22 June 2005

It's always the challenge of the future, this feeling of excitement, that drives me.

Got an email last week, inviting me to a game of touch rugby at the launch of some cup- don’t really know much about rugby, but anything to take time off work and you can count me in. Anyways, rocked up at Parktown Boys just before lunch on Tues and found a big crowd of VIP’s at the Currie Cup launch! Luckily they had enough players, so I didn’t have to risk tooth and limb, playing for the Media side against the ‘Legends’- haven’t heard many of the names before but you may know, Mac Masina, Rob Louw and some Joost vd Westhuizen… Joel Stransky, the rugby dude we met in Pletts was also there- well it was fairly entertaining and high profile enough to justify spending a few hours there… Mingled with the VIP’s and took some pics with the legends- but still trying to figure out who’s who! Ended up having lunch on the same table as Rugby boss, Brian van Rooyen, who is the major shareholder of Labat, the company that we did our accounts project on and also the company that was involved in a major legal case with KPMG- understandably, I didn’t mention where I work!

Politics- the topic of discussion with an Iraqi Doctorate student and a brother from Palestine. The freedom of speech and freedom of expression that we enjoy in this country is virtually non-existent in most so-called ‘Muslim countries’. If Islam has a future anywhere in the world, its right here- most of the problems that we face here can be solved by Islam. So people here need Islam and are looking for it; but we aren’t doing too well passing it on! I think its possible, that if a network of young, dynamic Muslims, with sincere intentions, decide to change things around, we can be living in a country that is more Islamic than most Muslim countries- without changing the names of everything and replacing them with Arabised names, but by understanding and implementing the essence of Islam, whenever presented with the opportunity of making a decision, or enforcing a policy. For this to happen, two things first need to be done: a commitment needs to be made by this network of people, and we need to know and understand what we are trying to achieve… agree?

Thurs was Youth Day- went on a bus tour of Soweto, a really insightful and educational experience. Over the years, I have been reading and talking about the events that occurred on this day, but never before had the opportunity to see where it all happened. Visited the Hector Peterson Museum and the area where it all happened. Also went to Mandela’s house and the Regina Mundi church. Besides Hector Peterson, the 13 year old school boy who was killed, and the unsung hero who tried saving him, Mbuyisa Makhubo, who disappeared and was never heard of again after going into exile, there were many other young people who were killed in the riots against the Apartheid regime. What’s important to remember is that there are still passionate youngsters out there who are dying for their freedom- let us not forget them either! And to ensure that those whose blood was spilt on this land was not in vain, it’s the responsibility of this generation to ensure that racial oppression is not just merely replaced with economic oppression. Isn’t it odd that we still have people protesting against local government and councils, very similar to the protests against the apartheid regime?
The tour guide we had seemed to find symbolism in almost every minute detail- from the colour of the paving to the water in the pond! But on the whole, a really exciting visit and a must see for all South Africans.

Heard of Paul Wolfowitz? He was in SA last week and a picket was arranged at the Gauteng Legislature against his visit- pathetic crowd of only about 60 odd people! And only a handful seemed to know what they were actually protesting against. At least they were there and having fun singing and dancing- it hopefully raised some awareness in the media that he was not welcome here! Wolfowitz is now head of the World Bank; an institution that lends about $20 billion a year to developing nations and often plays an enormously influential role in shaping their policies because of the conditions it sets for aid! And this being the ex-deputy secretary of defence of the USA, the architect of the war on Iraq, a board member of a major US arms manufacturer and a fervent supporter of the murderous Israeli oppressors! The world is a strange place- this moron who caused so much crap in the world, is now being hailed as the saviour of Africa and all third world countries! And what’s even stranger is the opposition to these clowns comes from, as was the case against the Apartheid oppressors, not concerned, good Muslims, but from faithless, atheistic Socialist’s!

A bit of advice- don’t go ice skating and swimming in a heated pool on the same night! You will get sick like a dog:( Learnt my lesson the hard way- but I suppose if had to do it again, it was so much fun that I probably would go ahead anyways! Ice skating is really cool- excellent entertainment for a Saturday night. And it’s a form of exercise as well, so at least it’s a little productive and not just mere entertainment:) Swimming in a heated pool on a cold winter’s night- something your mother will probably warn you against, but in the heat of the moment, who cares! Well, I paid dearly for my mistake- spent the whole of Sunday in bed!

Board results come out this Friday! Request for those valuable prayers- really need it! If I fail, don’t worry, you will hear about it- I will have a big braai next weekend and everyone will be invited!

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