Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs.... who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.
Sunday, December 31, 2006
Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs.... who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
Yes I agree children need to be disciplined, but they also need to be nutured and built up. We need to teach and lead by example! This kind of behavior just tells them that it is okay to insult people and disrespect them!
My goodness, perhaps it is time that we go back to grass roots and look at what we are doing to the school system, what we are doing to the kids that are being taught - remember these children are the future of our country and that needs to be kept in mind at all times.
This article was originally published on page 5 of Cape Argus on December 09, 2006
Smacks of "do as I tell you and don't do as I do" to me!
Thankfully, the bill was in fact passed and gays and lesbians now have the right to wallow in wedded bliss, should they so desire.
October 27 2006 at 08:09AM
By Angela Quintal
This article was originally published on page 5 of Cape Times on October 27, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
My problem here though, is this is an extremely violent crime, twice over - firstly the rape and then the murder of a young girl and it seems to have been committed by teenagers. What is happening to our youth, that their innocence has been lost at such a young age. That they are so angry at the world that they have to turn to such violence in order for them to exist?
If this is what we as a nation have to look forward to, going into the future - we are in serious trouble!
October 30 2006 at 12:00AM
A 15-year-old girl was raped, strangled and then dragged to a house in Pacaltsdorp, near George, where her body was dumped, Southern Cape police said on Sunday.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The Congress of South African (SA) Trade Unions has been accused of corruption and trying to buy support to influence the SA National Civic Organisation's leadership election.
This article was originally published on page 3 of The Star on December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Oh Wow! Look what is being taught in the Univercities of today - how to perform fraud and corruption! This is what you send your children to learn! There is a saying that goes something along the lines of "Teach/lead by example". What are we teaching our children today - this is how to steal!
108 cases of fraud slpit amongst 6 people works out to an average of about 18 each - wonder if this is the whole story? Personally, I would say that there are more people involved in this little bit. Sounds to me like a little more digging needs to be done, with a whole lot more consequence!
December 06 2006 at 09:51AM
Six staff at the Durban University of Technology have been suspended, according to the recommendations of a forensic audit into fraud and corruption and fraud at the institution - reportedly amounting to millions of rands. DUT spokesperson Nomonde Mbadi said the university had instituted disciplinary hearings against two of the six staff and that more hearings had been scheduled for later in December.
The university called for the audit after allegations of fraud and corruption were made in 2005 to the institution's now dissolved council. Of the 108 cases investigated by audit firms KPMG and Amaface, 64 were reported in the findings, 26 were not pursued because of insufficient evidence and 18 were referred to the university management for action.
This article was originally published on page 2 of The Mercury on December 06, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
How sad for us South Africans, on both points!
December 12 2006 at 04:43AM
By Boyd Webb and Angela Quintal
This article was originally published on page 4 of Pretoria News on December 12, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Well done to the legal system on this one
December 08 2006 at 04:10PM
It's okay to use derogatory and vulgar language about your superiors in the office as long as it is done behind their backs, a Malaysian court has ruled. The Industrial Court said a secretary at Malaysia National Insurance Bhd was not guilty of misconduct when she sent emails from the office computer to friends, griping about her superiors, the national news agency Bernama reported on Friday.Court chairperson Syed Ahmad Radzi Syed Omar said Ratnawati Mohamed Nawawi's sacking for misconduct was unjust, and the court awarded her back wages and compensation amounting to 66 850,80 ringgit, Bernama said. The Industrial Court handles workplace grievances, and it was not clear from the report whether the company can appeal the decision. Officials of the company and the court could not immediately be reached for comment. "The court agrees that if those derogatory, insolent and impertinent (words) are used toward the superior officers directly it would construe a serious misconduct on the part of Ratnawati," Syed Ahmad Radzi was quoted as saying."But if those words or language are only used behind their backs and only between a few friends it would not be a misconduct.
Friday, December 22, 2006
I also personally have friends who have already had to close shop after many years of being a pharmacist and owning a business because of the legislation that the government has passed. What a waste of an education, what a loss of a business. In one particular instance this business had in excess of 10 staff members - all of them had to be retrenched and there are now 11 people out of work. Wasn't the idea to grow the economy? Leave it to the Manto's of this world to shut it all down!
What about the rural communities that, thanks to the Manto's of this world, now don't even have a pharmacy in the community? I guess, for her - it's who cares!
