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I would like to take this opportunity and apologise to all my blog followers. I am at a moment engaged with my final preparations for my BA Honours degree examinations. This indicates that I will be on sabbatical until 30 January 2015, thus no posting and comments from me on this blog space. But you guys may still post your thoughts on my works.

However I promise to post all the works I am engaged with at the moment on this page once I am done.

wishing you all a merry X-mas and a wonderful 2015 in advance!!

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Ukraine removes military from Crimea, demands release of naval commander

Crimea people chose to be a sovereign state through a referendum. The USA must respect the word of the populace. Puttin must also support this new state with all he can

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By End the Lie

Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (Image credit: U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine/Flickr)

Ukraine announced that they would pull their military forces out of Crimea while demanding the release of a naval commander after he was captured by…

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Musical Tributes to Nelson “Madiba” Mandela ….

RIP #Nelson. May God’s love be with you. Halala Madiba halala!!!!!

It Is What It Is

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South Africananti-apartheid revolutionary as well as a politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative election.

His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation.

Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.

His Excellency
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
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Nelson Mandela on the eve of his 90th birthday in Johannesburg in May 2008
President of South Africa
In office
10 May 1994 – 14 June 1999
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Preceded by F. W. de…

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The shocking conspiracy to assassinate Robert Mugabe

An amazing finding by the paparazzis

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A featured video on the subject of assassinations:

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Why Is Ain’t Improper?

Dysfunctional Literacy

 

When I was a kid, nobody in my house said the word ain’t.  In a way, the word ain’t was worse than profanity.    I heard my parents say other inappropriate words like the F-word, and the Shhhhhhh-word and the word that rhymes with Mod-Gammit, but I never heard my parents say ain’t.

I think I said ain’t a couple times and was corrected, but I didn’t get my mouth washed out with soap for saying ain’t.  I got my mouth washed out for saying other words, so in that regard, ain’t wasn’t worse than profanity.  I just knew not to say it.

In elementary school, I had a friend who used to say, “Ain’t ain’t a word, so you ain’t s’posed to say it three times a day cuz it ain’t proper.”

The humor in that statement was that the word ain’t was…

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Breaking Down The World Cup Draw

This is going to be a very good or splendid footbal showcase if one may put it. This is all because of its nature of being an honour of the world’s gret footballing nation with out any argument. Brazil with five stars on thier jersey has proved well to its Eouropean conterparts that they are not a nation to be taken for granted. Shall we see the sixth star embroiled on thier jersey after the 2014 world cup?? This is a million dollar question all the fotball experts and analyst are to answer after this massive draw.

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By Matt Leon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It will not be easy for the Americans next year in Brazil.

The draw for the World Cup was Friday and the US was drawn into Group G along with Ghana, Portugal and Germany.

This is the seventh straight appearance in the World Cup for the Americans and their last three runs in the tournament have been ended by one of the teams in their group this year.

Back in 2002, the US got to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1930 before losing to Germany.

In 2006, Ghana knocked the US out with a win in their final group match and then in 2010 Ghana ousted the US in the Round of 16.

The Americans will open play in the 2014 World Cup on June 16 in Natal against Ghana.

KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Kerith Gabriel of philadelphiaunion.com about the US…

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Pope Prays for Syrian Nuns

Walker autopsy results coming

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The Los Angeles County coroner’s office expects to release some information from the autopsies of actor Paul Walker and financial manager Roger Rodas on Wednesday, the coroner’s office told CNN.

The autopsies were completed Tuesday, but investigators placed a “security hold” on the results. The coroner’s office did not give a reason for the secrecy.

The coroner has not publicly identified the two people killed in the crash, but the victims are widely known to be Walker and Rodas.

Four days after the crash that killed the two men, key questions remain unanswered.

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5 bishops ‘banned from officiating in N-Delta’ 

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FIVE Pentecostal bishops have been banned from officiating in any bishopric gathering in the Niger Delta. 
A terse statement, issued yesterday by Pentecostal Bishops in the Niger Delta and signed by the acting National Secretary of the organisation, Bishop David Benedict, said the unnamed bishops committed a sacrilegious act when,  in company of seven other clerics from the region, indulged in  alleged disgraceful act “without minding their highly exalted position in Christendom”.
While commending the National President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, and the South-south Chairman, Arch-Bishop God-dowell Avwormakpa, for suspending the bishops, lauded the CAN President for his effort  to religious body in the country. 
The group  called for peace between Governor Chibuike Amaechi and President Goodluck Jonathan. 
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Social media and the effect it may put on SA’s 2014 general elections : An analysis by ISS Pretoria

Will social media influence election campaigning in South Africa?

