In my dealings over the years with blue-collar employees there has been the persistent theme of the outstretched hand. In my current employment I am the Compensation and Benefits Manager for a beverage company and we have several staff who require anti-retrovirals and insist on attending a clinic in Nelspruit for their care. The cost is about R1200 for 4 employees to travel there and they have historically been given the use of a car and money for toll roads and their medication. They even stayed overnight on their first trip and the company paid for their accomodation and meals.

Will the new government order address this effectively? The water position is dire; micro biological contamination of virtually all our rivers and dams is evident. Sewage pollution direct into rivers by municipalities is rife.
It is time for extensive action of the right sort and it will only be possible with the right skills in place to replace the incompetent appointments that have become a feature of local authorities.

There was a most important job that needed to be done,
And no reason not to do it, there was absolutely none.
But in vital matters such as this, the thing you have to ask
Is who exactly will it be who'll carry out the task?

Anybody could have told you that everybody knew
That this was something somebody would surely have to do.
Nobody was unwilling; anybody had the ability.
But nobody believed that it was their responsibility.

This took my breath away enjoy dear friends!!!!!!

Well another election has passed and despite the apprehension which each of us felt, we can again be proud of the peaceful and successful way in which the process was carried out. Now it’s time to get stuck in and give the new leaders our support. Mark Berger conveys most of our feelings in the light hearted poem below.


O JZ dear JZ
Our new leader you are
From humble beginnings
You've really come far.

Today I met with Stacey Dlamini who together with her husband Buhle is heading up the Heartlines Mentors. This looks like a great informal way to get into mentoring . Their brochure states the following: The Heartlines Mentorship initiative seeks to support ordinary South Africans who wish to journey alongside a young person who is already known to them.
This is the process to follow if you are interested:
Go to their website for more
Click on the Mentor tab and follow the links.

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This op ed in the New York Times reminds me of a comment I read recently about how graduates in South Africa should acquire skills for which there is a primary demand (the comment came from Cheryl James over at Fasset).


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