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NHI my future… Excuse me, I meant my FOOT!

 

 

South Africa is in the process of introducing an innovative system of healthcare financing with far reaching consequences on the health of South Africans. It is not debatable that there is a crisis in our Health care system hence; a change is inevitable.

The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) 52nd National Conference in Polokwane could be seen as the birth mark of the New Health Insurance policy. NHI is a health insurance that insures a national population for the costs of health care and usually is instituted as a program of healthcare reform. It is enforced by law. It may be administered by the public sector, the private sector or a combination of both. Funding mechanisms vary with the particular program and country.

In South Africa, there are three ways in which this mandate might be funded. (i) Once off tax levy, (ii) the basic payroll and lastly, (iii) increasing the VAT rate.

The introduction of the NHI is mostly contended as a way to fulfil the Constitutional mandate under section 27 (The right to Health Care). At this moment, approximately 16% of South Africans have access to medical aid schemes which leaves the majority of South Africans without medical aid. That on its own it’s a true reflection of the South African socio-economic status.

I think it is very significant to state where I stand in this regard.  My argument is influenced by the Anti-NHI viewpoint.  Again, I think South Africa is bugging the wrong tree. Let’s go back to basics and ponder on the following questions before moving forward. Why do people need health care? Why do people get sick? Where do people get sick? How do they get sick? Our answer to support or not support the NHI is embedded in the response of the Why, How and Where.

Our three spheres of government (national, provincial and local) have failed the public. They have miscarried the mandate to deliver basic needs to such as water, electricity, sanitation etc. The factor of poor sanitation has resulted in many sicknesses or deaths through out the country. Failure to deliver clean water has resulted in the death of 224 people in Kwazulu Natal due to the cholera outbreak. There are innumerable cases where our government has failed to live up to its constitutional obligations.

Does the introduction of NHI resolve the basic problems we have? It would not take a rocket scientist to say NO. The guys who once said “prevention is better than cure” deserve some bells. The focus of the ANC conference was to establish a health system that is accessible to every South African citizen. The problem with this focus is the narrow view point of which is focusing on the solution rather than the real crisis. South African government needs to shift their efforts to the problems that resulted in the Health burden or crisis. What is the significance of attaining a proper health care system if the causes of diseases or sicknesses are not being dealt with? What about the shortages of doctors and nurses in South Africa?

One crucial feature that everyone has been ignoring is the unemployment rate. Our current unemployment rate ranges between 35%-40% of distinct age groups. How does one fund the NHI through taxation if the unemployment rate is so high? Who are you really going to tax if so many people are not working?

South Africa is well known for its decent taxation system in the world but with corruption as a new career path, it is really hard to convince people to put more of their hard earned money to the taxation fund. Can we even trust you about our money? Throughout the South African government structures and substructure, is has been confirmed several times that we have a problem of incapacity and maladministration. What about the crumbling hospitals infrastructures? When is that issue going to be addressed?

In conclusion, the NHI is a good idea and it is what South Africa needs however, we are hurdling and deserting severe problems that we have in this country. We need to start sorting out the basics then we can think of tackling the major ones. We need to address the issue of unemployment in order to increase the number of tax payers. The issue of maladministration needs to be curbed. We are in serious need for an accountable governance structure and proper implementation mandate.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”

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Last year I embarked on a journey of  learning about  crime in South African cities as a result, I registered for a course offered by the Law Faculty under public Law & Criminology Department known as “Crime and Violence in South African Cities”. The statistics were shockingly shocking as they were revealed by the lecture during the course of the year about South African cities.

The same week we were dealing with statistics, as I was walking to campus, I passed by the Baxter Theater and I saw young girls getting off the Bus. They were probably going for a play at Baxter but those stats hit me deeply and began tearing that instant as I grieved for them. This was due to the FACT that statistics suggested that more than half are at risk of being raped.

It is even more touching to see UCT students and stuff that sacrificed their lunchtime and classes in order to join the march to make their voiced be heard through those pla-cards written: “WE SAY ENOUGH”

This took place at UCT Jameson Hall stairs as Thousands of UCT students and stuff gathered to show their support against violent crime in South Africa.

The march was triggered by incidents such as the UCT business science student, Bayanda Baba, whom was fatally shot in January 2013 in an attempted robbery while waiting for a bus in Khayelitsha, the gang rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen on 1 February – followed by the rape of 19-year-old Ge-Audrey Green, whose body was discovered just eight days later.

In Addition, November 2007: Commercial law professor Mike Larkin was murdered in Rondebosch while walking home.

Science education professor Kevin Rochford was shot in his driveway in little Mowbray in April 2008.

September 2009: UCT medical student Benny Pakiso Maqobane was shot dead near his digs in Observatory.

February 2010: UCT student Dominic Giddy was killed during an attempted robbery against him & two other students in Observatory.

Hundreds of University of Cape Town students demonstrated this fact in the moving candlelight vigil held by the SRC on Tuesday, 12 February.

As a result, The UCT SRC President posed the question “Are we too silent?” to the crowd whom were present at the demonstration.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Student Representative Council (SRC) President began his speech with a very touching statement quoting Martin Luther King when he says:  “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”.

The same question can be posed to the entire South Africa citizens. We read and hear about these fragile stories on daily basis. Are we doing something about it or we are too silent? These are tragedies that affect us all. Are we too silent?

Violence in South Africa increases exponentially and I always ask myself that “when is my turn?” Anyone can be a victim. Tomorrow it might be my sister or brother. Stand up and say it….ENOUGH!

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Comedy in South Africa 2.0

It was few months ago when I went on a journey to analyse the comedy in South Africa as a result I inscribed an article titled “The comedy in South Africa” http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/The-comedy-in-South-Africa-20121025…I always imagine if South was my friend on Facebook, how their post will look like.  Let’s leave that for another day.

