COPE - staying in the news is the name of the game

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I've been watching with interest how COPE was starting to fade as the old IFP-ANC sideshow came back for it's umteenth sequal - this time of course the added comical relief of Julius Malema. But then COPE fought back with a brilliant strategy of putting up Mvume Dandala as their presidential candidate. Think about it, if it was Mosioua Lekota, there would have been no story. Even if Lekota opposed Dandala at first, what did it really matter anyway - ANC is still going to win the election, so Dandala won't ascend to the Union Buildings and Lekota retains presidency of COPE. This latest media stunt keeps them in the news for free and hopefully winning a few more voters. It's indeed turning out to be an election to watch!

So if COPE has shown us the right way to stay in the news, AZAPO has written the book on how not to do it. The mayhem caused by their supporters on Sunday night is surely shooting themselves in the foot. The old adage that all publicity is good publicity isn't always true in politics - even in South Africa. If I were a betting man, I'd put money on them loosing their 1 parliamentary seat this election, with the Sunday night stunt just more evidence of their slippery slide into irrelevance.


We continue to watch for more eye-catching and vote-catching stunts from the parties.
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why we MUST vote

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Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. The beauty of democracy is that ultimate power rests in the people. That's why democracy has replaced monarchies and other centralised power systems the world over.

The Mail & Guardian (http://www.mg.co.za/article/2008-11-07-cop-hits-the-campaign-trail) predicsts that Lekota's COP (Congress of the People) will cause the ANC to loose the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape and North West.

Now, that excites me, not because I think comrade Lekota is any better than the 100% Zulu-boy, but if the ANC can loose some of their power, theoretically, the ability to be corrupt is similarly reduced. That's how and why democracy works!

That is why we MUST vote and have our own Obama Mania - go ahead and register tomorrow!


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Mbeki will be back for a 3rd term

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Ok, I like to chuckle at conspiracy theories as much as the next person, but one I heard this week seems really out there... in an alien invasion sort of way. The conspiracy says that Mbeki actually orchastrated his own exit, to allow him to return for a third term as president of the country. Having not served two full terms, the theory is that he will join the new Lekota-Shilowa party and be voted in as president in April next year.

Now as much as I like our former president (warts and all), I really would like to see some fresh blood at the Union Buildings. Which brings me to my own little conspiracy. I predict that Zuma will not find his way to the highest seat in the land, much to the dismay of Malema and his "kill for Zuma" comrades. My conspiracy is that Motlhante is not a care-taker president at all, but the new ANC's man of power for the hour. Zuma was just a tool for them to oust Mbeki at the Polokwane conference. Time will tell.
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Mr Shilowa, that's what we want to hear!

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I was again glued to the radio at 10 today, ready to hear what the former Gauteng premier had called the nation to hear. After my dissapointment with Mosiuoa Lekota's presss conference last week, (see my post), I was honestly not holding my breath for Mbazima Shilowa's press conference today. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear that there were specific policy issues this this new party will be tackling (it's still to be formed by the way).

More importantly, Comrade Shilowa gave us a date for the much-hailed "workshop to discuss issues." 2nd November at a venue to be disclosed. I'm making my way there.

If I like what I hear, I many not have to start my own party after all.
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How to start a political party

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After my disappointment with Mosiuoa Lekota's press conference yesterday (see my

blog), I meandered onto the Independent Electoral Commission's (IEC)

website, to try start my own party. I had grandiose plans, a manifesto, a great name (the S.A.M. Party - Sanity Against Malema Party) and I was rearing to go. Only to find a mess of a website. So I called the IEC and to my joy (not), they referred me back to the web site. On my second visit I discovered that the site only supports Internet Explorer and not my preferred Firefox.


Finally, using IE, I discovered the following requirements for registering a party:

  • Copy of its Constitution
  • Deed of Foundation (500 signatures of South African citizens eligible to vote vouching that they know of the existence of this party)
  • Two sets of logos in colour attached to a prescribed form provided by the IEC
  • R500 registration fee
  • A proof of advertisement for intended application published in the Government Gazette


So that was it! I'm mobilising all my facebook comrades to give me 500 signatures and I'm "A" for away. Watch out world... here comes the SAM!

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Sorry Mr Lekota, we're not buying it

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I'm listening to the press conference by Mosiuoa Lekota. What a disappointment. After all the noise... there's no plan, no new party name, no decision to contest the elections... nothing. Not even the names of key people leaving the ANC to join them. All there is, is a plan to hold a conference "soon" to plan the way forward. Sounds like the boy who cried wolf.

This could have been such a great moment to take advantage of the changing political land scape, but unfortunately, we are yet again dissapointed by politicians.

Perhaps I should start my own party.
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Last person leaving Ireland, please switch off the lights

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I attended a cocktail function hosted by an Irish-backed company the other day. Our host told his story of coming to South Africa about 6 years ago, loving it, and opening a South African branch of his business 3 years ago.

He tells the joke that in the early 80s when he had just qualified as CA, so many people were leaving Ireland that people used to say "last person leaving Ireland, please switch off the lights." 90% of the people he qualified with all emigrated out of Ireland in those years.

