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Abuti Rams Consultancy​ (ARC) in partnership with Transport Education Training Authority​ (TETA) will implement Tsogo Road Safety Programme​ with 600 participants in 4 provinces (Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape) in the South Africa. The aim of the 4-month programme is to address the minimal road safety knowledge and explore the best practices amongst youth which increases their vulnerability towards road fatalities but also expose them to the opportunities within the road transport sector.

Principal to the implementation of Tsogo Road Safety Programme is the mass public awareness and participation within road safety and transport sector. This will be done in a form of capacity building workshops within 4 provinces in South African rural and township communities. The key objectives of the programme are to:
– Increase awareness on road safety and road transport sector amongst the youth;
– Conscientise and expose out-of-school youth to internship and graduate opportunities within the road transport sector; and
– Capacitate SMMEs with relevant skills within the road transport sector to participate meaningfully in the local economic growth.

Below are the dates of the first phase of the programme:
– Northern Cape (Galeshewe in Kimberly) – 24 & 25 July 2018
– Mpumalanga (Carolina at Chief Albert Luthuli Municipality) – 1 & 2 August 2018
– Gauteng (City of Tshwane at Bronkhorstspruit) – 7 & 8 August 2018
– Limpopo (Polokwane) – 14 & 15 August 2018

Some of the stakeholders supporting the programme include Road Accident Fund​ (RAF), Rtia-Aarto​ and Cross Border Road Transport Agency​ (C-BRTA).

For Enquiries
Thabang Ramoroka
Abuti Rams Consultancy
+27 12 771 4705

Nkateko Masinga joins Young African Leaders Initiative

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On the 20 June 2018, Nkateko Masinga went to the United States of America (USA), taking part in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders,  the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which was initiated by former President of the the United States, Barack Obama in 2013.

Nkateko will be studying Civic Leadership at Wagner College in New York for the first six weeks of her fellowship, which will be followed by a Summit in Washington DC where she will meet and network with other young leaders from Africa as well as the United States.

Wagner College is a private, national liberal arts college in the New York City borough of Staten Island, New York, United States. Founded in 1883 and with a current enrollment of approximately 2,200 students, Wagner is known for its academic program, the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts. The college is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Nkateko will be honing her skills at an institution with a rich history and a commitment to the arts as well as civic engagement, two things she is passionate about. She hopes to return with knowledge that will be beneficial to the organisations she is affiliated with, particularly with regard to expanding the corporate social responsibility divisions of such organisations.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.

In 2018, the Fellowship will provide up to 700 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution with support for professional development after they return home. Institutes focus on leadership and skills development in one of three tracks: Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, or Public Management.

Chairman speaks at Africa Day Celebration in Pretoria

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On the 31st of May 2018, the National Library of South Africa in collaboration with the African Union hosted an Africa Day Dialogue with colleagues from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. The programme was aimed at revisiting AU’s 2063 Agenda looking at it from varying aspects.

The chairman made the following opening remarks whilst sitting at the panel:
“It is rather sad and unfortunate that the same AU which we are about to unpack its agenda and relevance will only have 35% of youth and 50% of women by the year 2025. Today we sit in a country whose population is 70% youth, however the government departments is 90% old. What about now? Why not clean up AU now? What’s stopping us now? Where do we expect to find fresh ideas to solve the emerging challenges can come with industry 4.0? Anyways, let us not even touch the 4th Industrial Revolution because we are 20 years behind. The first world countries are already in the 5th Industrial Revolution yet we expect old men and women to understand and catch up with the rest of world.”

Amongst the panelists were members from academia, African Renaissance Institute, Business and South African Government who were contributing towards the discussion to find amicable solutions for the challenges facing the continent. One of the challenges identified by Mr Ramoroka was that of lack of political.

“We must understand that one of the biggest problem facing the lack of youth development in our continent is lack of political will and leaders who are not innovative enough to create an enabling environment for youth to thrive with their skills, talents and qualifications. Each year we graduate more than 10 thousands, however, these young people cannot be placed anywhere.  And NO, our biggest problem is not employability but lack of innovation from our leaders to create an enabling environment for jobs and functioning economies in Africa.” he emphasised.