Well done Manto! Well done for showing us exactly who you are and the kind of person that you are! Well done Manto, for once again putting in leglislation that will not only harm our economy, but show the rest of the world how we are really just not ready to join the 1st world!
November 22 2006 at 12:27AM
South African pharmacies could face closure due to dispensing regulations coming into effect in January, the United South African Pharmacies (USAP) group said on Tuesday. Speaking at a meeting held at the Glenhove Conference Centre, USAP chairperson Julian Solomon said the new regulations would lead to many pharmacies having to close down. Director of Management Healthcare System, David Boyce, said the department of health's pricing committee did not make provision for inflation. He said the implementation of the regulations would lead to pharmacies not being able to cover their expenses. Under the tariffs announced on October 31, the dispensing fee for medicines with a single exit price (SEP) of R75 would be R4 plus 33 percent of the SEP, while 64 percent of medicines fell under this bracket, Boyce said.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
15 November 2006 at 11h15
Nobody ever died of laughter. That is according to Max Beerbohm, an English parodist and caricaturist whose works were popular in the early 20th century. That's certainly still true these days. At work and in leisure, laughter remains one of the most essential, priceless and most naturally healing things one can do.
This enables the team to build stamina and work more effectively. Laughter vents tension better than any rant. It allows us to drop our personal guard and accept each other and ourselves. No one is perfect, and laughter helps to remind us of that fact, as well as reminding us what mistakes to avoid repeating in the future. It makes the workplace a pleasant place for everyone.
Tessa Silberbauer is a Joahnnesburg-based life management trainer. For information, corporate training or private consulting, contact her on 083 310 0955 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
So many times, when going through a road block, all you see are the police checking that you have a current driver's licence and that you have paid up all your traffic fines. The fact that you may be driving a car that does not have a proper stearing wheel or that the fuel tank is in fact a plastic 5 litre bottle that is situated behind the "cigarette smoking" driver or that the tires are absolutely bald does not seem to feature at all.
Perhaps it is time to look at the "big" picture instead of just picking on a specific point and then patting yourself on the back for a job well done!
October 06 2006 at 04:32AM
Tens of thousands of drivers are about to lose their licences in a massive clampdown on corruption by the Special Investigating Unit. The clampdown is part of a huge effort by the government corruption watchdog to stamp out fraud.
In addition, a total of 42 testing centres have been "ringed" as cesspits for fraud and are under investigation. Speaking in Pretoria, Hofmeyr said the SIU had been mandated by President Thabo Mbeki to investigate irregular issuing of licences, conversion of forged licences, registration of stolen vehicles on the national vehicle registration system, and the control and management of driving licence testing centres.
This article was originally published on page 1 of The Star on October 06, 2006
29 November 2006 at 07h12
"We have to recognise that is the shape of training and give it a shot". The issue of training featured in the talks, including concerns around the dearth of artisans, such as pipe welders who had to be brought in from other countries to work at Sasol. "We are worried that the training system is not delivering people," Manuel said.
Monday, December 18, 2006
So the motto should be changed from " If you do the crime you must be prepared to do the time" to something like "If you do the crime you must be prepared to have a good time " - at the tax payers expense of course!
In my opinion, the person(s) resonsible for this should should be made to pay all this money back! What an absolute waste of taxpayers money.
September 10 2006 at 09:59AM
While courts in KwaZulu-Natal struggle to cope with massive case backlogs due to staff shortages, the taxpayer has been paying eight suspended prosecutors sitting at home, some for as long as four years. The cost to the taxpayer is estimated at R3-million so far.
One such prosecutor is Ntombezinhle Mthuli, who was sacked three years ago for misconduct. She appealed against her dismissal - and has been awaiting the outcome ever since. For three years Mthuli, a senior public prosecutor, has been collecting a salary every month, and has even been paid an annual bonus - but has not been allowed to set foot in her office at the Durban magistrate's court. A senior public prosecutor earns from R300 000 to R318 000 a year.
I've been sitting and doing nothing and time is passing me by. My life has virtually come to a standstill as I cannot apply for another job while I'm on the NPA's (National Prosecuting Authority) payroll... It's frustrating. I appealed against my dismissal but nothing has happened. And I'm not the only one in this position," she said. Mthuli was fired by the NPA in 2004 for misconduct after dockets were found in her office at the Durban magistrates' court. She was suspended in July 2003.
