I spent more than 5 years learning and collecting all the necessary things and knowledge that I needed to be a specialist in the field of work that I do.Little did I know that sometime in life,somewhere in a certain area will I find things that are somehow unexplainable.We often hear stories of people who are posessed by “things”,safe leave it there than to try and really come up with terms that will end up being unexplainable as well.Anyway,I have been very lucky to witness very disturbing cases or things happening to students in some of the schools we work with.A student just goes crazy,scream,be hysterical and very aggressive.Others even strip off their clothes,run around the school,punching whoever that tries to come near them.Some of these learners will often start by hallucinating and then the screaming starts.One special case was a young girl that was screaming;”Ngiyeza!!!!”(Zulu expression meaning I’m coming).She was screaming and running towards the school gate,probably trying to get to wherever this voice is coming from.Pity,only,she was the only one who could hear this voice.The saddest part of this whole thing is that these cases are only GIRLS.These young girls don’t feel comfortable talking about these things at all,they’ll often say.they can not remember anything bout what has just happened.
When I as a nurse screen these learners,all their vital signs,ie blood pressure,pulse,respiratory rate,glucose levels,temperature,etc.Everything is of normal ranges.When I take history from the relatives and friends,the response is that these things are either demonic or indigenous.The one learner I saw yesterday,she’s vevn a stay in patient at this Inyanga,Zulu doctor,and is getting healed there.She went into this state twice in my presence and all we did was to PRAY for her.She slept for a while and when she woke up,she was taken to the inyanga’s house.She had absolutely no memory or what happened to her.
As you all might have heard of our recent feature with Silethukukhanya HIgh School was of huge disappointment , I felt so angry with the match referee who couldn’t give us a well deserved penalty ,however I wouldn’t complain more as we had couple of chances that we failed to convert infront of goals . I think we had excellent striking force with the likes of Mpi ( Scuthe ) and Siyabonga ( Shoeshine ) , but also bit worried with their weight .Thanks to Bheki for his consistent performance he produced on the match day , he frustrated the strikes the whole match, as Nomandla was always caught unmarked an number of occasions .but still ,I think we were the better team on the day…..All the best to the for our next feature of which I think we’ll play against the Police force . We should expect to see Anele back to the squad after recovering from an ankle injury.
May 12, 2009
Well, after 2 months in Baltimore, back to South Africa with a 5-day stop over in Belgium to see my family plus a meeting with people from the Flemish government regarding future funding for Mpilonhle.
It has been a very interesting 2 months but I am looking forward to “home”, the Mpilonhle family, how I miss them all. Because that is what South Africa is for me – Mpilonhle. Baltimore was productive though. It is good to be out of the working environment to reflect on the way forward. Mike with JP wrote another grant – as usual I did the budget and organizational structure – and who knows, we might have a chance. Besides finance, I also spent a lot of my time cleaning up our files and preparing our website for going “high tech”. A paperless workplace is our aim at Mpilonhe and Slie, Andrea, Lindiwe and myself have been working on this non-stop.
What struck me most in the US – after only a break of 4 months since the fall – is the speed technology takes off here. I think the Obama administration is for sure taking the lead on this. People here facebook (don’t know whether this is a verb by now) , tweet, blog, textmessage, and use ipods as a second nature. And I am not talking about the youngsters, I am talking about middle aged and elderly. Life is easy here in the USA and people are constantly finding ways to make it more easier for you.
Not that we at Mpilonhle are so far behind. We really can hold our own when it comes to technology but our big challenge is to keep it up and to continue being creative on how to become more efficient and cost effective in our operations and in obtaining our goals.
We’ve come to a point where by we are so used to our job. Sometimes one can even sing the routine. What a child might say or complain with might be anticipated, judging by the appearance of the client or student sitting in front of you, the face says it all before you could ask.
Today was a different day to me. A client walked into the consulting room, greeted me nicely and as I was asking about his particulars, he had a different thing going on in his mind.The young man asked me if it is acceptable for clients to sit in the seat I was on, he also asked if we could exchange seats, curiously, I said yes. He went on to ask me that as we see so many school pupils and all have different problems, do we get to be counselled and when do we get that chance since we see students Monday to Friday.
I was so touched to learn that, we are so worried sick about these pupils when they also care about us.We had a very interesting conversation with this particular student and he really made my day. It was indeed a memorable small INDABA, only this time the agenda was CARING FOR THE CARRER.
On Friday the Mpilonhle FC played its first official match. It was a very difficult away game. The good thing was that our host were very welcoming. Slethukukhanya is such a well run school its amazing. Our Mayor Mthombeni helped in getting rid of all the pre-match nerves by telling jokes earlier in the day. He also helped lift the mood after the news about Lucas Radebe not being well. I would like to wish him a speedy recovery.
We had been preparing for this game the past 8-9 days. Unfortunately we lost by 1 goal to nil on the day. We played 2 practice matches during the week to fine tune our skills before the game.
Losing is never a good feeling especially if you have a group of winners as a team. The team was made up of Bheki, Sbusiso, Mbhekeni, Sakho, Sphakahle, me, Anele, Nkosinathi, Thokozani and 2 additional players.
A lot of the people have said we did well as this was our first game as a team. I do not think so. We had enough chances in the game to score and win. I just felt before the game our minds had been distracted by other events I cannot mention here.
I have received a number of invitations from people who would like to test their football skills against us. A few schools even the Police force have shown interest. We need all the support we can get even if you don’t like football or you have never played the game Mpilonhle FC needs you. Come to our next practice. Teasing us or saying we are wasting our time is NOT supporting. Playing football or any sport is taxing on the body we need energy drinks or even a pack of oranges(anything) hopefully someone will remember that next time. This is a football team NOT chess players.
I would like to thank the Management and everyone who supported us and made the launch on Friday a success.
Hopefully this was not the last time we see Mpilonhle FC in action. Keep supporting guyz.
We have been very busy this past week. The guys here at work have started a football club. We have already had 2 practise sessions. This is what we have all been waiting for.
We needed the exercises as most of us have been gaining weight alarmingly. Most of the guys are very excited about this as we love the game sooo much.
Our first game is on Friday this week. The team is made up of virtually all the departments here at Mpilonhle.
Victory is guranteed! This team will dominate Mtubatuba for many years to come. We have gotten many invitations to play. But right now we are just concentrating on getting fit and organised as a team.