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FOUR NEW DISEASES ISOLATED IN AFRICA

So often are the virtues of the ANC Government of the Republic of South Africa exalted for bringing Democracy to the sub-continent. 

They have done some good and many people now have potable water a bit closer to home, electricity and to some lucky individuals, RDP housing.

This was all made possible by a tax base that increased from about 4 million individuals prior to the first free elections to about 40 million after the ANC was voted into power during 1994. (The tenfold increase is due to the fact that the black population were not taxed by the previous regime and only started paying income tax after the ’94 elections)

Barring the fact that the ANC inherited an infrastructure that was definitely the most developed in Africa if not comparable to that of most first world countries at the time, they had the advantage of greatly increased revenue to start spending on the previously disadvantaged population.

It went quite well under Nelson Mandela as President and most of the available revenue was spent where it made a difference to the lives of many.

Enter the GREEDMONSTER*. More and more corruption and even blatant theft by government officials were exposed. In fact, it started becoming so commonplace that if the monetary value of the crime did not have at least seven digits, it was not even newsworthy anymore.

But true to the African way, the electorate kept on voting for this party, regardless of the poor performance and criminality of some of the officialdom, probably in the hope that by some miracle, the government would become honest and start doing the job for which they were elected in the first place. It is not happening and it would probably never happen due to a disease called  STRUTHIONIDAETIS**.

The original inhabitants of this part of Africa, the San and Hottentot, observed strange behavior from the largest flightless bird on the planet. 

It had the peculiar habit of pushing it’s head into the sand when it faced the inevitable – this apparently made the inevitable go away according to the highly intelligent thought processes in the great mind of this creature i.e. if you don’t see it, it is not there.

The disease is rapidly propagated by another, co-pathogen called APARDHEIDITIS*** which was thought to have become extinct about nineteen years ago but apparently the mere mention of it's name causes immediate onset of  STRUTHIONIDAETIS.

Struthio Camelus or the common African ostrich definitely did not survive from being listed in the WWF Red book by exhibiting this strange “intelligent” behavior but rather by the large number of progeny generated – twenty or more chicks per breeding season is not uncommon. 

It seems that this may be the way of surviving the current government – stick your head in the sand and blind yourself to their greed, Nepotism, criminal behavior, opulent lifestyles and in general their lack of respect and restraint when spending the hard earned money of the TAXPAYERS of this STRUTHIONIDAETIS infected country. 

When the gluttonous appetite of the government have been sated for a few weeks, maybe once per annum, they seem to allocate a few bucks for the benefit of the general populace. This is usually done with great aplomb and media coverage in order to placate the masses into believing that they are getting their fair share of the booty, then the “A” word is mentioned and immediately a glazed look afflicts the population, a clear indication that STRUTHIONIDAETIS has set in again.


Fourth new disease isolated in Africa

Its getting really scary, first it was Greedmonsteritis, then came Apartheiditis followed by  Struthiondaetis and the latest, ****MUGABEENZA.

This disease was only now isolated but the firs cases can be traced back to the eighties when the Matabele tribe in Zimbabwe was almost obliterated from the face of the earth.

Symptoms include a visit from the Red Brigade and then an extreme case of organ damage by metal particulate forced by rapid expansion of cordite from a rifled tube. It is followed by a fever of between 800 and 1200 degrees Centigrade, depending on the direction of the wind. The ultra high fever is caused by the combustion of carbohydrates outside the body, which then rapidly starts searing away the flesh, and eventually, even the bones are consumed. This strange phenomenon is actually the reason for the disease remaining undetected for so long.

The cause of the disease seems to be the reluctance of a certain organism named Mugabe to relinquish its hold on the population or more accurately, the taxes generated by these beleaguered organisms who have witnessed the degradation of the infrastructure, agriculture and eventually the entire economical collapse of their environment.

They were welcomed by their comrades in the south as a means to bolster the election figures of the Government in this area , who, due to infighting and extreme tribalism have not yet had the opportunity to spread the Mugabeeza  disease and thereby changing the "Rainbow" Nation forseen by Mandela into a singular tribe by attrition caused by this disease.

Mugabeenza seems to afflict only people belonging to ethnic groups other than the ethnic group in power at the time of outbreak.

At the time of going to press, no cure has been found for any of the four diseases

*        Greedmonster – self explanatory – uncontrollable urge
          to obtain all- you - can by any means possible.

**       Struthiondaetis – A disease that is named after the family to
           which the Ostrich belongs due to the strange  behavior by these
           birds to stick their heads into the sand  when confronted by  
           danger. 

