Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tick Tock...

A sense of urgency is eating away at my stomach and lumping in my throat.  I’m staring out the window at the town, but I feel as if I am drowning in a river of blood.  Even the hot ‘berg wind blowing down from the mountains sounds sad and forlorn… 

Spring is here, my favorite time of year – a time of lambs and buds…  new growth in the forests… I should feel happy.
But my heart is full of dread…  little lambs being born to be butchered, forests being felled.

Speaking of forests being felled… I moved back to SA end of 2013, having spent the last ten years in southern Mozambique.  The logs leaving Maputo weekly defy belief… so huge you couldn't put your arms around them…  off to China - the ships loaded down, headed for the motherland, carrying African resources and Africa's future with them.  

It’s my greatest dread that China takes over the world – it gives me nightmares – I had a terrible nightmare once that my beloved dogs were on a spit for sale in a Chinese butchery.  Let me say here and now there are many, many beautiful and wonderful Chinese animal activists.  It’s the spirit/energy of China that I have a problem with.  It feels like some big steel machine trampling over Earth, crushing all the little wildflowers underfoot, devouring everything, all the resources, until we’re left with a desert, burnt-out, used-up, tossed aside - a wasteland of shifting sands, and mocking echoes of rainfall.

I can’t remember who told me of a prophecy that South Africa would be the last refuge when the yellowmen took over the world.  Maybe I wistfully dreamt it up to comfort myself in the dark hours. I pray for it to be true every night.  Wishing it with all my heart.  That there is a place that they cannot swallow up.

I never ever hear a political party, especially in Africa, standing up to China.  I guess because China supported the liberation wars?  (I don’t pretend to understand or judge the complexities of our African past).  I just know that China is swallowing up Africa, and our beloved animals are dying out. 

So – I seriously ADORE, with all my heart and soul, Prince Buthelezi for having the courage to stand up for the right of the Dalai Lama to visit South Africa – see below.

Once again the Inkatha Freedom Party have impressed me with their courage and honesty….   I LOVE them!!!!!  Please world, pretty, prettiest please Universe, can IFP rule KwaZulu Natal again so I can lie down at night in peace, and actually get some sleep.  Their emblem is the elephant – the gardener of the forest…  enabling the forest to thrive...  we need people in power with common-sense and that speak the truth if we're to have any hope for the future.  

Sometimes I can't eat when I think of all the starving animals I am confronted with, scrolling down my Facebook animal advocacy groups. I don't know how, I just really don't know how, President Zuma goes to bed at night in his grand castle, whilst his people starve around him... the kids sniffing glue on the street corner not far from here.  He could have fed half the country with that palace of his.  Surely a leader should be someone that lets everyone else eat first, and then goes last to the table to dish up?

I believe in miracles. I believe if you pray or wish, whatever you want to call it, and call on a higher wiser Power that created this Universe that Mankind is so wilfully and stupidly destroying.. I believe that Spirit hears you... whatever we place our energy/focus on grows in strength...

So I am going to focus everyday on the Elephant governing KZN... that everybody returns home to the herd.... that we may live in a safe, thriving province, where people and nature and animals are held as sacred and honored, where everybody has enough to eat, and I can walk my child to the corner park with no fear.  That will only ever happen if we elect leaders with integrity.  Please, please world - THINK of how we live on Earth (which spells heart), REALISE we can change it by standing together and using our voices as a majority intent on living together in fairness, and honesty.  ACT by placing the right people in the right places to change what is so dreadfully wrong and broken in our society.    

Viva IFP! 

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IFP: DALAI LAMA VISA DEBACLE EXPOSES WEAK LEADERSHIP - 16 September 2014

During a visit to Mthonjaneni on Sunday, IFP President Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP berated Government for bowing to pressure from China in its unethical and unconstitutional approach to the Dalai Lama.

"They are barring a Nobel Peace Laureate from entering our country. Imagine a democratic country did this to Madiba or to Inkosi Luthuli? We would be outraged," said Prince Buthelezi.

However this is but one in a litany of examples of the ruling party compromising what is good, right and lawful to please its alliance partners, its funders and those to whom it owes political favours.

"We saw Government's policy of GEAR fall by the wayside when COSATU rejected it, and the NDP may well face the same fate," said Prince Buthelezi. "In the case of the Dalai Lama, the SACP made its mandate clear that Government must never allow this man with his 'perverted political agenda' into our country."

Prince Buthelezi was referring to a statement issued by the SACP last week claiming that the Dalai Lama sought secession for Tibet. It refused to be part of 'an agenda aimed at undermining the sovereignty and national unity of China', because, during the liberation struggle, China 'refused to recognise the apartheid agenda to balkanise our country'.

"This viewpoint is riddled with contradictions and ignorance," said Prince Buthelezi. "They fail to appreciate that by telling our Government to bow to China on this issue they are in fact supporting an agenda that undermines the sovereignty and national unity of South Africa."

