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Zuma ‘resigned’ as President of the Republic of South Africa at 10pm on the 14th of February 2018. Cyril Ramaphosa is now the President of South Africa. Our country can begin to move forward again. The first warning sign appeared immediately: he stated that there will be appropriation of land without compensation. Banks may not be happy to lend money to people for property loans, or for any reason whatsover if property is to be the security on the loan. If Zimbabwe style appropriation of property occurs, our president may discover it was a serious mistake. And if this happens, our president may make other more serious mistakes, as well. We hope that Ramaphosa leads wisely and well, and we will (for the time being) give him the benefit of the doubt.  Politics is dirty. There was plenty of bad news about our government under Zuma’s leadership, and there is a lot of work to do before we can say things are back where they should be. We cannot afford to be compacent, we have to remain well informed, and to apply common sense when deciding who we are going to back. ____________________________________________________________________________________ The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has corrected the gross injustice which occurred when Oscar Pistorius was given only 6 years jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.  He was given 13 years and 5 months in addition to time already served. Rumour has it that jail time is worked out so that the day time counts as one day, and the night time counts as another day. So Oscar gets to serve a total of 7 & ½ years for murdering his girlfriend, if this is true. But he cannot return return to athletics when he gets out, he will have to find another career path.  ____________________________________________________________________________________ Sunday Times 2017-08-27 P23 Hogarth: Sale of the century. The Guptas are selling up assets such as it’s Tegeta Exploration and Resources which went for R2.97 billion. Social media went crazy, with users speculating what the Gupta brothers would sell next. This one took the cake: “President for sale. * Brain in good condition. Hardly ever used. * Good singer. * Dynamic morals. * Just needs attention on numbers.”  Any takers? ____________________________________________________________________________________ Sunday Times 2017-07-02 P1 Vote as ANC orders, MPs told. Presenting the ANC’s discussion document document on organised renewal behind closed doors at Nasrec yesterday, Police Minister Fikile Mbula told the parliamentary caucus they would not be allowed to vote by secret ballot or according to their consciences.    Breaking news afternoon of Monday 7 August, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, did the unthinkable and allowed the 8th vote of no confidence in Zuma set for the next day, to be held in secret. But the ultimate Teflon man retained his job. Considering most of the people voting would have lost their jobs had they voted him out, it wasn’t very surprising. ____________________________________________________________________________________ There are officially more South Africans on social grants than working: IRR (Institute of Race Relations)    Businesstech June 21, 2017. According to IRR analyst Gerbrandt van Heerden: “In 2016‚ there were 15 545 000 people with jobs in South Africa while 17 094 331 people were receiving social grants.” Van Heerden said‚ “The numbers are a recipe for social and political chaos. With South Africa formally in recession‚ the government will find it difficult to afford the cost of its social grants programme. As the economy stagnates‚ and tax revenue slows‚ demand for more grants will increase. The government will then have to cut other areas of expenditure in order to meet popular demands for more and higher grants. We predict that this will lead to much higher levels of violent protest action.” ____________________________________________________________________________________ The Times of June 5 P13 also has an article written by Justice Malala “Monday Morning Matters”. “Not too long ago SA was respected by the world. Today we’ve become a mafia state.” “Zuma is running a criminal cartel with his son Duduzane and the Gupta family”  “Sadly, South Africa is now joining the rogues of the world with shameless gusto.” ____________________________________________________________________________________ The Times of June 5 2017 P7 has an article on Medical Emergency in Space. What to do about a heart attack half way to Mars. What if the doctor on board becomes ill or dies? Comment: The one-way trip to Mars seems quite a futile waste of money. It’s very unlikely that these astronauts are going to die of old age on Mars. The money spent sending people to Mars could more profitably be spent on medical or other scientific research. It’s great to say “We have people on Mars!”