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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.
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.