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About paul

Live in South Africa. Enjoy the outdoors. Camping with the family is a great past-time. Have traveled quite a bit within SA. Enjoy southern Mozambique, northern KZN, Western Cape, Dubai, Rwanda. Interested in wildlife and landscape photography. Have bought myself another caravan and now I go camping with my grandchildren and teach them how to try their hand at fishing. Have started my own photography company so I can now apply my passion to my work. http://www.birdlife.org.za/support-us

Impeach the President?


There is so much going on currently in South Africa that we seem to overlook the possible impeachment of President Zuma on corruption charges.

Way back when, there was Shaik Shabir who got a jail sentence for his part in some very dubious transactions which included our president. Yet nothing was done to follow up on any of Zuma’s wrongdoings. Now we have the much anticipated “Spy Tapes” which after all this time hopefully remained relatively intact. Using the information may just be the catalyst to topple Zuma from his throne.

Rumours abound that the ANC would also like to get of Zuma but they are still trying to work out just how this should be done. Will they be able to get him immunity from previous transgressions, will they be able to keep him from spilling the beans on the rest of them?

Or in keeping with African tradition could we see the people rising up and forcibly removing him from office? A few years ago I would have said that there would be no way that the general member of the ANC would have muttered any discontent with the ruling hierarchy of the ANC.

Now I am finding that since Nelson Mandela passed away there seems to be an undercurrent in the masses starting to voice their opposition to the total lack of delivery that has dogged them since 1994. The glue that held the ANC together then, has now started to crack away. The breakaway of my good friend  Julius Malema has shown just how vulnerable the ANC is to former support being lured away. The EFF has some radical ideas which even they know are not really workable yet their numbers are growing with voters moving from the ANC to the EFF.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that once President Zuma is no more, and in some miraculous happening, we end up with someone who is able to start with the cleaning out of all the dead wood that makes up our government and municipalities. Should this start happening, there will be a major swing to people who respect the laws of our country and are willing to stand together to create a better future for all.

PS.
Read today about the R16 million spent on landscaping at Nkandla. What has the buying of trees and Cycads got to do with security? Or could it be that we will soon hear that his security detail needs to practice bush warfare in his kraal?
Just musing…..

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Posted by on 15/09/2014 in Uncategorized

 

Just a thought for the masses


I received this via email this morning and have read something similar in the past but I thought someone out there may enjoy it as well. Personally I don’t think it was written by a 21 year old but rather someone quite a bit older who has seen the steady decline of standards over the years.

“The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living”

This was written by a 21 year old woman who gets it. It’s her future she’s worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare system that she’s being forced to live in! These solutions are just common sense in her opinion.

Put me in charge . . …
Put me in charge of benefit payments. I’d get rid of cash payments and provide vouchers for 50kg bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese, basic sanitary items and all the powdered milk you can use. If you want steak, burgers, takeaway and junk food, then get a job.

Put me in charge of health care. The first thing I’d do is to get women to have birth control implants.
Then, we’ll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you want to reproduce, use drugs, drink alcohol or smoke, then get a job.

Put me in charge of local authority housing. Ever live in military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your “home” will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.

Put me in charge of compulsory job search. You will either search for employment each week no matter what the job or you will report for community work. This may be clearing the roadways and open spaces of rubbish, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tyres and your dooff dooff stereo and speakers and put that money toward the common good.

Before you write that I’ve violated someone’s rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want tax payers hard earned cash and housing assistance, accept the rules.. Before you say that this would be “demeaning” and ruin someone’s “self-esteem,” consider that it wasn’t that long ago that taking someone else’s money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self-esteem.

If we are expected to pay for other people’s mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards those for continuing to make bad choices.

AND While you are on benefit income you no longer have the right to VOTE! For you to vote would be a conflict of interest….. If you want to vote, then get a job.

