‘Dis nou anders’


Beeld het besoek afgelê by pensioentrekkers en ander inwoners van die woonbuurte Vrededorp (onder inwoners bekend as Fietas) en Jan Hofmeyr (Jan Bom) in Johannesburg.Die meeste is werkloos of ontvang ’n karige staatspensioen. Nelius Rademan het die foto’s geneem.

‘Op die oomblik is daar nie ’n toekoms nie.

Maar ek sê dankie in die oggend en ek sê dankie in die aand.”

Dít was die woorde van Alet Parsons (61) van Jan Hofmeyr drie dae nadat sy in haar huurkamer in munisipale behuising ingetrek het.

Die pensioentrekkers wat hier woon, sê die plek het die laaste paar jaar verander. Daar is oral misdaad en dwelms.

Die meeste van die huise is verwaarloos, met lae baksteenmure of doringdraad wat die erwe omhein. By elke huis waar Beeld aangeklop het, was daar minstens een hond.

Ella Rudolph (51) woon al langer as 40 jaar in Vrededorp.

“Dit was baie nice toe ek grootgeword het. Ons kan nie meer in die straat loop nie. Ek kan nie ná ses winkel toe gaan nie, want hulle wag vir jou op die hoek.
“Hulle het al drie fone van my geneem.”

Vol asblikke staan in Gousblomstraat en die reuk van verrotting hang swaar in die lug.

Hierdie vullis moes al die vorige dag verwyder gewees het, sê Nico Hattingh, wat by die Jan Hofmeyr-gemeenskapsprojek betrokke is.

Dit gebeur dikwels dat dit nie verwyder word nie, voeg Rudolph by.

“Jy moet die asblik net so vuil inbring, anders steel hulle hom. Dit was altyd baie skoon hier.”

Sylvia Patrick (50) woon die afgelope 23 jaar in Fietas.

“Dit was altyd stil hier. Jy kon laataand in die strate loop en jou deure ooplos. Nou is hier meer dwelms en sjebiens.

“Ons leef nou ’n lewe van vrees.”

Osman Cassiem van die DA is die nuutverkose raadslid vir wyk 58, waaronder Vrededorp, Pageview, Fordsburg en Mayfair onder meer val.

Hy beoog om misdaad te probeer bekamp deur saam met die polisie te werk om patrollies meer sigbaar te maak.

Hy is bewus van die probleme met die vullisverwydering, sê hy.

“Ek probeer op hul rug sit om my wyk skoon te hou. Dié wyk is die afgelope 18 jaar afgeskeep.

“Die mense verdien beter dienslewering as wat hulle tans kry.”

Bron‘Dis nou anders’

Afrikanerhart: Bok van Blerk


A compilation of Anglo-Boer War shots for this beautiful song by Bok van Blerk. A song that gives me goose bumps and makes me feel like I want to solute to it.


ENGLISH

In fire and blood do I find myself now
As every boer and child and wife
A superior power now rules our land
Stand armed to the teeth
Its shadow falls like a dark cloud
Over the future of our people
And if we don’t fight we will perish
At Magersfontein, at Magersfontein, at Magersfontein
Do we draw the line

Come dutch farmer warriors, be heroes now
The day of reckoning is here
The enemy is running over our fields
Stand your ground against canon fire
The English soldiers (kakies) want to defeat our people
Promise pain and sorrow
But if you shoot, shoot me through
But if you shoot, shoot me through
But if you shoot, shoot me through my Afrikaner heart

If you ask me, I will tell you
How the roots of my heart lie
If you ask me, I will show you
It’s my soil here in my fist
Even if hell breaks loose behind us
And even if heaven falls down
Keep the line and stand your man
It is here where we can stop them
Stand firm Zuid Africa
Stand firm Zuid Africa


AFRIKAANS

In vuur en bloed vind ek my nou
Soos elke boer en kind en vrou
‘n Oormag kwyl nou oor ons land
Staan gewapen tot die tand
Sy skadu val ‘n donker wolk
Oor die toekoms van ons volk
En veg ons nie sal ons verdwyn
By Magersfontein, by Magersfontein, by Magersfontein
Trek ons die lyn

Kom boerekrygers wees nou helde
Die dag van rekenskap is hier
Die Vyand jaag nou oor ons velde
Staan jou man teen kanon se vuur

Die kakies wil ons volk verower
Belowe pyn en smart
Maar as jy skiet, skiet my deur
As jy skiet, skiet my deur
As jy skiet, skiet my deur
My Afrikanerhart

As jy my vra sal ek jou sê
Hoë diep my hart se wortels lê
As jy my vra sal ek jou wys
Dis my grond hier in my vuis

