Embattled, Dysfunctional, Bankrupt, Incompetent, and Corrupt. Eskom – Our week in review.

Posted in donnette e davis on February 9, 2015 by Donnette E Davis

Embattled, Dysfunctional, Bankrupt, Incompetent, and Corrupt… Eskom – Our week in review…

Eskom, are you throwing what is left of South Africa out to pasture? Our past week in Pietermaritzburg North looks like this:

Monday, Loadshedding 12-2 pm

Tuesday, Loadshedding 2-4 pm

Wednesday, Loadshedding 4-6 pm

Thursday, Loadshedding 6-8 am

Friday, Loadshedding 8-10 am

Satursday, Loadshedding 10 am-12pm

Sunday, Loadshedding 6-8 pm

(Plus 5 – 10 or so minutes extra each time)

An average month means that you are stealing 60 hours pm from the already burdened consumer; the very consumer you are now threatening to implement harsh steps against in a bid to recover your vast unpaid (and increasing) debt, which is just short of 2 Billion – in Pietermaritzburg alone.

Just as an aside, how much did the rusty iron figurines that now deface the once glamorous PietermaritzburgCity Hall surrounds cost the MsunduziMunicipality? Did the consumers actually have a say in that? Do the consumers even know what those rusty bits of metal symbolise – or what they are meant to symbolise? Were they meant to rust after less than a year and a half? I digress.

This equates back to almost a week of services that we do not have – but which we are forced to pay for.

I say ‘steal” because the consumer is being held to ransom – they have no other choice but to be kept in the dark.

Therefore, since Eskom is saving however much coal dust it is saving, after having sold off South Africa’s vast supply of quality coal and resources to the rest of Africa for cheaper rates than it supplies its citizens, they should, it stands to reason, be crediting every single consumer account with at least 25% on their monthly services’ bill. After all there is no service for a minimum of 60 hours per month – no work no pay! Isn’t that SA Government’s rules? Or is it selective?

What happened to “Eskom : ‘Consumers can relax, there will be no loadshedding on a Sunday.’”? Did you forget?

And why is it that I have a loadshedding schedule setting out loadshedding x 2 most days (not on Sunday, of course) issued by Eskom and published in the local media, but it has never once been adhered to?

Here is life:

  • Start work midday if you are lucky – it takes guesswork, because you are never quite sure when your power will go out. Clean house first, educate your children, try and work for ten minutes in the hope that something will be accomplished?
  • Make sure that your computer and other electronic devices are shut down properly and rebooted every 15 minutes so as not to lose valuable data in the event of unscheduled ‘scheduled’ loadshedding – Lord above forbid that you actually lose an entire hard drive, or other valuable. electronic equipment, due to power surges because your insurance company will probably not cover it, Eskom sure won’t cover it, Msunduzi Municipality will not cover it – oh dear, looks like you will have to save up for a new computer – hard to do, because you cannot actually run your business, do your job, clean your house, educate your children, earn a measly living – because you are being deprived of your basic human right, as enshrined in our wonderful Constitution, to government provided services, which includes electricity and power. This is, of course, notwithstanding the fact that you are being charged for it – and in our case, for the past year OVERCHARGED by up to 60% of our monthly account.
  • Run up electricity costs and pre-cook lots of food. You are already being charged by a minimum of 25% more than you utilise, so utilise more while you have the chance. You will be charged “interest on arrears” which don’t really exist, but you will never be paid credit interest. This all pales into insignificance when compared to the necessity of loadshedding for the man in the street. Car, housing allowances, and the like, together with 6 figure salaries – oh, and loadshedding – are actually more important than the regular people (who are referred to as consumers, not ‘part-time consumers’, or ‘overcharged consumers’, but ‘consumers’) who work so hard to provide it for those who hold these government service providing positions.
  • Keep masses of said pre-cooked food in the refrigerator. It will not freeze or even be kept cold because loadshedding has a habit of defrosting the fridge and freezer.
  • Be prepared for nasty smells emanating from the kitchen area as food, which you worked your botty off to buy has now gone off. It does not matter that you don’t have extra cash to replace it because loadshedding is more important than feeding your family.
  • When your city is hit by a devastating hailstorm that blows the roof off, crashes through tiles and sheeting, and rips the gutters and fascias from your house, understand that loadshedding takes priority. Your home can wait to be cleaned up – it requires electricity to chop down half-fallen trees, suck up thousands of litres of water from the inside of your home, water soaked carpets, and generally try and clean and disinfect the area of quickly rotting debris in 36-39 Degree C heat!

