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The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

I love poetry. This thing get me going, it gives me perspective about many stuff in life. It is the greatest teacher, a consoler and a motivator. This is what William  Hazlitt think poetry is. After the quote, find one of my favourite poems by St Francis of Assisi!

Poetry  is all that is worth remembering in life.

 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
 

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in General

 

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Honour thy woman…..

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Prof. Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Price in 2004.

Women played a pivotal role in the past in the Republic of South Africa. They are the ones who marched to union building in protest of pass laws. Africa especially gave birth to women heroine whose selfless spirit champions the vision of women in the developmental state in Africa. Africa gave birth to beautiful daughters: daughters who uplift the spirits of their hopeless siblings, while reminding them that with dare attitude, dedication and nourishment of their talent they too can climb the celestial heights.

I am talking about women such as the recently elected chairman of the AU, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the first African woman president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Price, Dr Wangari Maathai. These are women which young girls can look up to and be fueled with inspiration to do great things.

To encourage o’mama nabo sisi be Africa, I believe in inspiration, and I hope that by embedding this video below, they will be motivated. The speech is delivered by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, and it is titled Women entrepreneurs, example not exception and in her speech she encourages women to be entrepreneurs and calls women to move beyond what she terms “micro-ambitions’.

Malibongwe igama lamakhosikazi!

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Business, General

 

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In the days of our youth

Where is better life promised to us?

The book penned by Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities  opens with a line that is full of contradictions that reads as “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

Every time when I hear about the agonising stories of the poor South African youth, I wonder aloud why are we still taking a back seat in the issues that affects young people. Stories like half of the unemployed are youth, the majority of the graduates are still unemployed and the rate at which drug and other substance abuse is so rife amongst these people. Personally, I am quite a conversationalist and many a times I find myself sparking debates on subjects that makes those I converse with uncomfortable. The advantage of doing so is that you get different views from different people and you end up with a through understanding of wide variety of subject matters.

I refer you back to the opening paragraph of this article? Which kind of times are South African youth living in? (is it worse or best of times?). The theme of that opening line by Charles Dickens in his book “A Tale of Two Cities” is TIME. Time is of the essence here, and perhaps what we need to explore is whether South African government is delivering for its people. Do the moral compass of those charged with governance in the cabinet care about the well being of ordinary South Africans in general and of youth in particular?

What would happen if the youth of South Africa start being characterized by the following qualities Think|Dream|Lead?

Leading and ruling in the days of our youth must be the most interesting activity to do. I mean the youth of this country are very chilled, apathetic about the developmental issues concerning them and they seem not to challenge the status quo. Very few young people participate in diplomacy issues and social enterprises to name but two. They never seem to complain. The question I am pondering on in this post is “have the youth of the country thrown a towel or are they just apathetic?”

The wealth of knowledge and intellect that is lost in the street is astounding because of rising unemployment rate especially amongst young graduates. The elephant in  the room here is unemployment and as soon as many young people realise that, it will be the start of something that would be historical. Are we immune to protest against the government? Are we scared? I do not doubt even for a moment that the day the youth of this country realise that they are being taken for a ride by the government of the day ‘mark my words’ we will witness a very huge protests.

Moeletsi Mbeki, the author of Architect of Poverty: Why Africa’s capitalism needs changing, is promoting the idea that argues that South Africa is facing the possibility of greater social upheaval due to high levels of youth unemployment. In fact, according to Statistics South Africa, 72% of the unemployed are between the ages of 15-34 years old. I tend to agree with the Predictions made by Mr. Mbeki owing the fact that – spatially speaking – poorer communities are dominated by service delivery protests this days that usually ends in horrible fatalities and some of the local councillors perish as a result.

It very possible, for what is being predicted by leading social analyst that the Arab-Spring type of activity might emerge in South Africa. Will it be difficult to organised such a protest? I do not think so considering the fact that coordinating protest in poorer communities is an everyday phenomena and this can further be enhanced by technological advancement such as smart phones and social networks.

In my humble self, I honestly think that we are sitting on a ticking tine bomb with a ring of fire in the vicinity.

To those young men and women who have done their duty and still remain unemployed, I say “Dream a whole lot louder”. A lot louder in a sense that you should use your intellectual rigour to engage with any power that might be to challenge the status quo!!

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2012 in Economics, General, Leadership

 

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If there were ever a time to dare…

I think in my former life I was a writer, a published author. Dreaming? probably! scary? Very.

Appropriated from the twitter page of Dumisani Mahlangu (www.twitter.com/dumirocks)

Why do I believe this assertion you may wonder. I believe this assertion to be true because I am an avid reader, and there is an established notion that writers are religious readers. It is not my intention to state that I am a religious reader, but I am an avid reader nonetheless.

I am one person who prefers to read a book than watching a boring program on tell-lie-vision [Television].

One of this lazy days while reading a book I stumbled upon a line that moved my soul and continues to inspire me greatly to this age. Let me take a liberty of quoting it in its entirety and hope that it inspires you to follow your dream and aspirations.

If you follow the Apple brand and its beauty inventions you might know the quote. If you don know it it is not a train smash. relax, grab a beer and continue reading this post.

The quote below is adapted in its entirety from a Macintosh computer ad, 1991. Read it and on a comment box below, tell me what moves your soul. Stay inspired…

If there were ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, it is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily- but for something that tugs at your heart, something that’s your aspiration, something that’s your dream.

You owe it to yourself to make your days here count.
Have fun.
Dig Deep.
Stretch.
Dream big.

Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy.
There will be good days.
There will be times when you want to turn around, pack it up, and call it quits. those times tell you that you are pushing yourself, that you are not afraid to learn by trying.