      The author has never actually observed this phenomenon but it is         recorded in the myths and legends
      of the San.

*     Apartheiditis – A disease thought to have become  
           extinct about  nineteen years ago with the onset of 
           Democracy

**  Mugabeenza - The enza part of the name refers to it's rapid  
          onset (more or less akin to the Spanish 
           flu) 
           The rest of the name is self explanatory.

  
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TO CARRY A FIREARM OR NOT ?
July 23, 2013
One of our local newspapers posed this question to residents in the Pretoria East area and published the negative response of four people. Nobody spoke out in favor of  carrying firearms which can be interpreted in a few ways: a) 100% of the people interviewed were against firearms as a means of protecting oneself?  or b) No positive responses were published or c) The interviewer was biased and published only negative responses or  d) The number of people interviewed were too small.

A large portion of the respondents cited the “iPhone – shooting” and the “Oscar Pretorius” incidents as motivation against the carrying of firearms.

This sort of “contest” has been going on in the US for quite some time among the “Gunophobics” on the one side and the legal gun owners on the other.

One of the interviewees suggested stricter laws in a country where legal gun ownership is already subject to some of the strictest firearm control legislation on the planet.

Back at the proverbial Ranch, hundreds of thousands (millions?) of firearms are illegally owned and used in a variety of  violent crimes against law abiding citizens.

The question that jumps to mind is whether we should  reduce the resistance potential by further limiting LEGAL gun ownership?

Keep in mind that even if one could count on short response times from Police and/or  private Security response teams, it takes mere seconds to shoot and kill  -  and believe it, criminals do not hesitate to do exactly that.

The only thing that is keeping all-out rule by the criminal, illegal gun carriers, is the portion of the population that stood in long queues for hours on end, attended competency training and subjected themselves to scrutiny by the Police,  to retain their licensed arms. This also implies that  most of them are patient, law abiding citizens and not short tempered, mentally imbalanced gun toting individuals as described by some of the “Gunophobic” fraternity.

At least, some people tend to rely on themselves and are willing to take responsibility for their own safety and that of their families, and often, neighbors and friends, and in the process of doing this, serve as a buffer against  criminals who are at this stage uncertain if they will meet with armed resistance or not. If the ratio of armed to unarmed is further reduced by adding more draconian laws, the criminal element will soon realize that the odds are in their favor and crime will proliferate even more in a country that can ill afford to lose more tourism and foreign investment due to a poor crime record.
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things happened with training or not, just like u easily dismissed my example, yours can be dismissed as well. everything is relative. but arming house cause of IF, thats not good enough for me. then we can go to absurd examples, what if fire happens, omg i need fire truck in my yard, omg what if i decide to paint in 10 years, i need paint brushes... who wants guns doesnt actually needs a reason. and honestly i dont believe its gonna b banned at all, still there's lots of economical reasons.

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I once saw a mini-bus parked next to the road in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. It was similarly loaded with a two - wheeled donkey cart turned upside down on top of the load. (how they got it loaded, I do not know?). The camber of the road was a little bit pronounced where it stopped and when the passengers got out the bus fell onto its side. The passengers served as ballast to keep the vehicle upright!!
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R 250 MILLION TO BE SPENT ON UPGRADES TO PRESIDENTIAL "HOLIDAY" DWELLING (NKANDLA)

Malesela Maleka says that the proposed visit by the DA to inspect the R 250 million improvements to Nkandla is an insult to the ANC and Zuma. Why so defensive? Is it yet again a ploy to siphon money from the state coffers for fictitious improvements and then having a nice little fund for the upcoming election race? Is Mr. Maleka in line for some pocket lining as well?

What I do know is that R 250 million can buy many RDP houses and provide many of the extremely poor with sustenance.

In a country that was plagued by so-called social injustices during the previous dispensation, at least the tax money was applied to provide reasonable care to all the inhabitants even though it was paid by only a small fraction of the population. During the current ANC rule, it seems that the leaders are out to flaunt tax money in the faces of those who really did the dirty work during the “Struggle”. (Cannon fodder ?)

Gone are the promises of free education, free medical services etc. In it’s stead; we are now subjected to all means of taxation to provide for the seemingly insatiable money hunger of the ANC leadership.

We are openly and without any guile sucked dry – just have a small peek into J. Malema’s affairs which are now being partly exposed to get an idea of where the billions in tax money actually end up. Paying three times for a stretch of road over a period of several years and the road has yet to materialize. No wonder nothing changes except for street and town names which is used as a means of whitewashing to keep the population under the impression that changes are taking place. This whole name-changing thing is actually depriving the same people of even more as the cost is tremendous when everything is above board. I would hate to see the actual figures after all the kickbacks and bribes have been settled.

