The government of the kingdom of Lesotho’s progress repellent backward and aloof cabinet ministers are actively working to deny Lesotho a Film industry.
The problem with having geriatrics and octogenarians in public office is that they’re so old they’re out of touch, We have to find a solution to this mammoth problem, without seeming ageist or ableist.
One thatll keep the elderly employed in departments where there pace won’t a problem so that the younger more agile can keep things running at tip-top shape. Finding this balance and knowing where & how to change the necessary policies is quintessential. What we most certainly don’t want is to send our senior citizens out of employment and into an elephant grave yard. Their bodies may not be able to move at the desired pace but some of the people have in them a wealth of institutional knowledge and years of history that needs to be documented.arrogant, complacent and greedy. Worst of all most of them aren’t qualified nor have studied for the positions they’re hired into. Most of these glorified asleep public servants are cadre deployees. Party loyalty is put over the good of the kingdom.
The other problem is Lesotho’s utterly useless Members of Parliament, very few MP’s are of any use. Most of them can’t even open an excel spreadsheet sheet.
Basotho have to revise the age at which it’s citizens can work in office. No more dinosaurs in office. The age limit for people in Office should be at maximum 55 ( even though I really want to say 50 ).
Lesotho’s Cabinet is to a large extent individuals with failed careers. So politics is the best way for them to redeem themselves before their epitaphs are inscribed, the public purse and shady side deals being the most efficient means to achieve this, essentially they’re incentivized by corruption to put it bluntly. Ministers shouldn’t have big houses and lofty cars. They’re mere public servants but because arrogance and greed and a people who’ll not fight back they get R500k interest free loans for reasons unbeknown, and the very poor Basotho who already have nothing have to foot that bill through inflation, taxation, pay as you earn et al. YET, the same ministers/MP’s were in a furor of disagreement when factory workers demanded a wage increase.
Basotho have to wake up and realize that politicians are a rogue cabal and a cancer to their fiscus. These people don’t care about Basotho, I don’t care which party is in power none of them care.
If politicians in Lesotho care about Lesotho they should all declare assets before entering office and when leaving.
The hiring and vetting process for these glorified recalcitrants needs to be more stringent. Basotho need to know who the fuck they are and what the fuck makes them so special that they think they should get to live off Basothos hard earned taxes and be chauffeured in cars none of them can afford while Basotho walk to work.
Find out how much money Cabinet Ministers spend on travel, with their posse of unnecessary staff coupled with a few groupies here and there, fancy hotels, booze bills and other nonesense. This is where 100’s of millions of money is spent on trips that bear no fruit and are often made out of budget, or take money away from far more essential issues on the national agenda.
Simply put Lesotho’s Cabinet and Parliament are to too a large extent sabotaging its own people. As it is Lesotho has run out of money, by this time Lesotho has dipped into its reserve, a year later and one can only imagine how deep in its reserves the government has dipped its fingers.
Youth in Lesotho: There are many problems in Lesotho in our historical epoch: among fundamental ones, is its host youth.
The youth in Lesotho ought to remain aware of the debt they have inherited from Mosisili’s morally corrupt, academically incompetent draconian government(s) that he has run for the past – almost 20 years.
Basotho youth have to rise up and call every government from here on forward to account. The youth must get off their behinds, turn off the pornography (on TV, from the soapies, the gram, facebook…) and galvanize to build a momentum around youth and national narratives that will give our various causes political capital and social currency. For far too long, we the youth of Lesotho have been spoken at and not spoken with; told what our issues and problems are, but we are never asked -or given space to say; we are marginalized and; openly trampled on. What is worse is that we have endured these assaults from corrupt and out of touch geriatrics.
If we as the youth do not claim back our space and take back our power, our issues will never be heard and we will always be misrepresented. We must begin by nurturing and constructing a culture of rigorous and open debate. We must create platforms where we can speak directly to power and challenge its bad decisions, especially those decisions and policies that the current and previous administration(s) will not suffer the consequences of in years to come. We have to design our own future in our likeness – without permission.
We have the power to hold this current government administration to account and demand accountability so they will know not to cross us as has been done in the past. This is our bazooka. Our Voice. We can revoke their pensions and empty their accounts. We are more powerful as one voice. For the sake of our children’s future, we must speak up, we must debate among ourselves, we must act…
We must not allow ourselves to be polluted with venomous politics which have no place in OUR future. Each of us can make a difference, let’s find solutions and design programs that speak to our issues and problems. We are entitled, by virtue of being Basotho, to question, participate in and interrogate the capital budgets and so forth. We must begin to exercise this power immediately. For example:the budgets for youth development programmes are lower than those of ministers’ luxury vehicles….. This cannot continue any longer – as an accepted norm.
You ask: who gave me the mandate to speak? As a Mosotho youth, I am one of this generation of the forgotten and unseen. I am you my fellow Basotho youth: my brothers and sisters. You are me too. We are One Nation, One Youth, One Voice! Let us together address our common problems, share our vision and build a Today and a Tomorrow we will be proud of. Let us hold THE POLICY MAKERS TO ORDER, MAKE THEM ACCOUNTABLE. LET US SPEAK AND SHOUT WITH ONE VOICE, IN UNISON!!!
