Posts Tagged ‘Quinton Kippen’

Response…

March 27, 2017

Greetings Lyndal,

Thank you finally for the response.

Firstly I would like to inform you that this is a response in my personal capacity and not the views or response of the ‘community I claim to represent’ as per your understanding.

I would like to compliment you on your or your speech writer, unless plagiarism is acceptable, on your detailed accounts of events and language use in the response; having being in your company and being addressed by you.

To put you in the picture and perspective of my involvement, I am not a resident directly affected by the construction or the soon occupants of the new housing project (as yet). I was approached by the affected residence shortly after the work on the land had started based on my experience of working with people like yourself. This is not my job neither am I being remunerated in any way for my time and effort being put into these interventions.

I will not and do not intend going through and responding to your email line-by-line which I could but do not have the time. As I close the curtain on this interaction as the ‘land-grab’ has taken place with the construction of the dwellings already, I would like to share my personal view to this.

Having interacted with counsellors previously I have always had to keep in mind the people they represent and those they claim to. There was always going to be a juggling act as to who we will be addressing. The role of the puppeteer and the puppet was always going to be blurred. My brief interaction with you has left neither you nor the party you represent favourable to me. Giving the manner in which you, your party and the media have handled this debacle has not left me with much hope. Either the party has lowered its standards from my last understanding or deliberately chosen people like yourself for certain communities for obvious reasons.

It is interesting to have heard during one of your informal discussions with community members that due to the meagre stipend your masters pay you, you are forced to subsidise your income with alternate business interests (jumping castle and security companies).

In closing, it is clear that to your party and even with the media, the community voices were never important as we were never interviewed directly regarding any of the ‘claims or accusations’ that were made verifying these. I find it amusing that you have become the centre of the matter and the real issue side-lined and as the smoke screen the dwellings were being erected. Your view and accounts of the situation have been the only ones being taken in to account.  It will not be surprising but rather confirmation when it becomes evident that the community you represent occupy the houses being built on the site in question.

The struggle to, ‘work together towards building an open opportunity society that is underpinned by Freedom, fairness and opportunity for all’, Lyndal Singh, will continue. Unless we use the following quote, Politicians tongues and toilet paper have something in common…the quality is determined by the economics.

Regards,

Quinton

Communities being fed to those with money by the ‘authorities’…

March 10, 2017

Having being involved with communities at various levels, with organisations and campaigns I am starting to question many things.

A most recent challenge we as a community are fighting in the Phoenix area is the blatant disregard of people with financial means to have to follow procedure and protocol. I guess this will be expected when the authorities give you unrestricted permission and then do not police the process.

How is it possible that a company and a person can be implicated in fraudulent activity, under investigation, messed up government and municipal services and on trial for poor building practice is still given permission (carte blanche) to develop properties within the same municipality?

I struggle to understand when you appeal to other forces to assist like the media they then find that the news is not public interest. Have they become community watchdogs and how do they qualify what is public interest? Unless the public have become so shallow that unless it is sensational then it is news. The other could be that the media themselves have become entangled in this web of the politicians and they then decide what public interest is.

Politicians have lost the real meaning and understanding of their role and function having been elected by the people for the people under our democratic constitution which is considered to be the best piece of progressive paper in the world of governance.

As we ‘progress’ if that is the word to use at this time it has been said by many before, ‘an elite few are being enriched at the expense of the already poverty-stricken electorate’. Before it was difficult to reconcile in my mind the behavior of others to the powers that be regarding things like service delivery, incompetence, misuse, and abuse of power. Looking back and forecasting it seems our struggle will always be. Pre and post-apartheid pictures of community engagement have not changed when we look at methods of demonstration and protest.

Viva democracy viva, or is it…does the government of today only understand their own language of where they come? Maybe as they were ‘struggle fighters’ they only understand the struggle language, when the community behaves in a particular fashion. Some called them terrorists other called them freedom fighters today you will be called barbaric and a hooligan.

If that is what it takes to get their attention then I think so should it be. Is that the language understood by government in addressing the needs of the people and the challenges we face? When we are civil in behavior we are then looked at as week and to be trampled on and like in the movie of Long walk to Freedom, when the Sharpeville massacre took place it was asked, ‘why did you shoot and who shot first’. The same was seen and heard at Marakana. We are being threatened with armed forces and intimidated into submission not to stand against ‘authority’.

Other challenges that we face is that the judge and jury are the perpetrators and the problem with this is that there is no accountability. This also leaves no channels for complaints, grievances, and recourse to be implemented. Watchdog institutions are left with a mere bark as their survival is determined by the perpetrators. How does a dog defend its masters when the masters commit crimes against each other? The same situation under different circumstances sees the dog protecting its family. Will the dog really ‘bite’ the hand that feeds it, if it knew its survival and existence depended on that hand? When the dog does, ‘do what is right’, it is then accused of being out of control and must be subdued.

