Thursday, 12 July 2012
“Rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read”, said Frank Zappa.
Frank Zappa used this quotation during an interview with the Rolling Stone magazine. What does this quotation mean to me? Well my interpretation of this quote is that rock journalism is a very complex form of journalism, meaning that there is no set structure, which one should abide by, but keeping in mind that rock is a culture on its own, and journalists should encapsulate the essence of rock within their pieces or articles.
Rock journalism allows one to express their opinions openly. This form of journalism would however, have an influence on culture, fashion and social attitudes of the followers. A specific writing style would most likely not be required, and anyone would be able to write about rock as well as interviewing someone but this form of journalism doesn’t have a specific audience. Therefore, it would be wide reaching form of journalism.
Basically, rock journalism in my opinion is a way in which people could express themselves, as they are passionate about rock or the rock industry. What is your perception thereof?
Thursday, 5 July 2012
The world we live in is extremely perfect, don’t you think? Think about it carefully! How would “Earth” look if it was square or if a bird had no beak. I have always wondered how things would look, with a certain defining element missing. For example, how would a car turn without a steering wheel?
I have noted that everything has been created by GOD and that the developments have come from his decree, but don’t you think that we are living on a masterpiece with everything being perfect despite the living conditions we have.
The natural habitats we have in South Africa, our Big Five (animals) etc. they are all god’s gift to us and yet we do not look after them. Perfect as they may seems our own living beings are killing these precious animals. According to Stop Rhino Poaching, “Since the start of the poaching epidemic in 2008 South Africa has lost well over 1200 rhinos- a figure that increases almost daily needs to be stopped.” We need to solve this problem as soon as possible because if don’t our children or children’s children will never get to see these precious animals and they would rather hear about them in books or stories.
It’s a sad reality, but we still have the power to stop it today! Do your bit to ensure that we look after what GOD had bestowed for us.
We all have approximately 200 achievements, if not more, which could be discussed; however I would like to list my achievements through life thus far:
1. Being born into a world full of challenges.
2. Learning how to walk and speak.
3. Being raised up to care for those around me.
4. Going to Pre-school and becoming the top student.
5. Reading my first books (if I recall they were named “Kathy and Mark”).
6. Moved up to Primary School, which was fantastic.
7. Became the Captain of the Primary School’s Cricket team.
8. Winning our first inter schools cricket competition.
9. At the Age of 14, my passion for cars developed.
10. At this stage, I was fixated on anything related to cars and speed.
11. I met Sarel van der Merwe, one of South Africa’s top racing drivers.
12. Meeting friends with the same passion.
13. Learning to ride a bicycle.
14. Learning how to build people’s confidence (Sports wise).
15. Excelling at Primary School, in where I was the third student to achieve the Silver Merit award.
16. Using rollerblades for the first time which left me with a number of injuries.
17. Learning how to swim.
18. Going for the first flight in an aircraft.
19. Learning how to drive a go-kart (Which was a nightmare).
20. Moving to High School and making new friends.
21. Receiving a tough load of work on my first day, which assisted in building my time management skills.
22. Becoming confident enough to participate in classes.
23. Overcoming stressful situations.
24. In Grade 9, I was offered an opportunity to participate in a small business development project called Junior Achievement; we started a small business under their supervision, in where we made profit of R1000.
25. Becoming a Sales Manager for the Junior Achievements programme.
26. Learning how to write and structure work correctly.
27. Breaking my shoulder during a rugby match and having my first operation.
28. Learning how to take photographs.
29. Attending The Paragon Generation, were I was taught a number of skills.
30. Becoming creative and building cars out of cereal boxes.
31. Learning how to build cars, buying model cars and building them.
32. Learning how to speak Xhosa, but reflecting on it now, it would be impossible as I remember nothing.
33. Travelling around the world.
34. Learning about other cultures.
35. Travelling by myself, which was a nightmare (long story).
36. Becoming part of my High Schools Hiking group, in where we hiked up Table Mountain.
37. Having my first experience in the Cable Car.
38. Joining the Squash Club at the High School.
39. Completing High School and obtaining my senior certificate.
40. Getting my first job at a Pizza shop in Grassy Park, in where I worked my way up the ranks.
41. Became a manager at the Pizzeria and Video Shop.
42. I met a number of people, and this was where I met a racing driver which further built my passion for motorsport.
43. While working I enrolled in an Islamic Course, in where I got to learn a bit more about my religion.
44. Buying my first cellphone (With my own money).
45. Participating in the Two Oceans Marathon and completing it in 5 hours at my first attempt.
46. Following this, I then participated in my first Cycle Tour, in where I tore my quadriceps.
47. Buying my first subscription of Speed and Sound Magazine.
48. Deciding on what I want in life, I followed my instinct and I completed a short course in Management Practice at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2008.
