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Not to over-stress the absurdity in the first place, of bureaucratizing access to their coastal resources for the uneducated, impoverished, and already marginalized inhabitants of the Wild Coast; but there has been a recurring theme of blatant government incompetence played out over the past few years at Hole in the Wall.

South Africa: Late Start For Crayfish Licences, Inter Press Service, Thursday, December 31, 2009 (posted by Global Issues)

So here's a basic outline of the Volunteer programme I would love to get going: www.wildcoast.co.za/ict4d

Please contribute some constructive criticism and/or suggestions. I have this unshakable belief that it's important (even if only for the 2 percentile) and that it will work, but I've got zero resources, and even less confidence, at the minute.

Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, the paramount chief[1], or king, of the Thembu tribe, has been sentenced to an effective 15 years imprisonment.

 

  • Five years for each of the three counts of arson;
  • One year for all seven counts of kidnapping;
  • One year for defeating the ends of justice;
  • Five years for each of three counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm; and
  • 10 years for culpable homicide.

     

There are arbitrarily 2 types of people on earth: upright dudes, and uptight bastards. Cats and Grinches, or those who grew up reading Dr. Seuss, and those who did not. (Not too sure about the last one, but I speak for myself, and books like The Lorax inspired several generations with a love of reading and a strong bias toward environmental conservation. Thanks to Theodore (Dr. Seuss) Giessel: www.wildcoast.com/lorax)

 History

 

The infamously dangerous 300km coastline between East London and Port Edward known as the Wild Coast has been described by experienced seafarers as South Africa's own Bermuda Triangle; where ships disappear without a trace.

Mother Nature

I posted the following comment on a local resort owners blog (http://chintsa.blogspot.com/) after he came out in favor of the N2 toll road. Needless to say it never went past moderation:

<i>I believe your side of the argument is commonly known as "enlightened self interest": you own a resort on the coast and stand to benefit greatly from any infrastructural improvements and tourism opportunities. Fair enough.

Polar bear

From Avaaz:

Dear friends,

the results are in – more than 100,000 Avaaz members took part in the worldwide vote about whether we should go all out to organise a massive global wake-up call on climate change on September 21, and over 96% of us voted YES!

Heh. This is funny. I know it's a fact I'm scared as hell of posting to a Linux user forum or group. I always feel like an idiot.

Still. I loves the penguin.

SoOo. Linux is gay because:

[dm] I discovered that you'd never get an answer to a problem from Linux Gurus by asking. You have to troll in order for someone to help you with a Linux problem.

[dm] For example, I didn't know how to find files by contents and the man pages were way too confusing. What did I do? I knew from experience that if I just asked, I'd be told to read the man pages even though it was too hard for me.

[dm] Instead, I did what works. Trolling. By stating that Linux sucked because it was so hard to find a file compared to Windows, I got every self-described Linux Guru around the world coming to my aid.

[dm] They gave me examples after examples of different ways to do it. All this in order to prove to everyone that Linux was better.

* ion has quit IRC (Ping timeout)

[dm] brings a tear to my eye... :') so true..

[dm] So if you're starting out Linux, I advise you to use the same method as I did to get help. Start the sentence with "Linux is gay because it can't do XXX like Windows can". You will have PhDs running to tell you how to solve your problems.

[dm] this person must be a kindred spirit of mine

(http://bash.org/?152037?)

A N D . . . to show how much less painful it is to prove what an idiot you are, rather than ask for help on a n*x forum:

[Jon^D] I had to cat 8-9 seperate quote files, compare each line in each of them to make sure there weren't any duplicates then sort
[Jon^D] I wrote a nasty perl script to get it donw
[Jon^D] and it didn't work very well
[skank] cat quote*.txt |sort |uniq

*lol*

A spectacular glimpse of the Wild Coast.

<b>Available from http://www.impactvideo.co.za/prod_det.asp?ID=1520 </b>

Shoreline is a South African documentary series commissioned by SABC 2. It is a multidisciplinary showcase of all the unique and diverse features along our coastline – geology, paleontology, history, settlement patterns, marine biology, ecology etc.

The movie Bustin' Down the Door is named after the controversial article written by Rabbit Bartholomew for Surfer Mag in 1977 - and is a compelling piece of modern history depicting the radical style Australian and South African surfers introduced to Hawaii in the 70's, turning surfing into a professional sport

Everything I know today I learned from Chappies. ;)

Actually these were from Reddit. Also check out "Today I learned" on Reddit.

