The “irregular and suspiciously fraudulent” sick leave in the provincial government system

Eastern Cape government has more than 30 000 public servants who are still getting paid their monthly salaries while sitting at home on prolonged sick leave, with some having been away from work for more than six years.

A human resources report tabled in yesterday’s executive council (Exco) meeting showed that 32 000 public servants were on extended sick leave of between 96 days and six years.

Provincial spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said Premier Phumulo Masualle had also said he would establish a task team to investigate the irregular and suspiciously fraudulent sick leave in the provincial government system.

According to human resources policy and practices, employees who are sickly and not fit to work for prolonged periods should be granted medical boarding or resign so that space is opened for new young, healthy employees, Kupelo said.

That team will also assist in investigating and management of irregular and suspiciously fraudulent sick leave in the system.

 

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source:http://www.heraldlive.co.za/30-000-sick-eastern-cape-public-servants-still-paid/accessed26/02/2016

Are these the acts of students or barbarians?

I supported the #feesmustfall protest, I particularly respected the manner in which it was conducted – encompassing the diversity from varying backgrounds and the negotiations which led to reform. However, I believe that many are now attempting to boycott this type of “protest vehicle” and use it to the furtherance of their political agenda. A specific political party (to which I will refrain from mentioning) is using the students as mere pawns.

I supported the #feesmustfall protest, I particularly respected the manner in which it was conducted – encompassing the diversity from varying backgrounds and the negotiations which led to reform. However, I believe that many are now attempting to boycott this type of “protest vehicle” and use it to the furtherance of their political agenda. A specific political party (to which I will refrain from mentioning) is using the students as mere pawns.

Student protests should be encouraged however management must respond decisively as it appears that the Media adds fuel to this fire by marketing the protesters grievances and displaying uncivilised behaviour thus giving rise to other national supporters. Therefore, governing bodies should be ready to act swiftly and expel and prosecute those who are participating in criminal damage to their property.

We have a duty to call the burning down and violent protests as acts of barbarianism and not that of the educated. Their lack of creativity and originality in order to make headlines shows that the heritage of their country is secondary in comparison to their demands – hence burning and destroying of our historical buildings and paintings. It’s cheap and its spine chilling to come to realise that these vandals will soon be in places of leadership. We should not support any student destructive protests which are politically motivated by politicians.

 

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picture source: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/north-west-university-in-south-africa-closed-indefinitely-after-students-burn-buildings-in-council-a6895281.htmlaccessed26/02/16

Mohale is wrong! -Africa should blame colonisers

This may be well and good however Mohale is judging his present by his opportunities yet thousands throughout Africa live with the effects of colonialism past and present are visible all over. It is not an overstatement when Edem Kodjo, author of ‘Africa Tomorrow’ describes the condition of African as “torn away from his past, propelled into a universe fashioned from outside that suppresses his values, and dumbfounded by a cultural invasion that marginalises him. The African,… is today the deformed image of others. ”

Speaking at the Africa Energy Indaba, Boning Mohale the former president of the Black Management Forum said that African leaders have no right to blame colonisers for their problems.

This may be well and good however Mohale is judging his present by his opportunities yet thousands throughout Africa live with the effects of colonialism past and present are visible all over. It is not an overstatement when Edem Kodjo, author of ‘Africa Tomorrow’ describes the condition of African as “torn away from his past, propelled into a universe fashioned from outside that suppresses his values, and dumbfounded by a cultural invasion that marginalises him. The African,… is today the deformed image of others. ”

Mohale made a point of mentioning that despite colonisation, the African continent has a wealth of natural resources more so than most of the rest of the world , but that poor management has meant that leaders are unable to take advantage of Africas vast wealth.

If one considers the reality of our resources and how even today the gold, diamonds and precious wealth are being exploited without the benefit of the locals – the children of Africa very rarely taste of their produce.

Mohale then took aim at some of the continents larger power utilities, including Eskom, for their dismal management; including poor maintenance plans and reaching their full potential by capitalising on diverse power sources.

At this point Mohale is correct that our leaders don’t manage our current resources efficiently however when Mohale was the leader of Black Management Forum, he must had realised that placing people within skilled employment without a merit basis will soon catch-up with the countries racism initiatives.

