- A Thief is a Thief
Recently we have had to deal with a few cases of stolen items here at Mpilonhle. Some of the items lost are laptops, 3G Modems, cameras and most recently computer monitors. Now some of these items have been recovered, unfortunately others not. I would really like to attend a court case of someone who stole from me personally or from the organisation.
I have to ask why would someone take something that doesn’t belong to them. How people are able to go on day by day knowing that they have cheated someone or some organisation of valuable items they worked hard for. There are only things that we can assume may be a reason for someone to want to do these things.
The first of many reasons is for money. On the black market you can sell an item for 50% of its value–possibly even more if the item is popular in the community at the time. Right now the most popular items are IT gadgets. Now the strange thing is even if a person does not know how to operate them they still take it. This type of thief is known as a professional.
The second most common reason people steal is obsession. They can’t help themselves and they steal just to get the rush. This type of thief will take anything they can get there hands on because they just do it to see if they can get away.
Last but not least the third most common reason that people steal is for survival. This type of thief steals things that he/she needs to survive. Most of the time they take things like clothing for their children or medicine, baby formula and sometimes food. This type of shoplifting you can understand, but the act still wrong and illegal.
No matter which of the three reasons a person has for stealing, it is still wrong. Someone I know once said “a person not only steals items but trust as well gets stolen at the same time”.In addition to greed thieves also have no conscience. This allows them to steal and not feel guilty about it. They actually believe that they are doing nothing wrong.
This is it!
The people of Esikhawini/ Empangeni/ Richards Bay got a once in a lifetime opportunity when they came face to face with the iconic Fifa World Cup trophy on Monday. Courtesy of Coca Cola, the solid gold trophy will landed in Richards Bay on the final leg of its global tour and went on display at the eSikhawini Sports Ground. The most coveted trophy in world sport has already travelled throughout the world over the past 225 days and has been seen and admired by millions of people in 86 countries. For local residents, it was the only chance to get up close to the real thing before it is handed over to the captain of the winning team of the 2010 World Cup on 11 July. This is probably the only time the trophy will ever visit Zululand.
Everyone got to see the trophy up close and enjoyed the wide variety of entertainment and activities on the day. This is the first time that the trophy has made an extended trip across the length and breadth of the host country. Although not everybody will be able to see a World Cup match live in a stadium, they have at least had an opportunity to experience the Coca-Cola Trophy tour,
Here in Mpilonhle we hope to atleast attend one World cup match.
Residents got a chance to take photos with the Trophy
South Africa had more cases of measles in the years 2009 to 2010 than the years before that. If not controlled we may see more cases of measles. Measles is caused by a very small germ, called measles virus. It cannot be seen by a naked eye. It is spread when a person suffering from measles coughs or sneezes, passing on the germ to others. It can cause blindness, hearing problems, brain damage, pneumonia and even death.
Right now, many children have received one two doses of measles vaccine during their first two years. Those doses work in about 9 out of
10 children. Outbreaks may still occur amongst those that were not immunized or amongst those in whom the vaccine did not work.
In 19-24 April 2010, Mpilonhle team has visited some of the schools that it is working with to provide measles and polio immunization services, i.e Masibonisane High School 318 learners immunized, Nkosana High 93 learners immunized,Shikishela Primary 200 learners immunized and Kwa Nyamazane Prmary 93 learners immunized. The second round will from the 24 – 28 May 2010.
by Thuli Biyela