“What we lack as African youth is collaboration. A challenge that I might be having in South Africa, there’s someone in Kenya who has found a working solution for it. With technology, we are able to tumble down the borders and collaborate on projects that can change lives and help put food on the table for millions of our people.” he added.

ARC appoints two new directors

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Abuti Rams Consultancy (ARC) wishes to announce the appointment of two new directors Ms Nkateko Masinga and Ms Tshegofatso Ramothibe. The two directors officially joined the firm on Friday 25 May 2018 with a purpose of growing the its vision and take it to greater heights.

“After numerous applications and interviews with incredible applicants as well as insightful deliberations and consultations with business leaders and experts, I am excited to have the chosen the best leaders who will be joining me and the ARC team as we embark on a journey of igniting human potential. What’s more exciting is that they are both young ladies who have massive passion of development and empowerment of others.”, said Mr Thabang Ramoroka, Chief Executive of ARC.

The two directors joins the founder and CEO, Mr Thabang Ramoroka to lead the firm. Ms Masinga takes a role of products development whereas Ms Ramothibe will head  the overall operations of the company. Both ladies have impeccable experience in both business the corporate sector having worked on some of the local and global initiatives across industries.

“I believe that with their skills, qualifications and experience, the firm will grow to even greater frontiers and tap into the untapped industries in the South African business landscape. Abuti Rams Consultancy will continue to grow and we believe that it has the right cohort to do great in the future. We wish them well on this journey”, the CEO added.

Chairman of ARF to speak at the 4th African Leadership Awards and Nation Building Series

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Chairman of the Abuti Rams Foundation (ARF), Mr Thabang Ramoroka will speak at the 4th African Leadership Awards and Nation Building Series to be held on Friday 18th May and Saturday 19th May 2018 at the Human rights Hall, Constitution Hill, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

The chairman will speak on the second plenary session focusing on  Youth in Africa, Development & Agenda 2063. These are part of the discussions around the celebrations of Africa Month (May).

Keynote Address by Deputy Minister – Hon. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

