Tinyhomes in South Africa

I’ve always wanted to build a Tiny home. Dont know what a Tiny home is? Well you better start searching since this is probably what most minimalists dream of. A Tiny home can be built on a trailer, some of them are smaller than wendyhouses (not necessary on a trailer). Point is they are small houses, mostly made of wood or brick they contain the minimal space needed and the most basic things and utilities one can live with. In the US some of these homes sell for almost 10 000 dollars. Why would someone spend that kind of money on a Tiny home? Well first of all they dont have to pay their monthly bond payments, they can use that money for something else, secondly maintenance and building standards almost fall away (if its built on wheels).

I might do a project like this soon in one of South Africa’s most beautiful towns, Touwsriver.

More racism against white students

Media freedoms, racist government.. oh the issues South Africans face. After 17 years of “democracy” in South Africa we now have racism against white people.. oh hang on, this has been going on for a while now. It was all over the news that the racist Stellenbosch univeristy actually reverse an application of a prospective student that wanted to study medicne because she is white.

Why in a “free” and equal South Africa do we have a government and education system that discriminates against colour?

The Freedom Front plus sent out a statement:

The racist policy of the government and universities is still after seventeen years marginalising people to only a race and is to the detriment of all South Africans. A black doctor could be seen as only having qualified because of his/her skin colour. Such approach is thus unfair towards black doctors who is competent and did qualify in terms of merit,” Wouter Wessels, national leader of the FF Plus Youth, said.

Wessels reacted to reports of the University of Stellenbosch reversing the approved application of a prospective student to study medicine after discovering that she is white

Wessels added that this type of policy is creating a new generation of aggrieved citizens.  “A child who was born in 1994 is turning 18 years old next year.  This should be a new hopeful generation. Continuous affirmative action policies have a negative effect on the whole of society.  The emphasis is only on race and not on merit – this has a negative impact on the esteem of society.  The negative baggage of the past should not be allowed to further taint the present and the future. The youth demands a better dispensation free of racism and marginalisation.”

Statement issued by Wouter Wessels, FF Plus Youth leader, November 28 2011

Young guy killed at Edwardstreet nightclub in Bellville

Edwards Street is a popular party place for most of Cape Town, no matter which part of Cape Town people live they take the drive to the popular night destination. Unfortunately it is not as safe there as most people think. This weekend a guy by the name of Corne Hale died outside a popular Bellville nightclub after being attacked by 6 or so other party goers. As some people pointed out most of the crowd was drunk or had some alcohol. The Western Cape Education MEC expressed sympathy with the family. He was only 19 years old.

1 Man handed himself in.

I've been playing Minecraft a lot lately

Check out this sunset on Minecraft. Version 1 came out the other day and it rocks. Ok, except for those posts on Reddit about the game being half finished and that it might be a abodoned product most reviews went good. The game actually mostly got very high ratings.

The new features in version 1 also added a bit of extra gaming for those already half bored with it. Anyway, more about that later. For now check out the sunset.

HarperCollins buys Thomas Nelson publishers

Guess what. HarperCollins is planning to buy Thomas Nelson. HarperCollins is a subsidiary of Rupert Mudoch’s News Corp. The deal will be done by the end of the year.

Mark Schoenwald, president and CEO of Thomas Nelson, said “We believe this transaction represents an attractive strategic fit for our company. With HarperCollins’ resources and capabilities to draw on, we will capitalize on the many opportunities in this rapidly changing world of publishing.”

Desmond Tutu supports gay and lesbian church leaders

Really? Gay church leaders?

23 September 2011

The Rev. Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
100 Witherspoon Street
Louisville KY 40202-1396

Dear Brother in Christ,

I am writing you with the request that you share these thoughts with my brothers and sisters in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

It is incumbent upon all of God’s children to speak out against injustice.  It is sometimes equally important to speak in solidarity when justice has been done.   For that reason I am writing to affirm my belief that in making room in your constitution for gay and lesbian Christians to be ordained as church leaders, you have accomplished an act of justice.

I realize that among your ecumenical partners, some voices are claiming that you have done the wrong thing, and I know that you rightly value your relationship with Christians in other parts of the world.  Sadly, it is not always popular to do justice, but it is always right.  People will say that the ones you are now willing to ordain are sinners.  I have come to believe, through the reality shared with me by my scientist and medical friends, and confirmed to me by many who are gay, that being gay is not a choice.  Like skin color or left-handedness, sexual orientation is just another feature of our diversity as a human family.  How wonderful that God has made us with so much diversity, yet all in God’s image!  Salvation means being called out of our narrow bonds into a broad place of welcome to all.

You are undoubtedly aware that in some countries the church has been complicit in the legal persecution of lesbians and gays.  Individuals are being arrested and jailed simply because they are different in one respect from the majority.  By making it possible for those in same-gender relationships to be ordained as pastors, preachers, elders, and  deacons, you are being a witness to your ecumenical partners that you believe in the wideness of God’s merciful love.

For freedom Christ has set us free.  In Christ we are not bound by old, narrow prejudice, but free to embrace the full humanity of our brothers and sisters in all our glorious differences.  May God bless you as you live into this reality, and may you know that there are many Christians in the world who continue to stand by your side.

God bless you.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (Cape Town, South Africa)