Thank you, Eskom. Thank you, Government of South Africa. You have done and are doing a fine job in ensuring that South Africa remains one of the least popular, unsafe, uneducated, corrupt, and embattled countries in the world.

I am sure my many family members from abroad can’t wait to visit. I am sure my beautiful children whom I have not seen for years, but who wisely left this country really want to return some day – perhaps to see what it really is like living in deepest darkest Africa.

MEDIA RELEASE: Less than 900 entries available for 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon #OMTOM2015

Posted in donnette e davis on February 3, 2015 by Donnette E Davis
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Less than 900 entries available for 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon

MEDIA RELEASE

(**Cape Town, 30 January 2015) Entries for the 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon are running out, with less than 900 spots at the start line still available.

The 46th Ultra Marathon will take place on Easter Saturday, 4 April 2015. And for the second year in a row, entries are expected to sell out well ahead of the official 4 March 2015 closing date.

To qualify for participation in the Ultra Marathon, runners must have completed at least one full marathon (42.2km) after 1 July 2014 in under five hours. However, runners do not have to pre-qualify to enter and have until 4 March 2015 to submit their qualifying times.

South African Ultra Marathon entrants are also required to belong to a registered running club and have a valid running license. No temporary licenses will be issued to Ultra Marathon runners.

Old Mutual’s R1 million bonus

In addition to the prize money that can be won by the Ultra Marathon winners, title sponsor Old Mutual has once again confirmed its R1 million bonus to the winning male and female runner who respectively breaks the record for the 56km Ultra Marathon in 2015.

The men’s record of 3:03:44 was set in 1988 by road running legend Thompson Magawana, while Frith van der Merwe set the women’s record a year later in 1989 when she ran 3:30:36.

The closest any runner has come since then is Zimbabwean Marko Mambo, who ran 3:05:39 in 2005, and who has won the race three times. Russian Olesya Nurgalieva ran the second fastest women’s time in 2008 when she crossed the finish line in 3:34:53.

This will be the 16th year that Old Mutual sponsors this prestigious road race.

For more information, visit www.twooceansmarathon.org.za Runners can also join the online conversation on www.facebook.com/TwoOceansMarathon @2OceansMarathon on Twitter and Instagram (and by following and using the #OMTOM2015 hashtag).

Issued by: Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Media Office
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Tel: 0861 2OCEAN / +27 21 799 3040
Email: info@twooceansmarathon.org.za

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Posted in donnette e davis on November 14, 2014 by Donnette E Davis

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Top Names for PetroSA Marathon, Mossel Bay 2014, David Barmasai Tumo of Kenya (21.1km) has the fastest time on start line CT Marathon while SA’s Jenna Challenor to make marathon debut

Posted in Marathons, PetroSA Marathon with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2014 by Donnette E Davis

Top Names for PetroSA Marathon, Mossel Bay 2014, David Barmasai Tumo of Kenya (21.1km) has the fastest time on start line of Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, while SA’s Jenna Challenor to make marathon debut at PetroSA Marathon, Mossel Bay 2014

A star-studded field will line up at the various starts in the PetroSA Marathon, held in Mossel Bay, on 27 September 2014.  In their quest to achieve IAAF Bronze Label status, the Race Organizing Committee and Title Sponsors, PetroSA, have left no stone unturned to ensure that the participants of each event on all levels are accommodated according to world class standards.

