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6 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: - advertising: THE REPRESENTATIVE 23 March 2018 EDITORIAL OPINION The impact of violence T HE incidents of violence in schools – either by pupils on teachers or the other way around – are indicative of the fact that schools mirror society. So said Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (Fedsas) CEO Paul Colditz, who has also indicated that political leaders were partly to blame for the situation. He was speaking amid an exodus of teachers from the profession. “We ’re not seeing the ethically driven leadership that we need to see. When pupils see people getting manhandled in the highest chamber of society [parliament] they start to think that violence is okay. “We lack‚ in general‚ an attitude of appreciation for the fundamental values of dignit y‚ equality and freedom as enshrined in the c o n st i t u t i o n . ” Colditz also called on parents to teach children respect and values. The reality is that as soon as adults and/or children think that violence is an answer to any problem, any country will face a massive escalation in assaults, attacks, a lack of consideration or respect for the views or dignity of others and in general, a moral decline. When violence or the threat thereof take the place of intellect, engagement and respect for others, it marks the death knoll for democracy and human rights. In short, it paves the way for bullies. While politicians may use words that incite violence and that which we have tried to overcome for so long – racism – to achieve their own goals, the reality is that everyone here will reap the fruits of such actions in the long term. The outcome will be a country, starting with the youth, with no respect for others and a culture of intolerance, hatred and yes, violence. If we want the opposite, including a country where people pursue all that is good about the human spirit, regardless of colour or creed, then we had better start rethinking how to build and strengthen a country based on shared values that life is sacred and that differences in opinion and beliefs are not only fine, but to be encouraged. And we need to teach our children that from a young age. Why take a picture? WHAT is it about human beings that whenever they do things they feel the need to take a picture of it? Can’t people get on with their things, private things at that, without us having to know about it? Can’t people enjoy themselves in the privacy of their homes without feeling the urge to take pictures? Why have people not learnt that once something is captured on camera and is in a phone, there is a great chance that it might end up in the wrong hands? While the things we capture on our phones and p o st on social media may be harmless fun – like posting when one is at a soccer game and when one is attending a function, some activities should remain out of the mentions on those same social media platforms. Posting about you being on holiday in some glamorous location may seem harmless and fun as we need sometimes to share our happiness with others. Posting about being at the airport or driving to somewhere out of town is seen by many as posing no danger as one is sharing their excitement at taking a journey. However, those same postings which may seem harmless may turn out to be dangerous and costly for the individual. By posting the fact that you are going away for a period of time, may put either your loved ones left behind or your property in harm’s way. Now the would-be burglars can take their time as they know you are not likely to be home anytime soon, especially if you live alone. We all love our smartphones and conduct IN TOUCH ... with Phumelele P Hlati most of our activities through them and it contains almost our whole l i fe . If one wants to find out who you are, what you do and who you are doing it with, one only has to gain full access to your phone or your social network account. We do not realise that the thing we most love and take for granted is the one instrument that can potentially destroy our lives and ruin our r e p u t at i o n s . We do not think twice about taking compromising pictures of ourselves as we have this sense that what is in our phones and is done privately will remain private. This is despite ample evidence that this is palpably not so. A case in point is the social media storm caused by three people photographed performing sexual acts on one a n ot h e r. It is quite obvious that one of them took the compromising pictures, all in the name of having fun. It was clearly consensual and done in private, no problem about that, but why the need to take pictures? How many people have been embarrassed and had their bodies splashed all over social media after taking nude pictures of themselves and either inadvertently sharing them or having a jilted lover spreading them? People just never learn. Be as kinky as you like in the privacy of your home, but stay away from your camera ... unless you want infamy. AT YOUR SERVICE: The Gallery employees, from left, Nomfundo Sojuda, Pelisa Cele and Ayabonga Nxano helping out at the Border Kei Chamber of Business networking event last Wednesday Picture: SONJA RAASCH FACE 2 FA C E Question: What inspired you to be part of entrepreneurial and environmental empowerment for South African youth? Answer: I have spent more than 20 years working, often in remote rural areas in the Eastern Cape and in the North West, with schools and communities. I have seen first-hand what the impact is of the high school dropout rate, environmental challenges and the barriers to learning in so many schools. I want to live in a world where those challenges are overcome, where any young person can dream big dreams and make them come true. I am passionate about holding a space for people to find their way into a future that is fulfilling and satisfying. Wessa is at the vanguard of social and environmental