Monthly Archives: November 2013

Every moment in my life is a gift.

 

By: Sivuyile S. Sesi (www.756writing.yolasite.com)

To be cheated of what needs you and depend on you, of what is your own responsibility is carelessness on your own. Its a disappointment to those who rather trusted you.

Its good for a person to know how to deal with the beating of expectations in different situations. For me people have tried to taint the reality of what is in front of my eyes and what I heard to
understand to what my senses can enable to predict and foresee. They had broken handles on what we can do together, no one could cooperate. But the truth deep in me proved right. I truly believe that I need myself in as far as I can see with my eyes and mind, reach out with my arms and heart and words, and walk to any where.

I was opened by Dr Joelien Pretorius when on her last lecture on International Relations second year module with us she surprisingly asked me ” Mr Sesi the man of Peace and Love what do you think of the international relations system? I was caught off guard, I responded “no comment”. I think that’s what opened me in my third year to be commentary in class. With all the difficulty that came the following year I feel that I enjoyed the moments.

As the year 2011 started for my third year at the University of the Western Cape I chosen to give extra focus on my majors, in Language and Communications and Political Studies. As the Political Studies subject is divided into four termly modules, the first two modules in the first semester classes went as normal.

Challenge on the Political Studies classes started on the first term of the second semester. Part of the lectures the lecturer made it to finish with group presentations. With me as I have come to realize I
was not awake or fully aware of the deliberate or intentional common ways people think and act in. I have believed in genuineness of the people. With me he kept on beating expectations. With him there was communication breakdown to the way I was used to on how a professional lectures are run. He took me out of the comfort zone in class. While I was listening to him in class he would just chose me to comment or ask me a question then take me for granted and interrupt me or ignore me afterwards. Or he would ignore me when I raise a hand. It was like I am not doing what was required of me. When I went for consultations I couldn’t prove. Even when I was to smoking dagga, I was doing it in my free time.

For presentations he divided the class into groups but excluded and not assign me to a group and he communicated it unclear. As time goes, in other groups there were shift and changes and as I was
wondering what is going on I thought I would join any group in need of someone or then do the presentation alone.

For presentations on different days the groups were adjudicated by different lecturers from the department. Even thou I felt not part of the class or excluded I knew that it was my right to be in class and have fun. Even though felt I was disrespected on group presentations I would listen and ask questions.

A classmate told me I can join their group they need someone, saying I should just email him my details, prepare my part and send it to him and he will forward it to the group leader. I prepared for the presentation and sent it to him in time.

On the day of our presentation I was unexpectedly excluded. As I was prepared for the presentation I went in front of the class with the group. The team leader then said she was not told that I joined the group so I can’t do the presentation with them. When I told them that a group member was suppose to inform them, they said they were not and the guy said nothing. I was so disappointed and felt betrayed. The lecturer told me I have two choices to sit down or leave the class. That moment that’s when the world stood still but as I have emotional resilience, and in reality wanted him to give me time to present I pulled myself together and calmly took a sit. I had to be rational.

I had some laughs as the group on their presentation used some of the things I said during the year. I am the kind of person who let go of pain easily. The group presentation took the whole period as the last person remaining I couldn’t present that day. The lecturer scheduled another time for the following day.

I came on time and prepared he was not available on the venue. I went to his office and was not available neither. The receptionist called him and he said he was coming. I had to get the presentation done so I waited and he came with someone to adjudicate together. We went to the venue, there were no other students, and I did the presentation. With all the difficulty I finished his module and passed both the semester modules.

In that is when you dealing with people in serious and stressful situations especially if you have history making you not to trust them, you need to be patient and not just jump into conclusions, even more when you using technology. Otherwise you will go through unnecessary paranoia, even starting to think everything is just about you.

Relax or you will regret it. All can be just happening in your head and end up pointing fingers and accusing others. This is one of the reason that makes the very busy people prefer to have more time alone or in small circles. That gives time to think things through. Other people believe that the less people you deal with the less drama in your life.

No body had time for me. I did not expect what happened in my third year. Through all I did not give up I remained committed and gave more.

As it may seem planned, now I sit and think even thou I was taken for granted, it was my destiny. I take the moments as a gift. What a ride it was. I am still looking forward to a great future.

For self sustainable Africa, we need direct investment.

