Monday, February 29, 2016
THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF THIRUVALLUVAR - ONE OF INDIA'S GREATEST POETS-SAINTS CELEBRATED IN VERULAM.
"To use bitter words, when kind words are at hand, Is like picking unripe fruit when the ripe fruit is there." "To get wealth and security by guile Is like one who pours water into a pot of unbaked clay." (VERULAM SIVAN SABAY OFFICIALS WHO HOSTED THE THIRUVALLUVAR CELEBRATION)
Saturday, February 27, 2016
South Africans have made vociferous calls for President Jacob Zuma of South Africa to step down from office following a report that he was not fully aware of the more than 200-million upgrades at his rural homestead of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal. Zuma, who has been embroiled in allegations of corruption ever since he ousted former President Thabo Mbeki as leader of the ruling ANC and as president of the country in 2008, is once again in the middle of another corruption scandal. Despite a report by security cluster Ministers that he was not fully aware of the millions of rand upgrades at his rural Nkandla homestead – South Africans say Zuma was a liability and that he should vacate his office immediately. They say that there’s no way that Zuma would not have been aware that the upgrades had taken place at the cost of taxpapers’ money. The report by the security cluster ministers preceded a report by the Public Protector – Thuli Madonsela – that will be released in a few weeks time in the New Year. Subry Govender reports:
Friday, February 26, 2016
ZUMA and CHAOS IN PARLIAMENT INTRO: South Africa's national parliament is to appoint a special committee to investigate action against members of the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) for causing chaos and the disruption of parliament on Thursday. The leader of the EFF - Julius Malema - and his fellow members caused chaos when they shouted and called on President Jacob Zuma to pay back millions that were spent on upgrading his Nkandla rural home. The parliamentary action follows widespread condemnation of the chaos and the failure of Zuma to fully indicate whether he will pay back millions that were not part of security upgrades at his Nkandla homestead. Subry Govender filed this report...................... .
Student Protests INTRO: Student protests in South Africa are taking on a volatile and highly violent tone. This follows clashes between black and white students at the universities of Pretoria and Free State this week. The latest violent student protests come in the wake of violent student demands for fees to be abolished late last year and at the start of the new term this year at a number of universities around the country. The North-West University has been shut down indefinitely due to the violent protests. Subry Govender reports........ .
Saturday, February 20, 2016
FILTH, RUBBISH, WASTE AND TRASH ENGULFS EASTBURY DRIVE IN PHOENIX
Friday, February 19, 2016
ANGAMMA (CHAPANY) WAS PART OF A LARGE FAMILY OF FIRST GENERATION DESCENDANTS OF INDENTURED LABOURERS
A GOUNDER FAMILY'S LINKS TO DAMAL VILLAGE IN TAMIL NADU, INDIA (MR MUNIEN GOVENDER WITH HIS WIFE, KANIAMMA, AND THREE OF HIS DAUGHTERS. THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN IN CATO MANOR IN THE EARLY 1960S)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
(Mr Isaac Munsamy Govender, 94, with family members at the gathering. On the extreme right is Mrs Panjalay Naidoo, 80, the eldest grand-child of the Muniamma extended family.) Representatives of the different branches of the extended family also paid tribute to their elders and called for more gatherings to promote unity and pride in their greater family. One of the descendants of the extended family, Mr Subry Govender, who is a veteran journalist, has documented the arrival and early lives of his ancestors and plans to publish the family history book soon He told the family gathering, held at the Japanese Gardens in Durban North, that it was vitally important for every family member to know their roots. "We have a very rich history and it's vitally important that all of us know where we come from," he told his family members. "Our future generations must not only be proud of being South Africans, but they must also know their roots. We must be proud of our cultures, traditions and languages in our new, non-racial and democratic South Africa. "We must cherish the memories of our forefathers and mothers."