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15 NOVEMBER 2017
The 4th Industrial Revolution in the South African context and the role ICT Youth SMMEs need to play
Programme Director,
Leadership of Abuti Rams Consultancy
Distinguished guests,
Members of the media,
I extend warm greetings to you this morning.
It is indeed a pleasure to be in the presence of young people, captains of the ICT industry, who are congregated during this Global Entrepreneurship Week, to explore ways on how to grow your respective brands through digital platforms; and compete both locally and globally.
Programme Director,
The era of the 4th Industrial Revolution is dominated by trends related to mobile technologies, cloud computing, smart connected devices, cyber physical systems and robotic technology; amongst many others.
It has seen the emergence of new energy supplies and technologies, Internet of Things (IOT), advanced manufacturing and 3D printing and artificial intelligence (IA).
The 4th Industrial Revolution presents opportunities to developing countries has the potential to raise global income levels, thereby improving the quality of life for people and opening up new markets due to improved technological innovation and.
As we move towards this industrial revolution, it is imperative to note that new technologies and digital platforms will increasingly enable citizens to engage with government by voicing their opinions in a coordinated manner, which will circumvent the supervision of public authorities.
The 4th Industrial Revolution will profoundly impact the nature of national and international security, affecting both the probability and nature of cyberspace and cyber-warfare.
In terms of business, it will invariably force big companies to re-examine the way that they conduct business by aligning with local innovators.
For communities, the 4th Industrial Revolution will not only change what society and people are used to doing daily but also of who they are; challenging cultural practices and traditions.
Inevitably, people will be required to have new sets of skills to access employment opportunities and career advancement.
Distinguished guests,
The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has been tasked to facilitate a country approach on the 4th Industrial Revolution with all the relevant stakeholders.
In this respect, government has prioritised the development of SMMEs as a crucial milestone for employment, wealth creation, development of innovations and contribution to economy. This is supported by legislative and policy frameworks that support the development of SMMEs and cooperatives.
This includes, amongst others, the National Small Business Act which provides an overall legislative framework on the development of SMMEs across various sectors of the economy.
Programme Director,
My Department has further developed the National ICT Integrated White Paper Policy, which provides the new policy framework for the ICT sector and specifically addresses barriers to entry for SMMEs to participate in the sector. This policy was approved by Cabinet in September 2016.
On the 1st November 2017, Cabinet also approved the ICT SMME Development Strategy, which is a sector specific intervention to address challenges facing SMMEs operating in the ICT sector.
The strategy proposes interventions to accelerate the development and growth of small enterprises in the ICT sector, whilst facilitating an increase in the levels of uptake and usage of ICTs by the general small business sector.
These interventions include, opening up of both the telecommunications and IT sectors for SMMEs to effectively participate and compete on providing ICT services.
Ladies and gentlemen,
My department, through partnerships with relevant key stakeholders, will also focus more on relevant skills development initiatives to respond to the 4th Industrial Revolution opportunities.
Such identified skills include: ICT and e-literacy, software and applications development, e-commerce, cloud computing, website development and web hosting, business and financial management skills.
We have also committed to forge partnerships with municipalities and key stakeholders to establish ICT Hubs in townships to support rural enterprises. This is in appreciating the need to decentralise services so as to benefit all citizens of the country.
However, as we forge ahead on this quest, it is worth noting that government continues to experience challenges in the rollout of SMME development programmes due to a lack of an integrated national database of SMMEs in the ICT sector.
There are many SMME groups including associations which are currently fragmented and are at various levels of development. The Department has responded to this challenge by creating a single integrated database of all SMMEs in the ICT sector so as to enable harmonisation and coordination of ICT SMME initiatives.
These are some of the interventions introduced by the ICT SMME Development Strategy, which aims to support start-up ICT enterprises, strengthen existing enterprises and extend support to potentially viable SMMEs.
I therefore urge you to read this important ICT Sector SMME Development Strategy.
As we embrace the 4th Industrial Revolution, we need to move towards diversified economies driven by productivity. Our economy need to develop more tech-savvy entrepreneurs who will be able to respond to technological developments as introduced by the 4th Industrial Revolution.
It is important to also leverage on opportunities presented by this technological revolution to address the socio-economic challenges that South Africa is facing. As entrepreneurs, let us remember that our primary motive is to solve problems in our community. As ICT entrepreneurs, let our drive be to use ICT technologies to provide solutions to our people through innovation.
With this being said, allow me to conclude by congratulating the programme organisers – Abuti Rams Consultancy – as this Bootcamp further serves as the official launch of digiTAAL – a training programme to support SMMEs in townships and rural areas who have minimal ICT Skills.
Let us continue to use ICT technologies to create jobs and reduce poverty in our country, and further improve and strengthen our township economy through innovative means.
I thank you.

ICT Youth Bootcamp

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Abuti Rams Consultancy (ARC) in partnership with the Standard Bank Incubator and Geekulcha will host an ICT Youth Bootcamp during the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) for rural and township SMMEs on 15 November 2017 at the SB Incubator in Rosebank. The objective of the Bootcamp is to provide a platform for A-Level influencers within the South African ICT industry, government and its agencies, youth ICT innovators, young professionals and youth-owned SMMEs to explore through discussions and workshops strategic ways on how they can grow their brands through digital platforms to compete both locally and globally.

The Bootcamp will also serve as an official launch of digiTAAL – a training programme to support SMMEs in townships and rural areas who have minimal ICT Skills. The 6-month programme is a five-phased ICT intervention to combat the day-to-day business challenges that SMMEs face. This includes ICT Youth Bootcamps, ICT Skills Pre-Assessment, Capacity Building Workshops, Ongoing Online Mentorship Programme, Progress Check Workshops and the ICT Skills Post-Assessment.

