Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

bishop from south africa

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was born 7 October 1931 in Klerksdorp, Western Transvaal, South Africa. Archbishop Desmond Tutu studied at the Pretoria Bantu Normal College from 1951 to 1953, and went on to teach at Johannesburg Bantu High School and at Munsienville High School in Mogale City.

Tutu then travelled to King's College London, (1962–1966), where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in theology. During this time he worked as a part-time curate, first at St Alban's Church.
After the fall of apartheid, Tutu headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He retired as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996.

Tutu is generally credited with coining the term Rainbow Nation as a metaphor for post-apartheid South Africa after 1994 under African National Congress rule. The expression has since entered mainstream consciousness to describe South Africa's ethnic diversity.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Jacob Zuma


President of South Africa Jacob Gedleyihlekisa  Zuma,  Born April 12, 1942. President of South Africa since 2009. Zuma began engaging in politics at an early age and joined the African National Congress in 1959.

Convicted of conspiring to overthrow the Apartheid government, Zuma was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment, which he served on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela.

In 1990, he was elected Chairperson of the ANC for the Southern Natal region, and took a leading role in fighting political violence in the region between members of the ANC and IFP. Zuma had experience in national leadership, as he started serving in the National Executive committee of the ANC in 1977 when the party was still a guerrilla movement. By the time he became its president he had served the ANC for thirty years.

tokyo sexwale

south african politicians

Tokyo Sexwale was born in 5  March 1953  in South Africa, Soweto. He is a politician, businessman, anti-apartheid activist, and former political prisoner. Sexwale was imprisoned on Robben Island for his anti-apartheid activities.

After his release, Sexwale returned to Johannesburg, where he served as head of the public liaison department of the African National Congress Headquarters. He was subsequently appointed the head of special projects, reporting to the ANC's military headquarters. After the South African elections in April 1994, Sexwale was elected as the first premier of the new PWV Province.

Sexwale also chairs companies such as the Trans Hex Group Ltd. and Northam Platinum Ltd.; in addition, he is a director of companies such as Absa Group Limited, Allied Electronics Corporation Ltd. (more commonly known as Altech) and Gold Fields Ltd.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

unemployed graduates in south africa

graduation cap

The latest unemployment figures released by Statistics SA which place the official ... Graduates from universities have an unemployment rate of about 5%.

Labour market analyst says that about 600 000 university graduates are languishing at home, unable to put into practice what they have learned.

A growing army of unemployed graduates are now forced to either rely on their families to support them or find jobs as unskilled workers, such as waiters, clerks and office assistants.

University qualifications, Sharp says, are not the only qualities employers look for when recruiting.

Sharp’s advice to young people is to choose what they want to study carefully before going to university and enrolling for a course that is not in demand.

Monday, November 25, 2013

National Zoological Gardens of South Africa


The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa also known as The Pretoria Zoo is an 85-hectare. It was opened on the October 21, 1899. It located in Pretoria, South African (Boom Street)     

The farm Klein Schoemansdal, the property of Z.A.R. president Stephanus Schoeman, was sold to Johannes Francois Celliers who renamed it Rus in Urbe. It was acquired by the state in 1895, and the zoological gardens was established at the outbreak of the Second Boer War in 1899. It became the official National Zoological Gardens in 1916.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Paul Kruger

5th president of south africa

Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger known as Paul Kruger was born on 10th  of October 1825. He is the 5th president of South African Republic.  Kruger was born at Bulhoek, on his grandfather's farm in the British Cape Colony, and he grew up on the farm Vaalbank. He received only three months of formal education.

in 1874, he was elected as a member of the Executive Council and shortly after became the Vice-President of the Transvaal. Following the annexation of the Transvaal by Britain in 1877, Kruger became the leader of the resistance movement. During the same year, he visited Britain for the first time as the leader of a deputation. In 1878, he formed part of a second deputation.

30 December 1880 Paul Kruger was elected as President of the Transvaal,

April 1883 he won Presidential elections. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


hip hop star

Eminem will visit South Africa for the first time next year, Cape Town Stadium 2014 February 26, and Joburg’s Ellis Park Stadium on 2014 March 1. Brought to you by Primedia in association with Dainty group and Showtime Management.

Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born October 17, 1972, better known by his stage name Eminem and by his alter ego Slim Shady, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, Eminem is a member of his group D12, as well as one half of the hip hop duo Bad Meets Evil, alongside Royce da 5'9". Eminem is one of the world's best-selling music artists and is the best-selling artist of the 2000s

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

south african elections

home of the south African president

The next South African general election will be held on a date in April–July 2014 to elect a new National Assembly, as well as new provincial legislatures in each province.

When we voted in the historic first democratic election in 1994, we were excited because we were free to choose our own government and leaders. We thought of the changes that our votes would immediately bring. We did again in 1999 a few more times thereafter.

independent electoral commission

The IEC (Independent Electoral Commission)

The Independent Electoral Commission is a permanent body created by the constitution to promote and safeguard representative democracy in South Africa.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Affirmative action


Affirmative action is a way of making the workplace more representative and fair. It makes sure that qualified people from designated groups have equal opportunities in the workplace. In South Africa.

Affirmative action, refers to policies that take factors including "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  Into consideration in order to benefit an underrepresented group "in areas of employment, education, and business. The concept of affirmative action was introduced in the early 1960s as a way to combat racial discrimination in the hiring process, and in 1967, the concept was expanded to include gender.

In some other regions, specific quotas do not exist; instead, members of minorities are given preference in selection processes. Often, university scholarships are earmarked for members of a specific minority. The nature of affirmative action policies varies from region to region. Some countries, such as India, use a quota system, whereby a certain percentage of jobs or school vacancies must be set aside for members of a race, caste or other protected group.

Friday, November 15, 2013

What to do in case of a car accident

car accident

  • Safety is your top priority. Your first priority is to maintain the safety of everyone involved in the accident and to take actions to prevent more smash-ups and injuries. 

  • If the accident is minor and the cars are still functioning, move them off or to the side of the road.

  • Check for injuries. Ask everyone who was in the car with you if they’re okay. Then check on the driver and passengers of the other car. Call  for an ambulance if needed.
  •  Call the police, even if the accident is minor.

  • Do not sign any document unless it's for the police or your insurance agent.

  • Be polite, but don't tell anyone the accident was your fault, even if you think it was.

  • State only the facts, and limit your discussion of the accident to the police and your insurance agent.

  • If possible, don't leave the accident scene before the police and other drivers do.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Africa's silent killer


Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both.

Types of diabetes

  • Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease where the body's immune system attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. People with type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin and require lifelong insulin injections for survival. The disease can occur at any age, although it mostly occurs in children and young adults. Type 1 diabetes is sometimes referred to as 'juvenile onset diabetes' or 'insulin dependent diabetes'.

  • Type 2 diabetes is associated with hereditary factors and lifestyle risk factors including poor diet, insufficient physical activity and being overweight or obese. People with type 2 diabetes may be able to manage their condition through lifestyle changes; however, diabetes medications or insulin injections may also be required to control blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes occurs mostly in people aged over 40 years old; however, the disease is also becoming increasingly prevalent in younger age groups.

Diabetes facts

  • Diabetes is a chronic condition associated with abnormally high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood.
  • Insulin produced by the pancreas lowers blood glucose.
  • Absence or insufficient production of insulin causes diabetes.
  • Symptoms of diabetes include increased urine output, thirst, hunger, and fatigue.
  • Diabetes is diagnosed by blood sugar (glucose) testing.
  • The major complications of diabetes are both acute and chronic.

Bedfordview bomb blast

Police forensic experts and the bomb squad are continuing to comb the scene of a bomb explosion outside the shop owned by Czech businessman Radovan Krejcir in Bedfordview.
Police say a man walked into the store on Tuesday afternoon with a bag carrying the explosive device.

Forensic experts late in the evening told Sapa that the roof of the building had collapsed due to the magnitude of the blast.
A forensic expect said they were still trying to establish what kind of explosive was used.
TWO people were killed and five others injured when a bomb exploded in Bedfordview

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

khuli chana biography


Khuli Chana Was born and raised in South Africa in Mmabatho.  Khuli Chana brings a different flavour and sound, not only to this type of music but also to the Hip-Hop scene. Khuli Chana is not new to the music industry; in the early 90′s he formed a duet with Kay-G called “Jazzzadaz”, he then joined forces with Towdee to form the group, Morafe. His first offering titled The Motswakoriginator was released in November 2009. Khuli Chana also opened the stage for Drake SA tour. He has recently been given an opportunity to do the Miller US tour together with AKA and Minnie Dlamini.

