Friday, 16 January 2015

POLITICS: Help Us Gauge the REAL State of the Nation

On 12 February, President Zuma will be delivering yet another of his annual "State of the Nation" addresses. But let's be clear on this: it's not going to be the real state of the nation. It will again be a handful of cherry-picked facts designed to make the ruling party look good.

Most South Africans face a very different reality.

Eskom will be broke by the end of January. Electricity supply is under severe threat, and water supply countrywide is already becoming affected. Drug addiction and crime is increasing among young people because unemployment and hopelessness is rising. Our economy has lost R300 billion, and 1 million South Africans have lost their jobs since load-shedding started in 2007. And this is just the beginning. The load-shedding schedule from February has all the makings of an economic shutdown.

The REAL State of the Nation needs to be heard in Parliament, and President Zuma must be held to account.

That's why in the coming weeks I will be consulting South Africans from all walks of life on their lived experiences. I will be visiting their homes and businesses, walking the streets of their communities, and holding townhall meetings to listen to their views.

We need your help to fund this tour

Every South African's voice deserves to get heard in Parliament. With your support we can take this tour countrywide and get the full picture first-hand. Then we can go back to Parliament and hold the President and ruling party to account armed with the facts.


Now more than ever, South Africans need Parliament to be effective. As long as we work through our democratic institutions to ensure accountability, President Zuma has his day coming.

The DA will see him in court soon for the 700 charges of corruption he has been running from for over a decade. And we will use Parliament to make sure he accounts for Nkandla, the Hawks, for SARS, for the NPA, the SABC and all the institutions he is trying to break down to escape accountability.

Let's restore Power to the People together!


Sandy Bigara

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

MISSING: Caitlin Lovell 15yrs Old Missing From Brighton Beach: Bluff, Durban

Sending from my phone so please excuse the url's:

Here is the Pink Ladies official 'missing persons' poster url (please share on twitter and facebook)

Twitter/Facebook/BBM/Whatsapp message for your convenience, simply copy/paste:

MISSING Teen Caitlin Lovell from KZN. 10111 if spotted. #Durban #Teen #ATT #SOS Share and Assist!

Please assist as far as you can. Every little bit helps to bring Caitlin home safely.

Sandy Bigara

Monday, 12 January 2015

TERROR: One Life is Worth More Than Another Life it Seems

Terrorist act in France.
TWENTY people killed THIS WEEK.
1.5million march.
40 world leaders attend.

Terrorist act in Nigeria.
Two thousand
TWO THOUSAND people were killed THIS WEEK.
No one is marching.
No 40 world leaders are attending.

Stop world.
I want to get off.

Sandy Bigara

Sunday, 11 January 2015

I No Longer by Jose Micard Teixeira and not Meryl Streep

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.
I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.” 
by José Micard Teixeira
Photograph taken from José Micard Teixeira's Facebook page.
These powerful words were mistakenly attributed to Meryl Streep - but it is a case of blogging-quickly-without-checking-your-facts-first - in this case.

Visit José's Facebook Page to read more of his thoughts... 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

UPDATE: Jordan's Journey - South African Boy in French Hospital with Brain and Lung Cancer

I recently posted an article about a remarkable young man and his nightmare trip to Europe, you can read about it here to get some perspective. A frightening and horrific experience for any family to endure. Well, I have some great news!, according to Jordan's Journey facebook page:

3rd Jan 2015
Discovery Health have just informed us that they are over turning their previous decision and are now helping and paying for Jordys flight back to Durban!! We would like to thank everyone for all their support & the pressure that they put on discovery...To those who have donated to this, we will be using the money now for the shortfall at the hospital and for the special care that Jordy will need in Durban. If anyone is not happy with this please pm us and we will do our best to refund you asap.

Fantastic news!! 

Jordan during 2014 - so brave during chemo
Within a short while the following posts were up: 

3rd Jan 2015 8pm
Paramedics are at the hospital to escort Jordy to Charles de Gaulle Airport where he will be departing tonight to Johannesburg & then transferred into an ambulance & driven down to Durban...please pray for our boy!

9 hours ago
We would just like to thank everyone for all of your help, love & support throughout this whole horrifically traumatic ordeal.. Jordy has touched down on South African soil & is being transferred by ambulance to Durban.

1 hour ago
Jordan has arrived at the hospital in Durban and is currently in surgical ICU. The doctors are reviewing his scans & we are hopeful that treatment will start ASAP.

There was such an outpouring of support, financially and in other helpful ways, well done world! 

Now we just pray and hope that Jordy has a successful operation and speedy recovery. 

DONATIONS are appreciated - to assist the family with their monstrous medical bills. Cupcakes of hope have offered their account for use - reference JORDAN SMITH.