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Election Observers Share Findings


The EISA Observer Mission Team

On Friday, 24 April 2009, the EISA Observer Mission Team delivered its “Interim Statement on the 2009 South African National and Provincial Elections” at the EISA offices in Johannesburg.

EISA set up an observer mission consisting of 34 members from Nigeria, Lesotho, Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Cote d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Cameroon, Tanzania and Angola.

Using SMS as a Communication tool for NGOs: Frontline SMS

Frontline SMS LogoDuring the recent SANGONeT roadshow we talked a little about Twitter as one of the leading edge social media tools available to us in our work,. The overriding response to the talk was: "can I use it to send SMS's to my community/constituents/clients".

The answer, in South Africa, is no. You can can use SMS to update your twitter status, but you can't recieve updates from people on your phone.

NGO Pulse goes on the road

On 10 March 2009, SANGONeT hosted an 'NGO Engagement' at the Diakonia Centre in Durban. Attended by 40 participants from various NGOs from the Durban area, excitement filled the room at the prospect of what information communication technologies (ICT) can do for their organisations and how SANGONeT could assist in realising those prospects.

Who can we count on

Who can we count on
since there are no more
to be counted upon
(switch off the lights)

Who can we count on
now that our Malema
(when he grows up)
might become a Mandela
according to our union man

Who can we count on
as our leaders, emperors
and their sheiks too
unveil themselves before us

Who can we count on
no budding mathematicians
engineers up-and-coming
(standard grade rules still)

Who can we count on

A dream reclaimed

A dream reclaimed
way over yonder
in Martin Luther King land

A dream reclaimed
history made with
imperialism on its head

A dream reclaimed
a public holiday declared
nearer our shores in Kenya

A dream reclaimed
has change come
no more Bush-talk

A dream reclaimed
by an African-American

Is this hope new
or a dream deferred

Wednesday morning, November 5 2008, with the breaking news that Barack Obama is the USA’s President Elect.

It shows baldly

It shows baldly
says the Madame Editor
of the Mail&Guardian
on my morning radio

It shows baldly
plainly for all
to see in the light
how politicians scratch
the backs of their own

ANC talking head Carl Niehaus
now wrapped in cotton wool
a bit of damage control rather
than sleaze charges and
a new orange jumpsuit

It shows baldly
there seem no longer
to be any role models
left anywhere
(just selective morality)

Have you been relieved

Have you been relieved

Have you been relieved
our budget done again
by the Finance Minister
who has survived himself

Have you been relieved
of your income hard-earned
or maybe otherwise

Have you been relieved
of your wages of sin
fouling the environment

(Drinking yourself away
finding quick-fix relief
from life’s tribulations)

Have you been relieved
by his stewardship
in the name of development

Or might you want to

Just walking around

Just walking around
says a Grade 10 friend
of her week one
at our local high school
apparently where the pass
and pregnancy rates compete
in the gossip stakes

No teaching happening
No learning happening
Just walking around

Should I worry
as I'm not a parent
just a local concerned
as I should be

As you should be
too, parent or not
local citizen, behind
the security of your fence

You should be
in our children's future

Traditionally, speaking

Written in response to the article "Men will wear the pants in Cope" published in the Cape Argus, Monday, 19 January 2009)

Traditionally, speaking

Traditionally, speaking
not for myself
on anyone's behalf
you want to go back

You want to go back
to the kitchen
to last week
to the last dark age

(when boys wear blue
and girls pink)

Traditionally, speaking
you want to go back
speak when you
are commanded to

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