The carefully selected 150 SMMEs and professionals will benefit from the various highly relevant, multi-focused presentations, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, workshops and opportunities to network with policy makers and thought leaders with the ICT industry.

The ICT Youth Bootcamp key pillars of discussion include workshops and presentations on:

  • Skills Development: e-business, e-literacy, e-practitioner and e-government-user skills development;
  • International best practice exchange: African countries’ ICT success stories;
  • The 4th Industrial Revolution in the South African context and the role ICT Youth SMMEs need to play;
  • ICT SMMEs Business Opportunities and process plans to support SMMEs; and
  • Cyber Security threats and solutions.

Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) Honourable Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will deliver a keynote address at the Bootcamp. Workshops will be conducted by our partners which include: MTN Business, CSIR, AD Dynamo, Standard Bank, NEMISA, Geekulcha, IBM, Microsoft, DTPS.


Date: Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Time: 8:00am – 5pm

Venue: Standard Bank Incubator, Rosebank


Phone: 012 771 4705


Abuti Rams congratulates Pule Sir on his new appointment

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It is with great honour to announce that one of our own leaders Mr Tshepang Pule better known by thousands as Pule Sir who joined a Brits North West community station – Madibeng FM as both content producer and presenter for “The Early Birds” show from 3-6 in the morning.

It was 2013 when I told Mr Pule that he has an incredible voice for radio and that his talent and passion to inspire and inform definitely belongs on the radio waves. Pule Sir never took that for granted, he worked hard to better his craft and today we celebrate his achievement with him. This is the beginning of many opportunities in the media space.

I have had the pleasure of working Pule on the #BeyondInspiration project and launched it in 2015. The book has been touching thousands of lives across the country. He is one of the most trustworthy, effective, dedicated, very punctual and efficient leaders I’ve ever worked with.

You can agree with me that media is one of the important sectors of the society that influences opinions and shapes views of the masses. Thus, we need powerful and influential young people who are going to bring back the dignity and pride of out beautiful country with excellency.

This year is a year of maximisation and as a growing movement, we are excited to see one of our own taking over in the media space. Our leaders not only preach excellency, but they also lead by example.

As Pule Sir adds yet another title in his profile, we take pride in the work he has done for the movement over the years. The daily inspirational content we receive on our social media platforms and our newsletters are results of his hard work.

We trust that God is lifting him up to greater heights.

Don’t forget to tune into to Madibeng fm 105.3 or visit to listen online.

