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14 Oct




14 Oct

THE GODFATHER: The gentleman put in charge of running South Africa, the hon Jacob Zuma

Each family needs a godfather of sorts. This figure is usually referred to as “boss” and is responsible for creating family wealth, knocking out the competition and looking after la familia. The Boss is usually somewhat charismatic if not right down mysterious and is also often  surrounded by a bevy of beauties; a harem of sorts if you like.

The Boss lives a very lavish lifestyle with all manner of minions at his beck and call in citadels across the country/world. It is not uncommon and frankly quite expected for The Boss to live in a palatial abode costing not one but at least two hundred million rands.

The mafia Godfather is usually quite popular, to the point of almost being revered by Joe Public. This is contrasted by fear from the opposition, unveiled criticism from the thinking man, a variety of sinister charges that will never be proven and other scandalous deeds.

Chairman of the African Union, Former Minister of Health, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Former Wife of The Boss Dr Nkosazana-Dlamini  Zuma

Nosiviwe MapisaNqakula, former minister of minister of home affairs, former minister of Correctional Services and now minister of defence,  WIFE TO CHARLES NQAKULA, High Commisioner to Mozambique.

Charles Nqakula, former minister of defence, former minister of safety and security, husband to one of the longest serving ministers Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula,  High Commisioner to Mozambique.

Govan Mbeki(deceased) – ANC stalwart, father to former  president of the ANC and former president of the Republic of South Africa Thabo Mbeki.

Thabo Mbeki – internationally respected diplomat, former president of the ANC and Former president of the Republic of South Africa, son to the late ANC veteran Govan Mbeki.

Mathole Motshekga – chief whip of the ruling party,  ANC,  husband to the Minister Of Education Angie Motshekga.

Department of Basic Education Minister Angie  Motshekga, ANC veteran, married to chief whip of the ANC Mathole Motshekga.

Arguably one of the most powerful families in the country,  Walter and Albertina  Sisulu(both deceased) , ANC stalwarts with Walter being one of the founders of the ANC, have spawned some of South  Africa’s movers and shakers.

Lindiwe  Sisulu, former Minister of Defense, current Minister of Public Service and Admnistration, daughter to Walter and Albertina  Sisulu.

The recently deceased Zwelakhe Sisulu, journalist, businessman and former CEO of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, son of Walter and Albertina Sisulu.

Max Sisulu, Speaker in the National Assembly, the son of Walter and Albertina Sisulu, brother  of the minister of Public Services and Administration Lindiwe Sisulu and Zwelakhe Sisulu. nnnn


Nelson Mandela, a man who needs no introduction. With blue blood coursing through his veins, an astute politician and former president of the Republic of South Africa and the African National Congress.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, once married to Nelson Mandela, former minister of something, former president of the  Ancwl

Team Khaya, Team Luclay……Leasons Learnt

3 Oct

Team Khaya, Team Luclay: Lessons Learnt

Above: Idols SA season 8 winner Khaya Mthethwa and South Africa’s Big Brother Africa Amplified Luclay

In the midst of all the strife, grief and mayhem it never ceases to amaze me how much humanity can rally behind an individual, in pursuit of a common goal and that would be the victory of said individual.

When ulterior motives and selfish desires and bitterness are not part of the picture; qualities that pretty much characterize the human race; reaching a common goal that brings much joy and pleasure to all is quite possible.

It takes television shows like big Brother or Idols to remind me of that spirit of community amongst a people.

The latest Idols South Africa victory by Khaya Mthethwa refers.

Here’s a young man who was known only by a handful of the three million or so voters but the support he received from perfect strangers was awe inspiring. It was Team Khaya all the way. One would have sworn we knew the young man on a personal basis.

As in any campaign there were a few detractors who took to the social media with all manner of venomous diatribe. Such dissenters were either not entertained or were shown exactly which cliff they should go to practice somersaults.

Rewind to 2011’s Big Brother Africa Amplified and meet Luclay, a charismatic character and an actor from Cape Town, South Africa.  Granted I was not crazy about Luclay at first but the hype from ordinary and mostly struggling South Africans who wanted to see this young man win the coveted  US$300 00 (about  1.3 million rands ) was infectious.

Khaya Mthethwa walks away from Idols with prizes totaling about 1 million rands, inclusive of the latest Ford Fiesta and a recording contract.  Ordinary people got him there. I know of people (myself included) who would spend their last rand purchasing airtime to text votes for Khaya or their favourite contestant. It was touching.

This reminds of Susan Boyle’s first audition in Britain’s Got Talent. More than the beauty of her voice I wept at the response she got when she opened her mouth. There’s something intoxicating and touching when one sees people rooting for a person; for a moment I forget that in a different context the very same people can turn on each other with murderous rage or cruel cunning. For a moment all is good with the world.

Not all is lost then when we can still express goodwill to and for others. Fight for others. Forget the Self but push the next man to the top.

I feel good when I support, encourage or help the next person. It is empowering and addictive.

Now the next step is to harness that power and live it rather than in random bursts of energy that vanish at the next crisis where Self takes priority.