“Che was both the heart that spoke and the bold and vigorous hand that took action.“
~Thomas Sankara speaks about Che Guevara, 8 October 1987
If there were marriageable men out there, i’d shut my laptop and shout “honey, i’m home”.
And he, the marriageable man, would swoop into my den (HQ aka the dining room office), and start to massage my aching neck. As the ache eases, he’d lift me into his arms then lay me on a comfy seat and give my back some tender loving care.
As he does this, he’ll fill me in on his day, tell me that dinner is ready, that he read my shit and it rocks and that he’s booked us tickets to the theatre (Yasiin Bey show or maybe we’ll just go hang at the Afrikan Freedom Station). That he sealed that deal so we can go live in Buenos Aires for as long as we want.
Then he’ll shut up and let me bore him with my tale of how i spent all day tidying my Quickbooks. He won’t judge, coz he knows that even though i have an accountant, i’m a control freak-nyana. Then he’ll let me bore him with my writer blues – and he’ll tell me it’s gonna be alright….
But alas… Ain’t not such man around here. So i’ll just lie in bed, with my aches, and watch another Fresh Prince of Bel-Air rerun.
It would be nice if Ramphizzle (Ram-fizzle) would just outline what this idea of ending party politics is. The unhappiness and confusion over the DaGang antics, last week, aren’t just about this marriage being announced of the blue but because nobody understands what it is (or was) that RamZille was trying to achieve. And now, clearly, they didn’t have the same basic understanding of what it is they were deciding to do together.
Ramphizzle doesn’t seem to know either. Her idea doesn’t exist beyond her constantly saying “to end party politics”. Uh, you can’t chant it into existence, you know.
As a self-proclaimed visionary, Ramphizzle has failed to paint the picture for her followers. And with every interview or video or tweet she puts out, she has failed to communicate what it means “to end party politics” or “to put country first”.
It ain’t the people who have failed at “this new way of thinking about our future”, Ramphizzle. You can’t blame people for being unable to “transcend party politics” when you’ve failed to express what your idea is.
As a leader, who must inspire, she’s acting as if she’s leading the blind to a destination that only she can see. But her followers aren’t blind, the rest of South African isn’t blind. People can see ukuthi there’s nothing but a pile of hot send – not even a mirage.
At this moment the best thins Ramphizzle could do is to be honest that she doesn’t know.
Ramphizzle, just say “angazi, but I’m sure“.
At least then, people (Agang, firstly), will know that they now need to work together to create this vision of politics sans parties.
so zeelay and her cabinet said no to a pay hike and after the ruling party and the “others” consulted the government employee handbook under the section “allowed”, they took 5%.
whats’s 5% of R1 million konje? #rhetorical
Saartjie “Sarah” Baartman (before 1790 – 29 December 1815) (also spelled Bartman, Bartmann, Baartmen) was the most famous of at least two Khoikhoi women who were exhibited as freak show attractions in 19th-century Europe under the name Hottentot Venus—”Hottentot” as the then-current name for the Khoi people, now considered an offensive term, and “Venus” in reference to the Roman goddess of love. The Hottentot Venus may be famous but Sarah Baartman is far less so.1.
I wonder who was the other woman, or women, who were exhibited like Sara Baartman in 19th century Europe. Who was she (they)?
It should be noted, however, that the “Hottentot Venus” is only the most famous of these young African women exhibited during the century as beasts of fair.2
Who did she (they) leave behind?
What kind of life did she (they) lead?
Were they confidantes? Her and Sara?
How did she die and did George Cuvier get a hold of their body. Dissect, bottle body parts, exhibit further?
Most importantly, were her remains brought back home and given a proper burial?
the very first coherent thought i had after hearing about the passing of a friend was:
“no more canceling dates
months had gone by without us getting in touch, calling and honouring set up dates. this happened even though we didn’t live too far from each other. something would come up, it would rain, i’d be anti-social…
time flew by and then suddenly there was no next time. no tomorrow. then all one has left are the gaps of experience left unfilled.
i think i may have found a cure to my year-long “recent” inability to read. a friend, writer, editor, poet, Gakwi Mashego – wrote on his blog – Kasieculture,
If you think that piece of trash deserves a slot on your book shelf it’s still your right. However you also need to ask yourself if it’s acquired as a book or souvenir. Is it another Capitalist Nigger, I Write What I like, The Battle for the Soul of the ANC, Thabo Mbeki; A Dream Deferred, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Losing My Virginity etc which I see all the time in households of people whose conduct defies the contents of the book. Unfortunately they were bought as souvenirs.”
i get what he means about “souvenir” books. in my youth, i did buy books for that purpose but now i can’t let these books just rest and look pretty on my bookshelf or ereader. you don’t learn anything just buy shelving books. here’s my next reading list, in no particular order:
- Angela Y Davis: An Autobiography
- The Social Life of Social Death by Jared Sexton
- Undoing Gender by Judith Butler
- Tuskegee Syphillis Study: The Real Story and Beyond
- Life by Fidel Castro (need to finish it, started over a year ago O_O)
- From Toussaint to Tupac
- Black Sexual Politics by Patricia Hill
- Autobiography as Activism
- Incognegro by Frank Wilderson (bought a coffee and left it at the airport – somebody better be reading it!)
