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

 

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Apology to Dr Zeus and the Cat in the Hat


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Posted by on 28/03/2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Future happenings?


 

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Dear Employees:

As the CEO of this organization, I have resigned myself to the fact that

Jacob Zuma is our President and that our taxes and government fees will

increase in a BIG way.

To compensate for these increases, our prices would have to increase by

about 10%.

 

But, since we cannot increase our prices right now due to the dismal state

of the economy, we will have to lay off sixty of our employees instead.

This has really been bothering me since I believe we are family here and I

didn ‘t know how to choose who would have to go. So, this is what I did.

I walked through our parking lots and found sixty ‘ANC ‘ bumper stickers on

our employees ‘ cars and have decided these folks will be the ones to let

go.

I can ‘t think of a more fair way to approach this problem. They voted for

change… I gave it to them.

 

I will see the REST of you at the annual company picnic…….which WE can

now afford….!!

 
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Posted by on 07/03/2013 in Black and White, Humour, South Africa

 

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Doesn’t the government look after the people first then themselves?


For those who don’t want to read anything long, skip down to the bottom for a bit that sums up the situation as it currently is.

I was under the impression that most governments that are voted in democratically, are there to govern the country/people on behalf of the people, that voted them into power in the first place

Since the ANC came into power here in South Africa they have built up a culture of spending money as if there is no tomorrow. Prior to coming into power they had to depend on the rest of the world to fund them as they claimed not to have any funds to keep operating.

The Mangaung conference (Bloemfontein to us older folk) cost the ruling party’s conference more than R100m. Most of this had to be paid upfront in full as many businesses had not been paid for the ANC’s centenary celebrations held there earlier in the year.

The spending on the Mangaung conference was equal to what the party had spent on its year-long centenary celebrations which means that a total of R200m had been spent purely on the ANC and not on the people they are meant to be representing.

Apparently the following vehicles were seen at the parking lot for the conference (this could not be confirmed but comes from a source normally pretty reliable)
106 BMW X5’s,

28 RANGE ROVER SPORTS,

211 BMW 5 or 7 series sedans,

11 MASERATI’s,

103 MERCEDES BENZ sedans,

6 HUMMERS,

9 FERRARI’s.

Now using the low side of averaging prices for these vehicles it comes to a staggering R351m!! Not bad going for the previously disadvantaged is it? I wasn’t previously disadvantaged according to the government, yet I couldn’t afford most of the cars that were there. Not even a second hand one!

It was your and my taxes that ultimately paid for these cars as well as the luxury accommodation, decadently luxurious and excessive food and drinks (all free!!), wives, spouses, lovers, friends and family.

And only a peep is heard from the people that they are unhappy.

So we continue with the old refrain that the government doesn’t have money for  RDP (matchbox houses at R50 000 each) houses, proper medical facilities where patients don’t die due to lack of care/medicine, an education system that has failed the pupils where the pass mark is artificially manipulated to ensure a good pass rate, a police force that is rife with corruption due to low salaries and improper training, subsidies for old age homes and other care facilities no longer happens, sewerage plants round the country no longer working, water and electricity supplies erratic due to no funds for maintenance. We have people dying in the rural areas due to lack of food/water. The number unemployed has long ago passed the 25% danger point.  And the list goes on……

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“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”  — Margaret Thatcher

The folks who are getting free stuff, don’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.
The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop, and the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!
Now…  The people who are forcing the people to pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.
So…  The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place.
We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.
Now understand this: all great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded.  The reason?  The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.  Thomas Jefferson said it best:  “Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not”.
The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff.

 We have one chance to change that at the next election will we?  

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The following was received from a black colleague of mine who I considered very pro-ANC.

A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!
Zuma:     Gone!
Schooling: A decent pass rate not a manufactured one!
Culture:  Western Standards not 40 wives cared for by the tax payers!
Corruption Free; No one with a criminal record has a position in Government! (and that includes most of those now warming the benches in Parliament!)
We the people are coming. Let’s take a stand!!!