Khuli has just recently produced his 6th video latest music video and radio single “Tswa Daar” where he selected all 60 extras from his Facebook Fan Page to be featured on the video. This hot new single features up and coming Motswako sensation Notsh

competition commission south africa

The Competition Commission is a statutory body constituted in terms of the Competition Act, No 89 of 1998 by the Government of South Africa empowered to investigate, control and evaluate restrictive business practices, abuse of dominant positions and mergers in order to achieve equity and efficiency in the South African economy.

Competition regulators may also regulate certain aspects of mergers and acquisitions and business alliances and regulate or prohibit cartels and monopolies. Other government agencies may have responsibilities in relation to aspects of competition law which affect companies (e.g. the registrar of companies).

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

south african airways


South African Airways was founded in 1934, with its Headquarters  OR Tambo International Airport Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, South Africa.  South African Airways (SAA) is the national flag carrier and largest airline of South Africa, The airline flies to 38 destinations worldwide from its hub at OR Tambo International Airport, using a fleet of 54 aircraft. The airline is headed by CEO Monwabisi Kalawe.

SAASAA is currently and historically the only African airline to be classified with the prestigious 4-star airline ranking from Skytrax. The days of SAL (Suid Afrikaanse Lugdiens) and the old guard are long gone and the modern SAA has one main objective – to bring South Africa to the world and the world to South Africa. Today SAA offers the most comprehensive portfolio of routes within South Africa and to overseas hubs.

Travelling with Pets

  • With the exception of service dogs, pets cannot be carried in the passenger cabin on SAA flights
  • Service dogs are carried free of charge.
  • The weight of the animal and its container will be charged as excess baggage. It is not accepted as part of free baggage allowance.
  • It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the animals are properly crated and accompanied by valid health and vaccination certificates, entry permits and other documents required by countries of entry or transit.

Friday, November 8, 2013

economic freedom

eff logo

1.     Our decision is to fight for the economic emancipation of the people of South Africa, Africa and the world. Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) locate the struggle for economic emancipation within the long resistance of South Africans to racist colonial and imperialist, political, economic, and social domination. This glorious resistance started with the Khoi and San people rising against colonial domination, marked by the arrival of settler colonists in 1652 in the Cape. This basically represents more than 350 years of Africans’ resistance against colonial and economic domination and exploitation.

2.     The EFF recognises that, despite temporary victories in this or that battle, Africans were defeated, humiliated, and enslaved by colonial settlers, thereby symbolising colonial victory over the indigenous people of the South African territory. The EFF draws inspiration from the gallant fight those who came before us have mounted, generation after generation, against the superior firepower of the colonists. The EFF intend to elevate this resistance to a decisive victory to vindicate the justness of the cause of liberation wars and to pay tribute to all those who perished fighting for the liberation of the African people and all the oppressed people of our land.

3.     Those who fought the gallant wars of resistance did so to resist forced dispossession of land, wealth, livestock and heritage, which they had cherished and inherited from their forebears. More than 350 years later, the war of resistance has not been won, and the battles that were fought almost represent nothing, because 20 years after the attainment of formal political freedom, the black people of South Africa still live in absolute mass poverty, are landless, their children have no productive future, they are mistreated and they are looked down upon in a sea of wealth.

4.     While relatively developed, South Africa like many other colonies is still trapped in the colonial division of labour as supplier of primary commodities to the coloniser nations. This colonial feature cannot and will never be broken by continued economic dominance of private corporations, particularly in the natural and mineral resources sector. Multinational and private ownership of South Africa’s commanding heights of the economy should be discontinued in order to
stimulate State-led and aided industrial development.

5.     Our indignation at the continued economic domination of the people of South Africa and the extreme exploitation of the black working class explains where we come from, where we are, what our mission is, what our character is, and what is to be done to emancipate the black people of South Africa, the working class in particular, from economic bondage. The solutions we provide represent a coherent ideological tradition and draw inspiration from developments around the world on what has been done to advance the development and betterment of people’s lives in the aftermath of the defeat of colonialism and against imperialism.

6.     South Africa is rooted in the alliance between British and Afrikaner capital. From its inception, capitalism in South Africa was underlined by racism, segregation, and sexism. It discriminated and oppressed the black majority. It discriminated and oppressed women. South African capitalism continues to be characterised by the extreme exploitation of the black working class. In short, the black majority, whatever their class location, are integrated into the mainstream of the economy in a subservient position relative to white people. While the legalistic forms of colonial-apartheid domination have been eroded 20 years ago, the economic system that marginalised, oppressed and exploited the black majority is still intact, with a few individuals benefiting, but only because they have been co-opted to portray a wrong picture that all is and will be well in our country.

