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This entry is more about a new Afrikaans song by Steve Hofmeyr – he sings in English too, and if you like the voice of Neil Diamond, then you will surely like his music too. Anyway, this new Afrikaans song is a protest song and I was reading on the link, in this post, about protest songs. Afrikaans is a young language and since the start Afrikaans struggled to survive. The British settled in South Africa in 1820 and then after the South African-British War – Boer War – Afrikaans was also ‘banned’. In primary schools, if you dared to speak your mother tongue [Afrikaans], you got a board around your neck stated ‘Donkey’ on it. At the moment, Afrikaners [not Africans] again, have to fight to survive. Not just to survive as a human race, but also the language as such. Farmers get murdered on a weekly basis [don’t forget the murders in the towns and cities too.] The world is IGNORANT!
Goethe said, “There is nothing more frightening than active ignorance.”
I’ve found the lyrics to the song and also some English words to it [to part of it], but you will get the ‘message’. ‘Apartheid’ was nothing comparing to what happens now in our beautiful country. And if you really think you know everything about Apartheid, then I think you know just a tiny drop in the ocean of what it really was. Being in the UK now for long enough to know what they ‘know’ about ‘Apartheid’, is enough to tell me that they believed anything that was dished up to them as ‘Apartheid’. We all know what the ANC tried to achieve with their ‘campaigns’ and with a world full of narrow-minded people, they achieved what they wanted  including the toi-toi on Trafalgar Square in the 1980’s and their sad sing-songs in America.  Also, I think some of us know WHY things happened as it happened – like the Zimbabwean-ordeal – and it is just a matter of ‘time’ and South Africa will be there  too – then those ‘waiting’ will ‘close in’.[and I’m not referring here to ‘those’ as the Afrikaners]. During the Boer War the British found it hard to win the war… we are a nation made up from different nations. We will fight and stand up again. Ex Unitate Vires= Unity is Strength

Read more about us here:

THE BOER NATIONS

Take a community of Dutchmen of the type of those who defended
themselves for fifty years against all the power of Spain at a time
when Spain was the greatest power in the world. Intermix with them a
strain of those inflexible French Huguenots who gave up home and
fortune and left their country for ever at the time of the revocation
of the Edict of Nantes. The product must obviously be one of the most
rugged, virile, unconquerable races ever seen upon earth.  Take this
formidable people and train them for seven generations in constant
warfare against savage men and ferocious beasts, in circumstances
under which no weakling could survive, place them so that they acquire
exceptional skill with weapons and in horsemanship, give them a
country which is eminently suited to the tactics of the huntsman, the
marksman, and the rider.  Then, finally, put a finer temper upon their
military qualities by a dour fatalistic Old Testament religion and an
ardent and consuming patriotism.  Combine all these qualities and all
these impulses in one individual, and you have the modern Boer — the
most formidable antagonist who ever crossed the path of Imperial
Britain.  Our military history has largely consisted in our conflicts
with France, but Napoleon and all his veterans have never treated us
so roughly as these hard-bitten farmers with their ancient theology
and their inconveniently modern rifles. —Arthur Conan Doyle

Click THIS link to read the entire article by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), Scottish author and creator of the oft-quoted detective-hero Sherlock Holmes wrote The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1891)

On THIS LINK link, – on my blog – I said in 2007 that I hope we as a nation will – again – rise and stand together one day. Eventhough we are scattered all over the planet at the moment, I do look forward to that day when things will ‘come together’ for all of us.

What is protest music? In April 1966, Bob Dylan arrived in Stockholm as part of his controversial “electric” world tour, and a local interviewer asked him why he was no longer writing and performing protest songs. Dylan, irritated and more than a little out of it, objected to the question’s premise and called one of his new rock ’n’ roll compositions the very height of protest music: “Very, very protesty. And, uh, one of the protestiest of all things I ever protested against in my protest years.”

