Post-elections 2014: Your questions about overseas voting answered

Posted by Francine Higham on Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:05

Following the recent National Elections, we've received so many emails from South Africans around the world voicing their support for the DA, and also raising their concerns about a number of issues and frustrations that occurred and that prevented many from being able to cast their vote abroad. To help answer your questions we've spoke to the DA's Penny Tainton who was instrumental in pioneering the overseas vote in this election.

1. What did your role as the IEC liaison for the DA entail in elections 2014?

I serve as one of the DA’s two delegates on the IEC National Party Liaison Committee. This structure is a legislated body, and is used by the IEC to liaise and consult with all political parties represented in the National Assembly. At election time, it is extended to include others on the National Ballot. In the regular meetings on the NPLC, all aspects of election readiness are reported, debated, questioned and proposals made to the Chief Electoral Officer to communicate to the Electoral Commissioners. We dealt, for example, with political parties’ proposals for overseas voting, including registration, voting stations, staffing, whether there should be both national and provincial ballots allocated. The...

Former NBA star from China visits Kenya to help raise awareness about ivory poaching

Posted by Wayne Ras on Wed, 08/22/2012 - 20:02

Yao Ming Meets Najin, One of the World's Remaining 7 Northern White Rhinos

With all the negative news about Rhino poaching in Africa and China, I thought it might make a nice change to read about Yao Ming, a Chinese basketball player who played for the NBA basketball team in the United States, and who is now actively campaigning against poaching. He recently visited Kenya to raise awareness about ivory poaching.

Yao Ming admitted that whilst the Chinese do buy products made from ivory from Africa, he felt that they did not know enough about it and what exactly transpired as a result of the products ending up in their hands... that elephants and rhinos were and still are getting killed in the process, in huge numbers just for their ivory and that the practice is getting out of hand now so much so that both animals are virtually on the brink of becoming extinct. His answer was simple: 'When people stop buying, then the killing will stop.'

According to 'Kip' (as he is known), the director of the Kenya Wildlife Service who gave Yao Ming a tour of a room filled with elephant tusks, he said:“It’s time to say no, because only elephants should wear ivory,” Kip said. “Africa has only 400,000 elephants....

Hello from China

Posted by Wayne Ras on Sun, 08/19/2012 - 14:23

Hello to all South Africans at home and all across this wonderful planet!

My name is Wayne and I have been living abroad for many years now. I spent seven years in Malaysia and have been living and working in China for over nine. I currently work as a principal of a private school but I worked myself up through the ranks (and in many schools) teaching children and adults of all ages across all language abilities.  At the same time, I am currently pursuing my degree in English Language Teaching.

As the old South African Army adage says, 'you can take the South African out of the bush but you can't take the bush out of the South African'. The same applies, I think, to all of us as South Africans... we will always be South African, no matter where we are in the world and South Africa will always be our country regardless of who or what party is in power or what state the country is in.

With this in mind, I do hope that I will be able to make a contribution to our dear beloved country through being a volunteer for the DA Abroad. I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve in some small way in spite of my own limitations and weaknesses.

In addition, it is my hope and dream to return to South Africa (along with my Chinese wife) to set up a small private school and...

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