Month: February 2017

Big Brother translated to life lessons.

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” life does not talk to you. It sorts of pushes you around..” wrote Robert Kiyosaki, who elaborated that each push is life saying: “Wake up up. There’s something i want you to learn..”. That’s what a make out of the reality show, Big Brother, and life itself. The reality show entails solid life lessons. Here are few things I have noted from Big Brother:

1. Strength and Ability (■)

“Yes we can”, Barack Obama, in his speech, defined Ability in concise phrase during his term ko White House. But who knows, Trump might have the Ability too neh?

B.B conveys to you that people has what it takes to reach their goals. The motivation serves as the element that keeps us going. Those guys are in the race of the grand price. People endure long hours of Marketing themselves, through being critical and creative being. We have the strength, we are just not motivated enough not to limit ourselves. We living a life of limitation, coz we are relaxed. We don’t polish our long-term price enough for it to shine enough to be visible for us. The visibility will get us working hard towards the price. Ooh by the way, the price is stagnant and waiting for us to go collect. But the journey is not easy, the journey is like paintball game. You get shot (challenged) as you crawling towards your price.

Remember, you’ve reached some golden, but not ultimate, stages therefore your STRENGTH was approved for continuing to something bigger. You passed your Primary and made it to Secondary then Tertiary level. Now you’re fit to make critical decision which aims at generation or loss of revenues. This leads me to the next point:

2. Intelligence (◇]

Characters meet as strangers, but are odd to make things happen. How are two people with different norms and morality, belief and understanding(IQ level) tolerate each other if they’re dumb? Clearly is almost impossible! But their approach of producing the tasks (challenges) imposed on their journey of the ultimate price accumulation makes it possible. Two stranger craft some top notch products! The astuteness behind producing a song in with two yet different versions (one in Native and English lingo version), can’t be reached with empty thinking! Intellegency is the ability to cope in a versatile environment, tolerating someone with a different school of ideology is not pap and vleis samma stru’s bob !

3. Confidence (☆)

Never be shy of people [who don’t know you] in the journey of earning you Price!
Confidence is key. If you engage in acts of accomplishing a mission of success never be shy to pursue what you desire because of the unknown individual. Do away with the stereotypical mentality of “they will judge me”! I have never come across a presenter who lacks confidence, that s why they lead us into accepting them and loving them through their confident deeds, thus they referred to as “Celebrities/Leaders/Legends/ICON/ etc.” The characters in the series are just too real to who they are, they’re living their lives and be accepted for that as such. Otherwise the contrary might be one of the eliminating element in the criterion of list. So never be shy, as it can stumble your CONFIDENCE thus discouraging you! It results in what is called “fear of the unknown”. You’re living life with limits once you got the latter syndrome!

4. The essence of coalition (#)

Social Cohesion is achieved through Maturity and Responsibilities.
People get together, strangers become friends some even spouses in/after that series. We have to work together as a people to achieve certain things: take heed elimination when you’re at workforce- there are people who will want you to be eliminated for them to become winners, Charles Darwin calls it “survival of the fittest”. The fascinating part of it is you have no option to sabotage whatsoever the other person’s procedures. You need to work your butt up without snitching. The team hates to see you in weakest point or saying bye, thus the notion of support structure. Unfortunately there is one ultimate winner lols, otherwise we’re all winner just not lucky to participate in certain stages at once. It’s ok my reader, you’re a winner your down-falls are your lessons neh? Sure.

Maturity and Responsibility- You’re an adult and you are being treated as such. You are at liberty of access to certain things at an enormous volume- to avoid the most dangerous thing in life which is ADDICTION, you have a time table to access those items meaning you will therefore have to manage yourself to have and maintain self-control and avoid being controlled by certain things. By the way having your addiction skwed to one activity extremely might shift your focus from the ultimate bigger picture of your purpose in this life mission. Sex, alcohol as used enormously as examples in Life Orientation classes, for example if they’re done in abundance they might shred your focus! Ekse Mandla Mthembu, you should’ve limited your love for Khanyi and Lavish materials while you focused on a way of getting more to maintain minimum standard, otherwise have for losing focus grootman ke life! Otherwise addiction can result into direct/indirect dull-witted “mistake”, sure Oscar Pistoreous you, according to Nel and other external findings, had several cases [addiction] of playing with guns. Hade my man! I hope you coping in there at no corrupt privilege.

So, responsible maturity people limit themselves and ensure unity against all disagreements, it’s fine to be loggerheads but don’t allow it to derail you to working towards the better.

By the way addiction pitch as a result of pleasure short-term nogal. Ehsan!

Our beautiful South Africa could be a better country if the so called leader had a clearer understanding to the weight entailed in the word “Politics” which is synonymous to: diplomacy- public affairs – defined to be a system, I guess good ones, of being able to influence decision that affect of the country or society in a good way I reckon. Not the contrary that make our government system seem like a total disgraceful act of dullard-ism.

