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.

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?

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!

The Taxis Would Be Transporting More Than Just Passengers…

Now despite the Transport Minister’s precautionary measures would it not be ridiculous to assume that he is placing the great many at risk being sat in a taxi? Would the government be accountable to the lives of those they are placing now in harm’s way? How do you practise a 2-metre physical distancing in a taxi?

Lockdown means lockdown, and the dilution of the President’s speech to the actions of the Transport Minister merely adds confusion to the efforts to contain the virus. Whether it is a full, large or small load, it is a health hazard.

Is the Government adding to the confusion of the 21-day lockdown? President Cyril Ramaphosa announces that the SANDF army would be enforcing the lockdown. Citizens have witnessed the beatings and humiliating tactics of the authorities to little effect. 

The greatest of all dithering came regarding the policy on taxi loading capacity.  Initially the regulations on COVID-19 lockdown prescribed a 50% loading capacity, however when taxi operators threatened to go on a national strike Transport Minister Fikle Mbalula backtracked, announcing that, “during the lockdown period, all minibus and midi-bus taxi vehicles are permitted to load their maximum 100% passenger loading capacity as provided for in their operating licenses, provided that all passengers are wearing surgical masks or N95 respiratory masks.

 “The consultation process also included relevant structures within government and individual ministers. In consulting with the taxi industry, I have engaged the leadership of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and the National Taxi Alliance (NTA).”

However, just hours after announcing that taxis were allowed to carry the full load with masks conditions, this decision was rescinded yet to another, this time, the latest 70% capacity.

These changes to the lockdown came because the Transport Minister said the measures were all about saving lives and stopping the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.

Now honestly, we all know that this is not a lockdown if mass number of people are able to move around long distances. The idea of a lockdown is to curb the traffic from interacting at close proximities to each other. We are already familiar to the cramped living conditions within townships.

Now despite the Transport Minister’s precautionary measures would it not be ridiculous to assume that he is placing the great many at risk being sat in a taxi? Would the government be accountable to the lives of those they are placing now in harm’s way? How do you practise a 2-metre physical distancing in a taxi?

Lockdown means lockdown, and the dilution of the President’s speech to the actions of the Transport Minister merely adds confusion to the efforts to contain the virus. Whether it is a full, large or small load, it is a health hazard. 

Or is this to do with the pressure being placed on the government to strong-arm them to relent? Would it be interesting to enquire with the WHO on their take of current actions?

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?

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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.