Monday, December 20

On Vacation

Speaking of going away, Way South will be shutting down for the foreseeable future. I’m losing my Internet connection (along with my job), and won’t be posting anytime soon. My plans for the next few years are made however and I have every hope that they are going to be very busy years. You should still be able to contact me though, although you might have to wait a week or two for a response.

Thank you to Rethabile and the other bloggers from southern africa. If this is your first time in the Southern African part of the blogosphere, give the blogring below a whirl.


Steven Den Beste

We'll, it does seem like we've seen the last from Steven den Beste at USS Clueless. Its a shame, because his site used to be one of the two I'd check first every time I logged on. Even though he was a bit high on america, I could understand that because I was high on South Africa . I can understand his wanting to quit though, and only wonder at how he was able to go on for so long in the first place. Thanks, from a reader who never sent you a letter! (I think).

His new site on his anime hobby, Chizumatic, will probably also be a hit. Im having to physically restrain myself to not send an email however since he's not seen Gost in the Shell yet! Nevermind the episodes! Ghost in the Shell 2 is out already?!! Im mean, there are just two classifications in anime. Gost in the shell, and the rest.

Then again, the lucky bastard hasnt seen Ghost in the Shell yet.

Monday, December 13

Racist Blood Suckers

John Qwelane on the recent race row over blood being incinerated because it came from black people (and the president, Mr Mbeki).

Suffice to say I have decided, on a matter of principle, that I do not want any white blood in my body no matter what the circumstances.

I would rather die than have the blood of a certain "high risk" race of people. This is in retaliation for the national insult they have heaped upon us.

As it is I am busy writing a will of sorts right now, in which I forbid anyone, including my mother, to instruct hospitals and clinics to give me a white person's blood in the event I am involved in an accident and am unconscious or in a position where I cannot represent myself.

The only blood I will accept, I state in this will, must be that donated strictly by black people or by my family members.

Coconuts will now be tearing out their hair in anguish over my "racism" and lamenting that I choose to die and reject (with utter contempt) their brothers' and sisters' blood.

But that has always been the name of the game in South Africa, and no amount of pretending will erase it.

Thats what I love about my fellow South Africans. We take lifes little insults so placidly. Almost Norwegian in our approach, I'd say.

The South African National Blood Service decided at an urgent meeting with the health department on Friday to scrap its policy of using race to determine the level of risk of HIV infection in donated blood.

This followed a public outcry after a case before the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) revealed the racist policy.

Mbeki, together with other politicians such as former Health MEC Zweli Mkhize, has donated blood in the past to help promote the SANBS's drive for more blood donations as the demand for blood nationally is high and supply often falls short.

Then again, this is so outrageous little less then the wholesale resignation (if not hara-kiri) of the board of directors of the SANBS coupled with a multi-million rand add campaign to try and say sorry is going to lift these guys out of the coals. Its is going to get as hot as Satan’s crotch for these guys, as my brother likes to say.

I'll give Mr Qwelane the last say:

I do not care whether the SA Blood Transfusion Service has "scrapped" its stinking policy of racial profiling of donors or not, but I am not going to bother giving blood to racists who pretend they are happy to receive my blood, but quietly incinerate it afterwards.

Update: The SANBS's website seems to have been mysteriously removed for the most part. Thankfully google still has a cache. Yup, a large number of resignations and an influx of people from some different 'sections' of the community would definitely be a good thing.

Friday, December 10

Elections in Ghana

Elections in Ghana seems to have gone smoothly. This is their second election, with the same candidate winning by a slightly larger margin than before. The Head Heab has more info.

Jo'burgs Finances

Interesting analysis of the state of Jo'burgs finances from Wayne over at Commentary.

As Wayne points out, things are not as good as they appear. On the other hand, things arent bad either. I think the main focus should be on the fact that the system is working better, and if the system works, the market is going to reward it.

He emphasised the City had observed prudent financial management, resulting in its credit rating being upgraded to A-. This he attributed to a "high level of disclosure and transparency" in the City. [source]

Thursday, December 9

Table Mountain

Table Mountain with the University of Cape Town at its feet.

President Mbeki

With what appears to be another successful African peace mission under his belt, Mr Mbeki is increasing his diplomatic clout at a steady pace (not that the west would know it, of course).

South African news services had the 6 monthly "Does Mbeki spend too much time abroad" debate, which usually points to the fact that no one in South Africa really cares what happens in the Ivory Coast, would in all likelihood not even be able to find it one a map, and you can be sure making it front page news isn’t going to sell more papers or increase ratings. Saying not enough is being done about Jobs/Crime/AIDS/Zimbabwe gets the juices flowing a lot more than peace in "Where the hell is that? West Africa. That’s north of here isn’t it?".

A halfway interesting debate on SAFM (talk radio if you don’t know the station) brought the pan-africanists and Zimbabwe-is-more-important crowds together. The panel members, and the presenters, were mostly all pan-africanists and the phone-in crowd was a bit of both. It ended beautifully with the pan-africanist basically saying the opinions of some "sections" of the community don’t matter (code word for white if you’re living on a some other planet than planet South Africa), and the more farms you have the less you’re opinions matter. Doubt whether most people in the debate would be able to find Ivory Coast on a map either.

Still, I believe this is a relatively big moment for Mbeki as he has basically stepped in to pull the French out of a tricky situation (Not that the French is ever going to admit this). He has also shown Francophone Africa that there is someone they can go to if they get into trouble with their old colonial masters trading partners.

AIDS in South Africa IV

Micheal Wines (in the New York Times interactive section "A Hollowed African City") looks at people infected with the AIDS virus on a border town in South Africa. He does some good work, talking to the people infected and the causes and extent of the disease in that community.

Thursday, December 2

World Aids Day

I didnt blog yesterday, but if you didnt know yesterady was World AIDS Day. Kenya Hudsun has a good roundup of stories on the the impact of HIV/AIDS on our communities.