The first section of this report highlighted the key questions which served as the basis for the development of this study. The study was aimed at answering the question: is reconciliation a reality or still an idea in South Africa. The second section of this report gave a brief summary on the origin of the Day of Reconciliation and the purpose it served or was meant to serve in the South African society. Understanding the initial purpose of reconciliation and the ground it stands on created an environment that allowed critical analysis of the current situation in South Africa. There is sufficient evidence that there are lots of unresolved issues rooted in the Apartheid era that still exist and negatively impacting on the country’s economic progress. As a result, it has become more difficult than it should for the state to develop, adopt and enforce policies grounded on the principles of democracy. From among the non-white community there are still people who cannot let go of the hardships that they have endured in the past making it almost impossible for democracy to have its way and prevail in South Africa. However, this research reveals that it is not only the non-white community that is still holding on to the past; but there are also White people whose hearts and minds are still stuck in the times past. Thus, as long as South Africans still see each other on the basis of color, creed and norms it shall not live reconciliation and actualize respect of humanity. Directly or indirectly the current situation in South Africa has a greater influence on the manner in which people perceive the country’s political state irrespective of the generation they belong to. the midst of all this found are people who still blame it on Apartheid, others on the current ruling party’s leadership whilst some on conflicting individuals’ perspectives about what is politically right or wrong. From this study, it can be established that the country’s transition from the . . .
The Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI) was first released in 1995 and has played an important part in focusing global attention on corruption issues. The CPI gives an annual indication of perceptions of public sector corruption in a list of countries which numbered 168 in the latest survey which was released on 27 January 2016. Here are some quick facts about the CPI to place South Africa’s performance in context: The CPI scores countries based on perceived levels of corruption, with 0 being negative (very corrupt) and 100 being positive (no corruption). South Africa’s CPI score has remained the same as last year at 44. Our relative ranking has however improved from 67 to 61 (out of 168 countries) indicating that some countries have deteriorated relative to SA. South Africa is ranked number 10 out of the 52 African countries that were included in the 2015 study. Countries that were ranked better than SA include our neighbours Botswana, Namibia and Lesotho, as well as Rwanda, Ghana and Senegal. South Africa (with a score of 44) is the best performing BRICS country, followed by Brazil and India (38), China (37) and Russia (29). Looking at the data over a ten year period from 2005 to 2015, South Africa’s CPI has declined only one percentage point from 45 in 2005 to 44 in 2015. Our relative position has however declined more dramatically. In 2005 we were in the top 29% of countries, and in 2015 we are in the top 36%. This shows that other countries are improving at a higher rate than we are. Analysing the CPI data from 2005 to 2015 we found that 98 countries have improved over this period, 8 have stayed the same and 49 have declined. Significant improvement on the index is possible as is shown by the three biggest improvers from 2005 to 2015. Georgia improved by 29 per cent, Poland by 28 per cent, and Rwanda by 23 per cent. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South Africa’s future lies on the shoulders of a generation that has been subjected to inefficiencies and shortfalls in both educational support and career guidance. There are simply not enough jobs available to create economic growth, so, in order to fuel the country’s economy, it is imperative that the youth are equipped with the tools and know-how to become entrepreneurial power-houses, creating the streams of income that the previous generations have failed to provide. It is into this void that the innovative new concept, EvenMe, has entered, providing a platform for the youth to interact, connect and learn. It offers informative sections on: • Free online learning in everything from History to Computer Sciences • Links to every major online jobs portal that SA has to offer • Fantastic motivational talks on entrepreneurship • Essential tips and advice to help you make the best career choices • Links to all the Varsity Sports pages and the Varsity Sports app • Music from our very awesome music ambassador A.C.E. • FREE downloads of Microsoft products to compile CV’s, portfolios and business plans • Links to our competitions where you could win some really cool stuff Three years in the making, EvenMe is the brainchild of Corporate Fundamentals owner and founder, Jill Young, and her business partner Russel Brand, the ‘idea-ologist’ on the platform. “When I was retrenched a few years back, I decided to go out and do something on my own,” explains Young. “I realised how hard it is to get guidance and information as an entrepreneur and how difficult it is to find the right information that’s of relevance and presented in a simple, exciting and meaningful format to assist entrepreneurs.” Young’s palpable energy and enthusiasm are matched by that of Brand, who brings his own experience and business acumen into the mix. “We want to give the youth – or in fact anyone – the tools to help them be whatever and whoever they want to be, to give them a . . .