Kom boerekrygers wees nou helde
Die dag van rekenskap is hier
Die Vyand jaag nou oor ons velde
Staan jou man teen kanon se vuur

Die kakies wil ons volk verower
Belowe pyn en smart
Maar as jy skiet, skiet my deur
As jy skiet, skiet my deur
As jy skiet, skiet my deur
My Afrikanerhart

Al breek die hel hier agter ons los
En al stort die hemel neer
Hou jou lyn en staan jou man
Dis hier waar ons hul kan keer
Staan vas Staan vas Suid-Afrika
Staan vas Staan vas Suid-Afrika

Kom boerekrygers wees nou helde
Die dag van rekenskap is hier
Die Vyand jaag nou oor ons velde
Staan jou man teen kanon se vuur

Die kakies wil ons volk verower
Belowe pyn en smart
Maar as jy skiet, skiet my deur
As jy skiet, skiet my deur
As jy skiet, skiet my deur
My Afrikanerhart

Ja as jy skiet, skiet my deur
As jy skiet, skiet my deur
My Afrikanerhart


SourceAfrikanerhart – Bok van Blerk

An overview of 2012 Zapiro cartoons


A list of Zapiro’s top 10 most viewed cartoons in 2012.

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SourceZapiro’s top 10 cartoons of 2012

Fears of an SA massacre


With streamlined firearm legislation making deadly weapons more accessible to the public, thousands of illegal weapons still unaccounted for in South Africa, violence monitors and anti-gun lobbyists warn that mass killings like those at Sandy Hook and Columbine are a real threat.

A string of mass shootings across the globe has pushed the debate on gun control into high gear, an issue made more topical in the South African context because of the country’s violent past.

In the 2011 to 2012 year, the police received a total of 125 388 new firearm applications, but with an existing float of illegal guns in the country, it is impossible to pinpoint how many firearms are in the hands of South Africans.

KwaZulu-Natal violence monitor Mary de Haas said illegal weapons, including those stolen from the police and from the army, effectively nullified the tightening of gun control legislation.

“The figure for guns stolen from the police is scary. A few years ago, 43 guns were stolen from the Maphumulo police station in what was clearly an inside job, because they were selected from those in the store room and were linked to taxi violence cases; when I last heard from the police about them none had been recovered,” she said.

“To make matters worse, there are still about 64 tons of the Vlakplaas weapons delivered to the province in early 1994 which are unaccounted for. The equivalent of about two truckloads was found and destroyed 10 years ago, but goodness knows where the other four truckloads are.

“These weapons include rocket launchers, anti-tank mines and grenades, more than enough to start a civil war,” De Haas said.

She said that fly-by-night security companies that acquired weapons and then went out of business also contributed to the mounting quandary of illegal and untraceable guns.

“Generally, the violence here takes a different form from that of Sandy Hook or Columbine, but, having said that, in any country there is a risk that some crank with access to guns can go on a similar shooting spree,” she warned.

Competency

Amid speculation from some gun licence holders that licences became available within 18 days of their applications being submitted, police have said that they aim to process all licence applications within 90 days.

“All applications are considered on merit and a detailed motivation document must be provided.

“In the case of an application being finalised in under three weeks, it simply means that the applicant had already obtained a competency certificate and that all forms were completed fully and correctly,” police spokesman Brigadier Lidela Mashigo said.

“The fact is that the Firearms Act promotes responsible firearm ownership and as such, all members of society are entitled to apply to possess one should they see fit,” he added.

Wouter de Waal of Gun Owners South Africa said there were no dangers in an armed society.

“History shows that armed societies are far safer.

“Disarmament in countries like the UK has not made it safer at all.

“If you look at similar countries, you will find that the firearm ownership rate and the murder rate are inversely proportional,” he said.

“The fact is that no gun law has ever reduced crime or the supply of weapons to criminals. It is impossible to legislate guns out of the hands of criminals.

“Consequently, the claim that gun laws are aimed at crime control is false. Gun control has a negative effect on public safety, in South Africa and everywhere else,” De Waal added.

Claire Taylor, spokeswoman for Gun Free South Africa, countered this, saying that gun control legislation had saved thousands of lives.

“Twenty-nine percent of non-natural deaths were due to firearms in 2002, and this had dropped to 10.8 percent by 2008, while deaths from stabbings and transport accidents remained stable. Reducing access to guns is one of the few interventions shown to be effective in immediately reducing violence, while other interventions take much longer to have an impact,” she said.

“If you look at what happened at Sandy Hook, one person killed so many in under 20 minutes.

