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I need to update my blog

18 Aug

Hello All,  I have been remiss in keeping this blog up to date.  I was never a great diarist, so I do have an excuse….

I will try to keep it up to date, but I make no promises.  I want this to be a pleasure, not a task. so I will do this when I want to and it will be erratic.

I am in the throes of assisting Mitchells Brewery in their move to a new site in Knysna, but it is frustrating.  Timekeeping in the Cape is very different to Gauteng.  And the Knysna town council is a bunch of lethargic old women who don’t really care about boosting the economy of the town.  I think they feel it’s just too much work and may just interfere with their lazy existence.  It makes me so angry – I wish some of the residents would kick some of them out of their lethargy.

Anyway, I will keep you updated – when?  Just watch my blog.  It may be tomorrow or next year – I don’t know.



Home of the brave, land of the free?

30 Aug

America, my heart goes out to you. Just after the second world war you showed the world how to celebrate, how to pull yourself up by your bootstraps. While the allies were suffering under rations, you created a paradise.

Then, you stalled. You got so involved in rights, rule of law, political correctness, health and safety and all the litigation that came with it. Your constitution got in the way of common sense, because you allowed the legal fraternity to interpret it to suit their own greedy intentions. You need to overhaul the entire system and allow common, decent people to restructure it to bring it back to mean what the original authors intended. You use modern language to corrupt one of the most honest documents ever created.

You have created a nation of money grubbers, snake oil salesmen. How many Americans actually create goods, consumer items (you invented them) and sweat of the brow craftsmanship. You have sold your birthright for a mess of beans. Even your iconic tradenames are being outsourced to other countries. You should be proud of your achievements. Inventors of heavier than air flight (thank God Boeing is still made in America), the assembly line, the first affordable motor car, the personal computer. But you don’t employ Americans to produce the goods, you allow your goods to be made elsewhere.

How many engineers are produced by your universities? How many lawyers (shame!)? How many bankers and stock traders (again – shame!)? How many doctors and scientists?

How many tradesmen actually create your great heritage – and how many just repair the (American branded) goods that are produced by other countries?

You have also allowed the patent laws to become ridiculous – patenting computer code is like patenting language. This has resulted in Apple fighting about patents that they stole from Xerox in the first place. Why does Austin not demand royalties for the positioning of the accelerator, brake and clutch pedals? (Oh, damn, they went out of business in the UK because of poor management.) They did not because it resulted in standardisation of motor vehicle controls. Apple are complaining that Samsung looks like their “invention”. Can shapes now be patented? (I think I will patent a triangle – then every time it is used, I get some money.)

Copyright I understand, but patenting was introduced to allow an inventor to protect his INVENTION, not some obtuse use of already existing technology.

You can reduce your unemployment figure overnight by bringing back at least some of the manufacturing of AMERICAN goods to your own country.

The most revered technology institute in the world is MIT. Who is the head of engineering? Is he/she a native-born American?

Yale, Harvard and Princeton are known throughout the world as centres of excellence. How many Americans have tenure? How many of the lecturers are American?

It’s time you restored your faith in Old Glory and induced your population to “BUY AMERICAN” and with that I mean buy goods actually made in America, by Americans, not some slave working in the east.

You have ostracised a democratic nation to please a communist nation (who have more American dollars in their banks than you do.) It is so sad that self-serving politicians will bend over backwards for a few dollars.

Americans, it’s time to take your country back!

You have no friends in business

29 Aug

If you decide to start a business with a partner, then here are a few caveats.
1. Get a contract signed between you and your partner. Do NOT use a copperplate from the internet, get a lawyer to produce the contract!
2. When you open a company bank account, make sure that you are both aware of how the account will be managed. Do not allow either partner to have access to the account without the consent of the other. Banks nowadays have systems where no transactions can be made without the consent of both partners.
3. Don’t think that because your partner is a “nice person” that you can necessarily trust him/her. Even if the partner is family or an old school friend, put proper management into place to control how the business is run.

I made the classic mistake of trusting my partner, thinking that he was an honourable man. We took a bank loan of R200000, which was removed from the bank, into his own personal account within minutes of the bank depositing the money. He then paid the money to a third party the same day. When I contacted him about this, he lost his temper and said that the money was his.
He than had the audacity of blaming me for “misusing” R40000 and had his lawyer send me a letter to express his anger.
(My partner is, sadly, not the sharpest knife in the drawer and is completely under the control of his wife, who also works for the bank where our company account is kept – I didn’t stand a chance.)
Obviously, I now have to resort to legal action to get everything sorted out.

