Who is really in-charge?

Corona-virus has shown us a side of our government not often seen, with decisive leadership, strategy and responsiveness. The WHO (World Health Organisation) has definitely set the guidelines to efficiency, and such executions of directives were also followed nationally and internationally. So, when it comes to giving credit we must thank the WHO for the mobilisation of our leaders which otherwise would have been an impossible task.

Corona-virus has shown us a side of our government not often seen, with decisive leadership, strategy and responsiveness. The WHO (World Health Organisation) has definitely set the guidelines to efficiency, and such executions of directives were also followed nationally and internationally. So, when it comes to giving credit we must thank the WHO for the mobilisation of our leaders which otherwise would have been an impossible task.

The advice cascaded shows of foreign intervention, for in relaying the directives our leaders had not filtered the message, for they well know that much of our population live in areas which poses serious difficulties in social i.e. physical distancing and many don’t have clean water. 

Much of our population are without decent health care. Most people are afraid of government hospitals – under-staffed, lack of equipment and in one instance literally monkeys entered into a ward. The number of anecdotal events, where wrong medication and extreme delayed response in seeing a physician, have always been the norm. Last year video footage of an old grandma tied to the reception room chairs made headlines. Any healthcare system would be welcomed here in SA, however ours is not actually a system, for what system do chaos reign and bureaucracy shield the privileged incompetent?

Given that much of the population are uneducated the system works against them in this fast-flowing speed of fibre yet dial-up is the mode for the many, now faced with austerity. We need to look after our masses or else one day the barrier of class-status and the divides of rich and poor will burst-forth bring the entire system with it.

People are Panicking 🤷🏾‍♂️🙆🏾‍♂️

Should we be panicking, stockpiling and confessing our sins so to prepare for the “Corona”? Whatever one’s perspective of the afterlife – one can’t hide the high-emotions of dying. Twenty-one days of being at home would prove much, for these are times when we are demanded to behave for the greater good. So whether you are naughty or nice – one now has to conform as subordinates.

Despite the reassurance from the South African government, citizens are panicking in the frantic mode of stockpiling and preparing for what looks like a doomsday movie. The shopping centres are packed and it appears business as usual – but for retailers it’s Christmas comes early.

Should we be panicking, stockpiling and confessing our sins so to prepare for the “Corona”? Whatever one’s perspective of the afterlife – one can’t hide the high-emotions of dying. Twenty-one days of being at home would prove too much, for these are times when we are demanded to behave, behave for the greater good. So whether you are naughty or nice – we all have to adhere to the notices. We can’t jump the queue or request special privileges.

For those “born-free” without the need for anyone guiding as they chart their own course are now demanded to do as they are told. How is this all going to play-out? How would the many who are on temporary jobs survive this pandemic? Which has not just affected their livelihoods, where in fact now the effects may cause higher crime as people become desperate.

Apartheid to blame for COVID-19???

Apartheid has been the scapegoat for much of what is wrong with our country today however regrettably Corona sees no colour nor past… and it is coming for our people

Have you walked down the streets of Alexandra or similar townships that the luxury of having your neighbour at bay of 2m is only for the rich? Twenty plus years ago should have prepared our greatest commodity – that being our labour force with better homes and services. South Africans living in townships will be worst affected with cramped taxis and taxi ranks with no choice for the commuters to be placed like pawns for a battle.

Many have a poor nutrimental diet with high starch meals, very little fresh fruit and vegetables. We should be heartbroken as a majority of our people are put to be sacrificed by this pandemic. Much of what has been advised by the government is the washing of hands and social distancing.  However, it must have been twenty years or so since our celebrity politicians visited the townships to realise that some don’t have clean running water nor physically able to distance themselves due to the cramp living conditions.

During the SONA and private functions we see our millionaire politicians who made their wealth after coming to office. It is only a handful of whom actually built their wealth from their ingenuity, yet they have forgotten the plight of our people. Apartheid has been the scapegoat for much of what is wrong with our country today however regrettably Corona sees no colour nor past… and it is coming for our people!