“If there are guns in society there is always the risk of that happening.

“If you contrast the shooting at Sandy Hook against the school knife attack in China, in the latter no one was killed.

“Guns are designed to take life,” she added.

In the latest massacre, 28 people were killed, including 22 children, when Adam Lanza, 20, went on a shooting rampage with a hunting rifle and two handguns at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

This incident came a year after the killing of 69 people on the Swedish resort island of Utoya, with extremist Anders Breivik wielding a number of weapons on his infamous killing mission.

by Jeff Wicks – December 30, 2012

jeff.wicks[at]inl.co.za

Sunday Tribune

Source – Fears of an SA massacre

Mediese fondse gaan sneuwel in 2013


Mediese fondse sal in 2013 stygende koste en groter mededinging die hoof moet bied, sê Neels Barendrecht, voorsitter van Agility Global Health Solutions.

“Dié wat gaan oorleef, sal innoverende maniere moet uitdink om hul lede nog beter te bedien,” sê hy.

Van die tendense wat hy in 2013 verwag, sluit in:

Toenemende koste en meer verantwoordelikhede vir lede

Volgens hom gaan mediese koste in die komende jaar weer verhoog word deur gevorderde tegnologie soos biologiese medisyne, die erger wordende siektelas, tekort aan vaardighede, ’n tekort aan mededinging onder private hospitale en spesialiste, asook die dekking van voorgeskrewe minimum voordele (VMV’s).

In reaksie op hoër koste gaan Suid-Afrikaanse mediese fondse waarskynlik die internasionale tendens volg waar groot koste soos hospitalisasie gedek word, maar nie die dag-tot-dag-uitgawes soos fisioterapie en sielkundige behandeling nie.

“Hoewel dit sin maak vanuit ’n koste-perspektief, kan dit negatief vir die stelsel wees omdat dié behandeling dikwels voorkomende voordele het,” sê hy.

“ ’n Lid wat gereeld vir fisioterapie gaan, kan dit byvoorbeeld voorkom om later ’n duur knie-operasie te moet ondergaan.”

Die meeste fondse het reeds spaarrekeninge wat baie van die verantwoordelikheid van daaglikse sorg op die lid afskuif. Lede wil dan nie die voordele gebruik nie of die voordele is nie genoeg nie en dit lei tot ’n sieker bevolking.

“Dit is die mediesefondsbedryf se regulatoriese model wat fokus op genesende sorg (pleks van voorkomende sorg) wat daartoe bydra dat gesondheidsorgkoste styg,” sê hy.

Al hoe meer samesmeltings in die mediesefondsbedryf

Barendrecht sê daar gaan einde 2013 waarskynlik nog minder mediese fondse wees waaruit mense kan kies omdat die kostedruk en skaalekonomieë wat bereik moet word al hoe meer samesmeltings tot gevolg het. “Dit kan beter wees om minder mediese fondse te hê met beter versekeringspoele wat in ’n sterker posisie is om namens lede met gesondheidsorgverskaffers oor pryse te onderhandel, maar dit is steeds belangrik dat lede kan kies tussen fondse en produkte wat by hul behoeftes pas.”

Volgens hom is daar “te veel groter, maar nie noodwendig beter, gevallestudies” in die bedryf. Hy meen verskillende nismarkte moet op grond van hul spesifieke behoeftes bedien kan word.

Beleidsrigting van die regering gesoek

Fondse sal meer besonderhede soek van die regering se plan met nasionale gesondheidsversekering (NGV). Die volgende regeringsdokument oor die NGV word in April verwag. Barendrecht hoop dit gaan meer duidelikheid verskaf sodat die private gesondheidsbedryf beter kan beplan.

VMV’s gaan opnuut in oënskou geneem word omdat dit ’n groot aandrywer van koste in die bedryf geword het. Mediese fondse word verplig om die behandeling van 270 mediese toestande in hospitale en 26 chroniese toestande (wat omskryf word in die chroniese-siektelys) asook noodgevalle te dek.

Barendrecht sê VMV’s beteken die goedkoopste opsie wat mediese fondse sal kan aanbied, sal tussen R400 en R570 per maand kos. “Dit maak private gesondheidsorg vir die meeste Suid-Afrikaners onbekostigbaar.”

Hy sê fondse kan hul koste verminder as daar vaste tariewe vir VMV-behandeling was, eerder as wat mediese fondse moet betaal teen watter prys die verskaffer ook al vra. “Dit sal help as daar ’n meer beperkte lys van VMV-behandelings is of as VMV’s onderhewig is aan meer beperkte voordele.”

