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Desperate Times Call for Dirty Tricks by the DA

How can one hold moral ground by wading in disappointment?

As Election Day approaches, South Africans wonder what will be arising from the lowest and dirtiest political opposition party in South Africa.

Last year the DA placed mysterious anonymous billboards criticizing the ANC for e-tolling.

Yet again, the DA place focus on unimportant matters in South Africa. Political parties should always place people’s issues in front of their respectable political ambitions. Government should invest in improving the lives of the poor instead of focusing on petty issues and negative competition. What messages are you sending out to the youth?

The “E-tolls proudly brought to you by the ANC” billboard cost a heavy amount. Instead of using positive wording to attract voters to your side, The DA, have decided to waist money on billboards which portrays a negative aspect of the South African politics.

There are millions of people in South Africa living in poverty and millions of educational institutions that are in need of educational material.

According to Chris Vick, former communications director for Gauteng Premier, Tokyo Sexwale “The ANC should probably formally ignore the campaign – any responds just gives it additional oxygen, and focus on its own campaign.

The DA seems to think that through negative campaigning they will win votes, yet they should know this type of campaigning rarely works in the South African political landscape.

The ANC Women’s League, told ENCA, that the billboards was evidence that the DA was trying to be “smart” and “opportunistic.”

At a former New Age Breakfast briefing, Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters said, the billboards were the works of cowards and that the people that are behind this, don’t have the decency to actually acknowledge the works of the ANC government and what they have done in this country.

Any matured, logical thinker would know that issues arising in South Africa are not solely the ANCs fault. There are some factors that the political parties cannot be blamed for, they are there to help and guide our country into the right direction, such as poverty and unemployment. These issues are creations of a system that dictates the posture and orientation of the party. The ANC is not the cause of the problems.

Acknowledgement of the ANC

The ANC and all the National Liberation Movements played a vital role in the progress of our country during the armed struggle. The ANC supporters and masses that took place played a significant role that enabled the ANC and other National Liberation movements to complete a successful operation. The DA treats the ANC as if they are painting our country and are doing nothing to improve South Africa. Yet the ANC has a successful history of fighting against apartheid and colonialism.

The ANCs strategies are simply to give their all to stay in power. This comes from the 102 years history, its legendary past heroes and its experience in government which includes their achievements.

In the 2014 elections, its responsibility is to keep South Africa going, pretty much the same path and hopefully will run much better in 2030 thanks to the NDP.

Concerns of South African citizens

Many citizens especially the youth that are still trying to find their political identity and are in awe by the political tactics used in South Africa to get votes, while many are uniformed about the happenings in our country as well as deciding who to choose when election day arises.

The way the DA, is trying to win votes are extremely immured. This results in a youth uninterested in politics. The youth wants to know what you are going to do to improve their lives, not see petty political parties fight between each other.

You are there for the Youth to look up to.

Each and every political party has their own way to bring their messages across, to resonate deeply with voters. However there are no blue-print to go about getting that message across successfully yet, if political parties are going after one-another, do it the ethical way. Become a role-model to our youth.

“Our country, its future and success belong to us all. We are all bound by a share past and a shared future and destiny. Let us all work together to ensure our nation’s success and create a much better future than we have inherited. Our country requires a sense of common purpose, hard work, integrity and selflessness! Our children (future South Africans) deserve better.” –  Malegapura Makgoba

– Please note this is my own views.

Freedom of expression and speech – VIVA SOUTH AFRICA



Words of the People – “You Neglect us and Disrespect us – The DA Is Oppressive.”

On the 20thMarch 2014 , a mobilisation march took place in Cape Town, where people of the Cape Flats which includes Heideveld, Manenberg, Mitchellplain, Bluedowns, Eersteriver, Elsiesriver, ValhallaPark, Bishoplavis, Hanover park, Delft, Belhar and Bonteheuwel marched to the Provincial Legislature to handover a memorandum.

This march was to make members of parliament and political parties especially the DA aware of their terrible living conditions, which includes poor sanitation, gangsterism, education and poverty.

Members of communities were extremely angry by the continuous neglect by their current PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT, under the leadership of the DA and the current Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille.

This was one of the first coloured Dominated Marches that took place in Cape Town. To highlight their commitment in eradicating the oppressive force and to ensure that they never again be subjected to the rule of mostly whites in the province.

Marching down the street of Cape Town, school children and parents were upset by the fact that schools were closed down by their current premier and white male MECs that are denying them convenience as experienced by many others across the province.

DA members moved over to the ANC to show appreciation and to thank them for intervening.

The people of the Western Cape attempts to sustain themselves and their families as they are challenged by fines, petty laws and harassment.

They are tired of the DA and want to support the ANC, because when the DA failed to support them in their time of need. They strongly believe that the ANC will ensure that their lives will improve.

