Dear Ms Numase Dube – (Kwazulu-Natal MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs)
I guess you are pretty upset right now that your New Year has started off on such a thunderous and flashy note, due mainly to the unintelligent enquiry you made to the Department of Science and Technology regarding the causes of lightning. I know, I know – you are probably kicking yourself right now, for the initial question you should have asked is: "What can be done to reduce the death toll as a result of lightning strikes in South Africa?" But it is too late now, the damage to your reputation and your intelligence has been done!
Like so many others in your position, who are supposed to be serving the community, you have demonstrated how useless and pathetic you all are! It is truly regrettable that innocent lives are being lost in this country every day due to government incompetence!
You may argue the fact that it was lightning that killed those people, and that the government is therefore not to blame, - but I disagree! The real blame for these tragic deaths lies squarely at the feet of the inexperienced amateur fools, who are sitting in ‘prestigious’ useless positions of governance. Allow me to explain:
Firstly, It is the responsibility of the government of the day to protect people from certain known acts of nature, but African leaders simply don’t seem to understand this basic rule!
Secondly, during the annual African season of ‘thunder-and-lightning’ people like you who are sitting in ‘prestigious’ positions, should have focused your efforts on coordinating a Disaster Management Policy that would have reduced the risk of deaths caused by lightning, -- especially in rural villages situated in lighting prone zones. This could have been easily achieved by your department by educating the local folk about the dangers of living in lightning prone areas, and how to build safer homes. While you were at it, you could also have informed these people that it was criminal (and dangerous) to steal all those lightning conductors, which were freely installed in many rural villages (also during the apartheid era), and to sell if for scrap metal.
Thirdly, as MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs, one of the key functions you were supposed to monitor and implement is the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002), but you were all too busy wasting money and making a royal mess of trying to achieve sustaineebill develepmunt and improved service delivery, that you completely forgot about all your other key responsibilities.
I’m not too sure whether you were maybe misquoted by the press when you called on the Department of Science and Technology to investigate the causes of lightning, but just in case you’ve forgotten what was taught in primary school, I’ve included a small educational video that explains the process. And by the way, don’t bother asking the Department of Science and Technology for their input on this issue, as they will probably take another 3 years to find all the answers, - and waste enormous amounts of money in the process! The Americans have already done a great job; click here to steal their ideas – FOR FREE! Alternatively, you may wish to explore the blog site of the S.A. Weather and Disaster Information Service (SAWDIS). They provide a FREE COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICE to anyone requiring the information.
If television sets and satellite dishes can be installed in rural areas for the 2010 World Cup Soccer event, then I’m sure the same can be done to educate people about the dangers of lightning during the summer months and how to minimize the risks. In wintertime the same system can be utilized to educate people about the dangers of using flammable fuel and other hazardous substances inside African huts. Yes I know, - they should NOT be living in unsafe African huts (without lightning conductors), – not after 16 years of democrazy freedom, but unfortunately the entire nation has been conned by rotten Marxist-Communist scum! Anyone thus working for these people, sitting on their butts doing nothing – except count the money, should be ashamed of themselves, for at the end of the day they are ALL accomplices to culpable homicide!
Picture Credit: thegolfforecast.com
(Original modified with Photoshop)
MEC's call for probe into lightning
04 Jan 2011 - Mhlaba Memela and Sapa
KWAZULU-Natal MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs Nomusa Dube yesterday called on the Department of Science and Technology to investigate the causes of lightning after seven people died in lightning strikes in the province.
"We will do an investigation and talk to the Department of Science and Technology on what is the cause of the lightning," Dube said.
She was visiting Makhimba, near Mpumazi in Eshowe, where seven people from two families died after being struck by lightning on Sunday.
"Scientists from the department could perhaps help us and come up with instruments that could help community members protect themselves against lightning."
Four members of the Cele family - Samke, 2, Lindani, 12, Zandile, 37, and Edith, 57, - were killed when lightning struck their rondavel and burnt it to ashes.
The other victims belong to the Mahaye family.
They were identified as Velephi, 60, Aphiliswa, 2, and Senamile, 3.
Eight people were killed by lightning in the Eastern Cape on New Year's Day.
Meanwhile, health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo helped a badly injured woman found next to a stream in Makhimba yesterday before visiting the families of those killed by lightning.
Dhlomo, a medical doctor, stopped his convoy to assist a paramedic who was attending to the hurt woman.