Friday, September 14, 2007

Racial empowerment laws leave no opportunities in the job market for white male school leavers.

White male children especially will find it difficult to get good jobs. They have to wait for the selection to sift through potential employees among black women, black men, colored women, colored men and lastly white women before white boys are often considered for a job in a major South African company. The same racial sifting will be repeated when promotions are to be considered

White children need to be empowered to become managers and run their own companies before they leave school.

White parents will need to find solutions for the male unemployment problem. Giving your child a good education is no longer good enough for South African whites. Perhaps we should look at black tribal customs, (where the boys go into the bush to become men), for a new solution to the present employment problem.

White boys could attend a finishing school year to become managers and self empowered as a new white tribal custom. (Perhaps in the overseas work market instead of the bush)

One cannot fight against the odds. While black people carry bleeding psychological wounds from past injustices, whites need to allow them the space to heal without sinking into poverty and despair.

Struggle makes one strong and “Boer maak 'n plan” There must be a peaceful solution. A win-win solution for all races. We can not force racial equality in the job market but we must find a working solution.

Perhaps South Africans living overseas can help securing the futures of the boys from their fellow countrymen.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Floor Crossing a crime

Crossing the floor to another political party should be a criminal offense.

It should be a sign that a minister is not to be trusted. He/she makes promises to the voters that he/she does not keep.

Such a person could be classed as a liar.

Do not vote for someone who cannot stand behind his (or her) words.

Remember such people. Store their names to memory. Never support them. They may let you down again.

Governments should be run by honesty, integrity and according to the wishes and needs of the people.

Friday, September 07, 2007

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In this month's edition of Science in Africa find out about the science behind cultured diamonds, the lost treasure in the DRC, the link between your IQ and risk taking and love in a time of AIDS. Learn about technology for solving smelly sewerage treatment problems and curb your winter biodiesel blues. Health, biotechnology, conservation, climate change and more in this month's edition.

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Cultured diamonds add colour 
Creativity and science combine to add new high quality coloured cultured diamonds to a marketplace in search of novelty.
Treasure in lost DRC forest
Scientists in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo uncovered lost forests home to at least six new species of wildlife.
Scientists link IQ with risk taking.
Assuming someone gave you the choice of 100 euros today or 150 euros in a year's time. Which sum would you take?
New technology for sewerage treatment 
Shamwari Private Nature Reserve leads the way in adopting new, clean sewerage treatment technology.
Solving winter biodiesel blues
Cold weather can be a pain in your fuel system, especially if you use biodiesel. How to avoid problems in colder weather.
Biological control of toxins
A safe and effective method for biological control of fungal toxins set to improve food security and health in sub-Saharan Africa.
Conservation and environment
Plants on the move
Proteaceae, a long way from home: SA scientist challenges theories on the movement of plants across the globe.
Invasive species get the edge
Research in Antarctica shows climate change gives invasive species the edge over their indigenous counterparts. 
Navigating in complete darkness these fish distingu dead organisms from living ones at a distance.
Barcoding plants
Scientists propose new genetic barcoding method to classify and identify all the world's land plants.
Insight & Opinion
Beekeeping in India - lessons 
From an apicultural and apidological perspective, India, is a promised land. Lessons for and from Africa.

Nutrition no substitute for AIDS drugs
Analysis of scientific research on the links between improved nutrition and the treatment of both HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis has found no evidence that healthier eating is any substitute for correctly-used medical drugs.
Deep brain stimulation offers hope of new therapy in treatment of severe depression.
Fears around circumcision
The hidden dangers of mass male circumcision for curbing HIV/AIDS transmission.
A South African has started the world's first ever dating site for people living with HIV. Levels of post-traumatic stress amongst Aids orphans  similar to children experiencing sexual abuse and those living in war-torn societies.
Levels of post-traumatic stress amongst Aids orphans  similar to children experiencing sexual abuse and those living in war-torn societies.
Woman scientists open up career horizons for Cape Town girls. Scholarships for young scientists.
L'OrĂ©al South Africa, in association with Unesco and the Department of Science and Technology, rewards outstanding women in science. 
Special tuition and science-related excursions through Sasol's Saturday School Programme a recipe for success in SA.

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Tree felling in Cape Town

Tabletalk Thursday, August 30 published an article and photographs about large trees that needed to be removed between Botasig and the motorway to make way for a new storm water system.

This time the culprit is the provincial administration.

In the past, every spring the parks department would start their tree trimming and spring-cleaning. There seem to be little sense in coinciding tree trimming with the bird-breeding season.
Now that there are so few trees left to trim, perhaps the time can be spent planting new trees instead.

Perhaps one organisation should be in control all tree felling. Requests to fell trees should go through this global interest organisation.