20 September 2005

Laziness is often mistaken for patience.












The month of Ramadaan is here soon- managed to make arrangements for Taraweeh in an area with easy access to homes with food! But I can imagine it being extremely tough this year with work and stuff- the past few years I had studied the whole night and slept the whole day…

Attended the Black Accountants convention in Gallagher Estate last week- a bit strange that there is such an organisation and I somehow ended up on the JHB exec so I had to show face at the function. One of the speakers, a Willie Madisha from Cosatu, made an interesting point- during Apartheid; a certain group of people were allowed to amass wealth at the expense of the masses. Apartheid was then replaced by Capitalism which meant that people with wealth could keep and benefit from this wealth and ultimately the previously disadvantaged groups would largely still be economically oppressed with little hope of making a better life for themselves! And all it took was to make some previously disadvantaged people wealthy and things could go on with not much opposition. The ironic thing is that the group that could make the necessary changes, the black accountants there, stand in line to loose the most if the economic system changes- for a redistribution of wealth to occur, the middle class will be more affected than the upper class…

Sony Ericsson had a launch at Kayalami on Thurs night for some of their new phones- a real waste of money if you ask me! They had some idiotic drama dude and his bunch of untalented goons acting out a commercial and a fashion show. Picture this- a fashion show with models modelling phones! The phones are real cool but Sony needs to jack up their marketing and advertising department if they want me as a customer…

ABASA had a Gala Dinner to finish off the convention of Friday night- the theme was ‘Quest for an African identity!’ There was nothing African about the function at all- the new black elite culture is a fusion of western, secular, individualistic materialism all rolled into one! Tim Modise spoke, along with a few black CEO’s from major multinational corporations- he has always been my favourite radio presenter, and once again I enjoyed how he stated the blatantly obvious- black professionals need to start paying more attention to their social responsibility and start making plans for long term change in this country…

Got to RAU a bit late for the concert- Zain Bhika and chorus going all out in a fundraising initiative for the MSA Ramadaan collection- a think the MC put it quite well when he congratulated the guy who won a cellphone- “At least it was worth your while coming!” Alternative events like this are great- very professional and well organised, so I think we can now move on to hosting international celebrities and maybe even academics…

3 Continents Film Festival on Human Rights was on here for the past two weeks- think its coming to Cape Town now and would really encourage all of you don’t there to try and catch a few of them. Watched one on Saturday night- a personal account of Norwegian UN soldiers about the Israeli rocket attack on a village in South Lebanon in 1996. Really gruesome and tragic footage that honestly sends shivers down your spine! Is the world really just gone mad! What the hell is going on? Are we not living in the 21st century? Also saw actual footage from Chechnya taken by a guy who was recently killed in Iraq- its just unbelievable what’s going on over there! But then again, is anyone willing or even able to do anything?

Drive south of Johannesburg and take the second Vanderbilj Park off ramp, few more rights and lefts and you can find a nice bit of the Vaal River. A wonderfully serene refuge of nature from the rat-race of city life, really relaxing and calming- spent the day unwinding there on Sunday. Something necessary, I think, to ensure sanity in this frantic world of ours!

Talking about the rat-race; last night being a ‘Big Night’, a few got together to reflect and introspect- the past year has seen the trials on the rat-race take its toll on many of the newly employed! The inevitable realisation being, across the board, that even if you win the rat-race you are STILL A RAT!

Useless facts (Once again, courtesy of Ismail Sader)
Taxable income: 270,000 +

Tax: 78,070 + 40% of each R 270,000
- Well it’s a useless fact for me, don’t no bout u.

- 727 - the number of airports in SA, only 143 of which have paved runways.
- Stratus: Uniform low grey cloud with a surface of about 460m.
- Your taste buds are replaced every 10 days.

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