SONA 2020

“Stop calling for SOCIAL distancing”

We should never show prejudice to anyone’s illness, in doing so would be disrespecting, degrading for something that is beyond their ability to control. This COVID-19 virus is nasty for it’s turning us to selfish and self-centered people. Everyone wants to be prepared and that we are doing so without the consideration of another.

Everyone is saying that we should have social distancing – this goes against our community dynamics and further divides our already divided country. Instead of calling it “social distancing”, rather refer to it as “physical distancing” for this would be more appropriate as all that is going on in the country and the issues we face – we need each other and not to have social interactions is an absurdity.

Serving our community

We should never show prejudice to anyone’s illness, in doing so would be disrespecting, degrading for something that is beyond their ability to control. This COVID-19 virus is nasty for it’s turning us to selfish and self-centered people. Everyone wants to be prepared and that we are doing so without the consideration of another.

There is a growing taboo on anyone sneezing, coughing or showing any common signs of illness. We know that this is impossible in cases of hay-fever or the common cold, and now we are frowning upon such natural seasons of life; believing anyone showing any signs of Corona is a threat to your “sterile” life.

We must be courteous and kind in showing love to our neighbour – therefore as a gesture of love, IVOTESA, has gone into the community of Orange Grove to provide liquid soap to the unemployed. As the country stockpiles, there are the marginalised who are isolated, cut-off, and unable to purchase or stockpile. Many a times, they would go to the shops with little in their pockets only to find the shelves empty. In their desperation, there are the opportunists using the coronavirus crisis to hike up their profits without any consideration for the poor or needy.

Soap is only a small gesture, of now a very basic necessity. We are only as clean as our weakest neighbour. Let’s strengthen everyone around us at this time.
IVOTESA is looking for any donation of soap and cleaning products for us to distribute. We are also looking for volunteers willing to serve our community.

Is It Immoral to Increase the Price of Goods During a Crisis?

As the coronavirus outbreak spread, some people saw an opportunity in the rising demand for products like hand sanitizer and masks. But when should you think twice about making a profit?

As the coronavirus outbreak spread, some people saw an opportunity in the rising demand for products like hand sanitizer and masks. But when should you think twice about making a profit?

Make your own

South Africa already a national disaster before COVID-19

So definitely the stats on victims affected by the government far outweigh the COVID-19. You have placed many of our people in dire straits and without consideration for their welfare, do you believe that the majority could actually afford the testing of COVID 19?

Yesterday the President declared the country as a national disaster. Mr Ramaphosa eloquently articulated the consequences of the COVID-19 virus. Despite the logical and common-sense approach we see a failure to understand the plight of our people in townships.

It is recommended that interaction is at 6ft apart, handshakes to be replaced by an elbow touch. Most essentially that the washing of hands for 20 seconds on a regular basis is encouraged to stopping the spread of the virus.

Alas, Mr President through issues of poverty, some live in homes surrounded by neighbours in less than 2ft. The Ugu Region on the South Coast have watched their town destroyed by alleged negligence of the local municipality, many are left without clean water.

The state of the Nation was already a disaster. Now with COVID-19 the issues are acutely life-threatening, and we don’t believe you actually are able to truthfully know the numbers infected for to undergo a test would cost approximately R1200 per person and if you hadn’t noticed it is an average of two-weeks’ income despite your delusional minimum wage.

So definitely the stats on victims affected by the government far outweigh the COVID-19. You have placed many of our people in dire straits and without consideration for their welfare.

The State of our Neighbourhood – Ward73

Whether you agree with me or not, I blame the Ward’s leadership. When there is a ‘free for all’ what do you expect? When no-one respects the leaders of a Ward, this is what you get? If you are of the blind-faith camp in protecting incompetency because it’s your party- so it would be expected of you to think this is utopia. We see clearly that you are destroying this affluent neighbourhood.

Ward73, comprises of many influential people of whom are well educated, successful and have contributed a great deal to what distinguishes our ward as affluent. However, as you walk around our neighbourhood – it is slowly beginning to look like a neglected unrepresented constituency of uncivilised residents with rubbish along the pavements, potholes, and manhole covers missing on the roads and on pavements – making it a precarious obstacle course.

The pavements are dug up to create enormous craters hit not by meteors but by reckless workers who have no considerations for pedestrians nor residents. There are no screens to cordon-off the debris, let alone any health and safety warning signs. Do we still have safety inspectors in the new South Africa?

