Awakening Cognitions

Head above the clouds
Lost and found
in celestial playgrounds
I’m on a natural high
beaming with a smile
Colour me blue
the feeling is so… true
It’s all within’ ,freedom reigns supreme
And I’m peddling up against the stream
in this river of lost dreams
Dead fishes go, with the flow
What’s your ultimate goal ?
is it worth dying for ?
First I . . .went to war
with my very own self
Before I found it’s true essence
Hidden treasures in my chest, join this adventure
Come into my life I have so much to give ,(all in nature)
For this love . ,I lost my mind
While I was following my heart
Should I leave it all behind ?
Or should I get back to the start
Cupid must be stupid
a bow long bent grows weak
Well . . .love is more like a blame
You hardly put it next to your name
But quick to everyone else . .
Hope I’m not too involved with my self

Afrika My Land

Cry no more; Ohh children of South Africa

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They imprison us

To shut the light from shining on our face

In chains we were bound

Forced to give our land

They scattered us like sheep

Bullets followed us

They butchered us

They befriend us

Promised us Heaven; to get our land

They treated us like immigrants on our own land

Forced us to speak their foreign language

With tongue & words they were sweet

But they planned evil inside their heart

We wanted freedom

But they pursue war

“Skeet daie kaffir” Skop Oom dood

They left our bodies lying down in pain

In a cold blood shed

Why you killing me

Making me run from my home

To fear those around me

Bana ba thari e ntsho ra shwella naha ya rona

Madi a tsholloha ra hlolohelwa baratuwa ba rona

They oppressed us

But they never stood a chance to stop us

To stop us fighting for our own soil

The violence, the beating; the killing; the torture

All was the bad pay for our Freedom

They killed us because we are the future

They fear us because we are brave to die for what is ours

Who are they to finish us

We are so powerful beyond measure

They enslaved us to take our pride away

But in a loud voice we shouted

“Mayi buye iAfrika izwe letho”

Free us and let there be peace in the land

Release us from chains

And stop pouring out blood

Dikeledi tsa ngwana wa moAfrika ha di wele fatshe

Ra lokoloha ka madi a ileng a qhalana a tlala naha

Seboko sa ngwana mo Afrika ebile se hlollang

Sa tsosa baholo-holo ho utlwa thapedi ya rona

Even if we were down

We continue to fight

Because Most African Never Die Even Lost Amandla (MANDELA)

Rise and shine; ohh Africa

Because we have freedom

Freedom to retain our land

I am free today

Because of slogan

M’chine wam m’chin wam; ao lethu mchine wam

To shoot the boer and reclaim my land

In rejoice I sing

No more hatred

No more blood shed

No more discrimination

Ke moAfrika mme ke motlotlo

I call it Democratic Country

Because I write What I Like

They never imprison my mind

Susan Shabangu, Who are you to blame these nationwide strikes on Impala?

Business Day reported you on Wednesday (3 Oct.) blaming Implats for the wild and seemingly out-of-control strikes we’ve seen since early this year. You saw the company’s recent wage agreement – the somewhat second in 2012 – with its respective employees’ representatives as a “grave error”.

My dear minister – if you worked in the mining industry you would understand. As a shareholder in Lonmin, I think Cyril Ramaphosa is probably the best person worth listening to because of his shareholding in the industry. It is further worrying that NUM, too, puts the blame of the country-wide strikes at the door of Impala.

The now-not-so-popular giant mining industry union and the federation union, Cosatu, claimed mine employers, particularly Implats bosses, “must take full responsibility for all the strikes that are spreading in the mining industry”. While I agree with this claim to a certain extent, I, however, need to add that had it not been very worrying reports against NUM in the mining industry and its fight with the new-kid-on-the-bloc AMCU this mess of strikes would probably not be at the current level: uncontrollable.

So, unions, as much as government are to blame. In fact, you (government, unions and mining companies) are all in this mess together and blaming one another – mine bosses, that is – will not make go away the current situation where people are striking because they want what Cosatu and affiliated unions believe is a “minimum living wage”.

Minister, to want to blame Implats – unlike Lonmin where the situation got so out of hand and out of control and even made worse by your government’s deployment to the mine of the security forces and the military – is just bullshit! In fact, I am of the opinion that Implants did what it thought was best and wanted to avoid ‘another Marikana’ as has been promised by other striking unions.

You further accuse Implats of having negotiated out of the wage agreement of about two years (if I remember well). This, you were quoted as saying, was to “undermine” the established agreements in place. “You can’t agree on a process and then immediately move out of that process. That is why we have this challenge now”, you said. It now appears to be this “unilateral” decision by Impala and the mine industry in general which you seem to have a problem with.

While you have as much right to freedom of expression, I think your concern is ill-informed because this – negotiation outside of the established wage agreements – is exactly what happened at Lonmin following its illegal strike that went on for over a month.

At the time of its negotiations outside of these established wage agreement of mostly two years – no-one said anything. In fact, many government officials – the President of the country, NUM and Cosatu, among others – were very happy at the settlement reached.

It is worth noting that this settlement was reached without the assistance of neither Cosatu, NUM or even AMCU. It was the employees themselves (through outsiders party to the established wage agreement of about two years or so) that negotiated with Lonmin management. So to now want to call Impala’s agreement a “grave error” is, in my opinion, simply ridiculous.

Need I remind you of something, dear minister. Your dearest Cosatu has called of some miners to open the negotiations even before the agreed and established wage agreement lapses. What do you call that?

Why appear to blame Implats for allegedly negotiating outside of the established wage agreements while keep quiet about Cosatu’s demand to some industry members that negotiations be opened now?

I think Implats response was the best it could do at the time and given the experience of an illegal strike it experienced early this year.

Furthermore, and lastly, I agree with Implats that you probably have no idea of the “extremely complex and multifaceted” environment and condition under which mining companies operate (emphasis added). As a result, you should probably stay out of this one.

IMPORTANT: Although I have been working in the mining industry for about full four years but not specifically underground – I think my response is well informed. Well, you’re welcome to differ, though. Oh, I don’t work for Impala.