Chowing the Money

Please dear government – instead of torturing and progressively bleeding the country dry of its assets, and mocking the country on the international platform. Why don’t you guys just clear its bank accounts and retire to Cuba or some socialistic state where your ideologies could be lived out.

Please dear government – instead of torturing and progressively bleeding the country dry of its assets, and mocking the country on the international platform. Why don’t you guys just clear its bank accounts and retire to Cuba or some socialistic state where your ideologies could be lived out.

Check to see how it works in reality than in theory. You see, the young are waiting for your entire generation to depart with its bitterness and anger, and love to see the pain revenged for what the Whites have done.

Love, unity and peace seems to be a foreign concept and that not of the culture in keeping of Baba Madiba. You lot are like ravenous wolves, you chow each other and you chow the rest of the country’s resources.

It’s clear that intelligence has a minority stakeholdership in your list of priorities for the love of money has consumed you. So expressing our issues wouldn’t matter for the poor has nothing to offer you except the vote… maybe they too would become smarter to see your game!

Africa is for the Africans?

I find this sincerely a primitive and prehistoric ideology for with globalisation and intermarrying we have to realise that either where a person is born is there home or if one adopts the culture and traditions of what it means to be South African – should they not have the right to identify as they should desire and that there isn’t a knighting process.

How amazing is it that an invisible boundary-line can separate race, culture and tribe? In the name for these identities, people are willing to kill, steal and destroy each other so to covet, expand and protect what they believe belongs to them or it’s the survival of the fittest.

The history of South Africa is characterised by racial violence, territorial conflict, wars of conquest, and inter-ethnic rivalry.

The San have lived in the region for millennia acquired domestic stock in what is now modern day Botswana. Their population grew, and spread throughout the Western half of South Africa. They were the first pastoralists in southern Africa, and called themselves Khoikhoi, which means ‘men of men’ or ‘the real people’. This name was chosen to show pride in their past and culture.

Most of the rest of the population, however, trace their history to immigration since.

Indigenous Africans in South Africa are descendants of Khoikhoi and Bantu immigrants from further north in Africa, who first entered what are now the confines of the country.

White South Africans are descendants of later European settlers, mainly from the Netherlands and Britain.

The Coloureds are descended at least in part from all of these groups, as well as from slaves from Madagascar, East Africa and the then East Indies.

There are many South Africans of Indian and Chinese origin, descendants of labourers who arrived in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Despite these facts some iterate politicians incite hatred among the Black communities indicating that Africa is for Africans. Thus implying that other races have their own countries of origin. 

I find this sincerely a primitive and prehistoric ideology for with globalisation and intermarrying we have to realise that either where a person is born is there home or if one adopts the culture and traditions of what it means to be South African – should they not have the right to identify as they should desire and that there isn’t a knighting process. 

However, radicles would like the exclusively of bestowing who and what is African based upon their stability as the chief and lord over those who will submit to these type of absurdities. At present it is quite fashionable to be African – the colours and patterns, the music and dance, the food and vibrancy all boasts the beauty of our Country. Therefore I believe its wrong when indicators of skin colour, hair and language are the attributes to identify a South African. 

If these uneducated simpletons are not challenged I believe that other race groups which are not Black will soon be made to believe that they are merely a guest in their own country.

My name is Kerrie (22) – an eye opening and learning experience.

Today was an eye opening and learning experience, as I got to see how the other side lives and tried to also play my part instead of turning a blind eye. I went to Reiger Park not knowing what to expect, but we must remember that in life our expectations do not always turn out to be the reality.

Helping the penniless is often thought to be determined by the moral character of the potential help giver. ‘‘It’s a lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.’’ Of course, I cannot take all the credit, with the help of some kind-hearted volunteers, we managed to pull strings in a very short period of time to help those in need.

Meals Prepared by the volunteers

Our pursuit to secure a sponsor from our local businesses to get food and packaging was a bump on the road moment. From each person having a different mindset on what product/quality they would like to buy for the project, with a limited budget was a hair pulling struggle but in the end – by God’s grace- we managed to get on the same page and focus on the real matter at hand, which was to feed the needy children.

Many kids grow up in poverty and the effects are saddening as it can last for the rest of their lives. The main effects of growing up in poverty may include poor health, high risk of teen pregnancy and lack of education which results in them making bad life decisions such as joining gangs and selling drugs.

One of many people in my community decided to act and join the cause to alleviate poverty in the youth. Mizanurrhman, a local grocery shop owner, was the hero of the day. He was more than willing to sacrifice profit over charity and was one of the reasons the feeding scheme in Reiger Park was a success, saying ‘‘I am so happy to join IVOTESA, thank God we’ve done a wonderful job. We continue and try to make a difference in the community. I will always try my best to support people in hunger especially children.’’ Mizanurrhman supplied us with bread when all odds seemed against us, he supplied us with an improbable discount and more food items that was not budgeted for.