And there are others drawing salaries for doing nothing; the NPA said seven other prosecutors in KwaZulu-Natal were on suspension with full pay, awaiting the outcome of their appeals or disciplinary processes. The oldest case dates back to 2002. The NPA said two prosecutors had been suspended in 2002 and 2003 for poor performance, and their cases were with Minister of Justice Brigitte Mabandla for a decision. Between 2003 and 2005, three others were suspended for "gross dishonesty" - two have taken their cases to arbitration, while the third has applied for retirement on medical grounds. This year, disciplinary action has been taken against three prosecutors - two have been sacked but have lodged appeals, and the third is awaiting a date for a disciplinary hearing. All are on full pay. National figures for suspended prosecutors were not available. Mthuli argued she had been suspended without being afforded the opportunity to give reasons why she should not be suspended. The 34-year-old mother of two criticised the NPA for double standards, saying a suspended prosecutor from Empangeni had been allowed to return to work because her appeal was taking too long. "I returned to work after 30 days (of suspension) as the law states one can do so if the appeal process is not resolved within that period. On my first day back I got a call from (NPA provincial head) Shamilla Batohi, ordering me to leave the building 'in the next two minutes'," she said. NPA spokesperson Makhosini Nkosi defended the delays, saying they were following processes in line with the country's labour laws. "If we have eight suspended prosecutors in the most populous province in the country, surely it shows that as an employer we don't have a problem," he said. Democratic Alliance spokesperson on Justice, Sheila Camerer, said she was shocked at the lack of efficiency. "The Justice Department should get their act together because this is a waste of taxpayers' money," she said.
This article was originally published on page 2 of Tribune on September 10, 2006
THINGS YOU SHOULD'VE LEARNT BY NOW
1. Don't worry about what people think, they don't do it very often.
2. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car.
3. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
4. If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.
5. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.
6. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
7. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
8. It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.
9. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program.
10. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
11. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of cheques.
12. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so good.
13. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.
14. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it.
15. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.
16. A balanced diet is a beer in each hand.
17. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.
18. Opportunities always look bigger going than coming.
19. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it.
20. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
21. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognise a mistake when you make it again.
22. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.
23. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy fridge.
24. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the real world.
25. It's not the jeans that make your bum look fat.
26. If you had to identify, in 1 word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, & never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings".
27. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness".
28. People who want to share their religious views with you never want you to share yours with them.
29. You should not confuse your career with your life.
30. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
31. Never lick a steak knife.
32. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
33. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we put the clocks back.
34. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
35. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.
36. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers and have a sense of humour 3
7. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.
38. Your friends love you anyway.
39. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
October 23 2006 at 12:09PM
Lusaka - The wife of Zambia's embattled former president Frederick Chiluba has been summoned for questioning on Monday by the police anti-corruption unit, a family spokesperson said. Regina Chiluba is due to appear before a panel of investigators from the special taskforce on corruption together with her lawyers, said Emmanuel Mwamba. "They have summoned her to appear for questioning. The information we have is that they intend to arrest her for corruption," Mwamba said.Chiluba, who ruled Zambia for 10 years until 2001 when he retired, is accused of stealing millions of dollars in state funds together with several officials who served under him.
29 November 2006 at 07h19
"Sales is not just about having people with outgoing personalities, it is their ability to build relationships that is important," said Newton. "There are a number of things to consider with the current economic situation of this country, there is a lot of spending in the market place, and the most important thing for any business is to understand where they stand with their customers," explains Edmeston. "South African companies need to learn more about setting service standards, as these are a huge factor in terms of differentiating businesses in the market place," he says.
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Thursday, December 14, 2006
October 20 2006 at 10:26AM
By Anél Powell
This article was originally published on page 1 of Cape Times on October 20, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
06 October 2006 at 08h00
A creative, innovative and problem-solving approach is needed to resolve the dispute. Negotiations are about power, about changing the position or stance of the other party. Threats and counter-threats, especially when the merits of your case are either weak or mediocre, don't resolve disputes, least of all individual labour disputes. In any event, a skilled labour law expert, when he or she is defending a strong case, is not going to be side-tracked by war tactics from the other side. What usually works very effectively is to prepare well and apply a problem-solving negotiation approach from the outset. Effective and skilled negotiators will rely on:- Effective and thorough preparation, focused on resolving the dispute and not creating more problems.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
November 25 2006 at 10:39AM
By Tash Reddy
This article was originally published on page 5 of The Independent on Saturday on November 25, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
06 October 2006 at 08h00
The Centre for Learning and Teaching at Wits University is on an initiative to encourage the advancement and empowerment of women in academia. "If one takes a look at the structure and proportion of women at Wits, and in academic institutions, there are very few women in senior positions, even in boardrooms," says Professor Margaret Orr, director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Wits University, and co-author of the book Buttons and Breakfast.
