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The media is flooded at the moment with stories of a "Ponzi" scheme where the well off individuals lost their money in what we all know as a Pyramid Scheme (funny how when its rich people it gets a fancy name when all it is is a Pyramid Scheme!).  When I was growing up they used to call it Ibanoyi (an Aeroplane) and when it fell as people knew it would, they used to say "liphahlazekile ibhanoyi!!", the aeroplane has crashed.

You may wonder why I bring this up.  Basically all the people who have come forward about their investment in the scheme have all said it seemed above board, they knew the person etc, etc.  For me though there are 2 issues I want to highlight or comment on.

Firstly, that old saying that if its too good to be true, it is too good to be true is true! Especially when it comes to money. Get rich quick schemes are exactly that and the further down the line you are in the scheme, the more likely you are to lose your money.  The lucky ones are the one's who get in quickly and get out quickly as well. Look at property. People who are smiling are those who bought properties at the beginning of the cycle when they were relatively cheap and interest rates were low and then sold soon after prices started that crazy run rising by percentages not seen in years.  The late comers are now stuck with high repayments, falling prices and no-one willing to buy.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2009 10:53

Representations of African Culture

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Happy Africa Day everyone. I'm not quite sure just how this is meant to be commemorated or what it is supposed to mean.  What I've heard is that South Africa is the only country on the continent which does not have this as a public holiday. 

Today I was in one of my favourite places, a bookshop, and there were two things that caught my eye.  One was a book on South African cultures and the other was a postcard of South African cultures. They were the same in the sense that the culture they talk about/photograph is the cultural costumes that are worn and similar themes around the discussion of African culture.  This got me thinking. 

What exactly is African culture?  Is the way we used to dress when we were still in animal skins the truest representation of Afican culture? What precisely is it?  We need to start discussing and addressing the image of African culture that is projected out there in the world.  Is it not about time that we evolved in our definition of ourselves and what we do to show that Africa is about a lot more than just costumes.  I'm not minimising the dress code/beads etc, but for me magnifying this above everything else would be the same as saying that my being a Sangoma is based a lot on what I wear as a Sangoma (amabhayi etc) than on what I actually do. 

Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2009 15:19

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