Review : Mother and Child

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Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia , Mother and Child shows that mother issues cut across racial lines, that movies based on "minorities" do not have to show them as gangsters,pimps and ho's but importantly the film gives weight to why it is important to give people second chances and ourelves for the matter of fact.

The film is centred around three females; their relationship with their mothers, their kids and the impact the parental relationships has an impact on how they see and  interact with the world.This gets even more complicated when the issue of adoption is thrown into the mix. The leading ladies Kerry Washington,Annette Bening and Naomi Wattz shine in their roles.Giving us complicated characters , who are flawed as everyone but get interesting with each minute as the movie passes by.The characters come from very different backgrounds,ethnic groups and class but they are all in one way or the other struggling with the same issues.

It would be easy to dismiss "Mother and Child"asyet  another chick flick but at the heart of this film ,lead by ladies, is a human drama at the same scope as the royal teenabums,kramer vs keramer or crash.A drama that deals with everyones first ever relationship we all have, the one with our mothers and how it affects everything about us afterwards.If you are looking for a story that is true to the world we live in, a story rthat would make you think and want you to change how you do certain things,checkout mother and child.

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Apartheid era Policing in the new South Africa

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"The more things change ,the more they stay the same",those were the thoughts I had as I was been driven down a dirt road at 9pm in the evening ,handcuffed to a collegue in a back of a police van with 6 armed squad cars following us.We finaly stop by the lodge we were booked at,to my relief ,cause I thought we would end up in some open field aka Lumumba style, cause when I raised issues about righta and proceducers that are supposed to be followed i was told that "this is Venda" in other words they do things differently this side.We were marched out of the police van ,two by two.Handcuffs eating into our skins , we walked around the lodge now swerming with police officers.The poor manager was shocked to see us in handcuffs, all the other visitors were peeping through the windows ,probably thinking the 3 Gauteng guys in all stars are criminals,ja who else drives a quantum that big.

The story all begins on Wednesday afternoon, It was officially our second day in Venda,UniVenda had invited us over for a a week long career expo. When we were done the guys; Thabo and Itumelang (the dudes I came with from Jo'burg) and one of the organiser T2 thought it would be cool to get drinks and get a cool place to chill.As we are buying drinks my self and Thabo ,snap away at life in Thohoyandou with our cameras,we are enjoying doing the whole touristy thing and playing our load music in the quantum.As we are headed to Univen to pick up the rest of the guys, thats when a police car flags us down.

So we stop, within a second there's four other squad cars, guys with R - 5's and Ak 47 pointing at the taxi, the police are demands we get out of the taxi speaking to us in Venda fortuneatly T2 was there to translate for us. We get searched in the middle of the street,as they call in our cab and try to find out its true registration.Within no time they have it, as they let us go,two other squad cars come in on the scene and demand that we go to the police station.What for? they won't explain.The squad cars create a perimetar around the taxi as they "escort" us to the police station.I take a picture of the incident ,which makes them all angry and the stop the convoy ,just to "confiscate" my camera.

To make a long story short for the next four hours ,we are detained by the police ,who do not explain why are we being detained,they refuse us to use the toilet,telling us we can use 2l coke bottles to piss in infront of them,we are not allowed to make or recieve phone calls from loved ones and collegues. Our quantum is searched by all sorts of different units.Eventually we are handcuffed and thrown into the back of the squad car with no explanation of where are we being taken,only to find out that their taking us to our lodge,so that they can isnspect our rooms and luggage. 

When everything is said and done , they let us go and say we have to come back the following day for a fine because they found that our disk had expired. We come the following day to get the fine,we go through the same attitude, they insist on rechecking the car to see if it's truely owned by the company then we are sent to the traffic department to get our ticket.On our last day ,the traffic department insist on rechecking the registration,engine number and so forth once again and they want proof of payment from the Office in JHb.Once they have that they insist on us driving to Polokwane via police escort where the quantum would be rechecked again at their head office.Nevermind we still have a six hour trip back to joburg to take but they are the police what you do,so we go to Polokwane,which is about two hours away from Thohoyandou.We get there, they check the quantum and guess what,there was nothing wrong with it.

Now some  people might say "hey our police are very thorough" but if you were on the ground and had people insisting to speak to you in Venda even if they know you can't understand the language,detain you without cause or an explanation for why you are detained or do whatever they can to make you feel like uncomfortable,you start to see that our polic force is a relic of the bad old years. Civilians are treated as criminals and the arrogance that go with carrying a badge and a gun is really out of control.In this week alone I have heard more shocking stories about police brutality and abuse of authority ,it makes me wonder will we ever have a truely transformed police service that does it job and also keeps to the rules of conduct and procedures that they are governed by? i doubt it and it's not just a Venda issue,it's a Police Force issue and with the recent militarisation of the police,i don't see it getting any better.

