16 JUNE – I See you in School Uniform

16 June 2014, I see you in school uniform,
Is this all with good intentions
Or are you just caught up and trying to fit in.
Trying not to be seen as a misfit
A chance to flaunt which model-C school you went to.
Most of all are you doing it to honor some of the fallen heroes
Those who fought against apartheid domination through education.

Today we proudly wear school uniform,
Proudly carry cooler-boxes filled to the brim.
Holding expensive imported spirit drinks.
Come tomorrow, all of this will be forgotten.
A splitting headache will cut my sleep short.

No one can enforce or dictate how we should celebrate the past and its achievements.
But in honor of those we mention in this celebration.
And most whose names we have come to forget
The countless activists whose names are never mentioned.
I hope we could actively take the fight forward
Unlike use this day as another excuse for social meetings.
Just another holiday in a year,
Just another opportunity to indulge in alcohol until the early hours.

June 16, Next time I see you in school uniform
We will proudly celebrate the stolen lives
Some of us will have completed our matric
Having completed a couple of short courses
Most will be graduates from universities all around the world
This would prove the uprising was not in vain.
But that the youth of 1976 fought for better education
Fought for us to attend any school
Fought for us to be taught in any language
Fought for us to be progressive

June 16, Next time I see you in school uniform
Let it be remembered that it was all for the right to be educated
The right to be taught with pride
The right to free and competitive education

Myself

I climbed mountains not so the world could see me,
but so I could see the world without obstructions.
I took decisions not because I was against you,
but because I had to look after number One.
I did it all for myself.

I teamed up with those who have, not because I was using them.
But because their abilities would take me further.
I always strive to be good in what I do, not to undermine.
But to reaffirm myself that I am capable.
A reminder that I am able.

I step up with confidence not to intimidate,
but to prep myself for the world.
I question and ask for clarity not to expose anyone,
but to make sure that I don’t misunderstand.
After all I tell myself I got this.

I leaned on you not to hold you down,
but because I realised I was weak and you could support me.
I stepped back not to set you up for failure,
but I knew I was not prepared.
I am unappologetic, because I did it for myself.

Bob Marley – her first, her last, or her only.

I have been watching the Marley Africa Road Trip over the past few weeks, that inspired me to search and find out besides their fathers legacy. How do the Marley brothers make money and what other projects are they involved in.

So after searching Bob Marley via Google, I came across the below piece and I thought why not share via my blog.

Bob Marley – her first, her last, or her only.

You may not be her first, her last, or her only.
She loved before she may love again.
But if she loves you now, what else matters?
She’s not perfect – you aren’t either,
and the two of you may never be perfect together
but if she can make you laugh,
cause you to think twice,
and admit to being human and making mistakes,
hold onto her and give her the most you can.
She may not be thinking about you every second of the day,
but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart.
So don’t hurt her, don’t change her,
don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give.
Smile when she makes you happy,
let her know when she makes you mad,
and miss her when she’s not there.

Abusive Churches

Neither is this a reflection of my spiritual believe or an attack on any religion but my thoughts on one of the instruments used to carry religion to human kind and eventually move it forward to allow people to grow spiritually and prosper in many other ways in life which will make us relate better and treat each other with a little bit of kindness.

John 8:32 – Jesus said “you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” and with that said, I believe a lot of people join a church because they believe it is the answer to their desire to connect and have a deeper relationship with GOD. A lot of the members get drawn in and remain because of the intensity for God displayed by the church leaders and other members. That is just the reception since most of the churches that abuse, decide what information their members should be exposed to. Most of the scriptures that get shared or those suggested to members are logical and nothing thought provoking. Leaders always feel the need to highlight that other churches should not be trusted or their way is not the correct way. My understanding is that the ability to connect and have a deeper relationship with God rests with each individuals understanding of what is expected of them by God.

Scriptures get twisted in order to support or validate an agenda the church leaders would have chosen. Members are not encouraged to find meaning and understanding of being obedient to God. Other peoples understanding get enforced and any questioning is treated as sin. Family relationships are significantly disrupted and the leadership encourages the severing of ties with relatives outside of the group. Tolerance of other religions is never encouraged and only that which the church believes in is superior and closer to God.

I believe that times have changed and God made us all with a brain to use. I believe God would rather have us ask questions and get clarity unlike follow blindly without our faith firmly planted in the gospel we understand and still have room to grow within it. What is faith if it does not get renewed and improved on a daily basis?

Ronald M. Enroth – Churches that Abuse: “It has been said that commitment without careful reflection is fanaticism in action

The Relationship between Salary, Productivity and Skills

After petrol attendants and car repair workers decided to strike, demanding a salary increase. @avemaseti twitted “Is it me who sees why people can’t be earning R4000pm? #PetrolAttendantStrike”. @sizwedlhomo replied “bleeding heart aside, explain to me why a petrol attendant should earn more than R4k a month” and this is where most of us decided to use our 140 characters worth comments or less.

