26 September, 2014
By Mamosa kekana
This piece is inspired by the movie '3 idiots'
Day in and day out you hear of students Dropping out of school, some Committing suicide because of societal expectations and the education system.
Which is 'learn, leave ,labour'. School has one systematical way of doing things and if you fail to comprehend you are challenging convention.
They teach you to memorise. In most cases it's never how you comprehend it. It's how the teacher wants you to understand it, failure to do so, will result in you getting flunked.
Although I have to commend the system for allowing the brain intellectual capacity. I have to also condemn it for crippling the brain to be narrow minded. To not dare to dream big, but rather get a degree, work for someone ,make them rich.
The cohesive elites 'academics' are given special treatment because they get "it'. They are separated from the rest. They are taught to compete or die because that's how the real world is. Then they start looking down on the 'rest' because they are not of their level. And
Such creates animosity amongst a class who's main purpose was to learn and have fun while doing it. But instead there's educational segregation.
Why can't we all be equal.Why can't we just choose 'not so serious' courses like Arts, and be embraced as 'academics' ?
"We are all academics irrespective of the spectrum" Nqobile Sibisi
18 September, 2014
Grade 12 is usually seen as enough education for a girl child as opposed to boys…”
29 August, 2014
22 August, 2014
According to his CV- Dr Zwelidinga Pallo Jordan studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and attended the London school of Economics, perhaps the intellectual and ANC stalwart believed it himself , however a single Sunday Times article took it all away from him.
|Pallo Jordan- the daily dispatch online|
The late Sicelo Shiceka, former minister of cooperative governance and Traditional affairs lied about having a masters degree in Political economy from the University of Free state. SABC COO, Hlaudi Motsoeneng also lied about having a grade 12 certificate.
|a cartoon by Zapiro|
10 August, 2014
- Stay calm.
- Try and stay where you are.
- Use large and sturdy objects such as a big desk to crawl under.
- If you are in a building, try and stand with your back against the wall near the centre of the building.
- Stay away from windows and outside doors.
- Should you be outside at the time of an earthquake, look around you. Ensure you are clear from power cables or anything overhead that might fall on you. Do not stand near or against a building, debris might fall on top of you.
- Use the stairs to evacuate premises (only when it is safe to do so)
- At the earth’s surface, earthquakes manifest themselves by shaking and sometimes displacement of the ground.
- They are caused mostly by rapture of geological faults. Other events such as volcanic activity, landslides, mine blasts and nuclear tests may trigger them.
- Magnitude 3 or lower earthquakes are mostly imperceptible or weak and magnitude 7 and over potentially causes serious damage over larger areas, depending on their depth.
09 August, 2014
|The latest way people enjoy the concept of Blackface|
04 August, 2014
He scored five runs in three innings in the rubber, and did not bowl because of a back problem. As a matter of facts, he made just one 50 in his last 10 ODI innings. Though his form has been questioned recently,he is unquestionably the greatest South African cricketer of all times. It is not just his statistics that make this claim but the facts that he has represented the Proteas at 5 World Cups and was named Man of the Series when the Proteas won their only major ICC title at the 1998 ICC Champions’ Trophy. He was also named South African Cricketer of the Year in 2011, having previously won the inaugural award in 2004 and was also selected for the ICC Test Team of the Year for 2011 and again in 2012.
"It has been a pleasure to have shared the crease with him on a number of occasions, and I wish him well for the future. He has earned his break."
South Africa is a nation that boasts a rich history of political independence and cultural diversity .This is the same country that faced racial division, political oppression and social injustice during apartheid. However,this social war ended and a rainbow nation was birthed.
Even though South Africa has been emancipated from the apartheid regime, it still faces massive socio-economic ills. These factors have evoked uprisings in several sectors in the labour industry.
