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Tag Archives: South Africa

South African Motorway 

Luckily for the guy on the back we were only doing around 120kmph. #southafrica #nofear
  

Meanwhile back in RSA

Crime is really taking its toll on South Africa. They are forced to start thinking of innovative ways to protect themselves.

This photo was sent to me by one of my friends. It is funny and sad at the same time.

No more hijack

Xenophobia – South Africa

What is happening over there? I like to read a news articles about my home country…but the past few days is a disaster. I read it began a week ago when people in Alexandra started attacking immigrants  from neighbouring countries. This happened before because they are used as scapegoats for all  kinds of problems in South Africa the moment.

Now I don’t like reading news from only one source as the chances are big that they are biased. So I read news from all over the world. Some of which includes BBC, SMH, IOL, Beeld.  This morning it all read the same.

5 killed – 2 from being set on fire while alive, and 3 beaten to death. 50 injured from gunshot  wounds and beatings… This is not humane this is blatant barbaric. I always thought that the worst death would be by fire and the most barbaric way of killing someone is by blunt beating. And it is happening now…in a country I grew up in.

The immigrants (some of which are illegal) are flooding to police stations and staying there as they are scared for their lives. A church who housed over a 1000 scared immigrants were attacked and the bishop later said in an interview : “We consider that the situation is getting so serious that the police can no longer control it.”

What does  our president do…take  a wild guess. He would set up a panel of experts to investigate the violence. A panel of experts….what does that mean for those being slaughtered every day now? Nothing… I would like to read in tomorrow’s paper that a solution is in place and the results can be seen, but alas, I think that will not happen.

Some Stats

Lets start with the SA Rand vs Aus dollar… Now doesn’t that look sad..

Stats of the Rand vs AusDollar

but wait…there is more.

  • This  release  uses  the  cohort-component  method  to  estimate  the  2007  mid-year population  of  South  Africa.  Provincial  estimates  are  based  on  the  latest  available boundary information obtained from the Demarcation Board.
  • The  2007  mid-year  population  is  estimated  at  approximately  47,9  million  of  which approximately 24,3 million (51%) is female.
  • Kwazulu-Natal has the largest share of the South African population. About 21% of the population lives in this province.
  • Life  expectancy  at  birth  is  estimated  at  approximately  49  years  for  males  and  52 years for females. Life expectancy at birth is highest in the Western Cape and lowest in Kwazulu-Natal.
  • The  estimated  overall HIV-prevalence  rate  is approximately  11%.  The  HIV  positive population is estimated at approximately 5,3 million.
  • The infant mortality rate (IMR) is estimated at 45,2 per 1000.

Population Groupings

  • Aficans – 38 079 900
  • Coloured – 4 245 000
  • Indian/Asian – 1 173 700
  • White – 4 352 100

Betty’s Bay Art Route Gallery

I did a website for Betty’s Bay Art Route gallery in South Africa.

go have a look. it is quite new and some features are under construction but the main look and feel is running. The link : http://artbettysbay.freehostia.com/

The gallery and coffee haven are run by Laetitia and Briand Louw. Displaying various artwork from local artists.