Dis Mos Mielies!

Dis Mos Mielies Monsanto DEKALB N12 N14 highways biofuelsYesterday I returned to Johannesburg from a weekend with Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa in Kuruman. One of the things he emphasised was the threat to our food supply as more and more maize is used for biofuel production instead of food production. He kept referring to signs “Dis Mos Mielies” on the N12 and N14 highways from Johannesburg into the Northern Cape and North West Provinces, possibly elsewhere in South Africa. So I did some quick research and found this not surprising comment on my friend Telana Simpson’s blog by Donn Edwards:

I wrote to Monsanto to ask them about these signs, which appear all over the country. Their reply was:

‘DEKALB is one of the brands Monsanto use globally for our seed products. In South Africa we sell white and yellow maize, as well as sunflower seed under this brand. The DEKALB brand has been on the market since the early 1900 and was named after a town in the midwest region of the USA.

Dis mos mielies – means “This is maize” and is a slogan used for marketing purposes. In this sense it refers to the idea that the maize you see here in the field, is how maize should look. This slogan actually comes from the “old” seed company Carnia and has been used since the 1990‘s in South Africa. In 1998 Monsanto bought two seed companies in South Africa Carnia, which was part of Omnia (fertilizer company) and Sensako. We sold our seed under these two brand names but as we owned both we consolidated in one brand, DEKAB, in 2005.

Both conventional maize seed as well as GM-seed are sold under the DEKALB brand. The particular product on the photo (CRN3505) is a conventional white maize product.

Now this is not the first time I’ve heard of Monsanto. The acclaimed Indian enviromentalist Dr Vandana Shiva is one of the most outspoken critics of Monsanto’s business practises. Here’s a historical view from her about this evil company…

THE HINDU, Saturday, May 1, 1999
Letter on Monsanto

By Vandana Shiva (The writer is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, New Delhi.)

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Are you for love of water?

Flow For the love of WaterMarch 21-27 is National Water Week and March 22 is World Water Day – held annually as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of water resources. The UN is coming to Cape Town for the first time to celebrate World Water Day. This year the National Water Week theme is: ‘working together we can save water’. This presents a powerful launch pad to demonstrate how water can unify all sectors of society. For the first time all three tiers of Government, the corporate sector, media, NGOs and other organisations as well as youth and citizens are linking together for love of water.

Water is life. Human beings are made up of over 70% water, and so is the planet. Water is required to sustain basic life – it is also systemic and involved in everything we do, including health care, food and agriculture production, power generation, construction, transport and product development.

There is a clear consensus that there will be a fresh water supply demand gap both globally and in South Africa. Recognition that this impacts us all is an opportunity to engage in collective behaviour change that is respectful of water as a source of life, mindful of water usage and prioritises water conservation. In order to take action, we need to live and act ‘for love of water’. Make the promise here. And get tips on how to conserve and respect water by reducing consumption and reusing where possible, here.

There will be a number of educational and entertainment events and activations (i.e a conference, expos, walks, music, festivals and demonstrations) happening in the lead up to and during National Water Week throughout the country. To find out more about them and how you can participate and share, visit: www.forloveofwater.org.za


Before I Close My Eyes


This wonderful and inspiring short speech – a heartfelt and passionate appeal for Africa by the great Zulu shaman, author, historian and philosopher Credo Mutwa – was recorded while David Icke and I (Bill Ryan) were visiting him at his South African home in August 2010 to record his life’s story – and more.

Here’s the story of how this remarkable clip was captured. I had just that minute switched on the microphone, and had asked Credo to say a word or two as a routine audio test. I thought he might say “1-2-3”, or “Hello, hello”.

What he said instead was worthy of an appeal to the United Nations by one of the great statesmen of the world. It was quite unplanned, and I was fortunate to be able to record it all.

This moving speech is MUST WATCH essential viewing for anyone who knows Credo Mutwa’s life and work, and for anyone who cares about the fate of Africa.

