Letter to Kaizer Motaung – Continue the Legacy of Kaizer Chiefs

During the beginning of 2015/2016 season, you outlined it clear that coach Steve Komphela’s “mandate is to continue the legacy of Kaizer Chiefs and that is winning.” Before that we operated under the theme Reclaiming the Glory, which was well on track.

I write to you as a supporter of our club, but with concerns about its direction, and I see with many other fans of the club during general discussions and on social media platforms, that I am not alone.

I would like to extend my thanks to the Motaung family and all stake holders for your time, effort and other resources that you are devoting into Kaizer Chiefs football club. I would also like to state that I believe and trust in your leadership, because you have always led with great intentions and it’s clear that your mind is in the right place.

My concern for the state of the club, however, is based on recent performance and the lack of us being in a position to defend any title. I understand that as the league gets more competitive, it will be more difficult to win most of the games but I still believe somehow we should still be able to continue with the Kaizer Chiefs way which is to “defend a title” within a season. I am sure that is evident enough and I need not rub salt to the wound or preach to the congregation. As much as the vision to continue the legacy of Kaizer Chiefs is clear and attainable. I feel the club over the past and current season, has operated under one premise – ‘to rebuild a formidable squad’.
While this is necessary and in no doubt of importance, but some of the actions or decisions taken by the football manager conveys an opposite message and have proved to lack significant depth to be meaningful.

I believe that certain decisions with regards to the changing of the technical team, acquiring, retention and promotion of players to the senior team seems to be done based on emotions and partly well thought. The future is unknown, but I cannot help but wonder what would it bring if the football manager position would be held by someone else, someone who is not born into the position, someone “who would have to apply and be appointed to the position”. Maybe that would exact a certain pressure to the individual to deliver unlike when the position is held by an individual who believes it is his right to occupy such import position. Not to dwell on what Bobby once said but I have come to believe that he is unfit to continue as the football manager of Kaizer Chiefs.

Not that you are not aware, but Kaizer Chiefs is more than just a football club. To most of us it is a sense of pride, an extension of a family that we all strive to keep that loving feeling alive. My question is, how long will the loving feeling continue based on current directionless situation. Is this how you intend to continue running your business?
Kaizer Chiefs should not continue being run on feelings, since feelings should be left to us the supporters. We can no longer claim with pride that we are the greatest in Africa not even South Africa. A few titles locally or the league title in succession, now sounds like a far-fetched wish, sad how all we anticipate is a draw and a win has become the greatest achievement.

We need a vision of how we operate going forward. It seems your long-term vision, as the chairman is not in sync with the football manager’s medium term and not clear filtered down to the coach’s short term. All that the supporters are calling for is that, all must work together pulling in the same direction. This means that the key is hiring the right “person”.

From where I am, maybe it is luck but Mamelodi Sundowns has managed to get it right and stick to their building blocks and it does not require a magnifying glass to confirm it.
It has been repeated that Rome was not build in one day, but Kaizer Chiefs in longer a young lion. Victory should know Kaizer Chiefs as its father and loss should be a bustard with 15 fathers from the PSL.

I would like to finish by again thanking you for everything you have done, and attempt to be philosophical like bra Steve – The blood of Kaizer Chiefs is thicker than the water of the womb.

Love and Peace,
Nyiko Miyen

Tsundzuka Yena.

Loko bubutsa ri gonyisa matimba
Loko xihuhuri xi ntlhantlha hinkwaswo
Loko mahlo ya ku ya khanisa mihloti
I nkarhi, tsundzuka yena.

Loko switsundzuxo swa ku swi ri mungwini
Loko miehleketo ya ku yi hlulekile
Loko swa ku swi gedzisiwa-gedzisiwa
I nkarhi, tsundzuka yena.

Loko vanghana va ku papalata
Loko gome ri ringela mbilwini ya ku
Loko swivavi swi tshovelela swirho swa ku
I nkarhi, tsundzuka yena.