Now it is becoming very interesting.

 

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FINANCIAL MAYHEM!


 

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A very interesting email was sent to me stating that there was a concern about the South African Government being listed in America on the Stock Exchange.

This is quite normal for various foreign governments who have dealings with other companies in that country.  It is all to do with how foreign sovereign governments and their political subdivisions offer and guarantee debt securities registered in the US  and issued under Schedule B of the Securities Act of 1933.

I quickly did a search on South Africa’s Annual Report on Form 18-K under the Exchange Act of 1934 for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. The figures supplied by the government for the period 2007 to 2013 don’t look all that good to me. I am the first to admit that I don’t have all the knowledge or insight into the statistics of our economy, but when I see how things such as unemployment, Government expenditure, budget deficit and the Net Borrowing Requirement have all increased, I can only wonder if there is any possibility of reversing these trends?

What does concern me is that we have all these loans overseas which are coming up for repayment. Just quickly of the top of my head I know of:

1) Telkom who took a loan of US$1,500,000,000 with interest compounded at 4.665% as from 17 January 2012. Repayments need to take place twice a year, 17 January and 17 July, until the 17th January 2024 when the loan must be repaid.  The calculator on my phone gave up trying to work out the interest being generated! Will leave it to those of you with financial calculators to work out what it costs us taxpayers for something that we don’t even see the benefits of yet.

I also see in the agreement between SEP, Telkom and Thintana Communications LLC there is mention of, Disadvantaged Groups” meaning  South African groups historically discriminated against on the grounds of race, colour, origin or gender in South Africa.  So Whites, Coloured and Indians will not be employed. Isn’t this racial discrimination and what what all the fuss was about 20 years ago?

Other loans which the government needs to repay:

2) Arms Deal –  It involved US$4.8 billion (R30 billion in 1999 rands) purchase of weaponry by the African National Congress government finalised in 1999. It has been subject to repeated, seemingly substantive, allegations of corruption.[2][3] (source Wiki)

3) Toll road around Pretoria and Johannesburg – The controversial Gauteng toll road system will cost taxpayers R5 billion more than the Gautrain because costs have skyrocketed over R2bn in a year.

If memory serves me right the government used R17 billion of government official’s pension to buy bonds in Sanral. This needs to be paid back.  The government, apart from using the funds illegally, is hoping that some of the 1.3 million civil servants, who drive to work daily, will help fund the project.  So they will be paying their hard earned pension back as well as funding the toll roads.  So it’s a case of robbing Peter to pay Peter (not Paul)!!

This new costing brings the full amount of the roads and toll system, as well as the toll operating costs for the Gauteng freeway Improvement Project, to nearly R35bn over 10 years (source IOL). The largest percentage of the profits that were supposed to be made on the tolling of these roads was to go overseas to the coffers of the Swedish and Austrian branches of the traffic technology company Kapsch which holds a joint 65% stake in the tolling venture. A South African company TMT holds the remaining 35%. To raise additional capital for the venture TMT got KapschTrafficom to invest in the company and now Kapsch owns 56.8% of TMT.  So even more capital is going to leave the country!  (check out companies Gijima (formally AST) and ETC who also have links to the tolling saga.

Gijima made headlines last year when it’s Who Am I Online contract with the home affairs ministry, estimated to be worth about R4 billion, was cancelled.  It isn’t suprising to know that Gijima’s chairperson, Robert Gumede, has strong connections with the governing ANC. There is also some dodgy scheming going on with the companies  that are supposed to pave the way for smart-chip technology such as electronic passports and smart identity cards (you could check out Mac from the president’s office?) .

– Please explain to me how the government financial advisor said in February 2012 that South Africa can afford to push our national debt to an amount of R1 trillion thereby pushing our debt up from 45% to 75%? WE CANNOT EVEN SERVICE OUR EXISTING LOANS!!

 
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Posted by on 01/02/2013 in South Africa

 

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