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The comedians in South Africa have real material!

South Africa is being led by comedians. These people are really funny and one thing for sure, they never disappoint. Their materials are on point and we have a lot of them. I mean what the hell??? [excuse my language]. Umalusi released a statement stipulating that Limpopo is ready for Matric exams. What the hell?[excuse my language]. Maybe I am the one who does not understand what the word “ready” entails.
Angie where art thou?

Naledi argued that if she was still the Minister of education, she would have driven the truck herself to Limpopo to deliver textbook. However, the comedians prioritized the distribution of condoms to grade 7 pupils. Aren’t they funny? While the Msholozi has been quiet on this matter since the support from the woman’s league is more valuable than the prominence of education of this country. The road to Magaung is priority; I find it funny that he even tried to persuade Kgalema Motlanthe to not be an opponent in December in exchange for deputy sit. What I am getting from these comedians is that, “we will do anything to reserve our sits, screw the people interest or values”. I won’t be surprised if Angie gets a place in the next Cabinet. How can you get ready for an exam without the study material? People en-light me here, how is it even possible? 

Thabo Mbeki knew why Zuma wouldn’t be a great leader but he was silenced quickly. He should have told the whole South Africa before he was “re called” why he is against the Nkandla nova. These comedians continue not to disappoint, they always put their lives first, and who does n’t? They continue to fight among each other like pre-school kids, throwing words like stones. Their show seems to be sold out all the time; approximately 4000 audience will attend the comedy show in December. The audience have a say on how and who is going to lead this county for the next five years. The future of the comedy show lies in their hands. Unfortunately, the rest of the country has to sit in their couch, with some popcorn’s wait for the comedy show to begin, to know our next comedy contested.

While, I am on this, I have to say that, after serious consideration, I think Trevor Manuel is fit to run this country. I don’t have to summarize his CV and previous roles. It has stood out for me that his leadership roles are enough to enable him to be a President of this country. That is my opinion and I am fully entitled to it. Unfortunately, he is dis-regarded no matter what… He is overlooked.

Trevor where art though?

Rescue us from these comedians. They make the president sit to be a battle between Zulu and Xhosa tribe. Those two tribes don’t even represent the entire South Africa. While one has won the previous fight hence we saw many wives etc…I don’t even know the South African first Lady; tell me if you do know please. Google return with no result. The comedy show continues.

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Posted by on October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

All The best to all Matric Students

It was four years ago when I was sitting in a Matric  examination room, take note to the rain drops outside and having my Mathematics paper 2 answer sheet and question paper in front of me. I never forget that day out of all my Matric exams I wrote due to the weather of that day and the way I “Chowed” that exam. I will never forget the quietness that flowed around the exam with everyone minding his own business. That also marked the day where I apprehended that in life you’re alone.  No one can help you at that time unless you need clarification of the certain question. I procured time to inscribe this piece not because I sought to share my experience hence; I should avoid diverging from the main purpose.

The other time I delivered a talk in my previous school and I started the talk by asking them “how do they want to react when they get their results?”

I want to take this time and talk to the Matric students across this country. This article is dedicated to you.

Throughout my life, I have done lot of tutoring and mentor-ship and in that journey I have learnt why people do acutely in their academics. It is unfortunate that some Limpopo pupils don’t have textbooks even now. I don’t even know how to advice them, it’s hard! Emanating back to those who have the resources, I have to tell you that most people fail or do badly in their exams because they PANIC. People get nervous for or about the exam and its mostly caused by poor preparation and low self esteem. How do you combat such is probably the question that is on everyone mind at this moment?
Well, my first year lecture once gave me a very valuable advice that has abetted me in my University life. You see poor preparation might be due to so many things such as procrastination of which for me is at the top of the list. However, one can overcome it. You see it is very natural to avoid things that are unpleasant, tiring, difficult, or anxiety provoking. Although it is natural and understandable, procrastination is the greatest threat faced by most academics. Procrastination will poison your productivity and maim your chances for tenure. It is the virulent disease that annihilates academic success. Inoculate yourself now. Unfortunately there is no other solution to this disease rather than getting started with your work you have to do… GET STARTED!

The advice I got form my lecture was about when to start preparing for your exams. He said “the moment you see the campus turning green, you should know that it’s time to prepare for your final exams”. Well When I look outside now, the trees are green and I am glad I have started preparing for mine…NO PROCRASTINATION!

