A Thought For Today

This, from a person long dead, suits so perfectly the nation of pedantic, hide-bound bureaucrats, sitting in their ivory towers, surrounded by their tomes of legislation, in which we currently find ourselves. Not a master among them.

George Polya

“Pedantry and mastery are opposite attitudes toward rules. To apply a rule to the letter, rigidly, unquestioningly, in cases where it fits and in cases where it does not fit, is pedantry … To apply a rule with natural ease, with judgment, noticing the cases where it fits, and without ever letting the words of the rule obscure the purpose of the action or the opportunities of the situation, is mastery. -George Polya, mathematician (13 Dec 1887-1985)”

Blood Drive In Musina, Today

This is it, folks! The day of the last blood-collecting clinic in Musina, for 2018.

If you can, it is vital that you go down to Musina Toyota today, between 12h00 and 18h00, where the friendly folk from the SANBS will greet you and relieve you of one unit of your blood.

Remember, this is the best gift you could possibly give anyone, this festive season The Gift Of Life

Musina’s Weather Forecast

I hope you didn’t blink, because it’s gone. Yep, looks like any chance we had of rain is over.

Weather Forecast Musina This Week

Min 18  °C 18  °C 22  °C 22  °C 22  °C 21  °C 20  °C
Max 27  °C 36  °C 41  °C 36  °C 38  °C 36  °C 38  °C
Sun 20% 85% 90% 75% 75% 75% 80%
Rain 15% 0% 0% 0% 5% 5% 5%
 Force 3 2 2 3 3 2 2

Licensing Office Corruption!

You have to ask why we don’t hear anything about this locally, but the news comes from a national media site.

PORT ELIZABETH, December 10 (ANA) – At least thirteen licence examiners were due to appear in court today (Monday) following a clampdown on the fraudulent issuing of roadworthy certificates and drivers’ licences, the Directorate of Priority Crime (Hawks) said in a statement.

Hawks spokesperson Captain Matimba Maluleke said that eight vehicle licensing officials aged between 30 and 43 had been arrested in Thohoyandou and Musina respectively over the weekend for alleged corruption.

Maluleke said the suspects stationed at Thusalushaka and Shayandima vehicle testing stations had issued roadworthy certificates to motorists without examining the vehicles in return for ‘gratifications’.

The suspects were expected to appear at the Thohoyandou and Musina Magistrate’s Courts Meanwhile, five learners’ licence examiners aged between 41 and 51 were also expected to appear at the Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court today. The suspects were arrested last Friday in a joint operation by the Hawks’ Durban Serious Corruption Investigation, the National Traffic Anti-Corruption unit, and Traffic and Transport Inspection unit.

No Load Shedding Over Christmas – Gordhan

While a “more concrete message” will be conveyed next week, Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, has issued assurances that the period between December 15 and January 15 will be free of load-shedding.

He was addressing media from Eskom headquarters, MegaWatt Park, in Johannesburg yesterday afternoon following “over 10 hours of intense conversation” between his department and the power parastatal to look at how Eskom was working to fix the issues. He agreed that there was not enough communication regarding load-shedding schedules and said Eskom would re-examine its strategy of power saving.

Eskom has recently implemented rolling load shedding as it battles constrained capacity due to low coal stock piles, a lack of maintenance, sub-standard repairs and a breakdown of systems.

Reminder Reminder Reminder

The last SANBS Blood Clinic of 2018, in Musina, will take place on this coming Thursday, between 12h00 and 18h00 at the usual venue; Messina Toyota.
Your donation will be needed more, over this period than at any other time of the year. If you’re in town, come along, roll up your sleeve and make a donation of the most valuable gift you’ll give this Christmas. If you’re away, but due to donate, go to the clinic closest to where you are.

A blessed, safe and happy Christmas and new year to all donors, from the SANBS.

Another Point To Ponder

Oh my! What a splendid few lines, giving food for thought;

This line originates in Edward Fitzgerald’s translation of the poem The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, 1859:

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.