Whether you agree with me or not, I blame the Ward’s leadership. When there is a ‘free for all’ what do you expect? When no-one respects the leaders of a Ward, this is what you get? If you are of the “blind-faith camp” in protecting incompetency because it’s your party – so it would be expected of you to think this is utopia. We see clearly that you are destroying this affluent neighbourhood.

University of KwaZulu-Natal…Get an Education!

University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (#UKZN’s) Edgewood Campus and Howards Campus. You have a great task ahead of yourselves. Do you rebuild and educate the nation beyond the theory? So to show better academia and not merely a qualification factory so that your students respect you and honour our country? Or do us a favour and please shut your doors so that your students’ behaviour is not the school of destruction imitating throughout the country.

What sort of childish, immature and reckless behaviour are our universities and government nurturing? There is no reason justifying criminal behaviour which impedes on the rest of society. Where are the authorities? Anarchies of today want to destroy the future for us all.

South Africa is no longer under any oppressive government (it may feel that way) but we are free. This wannabe freedom fighters [*BS] has to stop for there are other constructive methods of getting one’s grievances heard in a civil manner.

The country already recognises that our leaders in Parliament are not the best of example so let’s look at those who positively contributed to the South Africa we live in today. In saying that some did conduct destructive methodologies – to which we are now paying for the fruits of their actions when we see delinquents burning and destroying our country today we’re similar of our country’s history.

University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (#UKZN’s) Edgewood Campus and Howards Campus. You have a great task ahead of yourselves. Do you rebuild and educate the nation beyond the theory? So to show better academia and not merely a qualification factory so that your students respect you and honour our country? Or do us a favour and please shut your doors so that your students’ behaviour is not the school of destruction imitating throughout the country.

University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN’s) Edgewood Campus and Howards Campus, get your students under control.

Is the DA dying?

Has the DA lost touch of the grassroots or have they ever understood it? One can see that their voices are now divided and in-fighting is leaving them no longer a strong opposition. The EFF, is very close behind them awaiting their position. So whilst they sleep walk through the wilderness as a lost voice, other parties are aspiring to take their place. Organisations like IVOTESA are being warmly welcomed as the hope and integrity of the common South African – not just minorities.

Does the DA actually have a chance? One after another the leadership are dropping like flies. Have they come to the end of their journey? There is no longer a Zuma to blame or the pointing of incompetency, for they themselves have shown to be equally inadequate.

The DA was referred, during the leadership of Musi, to be a White party… and indeed it has shown its true colours. Once social reform at its herald cry to now LBGTI rights and minority issues. The people don’t have water, electricity, education and on it goes, but it’s new leader has decided that they would pursue lobbying for the minority issues – ignoring the plight of the many. Is it because they no longer are able to see or reach those in townships? Or could it be true that they are a White party?

Has the DA lost touch of the grassroots or have they ever understood it? One can see that their voices are now divided and in-fighting is leaving them no longer a strong opposition. The EFF, is very close behind them awaiting their position. So whilst they sleep walk through the wilderness as a lost voice, other parties are aspiring to take their place. Organisations like IVOTESA are being warmly welcomed as the hope and integrity of the common South African – not just minorities.

So are we waiting for the gravediggers to collect the DA or can we not watch the spiraling of the vultures encircle its carcass? The DA is dying and a few words of obituary and a moment of silence would be required for they did fight a good fight.

We are tired of your politics!

Voting is a massive responsibility not to be taken lightly. Now I am sure most people would say, such a situation would never happen but in history it actually did…’one vote is what made Adolf Hitler the President of the Nazi party.’ So, we should never believe our votes don’t carry weight and that our votes are not important.

I personally do not vote because I believe that the biggest change that I would like to see is the idea of a ‘’rainbow nation’’ to become a reality first before I can cast my vote. I say this because right now the idea is so farfetched and I believe that it is because South Africans are still healing from the past and the effects of the Apartheid regime. I would love to one day be able to see a South Africa where race is not an issue and where people are clear from their preconceived ideas about a specific race. I would also like to see a corrupt free South Africa in which the resources are appropriately allocated and distributed to benefit every single South African citizen.