South Africa is a country extremely sensitive to race. Race is what divides us according to who we associate with, where we live, who we vote for and our immediate first impressions of people that we deal with. All South Africans carry the baggage of a devastating shared past that continues to be a huge stumbling block to the success of an incredible nation. For decades we were conditioned to think in terms of our skin colour. Apartheid preached that persons of colour were inferior. Such was the iron grip of the Nationalist Party on the media that privileged white South Africans were not reminded on a daily basis of the crime happening in their own neighbourhoods - job reservation, inferior education, economic hardship and daily persecution of our fellow citizens continued in a mad rush to certain ruin. It was state television, during the 16 June 1976 Soweto riots, that allowed ordinary South Africans a glimpse of the groundswell of resistance against an ever oppressive government and which could have been the opening of the door that led to the release of political prisoners, the unbanning of the ANC and Communist Party, the release of Nelson Mandela and, finally, true democracy in 1994. We, as citizens have been a little bit tardy since then and have allowed our politicians, media and business to slip back into undemocratic and divisive ways. We are now constantly bombarded with divisive language as politicians try to score points by calling everyone out for being racist. The number of taboo words increases and the media have rushed to the party by further increasing the publicity that these politicians crave as we rush towards another crucial set of municipal elections in 2016. We need a movement, a groundswell of ordinary citizens that will say; "Enough - I love my neighbour, I love my country and I refuse to allow anyone to continue promoting this artificial division." The first part of the pledge to go Race Free is; "You pledge to not . . .
Nancy Richards will be Interviewing Philani Dladla about his BIG ISSUE. Philani Dladla used to read books and review them to survive. Now he’s written one and is telling his story to help others. We invite you to come and hear the story of a young man who found a passion for reading, overcome a drug addiction, and is now known as the Pavement Bookworm. Tickets: R160 on Webticket (http://goo.gl/nfzD6O) Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Chantelle Heath from HIPPO Communications. Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact HIPPO Communications. The Big Issue Breakfast - Pavement Bookworm CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. Have a look at the online visibility from 01/15/2016 to today for The Big Issue Breakfast - Pavement Bookworm: Google Search Results Bing Search Results Yahoo Search Results DuckDuckGo Search Results Twitter Mentions . . .
Hillcrest-based private investigation agency Rick Crouch & Associates has been retained by the family of the late Villa Maria Primary School principal Nokuthula Magwanyana to assist and supplement the police investigation of their family members brutal murder. Nokuthula Magwanyana was found hacked to death in her car on the Table Mountain Road on August 26, 2015 at approximately 15h00. Three suspects, Thamsanqa Ngcobo (30), Nkosiphindile Zuma (19) and Mduduzi Mkhize (22) were previously arrested but charges were dropped for lack of evidence. Thamsanqa Ngcobo, is still facing a single count of theft of Magwanyana’s cellphone. "The fact that the family has hired us should in no way be Interpreted as the family being dissatisfied with the official police investigation, in fact it is quite the opposite, they are happy with how the investigation is proceeding, but they are also aware that the police are strained for resources. We are simply here to supplement their investigation and any evidence we uncover will be turned over to the investigating officer" said private investigator Rick Crouch. "This was not a robbery, it was a contract killing. The killers were hired by a third party to commit this horrendous crime in order to get Nokuthula Magwanyana out of the way. There are people out there who know what happened, and we are offering a reward for any information that results in the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. Think about if this was a member of your family, would you not want someone to come forward with information? This is a busy road, especially so at the time of the murder, someone must have witnessed something. If anyone witnessed the incident on August 26, 2015, knows what the motive was behind the hit, or has information as to the identity of the killers or the person who hired them please contact me in confidence." added Crouch Anyone with information is urged to contact private investigator Rick Crouch at 076 449-5263 or . . .
A new and true perspective on the Bible. #2016truth Do you understand the Bible, the true meaning of all those parables, prophecies and events in the Bible? Bible is written in a spiritual language of correspondences. This means God used natural objects like water, clouds, plants, animals, light, mountains and natural processes like rain, gravity, rainbow, death, marriages to mean something spiritually. E.g, The verse about end of times (Apocalypse) in #Revelations1:7, Behold, he comes with the clouds..... . The clouds symbolize and correspond to the written WORD, the Divine Truth. So the meaning of this verse for us, is about understanding of the written WORD/Scriptures, not about the Lord hovering in the clouds leading to physical destruction of Planet Earth. Again, every part of the Old Testament holds a hidden inner message, except for a few points where the Lord revealed and explained to the apostles, such as the fact that the sacri?ces symbolize the Lord, and that the land of Canaan and Jerusalem symbolize heaven. Language of correspondence is not just for the Bible, it’s actually used eternally as part of communication in the afterlife. When one is reading the Bible, upon request Holy Spirit can reveal the true meaning. However but one need to be in the goodness of love and truth to connect with the Holy Spirit. This leaves almost all of us out. Since the Bible has been in existence for nearly thousands years, several people have had true / spiritual meanings on various verses revealed to them. One of the most comprehensive collections of the spiritual meaning Bible and correspondence language interpretation was put together by Emmanuel Swedenborg from 1743 to 1782. For nearly thirty years, almost on a daily basis, God opened Swedenborg’s spiritual eyes, and revealed the true meaning of the Bible scriptures and many other things in Heaven and Hell. Swedenborg was ordered by God to record everything he saw and learnt so other people can . . .