– Abuti Rams

#Maximise2017 #TheMoveIsOn #AgentsOfChange


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During the previous week, the multi-award winning and platinum selling Gospel musician – Dr Tumi released a public statement stating his reasons for not participating in an event organised by Muzi Cindi who proudly promotes a widely accepted concept called ‘Christ Consciousness’. This concept is taught by the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Pastor Chris Oyakilome who both enjoy a large array of support from their followers globally.
Criticism and messages of support overwhelmed Dr Tumi’s lengthy Facebook post, however not everyone took time to interrogate his stance and the underlying factors of his withdrawal, but that’s not the purpose of this article. This article serves to put two concepts on the table and weigh them against the Biblical texts.
Before we can inspect the interpretation of the representation of Christ through the two concepts in question, I would like for us to take into cognizance of the nature of the human mind and it’s ability as explained in the scriptures below:
1. Matthew 15:10-11 (Easy-to-read Version)
Jesus called the people to him. He said, “Listen and understand what I am saying. It is not what people put in their mouth that makes them wrong.[c] It is what comes out of their mouth that makes them wrong.”
2. Jeremiah 17:9 (God’s Word Translation)
The human mind [including the heart or feelings] is the most deceitful of all things. It is incurable. No one can understand how deceitful it is
3. Romans 7:15 (New Living Translation)
I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate
Based on the above-mentioned mentioned texts of the Bible, we can clearly see how deceptive the human mind can be. What more can it do if it is influenced by the intellectual community which always seems to deviate the masses from the teachings of Christ? This community of thought leaders, invest much resources and time into annihilating anything that remotely looks Christian. Thus, it is very important to approach such a community with both reason and logic without using faith and spirituality.
In order to conclude whether Christ Consciousness and the Doctrine of Christ work in harmony and in-sync with scriptures, we first need to clearly define these two theories and also interrogate both their primitive roots. In doing so, we’ll tackle them from a historical point of view, then scripturally in order to have a fair analysis.
To kick-off this discussion, let us first define The Doctrine of Christ as this is much evident in scripture than the latter.
The Hebrews 6:1-2 account might be the only time where in scripture Christ teaches about the 6 elementary Doctrine of Christ, but throughout the Bible, particularly in the New Testament that we understand the nature of Christ and His role in the universe at large. It is therefore safe to say that first time we are introduced to the ‘Doctrine of Christ’ is when we read the Hebrews 6 account.
It reads as thus in the Old King James Version:
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.”
The Doctrine of Christ unpacks the 6 teachings in which other translations such as the New International Version deems them as “Elementary” to mean “the very basic teachings” of the Christian faith. The teachings are as follows:
1. Repentance from dead works
Being born of a natural man, we need to be aware that our nature is corrupt by virtue of the Adamic fall. Our works [thoughts and actions] are continuously corrupted by the evil that exists in this world we are born and live in. It is therefore advised by God for each one to constantly find repentance from our works which lead to death.
2. Faith towards God
The Bible makes it clear that only confessing with our lips that Christ is Lord and Saviour, we [every human being] will receive the gift of salvation from God. In order to have a relationship with God, we need to have faith in the existence, importance, power and relevancy of God in our lives. Thus, the Bible likens A-theism as foolishness (see Psalm 14:1)
3. Doctrine of Baptisms
Baptism as explained in scripture, is an important element in the continuous growth towards a relationship with the Father (God). This exercise may be a physical activity involving the immersion of one in water, however it holds a spiritual significance of the death of the old being to birth a new man who is in Christ.
4. Laying on of hands
The Bible teaches us that the ministry of healing is part of God’s plan for restoration of human life. It goes without saying that the largest miracles Jesus Christ performed in His time were centred around the restoration of health amongst human beings. Thus makes this subject an important element of the foundation of the Christian faith. Healing of the mind and body is pivotal to the spiritual growth of a human being.
5. Resurrection of the dead
If we believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour, it is also a nobrainer that the same Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah who was prophesied of in the OT. He has lived, died and rose again (resurrected from the dead) conquering both death and Hades (Hell/the grace).
6. Eternal Judgement
It is public knowledge that the Christian faith believes in the eternal judgement of souls. There might be differing views on how we will arrive at the ‘Judgement Day’ and their varied interpretation of the term ‘Last Day’, however we can all agree to a certain extent that the foundation of our faith embraces a teaching of eternal judgement. This is supported by hundreds of scriptures from both the OT and NT.
The writer in the Hebrew texts, lays a foundation for any person who wishes to establish a church or ministry that seemingly adopts teachings of the Christian faith. The 6 teachings forms the integral parts of a statement of faith of any church. Contrary to popular belief, the debatable theories such as Trinity, Speaking in Tongues, Rapture, and many other complex concepts DO NOT FORM part of the Doctrine of Christ. Therefore, a church should not be established on the basis of such theories. Also, revelations do not merit one to establish a church, but ONLY the Doctrine of Christ does.
The Doctrine of Christ matters to every Christian believer, because if you find yourself in any ministry or church that do not teach the above-mentioned elementary teachings of Christ, then they are committing a serious doctrinal error!