"It gives women the kind of skills they need to get to senior positions in academia, and in turn recognises the amount of power vested in women," says Orr. It allows them to understand what to do when they are intimidated or patronised, and how to present themselves favourably and confidently. It assists them in negotiating their worth, and in working towards getting assertive roles and high profile jobs.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
It's Sunday and time to de-stress, have a laugh and (if you're a women) imagine exactly when you will use one of these lines . . I know I did! Ha
30 THINGS STRESSED WOMEN MAY SAY AT WORK
1. Okay, okay! I take it back. Unfuck you.
2. You say I'm a bitch like it's a bad thing.
3. Well, this day was a total waste of make-up.
4. Well, aren't we a damn ray of sunshine?
5. Don't bother me, I'm living happily ever after.
6. Do I look like a people person?
7. This isn't an office. It's hell with fluorescent lighting.
8. I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.
9. Therapy is expensive. Popping bubble wrap is cheap. You choose.
10. Why don't you try practicing random acts of intelligence and senseless acts self-control?
11. I'm not crazy. I've just been in a very bad mood for 30 years.
12. Sarcasm is just one more service I offer.
13. Do they ever shut up on your planet?
14. I'm not your type. I'm not inflatable.
15. Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize you haven't gone to sleep yet!
16. Back off!! You're standing in my aura.
17. Don't worry. I forgot your name too.
18. I work 45 hours a week to be this poor.
19. Not all men are annoying. Some are dead.
20. Wait...I'm trying to imagine you with a personality.
21. Chaos, panic and disorder ... my work here is done.
22. Ambivalent? Well, yes and no.
23. You look like shit. Is that the style now?
24. Earth is full. Go home.
25. Aw, did I step on your poor little itty bitty ego?
26. I'm not tense, just terribly, terribly alert.
27. A hard-on doesn't count as personal growth.
28. You are depriving some village of an idiot.
29. If assholes could fly, this place would be an airport.
30. Look in my eyes ... Do you see one ounce of gives-a-shit?
Saturday, December 09, 2006
On the upside, and although it can be a pain in the rear end, this has also resulted in me taking minutes and/or notes everytime I am in any kind of discussion and/or meeting. Time after time, this practice has proved to be invaluable - especially when a disagreement arises on who said what and who was responsible for what etc.
Perhaps that is the way that we have to go now - writing everything down so that even if we are not listening properly, we have some sort of idea of what is going on in our own lives - makes the whole idea of the written word somewhat more important now, don't you think.
08 November 2006 at 11h00
Well, actually, wrong! You see, true listening skill, which is a lost art, demands much more than little reactive statements that can be more annoying than helpful.
Friday, December 08, 2006
November 10 2006 at 12:39PM
The African National Congress has set up a new business front to seek profit on its behalf, the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday.I t said the Johannesburg-based Chancellor House group of companies had acquired "empowerment" stakes in a wide range of businesses. More often than not, these opportunities had depended on the government's discretion - the award of state tenders, mineral rights and the like. The M&G said the activities of Chancellor House raised the spectre of government actions being shaped by party interests rather than the public interest.
Shame on you ABSA, shame on you!
BE AWARE PLEASE.
I'm very ill!!!! I have just been "taken" by "SARS" for R10 000 (was supposed to be R40 000!)
I received a call from Tim at "SARS" to say that they had processed my VAT refund of R4000, but made a type error and paid in R40 000 by mistake, could I please refund the balance of the money. I said that I would do so, but to fax me the details which he did. I checked my bank account and the R40 000 was there and I then proceeded to make the "refund" to the bank account he stipulated (I could only do R10 000 at a time due to my EFT limit). He called again to ask if I had done so and to fax the proof of payment, which I did to the 086 number provided.
