Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Of Vodacom and Orwell 1984 to Animal Farm 2084

September 11, 2017

Much has been said about Big Brother of 1984 but the People never understood and still don’t because the Machine took over.

The People were given cell phones thus creating the massive fences surrounding the cities where all the People were herded in.  Big Brother said “OK, now you all have cell phones and should be happy.”

So, all the Animal species were set free; they graze and flourish, moving freely but gaze in wonder at these strange creatures behind the barbed wire fences.  There is no escape.

Vodacom got what they wanted; all animal life got their freedom to roam and multiply and the People have cell phones.

The Machine is in charge.  To understand this, read Steinbeck in Grapes of Wrath and follow that up with The Winter of our Discontent.

Thus we will get to 2084; life is great and everyone will have the choice of two cell phones for the parents; all the kiddies will have tablets and unlimited access to Cyber Space.

Reality?  What the heck do you want to talk about reality?  Virtual reality is so much easier; you have no responsibility and you do not have to think; the Machine does all the thinking for you.

Life has never been as good; why, oh me why did we wait so long to get here?

Hey, stop asking questions about poverty!  There will be no poor; press the cellphone button and the machine will bring you all the food you can eat.  Just think about what is going to be in the cinema tonight; press the button and you will have it.

We will all be equal and FREE AT LAST, courtesy of the Machine.

 Ike Jakson

Saka Americoon in Americus GA

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I am One of We the People; Yes, I am One of We the People

August 30, 2017

From this day on I aim to be One and I intend to stand firm and will not budge.

 We have a Constitution and I shall obey and honor that but I shall demand that others in business or politics do the same where it affects me or those that are dear to me.

 Join me and let us discuss our Constitution and our rights and duties; we cannot have the rights without the implicit duties to grant the other one the same rights in terms of our Constitution in everything in our daily lives.

Join me now.

Ike Jakson

in Americus Sowega saka Americoon

Down Memory Lane to this day in 1976

June 16, 2017

Friday, 16 June 2017

You have to be over 60 to have one; maybe in the old days you could have had one at 50 but no more.

In South Africa this day in 1976 was the dividing line between old memory days of April 6th, October 10th, December 16th and a few others.

It matters no more where your own private lane started or where you have gone since; at least not for groups no more though some have made it the starting point of their own.

 I stood at the top of what was then the business centre of Commissioner Street in Old Johannesburg South Africa and cried for my Country.  Having just taken the first two steps up the Corporate Ladder in one go when traffic stopped moving in Commissioner Street; the new Carlton Centre was not even fully operating; the old Alhambra Theatre drinking hole was still there right across the street corner at the north western street junction with the Carlton and the yuppies gathered there every night; on Friday nights their ladies would join them and the place would be packed; full house every Friday.  The JSE was still referred to as Burnett Street.  Soon after it would become Diagonal Street and the Carlton would be a slum.

June 16th of 1976 was the trigger; today Diagonal Street is a slum; nobody in his right mind will drive into the upper east end of Commissioner Street today.

The sad point is that too many are still dwelling on the divisions of the past that made children aged 8 to 10 turn on school buildings and libraries to burn them down and which in turn made it necessary for the armed forces to stop the riots.  Nobody stopped to find the solutions; the Country is in greater agony than ever before.

[to be continued one day; when that will be, I cannot say because we are not working on finding the solutions].

 Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

The three Great Presidents of the World must meet

February 2, 2017

I ran the first part of this as an Open Note in Face Book just a few days back:

 “Can an Old Sefriken Guy call for a meeting between the three Great Presidents of the World, names in alphabetical order, Jinping, Putin and Trump?

Yes, it is my view that they should meet as soon as possible.

Preferable they should do so on neutral ground, like say, Iceland where two others previously met.

They should meet as full equals and all arrive with their spouses First Ladies and hands of friendship extended. There should be no conditions, demands or threats, just sitting down over a few drinks and become friends.

I reckon that is what the World needs today.”

 It received some attention but not nearly the serious discussions I had hoped for.  Perhaps I was vain.

 But this is a first for the entire World, having three Adult Men as Presidents in the three largest Independent Sovereign States in the World.

 We are moving through a phase of transition in the ever moving Cycles and Circles of History and World Events.  The present Cycle could be crucial to guide us for what must come if we don’t adjust to the Times.

 We simply have to get these Men together to form a Team.  I have high hopes and will return with some thoughts from the position at the Southern tip of Africa where I sit as a Sefriken.