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Guess whose a victim of identity theft

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We read about them,woman gets call from Markhams,"you owe us R10 000", then the woman says "but i've never opened a Markhams account".Yes identity theft is alive and kicking and as of last week Friday I found myself a victim of it for the past 4 years and I was not even aware of it.

I lost my ID in 2000,reported it and my life continued. But someone saw it as a great business opportunity ,they opened accounts with truworths, a bank account, and has two mtn contract phones and a vodacom phone using my details.I was not aware of this until Friday when truworths called me to tell me that I owe them cash.Quick call to trans Union and you get the picture.

Now I have to spend money, copious amount of airtime and time off work to try to sort this out.What I find very intriguing is how all these people have my new numbers and details,how with all the new credit regulation this gentleman was able to open two new cellphone accounts last year september.

My advice to all of ya,check you credit record on a regular,there stores are not to be trusted.Identity theft is rife and my case just shows how easy it is for a person to mess up your record without you knowing until its too late. 

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Waar was jy?

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It's the 11 February 1990,I'm in Mmabatho the capitalof Bophutatswana . The streets are empty outside.We are Sitting on the floor of my aunts cold tile floor in the area called white city ,unit 8. My mom,aunt and my cousins are surrounding me as we watch Mandela walk out of prison.Everyone says its a big event,I'm 10 years old and I can sense it's important but how important I didnt know back then

That in a couple of years as a result of this day and the days preceedingit,Bop would be no more,that we would soon support a bunch of soccer stars that the press would later call Bafana bafana,that my uincle who hated anything todo with "boers"will be number one supporter forthe springboks,that a couple of days before my birthday Mandela would be a president of a unified |South Africa.That 20 years later I would be wishing that I had watched the entire inaugration or payed more attention to the TRC broadcast and the CODESSA talks.

But I was a kid back then, thanks to Madiba and other people who fought for a free and democratic South Africa.Today I sit in Newtown and type this and think how blessed we are to have lived in a generation that saw the fruits of freedom.A generation that saw Madiba walk out of prison,that saw OR and Sisulu as old men,that layed to rest Slovo and shed tears for Hani.A generation that is inspired by a man who was seen as hot head in his youth who grew old to be an elder statesman who works as a benchmark for what a true South African leader can be.A man who saw a dream come true unlike Martin Luther King Jnr. nor Steve Biko,Solomon Mahlangu,Tseitsi Mashinini and many others who watered the freedom tree with their blood.Tata carried their dreams into the union building.

As I look back at those faint memories of 1990 11,I feel proud to be South African and more over to be a country man of such a visionary and father of a nation.May the ideals of non-racialism,sexism and tolerance that Madiba has personified in his life be the ideals we are willing to live by and be thankful that the days for dying for them are long gone and buried with.Lets build together in honour of our grandfather of the nation,uTata Mandela.On this day his 20th anniversary from prison.

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Public interest vs. Revenue: the SABC AFCON debacle

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The Egypt vs. Nigeria ‘’delayed live’’ broadcast was the last straw that broke the camel’s back for many African soccer supporters. The game was live at 6pm but was broadcasted around 10pm on SABC TV. 4 hours later, to the frustration and heartbreak of many spectators, who were hoping to catch it live.Yet this situation is not new, it highlights two big issues at the heart of the problem , that is, SABC as a Public broadcaster is out of touch with the public because it is constantly in a battle to churn out a profit ,espicialy this year more than any other year,than to fulfil its mandate as a public broadcaster.

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AFCON 2010:Nigeria goes down,courtesy of Egypt

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Nigeria ,the star studed super Eagles,were out ran by the professional and efficient Egyptians. The defending champions seemed to be in trouble at the beginning of the game as Nigeria went ahead through a shot by Obasi.Without Abutrika or Zaki ,it seemed as the Egyptians were going to be punished by the muscle and firepower of the Nigerians.But Egypt are not the 5 time champions for nothing,they equalised and in the second half they started asking more questions of the Nigerians. The humidity was starting to get to the Nigerians.

Halfway through the second half ,the Nigerians could not keep up with the pace and were becoming more and more lerthagic.All of a sudden , one forgot that Zaki or Abutrikka is not around,as Egypt played more and more as a unit while Nigeria was running out of steam with every minute.Just like Mali ,the humidity seems to be testing the fitness of the Nigerian team.