Bill Ryan
August 2010


The Underground River, Lulungwa Mangakatsi

Something interesting posted by Lumukanda on the David Icke forums…

Mystery of the White Lions - Children of the Sun God by Linda TuckerI was reading through the book, the mystery of the white lions : Children of the Sun God, by Linda Tucker, when I found this interesting piece of info about the so called underground river of Africa, the Lulungwa Mangakatsi.

But first let me start where tucker starts in her chapter entitled, underground river of gold.

The region she studies is the Timbavati region in northern South Africa, the home of the white lions of timbavati. The name timbavati means both ‘river of the stars’ and ‘the river that never runs dry. This draws a parallel between the Egyptian ‘duat’, which meant ‘river in the sky’ and subterranean river’. whereas the nile flows all year round, the timbavati region is quite dry, the rivers seldom flow.

When she spoke to Credo Mutwa about the connection between the Egyptian belief that the Nile is to the earth what the milky way is to the skies, he said that the African belief is that the Milky Way is the ‘spinal fluid’ of the universe. He goes on to say that ‘a lot of water is carried between the stars, and is distributed across space this way’. Now Amarava, Mutwa’s spirit guide, the last of the first people, told him that water is not native to earth, and that it was brought to earth from sirius, make of that what you will.

Lulngwa mangakatsi is also called the underground river that holds Africa together. the nilotic meridian, which is 31 degrees 14 minutes longitude, starts at the nile delta, and one can follow the nile down and it’s source is also found on this line. follow the line further down and you will find great Zimbabwe, follow it down even further you find Timbavati and finally at the end of this line, the city of Durban in Zululand, originally given to the British by the notorious Zulu chief Shaka.

Now according to Mutwa, beneath rivers, the Nile in particular, are underground rivers, rivers of energy. I think it may be safe to assume that we are talking about ley lines. Credo gives her some advice, ” the next time you find a flowing river in the veld (bush), go at night, with leather soles to that river. the nearer you get to the river, the more you will feel this thing, this vibration.”

He goes on to say that fresh water rivers are living things, and they contain a memory. sanusis (the highest degree of african shamanism) are trained to see these memories, where these rivers intersect with underground rivers, they form great pipes of invisible power. When asked whether there was a ‘power line’, an underground river of energy linking timbavati with giza, his reply was simple. Yes. also remember that included in this line is great zimbabwe, another ancient african site. this line, like zima-mbje, has something to do with gold, something mutwa does not want to elaborate on.

He does speak about the ‘sacred blacksmiths’, whose knowledge of herbs and molten matter enables them to ‘recreate objects which god gave us many centuries ago’, which have to do with ‘the soul of the earth, butalso the universe beyond.’ This is obviously not only concerned with metals, but something of a more alchemical nature.

“Gold has been the cause of great civilizations, and of deadly wars on earth. by mining gold, human beings are enslaved to forces of which they are not even aware,” says mutwa. i find this a very interesting statement.

He goes on to say that gold’s natural existence in the bowels of the planet is essential to life on earth. specifically, i controls the flow and existence of fresh water. gold and copper (rather than gravity) supplies the energy that cause rivers to flow and be cleansed, since gold is not just a physical metal, but a spiritual metal with a profound metaphysical purpose. gold is an entity, just as we have minerals in us, so has our earth, “it is not here to be mined by humankind.”

Apparently all along the nilotic meridian gold is found, mainly alluvial, leading tucker to believe that there may be a vein of gold running form Giza to Durban, i don’t know if this is true, but the amount of gold mining in the Johannesburg, great Zimbabwe, Timbabvati region, all near or on the nilotic meridian, in both modern and ancient times does make this quite compelling. take also into account the fact that gold is a good conducter of energy, so is water, the nile may indeed be a very charged river indeed.

Anyway, food for thought, i thought it was interesting.

source: David Icke Forums

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African Folkelore through the eyes of a Zulu Shaman

Zulu Shaman: Dreams, Prophecies, Mysteries by Vusamazuly Credo Mutwa song of the starshis book is a wonderful introduction to African traditional beliefs, practises, legends, rituals and mythology. This book was first published under the title, Song of the Stars in 1996. It has since been republished as Zulu Shaman from 2003 onwards. The Dark Continent is how Africa has often been described. This is clearly how Western people have always seen Africa. Are we savages, are we backwards or are we simply being judged without understanding?

