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.

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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.

Not an Open Letter

I am not formally or informally a member of any political party, within or outside the borders of South Africa. My support of the ANC has and always been based on what my grand parents and parents endured under apartheid and that has always influenced my decision to or not to vote during the past national elections. As we draw closer to the 2014 national elections, that struggle is slowly creeping up and got me taking stock and wondering how do I hold those I voted accountable. How do I make sure that they hear my cry, my suffering and about my daily struggles?

I am writing this after reading the ANC’s response signed by Jackson Mthembu, to one of those open letters. The first paragraph reads: “The African National Congress will not enter the recently fashionable fray of trading insults in the public domain. Indeed as recently articulated by the Secretary-General of the African National Congress, Comrade Gwede Mantashe, “the ANC is convinced that the mainstay strategy of the opposition forces in all formations and structures is that of agitation for discontent. These opposition forces have nothing to offer. We must seek to avoid responding to these provocations and lies, trying to correct every individual detail or allegation””…. And to me it sounds like the ANC is not interested in listening to us the citizens of South Africa, they decide to address issues of Zuma being called a monster than address other issues raised in more than one of those open letters. The ANC decided that anyone who asks questions with regards to national government and how it operates should be labelled as an opposition force. The ANC should be building and making sure that it unites all South African citizens, labelling brings divisions within the organisation and country as a whole.

The definition of leader according to few dictionaries is: One who is in charge or in command of others… In trying to address this Mr Mthembu found himself shielding the person of President Jacob Zuma. I hoped in trying to keep in line with the opening paragraph, the statement should have sort to protect the leadership of ANC and not single out an individual. The ANC should stop viewing our concerns and complains as provocations and lies but continue to value our input in trying to improve and build this beloved country of our forefathers since the struggle does not belong to the current leaders of ANC but us the citizens.

Yes, the most recent open letter is addressed to Jacob Zuma and the honours to respond should have been left to Mr Zuma. I believe that if the Presidency feels that the letter undermines the Head of State, then they should address those points and set precedence if necessary. This should be addressed according to South African laws and constitution and not how it is done else where in the world.

… There are no facts that prove the above to be true therefore the wild accusations are a deliberate intention to insult and undermine the leader of the African National Congress and the Republic of South Africa” Since there are no facts, Mr Mthembu can not dismiss the statements or claim “such statements as disrespectful, distasteful and insulting to the person of the President and the ANC.”. What I consider disrespectful, distasteful and insulting. Is when we are treated like we don’t understand anything with regards to how people who hold key positions can influence decision making within the country just to make sure that they benefit inappropriately. Decisions to have information kept as secret from us to avoid accountability, the continues decision to ignore calls for clear and fair discussions with regards to e-tolls, the inability to shut down or speak against “Boeremag” camps in the country but choose to speak against an open letter raising concerns of more than one person. That to me are some of the things that make me feel disrespected and insulted.

There is one thing though that I agree with, that is said by Mr Mthembu. President Jacob Zuma is part of a collective, and they all share the same believes or similar style of leading. Lead by threats and discourage constructive criticism “The membership of the ANC is well aware that others who have traversed this route of insulting the leadership of the ANC have expelled themselves from this glorious organisation. History has ample examples of these characters.

Remember to Log-off.

Over the past few days, I’ve heard few people I know complain about their Facebook, Twitter or any other social media account being hacked or used by someone they do not know. The Identity thief would have access into your social network profile. Copy as much information as possible and download pictures of you. They will later create another profile of you and possibly delete your old profile then start inviting most of the friends you had in your original social media profile.

Just like you, I ask myself why do all of this. But possibilities are endless.

All that got me thinking and wondering how a person you don’t know gain access into your virtually protected space. Then it hit me, taking into account how many phones I lose a year. Sometimes I never even bother wiping my information from the lost phones, given all the platforms to register a device and wirelessly sync your information daily, weekly or monthly and should the need arise, reset the device wirelessly.

I realised that if anyone was to have access to my phone let’s say over the weekend at my favorite chilling sport. This person will have access into my Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and LinkedIn. They will be able to even change my password to each of my profiles and manage to confirm the request without me suspecting that all of that happened. They will even delete the trail mails or requests to confirm the change.

All because of my laziness, when I get a new phone I configure the above mentioned profiles and after click on “remember me” and after gaining access into my profiles, I never log-off. All of that I am doing with the aim of making sure that I will have easy access every time I want to update my profiles or check what my virtual friends updated. All of that makes it easy and there is no reason for me to remember none ending passwords or pin codes after all I have enough to worry about between my bank card pin, online banking password and my work pc logon details. Technically I can say the risk is less when it comes to the social platforms in comparison to the other profiles I mentioned above.

With that said, I realise that actually the easy access is meant for me but not only limited to me. It then becomes easy access to anyone who will one day have my phone and feel the need to have access to my virtual space.

As of today, I made a decision, never to be always logged on into any of my profiles via my smart phone, tablet or pc. Never will I allow my pc to remember my personal passwords and I will always un-tick that little box that says “remember me”. Oh yes, I created a separate email address to be used mainly for social media registration and I will never in a single day configure that email address on any of my smart phones or tablets.