Always About

It is not always about physical appearance,
How good you look when you are wrapped in designer clothes
Or which latest piece of garment
And how expensive it was.

It is always about your state of mind,
How easy you adopt to change and new situation.
It is about how open are you to foreign ideas
Do you remain calm in foreign surroundings

It is always about the healthiness of your internal organs.
Your willingness to try things meant to improve your life
Always about the ability to remain discipline
And Keep in mind everything should be done in moderation.

It is always about emotional intelligence,
the ability to start and keep healthy relationships in your life
The ability to be confident and not be ignorant
Understanding that we are all spirits
And that you need spiritual happiness

It is always about your happiness
After we are all gone
And you are by yourself

History Is The Best Reference

With the eye of the mind I take you back to those times that compare well with the current. There are questions and everyone claims to have the correct answers. We were always told that the past is a very good reference and should always be used as guidance whenever we are uncertain of our next action. I agree, times have changed but the past has always set precedence for the future. It is the best teacher.

Josia Tshangana Gumede was ousted as president after serving three years due to differences he had with other leaders and a new leader was elected to the helm. This man might have been the people’s choice and at some point had relevance but while in power brought confusion or misled the ANC. Maybe everyone agreed or some of the organisations members were in agreement but it appears those who had influence agreed that the solution was to put the organisation first and individuals who seemed to destabilise the existence of the organisation were stripped of their powers and redeployed to other spheres of the organisation.

So I ask myself what it is that makes president Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma different and above the organisation’s existence. Overlooking the country’s interest and rule of law. I believe in any organisation there are expectations and rules that any person elected as a member should adhere to. If individuals undermine and bring about division within an organisation they should be disciplined as per the organisation’s code of conduct. Upholding these rules sets an example to all members and emphasises that no one is above the organisation and that the rules apply to all members equally.

The current African National Congress has proved that certain individuals are more equal than others. There are individuals within the organisation that enjoy benefits that not even the actual organisation would have. There is a lot of cover up and protection that the current leadership and members are giving an individual. In no way does this affect the existence of the organisation but it sure does affect people’s confidence in the organisation. This also dampens people’s aspiration and goals, people who still fight for their beloved country on a daily basis.

I hope the words “the people shall govern” will one day carry weight. I trust our legacy as a collective will be more important than individuals or a collective few.

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.