Now this is what communities need more of. Mr Vincent, a local in Reiger Park, is another man we must shine our light on as he donated his container for us to be able to feed the children in even though he did not have much. No man is an island! More organisations for feeding the less well off are being formed in Reiger Park, so I ask you my Born Frees; what are you doing to alleviate poverty in your communities? What do you think the purpose of life is?

Shane Abrahams from IVOTESA is playing his part by providing skills and creating jobs. Shane gave the community of Reiger Park hope by showing people how to make soaps and forming businesses, which is a step in the right direction.

Shane Abrahams teaching the community to make soaps

The cycle of poverty begins when a child is born into a poor family, these families often have limited or no resources at all to create opportunities to advance themselves, leaving them stuck in the poverty trap. We need to count our blessings every day and be grateful for the littlest of things we have in life.

Today was an eye opening and learning experience, as I got to see how the other side lives and tried to also play my part instead of turning a blind eye. I went to Reiger Park not knowing what to expect, but we must remember that in life our expectations do not always turn out to be the reality. We do not know whether the food we gave out today could have been someone’s last meal. When we do it in love, when we give and do not receive, it is okay because someone is blessed regardless., this is what I learnt from IVOTESA. I look forward to more projects like these and bigger, remember one man can’t change the world.

Working as a team

‘’One of the worst enemies that sets the platform for developing a poverty mindset is your background. Where you come from, the mindset of the people you deal with, what you know, and your experiences can set the tone that can cause you to believe that you are born to be poor. You can only get out of that dungeon of a mindset by revolutionizing the way you think.’’-Oscar Bimpong

Meet Uncle Vincent – Local Hero

These people #Ekurhuleni are NOT animals and should be treated with dignity and respect. Uncle Vincent shows more care for his community than your career politicians. Uncle Vincent does not have much yet will provide what he has to make his community better – and you #Ekurhuleni who takes the people’s money to provide increases to self-worth while making Reiger Park worth-less!

Uncle Vincent has been living in Reiger Park for “donkeys years”, his experiences can be dated to the very transitions of political power in South Africa. Those differing changes also affected the conditions of life in Reiger Park.

He told us of a time during Apartheid of how residents were treated. Despite the prejudice of the colour of their skin – they were offered the services which gave Reiger Park a pride to live in. Bins and litter were cared for by the Council.

Today, as one drives into the community – uncut grass, rubbish flies around and large rubbish skips are positioned to where the children usually play. Now they play on the road making room for even more rubbish. Such is the stance of the Ekurhuleni Council has taken by associating these folks to being treated as rubbish.

Over 75% recorded as unemployed, and with high substance abuse people are left to fend for themselves – “hassle”, the term used to describe this survival outlook. Despite all the negativity we came to meet Uncle Vincent. He heard of our intentions to make Reiger Park a better place, he immediately offered his container. The container was once full of car parts – however on returning a week later – the place was cleaned out and ready for us to use.

#Ekurhuleni Council the people of Reiger Park are NOT animals and should be treated with dignity and respect. Uncle Vincent shows more care for his community than your career politicians. Uncle Vincent does not have much yet will provide what he has to make his community better – and you #Ekurhuleni Council who takes the people’s money to provide increases to self-worth while making Reiger Park worth-less!

Alexandra my Alexandra!

If anyone watched the documentary, Alexandra my Alexandra they would come to appreciate the history and significance of this township and the need to protect it.

If anyone watched the documentary, “Alexandra my Alexandra” they would come to appreciate the history and significance of this township and the need to protect it.

The protection of its reputation and forward thinking of its founders. However we see today is the decay of derelict buildings and informal shacks.

Sewage spills on the street, goats left to graze among the rubbish and children playing with the running water along the gutters.

Donate Your Old Furniture

We collect all sorts of items
Sofas, suites, armchairs
Tables, chairs, desks, cabinets
Beds and bedroom furniture

We collect all sorts of items
Sofas, suites, armchairs
Tables, chairs, desks, cabinets
Beds and bedroom furniture
TVs, Hi-Fis, washing machines, small electricals
Valuable or specialist items – our dedicated team of experts will ensure that we receive the best resale value possible
We can also collect bags of clothes, books, DVDs, toys and more at the same time.
If you only have small items we also offer free collections of clothes, books and more.

Antenatal & Postnatal Classes

The benefits of pregnancy classes:

Getting information and knowledge to help you feel prepared
An opportunity to have your questions answered by a trained person
An opportunity to make friends and build a support network
Social connection (other mums and their partners are going through the same things!)
Health benefits such as keeping active and looking after mind and body

Trading votes for food when it costed blood!

