#musings
HomeAbout ▾ Ask me anything ▾Search ▾ArchiveSubscribeMy Own Posts (No Reblogs)My iOS App ProgressMy PhotosMy DesignMy CompanyMy Tag Cloud

Posts tagged south africa

"The most violent countries in the world"

So South Africa has halved our murder rate, from 64.5% in 1995, to 31% in 2012. That’s a big win, i think.

But reading this article was a real eye-opener in a few ways.

First, when you look at the actual *number* of murders, not the percentage based on the population size, we have a lot of murdering going on. If it’s total number of murders, on the list they give there, we’re number 2 with 16,259, with DRC at #1, and followed close behind by the always dodgy Columbia and Venezuela.

So that’s something to not be happy about.

Second, i was amazed to see that Cape Town seems to have more murders-per-capita than Jozi. That may be some clever engineering of the stats to help the ANC’s electioneering - wouldn’t put it past them, but if the figures are true, then that’s quite something.

Wikipedia reckons that of our 9 provinces, Gauteng is at #6, with Eastern Cape at #1, Western Cape at #2, and Gauteng is only worse than North West, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo. That’s mind-blowing, because i would have pinned Johannesburg as the most dangerous city, and Cape Town as the safest.



But overall, i think it made me question the way these figures are done - the “per capita” idea seems like a good idea when measuring a lot of things, like income, or wifi signal, but human lives are different, i believe. I don’t think 18 people being killed in St Kitts is anywhere remotely as serious as 16,259 people being killed in South Africa, and yet, St Kitts is at #7, and we are at #8.

And if we look at total number of murders, it looks a bit different, this is how Wikipedia puts it:

India 42,923
Brazil 42,785
Mexico 27,199
Ethiopia 20,239 
Indonesia 18,963
Nigeria 18,422
South Africa 15,940
Columbia 14,746
United States 14,173


So there is a lot of anger in the world, really. It’s just a crazy thought that 42,000 indians were killed in a single year because someone wanted them to die. and 16,000 South Africans died because some person decided they wanted them to die. Isn’t it just the craziest of crimes, murder? Someone decides that you shouldn’t live, and so they take your whole life away from you. It’s crazy.


Anyways, just a 2 cents worth.



(via The most violent countries in the world)

"The most violent countries in the world"

So South Africa has halved our murder rate, from 64.5% in 1995, to 31% in 2012. That’s a big win, i think.

But reading this article was a real eye-opener in a few ways.

First, when you look at the actual *number* of murders, not the percentage based on the population size, we have a lot of murdering going on. If it’s total number of murders, on the list they give there, we’re number 2 with 16,259, with DRC at #1, and followed close behind by the always dodgy Columbia and Venezuela.

So that’s something to not be happy about.

Second, i was amazed to see that Cape Town seems to have more murders-per-capita than Jozi. That may be some clever engineering of the stats to help the ANC’s electioneering - wouldn’t put it past them, but if the figures are true, then that’s quite something.

Wikipedia reckons that of our 9 provinces, Gauteng is at #6, with Eastern Cape at #1, Western Cape at #2, and Gauteng is only worse than North West, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo. That’s mind-blowing, because i would have pinned Johannesburg as the most dangerous city, and Cape Town as the safest.

But overall, i think it made me question the way these figures are done - the “per capita” idea seems like a good idea when measuring a lot of things, like income, or wifi signal, but human lives are different, i believe. I don’t think 18 people being killed in St Kitts is anywhere remotely as serious as 16,259 people being killed in South Africa, and yet, St Kitts is at #7, and we are at #8.

And if we look at total number of murders, it looks a bit different, this is how Wikipedia puts it:

India 42,923
Brazil 42,785
Mexico 27,199
Ethiopia 20,239 
Indonesia 18,963
Nigeria 18,422
South Africa 15,940
Columbia 14,746
United States 14,173


So there is a lot of anger in the world, really. It’s just a crazy thought that 42,000 indians were killed in a single year because someone wanted them to die. and 16,000 South Africans died because some person decided they wanted them to die. Isn’t it just the craziest of crimes, murder? Someone decides that you shouldn’t live, and so they take your whole life away from you. It’s crazy.


