Monday, July 10, 2006

More from the web

I came across this page after the author left a comment on the Unbroken Barometer.

Here is an excerpt:

"Watson’s move would actually be welcomed if his site contained cautionary advice - for let’s not kid ourselves, South Africa is plagued by high levels of crime. It’s equally true, however, that by taking the normal, sensible precautions one would take anywhere while on holiday, tourists can have a wonderful visit here, and return home much enriched. But Watson’s blog is pure, lurid gore - yellow in every respect - whose only purposes are fearmongering and discouragement. (Not to forget profiteering - he accepts ads on his blog.)" - South Africa Travel Guide

I've had the feeling that people aren't fully trusting Official South African Tourism sites. It's understandable because it is their job to be super positive. They do mention crime and precautions though. I'm adding the above site to my links because it is more intimate. It isn't a billboard. Any tourists: check out all of the sites! And come visit.

In terms of suggestions for what we should do about crime, I've started collecting ideas for a proposal to government. So far I have things ranging from "politicians should give up their own bodyguards" to "increase the alcohol tax" - many crimes occur in conjunction with excessive alcohol use. We need more ideas though, so let's have them.

7 Comments:

At 9:39 AM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hijackers tried to ram my car"
09/07/2006 22:28 - (SA)









Cape Town in hijack blitz

Man fights hijackers, kills 1

Hijackers rape woman, take car

Shot motorist 'hijacked'

Shot Jhb man: Hit or hijack?







Carryn-Ann Nel , Die Burger


Cape Town - A week before Mark Labuschagne, 45, of Table View successfully foiled a hijacking attempt, he had complained to President Thabo Mbeki about South Africa's crime wave.

Three other motorists were not as lucky as Labuschagne to get away from hijackers.

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1965103,00.html

 
At 2:04 PM, July 10, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.news24.com/News24/South_Africa/News/0,,2-7-1442_1965428,00.html\

Another crime initiative

 
At 2:20 PM, July 10, 2006, Blogger Len said...

A link to this site might be useful for many:
http://www.sagoodnews.co.za

 
At 4:04 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Watson works for an Insurance company. What's the best way to sell insurance?? Through FEAR!!

Where does the R3 you are charged per SMS on his site go to????

 
At 4:22 PM, July 12, 2006, Blogger bernard said...

Addy,

I am a proud South African – one that is here to stay. I am thankful for every glorious day added to my life. Why am I particularly proud of SA? The previous regime abdicated and allowed all South Africans to elect a new regime (how is this for the effects of democracy?). Every South African should attempt to contribute to the well being of our nation. You should enlighten yourself somewhat on our current leadership. They are profiled by their international acquaintances (Castro, Gadhafi, and Mugabe). Do you really think that a bunch of comrades will compromise at the negotiating table? Do you have enough leverage to negotiate with or advise the comrades? Your proposed ideas are wonderful on paper but impossible in practice. How are you going to convince politicians to live without their bodyguards up to the point where it will actually happen? I partially agree with your statement that many crimes occur in conjunction with excessive alcohol use but I have yet to see a highly trained gunman embark on a carefully planned heist or highjacking attempt under the influence of alcohol. It is a pity that the South African Tourism industry has to financially suffer the consequences of a desperate outcry when payment (taxes) should in fact be withheld from the non performing South African Government. Are you not simply one of so many who want to treat the symptoms? Now go back to the drawing board – find the root cause by scrutinizing your elected leadership and their foreign friends whereafter you may, with the required presence of mind, utilize the privilege of freedom of speech to air your views.

Bernard
Gauteng

 
At 4:23 PM, July 12, 2006, Blogger bernard said...

Addy,

I am a proud South African – one that is here to stay. I am thankful for every glorious day added to my life. Why am I particularly proud of SA? The previous regime abdicated and allowed all South Africans to elect a new regime (how is this for the effects of democracy?). Every South African should attempt to contribute to the well being of our nation. You should enlighten yourself somewhat on our current leadership. They are profiled by their international acquaintances (Castro, Gadhafi, and Mugabe). Do you really think that a bunch of comrades will compromise at the negotiating table? Do you have enough leverage to negotiate with or advise the comrades? Your proposed ideas are wonderful on paper but impossible in practice. How are you going to convince politicians to live without their bodyguards up to the point where it will actually happen? I partially agree with your statement that many crimes occur in conjunction with excessive alcohol use but I have yet to see a highly trained gunman embark on a carefully planned heist or highjacking attempt under the influence of alcohol. It is a pity that the South African Tourism industry has to financially suffer the consequences of a desperate outcry when payment (taxes) should in fact be withheld from the non performing South African Government. Are you not simply one of so many who want to treat the symptoms? Now go back to the drawing board – find the root cause by scrutinizing your elected leadership and their foreign friends whereafter you may, with the required presence of mind, utilize the privilege of freedom of speech to air your views.

Bernard
Gauteng

 
At 11:50 PM, July 12, 2006, Blogger Willie said...

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