If Nelson Mandela had walked out of prison an angry man unwilling to forgive, the US, Europe (specifically Britain), white business leaders, the IMF, World Bank and anyone else who had continually benefited from apartheid, would have made him.
Forgiving them was not just about a simple pardoning. It further ensured their riches would go untouched.
And that’s why they just couldn’t mention his name without the word “forgive” right behind it.
Swazi King Third Richest in Africa
King Mswati III of Swaziland is Africa’s third wealthiest monarch with a personal fortune of US50 million, even though more than 65 percent of his 1.3 million subjects are forced to scrape by on less than $1.25 a day, according to new data published by Forbes magazine.
The fortune does not include the estimated US$140 million he holds through the conglomerate Tibiyo TakaNgwane, that he supposedly ‘holds in trust’ for the Swazi nation.
King Mswati III, who rules as sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, owns 13 palaces, a private jet airplane, fleets of Mercedes and BMW cars and at least one Rolls Royce, while the majority of his subjects rely on some form of food aid to avoid hunger. At least 40 percent of the working population is unemployed.
Forbes, in an analysis of the richest monarchs in Africa reported that the King was ‘more well known for his relationships with women (he had at least 15 wives at the last count), and for his flamboyant parties’.
This man and his family are some of the worst.
"A multiple exposure photograph shows lightning striking above Maseru."
Photo by Alessandro Della Bella
Social life in Windhoek, Namibia (then South West Africa), 1961Photos by: Heinrich Stolze
Kids of the diaspora always have the upper hand on getting down.
South Africa/World Cup:
A FIFA’s investigative report report found that (a) match-rigging syndicate and its referees infiltrated the upper reaches of global soccer in order to fix exhibition matches and exploit them for betting purposes. It provides extensive details of the clever and brazen ways that fixers apparently manipulated “at least five matches and possibly more” in South Africa ahead of the last World Cup. As many as 15 matches were targets, including a game between the United States and Australia, according to interviews and emails printed in the report.
Although corruption has vexed soccer for years, the South Africa case gives an unusually detailed look at the ease with which professional gamblers can fix matches, as well as the governing body’s severe problems in policing itself and its member federations.
After a hard road, my parents who live in Harare, have recently started early morning strolls. It’s a simple activity, I know, but seeing them together is seeing love and all of its redemptive qualities – happiness, perseverance and an adherence to marriage’s most basic, but oft neglected principles: In sickness and in HEALTH!
My new favourite blog!
“Mima-te is a clothing brand owned by twins Nelly and Nelsa Guambe and based in Maputo Mozambique. Set in vintage style, with an eko concept redesigned and customized, Mima-te is a fashion-brand that intends to recycle and renew old textiles by turning them into fashionable, modern and affordable clothing. Inspired by vintage fashion designers all over the world and particularly appreciating African modern fashion. Mima-te’s belief is that upcycling what has been given to Africa as a sign of good will (but much too often ends up as waste) is an innovative way of creating a new image of Mozambican clothing. At the same time the upcycling process serves to harness environmental awareness. It also allows people - from the seller to the sewer at the informal market - to be involved in creating something beautiful and sustainable instead of only reselling donations.”
A writer and Oscar Pistorius trial observer writes a detailed account of how Pistorius’ version of events would have played out on the night of Reeva Steenkamp’s murder.
Here’s what ‘Donmack’ wrote:
Anyone who still believes Oscar Pistorius (OP) is innocent has to believe that the following scenario is credible:
1. Reeva happily goes to bed, having packed all her clothes neatly away in her bag, including her underwear and the top she was wearing, while leaving her jeans inside-out at the bottom of the bed.
2. OP wakes in the night and immediately puts his hands over his face. He takes them off long enough to glance over and notice Reeva’s legs under the duvet. He then puts his hands back over his face to get out of bed – pushing aside a duvet that is not actually on him.
3. He walks around to Reeva’s side of the bed, without either looking at her or telling her what he’s doing. She doesn’t ask, either.
4. Once his back is completely turned, Reeva silently scrambles across to his side of the bed and walks totally noiselessly and in the pitch black to the toilet.
5. Never once facing the bed, OP brings both fans in and positions them at the end of the bed. How he did that with his back to the bed the entire time, I am unable to fathom. He either stood with his back to the bed, and put the fans in front of him and then walked around them, or positioned them with his arms behind him.
6. In spite of the pitch-black room, he notices jeans on the floor. He is bothered by a small LED light enough to want to cover them with said jeans – but not bothered by the lit-up LED display, the light on the TV or the lights on the light switches.
7. He hears a terrifying sound from the bathroom and is frozen with fear. At no point does it cross his mind that it may have been the person sharing the bedroom and bathroom with him making the noise – nope, he’s so convinced it can’t be her, he doesn’t even bother to turn his head and glance in her direction.
8. He doesn’t seek to clarify what he’s heard with his awake girlfriend who is feet away from him. He doesn’t wonder if she heard it too and is scared.
9. He feels particularly vulnerable because he’s on his stumps, but doesn’t take a few seconds to put on the legs that are, actually, right next to him.
10. He stops being frozen with fear and heads for his gun, making his way around the fans that he has just positioned in front of the bed. He holds into the bed for balance, and says not-a-word to the person who is in it regarding the fact that he believes that there are intruders in the next room and he needs to arm himself.
11. He reaches under the bed for the gun, careful not to glance across at the person he believes is in it.
12. He stands up, faces the passage and whispers/speaks quietly to Reeva, telling her to get down and call the police without actually telling her why. He is not surprised that she doesn’t ask or that she doesn’t bother to get out of bed and get down as instructed.
13. He makes his way in terror to the bathroom – ignoring the door that he and Reeva could have escaped through and the panic alarm that would have brought immediate help.
14. He’s so desperate to put himself between the intruders and Reeva that he doesn’t actually check where Reeva is.
15. He is too scared to put the light on but not too scared to start screaming as soon as he starts walking down the passage.
16. He is walking slowly and quietly down the passage, screaming.