. But it’s difficult to imagine how this could benefit humanity. ____________________________________________________________________________________ From The Economist daily news synopsis: Treating Autism: New hope from an old drug. On Friday (2017-05-26) researchers published a paper suggesting that Suramin, a 100-year-old drug used to treat sleeping sickness, could alleviate the symptoms of autism. Boys suffering from autism saw dramatic improvements in their condition after being given the drug. Long-term trials are needed to see if the benefits can be sustained. If they can, a powerful treatment for autism may have been hiding in plain sight for decades. Also, look at: Epiphany - An alternative Reality for Classic Autism - Based on Today’s Science. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Decolonise Education II.  An article in the online Telegraph (dated 23 January 2017) by Harry Yorke (online education editor) tells us that the Rhodes activist Joshua Nott, who was involved in the campaign to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oxford University’s Oriel College, has been handed a place at the university - as a Rhodes scholar. He was heavily involved in a sister campaign at Cape Town University where activists attempted to tear down a statue of Cecil Rhodes on the grounds that it symbolised racism and colonialism.  Nott said that Rhodes’ statue was akin to a swastika in Jerusalem, but he has no problem accepting a £40,000 Rhodes scholarship at Oxford. He is one of two Rhodes activists who have accepted a Rhodes scholarship at the beginning of 2017. The other activist is Mbali Matandela. ____________________________________________________________________________________ A serious injustice  (See article in GoodThingsGuy - Watch YouTube clip)   A Kleinbaai parking attendant that saved two young men from drowning was presented a letter of appreciation from the National Sea Rescue Institute. Adenaan Achmat, an informal car guard at Kleinbaai, Bloubergstand, was alerted to two youngsters in danger of drowning. They had been caught by a strong cross current between the beach and island and were shouting for help. Adenaan grabbed a small inflatable boat that he had with him that day and using it as flotation he went to their rescue. NSRI Melkbosstrand station commander Rhine Barnes, and NSRI crew, presented a NSRI CEO letter of appreciation to the Kleinbaai car guard on Saturday, the 13th May. The serious injustice is that Adenaan was not properly rewarded for this deed. A letter of appreciation from the CEO of the NSRI seems so very inadequate. The incident occurred on 20 January 2017. ____________________________________________________________________________________
Science Must Fall! Science Must Fall!
On the 12th of October 2016 a young student at the University of Cape Town explained why Science Must Fall (YouTube).  A very sad reflection of the South African education system.
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On the 12th of October 206 a young student at the University of Cape Town explained why Science Must Fall (YouTube).  A very sad reflection of the South African education system.
Science Must Fall! Science Must Fall!
_____________________________________ Politics is dirty. There is plenty of news about our government, very little of it making our politicians look good. It is our responsibility to remain well informed, and to apply common sense when deciding who we are going to back. _____________________________________ The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has corrected the gross injustice which occurred when Oscar Pistorius was given only 6 years jail for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.  He was given 13 years and 5 months in addition to time already served. _____________________________________ Sunday Times 2017-08-27 P23 Hogarth: Sale of the century. The Guptas are selling up assets such as it’s Tegeta Exploration and Resources which went for R2.97 billion. Social media went crazy, with users speculating what the Gupta brothers would sell next. This one took the cake: “President for sale. * Brain in good condition. Hardly ever used. * Good singer. * Dynamic morals. * Just needs attention on numbers.”  Any takers? _____________________________________ Sunday Times 2017-07-02 P1 Vote as ANC orders, MPs told. Presenting the ANC’s discussion document document on organised renewal behind closed doors at Nasrec yesterday, Police Minister Fikile Mbula told the parliamentary caucus they would not be allowed to vote by secret ballot or according to their consciences.    Breaking news afternoon of Monday 7 August, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, did the unthinkable and allowed the 8th vote of no confidence in Zuma set for the next day, to be held in secret. But the ultimate Teflon man retained his job. Considering most of the people voting would have lost their jobs had they voted him out, it wasn’t very surprising.