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"Well, we were all going to fail anyway, so…."
Many people were critical towards President Jacob Zuma’s ministerial choices. The fact that a rating agency mentioned it as a downside risk tells us just how bad these choices were.
Shapiro agreed that SA’s new ministers are not good enough, questioning whether an investor would put their money into a company which our ministers ran.
“If these chaps were running even a division of a business would I be there – the answer is no. Just an absolute no,” said Shapiro.
“They are driven by mad things – not the desire to actually build things,” he said. “Political ideology is still very much part of where this country is going.”"
Sasfin Securities’ analyst David Shapiro.
Quite an indictment on the newly appointed government.
– Meet “Faith Muthambi”, who is the new Propaganda Minister. She is in charge of making sure all the good news about the ANC gets out there.
See the except below, she’s already been part of the group that squashed the Nkandla Committee.
She says the ANC can’t “turn a blind eye” to the “lies” of the media.
Pity, because they manage to turn a blind eye to so much - surely it’s possible to turn a blind eye to all this pesky media freedoms?
‘People’s under for developmental information’
Muthambi, who would be heading the new communications ministry, most recently came to public attention as one of seven members of Parliament appointed by the ANC to the ad hoc committee formed to consider public protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on controversial upgrades to Zuma’s rural homestead at Nkandla.
In a 2013 speech on the budget vote for the GCIS, Muthambi expressed how thrilled she was at the management of the state communications arm and its work in feeding “people’s hunger for developmental information”.
Then she laid into the media.
“Media continues to publish negative news on government disregarding the good service delivery record of government. The media continues to distort and ignore information provided by government in a transparent and accountable manner.”
The ANC, Muthambi said, could not turn a blind eye to the lies and disinformation spread, via the media, by “those who are opposed to our strategic objective of creating a non-racial, non-sexist, prosperous and democratic society”.
It’s like the ANC got all of George Orwell’s books, and someone told them that these are Management & Leadership Manuals, to be followed to the T.
They’re following the story of Animal Farm so closely it’s honestly laughable, and now they’ve moved onto their next setwork book, 1984.
Those apartheid ideas about secrecy are so flippin handy, aren’t they? Let’s bring em back. Why don’t we bring the whole of apartheid back while we at it? Oh wait, that’s not going to work…
And in today’s edition of “the ANC thinks were all stupid…”
"President Jacob Zuma’s annual Christmas party for the elderly at Nkandla on Friday ended tragically when a woman died after uninvited guests caused a stampede while clamouring for gifts.
Thembekile Ntombizamani Shangase, 61, was apparently lining up to receive her gift pack when people started pushing and they fell on top of her.”
This type of brainless stuff coming out of our president is really remarkable.
Everyone knows that you don’t look for advice on something from someone who’s no good at it.
If you want advice on how to get involved in less wars - don’t ask America - maybe Switzerland is the better candidate.
If you want advice on how to run a democratic, open press, don’t ask people who have one of the worst records for journalistic freedom. Here is where you might ask America’s advice.
We are being ruled by fools. They truly seem to believe that the problem is the reporting of corruption - not the actual corruption itself. No no - the corruption is fine, as long as it’s secret.
Yep, that’ll work. That’s the kind of solid basis to build a nation on. Corruption and lies. Good plan, carry on fellas.
I’m sure you’re thinking, like i was when i saw this headline, “who’s the fool that’s paying 1.5 million Rand per Gig of data? Probably some government department”
It’s actually you, me and everyone. The cost of our SMS’s works out to R1.5 million per gig. We’re paying R11,000 per gig for voice calls.
So ya, we’re the fools that are paying R1.5 million rand per gig of data. Makes you rethink using iMessage, Skype, and Whatsup, huh?
an except from the story:
The table below summarises the comparative prices of SMS, voice, and data when converted to per-Gigabyte rates:
ServicePriceNormalising variablesConverted per-GB priceSMS21c/SMS140 bytes/SMSR1,500,000SMS (cost?)$0.003/SMSR10/$; 140 bytes/SMSR214,286Voice (effective, all Vodacom)R1/min12kbpsR11,111Voice (effective, prepaid Vodacom)72c/min12kbpsR8,000Data (most expensive)R2/MB1000MB/GBR2,000Data (effective, Vodacom)40c-50c/MB1000MB/GBR400-R500Data (effective, MTN)20c/MB1000MB/GBR200
The primary purpose of the table is to illustrate one thing: there are far more cost-effective ways to transmit a text message over a mobile network than using SMS.