He added that African leaders need to refocus and get back to the basics and a clear vision for Africa.

“We have had nine economic plans, yet none of them were given enough time to gain traction. We also need space to put our best foot forward and not remain beholden to a bush (guerrilla warfare) leader. Then we expect these people to assume the cockpit of a Boeing 747 full of people and fly them from OR Tambo airport to London for 10 hours,” he said.

“When leaders are elected, they need to use that office to put our best foot forward, and not use it to pay back their cadres.”

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source:http://www.fin24.com/Economy/african-leaders-have-no-right-to-blame-colonisers-mohale-20160218accessed25/02/2016/http://www.pambazuka.net/en/category.php/features/82579.

Zuma withdraws troops from Sudan

The measures have possibly come at a time when South Africa’s economy is struggling, and government finances are under strain.

South Africa will withdraw its troops from peacekeeping operations in Sudan’s Darfur region, President Jacob Zuma’s office said on Wednesday.

Members of the South African National Defence Force were employed in Darfur in 2008 as part of the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur.

The measures have possibly come at a time when South Africa’s economy is struggling, and government finances are under strain.

 

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source:picture-http://nehandaradio.com/tag/south-african-soldiers-in-darfur/accessed24/02/16

Spending Cuts As Fears of Recession Looms

“We cannot spend money we do not have. We cannot borrow beyond our ability to repay,” Gordhan told parliament. “Until we can ignite growth and generate more revenue, we have to be tough on ourselves.”

“We cannot spend money we do not have. We cannot borrow beyond our ability to repay,” South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told parliament. “Until we can ignite growth and generate more revenue, we have to be tough on ourselves.”

With growing fears of credit downgrades from ratings agencies after a year of continuing economic troubles in the African nation, anticipation ran high ahead of Gordhans annual budget speech in parliament on Wednesday.

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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan

Once he was face to face with legislators, Gordhan revealed the specifics of the budget plan which include a total spending reduction over three years of 25 billion rand .

Gordhan said this years growth rates would hover around 0.9 percent, compared to initial predictions 1.7 percent.

While many had expected budget cuts, following the speech the value of South Africas currency dipped 2.5 percent.

South African financial experts were not optimistic that the stark budget cuts would inhibit rating agencies from imposing downgrades.

 

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source: picture http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/incoming/2015/02/25/how-spend.jpg/BINARY/how-spend.jpgaccessed24/02/2016

 

 

Rapid Surge in Waste Volumes

Current waste management legislation in South Africa does not require landfill owners or recyclers to keep accurate records regarding e-waste volumes. Keith Anderson, chairman of eWASA believes that e-waste recycling rates in South Africa are improving but are not at an international standard yet due to poor education and the high cost of e-waste recycling plants.

Growing economic prosperity is rapidly increasing waste volumes in emerging countries.

The rapid surge in waste volumes since 2007 is straining waste-management systems in many developing countries, with negative effects in economic, health, and ecosystem terms.

The Philippines is a case in point: it produces 2.7 million metric tons of plastic waste per year 600,000 metric tons in metro Manila alone.

As Inge Lardinois and Arnold van de Klundert wrote 20 years ago: By almost any form of evaluation, solid waste management is a growing environmental and financial problem in developing countries.

Despite significant efforts in the last decades, the majority of municipalities in the developing countries cannot manage the growing volume of waste produced in their cities.

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South Africa’s problem in managing e-waste is getting worse because of a lack of recycling infrastructure, poor legislation and ignorance, according to industry commentators.

Finally, informal e-waste recycling usually only includes the early stages of recycling – collection, crude dismantling and sorting.

Informal recyclers are vulnerable, often deal with e-waste in a hazardous way, and are open to exploitation.

It also recommended the active engagement of all stakeholders in the current drive by eWASA to establish an e-waste management system, the support of small business start-ups and informal recyclers, and support for investment in new recycling technology through incentives.

Current waste management legislation in South Africa does not require landfill owners or recyclers to keep accurate records regarding e-waste volumes.