By laws are set to improve the lives of residence in the white areas, little development is taking place in the so called coloured communities. This shows that there is a clear gap between the rich and the poor.

Residence of the above mentioned communities says that they continue to experience abuse through power and water cuts by the City of Cape Town. Poor service delivery is the main issue in our communities and crimes continue to escalate as the gangsters take over. The City refuses to take responsibility for what is happening in this town. The City of Cape Town is a city of 1st and 3rd worlds, just compare See Point to Manenberg.

Rosie Langeveld a resident from Elsiesriver said “We are tired of empty promises made by the DA, Its time for the ANC to take over and change this city”.

This Is How TheEyeCatcher blog Started!!! #AfricaCom

AfricaCom 2012 produces two new bloggers

As part of AfricaCom 2012, two new writers were launched into the technical writing world, as the successful winners of a youth competition. The winners, Lauren Leonard (19) and Simone Johnson (21) spent three days at the event immersing themselves into the world of technology and are now blogging.
Leonard (from Kuils River, Cape Town) who is currently studying journalism aims to become a cinematographer. Her blog, They Eye Catcher, tracks trends, innovations and developments in the world of ICT.

“My eyes have been opened to a whole new world. I now see the how and the why the technology we take for granted every day, is delivered to something like our mobile phones. I have stopped living for today and am now living for tomorrow.” says Leonard.

Both girls have been offered a short internship at Africa Telecoms magazine under the auspices of Bradley Shaw and the tech team, while CNBC Africa, having met them at AfricaCom, has also opened the door to a brief stint if they would like to see the business desk of this international broadcaster. They will be invited back to AfricaCom in 2013.

Africacom 2012 leads a new generation of tech informers

Lauren Leonard (19 years) and Simone Johnson (21 years) spent three days at AfricaCom immersing themselves into the world of technology.  Neither of the two young girls had a background or experience in the tech sector before this but this has not stopped them from making the most of their experience.  Armed with an ipad each – part of their winnings – they explored sessions, workshops and the exhibition, providing a fresh take on the business of technology.

Leonard (from Kuilsriver) who is currently studying journalism and also aims to become a cinematographer, took to blogging like a duck to water – although having never blogged before she has set up an interesting and insightful look into the business of digital communications.  Her “eyecatcher” blog (on WordPress) tracks trends, innovations and developments in the world of ICT.  In her own words, “my eyes have been opened to a whole new world.  I now see the how and the why the technology we take for granted everyday, is delivered to something like our mobile phones.  I have stopped living for today and am now living for tomorrow”.

Johnson always wanted to go into media, but a scholarship to study project management and accounting saw this hardworking, future-looking young lady from Mannenberg, take a different route until watching Hectic Nine 9 and fate intervened.  Simone’s first language is Afrikaans and after discussion, has decided to create South Africa’s first online tech blog (aiming to become a fully fledged magazine) in Afrikaans.  She is creative and intrepid, having sat in on many of the high level discussions at AfricaCom 2012 and then boldly interviewing some of the continent’s top tech contributors, including writing a piece on women in the tech world.  As this is an area that is still mainly dominated by the male of the species, there are plenty of opportunities for both girls to carve out a significant place for themselves – if they want..

While still novices and with a ton of research and reading ahead of them, the three mentors and South African judges (Liron Segev of Swift Consulting and thetechieguy blog; Bradley Shaw managing editor of Africa Telecoms magazine and Kaz Henderson Founding Partner of Networx) have seen an encouraging growth and development in these two bright young women and are themselves enthusiastic not only about the girls’ future but at the prospect of a fresh outlook on the subject of tech and communications.

In the post show wrap-up grilling, both girls correctly interpreted that the common theme of the 2012 conference had been about “DATA” – how much of it there is and still needed, the cost and how to get it to more people across the continent; that apps are here to stay; how content is king and how cloud computing is leading the way for a more connected and communicative united Africa.

In a post event interview on Hectic Nine 9, both Lauren and Simone clearly demonstrated their joy about being a part of this brave new world.  In chatting to them in the Green Room before the show, they confirmed they have become fast friends.  According to Lauren, “we thought we would be highly competitive against one another, but one of the other things that we learnt at AfricaCom is that while there are many journalists writing on the subject, there are different angles and different opinions that can be offered which is the same with us as we each have a different viewpoint – yet like the people we met last week, there is a great camaraderie and that is something we would both like to continue to grow.”

Both girls have been offered a short internship at Africa Telecoms magazine under the auspices of Bradley Shaw and the tech team, while CNBC Africa having met the two young pioneers at AfricaCom has also opened the door to a brief stint if they would like to see the business desk of this international broadcaster.  They will be invited back to AfricaCom in 2013.  So, watch this space.

Follow Lauren on: (The Eyecatcher)