Anyways, just a 2 cents worth.

(via The most violent countries in the world)

#murder #south africa

It’s a pity that the people who will vote for EFF won’t see this - and if they see it, they won’t care anyway.

But still, it’s worth sharing because maybe someone will see the light.

#Julius Malema #EFF #South Africa

Cyril: God wrote 'vote ANC' sign

And in today’s edition of “the ANC thinks were all stupid…”

#ANC #south africa

Seen on Jacob Zuma’s Facebook Profile

Seen on Jacob Zuma’s Facebook Profile

(Source: faceobok, via stupidstupidhenchgirl)

#south Africa

Zuma's Nkandla party ends in tragedy

Animals! Unbelievable.

An excerpt:

"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.”

#Zuma #zumocracy #South Africa

Today's shame...

Me: *says something here in Australia*
Aussie: *mishears*
Me: *corrects him*
Aussie: "ah, I see! It's your THICK accent that got me there!"
I talk like a Seth Ethrican!! Jissie!!!

#south Africa #australia

Mexico is no mentor for SA press, Mr President

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.

#South Africa

"Happily paying R1.5-million per GB"

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.

via MyBroadBand

#south africa

A buried cow statue at Irene Village Mall, Pretoria, South Africa

A buried cow statue at Irene Village Mall, Pretoria, South Africa

#cow #Irene Village Mall #pretoria #south africa


Senator Wyden: the US could become an irreversible surveillance state By T.C. Sottek, theverge.com
Sen­a­tor Ron Wyden (D, OR) offered a grim out­look on civil lib­er­ties today in a speech at the Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress, warn­ing US cit­i­zens that they will “live to regret” inac­tion on sur­veil­lance reform. Wyden, one of the lead­in…


On the one hand, I think that this is something we all need to concerned about, because America sets the tone for the whole world in many instances, and if they continue unchecked into this ultra-controlling, snooping state, other nations will follow suit - and i think of South Africa, they will do it in a more ham-fisted and even more nefarious way than the US would.
On the other hand, this “surveillance state” seems inevitable, doesn’t it? They will never give up control they already have, and they will never give up access to intel they have now - they will always be able to argue that it’s in the interest of “National Security” - which, i might add, is always a red flag, whenever anyone anywhere uses that phrase, they are about to do something immoral, illegal, unethical, or just plain evil. The Apartheid government used it to commit countless murders and other horrors, America has Guantanamo Bay (and their force-feeding), and the ANC government uses it to cover up truly epic corruption and theft.
Hmm. Quite a world we are building. Are we happy with our choices?

Interesting excerpt from this article:

"By allowing the executive to secretly follow a secret interpretation of the law under the supervision of a secret, non-adversarial court and occasional secret congressional hearings, how close are we to James Madison’s ‘very definition of tyranny?’", Wyden said. "I believe we are allowing our country to drift a lot closer than we should, and if we don’t take this opportunity to change course now, we will all live to regret it."

Senator Wyden: the US could become an irreversible surveillance state
By T.C. Sottek, theverge.com

Sen­a­tor Ron Wyden (D, OR) offered a grim out­look on civil lib­er­ties today in a speech at the Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress, warn­ing US cit­i­zens that they will “live to regret” inac­tion on sur­veil­lance reform. Wyden, one of the lead­in…

On the one hand, I think that this is something we all need to concerned about, because America sets the tone for the whole world in many instances, and if they continue unchecked into this ultra-controlling, snooping state, other nations will follow suit - and i think of South Africa, they will do it in a more ham-fisted and even more nefarious way than the US would.

On the other hand, this “surveillance state” seems inevitable, doesn’t it? They will never give up control they already have, and they will never give up access to intel they have now - they will always be able to argue that it’s in the interest of “National Security” - which, i might add, is always a red flag, whenever anyone anywhere uses that phrase, they are about to do something immoral, illegal, unethical, or just plain evil. The Apartheid government used it to commit countless murders and other horrors, America has Guantanamo Bay (and their force-feeding), and the ANC government uses it to cover up truly epic corruption and theft.

Hmm. Quite a world we are building. Are we happy with our choices?