7.     The EFF note and appreciate the role played by generations of political freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives, were imprisoned, exiled, banished and separated from their families in pursuit of freedom. The reality, nonetheless, is that the political freedom attained symbolically in 1994 through inclusive elections have not translated into economic freedom, which must empower and assist the oppressed and exploited people of South Africa to be liberated from economic and social bondage. This feature of South Africa justifies our struggle for economic freedom and is also directed at the emancipation of the African continent."
eff leader

Zakes Bantwini biography

His real name is Zakhele Madida
Zakes Bantwini was born is a South African Artist. He is also the owner of Mayonie Productions and discovered Kwaito sensation L’vovoDerrango.

He is also known for his song "Clap your Hands", featuring XolaniSithole, from his album Love, Light and Music. Other featured tracks from the album include Wasting my Time and Bum Bum.

Born and raised in Durban, Zakes is the owner of the independent record label Mayonie Productions, which he established in 2004 while he was completing his final year at Technikon

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Monday, September 30, 2013

South Africa’s worst customer service

balancing the scale

South Africa’s worst customer service is to be found from within government agencies and utility providers, according to new research released by contact centre experts, Interactive Intelligence.
Aiming to determine what customers expect from companies in terms of customer service, the surveys looked at customer experiences and expectations when dealing with company contact centres.

The South Africans polled for the global Consumer Survey felt the best customer service came from hotels (61% ranking them among the best, in line with 61% globally), online retail stores (45% vs 51% globally) and banks (41% vs. 45% globally). The worst service came from government agencies (85% ranking them among the worst, vs. 52% globally) and utility providers (68% ranking them among the worst vs. 34% globally).

South Africans still choose a voice conversation with an agent as their preferred means of interacting with a contact centre. They expect an answer in under three minutes and they want agents to have all the relevant information at hand when they call. Customers said a major frustration when dealing with a contact centre agent is a lack of knowledge on the part of the agent (79% in SA and 66% globally), being transferred multiple times before finding the right person to help (89% in SA vs. 66% globally), or having to repeat information at different points of the interaction (64% in SA vs. 56% globally.). Another major frustration South Africans cited when calling a contact centre is not being able to understand the agent when speaking to them on the phone (86% vs. 75% globally).

Friday, September 20, 2013


roof top

The Voortrekker Monument is situated in the northern part of South Africa in the Pretoria (Tshwane) region in a nature reserve. It is a unique Monument which commemorates the Pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner and is situated in a beautiful setting. Today it is the most visited heritage site of its kind in Gauteng and one of the top ten cultural historical visitor attractions in the country.

Physically, the Voortrekker Monument is 40 metres high, with a base of 40 metres by 40 metres.[citation needed] The building shares architectural resemblance with European monuments such the Dôme des Invalides in France and the Völkerschlachtdenkmal in Germany but also contain African influences. The two main points of interest inside the building are the Historical Frieze and the Cenotaph.

the main entranceThe idea to build a monument in honour of the Voortrekkers was first discussed on 16 December 1888, when President Paul Kruger of the South African Republic attended the Day of the Covenant celebrations at Blood River in Natal. However, the movement to actually build such a monument only started in 1931 when the Sentrale Volksmonumentekomitee (SVK) (Central People's Monuments Committee) was formed to bring this idea to fruition.

Construction started on 13 July 1937 with a sod turning ceremony performed by chairman of the SVK, Advocate Ernest George Jansen, on what later became known as Monument Hill. On 16 December 1938 the cornerstone was laid by three descendants of some of the Voortrekker leaders: Mrs. J.C. Muller (granddaughter of Andries Pretorius), Mrs. K.F. Ackerman (great-granddaughter of Hendrik Potgieter) and Mrs. J.C. Preller (great-granddaughter of Piet Retief).
The Monument was inaugurated on 16 December 1949 by the then-prime minister D. F. Malan.[citation needed] The total construction cost of the Monument was about £ 360,000, most of which was contributed by the South African government.
A large amphitheatre, which seats approximately 20,000 people, was erected to the north-east of the Monument in 1949.

The main entrance of the building leads into the domed Hall of Heroes. This massive space, flanked by four huge arched windows made from yellow Belgian glass, contains the unique marble Historical Frieze which is an intrinsic part of the design of the monument. It is the biggest marble frieze in the world