66c to enjoy freedom of movement

66c this is an imaginative way of making sure people don’t get to see their country and remain closed to what else the world can offer (this means only the moneyed folk can travel and do the short lefts and so on.

66c in to keep masses who can hardly afford the price to petrol or even taxi (this is influx control)

66c when so many people are hungry so stores will have millions add to the price of basic goods like food (this is called starving people and creating food shortages and later famine intentionally- cruel by any other name)

66c means the guy selling on the side of the road can no longer go to market.

66c means we have a government that things people are taps to be drained while they do not have to be accountable. Highways have no lights save for those patches near tool points, roads are already full and congested. The maths of this borders on insanity; tipping congestion from high ways to already congested badly run roads has not reduced it! Thanks to BRT, down town is a one way hell hole that needs a pass in anger management; there are so many ways that could have been done without creating one ways you can not get out of (and for less money)

66c for a government that get tax, petrol tax, vat (that includes when the poor buy so fyi even the poor contribute to tax and revenue), we pay sin tax (so the chibuku you buy has a tax), on top of tax which had to deal with health, safety, education, roads and a host of matters we as society delegate to state we have to pay for medical aid, school fees are sky high if you want you kid to learn to read, we need security in our homes and cars, and now the cherry on top of this under baked pie is the 66c a km I must pay. It officially costs 66c a km to travel, move freely associate and enjoy this land…so much for constitutional freedoms. I think I feel Verwoed laughing at how we perfect his thinking.

Miyela: over taxed, under paid and now trapped by a movement toll. I want to cuss this makes me so mad?





I’m cushioned in the corner of the lift waiting to be delivered to the food court while my mp3 croons “Black Brotha, strong Brotha there is no one above ya” into my ears. It’s a fitting tribute. Leaning against the glass wall of the elevator, sneaking blistering looks in my direction is quite the fox. “Every time you come around something magnetic pulls me and I can’t get up, disoriented I can’t tell my up from down. All I know is that I want to lay you down”. The elevator reaches its destination and the doors begin to part open. There’s something different in the air. His look changes from tempting to territorial. He rolls up his sleeves and locks his elbows. His eyes zero in and I disappear from his space. Ladies first, so I step forward but, “It’s the eye of the tiger it’s the thrill of the fight’’ and suddenly we both know…it’s on! And I don’t quite know what happened but he’s out first, assuming his assumed position in the world.

I reflect on how Steve Biko advocated that the black man was on his own. But he didn’t mean man alone; he was talking to women too. We would hope. I must believe that he was speaking to the collective, assuming that because of the established social pecking order, those on top would take accountability for the collective, for more than just themselves. I imagine that colonial suffering was never an individual enterprise and inhumanity and degradation is as much the experience of black women and children, as it was and is of black men.

It’s an unspoken, simmering and often ungamely domestic tournament. It is his blueprint to how he should be treated and his place in the world. But I suppose it’s more importantly about women and their place in the world. While we sit, sweetly encouraging and holding the man up, raising his little brown baby, we can’t even get out of the elevator without getting one in the ribs. Forget chivalry, it’s ruff in Africa.

“Move Bitch, get out the way. Get out the way Bitch. Get out the Way.” (Please) The roadside often sets the scene for another leg of the domestic tournament: Stop inching me out the lane. Once he’s noticed my car cruising alongside his, I promptly find myself uncomfortably close to the curb, exactly where he thinks I should be. Flashing his lights to put me in my place, he’s inching me out of my lane, in a bid to overtake me. Until I’m left choking in his dust. Yet another angry black woman in the way, and he needs to go to work.

It is interesting to note that amongst African Americans, between 1959 and 2002, the number of married women declined from 62 percent to 31. But I’m not an angry, figure pointing, marriage seeking shrews. I consider the ethos of feminism to still continue to have relevance. Independence, self-determination, sexual liberation, pro life and pro choice are anthems that retain value. I recognize that since the very start of the migrant labour system, black women have carried their communities in the absence of their men. I’ve always been willing to go fifty-fifty, ma baby. And pay your way. And Tyrone’s too. (But seriously, that nigga’s gotta go!)

Bullying makes you nasty. Bullying makes you ugly. Bullying makes you greedy, and that is a fact. From the sandpit days, I’ve always known that dominance isolates cruelly and cripplingly. It’s about picking fight’s you can win. There’s nothing admirable about walking around saying that you’ve been hard done by history and the world if when it’s time to fight, the only one that you’re willing to fight is your female counterpart. Part of the blueprint for the coup must be a sense of self worth, but this cannot mean respect for the self to the exclusion of others, it must mean being part of the collective, and part of humanity.



Join our next MIC CHECK. You have the opportunity to talk to other young South Africans and see what they think about what matters to you.

This month we are talking about the complicated and often hostile relationship between black men and women.


BLACK WOMAN: hip swaying baby momma. Prone to sassyness and lip smaking

BLACK MAN: Commitment wary, often criminal love-them-and-leave-them type of man. Involved with one or more baby mommas

who are we as black men and women?

Is this true?

what is the real relationship between black men and women?

how can we relate differently to each other as black people?

thought of the day; equal opportunity exploitation

What I like most about the current capitalist system is that for all the gains and logic and promotion og self interest it shows time and time again that it does not work; not in any long run anyway. Greece; first world country in what was one of the strongest economic blacks has 16% unemployment, companies will retain 1 in 10 people who reach retirement and they can not pay back their loans. Greece, Spain, Portugal were not strong economies but where shielded from economic realities by papa euro and had a freedom to take loans that made the economies and the black stronger than it is. Well today Greece what many African and Latin American countries have lived through; the loans given by the world bodies can not be met and in the long run choke the economy. Ireland did not want the bail out because they know that the gifts are actually the first step to giving up economic control and huge social inequality.

