Thursday 31 May 2012

Dreams can become a reality

Caption: As the statement says, dreams can come true.

Way back when, we all had dreams and aspirations but as a child back then, I had many dreams as a result of an overactive imagination. I first wanted to be a bus driver because I thought it was pretty awesome, but I’m so glad I never followed that career choice (Whew!). Dreams can become a reality, if you put your mind to it and apply yourself.

At Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Open Day hosted from 17-19 May 2012, a blind pupil approached the Champions of Engineering stall, in where he was able touch and feel the racing vehicle, which brought Goosebumps too many observing this sight. His dream is to build a racing car or to be part of this project. His dreams could lead him to becoming the next greatest Mechanical Engineer in South Africa. It would be all lead to the decisions he makes in the future, which would affect the outcomes thereof.

Caption: A blind student feeling something that he has been dreaming and longing to build or be part of.
Source: Pictures taken by Niven Maree and Camera supplied by Junaid Samodien

Following your dreams and doing that which you truly love, as well as holding that passion, would help you attain these goals, dreams or aspirations. I have been there and I’m consistently reminding myself, that my dream is to be a Public Relations officer or manager at a Formula 1 team, many men have this dream but mine is to be the first South African Public Relations Manager for a Formula 1 team, but I feel with hard work and applying myself, I would be able to attain this dream soon enough.

Dreams are achievable, so start thinking positive, hold your head up high and you’ll see that in the not too distant future, this dream will be a reality!

Our greatest strengths are our greatest weaknesses.

Caption: Our strenghts, could be someones weaknesses.

In our day and age, we as human being have a number of strengths and weaknesses. But all our strengths are taken for granted and we then expect these weaknesses to be solved over night, which rearly happens.

We often take many things for granted, because in our view, life is perfect. Well these are our weaknesses. For example: when walking into a building, do we look at the building and designs or wonder whether the foundations are strong enough. When you open the tap, you expect there to be water. We expect everything to be perfect and to run smoothly but unfortunately life does not work like that. We live in our isolated shells and see the world in our own way.

Caption: Working together can do wonders.

If we work together in South Africa, we would not only have a wonderful country but a country in where everyone would be proud of and that everyone would love to participate in and help build the nation. Although, our lives are overshadowed by the things we do, as well as the work we do. If we do a little a bit to help our country, it would become a lot, and believe you me, we would one day reap the benefits thereof, which would be a weakness being overcome.

Tuesday 22 May 2012


Caption: Trafficking the is the worst thing that could ever happen!

Human Trafficking has been a consistent problem worldwide, although there are organisations that have been established to combat this illegal practice. This practice has been in existence for over 300 years. According to the United Nations Immigrations Department, approximately 2.5 million people have been trafficked in 2010/2011.

Trafficking of humans is the biggest problem in Belgium, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America and many other African countries.

The victims of this sad reality are subjected to physical or sexual violence during trafficking. Did you know: majority of trafficking victims are between the ages of 18 to 24 years of age?

The sad reality is that these abductions/human trafficking situations are strategically planned and there is no way that we would be able to solve it without the guidance of uncorrupted officials because these traffickers protect themselves by paying police.

Let’s try and start something today! As you read this post, 100 girls and boys are either about to be abducted or are being trafficked! So formulate a plan NOW! STOP TRAFFICKING TODAY!

Caption:Lets try and do something because working together can solve many problems.

Try a cliché

Caption: Keep on believing

You might have heard this cliché: Good things come to those who wait. I have heard this cliché a number of times and unfortunately, I’m still waiting. But I do believe, that with the correct form of practice and training, it would assist in bringing those sorts of aspects closer to you as an individual.

Working extremely hard and applying your mind can not only assist in creating and establishing all good things that could come your way. We as students are aware of all the challenges that we face, but with obtaining this information we need to prepare ourselves to face countless problems which would eventually become something that would become good or excellent.

Another cliché that I found which links to the already mentioned cliché actually explains it in detail “Good things come to those who work their assess off and never give up”, this might sound but or incorrect but with hard work we would be able to reach or attain any personal goals that we have put our minds on and this could be both positive and negative. For example: A underprivileged student has faced a life of uncertainty, but during his schooling career he actually achieved 100% passes from Grade 1 to Grade 12, when this boy left school he didn’t know what would happen to him and later that year he was contacted and is now the First Engineer to have worked on a Oil Rig. So this would illustrate that with applying your mind correctly, good things will happen! Its just the matter of when.

Friday 18 May 2012

Training wheels

Caption: Sometime or the other we have experienced this moment.

In the age that we are living in almost everything and everyone needs to b trained sometime or the other, from learning to take your first steps, to the awkward moment of trying to ride a bicycle. Children attend school for 13 years of their lives, these 13 years help mould them into future leaders and even the next president.

There are many programmes, courses and items you do in order to become a well groomed individual, after your 13 years of education, you could either find a job or continue studying.

Caption: In life we need the gentle push.