If society can help me understand where do we go from here to fulfill the greater good of a better country, the land of democracy, the rainbow nation of both equality in economics, justice and education. We are seeing that for a while just voting is not enough. The people in these organisations do not show to have the country at heart. They also do not have the character to tackle, address, and admit to injustices and failures.

This is not Civil Disobedience…

October 7, 2013

THIS IS NOT CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE….SIMPLY FIGHTING FOR OUR RIGHTS…”TOY TOY BY EMAIL”

 

Send this on to everyone you know in SA to ‘hopefully’ stand together on this one.  

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Remember, postal summonses are not legal documents and you need not react to them.

Henk Bolhuis [Ex-Deputy Chief Traffic Officer of Pretoria]

TAX

I think, and I am sure that many of you are the same, that the tolls are a disgrace, both the extortionate toll fees themselves and also the widely published fact that we are expected to pay up to R18 BILLION over the next 10 years just to collect the toll fees. I wanted to share the clarity of thought in this mail and agree that I will not be installing anything on my car. They are not going to have easy access to my bank account, they say they want a debit order – forget it. Send me a bill (by registered mail) every time – and I will pay it just as fast as I pay the speeding fines that arrive by normal post (which I also ignore). Together we can make this whole thing fail – as it should. Let the toll gates stay there, not working, as monuments to people power. Let’s call this the start of the SA Awakening, look what the normal people are achieving in North Africa with the Arab Awakening. I hope this goes around at least a billion times. Taxes and Open Road Toll Fees People should not install the transponders but still use the highways and force the government to issue accounts and summonses to all motorists until such time they drop the prices. The government will be forced to send out millions of accounts every month and they don’t have the manpower to do it. This is the best and easiest way to boycott the system. What is the government going to do about motorists from other neighboring countries that don’t have these transponders? South Africans are too complacent and its time we fight back.  WE have paid for these roads. Now they are also proposing a 1% tax to fund the SABC Circulate this to all your friends!!!!!!!! Has anyone thought just how much tax we are already paying? a. 35% on your salary b. 14% on everything you buy (bar fresh produce) and services rendered. c. Carbon tax if you buy a new car (besides the 14% VAT you have to pay) d. Tax on the fuel you put in your car to run it. e. Toll on our roads – and for some it is going to come to a whopper of 10% of your salary (If you earn R10 000.00 a R1 000 would go toward tolling if you migrate between PTA and JHB every day.) Bully to try and pacify me with the idea that I can claim it back from my income tax!!! I have to fork out the money first. Going on holiday to DBN? Remember to save up your R1000.00 for tolling. To say the least – For every R10.00 you earn, the government is already taking approx R6.00 and still they want more. Are you happy with the R4.00 you are getting? NICE!!!!! When are we going to get up and do something about it? Where is all the money going to? It is definitely not being spent on what it should be – our hospitals are in a state of disrepair, our schools in shambles, our roads full of potholes, our water contaminated, sewers not working, left in the dark because Eskom failed to do their upgrades, the poor are poorer still, municipalities on the brink of collapse, and so the list goes on. Heard about the youth day celebration that cost R100 million? Mmmm… did you pay for it? Oh yes sir/madam you did! R100 million that could have paid for a couple of things our country needed more. And to put the numbers in perspective: The next time you hear an SA politician use the word ‘billion’in a casual manner, think about whether you wanted the ‘politicians’ spending YOUR tax money. A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its press releases: A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959. B.. A billion minutes ago Jesus was born in Bethlehem. C. A billion Rand ago was only 27 hours and 12 minutes at the rate our SA government is squandering it (over a billion rand a day??!!) Building Permit Tax Cigarette Tax Corporation Tax Income Tax Value Added Tax Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel License Tax Petrol/Diesel Tax Hunting License Tax Luxury Tax Property Tax Service charge taxes Capital gains Tax Social Security Tax Securities Transfer Tax Road Usage Tax Local Tax Vehicle License Registration Tax Vehicle Sales Tax Worker’s Compensation Tax STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY? Hardly any of these taxes existed 20 years ago… And our nation was one of the most prosperous in Africa. We had absolutely no national debt… What happened ? ANSWER : Look at the Government…..and who is ‘running’ the country…. INTO THE GROUND – on YOUR and MY ‘billions’!!! We hope this goes around at least a billion times.

 

Open Letter…

December 12, 2012

Greetings,

I am sharing this with you based on my experience with the school and the response received from the staff when we tried to address a few concerns we encounted with the school.

Open letter to the Principal