Jy blaai in die argief vir 2009 Oktober.

Best savings tip I have EVER heard of !!

Oktober 22, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

This should keep my money safely in the bank most of the time! Especially since I was asked in September of Grade 10 (St. 8, back then in the Dark Ages) to PLEEEAAAAAAAAAASSSEEE stop torturing the maths-teacher and rather go and do art. Or something. In fact, anything, but not Maths. Honest truth, this request. I’ll post about it sometime! (Nah, now that I think of it, if this was my pin, I would in fact by now have been a zillionaire. Would never be able to withdraw ANY money!)

Am I an idiot for stating some observations regarding Zuma?

Oktober 22, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

“Daai ou smile en dan jag (sic) hy net dinges aan. Net ‘n kompleet (sic) idioot kan hom vertrou,” skryf Boerseun in sy kommentaar op my vorige post.

Moontlik is ek dan ‘n “kompleet idioot” (sic!) om te wys op interessante waarnemings oor die afgelope vyf jaar. 

Nog ‘n interessante punt: verlede week was dit voorbladnuus dat ‘n nuwe “wapenskandaal” dreig, hierdie keer oor vegvliegtuie waar die regte tenderprosedures (of so iets) nie gevolg is nie.

Die interessante punt is dat hierdie nuwe aanklag van ongerymdhede plaasgevind het toe Zuma NIE in die regering was nie. Dus, wie gaan ons vir hierdie ene blameer, want Zuma was toe nog very much geskors.

Boerseun, I’m not saying Zuma is innocent. All I’m saying is that a story always has more than one side, and I shared a few observations I made over the last few years as a journalist.

All I’m asking is that we should start thinking a bit wider. We should all start showing more interest in matters that affect us. Like goverment and what they are doing. Don’t just dismiss them as idiots, because that is a sure way of handing SA on a silver platter to the wrong people. Lobby, criticize, complain, write letters, start petitions, toyi-toyi if you have to. But don’t just sit back and say all is lost.

So far, the only thing Zuma did that really caused raised eyebrows, was appointing Mo Shaik as head of intelligence. A stupid thing in my opinion, because it certainly looks like “baantjies for boeties”, as we say in Afrikaans. But for every other important post he appointed people that seemingly knows what they are doing. And for the rest, at least he is more open and approachable than Mbeki ever was.

He is, in my opinion, more Madiba than Thabo, a thing that we should at least be grateful for.

Repost of my thoughts after interviewing Zuma, and this morning’s Beeld

Oktober 22, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

I am reposting this. At that stage 21/4/2009, this is what I wrote. I didn’t have any major feelings about Zuma, nor about his innocence. Of course I asked him who framed him (as he has often in the past said he is being framed to protect somebody higher up). He merely said “I can’t talk about it now, but the truth will come out”.

“Lees ook in die nuwe Rooi Rose (tans op die rakke) my onderhoud met Jacob Zuma. Is hy Die Ware Jacob vir ‘n job as die volgende president van SA? Niemand sal seker met sekerheid kan se voor ons hom nie in aksie gesien het nie, maar daar is ‘n ding of twee wat ek wel ten gunste van hom moet se: hy is ‘n vriendelike mense-mens wat ons filmspan 8 uur op ‘n Saterdagoggend in sy Johannesburgse huis te woord gestaan het, en hy is toeganklik. Hy het binne ure van my eerste kontak met sy skakelpersoon ingestem tot die onderhoud (hoewel die logistiek van sy besige program die shootdatum en onderhoud effens bemoeilik het), en hy het nie een van my vrae ontduik nie. En as ek lees hoe hy met mense op grondvlak kontak maak, kan ek nie help om te sien dis in skrille kontras met die heer Mbeki nie. Zuma is nie vlekkeloos nie, en die howe sal hopelik nou ophou dreig met sy vervolging en uitsluitsel gee of daar wel gronde vir vervolging is rondom sy rol in die sg. wapenskandaal, maar die man is regtig aangenaam.

 

En ek dink ek som die meerderheid Suid-Afrikaners se gevoel op as ek se dat enige iemand waarskynlik ‘n verbetering gaan wees op ons President-in-Exile wat Suid-Afrika se naam net al hoe meer vergat in die internasionale arena. Liewe meneer Thabo, tree tog nou af, asseblief.”