How does one alleviate low self-esteem or no confidence in oneself? The lone reason you panic is because you don’t contemplate that you have done plentiful preparation for your exams. Sometimes you did but delinquently, you met a friend prior the exam who will ask you questions such as “have you done that chapter” of which might be inapt for the exam. But you countenance it to dismay you right before your exam, and when it’s exam time you’re panicking. When you panic, you will make a lot of blunders hence; you will do severely! Do your preparation in advance, be confident in yourself and avoid those last minutes advice’s  they will cause mis-perception and led you to fiasco…PREPARE IN ADVANCE AND BE CONFIDENT.

Matric exams are not hard at all so I am hoping that you won’t be aiming for 30% while there is a 70%. The 30% can get you a pass but believe me; it will not get you University entrance. In fact, in University we call it a DP requirement meaning it is just a pre-requisite to write your exams.

Please study smart, those burning the oil tendencies don’t work for everyone. For instance; some people like me might be nocturnal (Active during the night) but not everyone is. Use the time you have during the day and evening to work effectively. I don’t like giving people advice to stay up the whole night. You might not be productive at all. Try to eat Healthy people so that your health conditions might be in good state. You cannot to afford to get sick now. Those of you who has taken drinking Alcohol as a hobby, I won’t judge you but I will advice you to slow down a bit and concentrate on the big picture.

Above all, I wish all of those who are in Matric this to have peace in their mind while their writing and they could study with understanding. I wish you all the best guys for your exams.

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The agony of living in South Africa…

On Sunday, City Press published an article about a leaked document revealing that public works department was set to carry out a R203-million revamp of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. The document disclosed that out of the 203-million, only pay R10.6-million will be paid by JZ, and rest of the bill would be footed by state funds.

A year ago on a research journey I was privilege to hear a story from a sole Breadwinner mother whom works as a domestic worker. What stood out for me was the way she expounded her job significance and the heroine it played in her family. She was involved in a car accident few years ago, while she was in pain, the only thing she could think about at that time was to call his boss in order to explain why she would be absent from work that day. I was touched by her story and the way she is so broad-minded about life even though she still dwell in a 3 room shack. She added that they could spend a week without water around her neighbourhood. One ought to push a wheelbarrow to the next village just to get water after a long day at work she said.

While people in this country continue to dwell in such horrifying conditions, it pains me to see that our own President Jacob Zuma continue to live a decent and luxurious life. The same people he promised to serve their needs are the same people who are worsen than they were. What is outrageous is the reason Zuma’s spokesperson Mac Maharaj gave: “What do you do when [US] President Obama or an African head of state visits him? You can’t send them to a hotel.”

As long as Barack Obama has a place to sleep when he comes to South Africa then everything is fine. As long as we look like a good accommodating state then everything is fine. “The question we must ask Maharaj is – where did visiting heads of state sleept when Mbeki and Mandela were presidents?” said a twitter user. Maybe Malema was right when he said “Jacob Zuma is a dictator”. I am no fan of Malema but what he said make so much sense now.  After all, Msholozi went from broke to Zumaville, but Juju is the one being investigated and going to court. No wonder he’s (JZ) always dancing.

President Robert Mugabe is living a luxurious life in fact he is one of the richest people in Africa, this is a fact. While the Nkandlanova continues to get more wives, live a luxurious life, people continue to suffer in this country. They said Apartheid was over, but they forgot to say “we are joking”.  Once you get to power, it is always about you not about the people. It has stood out for me that ANC is not a party but a Liberation struggle movement which is no longer needed, its structures are obsolete. They are creating new apartheid in South Africa by excluding the poor and loot in the state funds. Their priorities are always shocking me. It has been reported that with only three weeks to go before matric exams, the Basic Education Department has still not delivered the outstanding textbooks to schools in Limpopo. Zuma won’t say anything with this matter or even fire Angie because she wants support from the woman league [again, it is just about power and himself]. In addition, Arms deal cost 47 billion and 14 billion rand to fix schools in Eastern Cape yet nothing has been done about that even now.

One of my cousin’s always complains about the tax charges on his pay slip, I now understand why. While people work their behind every day for a better living, their money is used to construct a new city at Nkandla. It is very painful to be a South African. One ought to note that this document was leaked meaning that we were not going to know about this project Zumaville. I bet the are more projects going on in South Africa at the moment that we don’t know about because apparently we don’t matter. It is hard to be a South African. It is painful! The agony of living in South Africa is that you get to watch these things happening and discuss them on social networks but really, nothing happens after wards. We are suffering yet we are quiet about it it.

One of my high school friend use to tell me how painful it was to see his young brother going to school with an empty stomach in the morning hence; he was inspired to work hard and get his degree to change the  situation. well how do we do that nowadays if you’re from a school without books? it is painful to be a South African.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2012 in Uncategorized