To me it looked more like Sizwe was looking at the whole thing as an employer while the rest of us were looking at it as employees, but everyone’s points made sense and highlighted we still have a long way before we can say we leave in a developed country where its citizens have the knowledge and understanding that competition is healthy in order for one to strive and reinvent themselves as often as possible in order to remain relevant and a commodity in the working environment.

As the working class, we still struggle to understand the relationship between pay, productivity and skills and this is due to the fact that most of us are still stuck in pre ’94 with regards to knowledge, education and socially. Partly I blame the unions for the tradition of collective bargaining without the encouragement of individual or group productivity and performance, and the fact that pay and pay increase is always influenced by negotiating strength of either parties based on the cost of living in the country. I am against standardization of remuneration even though it has its benefits, largely for employers since it reduces competition based on labour cost and guaranteed retention of good staff *none-highly educated staff*.

I believe it is time for a new way of doing things and still allow unions to be relevant. Unions should start educating their members about soft and hard skills required within their respective industries. This would be a step towards progressing from low paying jobs to highly skilled pay systems which would encourage, recognise and incentivise the acquiring of relevant knowledge and skills. Employers would then seek ways to introduce a performance criteria into pay increases, both parties would then be able to negotiate part of pay increase on common ground. Workers would be paid based on their performance, rather than only the value of the job. Provided employers do not use performance based pay purely as a cost reduction strategy.

I struggle to understand the logic behind union members who continue to pay their membership without fail but every year when it comes to salary negotiations, the one body that is suppose to safe guard their employment interests always sees it necessary to call its members to assist put pressure to guarantee an increase or those who believe that unions will protect their positions.
For one, yesterday’s tweets have reinforced the fact that Knowledge and skills provide employees with a measure of protection against unemployment, as well as opportunities for higher earnings

To my fellow better paying job seekers, the only weapon we have in order to put a dent on cheap labour and exploitation is to aim at adding value to a particular resource or have an advantage in comparison to other job seekers.

Tribal War – K’Naan

I drink poison
Then I vomit diamonds
I gave you mandela, black dalai lamas
I gave you music
You enthused in my kindness
So how dare you reduce me to donny imus
Timeless in case we never been acquainted
Flyness who made it
It gets duplicated
Mindless violence
Well let me try to paint it
Here’s the 5 steps
In hopes to explain it

One!
Its me and my nation against the world

Two!
Then me and my clan against the nation

Three!
Then me and my fam’ against the clan

Four!
Then me and my brother with no hesitation
Go against the family until they cave in

Five!
Now who’s left in this deadly equation?
That’s right, it’s me against my brother
Then we point a kalashnikov
And kill one another.

Image

From Distant Relatives by Nas & Damian Marley

Copy and Paste Nation

With my layman understanding of labour and how it affects everything, I am wondering why is it that most of South African citizens are not really employed in the restaurant sector. Slowly most are no longer taking positions in the so-called low paying jobs. Are we so spoiled that we feel we’d rather go hungry than eat a slice of bread without butter. Do we remain unemployed because we’d rather be jobless than take a low paying job or maybe we will not settle since the government promised us jobs and many other services at no cost to us.
My basic understanding tells me that even the social grants that we so rely on are not sustainable because only few people are contributing towards them. All the foreigners doing the low paying jobs are taking the last cents back to their country of birth, this is that last cents which was supposed to be channeled towards the social grants. In short, my understanding tells me that we are loosing more than just the so-called monthly low salary.

Until the government can deliver, are we going to remain seated? Will we continue organising more and more matches and vandalising everything on our way in an attempt to make sure that we are heard? Are we finding it hard to stomach the fact that government says employment, development and sustainable growth should be brought about by the private sector?

For me, the most challenging question in South Africa is any question aimed at getting a solution to the current unemployment problems that we are experiencing. In an attempt to answer or come up with solutions to this problem. Many people and our government believe that our answers will come from Brazil and what they did will improve our current status.

I wonder if the plans to learn from Brazil in a way include Reconstruction and Development Program or Growth, Employment and Redistribution. I ask myself if it includes focusing on using the urban areas and not just developing most of them into big metropolis. I ask myself if it includes lower labour cost and Brazils favorable climate? While we learn from Brazil’s rise, are we also looking at the possibilities of high priced goods or it does not matter since most of the population will be earning an honest leaving and should afford what will be on offer.

I hope as much as we learn from Brazil, we will take the time and accept that all of the learning from Brazil will just be copy and paste if we do not take the time and research. Only if we could insist on custom made solutions for South Africa and not those intended for Brazil to be tweaked here and there. I hope more focus will be directed at improving our education system, reality is we can not all work in offices, in front of a computer. Part of our population has to learn how to get their hands dirty, how to refurbish the infrastructure we have, how to repair the trucks aimed at transporting all the goods we produce and at the end of it all, be able to educate the younger generation even if we get paid peanuts in the process.