Monthly Archives: July 2014

Statistical Nightmare

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South African jobless rate increased for the second straight quarter to 25.5 percent in the three months to June, up from 25.2 percent in the preceding period. The number of unemployed persons increased to its highest level since 2008.
http://www.tradingeconomics.com/south-africa/unemployment-rate

Just yesterday we read that schools were not offering maths at some schools in the country, then today we see the latest figures released from Stats SA showing that…

Between the first and the second quarter of 2014, the number of unemployed persons
increased by 87 000 to 5.2 million, the highest level since the inception of the Quarterly Labor Force Survey in 2008.

This is a shocking statistic together with yesterdays report there will be many youth who won’t be able to read and understand these statistics. See how important maths is?

There are 5,7 million people without jobs some discouraged as they have been searching for so long. With so many new regulations in place the job market is a difficult place to enter, people are not employed on merit, as the saying goes it is not what you know but who you know, this becomes evident in the statistics above.

We constantly hear about strikes for higher wages, yes people have the right to protest but in an orderly fashion, I don’t think they realise how the cost in damages affect them negatively.

There is a huge gap betweeen the rich and the poor but if you think about it some of these people have sacrificed to where they got in life where as some keep complaining about what they don’t have. 

How do we combat this shocking statistic and turn it around, by actively seeking our own employment. Entrepreneurship  is encouraged, be your own boss in this way you are able to employ someone else just one person makes a difference.

Build your office, before you rent it out – unknown

Keep on learning, knowledge is power even if you do not have the money the libraries are free and offer internet access teach yourself, show interest in yourself, the biggest investment you can make is educating your mind.

James 1:5-8 New International Version (NIV)
If any of you lacks wisdom, you.should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person
should not expect to receive.anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
http:// https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James%201:5-8

Let us stop complaining about we hate our jobs, long hours, crap boss etc. There are 5.7million people wishing they were in your position be thankful and count your blessings.

Words of encouragement to those seeking employment your time will come keep believing and never lose hope, make your own dreams happen.

Colossians 3:17 New International Version (NIV)
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father.through him.

Colossians 3:23 New
International Version (NIV)
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+3%3A17%2CColossians+3%3A23&version=NIV

Psalm 71:3 New
International Version (NIV)
Be my rock of refuge, to which I
can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+71%3A3&version=NIV

Solve for X

What do you want to be when you grow up?

This is a question many of us were asked when we were younger, I remember wanting to be a Pilot, my father wanted me to be a Marine Biologist. I was in Grade 7 when a teacher asked this question and I said an Actor.

I eventually chose to become an Accountant aspiring to qualify as a Chartered Accountant as well as start my own business.

Why am I saying all this, well all the above careers require maths infact any career path you chose requires you to know some sort of maths whether it be an Engineer, Doctor even a ‘gaatjie’ on the taxi. Maths is all around us.

I was shocked to read that more than 300 schools in the country do not offer maths to grade 12 learners because of ‘lack of demand’.
http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/national-grade-12-maths-meltdown-1.1727238

We celebrate matriculant pass rates at the end of the year but is quantity really better than quality. If you look at the statistics above it means that we are producing less doctors, engineers and other qaulified people who are needed to ensure a greater economic benefit to our country. Nowadays you have to also think of being your own boss and maths is needed, think of budgets and cash flow forecasts how is your money working for you. Think geometry is not important think again, how are you going to know how to fit the maximum amount of cash in your safe to utilise all available space – answer is maths :-D.

For the life of Pi I cannot remember what COS means yes I know its a SIN but I’d rather be TANning on the beach than break my mind over that now. Ahh yes it was part of Trigonometry or rather Trickernometry as we had a crip sheet with all the formulae and this made things so much easier come exam time, draw the four quadrants fill in the signs and bobs your uncle, you are half way from solving for x.
http:// http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigonometry

Maths should be fun, explanation through games and visualistion the teacher should be excited about the subject, I think this is also a factor in getting more children wanting to pursue maths further as at some schools the teachers are battling with the content themselves.

How do we combat this problem, start at the root develop your child from a young age emphasise the importance of maths but do not overpower them, give them the freedom of choice too. Career guidance should be a subject in all schools visualising different careers offers children the insight and allowing them to ask questions in ultimately making the right decisions for themselves.

Nou praat ons

Walking to church this morning I was hit by a great sight that brought a smile to my face. This is the park in 5th Avenue between 4th and 5th Street, Kensington.

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I remember jogging at around De Havilland field thinking why don’t we have those exercise machines like in Sea Point, I even tweeted the Peoples Post about it.