Ekse Zuma, Mmusi, Julius and others let’s unite not only because of the analogy you would’ve done out of Big Brother, but because you need to comply with the rightful Rights of shaping a “rainbow nation”. Maybe black and white might not be stupid underpinning of racism, lead our people gents!

Unity is power my good people, “united we stand, and divided we fall”.

5. Discipline (=)

To break the ice, we can’t get to other stages of success if we suffer from lack of Self-Discipline! Understand your reputation and maintain disciple. No one will disciple you even if they wish/try, it lies within you at the end of the day! Know your weak-points and deal with them curb your strong-points too don’t get over excited.

It’s not that many successful people didn’t in certain acts that we engage in during our upbringing, No! They did get naughty and party, they just had limits and growth kicks in. Being old doesn’t simplify growth if Discipline ke dololo!

6. Humanity and Forgiveness (♡)

You should see their (characters) emotions when one member gets eliminated, damn it speaks volumes! So warm and ncoooooh kinder thing.

Mind-you, this is an imperfect life we living in. We will be in dispute and anger/hate might erupt. It’s okay, it’s normal! But how do we get constructive if we have unfinished vendetta as adults? Recall MATURITY i mentioned; good you smart reader!! We need to settle matters, sideline our weakness that shadow the bliss view of this life if we forgive each other and join forces.

7. Emotional Management

I go around listening to people, and one day i heard someone say: “Decisions based on emotions are not decisions at all”. Substantially, Kiyosaki highlighted that emotions can conflict our thinking; emotions leads to impulsive decisions thus halting the primary element of making decisions- the mind.

It’s not wrong to be overtly emotional, but it can impact on the future. In BB instance, displaying emotions on HD will definitely outline one’s weak-points and that can be used against you as a test. I’ve seen people loosing focus of the competition’s fundamentals simply because they couldn’t curb their enthusiasm. Some evictions were done purposefully to test other people’s weak-points which is being too attached.

Failure to control our emotions might blur the view to reality. Simpy because someone is emotionally attached to a certain party, no matter how simple the facts may sound, that particular person will be hard-headed to support their wrong motion of their party. Shout-out to Trevor Manuel, Mbeki among other individuals who were impartial enough to accept that their party was offside on several stages. We will hardly solve crucial matters if we are emotional.

Let’s not let emotions cost us. Just like sex, put it to the mind and deliver the best and experience karma sutra secretes or follow/nature your emotions and deliver two minutes mediocre.

It’s because of the emotions that we are left with matters to solve after the SONA and even after what was supposed to be a peaceful six-nil soccer match.

Kana someone’s pride is denying them to approach/aid a particular, most relevant, person for help due to some historical vendetta which apparently can’t be Forgiven, Einstein tried finding solutions to it but unfortunately he did live longer, may his soul R.I.P. . Imagine if Mandela among other revolution heroes, couldn’t forgive others, don’t tell about rival politicians who advocated the antithetical, please – or else I’ll remind you of the situation in Mugabe land! You will suffer san.

Brothers and sisters in the series are only human and are not always on good terms, but they forgive each other. Don’t hate a fellow homo sapiens for bitter mistakes that doesn’t change the price of the bread, for you won’t conquer this world alone!

Like Ringo Madlinkosi sang “…ma si bambane nge zandla siba bonise…” FORGIVE my Zulu, but I have no intentions of relocating to ORANIA TOWN, therefore I will try hard to learn the language!

If this was to reach our parliament, I was gonna make a recommendation:
Allow Big Brother to host you for few seasons and The Constitution’s contradictions will come to an end after those seasons. Let stranger political parties meet and be locked in one room with the aim claimed to being perpetuated currently.

However, DO NOT use any of the house in Saxonworld Biggie assomblief!

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What is missing during SONA – Youth Development

Moses Moreroa is an educator, language editor, and transformational speaker. Apart from his PR job, he enjoys airtime on radio as an all-around social commentator, with avid interests in social media and politics. He is also a copyright specialist, blogger, and magazine owner

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Not so long ago, I read a thought-provoking column by a young South African who is a commonwealth scholar, studying towards a doctorate in the United Kingdom. Metjie Makgoba in his latest column said institutions of higher learning provide avenues for students to acquire social, cultural and symbolic capitals that set the tone for their professional and economic development.

I could not agree more with his view of tertiary education.

As we already have the knowledge, young people, especially those previously classified as disadvantaged, now have access to basic education. And high enrolment rates at basic education level can only suggest one thing – increase in applications for space at tertiary institutions. Although the quality of education is still a thorny issue.

The proportion of young people that attend tertiary, especially playing the race card, is too small to realise the much-sought-after equality and, therefore, cannot redress social imbalances if not tackled head-on.

