Archive for March, 2009


Joost video follow up

March 30, 2009

In following up on the Joost video..Nando’s the chicken people here in SA have jumped in quickly..very cleaver and quick if you know what is going on..



Addo Elephant National Park

March 20, 2009

Spent the day in Addo elephant national park, just 30 km outside of Port Elizabeth(PE) I miss the bush and all that goes with it.

Got so close to an elephant it was unbelievable.

A heard was crossing the road, we were parked in by tourists and a few babies and mom’s decided to rather use the road in front of our car to cross over, very very nice…pity I did not  have a charged camera…


English Chinese Translation

March 13, 2009

Or is is Chinese to English translation? It is spam but very humble spam.

Got to love it…

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1 1. We are one of the largest companies in sale which manufacture computer speakers in mainland china . The quantity can reach to 300,000 pcs every month .

2 2. The lowest price in mainland china . It is impossible that the companies in Shenzhen City can produce them with our same price .

3 3. Strong production capacity . We have ten lines and more than 700 workers . Every order from you can be finished in 10 days .(Normally one 40HQ ).

4 4. Reliable quality . According to ISO 9001:2000 , more than 40 QC members inspect every component element in production .

5 5. Best sound quality compared to the incrediable price . Maybe you need a sample for confirmation !

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We’re pleased to send you our catalog with quotation in the attachement. And we look forward to receiving futher news from you.

b    Best wishes to you!



March 10, 2009

First we published the comical post of Joost with the hooker, now we have hot off the press clinical proof of what possibly when down that fateful night.

Comments Please


This is not a recession

March 10, 2009

Just read a great arcticle from someone who is not panicked…

Spread the news:

We are not in a recession.

‘In economics, the term recession generally describes the reduction of a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) for at least two quarters’.

We are not in a recession.

The problem with a word like recession is that it is big and scary. It sells copy. Bad news is good news. Trevor Manuel the Minister of Finance is telling all who will listen.

In socio-nomics peoples mental outlook creates many of the flows in an economy. Too much of the big R and people start acting like they are in a recession and the negative feedback loop starts.

You get scared because we are in a recession so you order less stock thinking that you won’t sell enough. The buyer thinks that they are in a recession and doesn’t spend expecting to get laid off. This creates a negative feedback loop which will cool the entire economy as the recession sentiment pervades it.

Let me repeat what Trevor has said repeatedly.

We are not in a recession.

Here is what some of the financial news outlets had to say about the whole sorry story.

The Mail and Guardian posed the question to Trevor Manuel ‘are we in a recession?’ and his succinct reply ‘No, we’re not’.

The thing is the economy can be talked into a recession but as Manuel put it there was ‘an argument that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck, it probably is a recession, but in technical terms, we’re not in a recession’.

Hayibo however came up with their own plan to rescue the economy ‘SA to avoid recession by exporting narcotics on SAA’. It may be a joke but exports will be key for us to stay out of a recession.

Exports are subject to changes in the interest rate. There has been a loud clamouring for an early interest rate cut to stimulate the economy and lift it out of ‘recession’.

Tito Mboweni the Reserve Bank governor has been hinting at it but it does not look as if it will actually happen. The MPC tends towards the conservative and they understand that interest rate effects take a long time to filter into the economy and a lot of the calls for an early rate cut are merely knee jerk reactions to the closing in of the global economy.

Business Report followed Tito to an investment conference where he stressed that South Africa is not isolated from global economic events and that they will have an effect on us, but he parried and dodged questions relating to whether we can expect an early rate cut.

Justmoney would like a rate cut but trusts the MPC to get the timing right, in the meantime we are going to plan our budget again and increase the levels of our savings.


My response to NGN News update

March 6, 2009

Posted here..

If I did actually own the handicap system

I have been following various news letters, blogs and chats that have been discussing the new handicap system (used for almost 1 year now) in South Africa with a great deal of interest and noted 2 points specifically that I would like to comment on.

MeltingPot: Who are you?

Firstly, many of the people who are complaining about the new system are laying the blame at the door of National Golf Network (“NGN”) because we run the handicap network is South Africa and several other countries. If you pay close attention to the words that I have used you should understand the reality of the situation a little better. NGN provides the network , hardware and software that the system runs on. The SAGA determines the rules, formulas and calculations to be used on the system.