To see that I wasn’t alone or a ‘’bad’’ citizen, I wanted to know what my friends takes are in this matter. One of my good friends said, ‘’I don’t vote because no matter what party you vote for, it never makes a difference to the country. They all promise you things and never fall through with it. So therefore, I find it’s pointless to vote.’’ Azraa (my friend) went on to say, ‘’I would like to see a South Africa without power cuts, with cleaner streets, safer areas, better police force and security services, better health care; especially in the government hospitals and a country without racism.’’ I then asked her what kind of a party would she vote for, she answered, ‘’A party that does not make any race superior, that stays true to their word and provide for the country what they have promised.’’ Azraa is one of many who have stated that they want every race to be treated equally, now that says a lot!

I also have friends who are not South African citizens, so I wanted to know their thoughts on the matter of not being able to vote. Neto said to me, ‘’It makes sense not to be able to vote. If we let foreigners vote, they could completely alter the political structure of a country and then leave the next day. I wouldn’t want South African foreigners to be able to vote in my country.’’ That is a deep and honest answer, which in turn makes me proud of the people I surround myself with. It is important for my generation to talk about these issues whether you’re a citizen or not, we can’t always talk about boys and parties. Like Nelson Mandela once said, ‘’the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.’’

My friends and I want to see change in this country and we are basically tired of being made fools. Do you feel the same way? Being promised empty promises? The world sees us as a joke because of our Parliament. What are we teaching the upcoming generation? Sometimes I believe that they are doomed and they have been for a while now. Heck, our generation in some ways is screwed too! Unemployment keeps rising, global warming, melting of ice caps, burning of forests and so on. They’re screwed in more ways than one. But another friend of mine is more optimistic, saying, ‘’we need to be hopeful that the future of the country is in our hands. I mean imagine if Steve Biko, Mandela, Winnie Mandela thought that their generation was ‘doomed’ and did not do anything to change that? I think we have more challenges but there’s still hope,’’ I then asked what could be done to better the upcoming generation after us, ‘’our starting point, we first need to correct the mistakes that were done in the past by the older generation and only from then onwards can we start building the country or the future that we want. In doing that we know that the world is changing at a ridiculous rate and how to keep up with the Western world but at the same time be reminded that we need African solutions for African problems.’’

I believe that we cannot just rely on the government for the change we want, it starts with you, then the household, then your neighbours and then your community. Young voters account for half of the voting population, making them a powerful political force. Should we suggest that the voting age should be lowered in an effort to promote earlier voting among teenagers and young adults? After all we are the change. We are the movement!

Each individual in a community has a responsibility to contribute by voting for a political party that is in alignment of their beliefs. It is the least an individual could do to contribute to changing something they are not happy with on the grander scheme of things. It is quite a powerful thing when you think about.

A lot of my generation say they do not vote because nothing changes, but what they do not know is that it is not true. Even if a specific party does not win, the number of votes they get affects how many seats they get in Parliament, and that’s a big deal. Say, for example, the ANC gets 60% of votes. Let’s also say that day a feminist party gains the other 40%. That means even though the ANC remains the ruling party, they have 40 less seats in Parliament. Which means that’s less control they have over the government and forces them to address matters of concern raised by the feminist party. So even if your party of choice does not win, you’ve already made a considerable difference.

Now let’s say 3 people in the entire country vote because everyone else couldn’t be bothered. Let’s say those 3 people voted ANC, they then have 100% of the votes. This means they have 100% of the rule. I am not sure of the number, but if ANC makes a certain percentage of votes, by law they’ll have enough authority to even change the Constitution. That is an important thing to keep in mind.

Now let’s consider one last scenario; let’s say the feminist party ties with the ANC, though they could have won if they had just one more vote and let’s say that you were the only person who didn’t vote that day. Your vote would have been the one to tip the scale either in favour of the ANC, or the feminist party. Scary right? As it should be. Voting is a massive responsibility not to be taken lightly. Now I am sure most people would say, such a situation would never happen but in history it actually did…’one vote is what made Adolf Hitler the President of the Nazi party.’ So, we should never believe our votes don’t carry weight and that our votes are not important.

‘’Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.’’ –Keith Ellison