Please click HERE to read the entire article.

Ons Sal Dit Orleef

Ons sal dit oorleef – Steve Hofmeyr
“Daar’s ‘n land en ‘n volk in een taal gedoop
Met gebede en buskruit en bloed gekoop
Wat weer en weer van sy knie af moet streef
Ons sal dit oorleef…

Uit die kake van oormag deur die vuur op ons werf
Staan die engele by ons vroue en die kinders wat sterf
Elke grafsteen een standbeeld vir die wat bly leef
Ons sal dit oorleef…

My hart klop toktokkie waar hy breek vir my volk
Voor die kakie kanon of die k****r se dolk
Dit maak nie meer saak nie waar ons ons begeef
Ons sal dit oorleef…

Ek lig my oë tot die berge op
Waar sal my hulp tog vandaan kan kom
Ag my God jou woorde lê deur my geweef
Ons sal dit oorleef…

Ek staan vandag op jou plaas ou vriend
Daar hang stof oor die stilte sovêr ek kan sien
Maar die geeste van gister sal more herleef
Ons sal dit oorleef

Some of the words in English.

My heart beats toktokkie where it breaks for my people
against the English (Khaki) canons or the Kaffir’s dagger
It matters none where we now are heading
We will survive this ordeal …

I raise my eyes to the mountains
ask where will my help arrive from?
Oh my Lord your words are woven within me…
We will survive this ordeal…
English lyrics: whatishappeninginsouthafrica.blogspot

Conversation between Theodore A… and Steve on Twitter [you might want to click the image for a clear view]

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Well, we all knew this was coming, but not when…with a government like our government, anyone, even someone with a  low IQ, could expect it. You don’t have to be a bright spark to ‘read between the lines’.

London – South Africa is flawed and set to “blow up” within the next 15 years with more serious consequences than Libya, says Toscafund, one of the UK’s most high-profile hedge funds.

It tips commodity-rich Russia and Australia to benefit.

Chief economist and partner Savvas Savouri, who has been researching South Africa’s economy, cites emigration of professional workers and what he sees as a “lack of centralised leadership” when it comes to dealing with problems such as the Aids epidemic.

“It’s socially, politically and demographically flawed. It will malfunction within 15 years. It will go the way of MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) but the blow-up will be much more serious,” Savouri told Reuters in an interview this week.

“Professional whites and blacks are leaving in hordes – the human capital is decaying,” he said.

Savouri’s comments come as Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi struggles to contain a two-week-old popular uprising in the world’s 12th-largest oil exporter, which has helped push brent crude above $115 a barrel.

The unrest across North Africa and the Middle East has also seen the ousting of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and Tunisian leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, as well as protests in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Savouri said a “malfunction” in South Africa, which is the world’s biggest producer of platinum and a major producer of palladium alongside Russia, would push commodity prices higher, benefiting rival commodity-rich countries.

“Clearly Russia and Australia will win out. The surge in commodity prices will benefit them,” he said.

Savouri, who is known for being outspoken in his predictions, said in January that the financial services industry was practically “lawless”.
Link/Source
http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Hedge-fund-warns-of-SA-blow-up-20110304

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Yes, we as a family are now also one of those being affected by the crime in South Africa. We can now say: “We have a brother murdered by members of the ANC regime.” It is not anymore ‘someone’ we ‘know’, it is now US! We as South Africans should start a REVOLUTION! And believe me, I will be at the front end of it! FARM MURDERS, FARM KILLINGS SHOULD STOP – ANY KILLING SHOULD STOP – NOW! Where is the RIGHT of people to be SAFE in their OWN COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????? Where is the RIGHT of people to LIVE and LET LIVE???????? Where is the RIGHT of people to come and go FREELY as you WISH in your own HOUSE!!!???We sit with a brainless government, all they care for is their OWN POCKETS, NOTHING for anyone. Telling their own people they won’t go to heaven if they don’t vote for them…and best of all, their people believe them! I can continue and ramble on and on and on, I know. Nothing will help. We are stuck with a sick government.