MeltingPot: If you paid close attention to your wording, it is “network in South Africa” not  “network is South Africa”, now onto Grade 3

I have sometimes referred to this as the Pen, Paper, Calculator principal: We provide clubs with the tools (could just as easy have been a pen, paper and a calculator) to calculate whatever handicap formulae they need to. Then all we did is link them all up together and viola! the worlds first 100% handicap network.

MeltingPot: Are you attempting some SEO, with a few highlighted words…what were you on when you wrote the above statement..

Secondly, many people ask me to decide what would be the perfect handicap system. On this I can say that I have recently travelled from to various countries, conferences and meetings where I came to understand (a little better) the formulas (systems) and networks used in Denmark, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, Austria, Germany, Malawi, Zambia, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia, Australia, New Zealand and England. In each country some people love the system and some hate it. Many complain and other defend but very few people actually listen to what the other is saying.

MeltingPot: Ok, you are defiantly trying some SEO, flip you are getting good at this….Here is an idea first “Fix” our handicapping system then travel the world, do the paying NGN members approve of you globe trotting and what is the benefit v expense…

I could certainly not tell you at this stage what I thought the perfect handicap system is but I can tell you what I would like to see happen to move our (or any of the other systems) in the right direction.

MeltingPot: That is because you would not know a decent system even if it walked past in a short skirt….

1.) I think the last 2 changes (which we have finally rolled out to be effective from November handicap calculations, will be interesting. They will see variable ratings for courses based on the actual performance of the field and also automatic and consistently applied penalty calculations. It might to add to the confusion initially but they are useful amendments;

2.) I think we should register every single round of golf to ensure that we have accurate industry stats and that we can require people to capture a score for every round played. That means more accurate handicaps whatever formula you use. This should be mandatory and supported by all clubs;

3.) I think we should confirm that the winners of every single competition, big or small, club or corporate, should put a score in (adjusted if need be for funny things like Mulligan’s or scramble drives). The people taking home the prizes are more likely to have their handicaps affected than the poor sole coming in 10th or worse. It is easy for any organiser to check the top 3 or so names have actually entered the correct score. Again it needs to be mandatory and supported by all club;

4.) I would like to see some guidelines on virtual clubs some of who (not all) are unethical and encourage internet score entry without the registration I suggested in point 1 above which obviously opens the door to easy manipulation (always possible but we don’t have to make it easy for people); and

MeltingPot: Possibly the biggest reason I don’t use your system and never will if I can avoid it, is this statement…what decade did you trek here from?
Your focus should be on providing the best and easiest possible methods for your clients, you actually don’t give a dam and want to make it harder for them….you are a real winner..Anyone
looking for a real handicapping system in South Africa

5.) I would like to see every round of golf, overseas or local, captured preferably to be taken into account in some way in determining the handicap but specifically for each golfers own purposes to accurately reflect your total golfing experience.

MeltingPot: This is not English….

I certainly don’t have all the answers, but my team and I at NGN would love to be part of making the handicap system better and better and we are always open to suggestions and comments about the network. Have you got the difference now?

MeltingPot: Once again what is this , Have you got the difference now? ..Is this you doing some great SEO work again.
In closing..
Let’s see if you goggle yourself or your company often and if you find this….You may even learn a thing or two about SEO. What you don’t realise is that your system should already be better, how long have you had and how much money have you earned in the process of loving to make the handicap system better. You have done this when and how it suited NGN and yourself.
On ending, do you think Pick n Pay respond in this manner whenever a corner cafe is opened…I see there is “panic at the disco” with the first sign of any real competition NGN have had, Go for it Global Handicaps..


Who is your role Model?

March 5, 2009
Try it without  looking at the answers.     No peeping  

otherwise you'll ruin it!!!!

1) Pick your  Favourite number between 1- 9

2) Multiply by 3  then

3) Add 3, then  again multiply by 3 

   (I'll wait while you get the  calculator....)

4) You'll get a 2  or 3 digit number....

5) Add the digits  together

Now scroll  down..........................

With that number see who your  ROLE MODEL is from the list  below :

1.  Einstein

2. Nelson  Mandela

3. Sir Alan  Sugar

4. Tom  Cruise

5. Bill  Gates

6. Gandhi

7. Brad  Pitt

8. Hitler

9  The Melting Pot

10. Barack  Obama

I know....I just  have that effect on day you 

too can be like me..........   :-)    Believe it!

PS.....Stop picking  different numbers.

I am your idol,  just deal with it!!!!