 

It was few months ago when Mr President Jacob Zuma was addressing the National House of Traditional Leaders Zuma and he said: “Some Africans who become too clever take a position (where) they become the most eloquent in criticising themselves about their own traditions and everything.” He went on to urge traditional leaders to play a role in helping Africans remember their roots.

 

After the publication of that article by City Press, there was a lot of debate around that issue. Some said “Zuma’s ‘clever blacks’ lost in media translation” while other said he is going nuts. If this was worth debating or not is something I have been pondering myself. Maybe we should ask Zuma to tell us about the person who wrote the speech for him. We all know he didn’t write it and he did not read before delivering it. His job is to read what someone has decided to write for the whole country. There is no point in debating it, we need someone who can write his or her own speeches or be acquainted with what it is written…viva academic excellent viva!

 

While it is evident that before Magaung, most ANC supporters we busy saying “we want change” but after Magaung we observed no change whatsoever, only the removal of those who were against some of their mandates. If you don’t believe me, ask Kgalema.  What I find funnier is that they don’t see any problem with Zuma current leadership. In fact it is not funny but it is shockingly shocking. After he has proved to us that he will use the public funds to sponsor and polish his lifestyle. The same people who said “we need change” are the same people who are quiet now. What is Zuma feeding you?

 

Now it has been reported that while they were in a comedy show in December, they were chilling with a glass of red wine with Zuma with his traditional beer “Umqombothi”. They drank until they got wasted then one of the comedians asked: How can we screw South Africa more? One clever idiot answered and said: “We should tax graduate. It has been reported that “Conference delegates participating in the education and health commission resolved that consideration must be given to a graduate tax for all graduates from higher education institutions. Details of the mooted tax were scant, with no explanation given about time lines for implementation, or the likely percentage to be levied, the newspaper reported” (News24; 2012). I suspect Gwede on this one.

 

So let me get this straight…What the ANC is trying to do is to reprimand all of those who get educated more than the President through tax. How on earth do you punish someone who does not even work? Maybe they should propose a tax on incompetency, corruption, racism, cats fights etc…How about taxing all of those who don’t have degrees for not having one? Why punish people who heard enough from varsity and they work for what they are going to attain. Who make these policies? What the hell ***excuse my language***

 

It probably went like…..”mhmmm lets Tax the cleaver ones. They think their clever, why do they get educated more than the President? Bazowuzwa umoya baba (They will feel the heat)”. I personally think they are trying to dismay youths from studying, so that they drop out in primary school and become senseless enough not to realize the garbage that ANC tells them and end up they voting for the ANC. So how are they going to tax those massive graduates who are without jobs in South Africa? Do they have a plan?
Studies show that most South African Graduates are leaving this country to look for greener pastures across the world hence; we have lack of skilled labours. Mr President and the other clowns, what happens if all the graduates decide to leave South Africa? Who are you going to tax then? Wait and see they will tax the elders soon. Mr President, you need to open your eyes and stop smoking mud it’s not good for your small head. This is insanity at its best, in fact I think you should be taxed more for having more than one wife.

 

Hands off the Graduates…

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

We are not stupid!

You need to wake up…

The ANC youth League is seen as an obverse thespian in terms of  being rebellious against Zuma of which is deliberated a good or  right??? Maybe not.  Floyd and Malema have been intense in the movement against Jacob Zuma and they have shown in several times.  These two are the same people who sang with Zuma on stage when he was requesting his machine gun from Thabo Mbeki. They vied in public that they will shoot for Zuma now they want to shoot against him. These people like the notion of “Shooting”. Their the same people who said “Shoot the Boer”

I inscribed this article as my own resistance against the ANC Youth League agenda. I have to state clearly that I am against Zuma as well but I also repudiate to be in sustenance of these hypocrites’ agendas.  Firstly, let I would like to plainly articulate to them that I WAS NOT BORN YESTERDAY!  Their now in support for Kgalema Motlanthe and I am wondering when are they going to shoot against him; it’s a matter of time. Who is this guy? What has he achieved? Clearly, they are misleading us. Their hatred for Zuma is driving them in the wrong direction and SORRY I DON”T WANT TO WALK THAT PATH WITH YOU, WALK ALONE!

Their like lost ewe’s, they lack a concise direction and that’s my major problem. Their rebellious against Zuma and they want to drag the entire South Africa to their fight since he played an enormous role in the suspension of Malema. If they want to battle, they should grab some sticks in the bush in Nkandla then fight there. This is a country we are talking about not a play field. They think we are stupid. If we vote for Motlanthe is like we are voting for Malema in directly and yes I do have a problem with Malema. WE KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING!

Malema and Floyd, please quietly, if your going down, don’t try to drag the country with you to your level, go alone!

It has come to my courtesy that they used the fact that millions of South Africans don’t really recognize what is going on in this country as their scapegoats to supremacy that they cannot even use effectively. I stand to what I said in my previous article that Mr Trevor Manuel is a fit candidate for me to run this country. We need rapid changes hence personal such as Professor Jensen, are in need you to step up, stop hiding behind. Mamphele Ramphele I need you and many more academics. [This is my opinion and I am fully entitled to it].

It’s time we get people with strong merit basis into power. I cannot take this anymore, having a president who cannot even read yet we expect to produce effective results in the education sector. Our previous Youth league President failed wood work, this is pure Endangerment of our educational system . Funny enough is running for a second term. I don’t know for what reasons, but I am guessing that he desires to finish his City in Nkandla.

ANC YOUTH LEAGUE WE ARE NOT FOOLS!!! FIGHT YOUR OWN BATTLES IN THE BUSH NOT IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPHERE!

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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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