 

And then, this morning, what does it say on Beeld’s front page? It kinda made me think back to what Mr Zuma said in his interview (will post that later today) and also about a 4 hour-long documentary I saw on Zuma and the arms-deal. It was aired on SABC3, and a few weeks later, Greg Kebble, who also spoke out in the doccie about people covering things up, was mysteriously found shot dead in, the details of which we are now learning more during Agliotti’s trial. Or are we really learning more?

 

Please read this, and let me know what you think.

 

Wapensweer bars weer oop

2009-10-21 23:30

Politieke redaksie

Kaapstad. – Die wapen-skandaal-sweer het gister opnuut oopgebars toe moontlik verdoemende getuienis – wat hoë politici se loopbane kan sink – aan parlementslede voorgelê is.

Lede van die staande komitee oor openbare rekeninge (Skoor) het ’n lywige voorlegging ontvang waarin geïmpliseer word oudpres. Thabo Mbeki en mnre. Trevor Manuel en Mosiuoa Lekota het verdoemende bevindings oor dié wapentransaksie toegesmeer.

Dié voorlegging van meer as 600 bladsye is vroeër vanjaar deur die Kaapse sakeman dr. Richard Young, wie se maatskappy CCII Systems die tender vir die vloot se nuwe korvette verloor het, ingedien. Volgens hom was dié dokumente nie in 2000 beskikbaar toe die gesamentlike ondersoekspan die wapentransaksie onder die loep geneem het nie.

Dié span, bestaande uit die ouditeur-generaal, die openbare beskermer en die nasionale direkteur van openbare vervolging, het in November 2001 in ’n verslag aan die parlement bevind daar was nie bewyse om te staaf die regering het “onwettig of onbehoorlik” opgetree nie.

Die dokumente wat Young voorsien het, wys egter glo hul voorlopige verslag is aansienlik gedokter.

Volgens ’n voorlopige ontleding deur die DA is dié verslag deurspek van aanpassings, uitlatings en veranderings. Handgeskrewe aantekeninge (waarvan die skrywer onbekend is) kom orals voor, terwyl die name van Mbeki, Manuel en Le-kota ook in van die kantlyne geskribbel staan.

Van die vername aanpassings sluit in:

) Die bevinding dat daar“beduidende leemtes” in die aanwysing van BAE en SAAB as voorkeurkontrakteurs vir die aankoop van vegvliegtuie is, is heeltemal weggelaat. In plaas daarvan is ’n paragraaf bygevoeg wat sê daar was geen bewyse van “ongerymdhede, bedrog of korrupsie” aan regeringskant nie;

) ’n Afdeling oor wyses waarop mnr. Joe Modise, ontslape voormalige minister van verdediging, die BAE/SAAB-tender beïnvloed het, is heeltemal weggelaat. Selfs die titel van die afdeling is verander na: “Die visioenêre benadering van die minister van verdediging”; en

* Die ouditeur-generaal se ganse bevinding oor die proses rondom die BAE/SAAB-tender word omgekeer. Pleks van ’n bevinding oor ministeriële inmenging en bevoordeling, lui dit die proses was bo verdenking en daar is “geen gronde” vir enige agterdog nie.

Dit wil ook voorkom of die opstellers van die finale weergawe onder regeringsdruk was. ’n Handgeskrewe aantekening impliseer Mbeki, Manuel (voormalige minister van finansies en nou beplanningsminister) en Lekota (voormalige minister van verdediging en nou president van Cope) het vóór die opstel van die finale weergawe aan die skrywer terugvoering gegee oor sekere kwessies in die verslag.

Volgens die DA lyk dit of Manuel opdrag gegee het die verslag moet dit duidelik stel die regering het met die gesamentlike ondersoekspan saamgewerk.

Mbeki het op sy beurt klaarblyklik versoek “die integriteit van ondersoekliggame” moet beskerm word. Dit het alles glo op ’n vergadering in Oktober 2001 gebeur.

Mnr. Mark Steele, DA-LP en lid van Skoor, het in reaksie gesê: “As dié onthullings waar is, is dit skokkend. Ons moet dit tot op die been oopvlek.”

Mnr. Themba Godi, LP van die African ­People’s Conven-tion en Skoor se voorsitter, het gisteraand gesê komiteelede sal binne die volgende drie weke besluit of die betrokkenes voor die komitee moet verskyn.