Interesting excerpt from this article:

"By allowing the executive to secretly follow a secret interpretation of the law under the supervision of a secret, non-adversarial court and occasional secret congressional hearings, how close are we to James Madison’s ‘very definition of tyranny?’", Wyden said. "I believe we are allowing our country to drift a lot closer than we should, and if we don’t take this opportunity to change course now, we will all live to regret it."

(Source: tjpytheas)

#nation states #governemnts #anc #south africa #america #home of the brave #land of the free

South Africa has won an international student supercomputing competition, beating world leaders China and the United States.
(via MyBroadband)

South Africa has won an international student supercomputing competition, beating world leaders China and the United States.

(via MyBroadband)

#South Africa #computers

Tutu 'will no longer vote for ANC'

I think that this is a major win for South Africa.

A big name with “struggle credentials” not voting ANC any more gives the average Joe at least the thought that it’s possible to think of other options. You don’t have to vote for the ANC because you voted for the ANC before.

This is really just giving people permission to think for themselves, rather than blindly voting for a party that does nothing for them or the country.

Let’s hope these encouraging signs persist.

With a bit of luck, the message of the DA’s latest “Know your DA” campaign will also imprint on people’s minds that the DA was opposed to Apartheid all along.

I think these are all hopeful signs.

#ANC #South Africa #Tutu #Desmond Tutu #Struggle 2.0

Jonathan Jansen from the University of the Free State is a legend!
Look at what he said about the useless - and corrupt - communications minister on Twitter! :-)
(via Incompetence and corruption: the twin evils of Dina Pule)

Jonathan Jansen from the University of the Free State is a legend!

Look at what he said about the useless - and corrupt - communications minister on Twitter! :-)

(via Incompetence and corruption: the twin evils of Dina Pule)

#corruption #south africa

BOOM! Another Mystery Bonus from Afrihost! 120GB Free!
This is why…

Another Gift of Extra GBs for you  Claim your Mystery Bonus now———————————————————————-Ashley,I took some flak last month.I was accused of being ‘dishonest’, ‘devious’ and ‘manipulative’ after sending out the email below.Some of our clients were understandably upset that we gave them their extra, free GBs towards the end of the month and that they couldn’t use them all up.Most were nice about their misgivings. Some were not!It was always our sincere intention to show how incredibly grateful we are, so when certain clients were upset I was honestly gutted.(Let me just say here that the vast majority of our Capped clients were very appreciative about the extra GBs)However, to really prove that our motives are pure we’ve decided to give (even MORE!) GBs away.And we’re doing it much earlier in the month so that you have ample time to use and enjoy them! So please click this link and go and claim your Mystery Bonus now(All you need to do is click the link, spin the wheel and your account will be automatically topped up with extra GBs for the rest of the month)Thanks again for trusting us with your internet and for sticking with us through thick and thin.Have a spectacular day!GianCEO, Afrihost

BOOM! Another Mystery Bonus from Afrihost! 120GB Free!

This is why…

Another Gift of Extra GBs for you  
Claim your Mystery Bonus now
———————————————————————-

Ashley,

I took some flak last month.

I was accused of being ‘dishonest’, ‘devious’ and ‘manipulative’ after sending out the email below.

Some of our clients were understandably upset that we gave them their extra, free GBs towards the end of the month and that they couldn’t use them all up.

Most were nice about their misgivings. 

Some were not!

It was always our sincere intention to show how incredibly grateful we are, so when certain clients were upset I was honestly gutted.

(Let me just say here that the vast majority of our Capped clients were very appreciative about the extra GBs)

However, to really prove that our motives are pure we’ve decided to give (even MORE!) GBs away.

And we’re doing it much earlier in the month so that you have ample time to use and enjoy them! 

So please click this link and go and claim your Mystery Bonus now

(All you need to do is click the link, spin the wheel and your account will be automatically topped up with extra GBs for the rest of the month)

Thanks again for trusting us with your internet and for sticking with us through thick and thin.

Have a spectacular day!

Gian
CEO, Afrihost

#afrihost #africa #south africa #internet

Powerful ad by one of my clients, Baie-Lingual Blink Stefanus for FNB.

(via FNB Anthem | Baie-Lingual Blink Stefanus)

#south africa #unity #fnb