49. I began writing my first article which was published.
50. Getting my driver’s license in South Africa.
51. Finding out about careers and possible courses that I would like to study.
52. Which steered me into the direction of Public Relations Management that was being offered at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
53. Building key relationships with stakeholders within the Motorsport fraternity.
54. Becoming independent and buying my own computer.
55. Buying my own Blackberry.
56. Passing my Public Relations National Diploma (soon to complete my BTech).
57. Becoming the Project Manager of the Champions of Engineering project.
58. Meeting new friends and colleagues within the industry of my choice.
59. Becoming more involved in the motorsport fraternity.
60. Building my name as a Photographer/Public Relations Manager.
The remaining 140 achievements, I would leave for the other half of my life!
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Caption: Motivation can ensure that you succeed in life.
According to Anon, A need is something, “to be in want of”. Needs that indeed became motivators to people are: wages or salaries but also that of self-development, self-actualisation or sense of achievement. I am motivated when needs being satisfied.
There are various other motivators, but I’m motivated by anything related to cars, motorsport, working on or with cars, because I believe that if you don’t have a passion for something then the outcome would be negatively influenced or impacted quality wise. I also believe that trying to make something out of nothing could possibly become another personal motivator to me, as I’m driven by my passion to create perfection.
My suggestion to you the reader is to find the elements of that which actually motivates YOU! This would be vital as you would then be able to tailor any message or complete any task according to that which motivates you to achieve in life. You have read about what motivates. What motivates you or ensures that you achieve excellence?
Caption: As the image states, your reputation is truly your worth so look after it!
According to Anon, Reputation is, “what people think and say the character of a person or thing is; character in the opinion of others; name; repute.” When one has a reputation it would mean a lot to them, it would be as if they have achieved something.
Your reputation could be showed to anyone to prove you’re ‘WORTH’. According to Stan, ‘A good reputation would act as a great confidence booster, and it could be used to show friends what you actually do.
Your reputation is based on the image that society has about a person and thus the image is so important that it could assist an individual to receive an excellent job opportunity or at least they would become more reliable and trusted in order to carry out certain jobs or business functions etc.
I certainly believe that you should value your reputation, as it could make or break you. Whether or not, you are living a perfect life or are building a life for yourself. One suggestion that I have for you is to manage the way people see you online. Try and act professionally because believe it or not your future employees would look at your social media activities, capabilities and what you actually do. They would also look at your pictures and uploads etc. Therefore, act responsibly and regulate anything you then upload on these pages (online). Good luck!!!!!
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Caption: Are you truly not addicted to being online?
Below you would find 10 of the most unexpected consequences of being online:
1. Making friends with total strangers.
2. Having the ability to get information at the click of a button, whether it is
useful or not.
3. Downloading viruses that could damage your computer or even make it crash.
4. Susceptible to being hacked.
5. When offline, you would not be contactable.
6. Being stalked or stalking others.
7. Meeting old acquaintances and colleagues that you would necessarily want to be in contact with.
8. The level of production in businesses dropping due to employees being able to access online content.
9. Constantly receiving SPAM after clicking on a webpage, as if you signed up for something.
10. The worst of all being addicted to being online. Twitter and Facebook is very addictive, as you would constantly want to be ONLINE to check what others are doing etc.
Caption: The rain symbolises the problems we as South Africans are facingon a regular basis.
This is a phrase that you’d often hear in and around Cape Town. According to Phrases.org, the meaning of the phrase is: “When troubles come, they come together”. For example, in our daily lives with constant prices increases such as: Electricity, Train fares, Water, and Petrol increases, our lives are basically surrounded by payments. These increases would then lead to higher prices, and many South Africans earn just enough to put food on their tables, but at the rate of these increases are hitting consumers. We would soon not be able afford anything. It’s a scary thought but it could happen, if not controlled or stopped in its tracks.
Poverty is starring us in the face, and we need to act swiftly but without help from our government as well, we might not be able to solve it. Many Non-Governmental Organisations in South Africa are trying to alleviate this problem, by helping where they can. Namely: Gift of the Givers, who are constantly assisting those misfortunate folk, in South Africa and abroad. This would help with the growth rate of our nation and change its conditions into positive ones, so that any and every South African can feel proud to be part of this great nation.
What do you suggest we do to solve these problems?
Information obtained from: www.phrases.org/uk/meanings/205100.html
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Caption: The planet that we call home!