Maybe the failed austerity measures and bail outs in the EU will force world economic bodies to reconsider the terms they set for countries, reconsider the efficacy of the loans and give countries a break. But no; the defenders of capitalism and its institutions are stuborn and push on even when it is obviously failing not only economies but real people and their families. I just am impressed at their equal opportunity approach to economic exploitation; they are now doing to their own what they have done to the developing world (thus keeping it in a perpetual state of developing and never breaking out of the trends when they depend on loans and restructuring that comes with them). Talk about cutting your nose…

Good day Africa, peace and love

taxi strike during exams

I hope the matrics made it to their history and science exams today despite taxi strike in Soweto. Strange that BRT system will affect us all and yet it is only the kids of the poor, those who depend on the taxis who are stranded by the strikes.

Well good luck as you go with the exams.

Peace and love ; miyela

off the cuff: the presidency


A year ago I was put in line by someone I respect very much who said no matter what; u respect the seat of the presidency even if you do not agree with the actual president. So she said JZ should always be mr president to remind him of the importance of the presidency.

In the same year the office has sued mr zapiro for his depictions of lady liberty being given open by the president. The president now wants to change the constitution to extend the tenure of the chief justice (mara why) and we can’t seem to have tje presidency represented without breaking into song.

The problem in many African countries; take Nigeria is that despite having governments that can beat people to submission they lack legitimacy and with it the rule of law. So I wonder how much the seat will be put through before the same happens to us. Those in government are in court and on the papers for crimes on a daily basis, they have hand books which have allowed for the abuse of power, the rulings of the court have been fixed (take Zuma’s case where MR Mbheki was found guilty without being on trial) and the hostage drama taking place between South Africa and the youth league.

My question then is this; how long will it take for South Africans to start following the example set by offices of power in ignoring social contract, and the rule of law till the government lacks legitimacy. In some countries force is used to get some remnants of order. Will South Africa ‘s buying tool be social grants and singing at every point?

I think the office must first and fore most be respected by those. Who keep it in full recognition of their role to serve and not to rule.

Peace and love, miyela

off the cuff: i’m pissed

In south africa children pass a school year with 30%. They do not need to know even half their work to pass. Now there are plans to remove english grammar from the syllabus. I work with high school kids and trust that we need grammar because a lot of matrics can not read. Now the cherry on top of the mediocrity pie is that they are doing away with the portfolio system. learners had to keep a record of work and assignments done through grade 11 and 12. This record would be used to moderate the student given their final mark whatever it may be. So grades, grammar, portfolios are done away with until kids don’t even have to show up to class in order to pass.

Private schools seem to have make their requirements harder, they push student further and perform better each year. Most government members have their kids in private schools and not the public schools they run on behalf of the poor. The fees at private school are such that public school are the only option open not only to the poor but most middle class children are in the public school system. So why does our government make a system of mediocrity for the majority. They tell poor children that if something is hard; stop doing it. If the race is hard stop running and if english grammar is a challenge take it out. Yet children in private schools are trained to run faster and further, pushed harder, expected to do more, be better. Does this sound like class reproduction. When our kids are asked to sit out and their kids are pushed harder we must ask why.

Look I’ll say what we tell our students any one who tell you 30 is a pass and tells you not to work harder is simply throwing you out. They can’t handle you in school as there are too many kids coming behind you so you mist get out od high school. They however know that no university or collage takes people with 30% as a final symbol. No proper employer will take you without tertiary education and if they do your chances of growing are slim. You will like thousands, millions of young people end of on some pavement in the kasi at mid day during the week with nothing to do and no where to go.

So no making school easier is not the solution because it just dumps young people with no options. So to all matrics I say work harder, push and do not believe those who offer an easy way out. I wonder when cosas will finally do something about this bantu education system; when will we have a class action to stop the watering down of education.

Peace and love: .miyela

12 june 11

So today on redi’s show on the open line people calling in about how bad the current leadership is and who affirmative action and the anc have led us down the wrong path. Fines; yes or no take that as you will. But then white south africans started saying it was better under apartheid. They say in the past only 50c of every R5.00 was stolen (not sure of this number myself). The point they do not get though is that no matter how forgiving a people you can’t say to them it was better during oppressive, degrading, racist, dehumanising, rule where thousands of people”s children were killed and buried in shallow graves by men having braais, where black women were intentionally sterilised, black children denied the ability to love learning, our grand parents were boys and girls all their lives and little babies died in dimbaza. No matter how long it has been or far we come, when and how can that time be better? It’s like if germans said hitler’s rule was better cause the economy was up and germans had good lives (apart from the small issue of the genocide). White south africans need to learn they can’t say the past was better in public (even if they think so), are you so out of touch with reality?

And those people who ask how long we will refer to the past and its atrocities because we have had 17 years. What! Are you mad! Are you socially and emotionally inept? Why do you want to give a measure of time to how long something that largely still hurts people everyday should hurt for? Would we ask why we still search for nazis or why we have an international crimes court. I think things like the TRC made south africa sweep away the reality and now it has become a small thing in their minds. You can’t tell the people who were oppressed and dehumanised just 17 year ago (in reality this still goes on) to get over it because you are tired of them saying they are hurt.

I think we need a conversation about how to speak about the past because we seem to be socially awkward about it. Saying it was better is not ok. Saying it is over is not true and saying get over it is cruel and insensitive to people to live with gashing wounds they keep hidden as a price for having the peaceful freedom we have. I think having been so gracious about the past atrocities black south african (in an inclusive way of saying black) need to have their wounds respected, their humanity honoured for to think my wounds heal faster than any other group of the human race is to deny my humanity.

Peace and love; miyela