Still breathing… barely

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Hi dear friends… So I have been quiet for a while… a few months to be precise…

I always wanted my blog to be a place with a positive vibe, good news and so. So I developed a huge writer’s block.

It was a hard year for me with my eldest son working in the USA. But he has safely returned last week. The US of A has been good to him, and he really enjoyed it a lot. He thinks the people of Gregory, South Dakota are some of the friendliest people around. He was based in Hendricks, Minnesota. The Combined Harvestingvteam travelled through to Texas, Colorado, Montana, both Dakotas and over to Saskatchwan in Canada. He has seen a lot that his father would also love to see one day.  He returned to South Africa, and promptly left for Mozambique again last Friday- week ago, with his girlfriend and her family. His sister also worked until now, and her firm closed for the Christmas holidays.

The rest of the family is at Scottburg just south of Durban. We are having a good time in the Indian Ocean, swimming and suntanning. I also am planning to make a bucket list item a reality, to go shark cage diving if weather permits on Saturday. My eldest 2 children will probably join us in 2 days’ time to celebrate Christmas together.

Why I was so silent on my blog: the situation in South Africa is really getting me down. We have a very expensive clown for a president, and he and his cronies are really ruining our beautiful country. Even the New York Times says so…

In South Africa, if you are white and think the ANC is ruining the country, you must be a racist and longing for the old apartheid days. And that is really getting me down. No, I do not long for old days of racial discrimination. But I am fed up with the corruption and the way our President treats the country as his personal piggy bank. I do not long back to good old days, I look forward to a day in the future where everybody will really be treated as equals, and that I will never have to fill my race in on a form again. South Africa is in real deep… trouble. And while I still have the freedom to say that, I will.

So we are going to enjoy this seaside holiday, I think 2016 is going to be a very difficult year in our country…  we need a good rest before the next struggle starts.

So for all readers who celebrate Christmas, may it be a good time of peace. And for all the rest, may you also experience peace in these troubled times!

The times, they are…

Warning: Don’t read- a lot of negative drivel…  Just move on to something nice… 

This is really a silly season in our part of South Africa. It is November, and still it has not rained. It is extremely hot, and extremely dry… every now and then we hear some thunder at night. But that,  like our dearly beloved president of South Africa,  is just a lot of noise with no performance…

At the moment it is quite hectic times. Especially with my kids. The academic year in our country is rapidly coming to an end.

My daughter is finishing her three year degree as a Graphic Designer this month. Now it is just the final projects that has to be finished, and it is a heap of work to end with. Then- the study loan is laying in wait like a cheetah stalking an impala. She needs to get employment, and there are no firm offers yet. Ideas range from doing a TEFL course and go teach English as a Foreign Language in somewhere like South Korea. Or doing some art and hold an art exhibition.

My eldest son is finishing his school days in matric. He is between the two dreaded final maths exams, one paper yesterday, and the other on Monday. I still wake up sweating in the middle of the night after having nightmares about writing my matric year end papers in maths…  My son is writing the examns, then going on a short vacation with friends, and then he is starting at a farm as a laborer, to get ready to possibly go and work on a year contract in the USA… my own dream is to visit the USA on a motorbike, and now it seems as if my son will beat me to going there…

We are having difficult times in South Africa. I had to bury another murder victim on Wednesday. This man in our church was sick at home, when he was overpowered by three thugs. They first tried to strangle him, and then put a plastic bag over his head, tying it off with duct tape. They got away with his purse and his dilapidated old pick up truck. The criminal element in our country is way out of hand, and it starts at the very top…  Our President is holding secret talks with Putin to buy 8 atomic power plants from Russkom, the people who built Chernobyl… It will ruin our country’s economy, but the wise man is chasing his dream… It also came to light that we have our very own spy satellite, also built by the Russians…   Why on earth do we need that? Our new economy minister meanwhile says the state’s coffers are empty, he will have to tax us more… meanwhile the ruling party parties on…  The poor gets poorer, and more and more violent crime is rising.