Volgens Godi kan ’n nuwe kommissie van ondersoek na die R30 miljard-wapentransaksie net volg indien Young se voorlegging inderdaad “nuwe en betekenisvolle getuienis” oplewer dat korrupsie wel plaasgevind het.

“En met ‘nuwe getuienis’ bedoel ek dit (die beweerde wysigings aan die finale verslag) moenie bloot veranderings aan die skryfstyl of grammatika wees nie.”

– Beeld

The 2002 prophecy about Zuma: here’s the actual prophecy

Oktober 22, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

The prophecy I referred to earlier. And, to answer MP3’s comment, the fact that Zuma is now president, doesn’t mean the prophecy was correct. Or does it? I’ll explain in later posts, but please read this, and bear in mind that a prophecy isn’t a coherent speech. (I have since learnt not to just sneer at things like this – there are things we don’t always understand. Of course, as always, this is just for your information. I am not trying to impress any religious views on anybody. And I’m still not happy clappy in the true sense of the word, nor am I nuts. At least not as far as I know.)

 

Prophecy – Jacob Zuma

André Louw – Saturday 8 June 2002

…So it will be in the last hour, for I am raising up the Africa’s to carry the cross for the last mile. Yes Lord…yes Lord! I’m going to change your rand, I’m going to change your economy, for the devil has tried to suppress your economy, oh southern one from Africa. But before I change your rand, I’m going to take Botswana and raise up Botswana into an economic explosion, that’s going to cause a ripple effect into Namibia and even Zimbabwe will soon see a release, says the Spirit of God. The oppressor will be removed and I will bring forth a new one. He shall have my light in him and he shall have my utterance in

him and will cause that economy to be turned around by My Power and I will heal the rand to heal the land. The southern part of Africa will have one economic system; there will be a new type of economy that will come forth in the southern hemisphere.

 

I will drive out the HIV virus, says the Spirit of God. I will drive out famine from you…and will remove swiftly those that stood as God and have stood in position to say that we are god. We will build our temple and we shall our high ways and we shall our things and God says I will bring them down, and I will raise up a new generation.

 

South Africa is about to receive a godly government. God says that within two election processes a new light will come into

this country. But once again God says there needs to be a godly intercession to call this country into repentance…arise church from every part, and stand upon My Word and drive out these forces…

 

 …There are things that have been hidden in the soil of this nation that are about to come out, diamonds and gold and even peto – petroleum oil. Some of the greatest wells of oils are going to come out of Africa, says the Lord. God says, the devil took wars to destroy, but I used the wars to keep the reserves hidden so that the nations would not suppress this continent, because I’m raising this continent up, says the Lord, to be a light.

 

I see that the Lord is saying that the economy will only change when a Godly government is in place, and it will start off with groups of men…the vice president of this nation…what is his name? Quickly, give it to me…what’s his name? Jacob? I send the Spirit of God to Jacob Zuma right now…right now…right now.

 

I hear God saying that I’m going to raise him up, sovereignly, oh God, I might get into trouble for this…but I see upon the woman, this woman being used by God to speak into his life the things and the oracle of God. And God is going to visit him in a sovereign way. The ANC are going to rise up and try and suppress him. They are going to try and stop him from coming forth, but he’s going to be hidden in camouflage, says the Lord. Yes! Yes! …

 

He’s going to be hidden in camouflage…because they will not know that he’s actually a sheep in wolves clothing. And when he comes he will bring reformation into this nation. When he rises up and we must pray that he will rise up.

But I see him coming and changing things.

 

And even now Father I pray for favour for him and I ask that you will do this for him in Jesus name. Now lets give the Lord praise offering right now…thank you Father, we release that right now. Let’s pray for that a little bit, let’s trust God for that right now…

 

He (God) will heal our land by healing the rand. He will heal our land by healing the rand…For it’s in God’s plan that we will travel to the nations. That it will not become difficult to buy air tickets… Thank You Holy Ghost…I’m just going to listen to God and speak what He’s saying…

 

You need to pray for this man (Zuma), because they are going to try and kill him soon, but you just keep praying for him, alright. When I say kill, I mean that any person that rises up and doesn’t do the thing that they want to be done, they remove; are you with me? They remove you through political inspirations and all that stuff, but we are going to trust God for something to happen for this man…

 

…Gold is going to go so high it’s going to be amazing…350…it’s going to shoot…whew…in Jesus name…I’m going to tell you what is going to happen…as soon as a godly government comes into this region, we are going to hear reports of new minerals coming out of this land, for the things have been hidden under the soil for one reason; for us, the saints of God.