- Got free Zora Neale Hurston texts (excited)
many of these texts can be found on Read A Book Son. i sure hope i will not be too lazy to post my thoughts on these texts as i go through them…
i think two of the most important texts written by Assata are “A Message to my People” and “Letter to My Sistas”… i just want to quote pieces from “Letter to My Sistas”. this is what’s been on my mind.
SISTERS. BLACK PEOPLE WILL NEVER BE FREE UNLESS BLACK WOMEN PARTICIPATE IN EVERY ASPECT OF OUR STRUGGLE, ON EVERY LEVEL OF OUR STRUGGLE…
And here in Amerikkka, our sisters have been on the front lines. Sister Harriet Tubman led the underground railroad. And sisters like Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hammer, Sandra Pratt and our Queen Mother Moore have carried it on. Sisters, We have been the backbone of our communities, and We have got to be the backbone of our nation. We have got to build strong family units, based on love and struggle. We don’t have no time to play around… Continue reading
i have seen with my own eyes. heard with my own ears…
So I hear/read that Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (Bara), in Soweto, is launching a TV channel run by Dr Love. A hospital TV channel. I work in the TV industry so anytime there’s a new channel I get extremely excited. But not this time. This is some BS, what I call futsek-sh¡t!
There are just so many things wrong about this situation that I can’t help myself but want to march down there and box somebody’s ears.
10 reasons why this is some futsek-sh¡t:
A lot of money is required to launch any TV station. From license application to staffing to equipment to brand and marketing – it’s a lot of fucking money.
- There have been reports of doctors being unable to continue their work, operations, when there’s a power outage. For instance, we have heard and read about the generator not kicking in in time and doctors having to resort to cellphone torches >; Outage Hits Bara, Bara denies Lights Crisis, Doctors Forced to operate in the dark. While the department may deny that doctors used cellphone torches to operate during failure, they don’t deny that it took two hours for power to the hospital and that whatever back up power source there was it failed.
- Babies have been dying, some left brain damaged. This is because of a staffing crisis as doctors are reported saying. This issue is because nurses aren’t being paid. I guess since they are busy paying ghost nurses and doctors that they don’t have money to pay real nurses… Yet there’s money for TV Stations>; Bara Baby Crisis,
- doctors selling lists of deceased to undertakers – is this just pure greed and corruption or is it that the hospital staff isn’t being paid enhough? perhaps a combination of all. >; Bodies sold for R150 at Bara,
- Nurses being abusive towards young mothers. Woman loses babies at Bara. Nurses and Doctors are overworked and underpaid – we know that to be the state of public hospitals in this country – all of that considered, nurses and doctors are mean to patience. That coupled with the long waiting periods, the lack of medication and equipment people find themselves in a state were hospitals are places of death. Man’s piles op takes a ghastly turn
- Backlogs in surgery caused by broken equipment, shortage of medication, unpaid service providers >; Shot man dies waiting for operation, Bara Admits
- Budget constraints prevent hospitals from replacing broken beds in the ICU >; Gauteng Hospital Beds Unused, Broken Equipment, Broken Cancer Machines,
- There’s no room in the hospital. We’ve heard of dying people, being turned away because there’s no room, because the hospital is already handling more patients than they have capacity to deal with >; Hospitals turn away dying man, No Room for Burn Victim,
- In 2011, a R120m refurbishment was completed and launched yet in 2012 there are reports of maternity wards being unhygienic, of broken beds, of inadequate equipment. What is going on in Bara? >; Bara Problems, R120m Bara Facelift, Ghost Doctors,
I don’t see how the hospital administration can justify money being channeled into a television channel instead of the patching up the hospital inadequencies… Oh wait, hears an attempt – Embattled hospital defends tv channel.
Right, so communications – lifestyle, spiritual and health entertainment – will address the problems faced by this hospital? Talk about putting a plaster on a big gash. Dr Love, the Soweto TV personality who is set to run the channel, says the channel will be useful because it “would educate residents in Soweto, teaching them how to use the hospital constructively.” Even the Gauteng department, Simon Zwane, spokesperson supports that point of view. But what most telling and infuriating is when he goes on to say that the hospital “struggles from time to time”. This tells me there is not interest in putting some concerted effort to addressing the problems at the hospital, not by government or by the hospital official or celeb doctors like Dr Love.
They also tell us that the channel will be funded through private money. The problem isn’t where this money is coming from. Whether it’s funded through public money or private money ultimately this is a misuse of money. This is like buying a tiara for a crack fiend instead of booking the bugger into a rehabilitation programme.
The Bara TV station is a horrible plan. It should be dumped and the funds being raised for it should be channeled into improving the hospital services, equipment and paying the staff better.