I was born and raised in South Africa and have always counted my blessings for living in a country with stable weather conditions and hardly any natural disasters. Looking around me the past few years though has at times truly got me bending my head in shame.
Trevor Noah, the great comedian, is pretty accurate on all aspects of SA good and bad, listen to him… and laugh!!! Watch Daywalker and weep with laughter. It’s funny but it’s true.
I mean just look at the beauty this country has to offer with the greenery, the mountains, the farmlands the beaches, the diverse cultures and the lovely weather. then came the laughs…. not for good reasons either –
KwaZulu-Natal MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs Nomsa Dube called on the national department of science and technology to investigate the causes of lightning after seven people died in lightning strikes.
“We will do an investigation and talk to the department of science and technology on what is the cause of the lightning, and if it only happened to the previously disadvantaged as I have never seen any white people being struck by lightning.” said Dube. She was visiting Mpumazi in Eshowe where seven people from two families died after being struck by lightning on Sunday. “Scientists from the department could perhaps help us and come up with instruments that could help community members protect themselves against lightning. “The department has dealt with floods and fires, but lightning was new to us,” said Dube.
Can you believe that this is in fact a TRUE news story? Can you believe that our tax monies; “the monies of the NOW disadvantaged”; is going to this cause??? Yes its funny, it’s but embarrasing for the minority that know what causes lightening.
Then I get an email today that reads:
LONDON TIMES –
Interesting point of view Affirmative Action: “South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others.” Finally, a word recently coined to describe South Africa’s current political situation. Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy)- a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.
This is what’s happening in MY beloved country? This is what I grew up as thinking was a great place to live, where I believed logic and education were of a high standard, where produce was grown in abundance and ores were mined to improve the economy and give it enough strength to provide decent public servants in the medical and educational field.
Public hospitals are a disgrace in this country now, I personally met a woman who watched her 11 year old son die in the emergency room of a hospital from as asthma attack because he was 14th in the queue. I watched in horror as a medical sister pulled the knife out of a man’s chest while he sat in the queue and was horrified that he had to sit there bleeding all over the floor and wait his turn; he died from blood loss – because of a nursing sister’s STUPIDITY!!!!
The education standard has dropped to such a level that children no longer know logic. NO child is allowed to be help back without the parents request. When they are 16 they right a “school going test” where their cababilities are tested, if they fail then they may not complete their final 3 years of high school. You’d be amazed at how many children cannot read or write to save their lives at this stage of their school careers. Our schools have become a day creche to keep our kids off the street until they are old enough to “fend” for themselves. It’s a sad, sad situation.
I for one would have to say that if I went back to school now in SA I would fail, and I’m talking junior school, but THAT is a whole new story I will write about in my next blog. Stay tuned…