You can read about it in Afrikaans HERE and use google translator to translate it into English.

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This photo was taken yesterday about 4pm

The first Afrikaans Christmas song written in South Africa – about a Summer Christmas – and I’ve found a youtube video about it. It’s beautiful, the boys singing in this choir reminded me of the Drakensberg Boys Choir of years ago – beautiful singing. The translation of the song was found on the site of: openlanguages.net

Somerkersfees

[1]

Welkom o stille nag van vrede,
Onder die suiderkruis,
Wyl stemme uit die verlede
Oor sterrevelde ruis.

[2]

Hoor jy hoe sag die klokke beier
in eeue-oue taal.
Kyk, selfs die nagtelike swye
vertel die ou verhaal.

[3]

Voel jy ook nou Sy warm liefde
As ons die dag gedenk,
Toe Hy sy Seun aan ons gegee het –
Ons grootste Kersgeskenk.

KOOR

Kersfees kom, Kersfees kom –
Gee aan God die eer.
Skenk ons ‘n helder Somerkersfees
In hierdie land, o Heer.

English-version

[1]

Enter in quiet peace filled night
beneath the Southern Cross
Lend now your ear this starlit night,
to whispers from the past.

[2]

Do you hear how softly the bells
are chiming, in ancient dialect
Even the evening’s starry silence,
on prescious history reflects.

[3]

Can you also feel the warmth of His love,
as we celebrate the day
God loved us so much He sent his son,
no other gift as great.

CHORUS

Christmas nears, Christmas nears
Bow before the King
Grant by Your grace in this great land
A bright summer’s Christmas Lord.

This next video is for everyone reading here and I do hope your Christmas will be a wonderful Christmas.
I want you also to think about South Africans and pray for my country and its people, you can see photos of how black kids are being trained how to kill/execute whites- and best of all, the WORLD is turning a BLIND eye. If it was whites killing blacks, it would be DIFFERENT story, but who cares, it’s blacks killing whites, even a three year old girl! I won’t go into the detail how she was killed as you won’t believe it. Read the link to know what is REALLY going on in South Africa. The British screwed up big time – with Zimbabwe and they screwed up ONCE again – not just the British, but America too – this time. And …oh please, don’t come to me with your Apartheid excuses, as Apartheid was nothing like this and has nothing to do with this – 1994 is …er…how many years ago? Using Apartheid as an excuse also shows how uninformed you actually are about South Africa and its past – as that’s the only thing most people know about – well, actually those who know something about South Africa – apart from lions and rhinos roaming the streets/cities of our country – like some people think. So, I would suggest to read the link if that was going to be your excuse too.  These people are demon possessed and they do not know about God and the love of God and Jesus. They need your prayers too and they need people to spread the love of God, so they can stop with their killings. If you are interested in more reading, follow the link on my sidebar – with the photo of Anthony LoBaido – to read more.

