Best” stickers – Brand recognition amongst the community to be displayed on shop fronts. 

§  Vouchers – to be provided as giftcards.

§  Loyalty Cards – recording of reward points for regular customers with percentage of discount.

Why are shops closing?

§  Tenants having to pay high overheads and ever-increasing utilities bills creating a choke on the feasibility of local businesses. 

§  We need to encourage landlords to be fair and to look after their buildings so that our community looks well maintained. 

We can also support a small business without having to buy anything?

§  Write a Review – Telling others about a great experience we have had at a small business – this is a huge way to support them.

§  Likes, Comments & Shares – Social media is so important to small businesses, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

§  Send them a message thanking them.