Anger = Motivation

I am so sorry I haven’t been a diligent blogger for a while now. I just had no motivation, but then I got angry and well, anger is a great motivator.

You know, I always said that I don’t want to write about politics on my blog, especially not South African politics. But I just cannot keep quiet about this.

I am a proud supporter of the DA (a South African political party, the Democratic Alliance). I feel they have a positive outlook for South Africa which includes all races and is built on equality. They strive for South Africa to move forward, out of this “race” rut, where everything is not just about race, but actually about building a better South Africa. They want South Africa to have a good infrastructure, a thriving economy; they want us to be corruption free and a place where criminals are apprehended. As a South African, is that not what we want for this country? Or is it that people in South Africa just want to fight all the time? If they don’t have anything to moan and groan about or people to blame and be rude to, they are not happy?

The reason for all of this anger towards my country? The DA have now progressed and elected a young, vibrant, black woman as the party’s leader in Parliament. This young lady is called Lindiwe Mazibuko. And she is amazing. However, you would not believe how much negative reaction this has caused from the public’s side. There are two news sites, Nuus 24 and News 24, one being predominantly read by Afrikaans speaking individuals and the other mainly by English speakers. So, here to follow is a summary of the reactions to the article about Lindiwe’s sucess.

Nuus 24: She is black that is the only reason she was chosen. More black people are coming to take over our country. She is taken away work from white South Africans who could have done the job better that her.

News 24: She is too young she has no experience. They just chose her to get black people’s vote. She is under-qualified. She is only doing this for attention and when things get to hot she will be bought by the ANC.

There were a lot of other comments and there was some positive feedback, but this is just to show you, the reader, something. That no matter what happens in this country people will always be moaning and fighting. Come on people! Half of you are angry that she is black; half of you are moaning she is too young. Get over it. Stop fighting and rather use that energy in a positive way by trying to make this country better. No race in this country is going to disappear, so look past skin colour and see the human behind it.

This to me is remarkable step. Yes, she is young. This brings a fresh outlook and new ideas along with it that in turn will lead to the DA being even greater and having even better ideas for our country. Why are you angry that she might attract supporters of the other political parties? This means that THE DA MIGHT ACTUALLY WIN THE ELECTIONS! And then this country might actually live up to its potential.

I don’t understand it. Maybe the reason for all this negativity and fighting is because that is all that South Africans are used too. I think it is because for 46 years there was only fighting and oppressing going on and people are scared that this is what South Africa will revert back too. But I think South Africa has seen what that could do to a country and hopefully the right political party will become our leader and that will not happen again. I want you to take that fear you are harboring and turn it into something positive rather. Be more tolerant of all races, be more accepting. Make a conscious decision to stop being an ass and make South Africa better.

GO LINDIWE!! 🙂

Go South Africa! And Lindiwe!

October 28, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Politics. 1 comment.

An eventful weekend part 1

So, I had quite an eventful weekend! From eating great food at a primary school to getting a flat tyre on our way to Franskraal to going into a sketchy area tracking a stolen phone to great adventures while playing Pig-Out.

It will be too much information and photographic evidence for me to be able to fit it into one entry, so you can expect numerous entries from me during the week.

To start, on Friday directly after work I went through to the school where my mom is a teacher. They were having a food festival where each grade gets a different country and they then need to sell food from that country. 

It was such a lovely idea and the way it was organized was brilliant. And the food I had was delicious! I filled myself to the brim. The various countries and their food varieties were Japan (spring rolls), New Zealand (Pavlova), Scotland (Great Scott! – make your own gingerbread man), France (pancakes, Quiche, chocolate mousse), U.S.A. (hamburgers, cheese grillers, doughnuts), Italy (pizza, spaghetti), England (tea, pastries, cake), South Africa (boerewors/sausage rolls, vetkoek, potjiekos, koeksisters) and there was a Halaal stall too (samoosas, rooties, breyani).

My personal favourites were South Africa, Japan, Italy, England, France and the Halaal stall. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of how awesome and creative it was.

U.S.A.

Italy flying their flag

South Africa

Boerewors for everyone

French dessert

Cute french outfits

Purrrr-fect

A frenchy expertly rolling my pancake

England's decorated tables

Vetkoek only in South Africa

Scotland's creativity

Make yourself a Scottish gingerbread man

Proudly South African potjiekos

Making the potjie

Yes, I had food from most of these places. I stuffed myself. And I took some take-aways for the road to Franskraal. So, this was the first fun part of my weekend. Stay tuned for the rest to follow later in the week 🙂 it’s going to be exciting!

September 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Holiday. 1 comment.

It was B-I-G

No, not that! And it’s not “what she said”. I know what you were thinking of and you should be ashamed 😉

We live in South Africa which is on the African continent. And when people from certain overseas countries hear this, they instinctively ask questions like: “Do you live in a hut? Do you have a pet lion? Do you ride around on elephants?”

The answer in my head usually goes: “Did you just fall out from space you fucking moron. No, get clued up. We live in a normal city like you. It has an infrastructure thus we drive in cars. And no, “pet lions” do not exist, but please do visit the Kruger National Park and try to pet the friendly cats. It will do humanity some good to have you removed from this planet.” But the real answer goes: “No, to all of the above.” (Accompanied by a sarcastic fake smile).

But sometimes it feels like we do live in the bush. I am talking about when the “pets” that inhabit our garden decide to invade our home during winter. These “pets” are fiercely frightening creatures called Rain Spiders. They should be called “peek-a-boos”. Why do you ask?

Spider peeking out

Well, you’ll be walking around in the house when suddenly something above your head catches your eye. “Peek-a-boo! I see you!” the spider calls. You let out a scream like a girl (wait I am a girl) You let out a scream like a frightened four-year-old and you freeze. Too scared to move, because if you do, it might jump on you due to it being frightened by your sudden movement. You close your eyes and hope you are imagining yourself. But then you’re like: “No! If my eyes are closed I can’t see him”. So, you open them and slowly back away. When you are far enough out of jump-range you do a little funny shake/shrug dance while making a shivering sound.

Spiderman(size)

This is the effect these spiders have on people. Even on men.

We have had five of these visitors in one month (enough to traumatize anyone out of their jolly mind), even though our house is clean. The thing is, they can sense when it is going to rain and they start making their way to shelter and warmth. And well, what better place is there than a warm house?

Spider thug

How to get rid of a rain spider.

  1. You do not kill it. They are actually pretty magnificent creatures.
  2. You either catch it in a towel or you do the old glass bottle with cardboard or paper at the opening and place it outside as far away from the house as possible. Maybe even in the neighbours’ garden.
  3. Good luck with point one and two, because by the time you have to remove it you have worked yourself into such frenzy you are ready to poop your pants.

But all of this shows you something. Humans did not inhabit the places where suburbia is situated today. Suburbia came and disturbed the ecosystem of the world. The rain spider must actually be catching us and placing us in bottles, because we came and invaded their home looking for warmth and shelter.

P.S. Imagine how awesome it would be to ride on elephants and have pet lions. Nice! However, imagine how the world would be if rain spiders where big enough to catch humans and place them in bottles. Gross.

August 26, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.