"Tibet is not seeking secession," he said. "During the World Parliamentarians' Convention on Tibet, in Rome in 2009, the Dalai Lama made it clear that his Government-in-exile is no longer seeking the independence of Tibet, but merely a form of regionalized local autonomy."

More recently, Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, Cabinet Member in the Central Tibetan Administration, visited South Africa and explained the Tibetan struggle in these words, "Fundamentally, it is about a people's fight for its right to exist with its own distinct cultural identity and language within the provisions of the Chinese constitution.  This includes the right to practice their religion openly and without hindrance from the State as permitted in all free countries.  We are not seeking to secede from China."

"China may have refused to recognise apartheid's agenda of balkanisation, but as Chief Minister of KwaZulu I entirely derailed that agenda by refusing to accept nominal independence for KwaZulu. So shouldn't the SACP be urging Government to listen to Mangosuthu Buthelezi? Their politics is often poorly thought-out, yet it influences Government's agenda profoundly. This is a big problem," said Prince Buthelezi, "Government needs to show greater leadership."

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Lion Bone Trade

Too many nights I go to sleep with wet cheeks…

Too many midnight hours spent lying awake, wondering how to open people’s hearts to the screams of the animals…

Too many dips down into the hell of feeling it’s a war that we cannot win…

But every now and again the angels send a little light…

Thankyou AGAIN Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)…

PLEASE keep up the pressure on the gov. until canned hunting and export of all lion parts is banned!!


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INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO.5 OF 2014

DATE OF PUBLICATION   18 JULY 2014

Mr N Singh (IFP) to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs:

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1734 on 23 August 2011, confirming numerous exports of lion parts to a certain person (name furnished) in Lao People’s Democratic Republic, she will now consider banning all (a) further exports of lion bones, skeletons and carcasses and (b) other wildlife exports to the specified person, given that a substantial monetary reward has been issued by the State Department of the United States of America for information leading to the dismantling of a certain organisation (name
furnished) of which he is the leader; if not, why not; if so, what steps will she take?

547.  THE MINISTER OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS REPLIES:

Reply received: August 2014

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION NO.547NW629E

(a)    and (b) Yes. Sections 88(2)(e), 92A and 93 of the National Environmental
Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No 10 of 2004) (NEMBA), as amended, provides for the issuing authority to defer a decision to issue a permit; refuse a permit; and to cancel a permit, in certain circumstances. The relevant MECs, who are the issuing authorities for the issuance of export permits to private individuals, including the specified person, in terms of Section 87A of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004) (NEMBA), will be instructed to implement these provisions. Furthermore, I will, in terms of Section 59(d) of NEMBA, instruct the MECs that permits should be refused where the specified person is involved as well as any other person involved in illegal wildlife related activities.

Issued by IFP Research, Parliament


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Thursday, 4 September 2014

DEBATE ON RHINO POACHING AND ITS IMPACT ON OUR HERITAGE


Oh I must say it again - Viva IFP (Inkatha Freedom Party)!!  Once more they have come out very strongly for our beloved wildlife.
Firstly they added the strongest possible support to the Global March for Lions in March earlier this year.  Then in July Hon. Mr Singh, MP and Chief Whip, delivered an awesome Speech (below) on Environmental Affairs speaking out against trade in lion bones and rhino horn.
And this week they again re-iterated their anti-trade stance.
“Is this the kind of heritage we want to leave our children?”  asks Hon. SJ Nkomo, MP in a debate (speech below) earlier this week. 
At a time when Africa’s resources are being looted, poached, felled, “traded” to China, … and our own government speaking silkily traitorous words of trade, and STILL pandering to the killing machine of trophy hunting…   there is something so encouraging at hearing a political party speaking in moral terms. 
I want to urge all of you, including those sitting far away from home overseas, to visit their website…http://www.ifp.org.za.  We so badly, urgently need a change in the seats of power… a Party with Soul!  Otherwise what hope is there?  This could be such a cool country with the right people in the right places.  Just IMAGINE if it were governed properly!!  We all need to play our part in this co-creation….  Stand up and use your voice – MAKE IT COUNT!!  

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Honourable Chairperson,

At the outset let me thank the Chief Whip of the Majority Party for tabling this motion for debate. Make no mistake. We are at War. Our Rhino population is being slaughtered at rate that will see it all but wiped out within the next five to seven years.

Since the start of this poaching epidemic in 2008, South Africa has lost over
2600 rhinos, with 716 being killed this year alone, which figure, I might add, excludes 'pseudo' hunts, - and by 'pseudo hunts I mean hunts authorized allowed by crumbling, corrupt and inept conservation services.

It is reported that our Conservation services in the North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga are currently beyond repair.

There is still no central database or system which nationally tracks and co-ordinates our anti-poaching efforts. Our rhino are dying because of ineffective systems, a lack of the required political will, alleged complicity in poaching by security and policing services, lack of information sharing between our enforcement agencies and judicial sanction that is not yet swift or severe enough.