Last month something went horribly wrong with my data bundle purchase, and after pumping R389 of airtime in, I did the usual and dialed *111# and went through the motions of converting that to a 2Gb data bundle. However something went wrong, and I didn't notice that the transaction didn't complete. So I merrily went ahead and put the SIM into the data card and used up all R389 odd in 3 days... at R2.00 per meg! Extortion!

Worst part is that was when a Drupal upgrade went haywire and I was busy uploading and downloading a 40Mb database and 120Mb data backup.

The Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism have issued an Environmental Authorisation (EA) for the establishment of a 132kV substation at Zwelethu (near Bizana) and 2 x 132kV lines to feed the South Coast, Bizana & Xolobeni region. 

Eros_Port_Edward-Environmental_Authorisation_13Aug09.pdf

Anyone wishing to appeal any aspect of this decision must lodge a notice of intention to appeal with the Minister of DEAT by the 28th August 2009. Further details are contained in the EA.

Beauty passed away last night.

Beauty passed away last night.

A beautiful soul, "Beauty" was my housemaid for many  years, and a beloved friend. She's only about 2 years older than me. I collected her on her way back from seeing an igqirha on Friday night and she was complaining about a terrible headache. I didn't think it was that serious... 

22nd August – 12 September 2009

Lee Jay (11/09/86)
A beautiful 22 year old who was in a shocking car accident in May 2007, when a speeding taxi jumped a red light which destroyed her vehicle and left her with a broken neck, and is now a quadriplegic.

To all our visitors:

During a routine upgrade, a beta module caused a whole load of links and photos to go missing. Restoring the backup, which is about 160Mb, proved to be impossible over a GPRS/Edge connection, and we will be restoring the links manually in due course.

This equation should be taught in all math classes!

From a strictly mathematical viewpoint it goes like this: 

What Makes 100%?

What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?

We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%.

How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life? 

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions. If:

Went looking on the IEC website (www.elections.org.za) for the results of the previous ward elections; only to discover they've gone MIA. They were still there during the elections in April, and I've been meaning to check the actual election results for Ward 23; since from my random sampling from the voting stations in April, it seems to me that this is still very much UDM Country.

Here's a smatttering:

MDEDELENI JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL: UDM 66.8%, ANC 23,08%

PATO JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL: UDM 77.73%, ANC 16.02%

The Lorax was written and illustrated by Theodore (Dr. Seuss) Giesel in 1971 as a colorful childrens book, with a biting satirical message - for adults and children alike - about man's tendency to invade and destroy his natural environment. It is a pointed commentary on the expansion of the logging industry in the early 70s that is even more relevant today than it was 38 years ago when he created it.

I've been bitching for years about the security man/company that the cottage owners employ at Hole in the Wall: Goodman t/a Sophitsho Security. This guy treats his staff so badly they rarely last longer than a single month. They're not (or very rarely) qualified, and constitute more of a threat to the cottage owners than the local residents because they know the guarding schedules, and they have the opportunity to scope for weaknesses and entry points in people's cottages.

Right Click and download the file. theo.wav

I'll get around to commenting on this further as soon as I find out who witnessed the affidavit.

Simon Max Bannister has compiled a brilliant photo essay of his hike around Mzamba and Xolobeni.

Do yourself a favor and follow this link: simontothemax.blogspot.com and see for yourself the unspoilt beauty of the threatened area.

I need one of these:

Google Sky Map lets users view a labeled map of the sky on smart phones powered by Google's Android operating system.

Using GPS technology, a date clock and a compass, it helps users identify and locate all the stellar spectacles in the sky.

I've tried my utmost to avoid jeapordizing our tourism potential (e.g. talk about shark attacks or occasional petty crime issues), but rather just posted the concerns we experience as permanent residents in the area. Hence my reticence in posting anything (controversial) at all.

I commented recently about the cabinet ministry changes, and made a similar comment about Buyelwa Sonjica (who is now Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs) and her obvious pro-industrialization inclinations, so I think it's fairly appropriate to post  Tonie Carnie's article published in The Mercury on 13 May 2009.

Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the appointment of the new Cabinet 10 May 2009http://www.info.gov.za/speeches/2009/09051016451001.htmMembers of the media,   Good afternoon and thank you for joining us.   We have since the launch of the ANC Manifesto indicated the type of new administration we envisaged in terms of size, shape and political focus.  We wanted a structure that would enable us to achieve visible and tangible socio-economic development within the next five years. It should be a structure which would enable us to effectively implement our policies.  The structure of Cabinet and national departments has therefore been re-organised to achieve better alignment between the structure, our electoral mandate as per our election Manifesto, and the developmental challenges that need to receive immediate attention from government.