change and our leadership team is driven to implement projects that are effective, to bring about real learning for the real world. What I like most about the schools and youth entrepreneurship programme is that we look at the journey young people have through their school career and where the leverage points are where we can make a difference – and t h at ’s where we put our energy and attention. This inspires me because we can – and will – make a real difference. Q: What is your take on Angie Motshegka's proposal to ... vox pops on the street What do you think about ... ERIC MALINGA change the pass rate in public schools to 40%? A. I am sure there are reasons why this decision was made. There are four million young people out there who have not managed to finish school and this number will continue to grow unless steps are taken to address the fundamental issues. I would like to see the real issues examined and addressed. Q: What would you say to encourage the youth to be e n t r e p r e n e u r s? A. Firstly, do not work for someone else when you can work for yourself. Working for a salary makes it harder to create wealth. Becoming an entrepreneur can be summed up in three words. Plan, learn and do. Planning is crucial. The first step is to have an inspired YOUR VOICE THE Rep reported (“On warning” March 16) that Eskom had warned the Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality that the electricity supply to the town would be restricted – with cuts of up to six hours expected – from April 3 if the local authority does not settle its account of R44-million. What effect will this have on residents and what is your advice to the municipality? The Rep intern Pilanathi Rasmeni took to the streets to find out. Eric Malinga from Mlungisi The issue of power cuts is due to high electricity costs and the Guptas’ mess. Why not decrease the electricity price so the municipality can afford to pay the debt? The VAT is increasing but we are still earning the same salaries. Why must we suffer because of corruption? with Wildlife and Environment Society of SA (Wessa) programmes manager, Sue Spies business idea and a good business plan will find support. Get to know your customers. Spend time talking to people of different ages and build up an understanding of what people want – and need. A business that is built around what customers want as well as an operational plan that makes sense, is bound to succeed. Learning has to be lifelong for everyone, but especially for entrepreneurs. Learn and apply the knowledge. An entrepreneur who stops learning will soon go out of business. Do. Being successful requires that the entrepreneur stays on top of what is going to happen and what is happening, as well as learning from what has happened. Q: What is your typical weekend like? A. I don’t have typical weekends, but there are things I like to do. I read avidly, fiction and non-fiction. I am creative – beadwork, I write, draw and paint. I am creative in the kitchen. I am never bored, I always have a project on the go. I never watch television (I don’t own one) but once in a while I do like to watch a movie. Q: What is the best book you’ve read so far? A. That is impossible for me to answer. In which genre? Fiction – Pat Conroy, all of his books. Autobiography – Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom. Non-fiction – Br yce Courtney: The family frying pan. Travel - Christina Dodwell: Travels with fortune. Environmental - Bill Mollison: Permaculture – A designer’s manual. Philosophy – Kahlil Gibran: The Prophet. I have so many favourites. Q: If you were asked by a radio to play a song that would best describe South Africa, what would it be? A. I know it is so cliché, but S h o s h o l oz a . It is probably the one song that pretty much every South African knows. Q: Your advice to the new mayor in Enoch Mgima Municip ality? A. It is never easy to work with limited resources. This is not a wealthy municipality, which means it is essential to make the most of what's there. Two out of every five people in this municipality are under the age of 15. And only a quarter of people have achieved matriculation. That tells me the unemployment figure must be very high. My advice would be to engage with people, with a strong leadership team, and start turning those statistics around. Work on household food security, early childhood development, keep children in school, and support entrepreneurial development. There will never be enough jobs for everyone in South Africa. It is up to us to set up our own businesses and kick-start the economy for ourselves. PETER MINAS LINDA FELEZA MONICA BEARSCHANK BONGIWE MAHLANGU Peter Minas from Komani It will affect me quite a lot because my staff will not be able to work. I have to start making a plan if it does continue so that the business can function. The municipality must pay the bill and get a good accountant who knows his debits, credits, budget and monthly targets. But there are so many issues. So many people are connected illegally, meaning the municipality is paying for free electricity. Linda Feleza from Top Town The municipality is in crisis but why must the residents be affected? What are they doing to plan the way forward? Innocent people are suffering even though they are paying their bills. It is not the only issue facing this town. There are sewage spillages in the middle of Cathcart Road, water cuts and refuse removal problems. Monica Bearschank from Komani We cannot cope without electricity. Digital media is part of our lives, how are we going to charge our phones? I do not want to even comment about the municipality. There are small towns such as Bizana that are far better than Komani in terms of cleanliness. Bongiwe Mahlangu from Mlungisi The power cuts will affect us negatively, especially the unemployed and elderly people who are solely depending on social grants. Others will have to cook on fires or buy paraffin stoves as a back up.