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I believe a Healthy Body equals a Healthy Mind and this is what we need in our society today, there are too many influences that affect our youth and alter there minds negatively gripping them in a life of violence, drugs and gangsterism. I commend projects like this as I feel it brings a type of positivity to the community, children should not live in fear, parks should be full of laughter and smiles of young people shouting and playing. I know times have changed with social networking taking us by storm but everybody still has that inner child in them I’m sure, I know I do.

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The first thing I wanted to do when I saw this was to try it out, we should encourage children to play outside more often. Fresh air and blue skies does wonders for the body and soul.

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I’d like to say welldone to whoever started this project, keep up the great work in uplifting our society we need more people like you.

Sporting Heroes

‘Sport in South Africa It’s the national religion. Transcending race and language group, sport unites the country – and not just the male half of it.’
http://www.southafrica.info/about/sport/

The Commonwealth Games are being held in Glasgow at the moment and I had a thought, why is the SABC not broadcasting this event shouldn’t we as South Africans be proud of all our sporting heroes.

It is mostly Soccer, Rugby and Cricket that is being broadcast what about the other Athletes (Men and Woman) respresenting our country,being proud to be called South African and flying our Flag high – Swimming, Athletics, Judo, Table Tennis, Tennis, Golf even Ice Hockey to name but a few, we just had Richard Murray win South Africa’s first medal in the Triathalon in Glascow.

Did you know that we have a BMX champion or some pretty good surfers, skateboarding and even horseriding  are also sports in which we as South Africans are represented.

I think we should encourage all sporting codes and not just the popular ones in order for the Youth to see what is out there and this way get interested we might just spark future heroes wearing the green and gold.

Stop calling our teams “a bunch of losers” but encourage them to be a bunch of WINNERS, I don’t like seeing or reading that there is not enough money for a certain sport when in other code athletes are getting paid exorbitant salaries makes no sense.

I am proud to be called South African but sometimes the system boggles my mind – 20 year democracy lets start making a difference and seeing change.

The Plot Thickens

sleuth /sluːθ/
noun
a detective.
verb
carry out a search or
investigation in the manner of a
detective.

Driving towards the Playhouse Theatre in Somerset West, being invited to the final dress rehearsal of Sleuth directed by Bettina Horvath and written by Anthony Shaffer, to be honest I did not know what to expect.

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Like the saying goes ‘expect the unexpected’, this is definitely true for this play, (if like me you have not watched the movie), as the audience is taken on a wild ride of twists and turns all well put together by an amazing cast of David Ballard and Christoan Smit both taking their roles to another level.

A gripping thriller taking you through the mind of two different personalities if not similiar, in the end it is all a game of  Love vs Money.

A great storyline well directed and well acted with witty dialogue and some good humour, this will really make for an awesome night out. A word of advice please bring your thinking caps, my eyes were all over the place looking for the objects after the clues were given out in Act 2….don’t know what I am talking about, well even more reason to get your ticket at Computicket and….

…Let the games begin.

Game, Set and Match…I think.

Alive in Christ

This past weekend I attended a workshop on bible study methods, this was a very interesting, blessed and fullfilling experience.

Jesus Calms the Storm (Mark 4 vs 35-41)
That day when evening
came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also
other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a
cushion. The disciples woke
him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is
this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%204%3A35-41

It was an interactive experience as we all got an opportunity to have our say as we gathered around the scriptures written in the Bible – Faith can move mountains – we should not fear as the Lord has a plan for us all and will not fail us.

The vast age groups gave us the opportunity to listen to various opinions getting different perspectives on the topics at hand, through bible study you realise that all the things that happened in the past are relevant in todays society.

Colossians 2:4-10
I say this in order that no
one may delude you with
plausible arguments. For
though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the
firmness of your faith in Christ.
Alive in Christ
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith,
just as you were taught abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the
world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him,who is the head of all rule and authority.
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+2%3A4-10&version=ESV

Do not let false teaching or influences affect your Faith, believe in your higher power and stand fast in this belief, we all go through phases in our life where our Faith is tested but through pray your questions will be answered.

Know that you are not alone, miracles do happen – it was interesting that the day before, we went to the Kensington Shelter to deliver care packages as part of Madiba Day 67 minutes, after the worshop they catered for to many people and we dropped more bread at the Shelter – The legacy is carried forward.

The spirit is Alive – Keep Believing and Standfast in your Faith.

Humble Pie

King James Bible
Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude – Luke 9:16
http://biblehub.com/luke/9-16.htm

With today marking the 96th Birthday of The Late Madiba, he left us with a legacy of change – wanting peace and for people from all walks of life to come together, all we needed to do was give back 67 minutes of our time. – PAY IT FORWARD.