Youth development programmes and their budgets must receive priority. Youth unemployment must receive priority, and so forth. Otherwise were are fucked. The history of Basotho must become an apex priority in our currently lousy syllabus and Eurocentric curriculum. Right now, we do not even know our own history, our culture, our language and do not even have a dress code excepting French and American blue jeans. We are too vulnerable: to abuse, new forms of slavery, misinformation and coercion. Yes. We are a faceless generation. But, we can change this.
When we speak of decolonization of Africa, we speak of West Africa setting itself free from assimilation (the psychological desire to be French), Southern Africa from integration (the psychological desire to be accepted by white) and Central Africa from subjugation (the psychological fear of white).
For me, such a process, the process towards decolonization, starts first and foremost, in the earliest stage of the development of an African child (Early Childhood Development), and not necessarily in university.
See, it is not really the tertiary education content that determines our bondage and freedom, it is the thread of colonialism (assimilation, integration and subjugation) that has been carefully woven, deep into our traditional, cultural or rather social values and principles – which whether we go to school/tertiary or not, we shall forever feed and suck on, starting from the minute we leave our mothers wombs and find comfort in their warm hands and chests.
Food for thought for the African child,
It costs SASSA R16.80 per beneficiary a month to CPS, it means CPS gets R16.80 multiply by 17 million beneficiaries = R285 600 000 per month, (two hundred and eighty five million six hundred thousand rands).Take the monthly figure and multiply that by 12 months = R3 427 200 000 per year, (three billion and four hundred and twenty seven million two hundred thousand rands). That’s a lot of money from a government department going to an American private company that doesn’t meet BEE requirements.
In simple terms: Black business doesn’t benefit from this tender at all. This must change. If government itself doesn’t implement its own black economic empowerment policies, then who will ?
ANCYL secretary general’s argument is that colonialism developed all the infrastructure we have today because it was their responsibility. The question then becomes responsibility to who? Because clearly it was not responsibility to the natives. It was responsibility to extractive and settler colonialism. The road infrastructure was responsibility to De Beers and Anglo American to extract and transport minerals (gold, diamonds, uranium – for USA nuclear power programme, etc) to the ports for export markets.
The Judiciary, Parliament and the Executive houses were responsibility to colonial masters to guarantee a legitimate (legitimacy in their own politics) and justifiable forced removals, land ownership, extraction of resources and the exploitation of native labour.
THE UCT RHODES MUST FALL STUDENT MOVEMENT
WHAT THIS MOVEMENT IS ABOUT
We are an independent collective of students, workers and staff who have come together to end institutionalised racism and patriarchy at UCT. This movement was sparked by Chumani Maxwele’s radical protest against the statue of Cecil John Rhodes on Monday 9 March 2015. We want to be clear that this movement is not just concerned with the removal of a statue. The statue has great symbolic power; it glorifies a mass-murderer who exploited black labour and stole land from indigenous people. Its presence erases black history and is an act of violence against black students, workers and staff – by “black” we refer to all people of colour. The statue was therefore the natural starting point of this movement. Its removal will not mark the end but the beginning of the long overdue process of decolonising this university. The issues this movement seeks to address are not unique to an elite institution such as UCT, but reflect the broader issues of a racist, patriarchal, capitalist society that has remained unchanged since the end of formal apartheid.
- Remove all statues and plaques on campus celebrating white supremacists.
- Rename buildings and roads from names commemorating only white people, to names of either black historical figures, or to names that contribute to this university taking seriously its African positionality.
- Replace artworks that exoticise the black experience (by white, predominantly male artists) which are presented often without context or criticality, with artworks produced by young, black artists.
- Recognise that the history of those who built our university – black slaves, and black working class people – has been erased through the institutional culture. This means paying more attention to these historical sites of violence, for instance the slave graves beneath the buildings in which we learn.
- Implement an Afro-centric curriculum. By this we mean treating African discourses as the point of departure – through addressing not only content, but languages of education and learning- only examining western traditions in so far as they are relevant to our own experience.
- Provide financial and research support to black academics and staff.
- Radically change the representation of black lecturers across faculties.
- Revise the limitations on access to senior positions for black academics. This includes interrogating the notion of “academic excellence” which is used to limit black academics and students from progressing within the university.
- Increase the representation of black academics on decision making bodies, ending the cycle of the suppression of black academics by the predominantly white men that presently sit on these bodies.
- Re-evaluate the standards by which research areas are decided – from areas that are lucrative and relevant to the west, to areas that are relevant to the lives of black people locally and on the continent.
- Introduce a curriculum and research scholarship linked to social justice and the experiences of black people.
- Adopt an admissions policy that explicitly uses race as a proxy for disadvantage, and which therefore prioritises black applicants. The NBT should not be a requirement for admission because it systematically disadvantages all students except those who attend Model C schools and private schools.
- Improve academic support programmes.
- Meaningfully interrogate why black students are most often at the brunt of academic exclusion.
- Develop an improved financial aid system.
- Improved facilities which deal with sexual assault, as well as facilities which help black students deal with the psychological trauma as a result of racism.
- End outsourcing – all workers must be directly employed by the university.
- End the victimisation and intimidation of workers.
- Implement support structures for workers similar to those offered to students for sexual assault and mental health, as well as access to services dealing with labour, family and housing issues.
- Provide workers with avenues through which to report and address experiences of racism, sexism and other forms of abuse. These avenues must assist in enforcing legal action against the perpetrator.
The Rhodes Must Fall Student Movement
Title quote from Daniel Jones from March 7th, 2014 Audiocult
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-David Foster Wallace
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