THE REPRESENTATIVE 23 March 2018 Tel: (045) 839-4040 Emergency: (A/H) 083-272-0955 ° Editorial: - advertising: 7 IN OUR POST BAG 24 Prince Alfred Street, Queenstown or or fax (045) 839-4059 Letters must be accompanied by the name and address of the author. A pseudonym should be supplied where necessary. The editor reserves the rights to choose and edit letters for publication. Defamatory and slanderous letters will not be considered. Letters have to be brief and to the point due to space restrictions. Please limit letters to 250 words or less GIVING BACK: The Rep reader Ovayo Pruscent from Top Town donated clothing to The Rep’s blanket drive this week Picture: PILANATHI RASMENI EFF preaches socialism VUYOLWETHU Mqaba of Khayelitsha writes: With current developments in South Africa one can be left wondering whether we are moving towards socialism as a state. The land debate in parliament and recent suggestions the SA Reserve Bank be nationalised, are just some of the hair-raising issues. It was the EFF who proposed the amendment to Section 25 of the constitution. They did this by bartering their 6% to the ANC in order to see this move materialise. One would recall that this move from the EFF is not new. They offered the ruling CHDM staff out of line GIZELLE Stride, of Komani writes: Last Friday I was one of three customers who were shown away while trying to pay my water account to the Chris Hani District Municipalit y. The security guard told us they closed at 3pm, and when I asked him where the notice was indicating the times, he ignored me. I looked around and saw a notice indicating the closing time as 3.30pm and we had arrived at 3.20pm. We stood outside with the staff refusing to speak to us. Things really need to change – customer services no longer seem to be important. party this 6% before – and what has changed now? The offer was made to the ruling party under difficult conditions. The ANC was a towering Goliath back then and it had little time for the squeaking voices of the opposition. It was only when the EFF and DA coalition took the major metros from underneath the feet of the giant, that the ruling party woke up and smelled the coffee. The final nail in the coffin was when the ruling party lost the economic hub of South Africa (Johannesburg) to the DA. This was the writing on the wall for the ruling party and an indication of what would happen in 2019 if they continued down this road. The 180° turn towards the radical left of the political spectrum – including the expropriation of land without compensation – resonates with some of the ANC’s policies and blankets the EFF’s first cardinal pillar. What becomes worrying is the definition of “socialism” by the EFF and the ANC. The sad reality is that the political institutions of the ruling party always drive them towards any meaningful radical policy direction. We would do well to remember that our government is using the mixed economic model. All would have been a bed of roses if the fundamentals were not overlooked. Some old bearded man from Europe, Karl Marx, once said: “Capitalism is a danger to its own self.” Sad to say, the old man was right the sooner the ruling party shifts the means of production and property relations towards the black masses, the better. The EFF on the other hand is pushing for a situation whereby the land, mines and the agricultural sector might to be given to the State. I will assume that the EFF’s heart is in the right place but they overlook the fact that South Africa operates under “Capitalism”. They equally forget that the ANC’s policies are mostly businessfriendly thanks to their neo-liberal stance as a party. What becomes transparent is that by default the EFF is championing “State capitalism” over “State socialism”. I am not a huge fan of “communism” but I do believe in socialism. We know from history that full-blown communism is toxic. If the Soviet Union collapsed, who do we think we are? In state-capitalism only the politicians benefit because the resources are in one basket. In “st at e socialism” only the people benefit. When the Soviet Union collapsed, Russia had instant billionaires because all politicians were helping themselves to the state’s coffers. Politics is not an exact science. There are no guarantees. This is a lesson that the EFF would come to learn the hard way when their bride-to-be (DA) left them standing at the altar. Apparently the EFF expected them to support the motion to amend the constitution. This behaviour was not unexpected. The real shock is that the EFF was shocked. Now, the would-be “M a r x i st - L e n i n i st ” organisation is busy throwing tantrums and talking about disciplining the “d e m o c r at s ”. In truth, the EFF is trying to recruit the DA towards a socialist cause – and that plan is doomed. Hopefully in any decision that the government takes they will avoid a situation where they introduce a medicine that is worse than the disease. SOCIETY SNIPPETS From birthdays to anniversaries to achievements to notices ... Share your information with us on or fax (045) 839-4059 B I RT H D AY wishes are extended to Lana Smith (today), Jacques Jordaan (tomorrow), Helen Sparg (March 25), Ubukho Peter (March 26), Sam Millar (March 27), Christa Watt and Arenza van Staden (March 29), Malvin Charasika and Herman Venter (March 30), Karin du Preez (March 31), Damian McDaskill (April 1), Michelle Henson (April 2), Marianne Nel, Jason Strydom, Aloysius Alexander, Terissa Hartley and Marlene Larter (April 4), Bridget Hartley (April 5), Wanki Dyasi, Esther Smit and Matthias Nsamba (April 6) and Shane Brody, Sam Breetzke, Daphne Brown, Danielle Mulder, Angela van der Meulen and Gavin Coetzer (April 7). BELATED birthday wishes to Thulethu Heshula (March 13), Brenda van Heerden, Allan Dell and Merrick Smith (March 16) and to Hollie Milne (March 15), Garry Brown and Ryan Watt (March 17), Lihai Bercovich (March 19). CONGRATULATIONS to Neil and Rozanna Isaacs on their wedding anniversary on April 7 and to Chris and Tracy Roux on April 8. CONDOLENCES to the friends and family of the late Nosiphokzi Mguzulwa, Lusaphu Sobantu, Nosiphiwo Madubedube, Vokonqo Yanga and Zndisile Mangali. WELCOME home to Tracey and Vernon Putzier who spent some time away in G e r m a n y. WE hope you enjoyed your Human Rights Day on March 21. SCHOOLS are set to close next week. Hope the teachers and pupils enjoy the short break as they prepare for the start of the second term. WISHES for better health to Johnny de Villiers who is still having treatment in hospital after a fall from his motorbike and Dawie Kernekamp who is in hospital in Bloemfontein. Good to see Mervyn Goldschmidt home and looking well after lengthy radiation and chemotherapy in Port Elizabeth and East London. 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