I proposed that we make a care package for the less fortunate under the banner of the Maitland Moravian Youth, we gathered at the church and together as a team made sandwiches, one loaf of bread became 3 loaves as the Lord blessed our good deed. It does not matter how small of a difference you make every little counts.

Matthew 18:20 New
International Version (NIV)
For where two or three
gather in my name, there
am I with them”
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2018:20

We contributed tin food, toiletries, sandwiches and fruit and set off to the Haven Night Shelter in Kensington to drop off our package – they were all to welcome as they need every bit that they can get in order to provide some sort of safe space for those left homeless.

It was a humbling experience as we got a tour of the shelter and got to see first hand how they operate, a quick but awe inspiring experience. I noticed that it is not about the package but about the happy faces you see when they see new faces all they want is for someone to talk to them and share their experiences, I got into a conversation with one of the men at the shelter and felt like we would’ve talked for ages as he gave me a brief description of his life.

If we can contribute in this way not only on the 18th July but everyday something small, a smile or a hello, how are you? These words can go a long way in building a better future for all, we all have a comfort zone and once we step out of this GREAT things are bound to happen.

I thank each and everyone who contributed, time and effort in making this day happen I feel blessed and I know that we blessed a couple of people today.

Lets not stop here – The sky is the limit touching lives one small step at a time.

Amen.

Our deepest fear…

‘I am fundamentally an optimist.
Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet
moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays
defeat and death.’

67 minutes is all it takes to make a difference – Madiba gave his life for change in South Africa the least we can do is act and be part of this legacy.

‘A leader. . . is like a shepherd.
He stays behind the flock, letting
the most nimble go out ahead,
whereupon the others follow, not realising that all along they are being directed from behind’’

Even from above Madiba is leading us, the father of a Nation uniting us in a plight to make a difference in our society however small or big lets all be LEADERS.

For to be free is not merely to
cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others’

Freedom is a big word and not many have the opportunity to experience this, with our help we can make someone experience this for one day, not even one day but for the rest of their life as 67 minutes can change a mindset to think positively and perhaps free them from the shackles of their circumstances.

‘I have walked that long road to
freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.’

Do not let your circumstances stop you from helping someone in need, a mere smile can change the world and this takes no effort at all, we all go through stumbling blocks in life but the gift or giving comes back tenfold when we least expect it.

‘While poverty persists, there is
no true freedom.’

Its starts with US to make a difference, one man CAN make a change happen.

‘I have fought against white
domination, and I have fought
against black domination. I have
cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal, which I hope to live for
and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.’

Giving has no boundaries – Age, Race, Sex this is not a factor we all have the ability to make an impact in someones life, it is OUR choice to make that a positive and long lasting experience.

‘It is never my custom to use
words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die.’

Your voice is a powerful tool, you can use this by reading a book to a child, sharing experiences with an older person in an Old Age Home, Speaking out against Woman and Child Abuse – We all have a voice. Let yourself be heard, do not be afraid to speak your mind.

‘If I had my time over I would
do the same again, so would any
man who dares call himself a man.’

Time is precious, use your time wisely so that you can look back and say that it was time well spent.

‘I can only say that I felt morally
obliged to do what I did.’

Do not do something to impress others, rather do things to make a difference in their lives.

Social equality is the only basis
of human happiness.’

We all come from different backgrounds but we all have one thing in common, that is to be happy….why not be that person who makes someone happy.

‘Difficulties break some men
but make others.’

Use your circumstances to help others, talk about your experiences it might motivate or inspire another – USE YOUR VOICE.

Great anger and violence can
never build a nation. We are
striving to proceed in a manner and towards a result, which will ensure that all our people, both black and white, emerge as victors.’

Violence never got a society anywhere, we need to build a future for our children stop the hate and focus on LOVE.

‘I can rest only for a moment,
for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not
linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.’

Lets use the responsibility awarded us by Madiba to contribute to a greater good, he believed in us. It is now time for us to believe in ourselves.

‘If you want to make peace with
your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.’

If we all working towards a common goal there will be no enemies to speak of, we will all be friends, a nation UNITED.

‘Man’s goodness is a flame that
can be hidden but never
extinguished.’

We all have a burning desire, a talent that wakes us up in the morning, express this, show the world who and what you are capable of – SHINE BRIGHT.

‘Our deepest fear is not that we
are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in
some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates
others.’ – Mandela quoting
Marianne Williamson

One of my favourite qoutes and a strong message, bring out your inner child and live without fear – You are meant to SHINE.

‘I learnt that courage was not
the absence of fear, but the
triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.’

Be brave, lets all challenge ourselves and give back its only 67 minutes.

‘I like friends who have
independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.’

Who knows through this experience you might make a new friend or two.