By Kroshlen Moodley, GM: Public Sector and Utilities at SAS South Africa is a water scarce country. With average annual rainfall of 450mm – compared to a global average of 870mm – the country is ranked the 30th driest in the world. One would assume that we would be more cautious when it comes to water usage and wastage and that conservation would be a priority for everyone. Unfortunately, it’s not, and the current drought has brought this into stark focus, sparking crucial conversation about how to secure future supply to meet increasing demand. We can prevent an even bigger crisis. But it requires public-private partnerships, better resource management, efficient infrastructure planning and, most importantly, the aggregation of all available data to inform decision-making. It’s a data problem When talking about water management and advanced data analytics, we have to consider the whole picture. This includes water sources and treatment plants, the distribution network and usage, as well as overarching legislature and weather and demand/supply analysis to obtain a holistic view of the current situation. According to water expert Anthony Turton, many of the country’s water problems are because of poor government data. To have the biggest impact, we need reliable data analysis in the following areas: Supply SA’s drought is the result of an El Niño, a complex weather pattern that results in drier than normal conditions from December to January in south-central Africa. Historical weather data shows that an El Niño occurs every two to seven years. By analysing this data, as well as normal rainfall data, we could have predicted the current drought with relative accuracy five years ago.This would have given us time to plan accordingly for water shortages, for example, by making better decisions on how to supplement supply and prioritise infrastructure development. Treatment Waste water treatment plants spew more than four billion litres of untreated or . . .
Nico Buitendag, a Doctoral Researcher at Kyoto University, and Neil Coetzer, a Senior Associate at Cowan-Harper Attorneys, have published an article in the November 2015 edition of Strategic Review for Southern Africa in which they critically analyse the Marikana tragedy. The research applies combined historical, philosophical and legal perspectives which serve to highlight South Africa's history of organised labour protest and the government's response thereto. They argue that Marikana is not the exception, but rather the rule and instead of a turning point, more of the same. Their conclusion is that despite all the rhetoric of the government in democratic South Africa, the new era resembles more features of the old system than those in political and economic power want citizens to believe. Author: Neil Coetzer More Info link: http://www.up.ac.za/media/shared/85/Strategic%20Review/Vol%2037%20%282%29/buitendag-coetzer-pp94-117.zp74589.pdf CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. Have a look at the online visibility from 12/10/2015 to today for Marikana - The past, present and future: Google Search Results Bing Search Results Yahoo Search Results DuckDuckGo Search Results Twitter Mentions . . .
Cape Town- We often complain about challenges we face as a nation, doing little to create opportunity for change. Truth is we must be the change we want to see in our beautiful country. Change starts with us! LIPCO Law for All in association with Maboneng Township Experience, launched five Mediation Hubs in Gugulethu. Said former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and robust advocate of mediation, Albie Sachs at the launch of the Mediation Hubs: “The potential for mediation in our country is enormous. To have it community-based gives the concept legitimacy and efficiency. Undoubtedly mediation, dialogue, consensus-seeking are deep in the African cultural tradition. The objective is not to decide on winners and losers so that they remain enemies, but to get people to dispute themselves to find the most balanced solution, and end up respecting each other in the community.” Sachs strongly believes this initiative could serve as a pilot project for use throughout the country. During 2015 residents of a small street in Gugulethu, informally known as Peace Street, have undergone professional training and have been accredited through LIPCO Law for All’s innovative mediation programme. Their homes have been converted into conflict resolution spaces to serve those who cannot otherwise access justice, giving them the ability to navigate through problems in their own community and beyond. These Mediation Hubs will furthermore exhibit artistic content that will encourage dialogue and learning about the law. LIPCO Law for All has been working for over 23 years to provide sustainable solutions that make the law more affordable and accessible. According to Managing Director, Advocate Jackie Nagtegaal more has to be done to tackle the challenges we face: “South Africans simply cannot deal with the enormous difficulties they face without access to the legal justice system and increasingly resort to mob justice to deal with conflict. The new Mediation Rules . . .