It is scenes like this in our country that really breaks my heart at the moment. A lady gets hijacked inside a security complex, and they not only have to take her car by gunpoint, they first have to beat her senseless…

Our national captain of our Soccer (Football) team was also murdered in this week…  No one is safe anymore…

With all these news you will understand that I don’t blog a lot at the moment. I don’t like to sound negative, it is really my dream to be positive, and make a difference, even here in South Africa. But I lost my way a bit, and am struggling to find some sense at the moment.  This too shall pass…  I hope…

A Retro look: South Africa in 2013…

Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist

by michelle w. on July 24, 2013

It’s the year 2113. A major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was in 2013. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us RETROSPCTIVE.

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Sensitive issues mentioned- please be aware if you have had traumatic experiences, rather not read this… 

Welcome to the brand new Cape Town Cultural and Historical Museum, located just behind the Two Oceans Aquarium on the William and Katherine Waterfront (previously known as the Victoria and Albert Waterfront). The Grand Opening will take place on 16 December 2113, by Prince Charles William Wallace George Bush  the 3rd, Crown Prince of the United States of Britain…

We are pleased to give a sneak preview of our star exhibition, showing a day in the life of South Africans on 24 July of the year 2013, and what happened next

You will remember that it was the last year of Jacob Zuma‘s reign, just before the Arab Spring finally moved southwards, and people got fed up with corruption and nepotism.  A photo of the dude, (not edited in any way…) and one of his 5 First Ladies, we are not sure if this was # 1,2,3,4 or 5

It was the year that all the weapons the ANC bought when they came into power, finally ground to a standstill:Image

It was also the year that the last Black Rhino was poached. Superstition in some far eastern countries believed that a man could get an erection by sniffing powdered rhino horn. Because they could not raise to the occasion themselves, these magnificent animals were shot and killed to extinction… For our children, this is what a Black Rhino looked like so long ago…

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Original photo from http://www.gambassa.com

In those days South Africa was also the rape capital of the world- it was a common occurrence that an 80 year old grandmother got raped by her own grandson and friends…

But the final straw in the old new South Africa was when the former president of the former ANC said that it is the Middle Class’ responsibility to save Africa.

That was after he built himself a huge palace on tax payers money and called it Nkandla…  He told the Parliament that the Zuma family paid for it themselves

The people of South Africa got fed up on the high taxes being wasted on nice parties and Johnny Walker Blue Label for the old Fat Cat Comrades…  When ministers flew overseas with their whole families on shopping sprees on Air Force jets…

The match was lit on the fuse when the ANC pushed through the etoll system. People already paid huge taxes on buying cars. They paid a huge tax levy on every litre of fuel. And then, they had to start paying a huge amount a month to ride to work. Safe public transport was nowhere available. And every day news of new scandals rocked the exhausted working man. Like the overruns on the Medupi power station. The total state of incompetency of the government was sucking the land dry. And the people finally have had enough….

The revolution started, and black and white South Africans finally stood together, got rid of the corrupt bunch, and started building a true New South Africa, where every citizen was treasured, where every life was valuable,  and where all politicians were banned to Robben Island…  (I wish!)  People who aspired to be politicians was held accountable for every promise they made, and went to jail if they lied.  Their salary was capped on the same level as the average school teacher’s in a rural area school, because their job was no more important than that of a teacher. When they finally qualified for a car allowance, it was capped to the entry level Toyota that the normal citizen could afford, they were not supposed to break the speed limit anyway. Politicians are supposed to be public servants, not royalty! All blue light brigades were banned, including that of the new president, Madam Lindiwe Mazibuko..

Because the new government tackled the high crime rate, and made the country safe again, the tourism market finally rediscovered the star destination of the world.

All was not bad in South Africa in 2013 though…  There was still Charlize Theron:

The Top Selling bike was still the BMW R 1200 GS

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And the people still ate and drank and made love, and babies were born…

While there is love, there is hope…

Maybe, after this, The RIder disappeared mysteriously, never to be seen again…

Dictators never liked alternative future scenarios.

PS. Why so fed up today? All of the bad news is just what is in today’s newspapers in one form or another…  South Africa deserved much better than the Apartheid Old South Africa, and South Africa deserves much better than the New South Africa too. If we could get rid of crime, including the corrupt politicians, this country could be a very nice home for ALL it’s citizens…