‘For to be free is not merely to
cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others’

Lets cast off our chains from reality and live the beautiful dream, A NATION UNITED.

‘Do not judge me by my
successes, judge me by how manytimes I fell down and got back up again.’

What will you be doing with your time?

I wish you all success in whatever you do and lets not just do it on this day but lets try and do something for change each and everyday.

http://www.elle.co.za/20-madiba-quotes-we-love/

From Kasi to Favelas

Four years ago Africa welcomed the World to experience the Fifa World Cup Ekasi style, from the WAKA WAKA to the blearing of the Vuvuzela, Africa was united by the kick of a football. Spain was triumphant as the World Champions of 2010.

Kick forward to 2014 and the World Cup is back in the birthplace of Football, the Favelas – Brazil a soccer mad nation with the 5 times Champions looking to lift the trophy on home soil amidst protest action, this was a team hoping to lift a Nation.

A month of football, 32 Nations battling it out  through 64 games all vying to be called the 2014 World Cup Champions this is what every young apspiring soccer player wishes  to achieve.

From the extensive heat of the Amazon to the beautiful beaches of Rio we were treated to an amazing spectacle of Football once again what happened on the pitch won the hearts of many, we had a bit of the good, the bad and the ugly and that is why it is called the beautiful game.

With many teams hungry for victory literally biting each other to get a win all was left on the field, the referees made some bad calls but had the help of goal line technology and foam spray cans to help them during the game, we were also introduced to a cooling break as the intense heat was too much. The game is moving with the times but one thing that stays the same is the goals and they were definitely aplenty, 171 goals to be exact equaling the record set in France 1998.

With firm favourites knocked out in the opening round and newcomers making an impact we really got the best entertainment, no team comes to the World Cup to make up the numbers.

There were smiles and tears of joy, but then there was sadness and frowns as countries bowed out amidst massive expectations from the fans but a knockout tournament can be cruel, there was definitely no lack of passion from anyone fans and players alike made this tournament a success.

With the World Cup over how does Brazil move forward though, what becomes of those stadiums, how will they be filled this is the question  on many peoples minds after the dust settles.

Yes the World Cup leaves a legacy but does it benefit everybody, this is debatable but why would the country bid if they did not believe in the benefits, with the right leadership it can work for all I think.

Below are the winners at 2014 World Cup:
GOLDEN BALL WINNER: Lionel Messi.

GOLDEN GLOVE AWARD: Manuel Neuer.

GOLDEN BOOT AWARD: James Rodriguez 6 Goals

YOUNG PLAYER AWARD: Paul Pogba

FAIR PLAY AWARD: Colombia

2014 WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS: Germany

Preparation begins now for Russia 2018, should be icy but the heat on the pitch is what we are looking forward to.

Deutschland über alles

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This will be the 3rd time ARGENTINA and GERMANY meet in the WorldCup final. Germany won in 1990. Argentina won in 1986.

Germany are ranked 2nd & Argentina are ranked 5th in the current FIFA rankings.

Germany are appearing in their 8th FIFA WorldCup Final, their first in South America.

Argentina are appearing in their 5th FIFA WorldCup Final after appearances in 1930, 1978, 1986 and 1990.

The above are the stats to the build up to a final full of stars and including Messi the World Player of the year still to win a World Cup medal. The Germans looked unstoppable in the lead up to this game and were firm favourites to lift the trophy.

“We will play the most important match of our lives for our country.” – Leo Messi.

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The Argentine semi-final starting XI has won a combined 4 Champions League titles, 11 La Ligas, 4 Bundesligas, 3 Premier Leagues & 1 FA Cup

The German semi-final starting XI has won a combined 7 Champions League titles, 28 Bundesligas, 2 La Ligas & 2 FA Cups

It was a star studded affair each team having players who played on the big stage, there was no lack of big match temperament.

The first half saw both teams with chances, Higuain coming closest with an error from the German defence gifting him a sitter which he missed, this was a decisive miss in the end.

It was the offside rule that got both teams as Argentina had the ball in the net only for it to be ruled offside, whereas the Germans hit the post also to be called offside.

You could cut the tension with a knife as the second half was ticking down closer to 30 minutes of extra time or the potential of penalties to decide a winner.

At the END OF 90 MINS: GERMANY  0-0 ARGENTINA, Both sides had their chances but neither can find a goal.

It took 113 minutes of tense football for the Germans to break the deadlock through a Mario Gotze’s volley, this proved to be the decider and clinched the WorldCup for Germany.

“Messi is outstanding but Germany have got a more complete attack.” – Jens Lehmann.

The Germans become the first European team to win a WorldCup in South America – They are well deserved Champions, I think we all will agree.

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Deutschland über alles

World Cup Champions: 2014