Final score 3 -1, the big stars lost to the champions with no big names.Handing Egypts its first win over Nigeria since 1963 and prooving the Angolan humidity is going to play havoc on teams that are not totally fit or acclaimatised to its climate.In Nigeria's defence,the coach could have bailed them out by adding more fresh legs as some of the young stars were benched.Nigeria must be hoping that Benin and Mozambique don't give them amny problems or the Super Eagles might fly back to Nigeria earlier than expected.But thus Egypt have the stamina to go all the way,and be the first team to win 3 AFCON titles back to back.Only time will tell.One thing is for sure,Angola AFCON 2010 has not disappointed thus far . 

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AFCON 2010:sensational comeback by Mali

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Well thats what I call soccer,Angola was leading 4-0  by the 74th minute and Mali came back to draw it by fulltime 4-4.What a game,thats what I call entertainment.This game alone just proved why we needed the AFCON 2010 to be broadcasted to us poor South Africans.Big up to Supersport and SABC for delivering.

Yet one must really feel for Angola who were running away with it.It seemed the humidity was killing Mali,and Angola was thriving in the humidity,scoring quick 4 goals,everyone in Angola must of thought they had won it.It seemed as if it was going to be Angola all the way ,until Mali showed that they are made of sterner stuff.They showed they have quality players who can make a difference when it counts.The experience and talent came through for them.Going all the way to create 4-4 draw.

The tournament has started on a very high note,I foresee this as one of the best AFCON by far.No one could have predicted such a start.

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Dude,where's my AFCON CUP?

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Is it me or is this years AFCON Cup starting off in Angola on Sunday night not getting any love from our broadcasters? There are no promos on Supersport nor SABC promoting the games or viewing times.Then,there are rumours that SABC still has not secured broadcast rights for the tournament whilst Supersport has secured the rights for the continent except for South Africa.Now is it possible that come sunday night we are not going to see the opening of Africa's Primier football tournament ...yep anything is possible, to qoute the guys from blood diamond "T.I.A:this is Africa".

I hope the rights issue is sorted out before kickoff on sunday cause although South Africa has not qualified this year for AFCON we are still hosting the World Cup in June. Some of the teams who will be participating in the AFCON have qualified for the WC, so if these guys do well at Angola it will make it easier for the SA audiance to identify with them come June.Aside from that its going to be top pedigree soccer that no soccer lover would like to miss out on.

Aside from that ,the tournament will be happening within our own region?How can we miss out on that. Come now guys ,lets not prove the negative stereotypes about Africa right.What will this say about our broadcasters that we can organise rights for the euro soccer and the world cup in time but fail dismaily when it comes to our own local tournament ? T.I.A someone?I hope not.

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Dude, where's our refugee policy?

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Three days ago I was watching,"God grew tired of us";  a documentary on young children as old as 7 who are fleeing Sudan to refugee camps in Kenya and the surrounding countries.These kids are commonly known as "Lost boys/girls".These ones in particular end up in the US and through the help of the US government,NGO's these guys are able to build some form of life for themselves. This made me think of our own situation in Mzansi,how are we helping refugees/asylmseekers to start a new life? So I hit the internet for answers, I was appalled to see there is not much that we and the government are doing to help refugees.

Aside from giving refugees an ID book and a right to apply for permenant residence after 5 years within the country. We do not help the refugees to settle into the country; to find accomodation,work and  most are just dumped in the townships or outskirts of farm lands.Where they have to compete directly with locals ,who have not even been sensitized about the plight of the refugees,for employment.

This really made me wonder,why do we really have a government in place to begin with? What's happening with our tax money? Why after 15 years of democracy the state mechanisims are stillnot working properly? Have we as the public let our public system just rot or are the politicians failing us?

Cause if the status quo continues in SA we are only going to have more clashes between locals and refugees/immigrants/asylum seekers.Cause there is no co-ordiation.This no big plan on how to handle refugees and how to manage them and intergrate them into our society.Theres no goal that we are working towards.Has the government failed in this respect or has the republic failed itself and its fellow Africans? 

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Review: Invictus

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Well Clint Eastwood’s sport movie is a must see for every South African,Why? Cause it reminds us of what makes Mzansi a great nation. The rainbow nation, which we all can admit did not end with 95,is still work in progress but this film epitomises what the rainbow nation can be and do; It can inspire, it can give hope but above all it can excell when everyone is writing it off.

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