Tegnologie gaan ’n mededingingsvoordeel bied

Namate fondse die stryd voer teen koste en om lede te lok, gaan dié wat in die jongste tegnologie belê het die vrugte pluk.

“In ’n bedryf waar fondse nie lede op grond van hul versekeringsprofiel mag belas nie, is een van die enigste maniere om koste af te bestuur sonder om voordele erg te verminder, streng protokols vir behandeling en om die risiko met die hulp van tegnologie te bestuur,” verduidelik hy. Protokols vir behandeling verseker laer koste, beter behandeling vir pasiënte asook beter gesondheidsresultate wat vir kort- en langtermynbesparings vir ’n skema sorg.

Vaardigheidstekorte

’n Tekort aan vaardighede in die gesondheidsberoepe, van verpleërs tot dokters en spesialiste, gaan in 2013 ’n voortgesette impak op die gehalte en koste van gesondheid­sorgverskaffing in die private en die openbare sektor hê. Mediese fondse sal steeds die moeilike balans moet handhaaf om die verskaffers van mediese dienste billik te vergoed en steeds hul lede se geldsake te beskerm.

“Om in bedryf te bly, moet fondse toenemend die rol van ’n hekwagter speel om dit goedkoper te maak vir lede om hul huisdokter en ander primêregesondheidverskaffers te besoek en toegang tot spesialiste te beheer,” sê Barendrecht.

Hy meen daar sal ’n kopskuif onder mediesefondslede plaasvind as hulle sien dat hul gesondheidsdekking meer bekostigbaar kan wees as hulle kies om net toegang tot sekere dokters of hospitaalnetwerke te kry. “In 2013 gaan ons waarskynlik toenemende innovasie sien met fondse wat maniere ondersoek om koste vir hul lede te verminder.”

Bron – Mediese fondse gaan sneuwel in 2013

2012 in review for South Africa News


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for South Africa News.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 36,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Owning dog not part of African culture: Jacob Zuma


South African president Jacob Zuma got into a spot of bother on Thursday when he suggested that owning a dog was not African and belonged to white culture.

Local media reported that Zuma had remarked that buying a dog, taking it for walks and paying for veterinary care belonged to “white” culture.

Not able to let sleeping dogs lie, Zuma went on to say that pet ownership was part of a worrying trend of black Africans trying to be white.

That prompted howls of protest from South African pet owners of all hues and mottles.

Criticism of Zuma littered social networking sites like Twitter, where one user tweeted: “Zuma says owning dogs is un-African. Unlike those old African traditions of owning German cars, Italian suits, and Irish whiskey.

The presidency later tried to fend off some of the criticism, insisting Zuma had been trying to “decolonise the African mind“.

The message merely emphasised the need not to elevate our love for our animals above our love for other human beings,” said spokesman Mac Maharaj.

“He made the well-known example of people who sit with their dogs in front in a van or truck with a worker at the back in pouring rain or extremely cold weather.

“Others do not hesitate to rush their dogs to veterinary surgeons for medical care when they are sick while they ignore workers or relatives who are also sick in the same households.”

Source – Zuma in doghouse after pet comments

‘Why is Miss South Africa white?’


Johannesburg – A white girl representing South Africa was the most jarring thing for some beauty pageant watchers to witness this week.

'Why is Miss South Africa white?'

Former Miss SA – Melinda Bam

When the blue-eyed former Miss SA Melinda Bam took to the Miss Universe stage at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, she triggered a social media buzz.

Her appearance sparked an avalanche of tweets, mostly from American viewers during the pageant, which was streamed live online at 03:00 local time.

@AlondraTeresa remarked: “When I saw Miss South Africa, I thought: ‘If she’s from Africa why is she white?’ #meangirlsreference.”

@omgitzvanessa wrote: “(When) Miss South Africa came on my mom was like: ‘Why is she white?'”

@Maaaaryx3 also wondered: “I cant believe Miss South Africa is a white girl.”

‘Donald Trump hates Obama’

@xocinthia tweeted: “My dad asked why Miss South Africa is white if she’s from Africa?”

@Rachel_Keaunani commented: “Miss Universe! South Africa’s interview question should’ve been: ‘So if u’re from Africa why are u white?”

Screamed @ThatMexipino: “Why isn’t Miss South Africa black!?”

The disbelief sparked a conspiracy theory of its own when @theROBbulanSHOW tweeted in protest: “Donald Trump hates Obama so much that he chose a white chick to represent South Africa in the recently held Miss Universe Pageant. #NoToRacism.”

@obaa_boni offered: “Miss South Africa being white isn’t surprising. Racism is rampant. Just pick an SA mag and it’s white women galore, even though SA is mostly black.”