In the past months a number of strikes have plagued the country and caused a decline in the rand. In January hundreds of mineworkers downed tools demanding a monthly salary of R12 500 a month from mining giants, Lonmin and Anglo American Platinum. After lengthy negotiations AMCU members closed a deal with the platinum producers and signed an agreement. However, the strike had cost the platinum mining industry a loss of R24 billion in revenue.
According to the City Press, a total of 99 strikes were recorded in 2012 which almost half of them were unprotected or illegal strikes characterized by violence. Labour Director General, Nkosinathi Nhleko says that strikes over the period involved over 240 000 workers and had cost the economy 3.3 million working days.
Nombuyiselo Njongisa, a government employed street sweeper describes the state of South Africa:
"South Africa is in a stationery mode because there is less progress happening. Government and business owners are more concerned about themselves and what they can gain from the system rather than listen to the very people who voted them in power. The views of the people are no longer heard hence the uprising."
This come after more than 200 miners were involved in a bloody shoot out with police in Marikana near Rustenburg in 2012 which left 34 miners dead and 78 wounded.
Economist at the Free Market Foundation, Jasson Urbach provides a solution for strikes in South Africa in an article titled The nature, causes and outcomes of strike action in SA:
"Government must start to think once again about ordinary poor South Africans - black and white. It will need to weigh up the risks of taking on vested interests against the risks of increasing unrest and disquiet among poor unemployed South Africans. The government must make up its mind as to whether in tackling unemployment it should look at the big picture that includes the unemployed or cater for the interests of the already employed. The future of the country depends on this."
25 July, 2014
Illegal initiation schools have turned the circumcision culture into "something criminal" By Sisonke Mlamla (@Sisonke_mlamla)
|Women protesting for their rights. Image: LIFE|
Since our existence, man is symbolised to conquer and be superior to a woman. We (our society) are taught to believe that we live in a universe where the man is often seen sitting high on a pedestal. Eminent leaders namely presidency’s and spiritual leaders such as Jesus Christ and God are a few examples of how women culture had to always revolve around mankind.
- 1702 - The reign of Queen Anne. The 1707 Act of Union made Anne the first ruler of Great Britain.
- 1840 - Catherine Brewer becomes first woman to receive a bachelor’s degree, from Georgia Female College (now Wesleyan College).
- 1848 - The world’s first women’s right convention held in New York, July 19-20.
- 1849 - Amelia Jenks Bloomer publishes and edits ‘The Lily’ the first women’s rights newspaper.
- 1850 - The first woman graduated under police guard.
- 1855 - Lucy Stone became the first woman on record to keep her own name after marriage.
- 1855 - The University of Iowa becomes the first state school to admit women.
- 1872 - Susan B. Anthony is arrested for trying to vote.
- 1877 - Helen Magill becomes the first woman to receive a Ph.D, a doctorate in Greek.
- 1878 - The Susan B. Anthony Amendment granted the right for women to vote.
- 1900 - Women competed for the first time in the Olympic Games. Hélène de Pourtalès, a sailor, was the first female Olympian champion.
- 1903 - Marie Curie wins the Nobel Prize for her work on radioactivity and the discovery of radium.
- 1917 - Jeanette Rankin of Montana becomes the first woman elected to US Congress.
- 1918 - Women over the age of 30 given the vote in the UK.
- 1920 - 19th Amendment gives women right to vote in the US.
- 1932 - Amelia Earhart becomes first woman to fly solo across Atlantic.
- 1938 - Fair Labor Standards Act establishes minimum wage without regard to gender.
- 1955 - The first lesbian organization in U.S., Daughters of Bilitis, is founded.
- 1963 - Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space when the Vostok 6 orbits the earth 38 times.
- 1974 - The world's first woman President was Marma Estela 'Isabel' Martinez Cartas de Peron of Argentina, after her husband died Isabel served as president.
- 1980 - The world's first elected woman President was Vigdis Finnbogadottir of Iceland.
|Former President of Iceland Vigdis Finnbogadottir.||Image: Cocnoticias|