A brief look at the top class field reveals almost household names, not only in Africa, but in the world, as professional long-distance athletes with impeccable credentials and pedigree align themselves to run in the 42.2km, 21.1km and 10 km races in the beautiful seaside town of Mossel Bay, South Africa.

Men

David Barmasai Tumo – Kenya (Development Run & PetroSA 21.1km)

A world class athlete who has won and performed on the biggest stage in World Running. 2011 Dubai Marathon Champion (2.06.18), has represented Kenya at the 2011 World Marathon Championships in Deagu and was 5th as well as has a top 10 finish in Boston Marathon.

David Barmasai Tumo

David Barmasai Tumo

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Ghirmay Tikabo – Eritrea  (IAAF Bronze Label Invited Athlete – 42.2km)

Ghirmay made Marathon debut at Petro SA 2013 and achieved 3rd position. Ghirmay has a PB 10km of 28:36. He has all the attributes to run a sub 2H10 on a flat course and given his recent training and improvements he could run Sub 2H14 in September this year.

Ghirmay, Aurellia Melly & Benard

Ghirmay, Aurellia Melly & Benard

Amos Maiyo Maindi –  Kenya (IAAF Bronze Label Invited Athlete – 42.2km)

2012 Cape Town marathon winner, (2H14) and has had excellent results in China and India of the last 2 years. A very experienced athlete.

Amos Maiyo and Hillary Tonui in a photo finish at Hulamin 2011 (Amos in Orange)

Amos Maiyo and Hillary Tonui in a photo finish at Hulamin 2011 (Amos in Orange)

Munyaradzi Jari – Zimbabwean (IAAF Bronze Label Invited Athlete Reserve – 42.2km)

Munya is a young athlete that has exceptional talent and has run distances from 10km to Ultra Marathon. He has a Personal best time of 63 minutes for a half marathon and has competed at Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2012 and Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpar marathon 2013. Is the current record holder for the 21.1km and 42.2km Maritzburg Marathon in KZN. Was 2nd in the inaugural Mandela Day Marathon 2012.

Munyaradzi Jari

Munyaradzi Jari

Sufa Chala – Ethiopian (IAAF Bronze Label Invited Athlete – 42.2km)

Sufa Chala is a quality athlete and is improving with each outing.  He has a PB half marathon time of 61:52 which was achieved at the same race where he ran a PB marathon time of 2H12:44 in Dubai Marathon 2014

Ezekiel Ngimba – Tanzania (IAAF Bronze Label Invited Athlete – 42.2km)

A solid athlete with a PB half marathon of 60:41 in Italy and a best 10km of 28:31 in Dar es Selam in 2014.  He has a 10 000m track time of 27:39.

Prodigal Khumalo – Zimbabwe

Prodigal has run and won at every distance from 3000m track to Marathon distance. He has a 2nd place at Nongoma Ultra 56km and was 9th at Comrades Marathon 2014. In 2014 he competed at Mumbai Marathon India at short notice and this was his first race off the Continent. PK as he is know is capable of running under 2H14 and has a PB marathon of 2H15.

Prodigal Khumalo Township to Township winner 2013

Prodigal Khumalo Township to Township winner 2013

Wilson Kibet – Kenya (Development Run & PetroSA 42.2km

Wilson is a young upcoming star who has was 2nd on Marathon debut at the incredibly tough Ethkweni Marathon Durban KZN 2012.  Wilson placed 11th at Petro SA in 2013 so knows the course. February 2014 he placed 2nd at the Wan Jin Shi Marathon in Japan, and has placed in the top 5 at races in India during 2013.

Wilson Kibet

Wilson Kibet, Gauteng Marathon 2013

Ladies

Jenna Challenor – South Africa (IAAF Bronze Label Invited Athlete – 42.2km)

Jenna represented South Africa at the world Half Marathon Championships and ran a PB of 74 minutes. She participated in the Ladies Total Sports race in Stellenbosch recently and ran a solid 34 minutes. She is a fast improving athlete, making her marathon debut in 2014 at PetroSA Marathon.