Furthermore, I encourage you to take a look at the material produced by Dr Sam Soleyn on The Doctrine of Christ. I have found him through-out history as one of the most sound teachers on this subject. Follow his teachings from 2012.
The first time I was introduced to the subject of Consciousness, before learning of its infiltration within the Christian Faith to be what we now call ‘Christ Consciousness’ was after watching a debate on Subjective Idealism vs. Objective Materialism where Richard Dawkins said “consciousness is an emergent property of the brain.” This statement shook me because I have a problem with the term “emergence” especially when it comes to consciousness.
Let me try to explain…
Well a very basic definition of emergence is something like complex properties that result from the interaction of simple behaviours. So in essence, when people like Dawkins talk about emergent consciousness, they show nothing of this sort and therefore don’t answer the how part of consciousness.
A linguistics and research neuroscientist by the name of Marc Ettlinger (PhD) questions the missing mechanism around emergence in conscious. He puts it nicely by saying that “when we talk about real emergent properties, like those of a network, for example, we can show how a specific type of network (e.g., a Small-world network) will emerge in lots of different situations, (e.g., the brain, social networks etc.) because of simple properties that connections between things have: some sort of relationship between viability and proximity. From this, you get lots of local connections and a few non-local ones in certain proportions. ” Thus, the problem I have with Dawkin’s understanding is that emergent consciousness is not a model that can exhibit properties of self awareness and qualitative experience from chemical properties. Until it does, I think he should reserve his comments.
Basically, this concept of consciousness means that a human being can only be conscious of his existence outside a divine being. It means that we do not need the creator in our affairs since we are pro-creators. This is a BIG problem for me and such teaching needs not to enter the Christian faith and should never be taught.
A simple answer would be from the World Mission Society Church of God, also known as the Church of God, which is a new religious movement that began in South Korea in 1964 led by Joo-Cheol Kim. Accordingly to WikiPedia, the church believes in God the Father and God the Mother, claiming to be restoring the truth and practices of the early Church. Because the Bible mentions “the Spirit and the bride” in Revelation 22:17, the Church believes that the bride is God the Mother. Its interpretation of Genesis 1:26–27’s use of “us” and “our” has two gods: a male image of God and a female image of God. It calls the female image of God “God the Mother” and teaches that in the last days, God the Mother has to appear on earth in the flesh. The Church believes that God the Mother is Jang Gil-ja, the source of Mother.”
A rather bizarre observation is that the church also believes that Jesus was to come a second time in the flesh. They believe that Ahn Sahng-hong is the Second Coming Jesus, who came with a new name (Revelation 3:11–12 and Revelation 2:17), and it states that he fulfilled biblical prophecies that only Jesus could have fulfilled.
Some of these teachings were later carried out by Eric Butterworth who originated the Spiritual Therapy Workshops. In his book titled “Discover the Power Within You” published 1968, Eric introduces his audience to a concept called “Christ Consciousness” which is a more extremist approach to the World Mission Society Church of God. He talks about human beings being aware of their power which is equal to God’s. Jesus Christ is totally diminished in the plan of redemption for humanity.
The emergence of the New Age Movement making rounds in America and other developing countries in the world teaches that “The coming of this Master teacher 2,000 years ago was a milestone in the journey that marked a great acceleration in the process of moving back to alignment with the Light within. This master teacher was known as Jesus Christ. The man Jesus was a perfect child of the Goddess and God energy–just as we all are perfect children of the God-force.”
Oprah Winfrey who is part of the New Age Movement also believes that while Christianity is a valid way to achieve high states of spirituality, it must not be considered a unique way, or a “correct way,” nor is Jesus the only way. Oprah’s god is all about love and higher consciousness; she does not subscribe to the teaching that Almighty God is also holy, jealous, and just. Oprah also believes and teaches millions of her followers that Jesus Christ is not the only way to heaven or to God. This teaching is embodied within the Christ Consciousness.
Some of the shocking definitions of Christ Consciousness by the New Age Movement folks:
“The “Christ” itself refers to the Light that we are – the Self, the Atman, the Buddha nature, the Child of God, pearl of great price, treasure buried in a field, measure of meal that leavened the whole loaf, or mustard seed that grew into a great tree. The “Christ” is the “particle” of the Formless that is placed in the womb of Shakti, the Holy Spirit, who is the Divine Mother, mater, matter. (Note the Trinity here of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost or Brahman, Atman, and Shakti – or, for that matter, Osiris, Isis and Horus.)”
John 14:6-7 NIV
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
If we were to look into the two in comparison, we would note that they differ vehemently and do not mix at all. If we are Christians, we should all believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life (see John 3:16). The idea that we can look inside and believe in ourselves without the support of God’s influence in our lives is a total distortion of God’s word.
If we deny Jesus’ deity, there is no way we can ever believe in the six elementary doctrines of Christ as taught in Hebrews 6. Christ Consciousness is thus a blasphemy to the Christian Faith and is not in-sync with God’s word! Looking at the trends of this movement, I conclude by saying that Christ Consciousness on is a silent New Age Atheism. With the above-mentioned history and understanding of Christ Consciousness, we can rightly conclude that it does not lead people to Christ, but to themselves as self-saviours.
1 John 5:13 NIV
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