Those who had a clue about South Africa were stunned by this uproar as @trashypope tweeted: “I can’t believe people are actually wondering why Miss South Africa is white.”

@MissY0uWish joined the debate and offered her knowledge (or lack thereof) of the country on the southernmost tip of the African continent: “Yes, Miss South Africa is white?.?.?.?blonde hair, blue eyes. Random fact: 90% of South Africans are white. Y’all are dumb.”

Sordid past in beauty pageants

To make sense of the confusion, @linnyitssn stepped into the fray: “For those who think our (American) education system works, people are tweeting how miss South Africa can be white. Read a book for the love of God.”

South Africa has a sordid past in beauty pageants. During apartheid, it used to send two representatives, one black and the other white to Miss World.

It sent only non-blacks to Miss Universe until South Africa was expelled.

In the recent past, white girls who represented the country at Miss Universe included Vanessa Carreira, who was placed third runner-up; Cindy Nell, who was the second runner-up; and Nicole Flint, who finished in the top 10.

The last South African to win Miss Universe was Margaret Gardiner in 1978.

* Miss Universe 2012 was won by Miss USA, Olivia Culpo. The first runner-up was Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon; second runner-up was Miss Venezuela, Irene Quintero.

Bam only managed to get a spot on the top 10.

She was a crowd favourite and went into the finale at the top of the leaderboard of the influential globalbeauties.com website.

Source‘Why is Miss South Africa white?’

Cape Town’s top 10 accolades for 2012


Cape Town is consistently nominated for and awarded accolades for its amazing attractions, including what nature has to offer, its culinary delights and its luxurious accommodation.

Cape Town’s top 10 accolades for 2012

The fairest Cape, with Table Mountain towering over her, is an iconic city that continues to garner awards. Photo courtesy Joseph A Ferris III

This year was no different, and the city walked away with a clutch of awards, including the iconic Table Mountain being inaugurated as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Table Mountain, with its magnificent views of Cape Town, is a nature-lover’s dream, with an abundance of flora and fauna and hiking trails. It is one of the must-dos when you visit Cape Town.

  • Cape Town was voted the Number Two City in the World in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2012.
  • It has the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in South Africa, with all of the city’s eight submissions having received the coveted international accolade.
  • Boulders Beach was voted one of the world’s 10 most unique beaches by TripAdvisor. The beautiful beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and is home to a colony of African penguins.
  • Muizenberg is one of the 20 best surfing towns in the world, as voted by National Geographic. This laid-back seaside village lies on the False Bay coastline. There are a number of surf schools, and each day scores of avid surfers take to the waves.
  • Sahara Park Newlands was rated the second-best cricket ground in the world by an expert 40-member panel for The Cricketer magazine. The stadium is home to the Western Province Cricket Club and the Cape Cobras, has seating for 28 000 people, and hosted the opening match of the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Table Mountain forms a magnificent backdrop.
  • Cape Town is home to a number of fabulous clubs and bars, including Tjing Tjing, which made the list of The 10 Hottest New Bars Around the World, by Condé Nast Traveler.
  • Villa Zest is the trendiest hotel in the world, according to TripAdvisor’s Best Hotels 2012. Situated in Green Point, this luxurious boutique hotel has stunning rooftop views, and its decor is a modern take on the 1970s.
  • The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is where floristic magic happens. This year the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s Kirstenbosch-SA entry won another gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, in London, UK, for the exhibition, Gateways – a botanical journey.
  • Clifton’s 3rd beach was voted among the top 10 gay beaches in the world by GayCities.com. Huge granite boulders divide Clifton into four distinct beaches, each with its own personality and crowd

SourceCape Town’s top 10 accolades for 2012

Song about South Africa


A song that illustrates the ambiguous feelings that South Africans have for their beloved country.

It uses images of township violence during the late 80’s and early 90’s when ANC activists tried to make the country ungovernable by destroying schools, houses and community centres. Of the 20,000 people that died in political violence during the 40 years of the Apartheid-era, 15,000 died in the last 4 years, as a result of black-on-black violence, after the ANC was upgraded from a banned terrorist organization to a political party in 1990.

During the same period, about 400 people died as a result of security police action. Police action was purely aimed at maintaining law and order, not to oppress black people in their townships, as has been propagated widely in the media.

Today the death toll from crime is 20,000 murders per year, and this is what causes ordinary, law-abiding South Africans to fear their country.

The song uses images of violence and the natural beauty of South Africa to contrast the feelings of love and fear that we have for our country.

Source – Song about South Africa

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