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Postal “Workers” striking again…

Amazing, the post office surely strikes more than they work?

fin24 reported that “Five major strikes in the last five years have cost the post office as estimated R100m in lost revenue.”

(http://www.fin24.com/Tech/News/Strike-hit-Sapo-R90m-more-in-the-red-20140930)

When i look at EWN under the tag “Post Office Workers Strike” i see the following - strikes 4 days ago, 8 months ago, 1 year ago, and 2 years ago, and that’s just on page 1!

Pathetic!!

http://ewn.co.za/Topic/Post-Office-workers-strike

#post office #strikes #south africa #banana republic #protests

327 SA schools say no thanks to mathematics

"Well, we were all going to fail anyway, so…."

#guavament #south africa

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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.”

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Sasfin Securities’ analyst David Shapiro.


Quite an indictment on the newly appointed government.


via: “ANC government driven by mad things”

#south africa

"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."

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– 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”.

via http://mg.co.za/article/2014-05-26-propaganda-ministry-is-a-go-without-mac

#Propaganda Minister #south africa #banana republic

ANC mulls Information Ministry

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…

#ANC #South Africa #banana republic

"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