Loko u famba ni vunonohwi gondzweni
Loko swindzingwa-ndzingwana swi hlometela
Loko vukhongeri ni ripfalo swi leva ku mbundzuka
I nkarhi, tsundzuka yena.

Masana, mapapa, vuphumeri kumbe ku vonakala,
Mahlamba-ndlopfu, kumbe vungumeri bya munyama
Hambi u dya, swe moo! Vuxaniseki ku ri hava
Na kona, tsundzuka yena.

Hi P.E. Ntsanwisi

Nakulorhi

Munghana wa masiku hinkwawo.
Mpfhuka ndzi tswariwa uri na mina.
Switsundzoxo swa ku.
Swindzi pfuna eka minkarhi leyo tala.
Swivutiso swaku swindzi pfuna ku twisisa eka ma n’wana masiku.
U rhamba vutivi ndzi ngana byo.
Minkarhi yi n’wana wa ndzi lahlekisa
Minkarhi yin’wana undzi nyika nkhikhi woya emahlweni.

Hi ko kwalaho ka wena,
Ndzi tshama ndzi lava ku lota vutivi bya mina.
Loko ndzi ti endla lolo
Wena undzi susumetele ku ti antswisa
Minkarhi yi n’wana wani xisetela.
U ndzi chochoverisa hi nhova
U ndzi endla ndzi tshemba leswaku ndzi le ndleleni yo anama

Siku rin’wana ni rin’wana
Mina na wena ha bula.
Nkarhi wun’wana uyingisela milorho ya mina
Ngopfu loko ndzi ti xisa
Ndzi ti byela vun’wa leswaku ndzi tiva hinkwaswo
Undzi tshika ndzi hanya ebyongweni bya nga

Wena marito ya byongo bya nga
Uvile Nakulorhi mpfhuka ndzi tswariwa
Na namuntlha wa hari na mina.
Loko ndzi ri ndzexe wani hungusa,
Undzi tsundzuxa ta khale
Ni leswi ndzi faneke ku swi endla.
loko ndzi homboloko, uva ripfalo ra mina.

Not emotional but thoughtful

Don’t tell me not to be emotional
When I decide to speak about issues that concern my well being.
You see “me, myself and I”
Comprise of the following : spirit, flesh, mind and emotion.
At any time where I have to forget one part of me.
Then I would be incomplete.

That will mean I am not completely thinking for myself.
It will mean I am neglecting an integral part of me.
Part of me that might need attention immediately after making a decision
Or later when the need arises.

I am a unit
No one part of me goes on leave while the rest works.
Not one part of me goes jollying while the rest sleeps.
Not one part of me is on the other side of town while the rest is here with you.

So, next time you think of telling me not to be emotional
Please make sure to engage the mental you and see if that makes sense.

Ooh! In no way is this an emotional note but a thoughtful note.

Unqualified Advisor

Check this, today is the first day of school.
Not that you don’t know because you have been posting pictures of your little one going to school
and possibly commenting on friends posts since yesterday.

You see this day means a lot,
it means more than just the pictures on Facebook, Instagram and the trends on Twitter.
This is the beginning of responsibility, this means the end of late nights at
the bar between Monday to Thursday night.
This means throw back is no longer just about pictures.
From today, throw back means you remembering all that you were taught at primary school.

You see from today, your child will want you at home.
this means your child will test your knowledge,
This means it is time for you to go back to basics.
It is your time to relearn everything thought you knew.
It is time for you to erase the short message language
and learn how to write proper and things which are grammatically correct.
You have to be able to explain why “one plus one is equal to two”.

I do not mean to scare you,
just saying that the responsibility does not end as soon as you drop your child at school
or only month end when you pay the school fees.
You are expected to play an active role in your child’s schooling life unconditionally.

I trust you will enjoy this just as much as your offspring will,
because this is the bases on which they will always refer to when they think about learning.

#UnqualifiedAdvisor

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