As I said before, R250 million will probably buy a nuke proof bunker with gold plated, no, solid gold fixtures which will of course need to be purchased at least ten times before the project is completed – the blame for the lost items will of course be laid on the doorstep of the Apartheid government that was disbanded twenty years ago.

In three years time these fixtures will need replacement, obviously because it will be three years old by the time and the number twenty or so wife will not be happy with gold fittings – probably she will opt for diamond studded, platinum goodies.

All this going on while people are dying of hunger, babies being dumped into “long drop shitholes” because their mothers are without hope. People digging for food on landfill sites, in dustbins and so on.

Patients sitting in queues for the whole day, waiting for a few “Paracetamol” tablets, just to be sent away because there are no stock, babies being born whilst their mothers are still standing in a queue, waiting for attention. People requiring radiation therapy for cancer, sent home and told to return after six months because the equipment has broken down and the Minister of Health sitting on R 800 million or so because he is scared of corrupt hospital officials, misappropriating the money. Sick old people with gnarled joints, almost doubled over with pain having to climb stairs because elevators have not been maintained – contractors refusing to carry out repairs as they are not being paid.

Are we going to allow this to carry on whilst piddly little amounts like R 250 million is spent to make already luxurious accommodation even more opulent? Just asking
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THREE NEW DISEASES ISOLATED IN AFRICA

So often are the virtues of the ANC Government of the Republic of South Africa exalted for bringing Democracy to the sub-continent. 

They have done some good and many people now have potable water a bit closer to home, electricity and to some lucky individuals, RDP housing.

This was all made possible by a tax base that increased from about 4 million individuals prior to the first free elections to about 40 million after the ANC was voted into power during 1994. (The tenfold increase is due to the fact that the black population were not taxed by the previous regime and only started paying income tax after the ’94 elections)

Barring the fact that the ANC inherited an infrastructure that was definitely the most developed in Africa if not comparable to that of most first world countries at the time, they had the advantage of greatly increased revenue to start spending on the previously disadvantaged population.

It went quite well under Nelson Mandela as President and most of the available revenue were spent where it made a difference to the lives of many.

Enter the GREEDMONSTER*. More and more corruption and even blatant theft by government officials were exposed. In fact, it started becoming so commonplace that if the monetary value of the crime did not have at least seven digits, it was not even newsworthy anymore.

But true to the African way, the electorate kept on voting for this party, regardless of the poor performance and criminality of  some of the officialdom, probably in the hope that by some miracle, the government would become honest and start doing the job for which they were elected in the first place. It is not happening and it would probably never happen due to a disease called STRUTHIONIDAETIS**.

The original inhabitants of this part of Africa, the San and Hottentot, observed strange behaviour from the largest flightless bird on the planet. 

It had the peculiar habit of pushing it’s head into the sand when it faced the inevitable – this apparently made the inevitable go away according to the highly intelligent thought processes in the great mind of this creature i.e. if you don’t see it, it is not there.

The disease is rapidly propagated by another, co-pathogen called APARDHEIDITIS*** which was thought to have become extinct about nineteen years ago but apparently the mere mention of  it’s name causes immediate onset of  STRUTHIONIDAETIS.

Struthio Camelus or the common African ostrich definitely did not survive from being listed in the WWF Red book by exhibiting this strange “intelligent” behaviour but rather by the large number of progeny generated – twenty or more chicks per breeding season is not uncommon. 

It seems that this may be the way of surviving the current government – stick your head in the sand and blind yourself to their greed, Nepotism, criminal behaviour, opulent lifestyles and in general their lack of respect and restraint when spending the hard earned money of the TAXPAYERS of this STRUTHIONIDAETIS infected country. 

When the gluttonous appetite of the government have been sated for a few weeks, maybe once per annum, they seem to allocate a few bucks for the benefit of the general populace. This is usually done with great aplomb and media coverage in order to placate the masses into believing that they are getting their fair share of the booty, then the “A” word is mentioned and immediately a glazed look afflicts the population, a clear indication that STRUTHIONIDAETIS has set in again.

*    Greedmonster – self explanetary – uncontrollable urge
     to obtain all- you - can by any means possible.

**  Apartheiditis – A disease thought to have become
    extinct about  nineteen years ago with the onset of 
      Democracy,

* Struthiondaetis – A disease that is named after the family to which the Ostrich belongs due to the strange  behaviour by these birds to stick their heads into the sand when confronted by danger. 
The author has never actually observed this phenomenon but it is recorded in the  myths and legends of the San. 
     
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