|Over and above the lovely hot
weather we've been enjoying the past couple of days, I must say sadly that
there's not much more to look forward to. The fuel price dropped quite a
bit the beginning of January but being a bit of a pessimist, it will
probably be increased again soon. The ratio is normally such that they
drop it by five percent then hike it by ten!
No no, to be honest, we
probably could've been off a lot worse.
I'd like to mention some
locals that's been supporting my page. Please make a turn at their pages
to show some support. The first would be a lovely site dedicated to our
West Coast (http://www.sawestcoast.com). Visit Avril and say Hi! U see, we
do have a lovely country to be proud of!
I've mentioned Zimbabwe in
some of my rantings, now go have a look yourself: Visit Lorraine at
Zimbabwe, the Countdown Begins.
(http://www.freesite.co.za/general/lorraine) And you thought it's just us
that have a hard time?
Need I say more - I will. I will be using Lorraine's site to keep
myself up to date with what's happening there. Anyway, sounds like we have
a lot in common.
Now lets' see what 2001 holds
in store for us -
Inflation should come down to around six percent.
Interest rates might rise,
though at this stage the chances are good for a decrease.
Salary increases does not
bother me too much seeing that I've had an average of six percent for the
past five years! What's changed? Not much. My boss is still
Now for the
Medical Aid fund contributions has gone up in January by an
average of Twenty Three Percent! Considering that my boss pays approx. 40%
of my current contribution and my "out of pocket" (2000) is already over
Eight Hundred bucks, it is going to become mighty expensive for proper
cover! Who do we have to thank? Angry black people who believes that AIDS
is a white plot to stop them from breeding.
Can you believe that South
Africa has 219 Thousand private security officers compared to only 90
Thousand police officers? Crime prevention pays - that's for sure.
Turnover grew from 1.2 Billion Rand in 1990 to 11 Billion Rand during
2000. Pay the cops better, employ educated people that is
According to information available, Interpol reported that South
Africa had the highest number of murders and rape per capita in the world
during 1997. Crime increased between 1994 and 1999 by nearly 22 Percent!
And this happened after all people got the right to vote. They voted and
this is what we end up with!
A little story about
My homestead got burgled while away on holiday. Luckily it was
discovered the same day and my vacation was cut short. Travelled from
Durban back home and reported the crime at 01:15. Cops arrived at 03:30
and my case was the Forty-Fifth breakin for the night for these guys (the
cops). The were TIRED.
Took a statement and left with the promise that during the course
of the day, fingerprints will be taken. A week later the fingerprint guy
arrived - no-one informed him that he was needed in this case! That's
where everything stopped.
Can we blame the police for not
actively pursuing this case? I think not. Sad to say but true. I'm insured
and to be honest, the electronic equipment stolen were mostly very old.
What gets me uptight though is that two more houses got broken into in my
street. Same guys? One definetly was. It could've been prevented. Moral of
the story? There's none, but make sure you're adequately
Back to some more positive
is strengething against the Dollar, but oh my, don't try the Pound. And
this is where I'm planning on settling in a year or
Okay, cat's out of the bag.
Yes, I've had enough. But more about that later.
Death count on our national
roads eventually turned (for the festive season) at over Nine Hundred
lives lost. Unacceptable. We loose enough productive people to AIDS. We
don't need this!