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By: Sivuyile S. Sesi (www.756writing.yolasite.com)

People need a good condition to do it by themselves. In our corrupt countries, with poor local political decision making killing our economies especially by careless government officials who don’t know what’s best for us in Africa, we need more of foreign direct investment. As we have hard workers who have served the people in business, development, government, sports, NGO’s, NPO’s, etc and made our countries or continent to be at this extent of decency, for the next phase its time for their work to be appreciated. There are ways to practically share their expertise and experience. As they benefit us the approach must be more of direct investment allowing them for their resourcefulness to be the drivers of our economy and development so that more people become directly part of activities and empowerment. This is to set more people to see the need to be the drivers of better life at their individual level. With the skills and experienced gained, this will make us within our system to become of capital value, self sufficient and self sustainable therefore gaining good and competitive position on the global system. We have a lot to offer we just need conditions and means to bring the best in us.

We should allow our role models to be in the leadership to help us, for that inspiring more right people at what they good at to be active for economic growth. Fin24 states “poverty isn’t falling fast enough, according to the report, which was produced in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and UN Development Programme (UNDP).””The pace of poverty reduction in most countries is falling short of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) targets,” the report found. The world needs us, that is its main goal in helping us, so let us be part of it.

Especially here in South Africa, the biggest economy in Africa, let us see example at leaders like Desmond Tutu, Thabo Mbeki, Trevor Manuel, Kofi Annan, Barrack Obama, Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Helen Zille, Danny Jordan, Mamphele Ramphela also the young and promising like Bennie McCarthy, Lindiwe Mazibuko and others not in the lime light. As leaders of global standard in how they claim the share for Africa, with them there is evident potential for more people’s lives to get on the right direction. With their hard work they have paved the way. They have put our continent on the map. Let’s not let their track be filled with dust. With more efforts like them and improved our continent will become better and better.  As it is found that Africa economic development is growing more than ever when compared with other continents that will make more individuals to have more to do in changing our own lives. Not just in NGOs and NPOs expansions. This phase provide the opportunity to have our own businesses.

More people are investing in their careers and becoming highly skilled. They go out there hungry for what the developing Africa can offer. They are looking for good opportunities to prove and apply themselves with intentions to make more of what they work on, create opportunities and absorb more people. Such quality young minds channelled to great work of leading, with those who had championed economic empowerment would lead to quantity positive change. More lives would be active and be of service in improving their own lives.  The reason for some of the corruption incidences is because more people in government are not well skilled. Even the political processes they use to select who must be service providers for the people are not really helping the people, especially people living in poverty are the ones who become end receivers of poor services. Look at how quality politicians don’t get elected and appointed to proper positions for which they would be better in. An example in South Africa is between the quantity popular politician, the current African National Congress (ANC) and current national president, Jacob Zuma who was elected over a good quality politician, the former ANC and former national president Thabo Mbeki by the ANC to become the president of the country. As the Zuma result can’t reach the necessary quantity and quality of service to provide for the public. The economic growth is slow that means more poverty. Another example is that of the current president of ZANU PF and about thirty years serving as president of the already economically crushed Zimbabwe, the old Robert Mugabe over well fitting politician who are of good quality than him to take the demanding responsibility of being a president.

These are some of the concerns foreign direct investment can address, allowing people who have proven to be good quality and excelled in the commitment to handle our development, economy, etc for growth. If those opportunities are available, they must be made known to the people so that they can be proactive, prepare, stay ready and take best options to attract them for our countries. In Africa we cannot wait until the government become uncontrollably shutting our economies, very corrupt, start to not consider peoples human rights and frustrating hard workers who want to see our society change for the better. We need to good technical handling counter to bad political decision making to avoid another Zimbabwe. The foreign direct investment approach is needed for us to be able to meet each
other halfway to save the continent.

This approach with market drive, emphasizing entrepreneurship, and financial empowerment will address the shortfalls we dread in making our society and economy open and free. With education, more people becoming professionals they must see the value in per capita. Each individual including children must have enough on the pot. With people learning the culture of money saving, our children will be less dependent on loans and uncontrollable debts. This will complement the local wealth well. For Africa being able to open opportunities for our children and people. This foreign direct investment will go a long way.