It is more than tormenting to see the economy growing at a snail’s pace. It is even disheartening that young people are forced to take the back seat when it comes to the economy. Shockingly, South Africa’s labour market participation rate for young people is down at a mere 26%, less than half the equivalent participation in the United States, according to STANLIB.

A miserable feeling as every nation depends on its youth for growth and development.

There is no one who accounts for the sluggish role played by youth agencies. All we hear about is how the National Development Plan (NDP) aims to create about 11 million more jobs 2030.

We hear about how the NDP plans to reduce the appalling unemployment rate to 6% by 2030. Indeed, all we hear is a journey we are forever about to take – long walk to freedom. There has been too little progress since the adoption of the NDP.

President Jacob Zuma and his cabinet have, by this far, advanced obliviousness and negligence of the youth. During the previous State of the Nation Address (Sona), the president brilliantly dodged to explain the high rate of unemployment among youth. He only acknowledged it with no solution.

The answer is straightforward. There is little care about the future of this country. Neglecting the developmental needs of the youth translates to turning a blind eye on the future.

It is time to put our youth at the centre of the State of the Nation Address.

So far, the NDP is doing well as a PR document than a solution to our increasing problems. It is just a lip service. The document was archived way before it could be distributed.

Achieving full employment, decent work and sustainable livelihoods are the only weapons we can use to advance our society and its youth. To create more jobs means encouraging young people to start businesses. And to start more businesses is to create an enabling environment for these youngsters to cut their teeth in the business world.

When President Zuma created the small business ministry in 2014, we though 90% of the youth jobs were going to be created. But it remained a lip service and broken promise.

The economy lazily grew, seeing unemployment reaching its highest level in 13 years, increasing from 25.5% to 27.1%.

All these could be possible if government agencies, such as the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) among many others, did not exist as impractical, unworkable structures that keep on discouraging our youth.

I am very sad to witness the numbers of companies, opened by young people, close before their first anniversary.

I am unhappy about the large number of small enterprises that close due to non-compliance with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC). We are equally depressed by the growing number of graduates who lose hope of a better future on a daily basis. These young people end up settling for mediocre and every job opportunity that is thrown at them even if it is not sustainable.

We saw Seda rejecting to listen to thousands of business ideas. When asked for reasons, they are either under staffed or said to be only helping medium enterprises that have been running for years with at least ten or more workers. This is just a stunt to claim to have created more jobs.

NYDA equally executes the hopes of young people who are just starting businesses by only designing logos and letterheads for them. These youngsters need mentorship, advice, the right connections and funding more than a logo and letterhead.

State of the Nation Address, on Thursday, should addresses real developmental issues, and the address will be beside the point if it does not intensely talk about youth development. There is just no any other promising route to development than the youth way.

The government needs to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to improve the quality of their life and pursue their dreams always.

This starts with refusing to sit for a nation address that doesn’t address the needs of youth development.

With the SONA, we must listen to listen to a report that talks about how development finance institutions such as the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) or Development Bank of Southern Africa and others have provided finance for small businesses in infrastructure and in many other high contributing sectors of the economy, such as agriculture and technology.

Since the government has failed its youth, young thought the private sector would. It is unfortunate that these private sectors buy out the small businesses. This is how the private sector sustain its monopoly, eliminating potential competition.

The youth should refuse to spend hours listening to a nation address that does not give them the figures of young businessmen and businesswomen who were trained by government agencies and have fruitfully exploited our rich minerals to make a living for themselves and thousands of other youth who are marginalised.

We cannot applaud the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) because it creates short-term contract works. What an ordeal our youth have to grow through. They are introduced to an independent life where they are forced to settle for a shameful wage of less than R80 a day. While we thought it was better than nothing, these EPWP workers later lose their jobs as contracts end.

When we try to check, picking up litter, waving red flags on roads and controlling a stop and go is what the government of today calls job opportunities for thousands of youth.

We can not only stand proudly on the international stage as a country that is rich with minerals whereas food security remains a challenge in South Africa. Until our youth exploit opportunities of making the most out of our wealth found in cowpeas, nuts, tomatoes, pine trees, commodities, and all that, we are a disaster-prone nation.

Job opportunities should be when the youth, from low levels of skills to the highest, can create their own employment opportunities from the treasures found in our country.

The curriculum, from basic education, should have entrepreneurship as a compulsory subject. This curriculum should extend to Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges. This can only mean one thing, the building of more TVET colleges to allow all students in.

After graduating, these young people will need to start their businesses. The government should fund them. If their ideas might not be good enough as the likes of Seda and NYDA claim, then they should be mentored until their business ideas are viable.

Starting their businesses means they will need land, hence, the issue of land reform should be a matter of insistence. It should be to grow our economy more than it is to score political points.