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I not the kind of person that like to showcase awards, medals, etc. but don’t have the option to hide this blog award Vlam has passed on to me, which I really appreciate. Her motivation for the award was: she sees me as a busy boddy and never depressed. [borrellend besig en nooit bedruk – in Afrikaans] I think she’s hit the nail on its head with both, but honestly, must say that with what was going on in my home country the past week, had me quite upset and depressed and it was hard to stay positive about South Africa when getting news about pasients dying in hospitals due to the strike of medical staff! Then, on the positive side, I do read Annie’s blog for quite a time now and have found a lady of great inspiration. Annie is an American living in Pretoria and it’s amazing what she’s always doing. I do salute Annie 70×70 for the work she’s been doing and also in the past week she volunteered at a hospital and cheered pasients up with her humorous personality. I need to pass this award on to 5 other amazing people and Annie is definitely on the top of my list. Next is Kyker for his beautiful photos of places around the world. The scenes and places are always thoughtfully selected and you will enjoy his photograpy when visiting his neatly laid out blog. I think he’s an example of perfection. He’s also writing his own poems and if you can read Afrikaans, you will definitely enjoy his poetry too. Thirdly I would like to award Madele  for always being positive in her views and always taking other people into consideration. Madele only started blogging quite recently and has already shown she’s a person of great inspiration too, an open person who’s truly honest and someone you can trust.  Recently, Roer has started blogging again – after silence of almost a year – and I appreciate her determination in her decisions and pushing through with ideas when she’s decided to do things in life, despite of what other people are saying/thinking. Lastly, but not the least, I would like to pass this award on to Connie for his great blog he’s started recently about Chess in his area/province, which is the Northern Cape – in South Africa. He’s always uploading some great pics of  children taking part in tournaments across the country/province.  He also keeps his followers/readers informed about tournaments and always has details at hand. I got to know Connie through the chess.com-site and he’s a great Chess player too – as his twin-girls! Keep up the good work, Connie.

Part of receiving the award is naming three things I like. Well, that is quite difficult as there are many things I really do like. I like it when people are honest/fair and have an open mind about things in life, thinking logical about things that make sense to us all. I appreciate the beauty of nature, the wild and would love to be on a farm for the rest of my life. Lastly, I like reading and poetry and would love to have all the time in the world just to read. When I was little, I even read every single advertisement in the newspaper or every single label on bottels etc. I always thought I was going to miss something…silly billy me…lol…Now, the last part of my task – as part of the award. I need to upload a photo of a place/something I like. Well, it wasn’t difficult to decide as my first choice will always be the Drakensberg Mountains – this mountain range stretches from the north of the country to the far south and in this photo you can see Mt Aux Sources – the highest peak in South Africa – which is about 4300 m. The actual highest peak – Thaba Ntlenyana – is in Lesotho – an enclaved country in South Africa. -an enclaved country is a country within [surrounded by]  another country. Thaba Ntlenyana means beautiful little mountain. I was 15 when I was on top of Mount Aux Sources with a school trip. There are two chainladders to go up before you reach the summit. A great experience if you like hiking or the outdoors!

Dankie, Vlam vir die toekenning! Ek waardeer dit, komende van jou – net so borrellend besig en bedruk? Nee, nie van wat ek weet nie! Jy’t my ook voorgespring met Skoor natuurlik – hehe… sjoe, hoe lus het ek vir cupcakes as ek so na hierdie pienk prentjie kyk – lekker eetbare prentjie. lol

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Report Crime is something thats been in the back of my mind for a while now and 6 months ago, If not longer I decided to implement it. It will be an on-going project that I really want to get off the ground. Its a community based crime notification and awareness tool. It’s currently a free service and I intend to keep it that way. However it needs to look after itself financially in the end, and that would be supported by advertisers.
My main focus rite now is to build up users for the site, Ive already started advertising on Facebook. I originally tested the idea by putting up a very simple crime logging system, and the response I got from advertising though Google was very good. However that system had no methods in place to track users. It was extremely simple and was setup in less than a week, I wonder if the current system is too complex and the key to its success is to be ridiculously simple.

Look at Craigs list, as ugly as hell as there is no styling and no js, but that makes it fast and is one of the most successful sites around the world.
Please click HERE to visit Derrick’s site to read more and HERE to visit the Report Crime-site where you can also report a crime if you know about one!

I think this kind of site is the first in the world and I personally think it is great! I’m in contact with Frederic on Twitter – his twitter-name is Deighardt and through him I got to know about this site which is his cousin’s mastermind – Derrick.  I hope people will find it useful and use it too as it is a great tool to even report crime too. Planning to visit South Africa…check out this site for crime hotspots! Planning to travel…from Pretoria to Durban…or wherever…check it out. You know of any crime…report it!  You can even search for places in South Africa or set up an email/sms-alert. This is what we need in our country…maybe all over the world!