It must be encouraged for countries to diversify their economies for growth. We need our Africa to flourish in commercial services, commercial agriculture, commercial mineral resources and be industrial manufacturing. Fin24 states Services, especially in telecommunications and finance, as well as insurance, were major growth sectors.”

To dwell on Small farmers, they must work their land and produce value and be able to make a living. Within the villages there must be vegetable, fruit, herbs and medicine, food, juice, etc factories and labs to buy and process their harvest and put it on the markets. Villages as they have time to pay close attention to their crops and live stock; they must be supported to produce organic foods. They need the right development and support and emphases on education to enable them to know how to take advantage and earn from it. Their produce needs to be coordinated with private sector, be given attention so that they can be channelled and directed to the right markets. Allowing continuous research and development for improvement and innovation. Their land and development must be able to feed all of us and the world. Nothing must go to waste while they can earn from it. Initiative like AGRA which works to achieve a food secure and prosperous Africa through the promotion of rapid, sustainable agricultural growth from smallholder farmers need to reach out to more people. As in smallholder farming the majority are women, working with minimal resources and little government support, AGRA aims is to ensure that they have what they need to succeed: good seeds and healthy soils; access to markets, information, financing, storage and transport; and policies that provide them with comprehensive support to be able to function well on the competitive system, while also protecting the environment.

For us to ensure that more of our people identifies with and find it acceptable, to reach the hearts of more people in all the different sectors we need more women involved. In our quest for Africa to economically expand, for us to venture into global open and free markets such as in America, Europe, Asia, etc including within Africa it is for us including the Diaspora to help each other to identify the
favourable opportunities in different places of the world.

There is great opportunity for better life in Africa if we all positively look forward and do all we can in its rise. More than ever what we have so far in local business with foreign direct investment is what can help to empower more people. Step by step African is to stand with the world. For the next step it is needed to directly invest in people. That will accelerate self sufficient and self sustainable growth, empowering and benefiting more people. That will greatly help local business aspirations.

Basic education means a lot than provided.

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By: Sivuyile S. Sesi
http://www.756writing.yolasite.com

Being passionate for the cause is what is happening between Democratic Alliance (DA) and Equal Education (EE). They are in reality in terms of our education than the department thought it would mean less hardwork. With them, especially EE find that government gets away with cheating the nation. From following their engagement and arguments about the state of out education you realize that with in their different approaches in trying to help it, what they bring to the table is real deal.

For government to call grade 12 and grades below as Department of Basic Education still that doesn’t mean or explain the poor quality of education they giving our children. Even though the DA leader Helen
Zille acknowledges that the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is being pressured for her department to account on what in terms of resources she can’t deliver on demanded deadlines, it’s clear “basic education” is still a big term compared to the condition and quality of service they provide.

When I was a member of Representative Council of Learners (RCL), School Governing Board(SGB), Khayelitsha Student Empowerment Forum (KSEF) and Khayelitsha Education Forum from year 2003 to 2005, to passover the new Outcome Based Education (OBE) to our community and schools the Western Cape Department of Education explained the programme especially Further Education and Training, FET’s  (grade 10 to 12) as an upgrade to education similar to that of colleges, for learners to come out equipped enough to sell their skills. In reality there seems to be shortfalls for quality standards or outcomes.

I guess in the next government they should change “Basic Education” to another term because they failing the currently used. Which I do not think even in African languages there is an acceptable term for.
Blaming it on using English as medium of instruction, as people who send their children to English and Afrikaans speaking schools would politically argue is not the real issue. Even Mamphela Ramphele believes that the state of current education is poorer than that of 1976.

You can tell that basic education is not just an empty term but a real life condition which many of our pupils is just an empty promise the live under. Especially Equal Education on its focus is very helpful in
pushing government in making sure that every child gets what he and she deserves.

It’s unfair for the children of the poor as government workers especially from the middle class, to be exact, the teachers because government pay them well to send their children to best schools but
still at our township schools they providing poor services. To commit to their job they need to be kept accountable.

Well done to the different approaches of DA and EE in sharing light for the people on the realities of our education there is still hope for the children of the poor. For government to realize that their department is for basic education, for Motshekga that still means a lot, for it there still more work needed than the current condition especially for the townships and rural areas. In clear and simple
terms that means delivering the necessary for our children to be able to live or get by.  Even if they don’t further their studies still have enough to provide for a decent life.