If possible, start the business on your own. Prospective partners will try to persuade you with all sorts of promises and altruisms.

SA definition of a racist

27 May

The FridaFactor (a News24 contributor) posted this on the Mynews24 section of the online newspaper:

“A South African artist called Brett Murray has been causing a huge stir since his painting of South Africa’s president titled The Spear was put up in a local gallery. The ANC have worked themselves up into a total frothy about the painting and their biggest issue with it – It’s racist. ???????

Disrespectful, maybe. Rude, maybe. But racist???

That little word that has become the political whip with which the ANC work the masses up into angry mobs and riots anytime something happens that they don’t like. And it’s becoming really really tiring.

In South Africa, the word racist has lost it’s original meaning and now only get’s used to describe a white person doing something a black person doesn’t like. You never hear it used in any other context. You can’t say to a black CEO that he is racist because he won’t hire white people, no – he’s just making sure that only blacks get hired because of BEE. You can’t call a university racist because they won’t accept an application from a white student with straight A’s for 8 subjects – instead taking on a black student who barely passed matric. Nope, they’re not racist, they’re just correcting the wrongs of the past. But god forbid you do hire the white person or you do admit the white student, you’ll be branded racist by the government quicker that you can say “colour shouldn’t be the issue here” because how dare you choose a white person over a black person in a democratic South Africa.

Most of the time when you are a white person and you call your fellow countrymen to be held accountable for their unacceptable words and actions such as corruption, nepotism, fraud, theft, you’ll be branded a racist.

Today, I shouted at a taxi driver who pushed in-front of me nearly driving me into the curb with no regard for the fact that I have a child in the car – I must be a racist, because only racists care about road safety it would seem.

I complained to the manager of my bank because the woman handling my account is so incompetent and hasn’t responded to one email or message I’ve left her for over 2 months! Nevermind that my account is about to be shut down because of FICA. I must be a racist then because only racists expect service from a bank and stupidly think an organisation is going to actually do the job they promise to do in all their marketing material.

The other day my husband confronted a woman outside a shopping centre after she carelessly threw her fast food packet on the floor less than 10cm from a dustbin. Her response – “you’re just a racist”. Yes, you’re absolutely right, because only racists care about keeping their city clean and litter free.

I fired a lady who worked for me once because I caught her rummaging through one of my cupboards and she had taken my passport and other belongings which I found in her bag. Her only response – “you’re a racist”. Yes, yes I am. Because only racists think that stealing is a criminal offense and is done by people with no morals or conscience.

I swear being a white person in this country can be very bloody exasperating at times. The ANC has brainwashed the masses with this little word – racist – to the point that it’s actually completely lost its meaning and now get’s used totally out of context. Most days I just let it pass and I don’t go into effect of it. But today is not one of those days. Today I’m angry and today I’m sick and tired of it.

I’m not shouting at you because you’re black, I’m shouting because you’re a maniac on the roads who is a danger to society.

I’m not complaining to your manager because you’re black. I’m complaining because you’re an incompetent moron who is incapable of doing her job properly.

I’m not firing you because you’re black. I’m firing you because you’re a thief.

I’m not confronting you because your black, I’m shouting at you because you’re a messy pig who expects other people to clean up your mess.

Please get over yourselves and move out the way of the remarkably amazing black people who DO take total responsibility and who actually want this country to work for ALL the people who live in it.

If being a racist in this country means that I will stand up for my rights, fight for what is fair and true and hold everyone around me accountable for their words and actions, then I am a racist through and through. If being a racist means that I believe in freedom of speech and expression and that everyone’s point of view is relevant, no matter what colour, age or sex, then I will proudly announce to all who can hear that I am a racist. If being a racist means that I believe we should all be treated with the same rules and consequences and that no-one, especially not the President, is above the law and exempt from criminal prosecution when that law has been broken, then print me a t-shirt saying “I am a racist” and I will wear it in the streets. If being a racist means that I will not stand idly by while the few, corrupt pigs in the ANC rape this country for everything they can get with no regard for the poor and the homeless and the uneducated, then I’ll get I’m a racist tattooed on my back.