International co-operation, remains vague and embarrassing. It seems that the required political will is missing with our government paying mere lip service to same. We would encourage greater action and International cooperation - and less speak.

Government's focus must also be on the rangers, the anti-poaching units and security services - they our frontline that stands between the poachers and our rhino; these units must be adequately staffed and equipped.

Honourable Speaker, the protection of our Rhino from poaching places a solemn and binding obligation on us all, and in particular, the government of this country, to do everything it possibly can to prevent this wholesale slaughter.
Any calls, efforts or regulation which seeks to subvert such obligation must be opposed.

In closing, let me re-iterate that Rhino Horn has no medicinal value whatsoever!
By legitimizing its trade, we legitimize this fraud!

Is this the kind of heritage we want to leave our children?

I thank you.

Hon SJ Nkomo, MP

02 September 2014                                                                                                                                               ...”


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CONTRIBUTION BY
MR NAREND SINGH MP
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY

17 July 2014

Honourable Chairperson Our environment sustains us, gives us life, shelter and commerce. Without it we are a barren wasteland of nothing and yet we continue to choose to relegate it far too often to the side lines, viewing it more as an impediment to progress and less as an overarching provider of everything we hold dear. This perception must change. Our environment must become our primary concern and any legislation or regulation that is antagonistic to its sustained growth and survival must be ruthlessly amended or repealed.
COAL ASH
Practices that are however, of no detriment to the environment or the citizen should be un-regulated and allowed to continue. Here I speak, as an example, of the long standing and currently 'illegal'
practice of using coal-ash to manufacture building bricks for homes.
Coal-ash is still regulated as a hazardous substance and as such cannot be made into building bricks. This is ridiculous. There is no harm. It empowers the people that have access to it, to build homes and engage in small scale enterprise; it empowers communities. We accordingly call for its immediate deregulation.
RHINO POACHING
This year over 600 of our Rhino have already been poached and 157 people arrested in connection with Rhino poaching. Whilst we applaud the arrests and the efforts of law enforcement, we decry the merciless slaughter of our wildlife. Perhaps we should be following in the bold steps of the Ugandan President, when he earlier this year ordered that any poacher found in a National Park would be shot on site? In terms of International cooperation, it is reported that we are still awaiting compliance from Vietnam in terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in December 2012 which, inter alia, stated that Vietnam would send DNA samples of confiscated rhino horn to our authorities here in SA so that we would be able to identify the origin of the 'horn.' The Minister should advise this house as to why this has not yet occurred?
LION HUNTING
The SA Government seems content to turn SA in to a hunting colony for rich foreigners to plunder our wildlife heritage. By pandering to the hunting industry, the SA conservation authorities have allowed a lion farming enterprise to grow to the point where it has become a threat to the survival of all wild lions in Africa. Wild lions are being poached in neighbouring states in order to capture cubs which are then smuggled across the borders and sold to unscrupulous SA lion farmers. Tourists and volunteers who support lion farms posing as 'wildlife sanctuaries' are being duped into supporting a toxic commercial enterprise that is destroying the conservation of lions. We once again, call for a complete ban on the practice of canned Lion hunting! Tragically the SA Government also continues to allow exports from these farms, of hundreds of lions skeletons and bones annually, to wanted criminal networks in Asia who then pass them off as Tiger, endangering the last wild tigers too!
As things stand we will be a complete laughing stock when we host the CITES Conference in 2017. The IFP remain firmly anti-trade in Rhino horn and animal bone, as any kind of decrimilization and regulation of same will have the knock-on effect of stimulating further market demand and thus creating further illegal 'black' markets.

IMPACT ON TOURISM
We note that Animal activists in Europe are calling for an international boycott of South African tourism due to canned lion and trophy hunting, and the rhino poaching crisis. Will the government allow a few wealthy game ranchers and foreign crime syndicates to jeopardise the livelihood of millions of South Africa's poorest or will they protect the 1 in 12 jobs in our economy thereby capturing the moral consumer market segment who are currently choosing to travel to Botswana due to their ban on hunting of wild animals. We urge the Minister towards increased international cooperation, tougher criminal sanction and greater anti-poaching efforts if we are to ever turn the tide on the decimation of our wildlife.

RIVER POLLUTION
Honourable Chairperson, we see large scale pollution of our rivers in our land. This is largely through commercial dumping of waste products and unsanitary hygiene practices, through necessity I might add, by some of our communities. Our aquatic life, fish and plants are being wiped out through these practices. Durban's South basin is being called the "Toxic Hub of South Africa" as it continues to struggle against disproportionate exposure to a hazardous environment and sulphur dioxide pollution, whilst simultaneously , being faced with dire health hazards linked to petrochemical industrial production. When is the Minister going to deal comprehensively with this crisis?
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