We live on the 3rd rock from the sun named Earth, which as the Mayans have predicated will kill every living being. The 2012 phenomenon discussed on a variety of platforms, cataclysmic or transformative events which will occur on 21 December 2012. Which means this would be the last day of life on earth, a really scary thought for many. Well for me it’s depressing because my birthday is on the 22nd of December, really sad!
Caption: A sad but true reality!
Some scholars suggest that the 2012 date would mark the end of the world or a similar catastrophe and scenarios suggested that the end of the world would include the arrival of the next solar maximum, or Earths collision with an object such as a black hole, or possibly an asteroid, as seen in a movie ‘Armageddon’.
Many scholars from various disciplines have dismissed the ideas of such cataclysmic events occurring in 2012. But a variety of scholars believe that this would not take place, but I’d say let’s wait and see! What is your opinion on this matter?
Caption: These gorgeous animals need protection.
As South Africans, we usually are subjected to weird views that tourists have of our country. For example, when we are asked about living with lions and elephants in our backyards or rooms, as well as Lions as our pets just for fun we reply ‘Yes’. I know for a fact that I am extremely guilty of this, as I love a bit of fun but, I have always wondered where they got this notion from, and I’m not surprised. I actually added to the perception of animals running around our neighbourhoods.
Being subjected to conversations with tourists, we regularly entertain this chit chat, but I believe that we should rather tell the truth and explain it as it is. Many tourists are concerned about poaching in South Africa, because these precious animals are being killed senselessly. This then brings me to a question that I received from a tourist, in where they asked me, ‘About the dehorning of elephants in South Africa’ and me trying to be funny about it, I replied Yes, South Africa does indeed has a problem with poaching, but most of it is solved by Elephants, Lions, Rhino’s and other wildlife living with us in our own backyards.
A few of my colleagues were really interested in South Africa, and made the journey to South Africa, in where they attend the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They were astonished by the fact that there isn’t any wildlife roaming the streets. Apart from their experiences, my elephant stories continue to roam around, in my room and my over active mind, for the next victim.
Caption: Save these animals, because in the not to distant future they might not be here anymore.
Let’s get together and save our wildlife, our Rhino and Elephants are being poached and killed, and yet we say, ‘Our Government will do something!’ If we, do not work together no-one will. Start today, make a change and save your wildlife!
Friday, 8 June 2012
Caption: We all have the passion to achieve excellence, and enjoy the read.
As the title suggests, doing that which you are passionate about, could really improve not only the way you perceive things but the way you look at others and the world around you. I found my passion years ago, which is motorsport together with anything related to cars. You might think, typical guy. Well, we all love certain things or we have different tastes, we are all different, with different opinions, thoughts, interpretations and understandings.
If you haven’t found your passion as yet, then I’d advise you to sit down or take some time out of your busy schedule and write down a few ideas, as to where you see yourself in the next few years.
Caption: Choosing your destiny could be hard, but choose wisely.
Think about your future, do you enjoy engaging with people or would you like to sit behind a computer for 7 hours of your working day, I surely enjoy working with people (engaging them), as well as working via a computer. But find your passion or you’ll most definitely be sorry in the come years.
A simple exercise that you could do, use an A4 Sheet of paper fold it in half or draw a line dividing the page in half. On the first section write the following word on the left hand side of the page (Strengths), followed by this on the opposite write (Weaknesses). The next step would be, being honest with yourself.
You should then write, the elements that you personally feel are your weaknesses or strengths and from that you’d be able to decipher exactly, where your passion lies.
If you are able to find your passion, then you’ll definitely reach and attain your desired goals in the not to distant future.
Caption: Try to make every day, a good day!
If every day is not a good day, there could either be problems or reasons as to why they aren’t good. I personally wish that I could live in an era, where any and every day would be wonderful, don’t you think! Reflect on this, in relation to communication and the overall life fulfilment of both adults and children.
In those days, our lives will be much better, in that we would be closely linked and willing to assist others. For example, if a needy person knocks at your door and asks you for something to eat, our quickest responses are ‘Sorry Not Today’.
Caption: A very little can go, very far!
If we help, where help is needed the future would be great. We would not only help mankind progress but we’d help build a nation. We all live in the comfort of 4 or more walls but others out there do not have this comfort, they live on our streets. When they do approach us for help we shrug them off and in the back of our mind we think, find a job you a nuisance person. I’m very guilty of this and I do admit, I have done this in the past but I no longer will follow this practice. If I can help, in any way I definitely would.
Do you part and make the homeless feel as if every day is a good day. Try this out and tell me what you think?
Thursday, 31 May 2012
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!
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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........
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.
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?