 

SO, WHY AM I POSTING THIS? WAIT FOR PART 3 – LATER TODAY.

The 2002 prophecy about Zuma (Part 1)

Oktober 22, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

In 2003 I attended the editorial meeting of a prominent Afrikaans Christian magazine. Now, let me tell you, an editorial meeting at any magazine is usually a very nice, creative process. Think of it as a uber-creative thinktank, with ideas bouncing around, being discussed, torn apart and often shot down. I’ve attended tens of these with different magazines, and usually we laugh a lot between all the serious discussions.

Why does this meeting stand out? Because somebody said that she heard from a Christian woman with the gift of prophecy that Christians should pray for Zuma. Under him, she said, the country will have a chance to turn around.

Now, three very important things: at that stage in my life I was still COMPLETELY scepticall about all this happy-clappy stuff. Prophecies? Wasn’t that the thing they did in the Old Testament? Secondly, I have never paid any attention to Zuma. Hardly knew anything about the man. (Although I have a degree in political science, there was a time that I completely lost interest in anything political. During my childbearing years – horrible way of describing it, by so true! – mostly.) All I was interested in, was for my family to survive the economic goings-on. At that stage my little boy was only about two years old, and I was venturing into serious writing.

The third thing to bear in mind was that this was LONG before the armsdeal surfaced, and even longer before the rape allegations.

I listened to the Zuma-prophecy story with half an ear and less than half-a-heart. The person telling the story said that this woman said, amongst other things, that Zuma will bring about change in SA that will give us hope again. The sort of change that can heal a land and change an economy. But people, she said, will try and stop him from coming to power with all their might. They will tell serious lies about him, and we need to pray for him.

Ha, I thought, not bloody likely! Enought to do and worry about. Why should I pray for this guy?

And then I forgot the story, and carried on with life.

Fastforward to 2008: It looks like Zuma is going to become the new president in 2009. By now a much more serious journalist, I decide to try and get an interview with him. Slim chance, because he doesn’t get on too well with the media, sueing publications left, right and center. But one should at least try.

And then I got the interview…

And started searching for proof of that prophecy…

Would you employ this guy?

Oktober 21, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

Resimay

To hoom it mae cunsern,

I waunt to apply for the job what I saw in the paper.

I can Type realee quik wit one finggar and do sum a counting..

I think I am good on the phone and I no I am a pepole person,
Pepole really seam to respond
to me well. Certain men and all the ladies.

I no my spelling is not to good but fi nd that I Offen can get a job thru my persinalety.

My salerery is open so we can discus wat you want to pay me and wat you think that I am werth,

I can start emeditely. Thank you in advanse fore yore anser.

hopifuly Yore best aplicant so farr.

Sinseerly,

BRYAN

PS : Because my resimay is a bit short – below is a pickture of me.

 

 

 

 

Grappie vir die dag

Oktober 21, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

Vraag in die parlement

‘Mervrou die Speaker, die weermag se begroting is R250 miljoen, en 70
persent van ons weermagpersoneel het vigs – Sal dit nie maar beter
wees as die troepe net die vyand byt nie?!!’

The stark reality that is my life

Oktober 20, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

Unpacked some of my mother’s clothes today. We packed their house up just over a year ago, and although all the boxes meant for me arrived here in early December, I couldn’t get myself so far to unpack the personal stuff. Sometimes, especially lately, I force myself not to think about her too much. Maybe I’m scared of what will surface, and I can’t afford to fall apart right now.

Of course it doesn’t stop my subconscious mind to think of her, so lately I have had quite a few dreams about her. Shortly after her death I mostly dreamt about her telling me that I must help her pack for my dad, because he’s coming with me. Or going to my brother in Windhoek. And then, of course, I am utterly confused, but before I can debate all of this with her, I wake up.

Lately the dreams are different. I can’t recall them exactly, but now my dad is living with me (which he is) or my responsibility (which he also is) while the two of us are somewhere in a strange place with Mom. And then she doesn’t want to have anything to do with him, simply telling me that she is busy with something else. And then she dissapears.

