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.

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?

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!

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.

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!

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.

I am an African man with an Indian face

It is such, that because of my Indian face and my dark skin, that my bloodline can only be traced back back to the immigrant intake of 1860 when Indentured Indian labourers were brought by the British, to plant sugar cane in the region I grew up in . Am I faceless a number? To a government who once insisted it was going to help change the past and build a better future. But it didn’t! Twenty years free, and yet we are not free, not in any sense. Apartheid is a malicious word from a futile past, but how it still haunts our present.

My soul was raised in this glorious land, its where I was shaped, by the quiet echoes of my forefathers, a layer of people before me who have trodden tentatively. I have walked where generations of brave and tormented souls have suffered, and shed blood into its russet earth. I have seen flocks of birds flee into the skies, crying in horror at this unnecessary spillings. My country is culture rich and fertile and has felt my bare feet caressed by its soil and sand. I am sculptured from its cultures and traditions, taught by its education systems molded by its harsh segregations. Its scent lingers on my skin, I have watched its flowers bloom under a gentle sun and eaten the fruits from its plentiful vegetation’s. South Africa has fed me and watered me and it courses through my veins. It is a part of my very being. Yet it tries to spit me out like an unripe piece of fruit or an unsavoury taste.

My cries of frustration at its unfair state, have been carried through the sulfurous air, undetected. My fingers have swept through its feathery grass and my ears have witnessed the sounds of it’s magnificent wild creatures, roaming its fields, plains and forests, untarnished and free. And yet I am not seen as one of its own. It is such, that because of my Indian face and my dark skin, that my bloodline can only be traced back back to the immigrant intake of 1860 when Indentured Indian labourers were brought by the British, to plant sugar cane in the region I grew up in . Am I faceless a number? To a government who once insisted it was going to help change the past and build a better future. But it didn’t! Twenty years free, and yet we are not free, not in any sense. Apartheid is a malicious word from a futile past, but how it still haunts our present.african

My years of giving for my country, have they been in vein? Has the colour of my skin determined my path? You would look at me and call me an Indian man. Because we very rarely see beyond race and colour. We don’t see that some of those black faces, Asian, Indian or other giving souls, have contributed to its economy and its society and seeped deep into its very history. They have collectively enriched a country, listened to it’s heart beat and lived its rage and danced its sorrow and pain- wept its terrible losses.

I am an African man with an Indian face and yet my love of the country that embraced me, presented me with an eye opening and complex childhood, smeared with memories of segregation and fear and emotional sacrifices. And yet I do love my country and want to serve my country fellow men, who are also Africans, no matter where their origin. Hard working communities whose fingers have dug into its earth and planted crops on its bountiful fields, have breathed in its beautifully tragic fragrance, poured, blood, sweat and tears into this splendid ancient land.

I want to be heard as a proud South African man who has listened the whispers of a devastatingly cruel past and yet I want to shout loud, inhale the needs, provide attention and take in the concerns, be a patriotic leader. One who can sew this society back together and educate, and be trusted to change our corrupt systems, and fight the eternal political lies. I believe I deserve a chance at the podium, and to be a voice for those of you who need me.

And I believe that time is now!

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Apartheid – the get rich quick scheme?

Thereby the standard of living increased for the Whites, the provision of and access of good education and jobs, black labour was cheap and plentiful, and investment flowed in as South Africa appeared stable and the economy appeared healthy.

In science the empirical tests of elements result in a reaction to which the elements brings about a change. Likewise, I naively once believed that politics was merely on the basis with anthropological structure and without gaining empirical evidence. Yet today after an insight from Leftwich (2010), What is Politics? I have come to realise that my country, South Africa. where deliberately or not has undergone the ultimate Political experiment, which portrays how elements of society can be used to provide a normative result for control of a society.

The acts for the abolishment of the Apartheid Movement though the moral rationale might not have come without the realisation of the once strength of the system of apartheid, which had oppressed people for the gain of another. This system of which was created to maintain control over non-whites had in the past yielded great benefits to the “super-race” with relatively low costs, in comparison to those countries where all men are equal.

Thereby the standard of living increased for the Whites, the provision of and access of good education and jobs, black labour was cheap and plentiful, and investment flowed in as South Africa appeared stable and the economy appeared healthy.

On evaluation of the evidence presented by the apartheid system – it can be seen that economically it created conditions for a good economy with the cost to the subjugation or degradation of a people group which lowered expenses so that output increased.

So, which leaves me to conclude that when FW de Klerk began dismantling the system of apartheid, was it because the system had run its course, which resulted in the economic cash cow growing weak, thereby the system no longer was economically viably functioning as intended? For the elements of morality and justice took precedence over the day which “costed” more and weighted heavy upon the apartheid system thus replacing it with another form of control.

Though the white supremacy ideology has been removed from South Africa, this has been replaced by Capitalism to which has still bound those oppressed by apartheid. The dominance power has changed face from the “white man” to now the “colour of money!”

Is South Africa for Sale?

Our people are forgotten and our government have abandoned their own. Where once Whites ruled this land based upon the colour of their skin now the domination is based upon the colour of their money, and our “comrades” are presenting South Africa on the silver platter to the highest bidder and no surprise it’s the Chinese who are the first in line!

More than twenty years of “freedom” for South Africans since becoming a democratic country. Relieved from the oppression of White supremacy so that every citizen is no greater than the other despite creed, race or background.

The “Rainbow Nation” is home to all types of cultures and traditions benefiting from the fruits of this bountiful land, yet you would not need to go far to find the neglected and abandoned “Child of South Africa” – still living in a shack, still having the need for basic essential services such as sanitation and clean water.

Have you ever walked the beautiful streets of Sandton City? Well, behind this affluent and prominent architecture and home to the wealthy lies the Township of Alexandra, home to the rats which are the size of cats and sewage lined streets in contrast to the tree lined suburbia of Houghton or Melrose.

Our people are forgotten and our government have abandoned their own. Where once Whites ruled this land based upon the colour of their skin now the domination is based upon the colour of their money, and our “comrades” are presenting South Africa on the silver platter to the highest bidder and no surprise it’s the Chinese who are the first in line!