From personal experience when I was 5 years old, my teacher asked me what, would you like to be when you grow up, and I replied “Teacher: I would like to be a bus driver”. At this stage many people laughed not realising why I had said that. She later asked me and I said that my family does not have a car and therefore I would like to drive them around etc.

Sometime or the other we will get that gentle nudge without the training wheels and you’ll peddle and peddle. When peddling you would move towards the world you would like to have around you as well as the world you would love to live in, with the perfect career, life etc.

Feelings follow behaviour

Caption: It gets to the point in where you'd snapand you'll eat anything around you.

In order to truly try and understand, why feelings follow behaviour, I would take a look at the definition of feelings. According to Anon, “Feelings are the sensitive side of one’s nature”. There are many sensitive items that we as human beings hide within ourselves and with one statement or comment they will be released immediately which would alter our behaviour quite a bit.

Caption: Road rage is a huge form of feelings following behaviour.

According to Anon, “Behaviour is the manner of believing or the way of acting or the actions and ways on conducting oneself”. If an issue becomes widely spoken about, for example: Velvet Sky being liquidated. Many people booked tickets with this airline but on one day the entire company fell down and no airlines were able to fly. On May 11, 2012 an article was published on @SABCNewsOnline which stated that Velvet Sky is placed under provisional liquidation. Following this tweet there were approximately 10 responses stating that Velvet Sky still needs to refund clients.

We as human beings, are so easy to blame one another and when things don’t do our way, we take it out on the person or people who have absolutely nothing. If we feel that something is wrong we usually react to it without thinking and this could lead to drastic consequences.

I would suggest that you can start right now by altering your behaviour and think carefully about what the repercussions could be before your feelings and behaviour could get the better of you.

Thursday 10 May 2012

Stuck on an Island.

Caption: A few things that others are doing while stuck on an island.

As the title suggests being stuck on an island would not be an idle scenario, but in this post I would like to find out the following: If you were to take two items with you to an island what would it be? Keep in mind that you have shoes, socks, underwear and clothes. And NO, you can’t take a rubber duck boat or a boat or ship.

Caption: Remember after a few days you will miss everyone.

If you aren’t able to think of anything yet! I would suggest a rope, for making a raft and possibly a knife or blade to cut trees, but who knows you might want to take your laptop or blackberry, but keep in mind that you aren’t able to charge it because you can’t plug it into the sand its common sense.

Well, if I was stuck on an island I would take a knife and some rope that would assist in creating a raft that would help me get off that island.

What would you take with you?

Thursday 3 May 2012

Please call again!

Caption: The sign which you usually see when leaving a outlet.

A very catchy statement, that many outlets either have on the exits or on receipts, but I have always wondered why ‘Please Call Again’. Because I would never have ever called them and probably will never call them in the future.

When researching the topic, I actually found that it means please come again, but because I was at a very critical age I over analysed and found problems with everything I saw.

Caption: Should I really call again?

In South Africa, there are many people who are literate or can’t understand what certain things could mean. At the age, I was I ended up going up to the manager asking him whether or not that was a mistake but because I knew everything. I told him that he was wrong.

As stated why don’t they just rename it as ‘Please come again’ although to some this might sound weird, but I feel that it would be simpler and more easily understood but No they think it sounds cool and awesome and more professional but I don’t. I personally would never call again unless they give me airtime or force me to........

Wedding cake-in-the-middle-of-the road

Caption: The most amazing looking cake, which would soon be destroyed within the blogpost.

The thought of a Wedding cake being in the middle of a road or street isn’t a pleasant thought or sight. This Story is based on a fictional story. On December 23, 2012 Michael Smith, a very prominent businessman was about to get married to his dream wife and companion. Plans have run smoothly until now.

Smith and his fiancé have requested that Angel Cakes bake them a Wedding cake, according to their specifications. All is well and it seems as if everything is running smoothly. But what they didn’t know is that something out of the ordinary would happen.

The most amazing cake was been baked and consists or 5 layers of pure white and milk chocolate, decorated with Lindt chocolate. It was an amazing sight.

Caption: The biggest truck which Angel Cakes could find, which would later let them down.

On December 22, 2012 at 12:00 Angel Cakes were about to transport the cake. When they realized that this cake was too big to fit in their delivery truck and they would now have to hire a vehicle big enough. They then hired a much bigger truck. The huge cake was lifted and carried to the refrigerator and the cake needed to be transported to Lourensford Wine Estate by 14:00 on that day.

The delivery truck was locked and loaded and ready to depart from the Bakery, when the unthinkable happened. The lock on the back of the truck broke and the door unlocked itself.

The truck has now left the bakery with 20 minutes to the delivery point when the truck makes an emergency stop and the doors open. As the truck continues its journey, it drives up an extremely steep incline and the cake slowly moves towards the doors.

The cake falls into the road in front of cars swerving to avoid it but sadly a heavy duty truck collides with the cake and it is now destroyed. The truck reaches its delivery point in where the future bride and groom have come to see the cake, the driver and his colleagues look in amazement and say.................

What would the driver and his colleagues tell the future bride and groom, since there is absolutely no cake?