He called again this morning to ask if I'd done the transfer for today. I told him to stop hassling me as I was in a meeting and had two further ones today and would do the transfer in the afternoon. When I went into my bank account - the R40 000 was a RD cheque!!! I rushed to the bank (Absa) and nothing could be done as the transfer to his bank had already gone through.
The bank phoned his bank (Capitec) who told Absa that the account had been frozen, there had been other instances of the same fraud and I had to get a court order for them to investigate refunding me the money.
I've reported the matter to to police, where a detective informed me that the government had closed down all their fraud units and created one consolidated one of whom he was not sure, but would forward my docket for investigation.
Interesting notes:- Tim knew my name, my telephone number, the fact that I was awaiting a VAT refund (which actually is only R450!) I hadn't had a refund in a while!
Even though I set up the beneficiary on my account as South African Revenue Services (not SARS) - the transfer went through even though the name of the account did not match that of the account.
That R10 000 is CRUCIAL on my overdraft! It is the last of the last pennies - as many small business owners, I'm on my overdraft limit all the time!
I would like to know if anyone else has been caught in this manner and if they were expecting a VAT refund. I believe that these fraudsters are working with people in SARS! I'm going to ask SARS to investigate and going to try and find out if the Scorpions can investigate SARS as well.
If there are any responses, I would like to investigate the possibility of a class action against the banks/SARS or anyone else I can think of when I stop panicking!
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Come on banks - get with the program - if you are not part of the solution - you are the problem!
October 31 2006 at 12:12PM
Millions of rands are being spent on additional security measures by banks in an attempt to prevent crime at cash machines across the country. Card skimming is becoming a cause for concern, with statistics showing a dramatic increase over the past five years. The move to upgrade security comes after figures show that the amount of ATM fraud rose in the first six months of 2006 compared with the same period in 2005. According to Standard Bank, the skimming of cards now accounts for an even greater proportion of cash machine fraud in South Africa than conventional card swapping.
Phishing or identity theft is also on the increase. In a phishing attack, thieves pose as banks or other companies to gain customers' trust and then their personal data.
Security expert at Standard Bank Pat Pather said skimming involves attaching a small electronic device to the card entry slot of a cash machine to record a card's details without the cardholders knowledge. Criminals are then able to produce a fake card and use it to withdraw money from a cash machine. He said the rise in skimming coincided with a significant drop in Internet-based crimes, like hacking and phishing.
We've put a lot of systems in place to foil Internet crime, like two-factor authentication, but as banks close off one avenue, criminals will try another," he said.
"Card skimming is now the most frequently used method of ATM fraud being perpetrated around the globe. "We have identified the key areas being targeted by fraudsters and we are making significant investments to protect our customers' hard-earned cash
."He said part of the problem was the ease with which it was possible to copy the magnetic strips on the back of the cards. Pather stressed however that the majority of cash machine withdrawals were safe. SecurityHe said security would be upgraded around the banks' cash machines by increasing physical security, displaying warning posters, installing new anti-skimming devices and monitoring customers' accounts at identified hotspots. Pather also said the bank would soon be introducing new high-tech smart cards to ensure that this type of fraud did not continue. "The growing use of chip-only cards will ensure that copying chips is not possible because they are encrypted," he said.
"New chip-based cards aim to cut fraud by including smart chip, which can store more information that the usual magnetic strips and also by having users verify transactions by keying in a PIN rather than signing a receipt. " Pather said France pioneered the technology more than 10 years ago and as a result brought down fraud statistics by almost 80 percent. Standard Bank urges all customers who withdraw cash at ATM's to be vigilant and help reduce the chance of fraudsters getting a hold of their PIN details. Customers are also advised to keep an eye on their accounts so they can spot bogus transactions. What can customers do?
Always protect your secret PIN.
Don't write the number down.
Cover the keypad when entering your PIN.
Don't give the number out to anyone.
Know where the security cameras are located. While many ATM's have cameras, they won't be positioned to record the keypad.
Be wary of any offers of "help" with ATM transactions.
Be suspicious of a machine that has signage indicating the use of a specific machine.
Use a different machine if you feel uncomfortable about the ATM instructions.
Report anything suspicious or strange about the ATM machine to the bank.
Alert the bank immediately to any suspicious activity around an ATM.
Call your bank immediately if your card has been retained by the machine.
Be on the lookout for suspicious transactions on monthly statements.
This article was originally published on page 6 of Daily News on October 31, 2006