They Call Her “Mother of The Nation”

Beloved…

“Mother of the Nation”…

Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela Mandela…the western world knows as Ms. Winnie Mandela, has transitioned from her earthly body today at the age of 81.

Ms. Mandela, may you live eternally in peace.

May other women, both young and more seasoned pick up your torch, stand strong and courageously, determined to never give up or give in until freedom and equity is fully and truly achieved in every sense of their meanings.

Ms. Mandela was and is a force to be reckoned with, that propaganda machines tried to destroy, but failed to do.

Women are to be seen and only heard when called on to speak, and only allowed to say what is deemed respectable and respectful by man. And Black women have less rights than that, especially during the apartheid-era in South Africa.

Some of the culprits have even come forward and admitted their roles and explained that they had to do it to keep her from growing in power and influence; they couldn’t afford having this woman convince her then-husband, Nelson Mandela, to do and say the bold things that would’ve elevated all of South Africa to a status equal to those nations that had colonized and controlled it; they couldn’t risk the domino effect it would create throughout the African continent.

So the propaganda machine worked instead on a strategy of divide and conquer.

They divided the Mandela family.

They divided Black leadership.

They divided the ANC.

They divided a nation.

They almost turned the world against Ms. Mandela.

Almost.

Propaganda machines are fueled by and rely upon the ignorant and uninformed.

However, with every conspiracy there are always the enlightened who you will never fall for the trick and never will convert.

Those of us who see clearly the deception, smoke and mirrors, and the games, also saw the plot against Ms. Mandela.

Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela Mandela, we will continue to speak up, speak out, act timely, hold accountable, and demand that all of God’s people live and die with dignity, with the same resources, advantages, and opportunities as those who once and still do oppress them.

You fought an amazing fight Ms. Mandela. You can now rest and watch over your beloved nation. 💗

Here is a snippet of a nice tribute that ABC News created for Ms. Mandela: https://twitter.com/abc/status/980870784833945602?s=21

~Natasha

Copyright 2018. Natasha Foreman Bryant. The Paradigm Life.

The Latest News from the Motherland

 

By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA
So as many of you know, I am very passionate about what goes on throughout the continent of Africa, and there are some countries that I zoom in on the most (Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda, DRC, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, and several others). I wanted to share the latest happenings and headlines with you, so that you too can expand your mind and vision beyond what you see and read in American media. Enjoy, and of course share your thoughts if you like.
Sudan: Locals Taking Part in Ethiopia’s Trade, Bazaar *
 A number of Sudanese firms and businessmen are taking part at a trade
 and bazaar in Ethiopia’s Amhara state.

http://www.sudantribune.com/Sudanese-taking-part-in-Ethiopia-s,41222

South Africa: Will Country Continue to Buckle Under Pressure
 From China?
 As the ANC celebrates its 100 years of existence, South Africa this
 year faces a number of important foreign policy decisions, including
 how to manage its relations with China.
South Africa: ANC At 100 – From Struggle to Power *
 Africa’s oldest liberation movement celebrated 100 years in power on
 Sunday. The highlight should have been a speech by ANC leader Jacob
 Zuma, but while his dancing may have entertained, his words didn’t.
* Zimbabwe: Chinese Become Unwelcome Guests *
 Alec Marembo has built his family fortune making bricks in
 Dzivarasekwa, a sprawling high-density suburb north of the capital of
 Zimbabwe. But due to the economic crisis of the last decade, his
 fortune started crumbling. Although he could break even when the
 downturn started, he finally gave in to competition from the Chinese.

http://www.ips.org/africa/2012/01/zimbabwe-chinese-become-unwelcome-guests/

Rwanda: Genocide Suspect Living in Canada Faces Deportation *
 Rwandan scholar Léon Mugesera, who has been living in Canada
 since 1993 was notified on December 27 that he would face deportation
 on January 12, his lawyer told Canadian media on Friday.
Rwanda: Law On Organ Donation Might Remove Taboo and Save Lives *
 A new ministerial order makes it possible for people to volunteer to
 be an organ donor. For that to succeed, some resistance, especially
 from certain religious groups, will have to be overcome.

http://focus.rw/wp/2012/01/law-on-organ-donation-might-remove-taboo-and-save-lives/

Copyright 2012. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

South Africa: Parents Talk Openly About Sexuality and Relationships

Children and young people continue to lack accurate and comprehensive
knowledge of HIV and how to avoid sexual transmission of HIV. The
silence around sexuality in general and children’s sexuality in
particular generates misconceptions, myths and misinformation which
contribute to children and adolescents risky sexual practices.
http://allafrica.com/stories/201109081406.html

South Africa: More Test HIV-Positive Than Expected

By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA

I have included a link to an article that simply floors me, “more people than expected have tested HIV-positive in the national HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) campaign in South Africa.”

South Africa is working hard to test within their country and respond to treatment efforts of those infected and affected by HIV. Some people simply are not responding to the ‘Get Tested’ campaigns, while for others the message still has not reached them. Initially the HCT campaign only expected 1.6 million South Africans (of the targeted 15 million) would test HIV-positive.

Preliminary figures show that over 12 million South Africans have been counseled for HIV since April 2010, of this figure 85% or 10.2 million have accepted the HIV test after counseling, which means the campaign underestimated by 5 million people.

Something must be done.

This isn’t just a South African, African, African-American, minority, or Gay and Lesbian issue…this is a human issue worldwide. We have to do our part to make things right.

Read this article and share your thoughts, and what you are doing to help with HIV-education, testing, and safe sex practices in your community and worldwide: http://allafrica.com/stories/201106300715.html

Copyright 2011. Some Rights Reserved. The Paradigm Life.

Wal-Mart Merging with Retailer Massmart in South Africa

By Natasha L. Foreman, MBA

According to the South African Press Association and Desi Heita, a journalist for New Era (“Newspaper for a New Namibia”) the Namibian and South African trade ministers are expected to meet today to strategize on what is to become the biggest corporate challenge ever in the region – dealing with American retail giant Wal-Mart.

Six days after Walmart completed its acquisition of a controlling stake in Massmart, it started advertising price cuts and new business opportunities for South Africa. Massmart also said it intends to create 15,000 jobs in the next five years.

Walmart has 55 brands around the world in, among other countries, Canada, Brazil, China, Chile, Japan and Mexico. Its share of Massmart would be a stake in emerging African markets. The Namibian Competition Commission (NCC) is appealing the High Court ruling of the Wal-Mart and Massmart merger in the Supreme Court, while the South African Competition Commission is reconvening to determine their next move.

Both authorities feel that Wal-Mart, with its documented history of poor trade union and employee relations, should be given a clear script and map on how to engage in business in southern Africa, and clearly stipulated consequences if it fails to engage in ethical dealings, or follow the rules as outlined.

It will be interesting to see what comes of the merger, jobs and economic changes in the southern region of Africa, and the impact on the people.

Sources:

http://www.newera.com.na/article.php?articleid=39364&title=Wal-Mart:%20Nam,%20SA%20trade%20ministers%20meet