We’re hungry and angry

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There’s a very thin line between hunger and anger…

My intention is not be controversial, nor frighten you, but imagine a day in the future were black people carried pistols with them waiting for a dispute between them and white people to occur. What do you think would happen to the white community in South Africa? Pause for a moment and allow me to talk about our (black people’s) frustrations.

A sad reality I have come to acknowledge is that, we (black people) are walking ticking time bombs waiting for a perfect moment to explode. It is almost as if we have put traps on every white person and cry “racist”. Just look around you and see what I mean. You can even hear it from the tone of our voices each time we speak about white people. We are an angry people. A broken people.

In a conversation I had with a friend on Twitter, I asked her to reflect on the rage we have a black people and in her response, she said “We [Black People] have been mistreated for a long time. Families dismantled, men and women killed, raped, moved from their land. That anger is justified.”

Everything happening to us today, is a manifestation of our bottled emotions filled with animosity and rage. The years of pain, torture, humiliation and intimidation. At times, we hide it through our smiles and that hope of saying “everything will be okay one day”, but motivation and reality are two worlds apart. We wake up each day to a reality that we are still hungry, and our hunger has gradually turned into anger. The thought that at one point in our history, our hard-earned resources have been stripped away from us. Emotions are further boiled when we think about the current government we put in power is snailing down the programme redistribution of land and other resources.

The Krugersdorp Spur Squabble

In the morning of the Human Rights Day (21 March 2017), we woke up to a video that went viral on social media about a case of a black woman and a white male who were in a heated quarrel at a Spur food outlet in Krugersdorp. Apparently, the fight emanates from their children’s fight which led the man approaching the woman at her table. Unfortunately, the video does not provide us with much information about where the argument began and I believe that it is pivotal to our analysis to reach a conclusion whether there was any racial slurs from the white man. We are only shown when the two are in a serious exchange of words with vulgar thrown from all angles.

There has been an issue of racism attached to the white man’s approach and different scenarios have been painted by the public in their eagerness to find racial undertones. Some of them include;

  • If the woman was white, he wouldn’t have spoken to the lady in that manner
  • If the child was who fought with his child was white, he wouldn’t have reacted the way he did

Speaking on Power FM’s Power Perspective with Vuyo Mvoko on 21 March, Gushwell Brooks representing the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) had this to say “Unfortunately we can’t necessarily read race into/or it was necessarily race inspired the confrontation and that doesn’t make it less grievous. The incident was terribly horrible and needs to be condemned on all possible levels because I don’t think a woman should be confronted in such a violent way no matter what the dispute, especially if we can see that this man had a violent intend…” Gushwell who is the Communications Co-Ordinator at SAHRC continued to say that “We need to remind ourselves that the South African Human Rights Commission works within the law – within the ombuds of the law, whether we are comfortable with it or not, the unfortunate fact of the matter is we have to work with evidence. Based on the video, and my emphasis is on the video because that’s the only public record that actually exist, there was no overt exchange or statement from the man that indicates that this was racially driven. In-fact the dispute (if you watch the video), is around children. Supposedly bullying around children…