It’s a shame that crime is such an issue in South Africa. We have a beautiful country…as many visitors have said what these two also say…

This is my second week in South Africa. What a stunningly beautiful country. The people are diverse and lovely. The food is fabulous. The vistas are varied and magnificent…Diana Mason…June 2009 from http://ajnoffthecharts.com

South Africans know how to put relationships ahead of tasks. You can stop by someone’s house for coffee ,and even if they were on their way to the store, they will stop everything and spend an hour with you. Feb 2010 -An American in Pretoria…http://anamericaninpretoria.blogspot.com

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When we moved to the UK in 2001, Internet Banking was a no-no in the country…whereas in South Africa, we used to have Internet Banking for a few years at the time, you could even pay your bills online. When we wanted to pay online for horse-riding lessons, the lady at the stalls were looking at us like are you talking double dutch? – when we asked to pay her online. She thought we knew something she didn’t know. I was even in email-touch with one of the banking staff at my branch in Pretoria, whilst here in the UK, at the time, you couldn’t even contact the bank via email. One of the banks in SouthAfrica [for a few years now] do send you a text the minute when someone logs on to your account, even if it is you yourself!

…more…the first South African electric car, the Joule, which was showcased in Paris in 2008.

Joule – image: cdn.24

The Joule’s interior and exterior was styled by South African-born former Jaguar designer, Keith Helfet, who was responsible for iconic Jag designs like the XJ220, the XK180 and the F-Type.
The Joule’s chassis accommodates two large-cell lithium ion battery packs, which use similar chemistry to that used in mobile phones and laptop computers. The five-seater passenger vehicle can be plugged in at home, with a normal 220 volt outlet, and the 300km battery pack will charge in approximately seven hours. Joule will be sold in all major South African centres towards the end of 2010 with sales and exports to the international market will follow shortly after the South African launch.
DID YOU also KNOW:
The world’s first automatic pool cleaning unit, the Kreepy Krauly, was invented by South African Ferdinand Chauvier in 1974.

Ferdinand Chauvier – image:mieliestronk
In 1978 South Africa’s premier ticketing agent, Computicket, became the world’s first computerised ticketing system ever to be invented.
Source:london.thesouthafrican.com

A dolos is an unusually shaped concrete block used to protect harbor walls from the force of the sea by dissipating, rather than blocking the energy of the waves. First installed in East London Harbor, dolosse are now used all over the world. The revolutionary sea buffer got it’s name when it’s designer Aubrey Kruger’s father Joe was asked to make a wooden model of the object. When it was completed he observed “wat speel julle met die dolos?” “dolos” is the Afrikaans word for the knuckle joint in an animal’s leg. With that, the dolos was baptized.

 Pratley’s Putty
Originally invented by Krugersdorp engineer, George Pratley in 1948, to hold components in an electrical box. This hybrid epoxy urethane adhesive was used by NASA in 1969 to hold parts of the Apollo XI mission’s Eagle landing craft together. To prove the reliability of his glue, Mr Pratley used a blob of it to suspend a 13-ton bulldozer over his son’s head. Pratley died in 1983 and today the company is run by his son. The bulldozer is still suspended in the foyer of Pratley’s Krugersdorp offices.
The South African physicist, Allan Cormack, won in 1979 the Nobel Prize with Godfrey Hounsfield from EMI Laboratories for the invention of the Computed Axiale Tomography (CAT) scan.

Allan Cormack -image: Nobel Prizes.com


Trevor Rabin – image: trevorrabin.net

If you don’t know about Trevor Rabin and his great compositions and film rewards for music he composed for films like ….Deep Blue Sea, Armageddon, etc. …then you need to click HERE to read more and HERE to listen to some of his music. Trevor was a bandmember of  the South African band, Rabbit.

 

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