Monday, August 20, 2012

Its not WHAT you know...

I work in the field of Human Resources. I get much joy from the ideology surrounded with working in such a field but unfortunately I have no joy in my current job. With not much experience and only an  undergraduate degree in Industrial Psychology, I feel that back in school we were not prepared or told that the working world would be so cruel.

In South Africa, there is such a high rate of unemployment. Skilled professionals are walking the streets while people with very little knowledge are running major departments in big corporate company's. I often hear this term when asking people why they are out of a job or looking. They respond "it's not WHAT you know in this country, but in fact WHO you know"

It's funny, we have all the skills needed to take South Africa from a 3rd world to a 1st world country but are not utilizing it properly.  In my opinion, for South Africa to move forward we need to achieve total equality across the board, which means reconstructing the laws that govern employment, and more especially employment equity.

Also, I think it's fair to say that we need to hire people of quality, who are able to develop a culture of teaching, learning and people development.... my Utopia.

Caster Semenya...

Caster Semenya, South Africa's star athlete has grabbed a lot of attention after the women's 800m final in the 2012 London Olympics...

Prior to 2012, Caster was surrounded by much controversy regarding her gender back in 2009 when she won her title the first time round at the age of 18.

Back to talking about the women's 800m, which many thought Caster could have won, but didn't. Listening to the radio on my way to work the morning after the final, I heard many Radio Dj's voice their opinions in why they thought Caster took home silver instead of gold...
One Dj went as far to say that she " threw the race away".

After spending most of  my day listening to these kinds of comments... I asked myself  "why would someone give an Olympic gold medal away"... This just brought me to think about 2009 incident... I mean if  my gender was questioned in front of the whole world for simply winning a medal, why would I want to participate in any event of that nature again... It's simply embarrassing.

Personally I feel that South Africans should get behind Caster just as they have backed Chad le Clos. Caster is an exceptional athlete and is a force to be reckoned with. Instead of questioning her performance and scrutinizing her every move, we should support her, especially after the almost career ending 2009 saga...

GO CASTER......................

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sweet Treats

Its funny how things have changed.... Baking a few years ago was simple. You put the flour, eggs, milk etc together, mix and pop in the oven, only to add a final touch of butter cream as a topping.

These days we see people like Buddy from the popular reality TV show Cake Boss , reinventing what baking and cake decorating.

My mom has been a professional baker for the past 15 years and lately the request she has been receiving for cakes are beyond reason.  Over the years things like technology, ways of life etc have all evolved. Who would have thought something like a Birthday Cake could move like a robot (Making reference to the Transformer cake Buddy built) or the live size Nascar cake ( Displayed below)

It brings me to a point of wondering what next? What is going to evolve next in this already confusing, fast paced, changing world. I have to agree that artist like Buddy Valastro's cake deco is superb... However I am a big fan of simplicity...