Young writers’ creative workshop

famous poet Don MatteraOne hundred and seventy-seven high school pupils from five Northern Cape districts have gathered at Flamingo Primary School in Kimberley for the third annual creative writing workshop.

The five-day workshop, which started on Monday, is sponsored by the Northern Cape department of sport, arts and culture.

Spokesperson for the department Vaughn Settley said the workshop was aimed at sharpening pupils’ writing skills in poetry and short stories.

“This year pupils have also been exposed to skills on writing for newspapers and acquiring creative knowledge as cartoonists,” said Settley

“The workshop was started with the Annual Northern Cape Writers’ Festival in 2009, and has seen some of the country’s celebrated writers including Don Mattera, Credo Mutwa, Ahmed Kathrada and Marita van der Vyer embracing the occasion,” said Settley.

Since its inception, the workshop has produced three books; Tender Voices Volumes 1 and 2, one as well as There is a Place.

“The books contain short stories and poems written by pupils from various parts of the Northern Cape.

“They have been published and are now being distributed to all community libraries across the province,” he said.

The workshop is facilitated by prominent writers and poets such as Vonani Bila, Manichand Beharilal, Primrose Mrwebi, and Mhlobo Jadezweni with the inclusion of local poet, writer and journalist Sabata-Mpho Mokae and cartoonist Given Peterson.

Mokae said workshops like these served as a catalyst in promoting the culture of learning and creativity among young people.

“We are living in an exciting era where lot of things are happening and stories need to be told. We need to nurture writers and artists from a young age so that they are able to tell these stories,” Mokae said.

Mantoa Khuduga could not contain her excitement at getting an opportunity to attend the workshop: “You can’t get such training for free. For me it is a privilege and a dream come true.”

source: The New Age

 

World War 3 prediction

Credo Mutwa prediction on the start of World War 3, from “A Voice in the Wilderness” TV special originally aired on South Africa TV” – this was posted on the Project Avalon forum and I have no way to verify the date this was filmed. I do not see any signs of a World War except the usual fear warmongering from the USA interfering in other parts of the world. China will be a key player in the next 50 years and I sincerely hope this prediction does not come true. There is too many people in this planet who are praying for peace, meditating for peace. On my next visit to Kuruman I will confirm whether baba Credo still feels the same about this prediction for a possible World War. If you have any doubts about the power of peace and non-violence just think back to Gandhi, Martin Luther King or Mother Teresa.


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How to avoid the Census

We recently received this from the Johan Joubert Community:

This is an approach that you could try for the upcoming Census. We can’t comment on the legal ramifications of doing this and, as always, we suggest that you handle yourself with care, but it’s certainly very interesting!

How to Avoid the Census

Complete, print and sign this letter.

Give it to the Census worker when they arrive. Always be polite. They will probably threaten you if you don’t comply.
This approach is called “conditional acceptance.” You are agreeing in principle to do what you are told, but first you have a couple of questions that need to be answered. Of course they cannot answer these questions because to do so would be to reveal a betrayal of human rights.

If you wish, send this through to the Census authority first. Give them 7 days to reply and amend this letter accordingly depending on their response.

Dear Census Official,

My name is [first name in lowercase, eg. John] of the family [surname in lowercase, eg. Smith]. I am a living, breathing sentient human being.

My research has led me to conclude that when my birth was registered, a corporate entity was created. This corporate entity is referred to as [write your title and whole name in all uppercase, eg. MR JOHN RONAN SMITH] with account number [insert your ID number] and is distinct from me, the flesh and blood human being.

It is my understanding that my title, full name and ID Number represent a juristic person / corporation, and the record of this account is held at the South African Reserve bank using a master / slave computer software system.

I have also discovered that my birth certificate is evidence of a financial instrument with a very real commercial value. This commercial value predicted by the amount of money I would earn as I grew up. Thus, it provides collateral for the South African government to float loans at interest without my knowledge or direct consent.

If this holds true, then it stands to reason that a primary role of this Census is to re-evaluate my status as chattel property so that the South African Government can literally “sell” me and my fellow citizens to foreign bankers, as the governments of Iceland, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and others did to their own people.

My research indicates that the purpose of the first census in 1904 was to give names to indigenous people so that they could be granted rights by the existing government. However, in order to be granted rights, it makes logical sense that one would first have to be stripped of the natural rights that he or she was born with. After all, you cannot grant rights to someone who already has them by the mere fact that they are alive.

As I believe in full disclosure, I will therefore only take part in the Census if the following questions have been satisfactorily answered.

Do I have a juristic person? Is there an account in my name linked to my ID number held at the Reserve Bank, or any other government department? Is there a bond or security registered in my name with a corresponding CUSIP number? Does the South African government receive loans based the ability of its people (ie. me) to pay it back? If yes, then: How does the government calculate the value of its people? How does the government connect me to the money that they have borrowed on my behalf? Does this loan include interest? If it does, then where is the interest supposed to come from in order to pay back these loans? Are any of the loans granted to the South African government created “out of thin air” using a book-keeping entry, or are 100% of all loans made using real, lawful money? Is the data collected from the Census linked in any way to the granting of loans made by our government? Is the census a form of contract? If so, please provide me with the terms and conditions of this contract. Am I a flesh and blood human being born with natural human rights, or am I a slave with no rights whatsoever, except for those which are granted to me by the South African Government?

Please note that I am intelligent enough to know when my questions are being avoided. I will only accept real, valid and direct answers to my questions above.

Once I have received a suitable response, I will happily take part in your Census.

Yours Faithfully,

[first name in lowercase, eg. John] of the family [surname in lowercase, eg. Smith]