Great thanks have to be extended to Luisah Teish and Stephen Larsen who helped made this book possible. It is inconceivable to most in South Africa, the impact that Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa has had the world over. This book illustrates the wealth of traditional knowledge from Africa that is potentially lost to the world without the oral tradition being put into writing. So although many taboos have been broken, it is has become necessary.

Some astonishing people are mentioned in the book like JJ Hurtok, Dr John Mack, and other luminaries. These people and others have for decades come from all over the world to seek out the ancient wisdom contained in this book.

The Way of the Witchdoctor is Credo’s personal journey and initiation into the ancient African shamanic traditions. The Great Goddess emphasise the importance of the sacred feminine in African spirituality. Of Goddesses and Gods shows how African values or morals are relayed through stories. Tales of the Trickster contains humour from stories about the great trickster Kintu. The Song of the Stars explores extra-terrestrial origins in African mythology from Dogon, to the Massai, to the Zulu people. The Common Origin of All Humanity begins to move into Mutwa’s personal philosophy and worldview. Dreams, Prophecies and Mysteries is possibly the most exciting because it discusses visions and possibilities of the future as seen through the eyes of one of the last remaining high sanusi’s in the world.

This book serves as an excellent introduction to Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, and African mysteries. As someone else mentioned to me, he moves from tradition to the modern (wanting to become a teacher), and moving back to tradition. Surely a African answer to Joseph Campbell if ever there was one.

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Whitley Strieber Interviews John Mack

While reading reading Zulu Shaman: Dreams, Prophecies, and Mysteries; I found references to some very prominent people like Dr John E. Mack, a very respected psychiatrist who focussed on the alien abduction phenomenon. Here’s an extract from an interview by Whitwith Dr Mack where he mentions how he first encountered Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa:

WS: Go to PEER Purchases, click on PEER Purchases, and you can get this book, and the price, for a signed copy, is an amazing twenty dollars. That’s four dollars off the regular bookstore price, for a signed copy of Passport to the Cosmos. And let me tell you, I have read this book cover to cover. You know as well as I do that I don’t read every book that we talk about on this show cover to cover. I read every word of this. It is awesome. Do not assume that it is a sequel to Abduction. It is far beyond that. John Mack has made a major breakthrough. Let’s go on now, talking a little more about that breakthrough.

One of the things that is so extraordinary about this book is the way you integrate indigenous people’s ideas and attitudes about this abduction experience throughout the book. Credo Mutwa, a leading African sansumi [?] or high medicine man, his ideas and his stories go through the whole book and they are truly amazing. We always think of this as being basically an American thing or at best a Western thing. But John Mack has blown that idea out of the water. They’re doing it and doing it better in other parts of the world. So tell us a little bit about this man. How did you meet him and what was he like, and what happened to him?

JM: Actually I hadn’t expected to meet him, when my associate Dominique Callimanopulos and I went to South Africa. Actually we were headed for Zimbabwe, because there had been some children at a school outside the capitol of Harare who had had some extraordinary sighting of UFOs that had landed in their schoolyard and they’d seen one or more “strange beings,” as one of the girls put it, come out of these spacecraft. And we received some drawings from these kids by fax, and telephone calls, so we were already planning to go to Africa but we changed our plans to make sure we went to that school. We also planned to go to South Africa for a week, and right then and there I was met at the airport and we were taken to a television station and there by satellite was Credo Mutwa because he had heard that I was going to talk about these experiences with these strange beings which he calls, or his people calls, Mandindas. Which to hear him describe those beings, [are] very much like the grey beings that we hear so much about here. And for the first time he then, he asked to see me. We spent several hours with him, and in a very movingly candid way, talked about the trauma that he’d undergone when he was a young man in the bush and had been through an experience very much like the ones that you have been through, Whitley. And at that time, I mean, I had never heard of Credo Mutwa and here within hours of landing in South Africa I was with this extraordinary medicine man talking about experiences so familiar to me from people in this country.

You can listen to the audio or read the full interview on the John E. Mack Institute website.

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