Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Zimbabwe commentary

Came across another excellent post on the Zimababwe situation by Pitso on thinking aloud - read it to get some excellent analysis on the diplomatic efforts to help Zimbabwe out of its crisis. Sadly I think little can be done from a talk point of view now.

I also received the follow up cartoon to yesterday's post on Wonkie cartoon blog - I can't help feel pessimistic about the country and its people. There is a useful suggestion with today's Mugabe-Mbeki cartoon post - it's a link to an organisation called Gift of the givers if anyone would like to donate to help them with their efforts to alleviate some of the suffering caused by the Cholera crisis in Zim.

Monday, November 24, 2008


Ok so I've just viewed yesterday's feed email from Wonkie and the Zimbabwe cartoon there seriously pissed me off. I spent most of my summers out in Zim and travelled all over from the Highlands to Kariba. I cannot believe the country is what it has become. It's certainly true that Thabo Mbeki had the ability and the means to actually prevent this and it's sad that personal interest came before the lives of so many people.

I have a friend who transports and resells fuel and other much needed supplies in Zimbabwe.. I'm talking really basic stuff. She mentioned that on her last trip she didn't recognise her country. She also said that it was clear that the government are covering up the outbreak as much as they can.. preventing strikes of health care workers that don't have the funds, medicine or equipment to properly care for the sick.

What's worse is that the ill are coming to South Africa and the disease is spreading here too. Lack of action on our government's part in South Africa is now directly affecting South Africans... in true African fashion there will be zero accountability for any of this.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Monday, Monday!

The week has begun and off to a good start.. the PR assignment is going better than expected I may even have some time to make some cartoons for Pratish's cartoon blog this week. I'm going to be launching the site in Kenya in December .. really looking forward to putting some of my media training in action :) I will be covering mostly East African news and also be working a bit with Joseph Reddy on Bollywood logs when I'm in Mumbai in January.

I'm really looking forward to my India trip next month - always love the food, chilled out atmosphere, lovely people, did I mention the food? Lol... Anyway, back to work for now.. shall write more later!.

My first blog post

Not sure what I'm supposed to say in this case except that I was strongarmed into this by my South African friends on my last visit there :) Just because they have I need to have one too :P

Lol.. just kidding - am quite looking forward to this. I'll set everything up and start writing away after I finish my PR assignment on Wednesday!