26 November 2013

A big change in political campaigning since South Africa’s last national elections has been the rise in social media. But how has this new dynamic manifested in South Africa, and to what extent is it a factor in political campaigning? The use of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube has emerged as an important electoral campaigning tool in recent years. Understanding the electoral power of social media could prove very rewarding for political parties, particularly in the lead-up to the 2014 national elections.

The potential impact of social media campaigning first became evident in the 2008 United States (US) presidential election. President Barack Obama’s campaign included the use of sites such as Facebook, MySpace and YouTube, along with other social media such as podcasting and mobile messaging.

The election, dubbed by some the ‘Facebook election’, saw nearly 70% of the vote among Americans aged 25 years and younger going to Obama. The number of his Facebook and Twitter followers increased on a daily basis, and the sites allowed users to publish activities and send postings to one another. By 2011, Obama’s Twitter account – @BarackObama, which he used to promote legislation and support for his policies – was the third Twitter account in the world to have at least 10 million followers.

In Africa, a recent example of the use of social media in an election campaign was during the 2013 general elections in Kenya. Social media became one of the key tools used by most of the presidential candidates to engage with young voters. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s use of social media and digital communication played an instrumental role in his election campaign.

Kenyatta’s Facebook page received close to 500 000 ‘likes’ or followers in the run-up to the elections, making it one of the most ‘liked’ pages in Kenya. In a research study conducted by Portland Communications, Kenya has been identified as Africa’s second most active country on Twitter, following South Africa. Kenya has over 14 million Internet users, many of whom make use of social media sites.

In South Africa an estimated 88% of young people (15–34 years old) live in a dwelling that has access to a landline, cellular telephone or the Internet, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The results of a research study in 2012 that was commissioned by infoDev, a global partnership programme within the World Bank Group, about the use of mobile phones in South Africa, found that more than 75% of South Africans (15 years and older) reportedly owned a cell phone.

A 2012 UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) study titled the ‘South African mobile generation’ found that the country’s residents were among ‘the highest users of mobile technology and mobile social networking on the continent’. This means that young South Africans are now making use of social media to express their views on the country’s democratic processes.

A student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, during a presentation on the 2011 Reconciliation Barometer survey results, made the following comment: ‘Most of us … grew up in a digital age. Our socialisation and media, especially media, is the part that actually informs us most … Now, as it relates to political affiliations … [we] say what’s this trend about voting and regurgitating my vote for the same party, whereas there’s a new trend now … As young people we are not fully informed, we don’t read a lot, we Google and we Facebook a lot and watch TV…’.

In a bid to increase the number of first-time voters (those aged 18 and above) and registered voters aged under 35, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has embarked on a campaign to encourage the youth to register for South Africa’s 2014 national elections. As part of this registration drive the IEC is also turning to social media. According to the IEC’s Chief Electoral Officer, Mosotho Moepya, ‘We have also made an effort to put in place capacity on our social media platforms, namely Facebook, Twitter and Mxit, to deal with queries from our technology-savvy youth in a medium that they are familiar with.’

This strategy appears to be bearing fruit, as the IEC’s Facebook page received over 60 000 ‘likes’ or followers ahead of the voter registration drive, with at least 10 000 followers ‘talking about this’ or actively engaging on the IEC’s Facebook page.

Following the IEC’s voter registration campaign, 2,5 million South Africans registered to vote on the weekend of 9–10 November. Just over 1 million of these were registering for the first time and, encouragingly, 881 011 (80%) of new registrations came from young people aged 18–29. Registration levels among those aged 20–29 also increased from 49,1% to 54,5%.

New political parties such as the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), led by controversial former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, have seemingly caught on to the power of social media in their electoral campaigning. The EFF’s Facebook page has received more ‘likes’ or followers than that of any other South African political party. As of 13 November the EFF had approximately 56 396 ‘likes’, followed by the ANC with 54 315, the Democratic Alliance (DA) with 41 812 and AgangSA with 28 491.

Interestingly, the picture on Twitter is very different, with the older, more established parties attracting the most followers. The ANC twitter handle @MyANC_ has 81 368 followers, followed by the DA (@DA_News) with 44 602, AgangSA (@AgangSA) with 36 719 and the EFF (@EconFreedomZA) trailing behind with 28 198. In South Africa, however, Facebook is still ranked as the most popular social networking tool with 3,2 million users, compared with Twitter at 1,1 million users, as found in a global online survey conducted by Google in 2011.

With social media and digital communication increasingly being used as tools for marketing and market research, it makes sense to use them for election campaigns. Of course, the extent to which this proves effective in attracting young voters to political parties will only be known after the country’s national elections next year. Be that as it may, South Africa’s political parties still have more to gain than lose in entering the social media sphere in the run-up to the elections.

Lauren Tracey, Researcher, Governance, Crime and Justice Division, ISS Pretoria