The right to vote – it came at the cost of blood. Fathers, mothers, children and maybe someone’s uncle. They were beaten, killed and oppressed like animals. Yet today that very vote can be purchased for a bag of groceries… Shame on those who mock our freedom… Shame on you who mock the martyrs… Shame on you!

There was a period in our country’s history that the past would be reconciled to bring healing to the open wounds and trauma caused by the injustices of Apartheid.

People were willing to move on, to begin walking together – a new government had formed and that government represented the people. As the world watched on with admiration to see a lesson demonstrated by the millions of South Africans willing to show love.

Now the reality hits and that same government which once promised a better life had only managed to achieve it for themselves. They have forgotten the townships and the hopes and dreams which the people patiently anticipated.

Alexandra Township – Johannesburg

Even so the people are trusting despite promise after promise failing, and yet year after year these representatives look more like the Hollywood glamour models showing their swag. Alas, the only swag our people can show forth is the fake goods of designer labels brought in from the Far East.

Ours are a people trusting, loving and generous to have room in their big hearts to be faithful to their “freedom fighters”. Why has anyone not told the masses that Apartheid is abolished and that they are now free? We all know that despite the chains of oppression enslaving our people are the schemes to keep them from freedom, and so the education system does what the Apartheid system did… narrowing their dreams of success.

The right to vote – it came at the cost of blood. Fathers, mothers, children and maybe someone’s uncle. They were beaten, killed and oppressed like animals. Yet today that very vote can be purchased for a bag of groceries… Shame on those who mock our freedom… Shame on you who mock the martyrs… Shame on you!

Comparison of Nazi Germany to South Africa

Likewise the ignorance of such stupidities are sadly taking root and just as it did in Hitler’s day in South Africa. There is a phrase I once heard that “Africa is for the Africans” (that implying only Black Africans). Despite your place of birth, South Africa has and is openly discriminating its citizens based upon their racial ethnicity.

Now, I am not a historian but of recent I watched the Netflix documentary of Adolf Hitler and was startled of the similarities of some of the rhetoric spewed out and the extremists posing as liberators.

The rise of Hitler was born out of a great hatred of the Jewish people in Germany. They had their own culture and was successful enough to gain a great market share of the wealth. They didn’t steal it nor did they murder for it  – they merely learnt the economic system and flourished. This however believed to have been vile in Hitler’s moral compass as he believed that Germany was the land of the Germans and should not be beneficial to anyone but those looking like the Germans (blue eyes and blond hair).

It was said that the cost of a wheelbarrow was cash for a load of bread.

Likewise the ignorance of such stupidities are sadly taking root and just as it did in Hitler’s day in South Africa. There is a phrase I once heard that “Africa is for the Africans” (that implying only Black Africans). Despite your place of birth, South Africa has and is openly discriminating its citizens based upon their racial ethnicity. 

There are vocal groups of wanna-be freedom fighters who have never suffered the hardships to the likes of Mandela or Joe Slovo, yet they are willing to make claims of land grabs as a method of making right that which the sixteen hundred settled had stolen. 

The cost of living in Hitler’s day was extortionate as people were said to have paid for bread with filled wheelbarrows of money. We may not be there yet – but due to the mismanagement of funds and allegations of corruptions South Africa is heading there, for the cost of living far exceeds the renumeration and so are the high unemployment rate which is creating an envious circumstance where some who don’t have, steal.

Now Hitler was particularly notorious for killing 6 million Jews through torturous methods, and to that the Afrikaner Boer or Farmer has become the victim liken the enemy of Nazi Germany. Only difference is that unlike the business elite and traders, these farmers are the “hand we feed” South Africa. Yet again another minority suffers in silence whilst we all say it’s not my battle…sadly George Orwell in Animal Farm clearly portrays that some animals are higher than others and when “they” are done with the “Boer” they will come for you too…

Stand up, speak up? 

Point of Order #sona2020

Where once bad behaviour was considered a reflection of one’s poor character – they are now, somehow, being celebrated. The noble quest of building a country, leaving a legacy is long gone but now the bankrupt of a soul – self-greed and the love for one’s own pleasures are the rule of law.

Democracy is indeed a funny Karma as those who would have been considered delinquents at school, usually disciplined for their anti-social disgraced behaviour, have now returned to leading a minority party in our country’s highest office. 

Where once bad behaviour was considered a reflection of one’s poor character – they are now, somehow, being celebrated. The noble quest of building a country, leaving a legacy is long gone but now the bankrupt of a soul – self-greed and the love for one’s own pleasures are the rule of law.

We must call it what it is and not make light of the destructors of our children’s future, but teach our children that behaviour is short of someone, pointing to a direction everyone must follow. Alas that direction over a cliff. Stop laughing with them and start laughing at them for such behaviour are not for serious matters of parliament rather the behaviour of Mickey Mouse. 

The media glorifies these tendencies and they too need to realise the public are not interested in reading that sort of comics, for we are serious about South Africa’s future.