Keith Anderson, chairman of eWASA believes that e-waste recycling rates in South Africa are improving but are not at an international standard yet due to poor education and the high cost of e-waste recycling plants.

 


source:Hauke Engelhttp://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/sustainability-and-resource-productivity/our-insights/managing-waste-in-emerging-markets

It’s now official the South African government can take your property!

The Expropriation Bill was passed yesterday, I suggest you don’t merely gloss over making light of this Bill. This Bill affects all landowners, this new legislation makes provision for the state to deprive citizens of land.

Definition of Expropriation is the act of taking of privately owned property by a government to be used for the benefit of the public. 

The Expropriation Bill was passed yesterday, I suggest you don’t merely gloss over making light of this Bill. This Bill affects all landowners, this new legislation makes provision for the state to deprive citizens of land.

landMinister of Public Works, Thulas Nxesi said that landowners whose property is expropriated would be compensated, with the courts having the final say on the amount.

Such news would naturally cause alarm bells and the rapid increase to ones blood pressure so like most stealth modes – notes that the Bill provides for the expropriation of land for a public purpose, such as building a road or a dam, or erecting a power line or just maybe for land reform.

Despite concerns from opposition parties that it was unconstitutional it was nonetheless passed as the Bill was fair and equitable, and it was mentioned that if individuals disagreed with the amount offered during an expropriation, this could be challenged in court of law.

Could this be the legalising of land grab to that of our neighbours in Zimbabwe-  we all seen the results of such fairness?

Remember if you don’t like this, do ask your Councillor or Minister of Parliament, how did they personally vote for this Bill?

Is South Africa becoming Iran’s Nuclear Mule?

It concerns me that South Africa is building strong allies with those countries on the global naughty watch list amongst of nuclear enthusiast. When Zuma and his guys visit these places how accountable are they to the House of Parliament?

South African President Jacob Zuma will pay a two-day official visit to Iran to hold talks with Iranian authorities.

According to Press TVZuma will visit Iran on February 28-29 to Strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries,” the presidency said on Monday.

In November 2015South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa led a high-level government and trade delegation in a three-day visit to Iran to discuss opportunities for cooperation in the energy sector.

It concerns me that South Africa is building strong allies with those countries on the global naughty watch list of nuclear enthusiast.

When Zuma and his guys visit these places how accountable are they to the House of Parliament?

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source: Picture-DailyMaverick

What you will NOT hear at the “State of the Nation” Speech

We are thinking that foreigners will save our economy – not true! They will exploit our lands and take our bounty… When would our Bantu people learn that they are short changing the sons and daughters of this land… Wise up! For this is the “State of the Nation”, and Zuma with all his gang from all parties today will give you a good show and trade you shiny objects in exchange of your land and soul – just like the Dutch had done when Jan Van Riebeck and his Investors came.

 

In recent months there has been much talk about the economy, corruption and salary increases. However, I feel that we are only gazing at magicians at work. This has become a cheap Las Vegas show to which the “sleight of hand” of the illusionists, who gets the DA to protest about jobs and gets the EFF to protest about Zuma’s fall.

Whilst the policy makers who have a seat in Parliament are out campaigning they are also busy cutting deals behind close doors which are only good for themselves. Yet the people only see as the audience – mere spectators. The fact of why our currency has weakened, or why we are inviting more foreign investors to pursue on the quest to colonise us once more.

Our country is being sold right under our feet, piece by piece. South Africa – be careful and don’t be too eager to blame Zuma – for one man cannot run a country by himself. Where is the DA, EFF, or the others when these foreigners come to sign up for a “one stop shop deal”?  There are other parties in Parliament you know, representatives are allowed to speak up – so why are they not shouting at things which pertain to the long term strategies? … It’s because South Africans love to be entertained whilst foreigners are aligning to slave trade you!

We are thinking that foreigners will save our economy – not true! They will exploit our lands and take our bounty… When would our Bantu people learn that they are short changing the sons and daughters of this land… Wise up! For this is the “State of the Nation”, and Zuma with all his gang from all parties today will give you a good show and trade you shiny objects in exchange of your land and soul – just like the Dutch had done when Jan Van Riebeck and his Investors came.