What attracted him to this country are the similarities between Ireland in those days and present-day South Africa. He's confident that the economic boom that has lead to Ireland getting to Europe's highest per capita income is sure to repeat itself here. He's hopping onto that train and so I thought I'd do some research and hop on too.

It turns out that in the 70s to early 1980s, the Irish economy was hit by oil price shocks, competition from other European countries, rising inflation, taxes, unemployment and a significant brain drain. Things changed dramatically in the 1990s as the economy moved from primary activities (agriculture, mining, etc) to more value-add high-skilled activities (financial services, IT, etc).

It's interesting to me that during those tough times in the 80s,  the country was experiencing an increase in the number of university graduates. All education is free in Ireland, including university. I think the impact of this has been huge, adding to the country being ranked the best place to live by the Economist in 2005. The Economist said: "Ireland wins because it successfully combines the most desirable elements of the new, such as low unemployment and political liberties, with the preservation of certain cosy elements of the old, such as stable family and community life."

So in these stretching times in South Africa, if we can continue doing the right things (which aren't always popular); if we can keep deepening democracy, creating an environment for economic growth, strengthening civil and community structures (family being key), tackling our giants of crime, AIDS and unemployment, I believe in the decades to come, we can reap great fruit like the Irish have.

Let's keep those lights on.
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Poetry: The man I want to be

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The choice I face
Is the love I can give
The self I promised to give to you
To be the man of my own dreams

So I embark on a journey of dicovery
Your joy is my destination
I am ever seeking your smile

So I gaze upon the heavens
For a map to your heart
For a light to my path
For the secrets of your fulfilment
I call even upon the Heavenly One
For wisdom and revelation
For answers eternal

Yes, there is a place I seek
My own City of Gold
The place where your heart knows my love
Where my words bring warmth to your soul
My actions are rain to your desert
This is that elusive place where I am
The man I want to be
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Rise of the citizen

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South Africa is again at a tipping point. The President was correct, 2008 is certainly not business as usual. But despite the doom and gloom, let me remind you that we've been here before. Think of the political violence of the early 90s, the mixure uncertainty and hope of 1994, the financial up-heaval of 1996, 1998, 2001/2002 etc. After each bout of national trouble, we seem to rise out of the ashes stronger and better.

I trust this time will be no different... well sort of. This time I am eager to see the rise of the South African Citizen. For too long we have pinned our hopes on government, as if they are the answer to all our problems. I submit that government cannot, and should not be seen as holders of a magic wand. Sure they have responsibilities, and must be called to account. But the more responsibility we give to the government, the more power we inadvertently give away. There can be no responsibility without authority! The recent anit-foreigner violence is a case in point. We screamed for government to do something, then when they set up "refugee camps" we complain that they're too close to our leafy suburbs... but that's another story.

Today I want to sound the trumpet call - a call to the citizenry of this nation. The time has come to stop shirking our responsibility and take back authority. The solutions to this nation's issues are in our hands, if we can rise from our comfortable positions and become nation-builders... an army of ordinary folk who chose to make a difference for good where they are.

To make it easy for us, some citizens have already made a trail for the rest of us to walk in. Here are some initiatives that I have come across – some are things u can get involved with, others are just good sources of information:

1. http://www.sagoodnews.co.za/ - publishes only good news about South Africa

2. http://www.itstartswithyou.co.za/ - you may have heard the adverts, on this web site you can speak about your vision for South Africa

3. http://www.forgood.co.za/Pages/Register.aspx - mobilises people via SMS notification of constructive nation-building activities they can get involved with in their own community

4. http://www.heartlines.co.za/ - promotes values-based living on TV, radio, etc.

5. http://www.homecomingrevolution.co.za/hcrblog/?p=457 – read this article about a book called “Don’t Panic” by Alan Knott-Craig, MD of iBurst, son of Vodacom CEO

Make a difference where you are
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PrayerWatch - Pray for Kenya

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Happy 200gr8 to all and sundry! Let's make this a year to advance His Kingdom through prayer!

We celebrated the beginning of a new year last night at church. We had a tender moment when some of our Kenyan brothers and sisters shared with us events of the Kenyan presidential election and the ensuing violence where over 100 people have already been killed. One member of our congregation told us of his nephew's leg being broken by police during the riots taking place all over the country. We also heard of a woman who was beaten for being out on the streets after dark (there's a curfew in place), as she was trying to find food for her baby.

We were encouraged by Isaiah 16:3-4:

3 "Give us counsel,
render a decision.
Make your shadow like night—
at high noon.
Hide the fugitives,
do not betray the refugees.

4 Let the Moabite fugitives stay with you;
be their shelter from the destroyer."
The oppressor will come to an end,
and destruction will cease;
the aggressor will vanish from the land.

I am also praying through Isaiah 32 at the moment:

16 Justice will dwell in the desert
and righteousness live in the fertile field.

17 The fruit of righteousness will be peace;
the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.

18 My people will live in peaceful dwelling places,
in secure homes,
in undisturbed places of rest.


I encourage you to pray for Kenya, using some of the verses above. Also pray for tribal unity as much of the trouble is the result of the tribalism that so strongly affects the political landscape there.

Blessings.
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