The Danger of Fundamentalist Shove

If we are to acknowledge the present South Africa, the Now South Africa we will have to take into consideration the behavior of the Center of Power through its State Apparatuses. By State Apparatus I mean to use the term in situ with Luis Althusser’s writings on Ideology in mind.

Today South Africa is part of the global village in terms of its participation in Trade, Sport and Arts and Culture. It posses a proper infrastructure in terms of access to world knowledge and it is a contributor as well. On other levels of media it is importing as well as exporting its own content to the rest of the world. It is wired. It is a player in Mass media domain. However, like the so called developed world, it faces challenges of economic development. It also posses a surplus of educated young people both black and white but unfortunately unemployment is a major challenge.



As I write, in the background Tshepiso of the television current affairs programme Interface is conducting a heated debate with three gentlemen around the issue of the charges withdrawal against JZ. This week has been about him and I suspect that just as much as the studio guests are bedazzled by this politician cum celebrity the rest of the country is; guest number one defends the NPA’s decision to drop the charges which is understandable because he is from that camp, the other one is from one of the academic institution with a specialty in political science, while the third is a professor…you get the picture; a bunch of learned motor mouths.

In the other deep background not the pseudo one; the background that all of us will feel the hardest in teh long run: the truck drivers, South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) are on a strike, my guess is food is running out in the shops but most importantly it is fuel in the filling stations that is running out and I dread the day when everything will come to a stand still because of fuel shortages. The drivers are crying out for salary increases.

A couple of weeks ago it was the taxi drivers who took to the streets to question the taxi recapitalization. Their outcry was that they were not properly consulted by the government officials and most of the taxi associations were afraid that their jobs will be on the line. We saw the great metropolis – Johannesburg came to a stand still. A month or so ago it was the bus drivers who went on a strike. What is wrong with this picture? A country that should be working like clock work I struggling with one of the simplest things. Consultation which in its outstretch format we can break it into: communication, mediation and feedback. If only those people charged with making sure that policies and plans to make the modern world operate efficiently were doing their work then we should not be stuck with mere problems that can be solved well ahead before their manifestations.

Take this anecdote from my life for instance; my son and I parted ways with his mother who was headed for work one Saturday morning. Mission: to pick up one of our old cellphones at a repair shop somewhere in Town. My boy is still a toddler which should give you a pretty picture of how fast he can walk, thus being car-less, we decided to take a bus. Well he enjoys bus rides anyway. He has had them periodically since he was still a few months old when he had to get his injection at the local clinic. Anyways returning to the present narrative. We took the opportunity of the one stage bus stop along Essellen Street. When we arrived a few people were dotting the bus stop patiently for the next bus. We waited something like half and hour to forty five minutes before we realized that the bus was not coming. My boy was already groaning with boredom I suppose from wonderment of why we stood there while nothing happened. People started to move away cursing. Well it was time for our cue. I whisked the little fellow on my curve and trotted towards the robot and crossed the Haimilton Street and headed westward towards Town.

I wondered if the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system was to be put in place would transportation problems be solved if a simple transport system such as the municipal buses fail to arrive on time. If the little fellow and I should have went up the road earlier that morning with my madam we would’ve surely gotten a taxi and cruised across Sunnyside and be in Town in good time to get back to sit for cartoons, except that we would be way of the mark of our destination unlike if we could have taken the bus. Fact is we would’ve gotten transport at least. The way I see it the government have a thing or two to learn from the efficiency of the taxi industry in our country before it tempers with it!
As for colleagues and friends who have visited families out of Gauteng I wonder if they will be back in time due to the shortages of fuel after the Easter holidays with the consequences of the trucks which include petrol transportation.

12 April

© 2009 mmutle arthur kgokong

Beacon/Peace Saints

What come to us in the universe are the results of our past actions. It follows then that if the actions we have performed were pure their results will be inevitably pure.

A rare occasion presents itself when those whose past actions; well intended in their performance, come together in consort for a united cause. When such an event takes place good work can be initiated, performed and concluded in a short space of time by such spirits. The reaction thereof can be tremendous and burn a lasting impression in people’s lives; changing them positively forever for the good.

Presently in our own soil an occasion akin to the afore mentioned event has presented itself but unfortunately due to the contemporary consciousness leanings towards self aggrandizement through commercial pursuit and neo tyranny a personality of well intended deeds hitherto referred to was turned away from our Republic – The Dalai Lama; he had been scheduled to meet Madiba, Tutu and De Klerk in an assembly dedicated to peace. With the Delai Lama denied access to attending the peace assembly the assembly itself was cancelled due to the withdrawal of the other peace laureates in their support to Tibetan spiritual leader.

There are several occasions that are to take place in our country which will have deserved blessings of these great spirits before they took place: our forth coming election, confederations cup as well as soccer world cup.

We need to be aware that the collective consciousness of a society is knocked into shape by its leadership. The molding of collective thought is centered on political leanings and commerce.
Presently the spiritual consciousness is being neglected and by default this is a component of humanity that we need to elevate before the commencement of political theatricals come April.

If we had the opportunity to witness the communion of the Nobel Peace Laureates whose mere presence signals peace and divine consciousness all will have had the opportunity to turn back to our interesting lives peacefully and lovingly touched by the event. We would enter the forthcoming elections with good intentions and maximum respect for human life despite the aftermath of the election results. How?

For the sake of clarity let us reiterate what we have been meditating on since the outset of these jottings.
At that moment, at that juncture when the Peace Saints commune all who witness; first hand, through media or historical texts will feel the touch of peace, love and oneness due to the Saints’ presence and actions.

If this historical moment did take place we would walk away humbled and be human conscious and surrender to Jah consciousness for humanity itself in its basic form is the reflection of Divine consciousness – Almighty God. For now we shall evolve slowly towards that potential point; and nay some of us will never reach the apex.

27 March

© 2009 Mmutle Arthur Kgokong