Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Breaking News of All Sorts

There’s so much news going on at the moment it’s really hard to keep up with it all. My inbox is swamped with messages I haven’t read yet, because I simply don’t have the time. I’ll get to them eventually, but I must confess that at this time of the year my brain tends to switch off automatically and wonder off to faraway peaceful places where there’s no need to constantly watch your back, while holding a fishing rod in the one hand and a cold beer in the other.

I’m also finding it difficult to categories what news is important and what is not. Most South Africans seem unperturbed about the current chaos going on in the heart of the African continent, probably because it doesn’t affect them personally. Maybe it makes better sense then to first focus on matters that have a direct bearing on our future survival in this godforsaken communist-ruled country.

Issued by the FF Plus, December 16 2013

Dr. Pieter Mulder

The reviews and tributes the past week, following former president Mandela's death, indicate how far away we have moved in the past 15 years in South Africa from making room for one another and real reconciliation. The fact that some minorities feel alienated further confirms this.

The majority of people in South Africa want peace and a safe future for their children as well as the right to be themselves in a diverse country. Forced nation building and assimilation will not work.

"Reconciliation will follow automatically when no group or individual feels threatened, oppressed or marginalised in the country", Dr. Pieter Mulder, leader of the FF Plus and deputy minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said in a speech he made near Harrismith.

Dr. Mulder also expressed his concern about the way in which the Afrikaner's history is at present being portrayed in a predominantly negative and one-sided manner. "South Africa is the economic giant of Africa. I ask for a balanced portrayal of the Afrikaner's history and of their role in South Africa. Of course we made mistakes in the past, but we also made a huge contribution to the economic power and success of this country. A contribution of which we could be proud," he said.

"Real reconciliation lies in finding the right balance between that which we as individuals have in common and there where we differ from each other culturally. If reconciliation in South Africa means that the different peoples and cultural groups have to destroy and sacrifice that which is unique to them, then the reconciliation recipe is wrong. It is not real reconciliation but assimilation and cultural obliteration.

"In this regard, for example, Reconciliation Day and the annual commemoration of the 1838 Day of the Vow do not stand opposed to each other. It is a mistake to try and force Afrikaners to choose between the two - because both are possible," Mulder added.

Sourced from: Politicsweb

See also: Desmond Tutu slates the ANC's exclusion of Afrikaners from Nelson Mandela's funeral.

Also in the news: Five opposition parties have formed a coalition to contest the general elections next year.

The coalition (Collective for Democracy) consists of:

Note: Breaking news of this sort is shared a.s.a.p. on the TIA MYSOA Facebook Page, because the publishing process is easier and quicker.

The NEWS PAGE on this blog has also been updated and now includes an auto-running feed of fresh news, focused mainly on the warzones of Africa. Yes, there are a few serious battles going on up north – believe it or not! South Sudan (another young democracy) is riddled with unrest and deadly fighting; explosive devices are going off in Cairo, heavy fighting is causing panic in the Congo capital, etcetera.


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