Mr Zuma and the ANC – you need to get a different vocabulary. Instead of shouting at someone like Brett Murray about a painting being offensive, maybe you should be asking yourselves why he painted it in the first place. Instead of wanting to take Zapiro to court every time he depicts the president & his shower head in one of his cartoons, why don’t you stop to realise that there is truth in everything he draws and that your angry responses are really due to the fact that he keeps hitting a nerve that’s a little too close to home.

Maybe, Mr Zuma, it’s time to take a long, hard look in the mirror. If you were honest with yourself you’d see that people actually have very little respect for you because some believe you have lied and cheated your way through your Presidency. According to reports you have been involved with more seedy, corrupt criminals than Horatio Cane and that you have abused funds for personal gain. Even the great Oliver Tambo’s daughter doesn’t think much of you based on what she had to say about the painiting: “He should inspire the reverence he craves. This portrait is what he inspired”

You Mr Zuma and your ANC are a bunch of CANTS!

CAN’T let go of the past
CAN’T stop operating from a place of revenge and hate for what’s happened in the past
CAN’T stop the out of control corruption that is rife throughout every government department
CAN’T seem to get the education right in this country
CAN’T say goodbye of Affirmative Action and BEE which is ruining businesses across this land

But what do I know?

I’m just a white girl talking about a black man.

I must be a racist”

So that makes me a racist too. It is so sad that any criticism of bad behaviour is branded as racism…. What a sad country I live in.

anyway – that’s all for today.

We (possibly) have a contract…

23 May

We went to a primary contractor for a large fibre optic installer and were met with disdain and a feeling that we should leave as soon as possible. It is obvious that these guys have no idea about labour conditions in South Africa.
So, back to the drawing board. We were then invited to visit another of the primary contractors (who are a South African company with a long history of excellent work). We were met with professionalism and friendliness. We are seeing them on Thursday (tomorrow) and we have an excellent chance of getting at least 20 km of the contract. This should put our worries about the company behind us. All that is necessary to make our name in the industry is good progress and quality work. And this will almost guarantee that we get more work from these guys in the future, so ensuring that we have a viable and profitable company.
So, my future of having a happy and adequate retirement is (almost) in the bag.

We did get a contract for 10kms!

(Sadly, my “partner” turns out to be a very dishonourable man and is in this to enrich himself at the cost of others and the contract will be the last that we do as partners. I definitely do not want to have any further dealings with this nasty little man and his overbearing wife.) – See my post on friends in business.

Thats all for now,

My Grandson

9 May

I have just spent the last half-hour chatting with my oldest grandson on Skype. My daughter moved to the US about 20 years ago and I now have a granddaughter and 4 grandsons.
Cameron is just finishing high school and will write exams in about 3 weeks time. He is looking forward to graduation and then going to college. He has a girlfriend, but realises that his studies must come first. His girlfriend seems to be a bright girl, having won a scholarship, but she still has 2 years of high school.
I remember my teenage years, when I believed myself to be invincible and of course, I knew everything. At that stage, my parents were such idiots – strangley enough, they became so clever in such a short time, I was intrigued. Now, of course, I know better.
Anyway, my chat with Cameron was wonderful. He lives in what can only be described as the greatest country in the world and he has the potential to be whatever he decides to be. I have urged him to use the enormous benefits that a country like the US can afford him and he is raring to go. Who knows, he may even be US president one day (I can dream….).
Anyway, that’s all for now.

Nazir Alli resigns….

8 May

So Sanral is looking for a new CEO. Alli has moved on, but what we may never know is what sort of golden handshake he takes with him. The review of the etoll saga must still take place. Will Alli be there or will he have moved to a friendlier place, like Austria, where, no doubt, he must have a lot of friends?
I think that the SA government would be very happy if their secrecy bill was already in place – they could then deny access to all the contractural documents that pertain to the GFIP project. But, sadly for them, the bill in not yet (and hopefully never will be) in place for them to hide behind.
All the blacked out parts of the contracts must be revealed and methinks that there will be a lot of red faces when this happens.
OUTA, do your thing, let the people of South Africa know how their taxes, taxes on taxes, fuel levies, licence fees and other miscellaneous fees are being misused to add to the luxury lifestyles of the government rich and infamous.
And, hopefully, at the next election, the ANC royalty can see that not all the minions agree with their means of governance.
It’s time, government, that you realise that you are the servants of those who voted and not vice versa.
Enough for now,