Jenna Challenor making marathon debit at PetroSA Marathon 2014

Jenna Challenor making marathon debit at PetroSA Marathon 2014

Additional Elite Runners available (via Cape Town Marathon):

(8 Confirmed to come on 23 Sep, will participate with Development Runners & visit Mossel Bay High Schools on 25 Sep)

Benard Koech Chebasa of Kenya attained an overall position of 5th at Gauteng marathon 2014, against the world-renowned likes of Steven Mokoka and Elroy Gelant. He was also 1st junior home. At 19 years of age, this young man is one to watch!

Benard Koech Chebasa of Kenya attained an overall position of 5th at Gauteng marathon 2014, against the world-renowned likes of Steven Mokoka and Elroy Gelant.  He was also 1st junior home.  At 19 years of age, this young man is one to watch!

21.1km: Benard Koech (M) from Kenya

21.1km: David Barmasai Tumo (M) – 2011 Winner of the Dubai Marathon, 5th IAAF World 42.2km Championships Personal Best 2.06.18

21.1km: Marta Mekonen (W) from Ethiopia Personal Best 1h10

42.2km: Wilson Kibet (M) from Kenya – 2014 2nd in Taipei International Marathon, 11th at PetroSA in 2013

42.2km: Aurellia Rutto (W) from Kenya

42.2km: Jascar Kanda (W) from Kenya

42.2km: Gelane Senbete (W) from Ethiopia

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Other phenomenal athletes who will be at this year’s event include:

10km:     LJ Van Zyl (M) – RSA

21.1km: Irvette Van Zyl (W) – RSA

21.1km: Ettienne Plaatjies (M) – RSA (SWD)

21.1km: Lindile Tokota (M) – RSA (SWD)

42.2km: Lloyd Bosman (M) – RSA (SWD)

42.2km: Tsepang Ramonene (M) – RSA / Lesotho

42.2km: Tshepo Ramonene (M) – Lesotho

Irvette van Zyl smashed the Mandela Marathon 2014 Women's record by an astounding 19 minutes

Irvette van Zyl smashed the Mandela Marathon 2014 Women’s record by an astounding 19 minutes

Join PetroSA Marathon on Twitter and Facebook for updates and race information, as well as sharing your stories of inspiration with us.

For queries, interviews or information please contact:

MICHéLLE JACOBSZ

(Athletics SWD – General Manager)

Tel:        044-8730023

Fax:       086 716 4610

Cell:       083 44 22222

E-mail: manager@aswd.co.za

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Web:    www.aswd.co.za

Incomplete judgment as of now – has Justice been done in #OscarTrial

Posted in Criminal Justice, south african crime, South African Justice with tags , , , , on September 12, 2014 by Donnette E Davis

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Shooting straight from the hip here.  I made the fatal mistake of reading some print articles immediately before going to bed last night, on Matsipa J’s erratic, confusing and mostly contradictory judgment, which I listened partially to yesterday whilst preparing even more papers for the Mercedes driving, flashy, partying, drinking,’criminal’ attorney, ex-husband who refuses to pay High Court Ordered child support, and who himself has abused and made a mockery of our very questionable justice system.

So Oscar gets off on pre-meditated murder, to be expected – but to get off on murder?  Culpable Homicide is an act of negligence.  Can anyone really say that Oscar Pistorius was negligent, when he, in a rage, picked up that firearm and fired 4 shots through a bathroom door at someone he could not see?  And what of the extremely publicised volatile and abusive nature, which the judge did mention as possibly being contributory to his aggressive nature, and to my mind, the “chip on his shoulder”?

I have worked on thousands of cases, one where, in the face of medical evidence TO THE CONTRARY, a man was sentenced to life imprisonment for raping his own child.  Medical evidence confirmed this to be impossible.

