Eastern Cape refugees in the Western Cape

by Mike Fraser

Helen Godzille DA dictator hates Eastern Cape refugeesSo black people who migrate from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape have now been afforded refugee status by Premier Helen Zille.

The statement attributed to Helen Zille in which she is reported as referring to Eastern Cape pupils who flocked to the Western Cape for a better education as refugees is appalling,insensitive, degrading, insulting, and extremely dangerous.

Her statement was in reference to a protest in Grabouw over overcrowding at a school populated by black learners.

The statement is appalling, insensitive, degrading and insulting because the term is levelled at black people from the Eastern Cape. What about other ethnic groups who also stream into the Western Cape in search of better opportunities here. This is the first time ever that the term refugee has been used to describe South Africans who migrate from one province to another in search of better opportunities. Not even in the despicable darkest days of apartheid was this term ever used in the context that Helen has now.

I am one of many people who have relocated from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape over the years.

Most of us moved to the Western Cape in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s because the Western Cape is where you came to further your studies for better opportunities. The colleges and universities have always been here.

And we came to the Western Cape in our numbers, from all over South Africa, long before the ANC was in power.

So why does Helen single out black people from the Eastern Cape as refugees in the Western Cape???

You will be amazed at how many people of all ethnic groups have come to the Western Cape over the years to seek better opportunities. Many academics, and other influential people from the Eastern Cape (and elsewhere) have settled here over the years, and they are making a valuable contribution to the success of this Province.

Academics that immediately come to mind are Prof Jakes Gerwel, Prof Roland Fray, Prof Clarence Williams, to name a few. So if you follow Helen’s logic then they are also refugees in the Western Cape.

But the dear premier of the Western Cape has chosen that the term refugee in her esteemed vocabulary refer only to black people from the Eastern Cape.

Her use of the term refugees in this context is also extremely dangerous.

We know how refugees from outside South Africa’s borders, who also happen to be black, are treated in our country. Refugees are violently attacked, driven out and killed by people who see them as a threat to their own survival in our country.

The protest action in Grabouw has now turned into “race row” exactly because of this absurd racist perception that is generally peddled in the Western Cape that black people belong in the Eastern Cape and coloureds are preferred in the Western Cape. Some black and coloured people of Grabouw are violently engaging each other in defence of the very little that they possess.

The Freedom Charter declares that South Africa belongs to all who live (and love) in it. So freedom of movement is a human right in our country. Why then does Helen Zille choose to politicise the movement of people. People will always migrate in the direction of better opportunities.

In a moment of trying to score political points over her arch political opponent, the ANC, for their mismanagement of the Eastern Cape, Helen has, in the process allowed a mad rush of blood to cloud her judgement.

Or is the botox treatment getting the better of her. By the way, Helen Zille also migrated to the Western Cape from Johannesburg.

Doesn’t that also make you a refugee Helen???

source: MyNews24

Book fair for marginalised local writers

by Mawande Jack

Dr Motsoko Pheko author historianThe first book fair marginalised writers from Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage townships opened at the Red Location Museum in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, recently.

During the three-day literary festival budding young writers and experienced wordsmiths will launch their own pieces of literature. Among them are Vodacom journalist award-winner Nosipho Kota with her book Bear Soul and Andile Afrika’s Steve Biko biography.

One of the writers, and organiser of the Ikhwelo Writing Initiative, Ayanda Billie, said the book fair was “aimed at reviving writing and instilling a culture of reading among, especially, the youth in the Nelson Mandela Bay area”.

“There are many people who want to be writers but don’t know how to go about it. The book fair will include workshops for aspirant writers and will also connect them with publishers,” Billie said.

The book fair, which started yesterday and finishes tomorrow, will be attended by historian and former Pan Africanist Congress president Motsoko Pheko who will launch his book on the Freedom Charter. Pheko will also take part in a panel debate with The Herald editor Heather Robertson and writer and academic Vuyisile Msila.

source: The New Age

Goodyear Waste Yard treats trash like treasure

Goodyear South Africa Uitenhage companyPosted by Gerald Ferreira

A hefty R2.4 million joint investment between Goodyear and its recycling partner, The Waste Trade Company, has turned the tyre manufacturer’s waste yard into a clean, organised and Earth-friendly facility, reflecting the award winning, environmental can-do attitudes of both these companies.

“The generation of waste comes with the tyre manufacturing process; we can’t escape it but we can find the most practical and environmentally friendly ways to manage that waste,” said Pamela Moodley, Goodyear Risk Control Manager.

“Waste is a health and environmental hazard. We look first at all possible ways to minimise the waste, using fewer and less harmful chemicals in our process, for instance. Next, we find ways to reuse and recycle.

“Goodyear now recycles more than 98% of its waste, and is proud of the fact that it sends absolutely none of it to landfill. It is currently the only manufacturing facility inSouth Africathat can boast a true zero waste to landfill policy. The small amount of remaining non-recyclable waste is sent for thermal destruction.”

Before Goodyear’s waste can be collected for recycling, however, it must be stored safely and securely in an area that is legally compliant with the National Environment Management Waste Act (NEMWA). The designated waste yard on the outskirts of its busy manufacturing plant in Uitenhage was audited and declared legally compliant in 2010 and is today, after months of hard work and some innovative thinking, arguably one of the most attractive areas on the site.

Goodyear’s waste yard has two divisions: hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Most of the area houses recyclable and general waste, such as food, which is given to pig farmers. There are stringent regulations surrounding the storage of hazardous waste. It is kept in a roofed area to prevent rainwater pollution, and on a concrete surface to prevent seepage into the ground. This area is well signposted and kept locked at all times,” Pamela explained.

For Goodyear and The Waste Trade Company, waste can be seen as raw material and trash can be treasure. The Waste Trade Company’s on-site team of Louis Rossouw and Joseph le Roux have established a minor miracle of biodiversity at the edges of the yard, capturing rainwater run-off and making compost from food waste to grow a patch of lawn, flowers and vegetables that they give happily to anyone who asks. There is a family of feral cats who catch any rats and the small aviary adds to the haven of harmony on the edge of this bustling tyre production facility.

source: 3D Car Shows