The government is meant to work for the people of this country, so they should not get a bonus unless we the working people agree that they have achieved their objectives. They should not get increases unless we the working people agree they get increases. They should be accountable to the people for every cent spent and if they can’t account for everything they should be let go.
They should never be allowed to drive fancy cars, live in fancy houses, spend millions for security until they have kept every single promise they have made. Then we will see how many people actually want to “run/ruin” the country because they actually care about the people and care about our future.
The true revolution is when we the people wake up to the fact that we are being taken for a ride by a small handful of VIPs. How can we be so blind to the obvious?

 
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Posted by on 13/08/2014 in Uncategorized

 

Apologise to all Dogs


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My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day.

He has his food prepared for him. He can eat whenever he wants.
His meals are provided at no cost to him.

He visits the doctor once a year for his check up, and at any other time during the year if any medical needs arise.
For this he pays nothing, and nothing is required of him.

He lives in a nice neighbourhood in a house that is far larger than he needs.
He makes no contribution to the running or maintenance of the house.
If he makes a mess, someone else cleans it up.

He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep. He receives these accommodations absolutely free.

He is living like a king, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever.
All of his costs are picked up by others who go out, work hard, and earn a living every day.

I was just thinking about all this, and suddenly it hit me like a brick in the head…

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My dog is a Member of Parliament!

 
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Posted by on 13/05/2014 in Black and White, Humour, Musings

 

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Jacob’s reply to the Nkandla scandal


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In the last few weeks we have had the report issued by the Public Prosecutor’s office regarding the excessive amount of work done to Jacob Zuma’s private dwelling in KZN.
Apart from the ground not even belonging to the president, and being leased from the local tribal chief, it seems that an amount of over R260 million was spent on upgrading.
The president now claims he didn’t know what was being done to his private residence and therefore why should he have to pay any of the money back!
During my musings while travelling to and from work, I began to wonder how can it be that the person chosen by his political party to run the country, for the good of all citizens, cannot even keep track of what goes on at his own house?

I also thought it was pretty nifty of the president to state in Parliament that his family had paid for their own homes to be built. This is very noble of him. Yet it doesn’t explain how come the tax payers have had to pay for a visitors centre, cattle kraal and chicken run, swimming pool, amphitheatre plus a tuck shop for one of his wives. So the president makes a mistake and addresses parliament “in good faith” and conveniently forgets about all the other items that were being built.

The ANC as a liberation party was against the forceful removal of people from where they had lived for years. District Six is an example of this. Yet when Nkandla needed to be upgraded there were at least three neighbouring families that had to be relocated. The costs of relocating these families ran to R7.9 million!! For that type of money the State could have built a couple of houses for other needy people or even a much needed clinic.
And above all the relocation and setting up of some of the installations involved unlawful actions and constituted improper conduct and maladministration. These did not comply with section 237 of the Constitution.

Will the president stand up and with hand on heart declare that he was once again totally unaware that the very constitution that he swore to uphold, was being flaunted?

Now the president is saying that he should not be held responsible for the upgrade even though he tacitly accepted the implementation of all measures at his residence.

So, if the president doesn’t want to repay just over R240 million as “he didn’t ask for it”, why are we the motorists in Gauteng, expected to repay the funds that were wasted on the e-Toll system linking Pretoria and Johannesburg? The upgrade to the roads should have easily been covered by the BILLIONS that are made from the fuel levies for the purpose of funding road maintenance. The public has from the very start stated that they did not want the e-Toll system as it was not properly thought out and would hurt a lot of people when implemented. The Government has to get money from the e-Toll system as they need to pay back the pension fund the money that was used without obtaining the required permission to do so.

Another bit of my musing had to do with trying to reconcile how Zuma’s architect, Minenhle Makhanya, was paid R16.5 million. I cannot see anything that would justify being charged such a large amount of money. And now I hear he has got another government contract to do some more work for them !! This gravy train just keeps on steaming ahead with no sign of letting up.

 
 

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Pygmy Hippo


Pygmy Hippo

 
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Posted by on 28/03/2014 in Envioronment, Photo

 

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NKANDLA


anc folly

 
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Posted by on 28/03/2014 in Constitution, Musings

 

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Lioness


Lioness 2

 
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Posted by on 28/03/2014 in Black and White, Envioronment, Game reserve

 

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