4 out of 3 people struggle with maths

Not a great week for London with a helicopter hitting a crane in central London on Wednesday and plummeted to the ground like a stone killing the pilot and  another person on the ground. The next day a train fire in the tube had the lines being shut down on the Victoria/Gatwick line, causing huge delays.............................

A couple of blogs back i told you about a KAK restaurant in J bay called "Hey Jude", service especially sucked, well last week we had breakfast at Moffat on Main Wimpy, hell what a awesome surprise, the waitress was friendly and efficient we ordered drinks and within 3 mins we had the drinks at the table, the food hot and tasty arrived soon thereafter, was a pleasure to eat there and i told the manager so. When service is shit complain, but when its good compliment.  

Conducted first training course of the year this week, SHE Representatives, probably was best way to get into it as not a high level course but one that can make a huge difference in the Health and Safety of a company, as its the SHE REPS that are seen as the front line persons that assist the employer in keeping their asses out of jail. Group was really lekker and I enjoyed the training.

At St Albans prison about 30kms from PE 2 gangs decided to relieve the boredom of jail by starting a prison riot, by the time the Cops and prison staff managed to get the situation under control 2 had been stabbed to death and 65 injured, 12 critically of which one subsequently died. To be honest don’t have any sympathy for those murderers and rapists.   

In 2009 I wrote this in a blog entitled “Winter has arrived”......  South Africa on cusp of greatness? Maybe I am being over optimistic, but I believe that South Africa is standing on the threshold of something great.................. I am usually the biggest pessimist but I have this feeling in my gut that Jacob Zuma is going to turn things around and with the help of us winging whites and other naysayers we can do it, so let’s give old President Zuma a chance.

Well its now 4 years later and if i am honest i am not happy that he will win a 2nd term, under his leadership the country has taken a few steps backward and i am hoping that he will get off his ass and get the country moving in the right direction.

AFCON cup started yesterday (Saturday 19 January 2013) with Bafana playing against  the Cape Verde Islands in the opening game. We have a few games here in PE and wanted to go watch Ghana play DRC tonight. Went to buy tickets and told sorry the game is full, I was shocked and stunned and I actually can’t believe it, so I will be watching closely on TV to see if it is in fact full and if not there will be hell to pay. You’re not going to believe this, but apparently Zuma was quoted in a newspaper saying that the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) ‘must be won by an African team’.

Was not a great day for SA sport yesterday with the Proteas losing to the Black Caps in the first of 3 one day internationals at a very hot Paarl and Bafana Bafana drew 0/0 with the Cape Verde islands..................Yes you heard that right the Cape  Verde Island. ‘I know i did not think enough people lived on tat island to put s team together, but apparently theu do and they are good enough to hold Baf Baf to a draw. Don’t see us doing well in the AFCON cup to be honest and if we make the semi finals I will be surprised. 

Lance Armstrong was on Oprah this week and revealed that he had in fact been taking performance enhancing drugs to enable him to win the Tours de France a record 7 times and that he has a flawed character, first of all “big surprise” as  he had found guilty of doping and that’s from tests so it’s not like he was  and second of all who cares.....’not me that’s for sure.......”there is a movie in this story for sure”.

I found this on the net :Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says the forthcoming African Union summit should discuss the appointment of a president of Africa to foster unity among Africans, a report said on Wednesday.
Addressing journalists after meeting with President Thomas Boni Yayi of Benin in Harare, Mugabe said such a move "would also ensure that member states adhere to the founding principles of the continental body Newsday online reported."Yes, we need a president for Africa," Mugabe said. "That is what we are going to discuss at the AU summit. Africa is not a united continent. We are not at the stage our founding fathers wanted us to be when the organ was formed." Mugabe said the AU had failed to integrate Africans, with some seen in the context of Anglophones and others Francophones.
The proposal to set up a United States of Africa was first made by the slain Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 1999 as a way of ending the continent's conflicts, but it failed to secure enough support from his African counterparts with some suspecting Gaddafi wanted to rule Africa. Yayi who is the outgoing AU chairperson said he was in Zimbabwe to discuss the challenges Africa was facing as a continent and to get advice on ways to end conflict, in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and Central African Republic, among others.
For once I agree with Bob ...............“Africa needs at least one President who can do some work” and it sure ain’t “Rob Bob before he robs you” Mugabe.

I Hate paying tax, especially when its wasted and used for purposes other than to make the country and its infrastructure better. This explanation uses beer as an example so even my Blog readers will be able to understand it.

Suppose that every evening, 10 men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to R100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this :- The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay R1. The sixth would pay R3. The seventh would pay R7. The eighth would pay R12. The ninth would pay R18. The tenth man (the richest) would pay R59.  So, that’s what they decided to do…….

The 10 men drank in the bar every evening and were quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner said, “Since you are all such good customers, I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by R20″. Drinks for the 10 men would now cost just R80. The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men? The paying customers? How could they divide the R20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

They realised that R20 divided by six is R3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.  So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.  So the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% saving). The sixth now paid R2 instead of R3 (33% saving). The seventh now paid R5 instead of R7 (28% saving). The eighth now paid R9 instead of R12 (25% saving). The ninth now paid R14 instead of R18 (22% saving). The tenth now paid R49 instead of R59 (16% saving). Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free.

But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare their savings. “I only got a rand out of the R20 saving,” declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,”but he got R10!” “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only saved a rand too. It’s unfair – he got 10 times more benefit than me!” “That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get R10 back, when I got only R2? The wealthy always win!” “Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!”  The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had their beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill! And that, boys and girls, journalists and government ministers, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes will naturally get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

Well that’s about if for this week, except to say have a Lekker week and think positive thoughts




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