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The World Summit on Sustainable Development 2 

What the SABC won't do to complete it's coverage! The most ridiculous thing I've seen so far is an interview with one podgy little white girl and a black boy. To complete the scene they included a fairly clever white boy. The interviewer is the SABC's anchor on the coverage of the Summit (a black woman). The first question was a goner - 'what do you think the World Summit on Sustainable Development will do for the people?' Since when do you ask adult questions and expect a reasonable answer from between 10 and 12 year olds? Come on SABC, use your brains! After working their way down (took about ten simpler questions), they eventually got the response they were hoping for from these kids. 

TV coverage is getting as bad as the September 11 events. Every single day e-tv (which is the only independent TV broadcaster - free to view - in the country) spend more than an hour harping on the same stuff. Are South Africans in general just tired of hearing about global matters when they're struggling to keep house and home together or are we just extremely pessimistic about everything and everything the South African government attempts? I'd say the latter is much closer to the truth. 

We have seen millions of Pounds and Dollars pumped into African states without any real results to the people. We are paying our backsides off on rates and taxes without seeing any improvements. We are struggling from month to month to make ends meet with the fatcat government officials driving in exceedingly fancy cars and buying bigger and better houses. We are fed-up! That's the bottom line. 

The Summit is great for mankind. What most nations are trying to achieve are deadlines. Now it's time for governments to put their money where their mouths are. It is not there for people to argue about the definitions of "healthcare services" and "healthcare and services". It is not there for the ANC government to lick it's lips on the expected millions coming into the country. It is also not there for African governments to 'blackmail' richer countries with what happened in the 1800's and before. It is there to put timeframes to commitments from developing and developed countries to save the earth. Now what can be more important than that? In a way I can understand the U.S. of A not wanting to commit to emission control and other harmful gasses destroying the ozone - why should developing countries be left out of this equation (which they are)? I'm sure more fossil fuel is burnt in Africa than the rest of the world. And while I'm on this subject - America uses 25% of the worlds energy and is responsible for emitting 30% of it's noxious gasses with only 7% of the world population, and yet Bush sends Colin Powell to the summit? (thanks Cornwell Ndlovu for the info). 

The biggest concern though is whether the summit can save itself, never mind the world! 

And why should rich countries (thanks to better governance) have to pay the price for the bunch of baboons ruining most of Africa and it's people (Mugabe being a prime example)? Talking about Mugabe, the Summit is not about political parties, it is about sustainable development - why attack Tony Blair? Are UK sanctions really hurting loudmouth Mugabe that much? I think so. The problem with this banana primate is that what he says here holds little truth back in his country. His promise that whites will not be left without land in Zimbabwe holds little truth. ANd above all, the fact that he's in Jo'burg is a slap in the face of all who is committed to human rights. As the New National Party Boy Geldenhuis put it: it is unacceptable that a man whose "foolish policies have put 1.5 million people, mostly farm workers and their families out of work" and had trashed the economy should address the summit. Trust the ANC. 

And threats are clear here in our own backyard of 'land grabbing'. The promise though is that these guys will only occupy land of absent farmers as well as 'unfair' farmers.The argument is that there can't be sustainable development without land. True, but what guarantee are they giving that this action will lead to anything to sustain? According to law squatters cannot be removed from land after they've occupied it for more than 48 hours. Then you'll require a court order (another way of making money?). Of course government responded that there is no place in South Africa for 'land grabbers'. 

Turning back to politics - the Palestinians were rioting outside a university tonight where Shimon Peres (Israeli Prime Minister)  was addressing students. water cannons, teargas and the rest followed. Journalists once again came short - die bliks*ms wil nie leer nie! Bottle and stone throwing appeared for the first time (trust these people). In the meantime crime is still thriving. It seems I spoke too soon about cash in transit heists. Two in one day (today). Police forces around Gauteng has been diminished due to the Summit where thousands of cops are keeping an eye on anything suspicious. And I got so 'lekker' when cops wanted to blow up a car of one government official nogal (a Volvo) which was parked illegally, without a valid license (permit) and no license plates. Seems there was a suspicious package in the car thought to be a bomb. The deserved owner got away with only a broken window. Pity, the cops should've impounded the car at least. 

The 'quick on the draw' entrepreneurs seeing a lot of Dollar signs before the summit are also loosing big time. One woman in Soweto spent half a million bucks in renovating and building guest houses in Soweto only to sit with no takers. Some shops in Sandton City is making money but most are loosing, and that includes Rennies (the foreign exchange guys). At the airport the Rennies agent can barely cope, but Sandton City is dead. 

Finally a word on the controversial tackle by a rugby fan of a referee during a Springbok vs. Australia match on local ground. A shock to the system? I was only surprised that this hasn't happened a lot sooner. According to another professional referee lots happen during a match that can't be justified by anyone - but it's the referee's decision and his alone. Time the relevant controlling bodies look at the issue seriously and act on it soon. The response in general was that SOuth Africans take their sport too seriously - I won't even talk about the New Zealanders who had to have 'anti-depression' clinics around the country when the Wallabies lost the World Cup! 
 


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