Tuesday, 9 July 2013

The Enviroment. IT begins with You

Yesterday 6 July 2013 i saw Edith Nawakwi posted on her Facebook Page what the FDD ware doing in our community. They ware Collecting Garbage and disposing off garbage with a view to make our neighborhoods Green and Clean. This is something that must be commended by every well meaning Human being.

 Our Cities and towns are becoming very dirty because of us. i remember some time back when the keep Zambia clean campaign was in full swing i was eating a banana and i threw the banana peal outside the car window and a little  girl that was a passenger in the car just said "Brian Keep Zambia Clean". Every one started laughing at me and ever since i am ashamed to throw litter. any how. i would walk around with a empty coca cola bottle until i get home or i find a bin to throw it.

Some friends ask me why the hassle of me trying to find a bin for me to throw the litter all when i can just throw it anywhere on the street. I bet we all ask our selves such questions to why we should bother when we can just throw and the council will find people to clean the streets. What if we all would have a mentality of keeping the cities clean? We are quick to say Lusaka is very dirty but what are you doing about it. why did you throw that choclate wraper on the street?

 Even in restaurants, its very disgusting you sit on a table and they are left overs all over the table. we usually say the is  someone paid to clean the table so why bother throwing my left overs in the bin that is usually 2 or 3 meters away. the same mentality is what is killing us and its these small habits that when left unaddressed are making our city and neighborhoods more dirty. It all begins with you.
 Lets Commend Madam Edith Nawakwi for not waiting to get to state house to make a difference.  This must be a lesson to all political office aspirants that they must first make a difference then that's when they should aspire to represent people.

we all have something we can do to make a difference and its the little thing we do that makes a big difference.
The Environment must be taken care of for the future generations to enjoy. It all begins  with you, Plant a tree in your yard, plant Grass, flowers. Its funny in Chalala that was a bush some 10 years ago one may its very rare to find a tree because they have all been cut down. you wonder how it wold be like in the next 10 years. one would have to go to the outskirts of town just to see a tree.

Thanks to the experience i had at Fist Quantum Minerals i now understand and am passionate about the environment and i learnt a Lot from the Environmental and safety Team that ensured that the environment was taken care of. it used to seem that the guys ware just trying to make things difficult but the ware and are doing service to the planet.

what if we all could throw our garbage in the right place?

let us support madam Edith Nawakwi in her quest to clean our city. this should  be something that is  above political affiliation. this should not only be done in Lusaka but all  over. we can volunteer to be a part of this program and make the world a better place.

Youths let us Volunteer to be a Part of the Green and Clean Team. You not doing anyone but your self a favor. I am Proud of what Madam Nawakwi and her team are Doing. and every well meaning Zambian should be proud


NB. Pictures from Edith Nawakwi's Facebook Page

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Dependancy The Con's

When will we ever come to live within our means as a nation and not being dependent on Aid for us to achieve our goals? when will we ever be self reliant? these are the questions i ussually ask my self.

the problem is very big and its rooted deep within our communities, society and homes.

I saw a letter from one cultural association  asking for money in order for them to carry out a named tradition ceremony. My heart was filled with sorrow  because this Ceremony has been carried out Annually for decades and the people that are in these associations are some of the people we call great minds and have prominent business's in this country. No wonder Chiefs Sell mining rights at a cheap to the foreign mining companies. we think they giving a favor when in fact they corrupting us with the small gifts.

Take for example take Luke who works is a manager in company x and Chris who is his subordinate. Luke usually asks for money from Chris, goes for drinks on Chris's pocket. Chris comes for work late and is not giving in 100%,  will Luke be in a position to Discipline Chris accordingly. theoretically you will say its possible but practically the saying "don't bite the hand that feeds you" will come into play.

what is my point, a person you always beg from owns you and you are bound to follow whatever direction he or she leads you. Take for example in the case of the Named ceremony, Company's will give money and when the time comes, because they give you hand outs for  carrying out your ceremony you will bow down to whatever demand they asking you because you will fear tomorrow they will be no money in our coffers to organise the ceremony.

we think they do us a favor when we actually do them a favor. Advertising and a Good image. what if the organizers of the ceremonies have to tell the companies
  • if you want to put up billboards around the area during the ceremony pay so much, 
  • paint your company colors on the shelters, pay so much
  • For the company Branded T-Shirts, pay so much
  • Exclusive TV rights to cover the ceremony
if they ware to operate in such a manner do you think they will be always begging year in year out for hand outs?

Companies will the the ones rushing to them to buy these  products  and invest in these ceremonies because at the end of the day its the companies that get almost free advertising for a donation that is a drop in the ocean out of there marketing budget. free TV coverage for the billboards they put across, free PR appraisals and they will boast its parts of there corporate social responsibility.

Same goes to the many soccer teams in Zambia. they are very capable of running on there own but rely on handouts from various companies. They can make companies pay for having there names on their shirts, bill boards around the stadium and Replica Jerseys. we have a soccer loving nation and to my surprise the national team jersey's are only plenty because of the many Gonga that spell Football Assoclation of Zambia instead of Football Association of Zambia. Where will i get to buy a Nkana FC Jersey, Power Dynamo's Jersey, Kabwe Warriors jersey, Mighty Mufurila Wanderers Jersey? As for the Zanaco, Zesco United i know i can only get them if i have strong links to people that work for Zanaco and Zesco respectively.

I know i have Friends that want to don the Colors of our local Clubs but where do we get them. How can i Proudly say i Support Roan Football club when the closest i can get to a Roan United Shirt is a Newcastle United or Juventus Jersey.

All in all dependency begins with you. we all have our talents and something out our disposal to make things out of our lives. the moment we change our perspective and stop waiting on someone to improve our lives that's the moment we will truly develop. Like Pompi puts its its not the Tree it is the Root that's why we bearing all the wrong fruits.  it all starts with the mentality of the citizen.

The Big Question, Will i live to see a Zambia that is self sufficient in my life time?