Persist.

Because with an idea, determination, and the right tools, you can do great things.
Let your instincts, your intellect, and your heart guide you.

Trust.

Believe in the incredible power of the human mind.
Of doing something that makes a difference.
Of working hard.
Of laughing and hoping.
Of lazy afternoons.
Of lasting friends.
Of all the things that will cross your path this year.

The start of something new brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible.
There is only one you.

And you will pass this way only once.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2012 in General, Leadership

 

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A tribute to a greatest enchantress, Whitney Houston

You will soon understand as to why I start this post by the phrase “Tomorrow is not promised to any of us”.

Picture appropriated from classicwhitney.com

 

When something remarkable happens in this world, you will know in a snap. On Sunday morning (South African time), different social media platforms went abuzz with the news of the passing of a talented songstress, Whitney Houston. Whitney had a voice, talented and her ballads were breathtakingly spectacular. In Time Magazine, on an article penned by Howard Chua-Eoan titled “The Voice: Whitney Houston”with a subtitle “One of the greatest voices in the history of American popular music has been silenced. An appreciation of the talents of Whitney Houston”, the author wrote that Whitney made a person move; she made a person want; she gave immediacy and voice to a person instincts and emotions. But she was a goddess.

For me Whitney was a real deal, a true gift.

Perhaps, Chua-Eoan is right when he equips that one of the voices of the popular music has been silenced, but the truth is that Whitney will forever be remembered as the most talented enchantress that the vocal industry has ever witnessed. I do not, even for a moment, think that her death will forever silence her voice. As her fans, we will continue listening to her vocals. I guess after all, Chua-Eoan, was not that correct in saying Whitney’s voice is silenced.

Her passing reminds me of a last verse from Michael Jackson’s song, Gone too soon. It goes like “…..Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight, Here One Day, Gone One Night, Like A Sunset, Dying With The Rising Of The Moon, Gone Too Soon, Gone Too Soon!

Indeed she left too soon. Can I take the liberty of quoting her first verse from her song. All at once,  when she sang “All at once I finally took a moment And I’m realizing that You’re not coming back And it’s finally hit me all at once”.

It finally hit me all at once that Whitney you are gone.

True, Gone Too Soon, and I assume that you now understand why this post started with a subtitle “Tomorrow is not promised to any of us” and perhaps let me further remind you and maybe to a greater extent to myself, a Scottish tombstone epitaph that read as follows:

Consider, friend, as you pass by: As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, you too shall be. Prepare, therefore, to follow me.

O, Death!

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in General

 

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A call for learners to apply promptly

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*I am back from a well deserved break. This is the first post of the year and I hope you will enjoy reading posts being published here as much as I enjoy penning them. With that I would like to wish you a very happy 2012!

The stampede that broke out of  at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) last month was saddening and sent shock waves on social media websites. What is more saddening is that a mother of a prospective student died on the scene.

It raises questions as to why this must happens because ideally prospective students are given a maximum of seven months to lodge their applications. Students applications open on the 1st of March to 31st October for most universities.

Some may argue that the stampede was unnecessary and may also put a blame on the institution. In my opinion, I think that if we put a blame on the institution then we must all accept liabilities. A responsible citizen of a nation like South Africa must take a duty of responsibility to educate every learner who seems to be less informed about such matters.

This shocking event can be attributed to number of factors such as late application, lack of career guidance and lack of general information regarding tertiary studies.

As I would like to believe that it is also my duty to educate scholars on this matter. below I offer an account of possible solutions that can be used to combat this fateful act in the future.

Possible Solutions

  • More University should be built. In his medium term budget vote, The minister of Higher Education, Mr Blade Nzimande revealed that two universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape are in the pipeline.
  • Career Counselling must be strengthened in the Life orienation curriculum from as early as in Grade 9 and as such this part of the curriculum must be examined until Grade 12.
  • Parents must encourage their children to apply timeously.
  • Prospective Students must attend University career days to explore different study courses.
  • The call made by the Minister that a Central Applications Office be implemented is another option.

Lesson for high scholars is this “Apply timeously so that you dot end up stampeding at centre of higher learning come January”. More advise for high scholars, please ensure that you seek more information pertaining to your career path as soon as yesterday.

NB: You can send  topic suggestions to dumi.mahlangu@gmail.com.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2012 in General

 

What…..Table Mountain…..New 7 wonder of nature?

Isn’t it great to be South Africa, It is very great, it is very great.

The New 7 wonder of Nature, Table Mountain.

My dear reader, it was not too long ago when I wrote a piece that requested you to support The Vote for Table Mountain campaign. On the 11/11/11, yes on 11 Novemeber 2011, Table Mountain,Cape Town South, South Africa was announced as one of the winners of the New 7 wonders of Nature.

For your perusal The New7Wonders of Nature, are:

1. Amazon

2. Halong Bay

3. Iguazu Falls

4. Jeju Island

5. Komodo

6. Puerto Princesa Underground River

7. Table Mountain!!!!

According to the new 7 wonders website, these results are provisional and there is a possibility that they may change. The voting is currently being checked, validated and verified and the official winners will be confirmed in early 2012 during the Official Inauguration ceremonies.

Cape Town, South Africa is indeed the city to be, the city on track and there is no doubt that its residents are proud to be Capetonians.

On another related event, in late October, Cape Town won the right to host the World Design Capital 2014.

Cape Town making South Africans proud.

Cape Town nabs World Design Capital 2014

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IOL WDC 2014

INLSA

A file picture taken when Cape Town received the welcome news that the city has been short-listed for World Design Capital 2014.

Cape Town has won the right to host the World Design Capital 2014

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in General

 

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