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*/1 an electronic device attached to someone to monitor their movement/

*/2 a children’s game in which one chases the rest, and anyone who is caught then becomes the person doing the chasing/

*n.b. See Oxford Paperback Dictionary Thesaurus & Wordpower Guide p925.

 

Here is a word that reminds me of the earlier years when I came to leave at the shadow of the metropolis in search of greener pastures and the ease to live within reach of the capital’s offerings. When I moved into Arcadia in the early 2000s the environment was far more different than it is today. The flatslands entrances did not have barriers in a form of walls or palisade fences. There were no gates to get through before you entered into a unit. You simply walked through and got in.

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(Neck) around the (corner)

/the part of the body connecting head to the rest of the body/

/a place or angle where two or more sides or edges meet/

Copy of 2dA devoted reader of mine commented on my Freedom article that 1she was in absolute disagreement with me for implying that the elite in this country needs to distribute their wealth to the struggling masses left to fend for themselves in the margins of our mythical Rainbow Nation. For him, did I say him? (so much for self censoring) They preferred that the land be returned to its rightful owners so that the ‘Bantu could plant miellies and organic veggies, shear Sheep, sheppard Goats and breed cows for meat and milk in peace. This he asserts will be a way to assert the destiny of the disenfranchised in South Africa.

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The point of @ (distort[ed]) ‘Message’

distortion:/pull or twist out of shape/

message:/a spoken or written communication/

A former colleague of mine once told me how he became alarmed after sending an email to one of his superiors when he realised that his language consisted of grammatical errors as well a sms writing style. By then the message had been received and a reply had landed in his inbox. When he opened the email from the boss he was being asked for clarity on what he was trying to say and being called to order in terms of his professional communication. What could have been a simple reply on his part on the status of what he was working on at that time took a spiral the details of which I would not get into here lest I also lose vital kudos in my friend. What he and I were reminded of in this self-induced twisty episode of his career is that one needs to double check what one is saying before hyperly clicking on the send button. You need to review what you are saying to the other person before you respond or even initiate conversation.

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Freedom

/the power or right to act, speak or think freely/

/the state of being free/

 

Copy of 2dIf you are a moralist or an animal rights activist you can stop reading now for what I am about to tell you may cause you  to have a fall out with me. Growing up in the eighties I had a privilege during some of the summer to spend time in Ga-Rankua. In case you are not well travelled and have not heard about that lovely place Ga-Rankua is situated north of our capital city. It was during the time when that area together with Mabopane and Soshanguve fell under the Mangope government – Boputhatswana which was a Bantustan.

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Void

/not valid or legally binding/completely empty/

*Origin French – vuide*

Today in South Africa a void persistently makes its presence felt among the youth as far as a lack of plan to rescue them from the misery of unemployment is concerned. One thing we have to acknowledge at the outset of a discussion for job creation to which is an essential aspect to the development of the working class is that you need to connect that discussion with labour reserve, which is whether you do have people who are skilled enough to move into industries that make a country prosperous. You will also have to acknowledge the skills-needs of your nation and position a mechanism in place to address training and teaching in the industries that adds up to the smooth running of an economy.

In South Africa, like in any other nation out there that has a vision you need to be mindful that our youth is varied. Some are educated at varsity level while others have left high school with only a matric certificate and had not been able to progress further due to lack of resources, while others are drop outs that could not succeed in the structures of our formal education system due to its poor form, and lastly others are dropped outs due to social ills either inflicted upon them or self inflicted. Thus lack of job opportunities affects all people from different social conditions and experiences.

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Today in South Africa there is a known fear that is slowly creeping back into our consciousness or perhaps should we say hatred for the ‘other’ for that matter. The powers that be has appealed to the masses that they must harness the positive energy from the remnants of the effects of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in each other to instill a feeling of African Unity, camaraderie and sharewood.

This fear that is supposedly creeping back into our society, one will agree, is a demonstration of a problem that has remain latent and dormant all throughout the World Cup. One should find it interesting that during the matches none of the visitors were threaten in any way. There were a few mishaps here and there, the media has reported, but one should not fail to acknowledge the efforts and delivery of SAFA, the LOC, FIFA as well as countless of man and women who, in the midst of criticism and uncertainty have delivered a superb tournament to us and the rest of the world.

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The Black Stars – Africas rightful hope!

Soccer, even I my self cannot help but be swayed by its charms. It has been wonderful to watch the matches, to be educated concerning the players from our own home soil and also be exposed to the world’s teams featured in the tournament and above all else to be acquainted with the theater of the beautiful game itself.

We witnessed Bafana Bafana putting out a marvelous performance at the opening match with the Mexicans, though equaled by the end of the 90 minutes but exiting that game with our faith in them restored. South Africans yes our cynicism (confirmed) mingled with unfathomable hope (crushed) were thumped into oblivion when Uruguayans ripped the Mzanzians’ boys apart. But the exiting  game with France was played with a helluva gusto to affirm the possibilities of Africa’s future in sportsmanship as far as Soccer is concerned more than the Rainbow Warriors’ staying on in the battle field.

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