 Ike Jakson

In Americus GA saka Americoon

Merry Christmas 2016

December 18, 2016

Just 7 Suns from today will get us to Xmas morning 2016 and I shall start early this year because it will be my seventh one of Grace.  I hope for many more and my personal medical attendant says he cannot find any reason why I should not reach the ton; on my side I don’t want to rob anyone else going for it and thus as a human who has had his fair share:

Merry Christmas to all of you who contributed to another one for me and my cousin and Uncle Oom Wennie in my absence from Facebook.

Thank you Folks.  We have family in Oz, Paraguay, Netherlands, Ye olde country England, and quite a number with Uncle Sam.  Thank you all.

Let us remember the good things and the Blessings of our Lord God and Creator during 2016.

The year 2017 will be another year to deal with; for now it can wait.  I love you and yours for 2016.  Enjoy.

Merry Christmas 2016.

In Memory of Ouboet March 20th of 1938 to August 22nd of 2009

March 20, 2015

There are days one can never erase; this is one that will be remembered even long after I have gone.

To say that I have had no role models would not be quite true. Our Dad was in his last years the man I admired most; he was strict, strong but of the kind and the times when you obeyed your father even if you didn’t agree. He had lived during harsh times in a harsh world in the harshest of all circumstances and I regret that I first found out that I loved him in the last few years of his life when I discovered that I didn’t know everything as I thought I did about seven years earlier. We enjoyed each other with complete faith in one another then but had only three years of that before he died when I had just reached 27 years of age.

By that time Ouboet was a man and the undisputed leader of the clan although he rejected the notion. He lived a resolute life; never made one single mistake and started building a small fortune in a trust by his wits and dedication to sound financial principles not based on but in line with the philosophy of Warren Buffet long before this great man became as well known as he is today.

The Company he worked for had by 1990 grown into one of the two largest financial conglomerates in South Africa. Early 1994 he amazed some and annoyed a few others in management by announcing his serious objections to investment in what he termed Internet Money and also questioned the way management was handling investment of their Pensioners Medical Aid money; he was in a very senior position then and also managed the affairs of the Pensioners Medical Aid Fund

The massive Conglomerate was stunned and offered to promote him; he confounded them by promptly refusing to accept the bribe; that in turn left them with no alternative but to fire him but the Pensioners Medical Aid held all the trump cards and played them by unanimously electing him as Chairman of the Medical Aid. The Conglomerate was so stunned by this that they were actually glad when Ouboet asked for early retirement from the Company one year after taking up Chairmanship of the Pensioners Medical Aid Fund.

He would eventually be re-elected in this position year after year while fighting for their rights against the Company he had worked with for 38 years.

Had he not become ill he would have seen victory but he only just missed it; just more than a year after he passed on a High Court Judge ruled in favor of the Medical Aid Fund and ordered the Conglomerate to find an appropriate agreement on the final quantum of the claim by the Medical Aid Fund and to pay.

Having known him for so long I am sure he would have grunted a laugh at the way victory came; it was all done in Chambers behind closed doors; the press was never invited. I am sure they were told with all the power of the judiciary not to publish anything but Ouboet was never a man for publicity anyway. He always just put his head down, refused to back off when he thought he was right and pursued what he considered the right course.

Sometimes I feel that he never really left us; when cousin Jannie passed on this past Monday I talked to Ouboet for solace because I felt lonely for the first time in my life.

https://ikejakson.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/jannie-koegelenberg-april-10th-1968-to-march-16th-2015/

The two of them met only once but I am sure that they will guide me on what I must now do with a large conglomerate that overstepped the mark in my life.

In the meantime it is still Ouboet’s birthday today. The clan will not forget.

 ikejakson@gmail.com

 

Jannie Koegelenberg April 10th 1968 to March 16th 2015

March 18, 2015

 

He was my neighbor and my friend; a man with a smile and a good word for anyone.

He worked the fields; used his own bare hands when he had to; never once did I hear him complain about the cards dealt to him.

In the distance of time behind us somewhere his Grandfather on his mother’s side and my father had a common uncle with the same Christian names given to them at birth; the Dutch maintained the old family name system as recorded in the Family Bible.

Two years ago he was healthy and strong as an ox; then the cruel disease appeared and he crossed the river to join our Lord and Creator this past Monday March 16th.

We will miss you Jannie; your dear young wife and the two beautiful little ones will be cared for as you would have done.

Rest in peace, cousin and good friend. The trees you planted and loved so much will forever remind us that you were one of the best of us. The values you held dear will be preserved intact and remind us of you.

 ikejakson@gmail.com