Wake up Jon Qwelane

In his column on News24, http://www.news24.com/News24/Columnists/Jon_Qwelane/0,,2-1630-1633_1965414,00.html, Jon Qwelane states that he hopes Zuma wins his lawsuits against the South African media. 

For those of you who don't know, Zuma (our ex-debuty president) is suing the media for R61 million for defamation, after they reported on his rape case.

Jon maybe you should wake up!  Do you realise that if he wins his case, it will mean the end of free press in this country, it will also free up these "despicable little men of certain newspapers", as you call them, to sue you for defamation for calling them that.

Zuma brought most of what the media said upon himself with his ridiculous statements in court.  Let's leave it at that, and let the courts decide whether he has any leg to stand on.  I seriously doubt that any judge in his right mind will award the case to Zuma, but this is South Africa after all, and anything is possible.

Today’s news

Two things grabbed my attention on News 24 today.

The one was that they have uncovered a scam in the Gauteng housing department with fraud totalling more than R133 million.  People have been awarding themselves and their partners housing subsidies, even though they earn a decent salary etc.  People that were dead according to Home Affairs, also received grants. 

Very Nice!

When is our government going to live according to their own rules?  When are we going to get independant yearly audits on these departments?  When are we going to get controls in place to stop this type of fraud?

The second thing that grabbed my attention, was that all 21 municipalities in Mpumalanga decided to have inauguration parties for their new mayor ellects, costing more than R100,000 each.  Some up to R300,000.  In my book, that's enough to get him fired again.  How many people can you provide for with that 2.1 million rand?  Then there's one of them, that's budgeted R800,000 for a car!  Buddy, you're in charge of a small town, not a big city!  Same rules count here than in the corporate world, if you run a small company, you drive an affordable car, if you run a multi-million rand corporation, you've obviously proved yourself, and you get the expensive car.  Maybe you should manage your town out of the debt they're in, and will then get the promotion to mayor of a big city, where you get the expensive car.

Even though each municipality is independantly managed, I think it's time that government put certain restrictions and controls in place, same as you would get in the corporate world.  The manager of a branch office does not get the same perks as the area/national manager.  Not even close!  My opinion is, that if the country was run more like a company, with the correct strcutures and controls in place, we would have a much better country to live in.

Security guard strike

Don't you find it ironic that while the security guard strike has been going on for the past two months, the reports in the news about Cash in Transit robberies have declined measurably.  Surely this is proof that most of these robberies occur because of inside information.

I think it is time that the security industry starts cleaning up their act.  Start bringing in measures that makes it almost impossible for any person, except the driver, to know where a certain truck is going to be at a certain time.  Randomise schedules etc.  If this is the case, no one can be threatened to supply the information to the syndicates either, because they don't know, and they can't find out.

Traffic cops

I had an awesome training ride this morning, except for a close call with a car out in Krugersdorp.  I turned right into a double lane road, and the car came through the slipway turning left into the same road.  She didn't bother to look at her blindspot, and just started to cross into the lane, OVER THE SOLID WHITE LINE!  Luckily I saw she was going to do this, before she even started, and braked.  What really ticks me off is that a traffic cop turned behind me, saw this happening, and did…NOTHING!  Typical of most South African traffic cops, they only do something if it requires minimum effort, and makes maximum profit, ala speeding fines and talking on mobile phones.  I haven't seen a cop pull over anyone for any other offence in a long time.  When will they finally wake up, and do what we pay them to do?

Transformation

In his column on News 24 Gary Boshoff asks who is responsible for transformation in rugby.  I think in all sports, the responsibility for transformation lies at the lowest levels, in this case club, school, and varsity.  They should be the ones responsible for it, and this is also where governments should be spending the money.  And I think you should even be able to force the unions to contribute to this effort.  At the provincial and national level, the selectors and coaches should be able to select the best team for the upcoming contest, regardless of the color of the player.  I think that if transformation is handled correctly at the lower levels, the upper levels will sort themselves out, with quality players of all colors coming through the ranks.
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