These restructurings would aid the country to reduce unemployment while strengthening food security and eradicating poverty, especially among the unskilled. However, they will only be introduced by visionary leaders who occupy strategic positions not because of being loyal to the struggle but having necessary qualifications to lead in certain portfolios.

Currently, we just see sleeping ministers and MECs who have been changed from one position to another, without mastering even one trade.

It is certain that the creation of millions of entry-level factory jobs is the most important reason for the success of every developing country that has raised millions of people out of poverty. Therefore, the government should come up with strategies earmarked for youth development in all respects.

Imagine a society in which even a child born into the most desperate poverty can become a brain surgeon, a concert pianist or a sports hero.

That is what we call equality for all.

Our youth would only be the centre of the State of the Nation Address if they are regarded as the future.

Moses Moreroa writes in his personal capacity as an Educator, Public Relations Practitioner and Entrepreneur.

Situation reading: Timing

 

 

 

Knowing when, where, why and what to do is essential. This might be the making or breaking stage of the future. Its at this time in point when the self is required to be consciously active. The conscious part of the self is the deeper sense, the phase where all senses come to one, it’s the joint state. Human awareness is fully awaken at this point!

When dealing with life situation, one gotta be proactive instead of active; avoid impulsive and be non-spontaneous in decisions making. The decisions gotta be calculated. The moves are well thought of; there is room for the contrary consequences that might emerge. After all we are only human, we might learn from the inevitable outcomes that are not part of the plan’s desire! Play dead where needs it be. Maybe you’re just about to become a millionaire through that street-kid’s motivation, but because you acted saint you’ve just kissed it goodbye! You never know.

When- Is the everything in order? Don’t confuse situations! You surely wouldn’t want to want your speaker to go out loud when you glancing that porn video in presence of your parents over family supper. Don’t do things that where supposed to be employed in your tertiary state, in your primary period. Remember the limitations of jargon. Don’t come and be technical when you’re with your fellow laymen. It might press someone’s button thus depriving you an opportunity to learn. Never be scared to delay your horses if you’re unsure of what to say. We are never demeaned of keeping quiet mos; we might be embarrassed and devalued for being rectified about having said the things that are uninformed. This is essential in the ability of differentiating the proceeding state:

Where– Know your people. Differentiate between the type of people within your circle. Be an all rounder; never filter a certain category of people: go from dropouts, academics, bourgeois, drunkards, gamblers, non/ believers, ex-cons etc. Curiosity will opportune you the moment to learn who behaves how, when and why. Thus you will get counter skills in handling the person of that fashion when you come across the strange situation of the strange individuals who belong to a certain category

Why– Are you engaging in that activity of those people for fun sake; are you having life lessons? Never, be too reluctant to even forget the motive behind your presence within that circle. If you’re doing it for no reason then you’re wasting your precious time. But if you’re substantially doing it then you’re making the time precious. Don’t do it for the sake of doing it. Don’t just come and twang where it can be used to develop sceptical thoughts about your belonging. Develop a chameleon behaviour, but shell like a tortoise, know and stick to your origins and protect your customs. Do not show-off where your skills will be an intimidating factor within the habitat. But share your thoughts as a suggestion and get to listen people’s reaction. Be impartial, know why you need to go an extra-mile. It sure gotta be beneficial to you brother/sister! Miscalculations of this step of the pyramid might sharpen of defect the future following the next step:

What– keep your cards to your chest. Know, through be cautious of the aforementioned steps, which move to strike.  The typical questions might emerge as “what am I doing; what should I do; what’s required of me?”. Don’t find yourself making wrong moves contrary to what’s required. It might be detrimental to the future. It’s of course a crucial stage. The how part can be infused with this stage as they’re hand to glove. I mean you can’t read the what and barely fail to know how to use it; we shall attend to that another time as we know that IQ level is unique per individual. But I trust my readers😊!.

Know the whose of your surrounding, they’re important.

In summary, don’t talk police when you’re with citizens that are not law abiding, otherwise this might deprive you the opportunity to learn the culture moreover putting your snitch ass at risk. Ethical consideration! Do not talk what you’re supposed to talk with your father or make counterpart to your mother or sister. Disadvantages brother!

Don’t go all out in proving your excellence in a government entity, as it might be a threat to the fossil staff thus resulting in sabotaging your future paths, lols. Know when to be moderate, when to be A+. Be subordinate and read your situation just like crocodile does. Never give features of doubt; that is to say never ever swap those characters.  Tyler Perry plays Madea, Brown and Joe in one film and the characters are distinct- It’s a skill, not everyone can do that. Be like that man!

Read your situation. Eba le timing motho. Ska ya wrong places, under wrong impressions, with wrong motives for wrong reasons!

Pay Attention, Focus, suspense/delay (where there is a need) annnnd Action/Engage!

Am done!