Today, when I opened the first box and lifted out the first dress, I smelt her. A mixture of Red Door-perfume, and Mom. Something that I can’t put my finger on: clean washing, a clean house, moth balls, Lux soap… But a comforting smell. Like being home again, walking into what used to be my bedroom.

I remember the raw sadness shortly after the accident. I had to be strong for my kids, while my whole world changed in an instant. I am a very tactile person, and the fabric of what I am wearing is almost as important as what I am wearing, especially when I am sad or stressed. I slept in Mom’s pyjamatop for weeks, drawing a strange kind of comfort from that.

A part of me is glad that she died, simply because she wouldn’t have been able to witness my dad’s deteriorating health. Four hours before she died on that dusty road in Namibia, she still told my brother that it scares her how fast my dad is aging, and that she never wanted to be so old and so frail. Four hours later she didn’t have that worry anymore.

Another part of me is very, very sad. I still had so many things to tell her, even though she could make me so very, very mad. I miss her phone calls at 17h00 every Saturday more than what I would admit to anybody. I miss her homemade jam – I don’t even like jam, but ate hers. Last week I discovered a bottle of grape jam that she and my dad cooked in April last year. I opened it, and told my dad what he was eating. It made absolutely no impression on his failing mind.

My mom would have turned 75 on Friday. Maybe that’s why I am so sad lately.  Next week, on the 30th, I am being honoured by the FAK with a prestige award for my contribution to Afrikaans journalism. Mom would have been so proud. I almost turned out a failure, marrying the wrong man and never using my degree, or for that matter, my brain. So, when I started writing 11 years ago, and made it into the bigger magazines four years or so ago, she was SO proud of me. The way only a mother can be. Telling anybody else about the award simply doesn’t have the same effect. And my dad doesn’t even register what a huge honour it is.

I also decided to try and get my dad into an old-age home with frail care facilities. Despite having the nursing aides, this is getting too much for me. Having to constantly consider him before myself or my children, isn’t fun anymore. Coping with him if one of the helpers simply don’t pitch, is becoming increasingly difficult. Because of all the intimate things I have to do for him. It’s not normal to have to do that for your own dad.

It breaks me to be the one to make that decision. I hope I don’t have to go through with it, that he can just quietly slip away and go to my mom before I have to be the bitch that dumps him in an old-age home. Even though I will go and see him daily, his confused mind might not understand that.

The Parkinsons seem to be affecting his throat muscles more and more. One has to be watching him when he eats or drinks coffee, as he has almost choked a few times. He only eats half a slice of bread for supper, and if I give him more, he throws it to the dogs.

Also, having him here and my first priority, is not fair on my two beautiful kids anymore. Even though they are real troupers, always understanding that Oupa comes first, I know they need me more than what I can offer them at the moment. The three of us only have each other, as their dad is a complete egosentric asshole that always gets their hopes up, only not to come through on his promises. And apparently my mister Right is still in the factory. Or on the drawing board…

But what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, or so they say. Sometimes I just want to send an e-mail to God to say that I think I’m strong enough for now, thanks very much…

The importance of understanding conservation

Oktober 20, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

Another TrekNet beauty!

Koos doen aansoek vir ‘n nuwe werk…

Oktober 20, 2009 in Sonder kategorie

Advertensie in die Rapport se LOOPBANE:

“Ongetroude man, gewillig om te reis, alle kostes gedek.  Moet eie skêr en skeermes hê.”

Koos doen aansoek.

“Ja,” sê die klerk, “dis ‘n modelagentskap. Hulle soek iemand om die vroue modelle te skeer en hulle bikini-lyne te trim. Die betaling baie goed, maar daar is ‘n paar negatiewe aspekte. Jy sal moerse baie moet reis –  Bahamas, Tahiti, London, Parys  — en natuurlik heeldag in kaal modelle moet vaskyk.”

“Gaaf,” sê Koos, “waar gaan ek vir die onderhoud?”
“Hier in die Kaap,” sê die klerk, “en hier is jou treinkaartjie Secunda toe.”

Koos vra verward: “Secunda?? Ek dog die onderhoud is in die Kaap??”
Klerk gee hom  ‘n skewe kyk: “Ja, maar dis waar die einde van die queue is!!”