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Apr 20

Because my Granny said NO

Posted by Pumelela Nqelenga in Twitter , thabo mbeki , tenderpreneurship , south africa , social network , social media , mxit , Jacob Zuma , helen zille , Facebook , Election , corruption , blog , 2011

Pumelela Nqelenga

So my granma decided to give me a ring the other day, only to tell me to vote on the upcoming elections. I told her that I was planning to vote and that as a sign of my commitment to the elections, I am writing a blog about the importance of political parties to start using digital...

“My baby, please stop there. I have no clue of what you are talking about and I’m missing my favourite soapie now. Just vote and make sure you don’t vote for corruption”, she interrupted.
She put the phone down only to leave me in shock of the realisation that my own granma is starting to be critical about her vote.
It was only a few years ago that my granma refused to believe there was no corruption in this country and even when I was winning the argument on corruption she would end off saying, “the apartheid government did it, why can’t we?”.
I hope you can see the impact of that phone call for me. Something shifted. I did not understand it at that time but something was not the same.
This then lead me to think more about the next coming elections.
In my reflection I saw that these elections are not about big names or big parties; instead they are about me and my community.
We are voting for our neighbours and our local personalities, people whom we see in the shops, at church or at the local hospital.
When I started to look at it this way, I was shocked at how corruption was so close to me. It was not in some conference room in Luthuli house but just across the street. Just  five minutes away I could confront it and say no to it.
So why has it taken me so long to realise the close proximity of corruption?
Well it is simple. I have debated with the likes of Helen Zille, Thabo Mbeki, Julius Malema even said a rude word or two to Jacob Zuma in the comfort of my living room staring at the television screen. Mind you, I won every debate.
Seriously though, television, radio and newspapers were the only way I could gain information about what was going on in my country. I could not really discuss my issues with the Vavi’s and the Nzimande’s. I was given information and I could do nothing more but vote and hope something would change.
Now it is easier. I have social media that can help me get personal access to the big names and start debating with officials.
In fact, I propose that all public officials display their Twitter, Facebook, Mxit and Blog accounts on every poster so that we can start chatting. Start a community conversation.
It may have been eighteen years too late but my granma has finally started to fight corruption.
Why can we not allow social media to makes us more socially active as citizens and help fight corruption?
Instead of sending pictures via Mxit about your new manicure or your new ride, why not send pictures of leaking taps or broken windows in public schools to local municipality officials?
It takes less than 140 characters on Twitter to answer my question on corruption and tenderpreneurship. Surely someone can answer me.
I say no corruption and social media has the potential to empower me to say “NO” loud and proud.
Apr 19

Hi Jacob

Posted by Khatija in za news , Twitter , the office of the president , state of the nation address , south africa , sona , section 14 , sarkozy , right to privacy , respect , president , memes , media , journalists , Jacob Zuma , France , Facebook , election manifesto , celebrity , caricatures , broadcasting complaints commission , bill of rights , bccsa , ANCYL , african national congress youth league


Apr 13

Get social networking right

Posted by Nasreen in Twitter , Social networks , Facebook , engage , digg , consistent


As the numerous social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg continue to grow, it has become increasingly evident that investing in your social networks and sending out the right message can be one of the best ways to promote yourself,your brand or your company.

Apr 13

“My ex still views my profile, who views yours?”

Posted by Khatija in Twitter , surveillance , stalking , Social networks , profile viewer , privacy , new media law , new media ethics , , Government , Facebook , Control , blog , applications


Apr 13

Facebook Citizens Rise

Posted by Pumelela Nqelenga in south africa , municipal election , inkatha freedom party , ifp , Facebook , Digital , democratic alliance , Democracy , da , citizen , african national congress

Pumelela Nqelenga


Apr 12

Facebook page frustrations

Posted by Str8_T in frustrated with facebook , Facebook , business page , bugs


"The collective energy generated from the feelings, thoughts, and attitudes of the almost six billion people on this planet creates an atmosphere or 'consciousness climate.' Surrounding us like the air we breathe, this consciousness climate affects us most strongly on energetic and emotional levels."

Apr 12

Vodacom Giggles

Posted by Str8_T in Vodacom , funny , Facebook , Colour , advert


I was doing some late night reserach and just before I logged out of Facebook my eye landed on a Vodacom add. After reading all the Vodacom colour change debates, I found the pathetic add quite funny.

Apr 05

Facebook Makes Hacking Easy

Posted by Faheemazizm in LifeHacker , internet , Hacking , Facebook , email


So yesterday I was talking to my cousin and he was telling me his latest million dollar scheme, involved hacking some stuff, basically he thought I could do it... To clarify I'm nothing close to a hacker, I'm more of a observative person, a little curious I decided to take over someones Facebook Account (permission asked by the owner) to check if I could, within (and yes I timed this) 13 minutes I was in, not only with his Facebook, but Email, Twitter and basically life online.

Apr 03

Customer Service tips for eCommerce stores

Posted by GrahamPeter in Twitter , tips , livezilla , Facebook , eCommerce


I’ve been shopping and working online for a few years now; this has amounted to a number of manga, graphic novels, DVDs, CDs and more. My first online shopping experience started with the purchase of my first VHS, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). The tape was purchased from and this was still when their support staff didn’t take 5 days to answer an e-mail. I digress...

Mar 23

Facebook Custom Page Design for Business

Posted by redhotdesign in facebook pages design , Facebook , custom social media pages , custom facebook pages



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