If the man was to ask everyone who are calling him “racist” and said “Prove to me by law that that I was being racist”, unfortunately no one will have the legal grounds to say that indeed he was racist. My limited understanding of the law informs me that the nature of the law depends on evidence. It is just unfortunate (as much as many black people wish it was all racial) that the incident does not (in any form or shape) suggest that the man was being racist. Even if the lady shouted “Just because I’m black…” and “you f***** racist” to the white man, fact of the matter is that the man didn’t suggest that he was being racist. However if we were to measure the man’s wrong-doing based on violent behaviour, we could be having a different conversation altogether. As far as my minimal legal knowledge is concerned, in the the video shared nothing suggests that the man was being racist. By the look of things, the man was being his normal self (bully) who needs to start attending anger management classes. Here, we are dealing with a case of violence and intimidation. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the case has nothing to do with race.

On Helen Zille’s Tweets

Were we too quick to judge Helen’s tweets?
My offices in Pretoria are right at the church square. One afternoon during lunch, I walked out with a colleague to get food and observed the buildings around us and reached a conclusion that there are some good story to tell about colonialism. As inhuman as the system was, there are few elements we can appreciate about the system. I share the same views about the ANC. I’m not a fan of the organisation, but there are few elements I can appreciate about their work towards developing this country and for that, we need to constantly admire.

The other day I listened to a conversation between three old black men who were complaining about the current political and social setup. They were all echoing their frustrations and sharing their admiration of the apartheid system which in their words was far better than the current system led by our very own black people. They gave clear examples of some of the developmental initiatives that the apartheid system came with and emphasised that things are worse. To my surprise, these are the same old men who said “maburu ne ale sehlogo” (Boers were very ruthless) earlier on in the conversation. For a moment, I struggled to understand how one system can both be ruthless and good at the same time. But when I read what I Helen tweeted, I didn’t jump to attack her, I chose to wait for her to finish talking in order to understand the context in which she was basing her statements from. Unfortunately tweets are only 140 characters and you can’t explain yourself properly even if you were given another change. Once a tweet is out, it is out! Your reputation is on the line.

But why are we angry and when/where did it all begin?
Are we both (black and white people) tired of pretending to each other? Have we tolerated each other enough to a point that we are now tired of pretending? Surely the reconciliation programme since 1994 has serious cracks, and they are rapidly surfacing 23 years later. But who’s to blame for the evident failure of the programme? Did the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Surely there’s great lessons to be learned outside the TRC. Maybe we need to go back to the points of discussion and the compromises made. Maybe that’s where our anger started.

It is sad to see my fellow black people going around with red pens, finding faults in every statement white people make. Everything bad done by white people has turned into a race issue. The media is doing a very good job of fueling the fire by raising the past injustices in their reporting. “Because I’m black and you’re white…” line is rapidly growing within our daily conversations. Our anger towards white people distract us from being objective in calling out wrong-doing. Our anger is confusing clouding our judgement and reasoning towards issues.

I beg not to be misunderstood in my stance. I am in no way supporting whites. My argument is not to dismiss the evident fact that there is white supremacy in our society. All I am saying is that we are so angry to a point that we keep turning every incident into racial disputes which is depriving us from the opportunity to see other whites as human beings. We are promoting black versus white instead of seeing each other as one human race. Yes, let us call out and shame all racists, but careful not to incite violence in our approach.

The 2008 and recent xenophobic attacks suggests to us that we are both hungry and angry. We have turned our anger towards people of our own skin colour. We are afraid to confront the people with economical power and have turned our anger to our African brothers and sisters. Our hunger for land is turning us into monsters who are ready to devour everything around us even if it means killing each other. The increasingly service delivery and the #FeesMustFall protests say a lot about our hunger problem. Maybe Mmusi Maimane was correct after all; “we are a broken nation.”

I dream of a day when we (black people) turn our anger towards coming up with real and tangible solutions to the pertinent issues we are faced with. We do have the power to change our circumstances. Our disunity and tribal egos are getting the best of us. Anger is not the solution to our hunger. Let’s put our brains together and find solutions!