Banning social media not a solution to Africa’s governance problems 

Sometimes our politicians need to make wider consultations before going to the media to make certain pronouncements, ” if cyber bullying , fake news  and other vices continue will have to go the China way of banning Facebook and Google …..” , said our minister of communication and transport Eng Brian  Mushimba   ,China has its own tencent app wechat,  and Sina Weibo which is the equivalent of Americas twitter,  so which social media will the govt offer as alternatives after banning Facebook and Google? Most free smart phone apps we use are free of charge and a supported only by adverts which are powered by Google AdSense, which is way cheaper than advertising in traditional print media or even electronic media,  imagine an advert which can reach millions of Zambians at only K9/ day,  the same same story with Facebook the tech giant survives on advertising revenue, it’s target based adverts Which target a specific age group and location,  we should not look for cosmetic solutions we must dig to find long lasting solutions,  most of these problems can be curbed by having adequate legislation, like Zicta said having laws to curb cyber crime,  than killing the spirit of enterprise,  I have noticed alot of e-commerce going on from Facebook,  now if it where to be banned that’s strangling  an SME who markets  his / her products on Facebook.

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POWER OF NOW

A beggar had been sitting by the side of a
road for over thirty years. One day a
stranger walked by.
“Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar,
mechanically holding out his old baseball
cap.
“I have nothing to give you,” said the
stranger. Then he asked: “What’s that you
are sitting on?”
“Nothing,” replied the beggar, “Just a box. I
have been sitting on it for as long as I can
remember.”
“Ever looked inside?”
“No,” said the beggar. “What’s the point?
There is nothing in there.”
“Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger.
The beggar managed to pry open the lid.
With astonishment, disbelief and elation,
he saw that the box was filled with gold.
I am that stranger who has nothing to give
you and who is telling you to look inside.
Not inside a box, as in the parable, but
somewhere even closer: inside yourself.
“But I am not a beggar,” I can hear you
say.
Those who have not found their true
wealth, which is the radiant joy of Being
and the deep, unshakable peace that
comes with it, are beggars.
They are looking outside for scraps of
pleasure or fulfillment, for validation,
security, or love, while they have a
treasure within that not only includes all
those things but is infinitely greater than
anything the World can offer.
-Eckhart Tolle-
( From his book the POWER OF NOW)

CHOOSING SOCIAL MEDIA OVER SAVING A LIFE .

In my five years of commuting between towns for work, i have witnessed the number of cars on our Zambian high ways grow exponentially, it has grown as fast as the social media frenzy .

Just yesterday whilst going for work we came across a Zimbabwean registered truck which went of the high way and was only stopped by a tree which was in front of it , luckily the driver escaped unhurt. Most people we found on the scene had a phone in their hands or some sort of hand held devices taking photos or videos.

Hardly a month ago we witnessed Truck belonging to Chat Milling which lost control hitting into an anthill, they were a total of 7 passengers including the driver, it happened before our very eyes as the truck was just in front of us, it was so tragic that the car had to turn around facing the direction it was coming from, all the people in the truck had some fractures and dislocations, Surprisingly after we went out to assist the casualties, so people where just busy taking photos and videos whilst they stood afar, which begged these questions ” Are all these people journalists? , Are they taking these photos to send to media houses? Or its just for the sake of being the first to share the photos and videos on sharing sites or even social media? ”

It took a few courageous people to help the casualties, as most of them had cuts and where bleeding, as we all never had surgical gloves or any form of hand protection , to prevent us from getting any blood transmitted infections from the casualties, but we did it for a good cause, helping humanity despite the health risks involved, while other people where busy uploading photos to their profiles.

Ever since then it has made me wonder is it of any benefit being the first to share the photographs on sharing sites than helping save the life of the casualties. Am glad that my phone stayed in my pocket and i administered first aid to some of the casualties, saving a life of a family man , a bread winner and a tax payer.

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING IN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Its so surprising more than a
decade after leaving high
school, guidance and
counseling is still not given that
much attention in government
schools.
Today if your where you ask a
school leaver on which options
or just the career they would
want to pursue one would be
surprised , some have even
more than five career options
which may not be even be
related, clearly showing lack of
direction.
I think the government must
employ fulltime guidance
counselors in all public
secondary schools rather than
having a teacher who does it
parttime, just after classes,even
bring in professionals from
various fields to tell the
students on different career
prospects .