Another case which comes to mind is a man who was found guilty and imprisoned for possession of a firearm – which he never had in his possession but which was handed in at the police station by a rival of his, with the information that he had retrieved such firearm from the accused.  He was found guilty of possession of an unlicensed firearm and sentenced to the maximum term of imprisonment.  He never had the firearm in the first place.

One of my most disturbing cases was one in which a very valuable member of society, a South African martial arts champion, community worker, actively involved in the development of sport with underprivileged children, was found guilty of armed robbery – despite the alleged “firearms” never having been produced in court, neither handed in as exhibits in the SAP13, which is a requirement by law.  No one ever saw these firearms, no one could testify about them – the police officers who did testify were so confused themselves they forgot their concocted story.  The best for me in this one was that the person responsible for conducting the (illegal) search for the so-called illegal firearms was himself a civilian – with no warrant, authorisation or anything authorising him to conduct the search.  This accused’s crime?  He happened to be driving from one town to another, after an armed robbery in town 2.

Whether or not Matsipa delivers a (very lenient) competent verdict of culpable homicide or not, her entire judgment has made a mockery of the Criminal Justice System; it has opened the doors to an already abused and corrupt system, which will now allow abusers, particularly in domestic violence situations to grasp on to the precedent she has now and is setting.  If this is to be her judgment, Pistorius will probably get away with a suspended sentence and/or a fine.  Will he be given jail time? Probably not – and if he is sentenced to a term imprisonment, there seems to be a heavy weight in favour of him being granted bail pending appeal.

The Constitution of South Africa and the laws governing the protection of women’s and children’s rights, although enshrined in those Acts, do little to serve the very basic needs and requirements of the people they were promulgated to protect.  This judgment has just opened the floodgates for more abused women and children to be the victims – not only of the abusers, but of the very justice system that the people put into power to protect the backbone of this nation.

South Africa has to do what South Africa has promised to do – and that is to protect its citizens.

As we migrate from Squidoo to HubPages – Please Join me, it’s still quite lonely :)

Posted in Hub Pages with tags , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2014 by Donnette E Davis

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A seemingly easy transition from our beloved Squidoo to Hub Pages gives us 4 months’ period of grace to familiarise ourselves with their TOU and to go through each one of our transferred Hubs to ensure compliance.

I was quite humbled and truly surprised to receive email notifications that I rank amongst the 1% elite with 50 Hubs published.  When i received the following notifications was to inform me that 100 Hubs were featured, and ranking.  In face 19 hours later i have 193 Hubs featured, ranking and available for your reading pleasure, or to download the many thousands of free printables, worksheets, workbooks, images and more.

193 of my lenses were transferred and I am hoping that the wonderful G+ community will be a source of valuable information.

‘Criminal’ Attorney Buks van der Schyff sues for personal support maintenance

Posted in child custody, child support, children, court orders for child support, Crime, deadbeat fathers, divorce, donnette e davis, Family, Human Rights, lack of child support, maintenance, maintenance court, maintenance court in south africa, parenting, pietermaritzburg, single parenting, single parents, south africa, South African Corruption, south african crime, South African Law, The SA Constitution & Education Act, Woman Abuse with tags , , , , , , on September 4, 2014 by Donnette E Davis
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‘Criminal’ attorney & delinquent father, Buks van der Schyff of Brackenfell, Cape, decides to sue for personal support for himself, according to the papers which were served on my home late yesterday in my absence.

Van der Schyff has been outwitting and intimidating court officials for over a decade and has thus far managed to evade the law by unnecessary expensive and prolonged court applications-all in the name of avoiding having to comply with a High Court order issued in 2001 in respect of maintenance contributions for his two daughters… and of course in an effort to hide his assets including a luxury Mercedes Benz, amongst other vehicles.

Last week he went as far as denying who he is to the Sheriff of the High Court despite his residence and office premises being on the same property, an address clearly advertised on his website http://www.bukslaw.com

He faces criminal charges, the penalty of which, if convicted, could result in a lengthy term of imprisonment.

I don’t think anyone deserves it more!

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