African countries should consider being independent from now on wards.

As the German company rejected Zimbabwe’s offer on supplying them with bond notes that they requested, they had to turn to fellow Africans for help. The country had no choice but to ask South Africa and other African countries to intervene in their problem.

This was after the Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank governor John Kangudya rose the expectation of the bond notes to be in circulation by the end of October. The dependency on the German company backfired to them since they have left them with an extended deadline for the bond notes to be released.

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Zimbabwe introduced a new currency to the company which may been the reason for them to pull out of the deal. Although this can affect the flow of cash in the country, there is a good chance that by December they would have a chance bounce back a bit.

This is a chance for African countries to work together more often in order to avoid disappointments like this again. South Africa and Zimbabwe should have done this a while back especially since they neighbors but they chose to depend on more foreign companies.

It is really that difficult to admit that a country needs help rather going far only to get rejected for something that could have been easily negotiated. South Africa can also improve their image if they can pull this deal off. Not only the image but the countries economy could increase as well.

One should consider using one’s resources to resolve their own problems. There is no point in depending to those who will benefit more than what is necessary.


South Africa’s unlawful withdrawal from the ICC.

While there are students who are being injured in the fight for free higher education #FeesMustFall campaign. The South African government is however making decisions that are said to be not legally done.

As the International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane notified the United Nations about the withdrawal, it is said to have been unlawful and unconstitutional according to the international criminal court’s act.  There is no clear purpose of this withdrawal to the International Criminal Court since they are supposedly withdrawing because of the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

He was charged with war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity committed in his country.The South African government feels as if no justice is being done since he visited the country despite of the ICC’s warrant of arrest.

Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir. (AFP, File pictures)
Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir. (AFP, File pictures)

The withdrawal is set to be considered next year since it was informally submitted. South Africa is said to be the first country to leave the court formally. There are a lot of issues to be resolved in South Africa especially in the education sector.

South Africa as a country nowadays is failing to keep their affairs properly resolved and in peace. There are disruptions about the issue in parliament but the government failed to resolve the fight for free education up to date. Although the protests have calmed down, it does not mean it is resolved and an agreement has been reached both sides.

#TheNewSouthAfrica…My Twitter experience

For this project, I chose the politics theme since both my Twitter and blog are politically focused. I chose this theme because politics affects everyone in the society whether the person is into politics or not.

The first article was about Johannesburg’s previous mayor who has been recently appointed to a new and better position. I have identified this article since people would like to know about the end results of the elections since they led to the mayor being replaced by an opposing political party candidate. The article about Tau states what happened.

On the second article, Zuma made a decision for the state by appointing a new public protector. The article was identified since it appeals to the society and making sure they are ready for the oncoming changes to occur in the South African country. Can Zuma’s decision be affective?

President Jacob Zume ( file: News24)

The third article was about the former finance minister Trevor Manual who recently stated that the president should quit his job. It shows that although these two people may be working together, they are not afraid to show their differences in certain issues. 

These links will take a reader to the tweets:

Park’s tweet

Zuma and the public protector

Trevor’s veiw about Zuma

I did not get any response on any of these tweets. The reason might be the number of followers I have on Twitter. And those that I have may be not very much interested in politics.

I would change the way in which I generate my topics by making them sound more interesting so that they can grab more attention.

Is it really necessary?

The South African government has recently launched a range of condoms called Max. The launch occurred on June 24 in Pietermaritzburg, KZN where Dr Aaron Motsoaledi the minister of health did the presentation.

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Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, in Peitermaritzburg at the launch (file, News24)

Max  condoms are said to give maximum pleasure since there were complains about the smell and the sound of the 10 year old Choice government condoms. The newly condom brand is available in four scented brands: banana yellow, red, regular blue and grape purple. Thus this was said to give that ‘maximum pleasure’ behind the name Max condoms.

The activities of the launch of this condom was to reduce HIV, teenage pregnancy, school drop-out, and gender-based violence among young women and adolescent girls.

There are more social issues to be concerned about, like the girls who do not have sanitary pads and have to miss school because of that. There is no way to avoid the menstrual cycle but sex can be since it is out of choice and not a circumstance.

Is it really necessary to promote sex rather than education and sanity. The government should be investing in keeping up the education system as it would help create our future leaders. Sanitary pads are a need that not everyone can afford but yet the government invests on free condoms rather than something that really matters.