Must say I was impressed with the IEC at my local voting station. I was in and out in under 5 minutes with no issues whatsoever. The one ballot had about 50 parties on it and must say I did not had a clue or have never heard about at least 40 of those parties. The other ballot paper had about 30 names on it and I recognised probably about 5 of those names. I just cannot see how the majority of those on the ballots will get any meaningfull votes.
The oher thing I observed was that the DA had a table right outside the door of the voting station. As far as I know, parties are not allowed to do any cavasing today and under the banner of checking whether your name is on the list, thay came very close to canvasing.
I have now collected a fair amount of stanps and stickes in my ID book. Here is a picture of it
As you can see it goes all the way back to the Referendum we had in 1992 and variuos elections since then. Can you recognised the stamp that was used today? Yes I did remember to blank out my ID number
Have you done your deed today and what was your experience like?
I think all PM’s will enjoy this from Dilbert today.
So make sure that you include that week …
The weather for the coming week. Make sure you keep warm.
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Is there something like Company Envy? That is not for their products but for a place to work. I am fairly sure of it and most of us had this desire to work for one or other company be it Google, Facebook, IBM (did work for them) or even Microsoft. These are all big companies and are all over the press every day. We all know how well the employees get treated at GooglePlex and we have all heard stories about other companies.
I have this secret that I have Company Envy and have been for the past couple of years. There is this fairly small company that is based in the Western Cape which I really want to go work for. I am not going to mention their name but people that do know me would figure this out fairly easy. Now you may ask, why, surely they not that much different than other companies.
So why do I want to work for them:
- I believe in the work they do and think they so far ahead in their field.
- I know lots of the people working there and they ethical, fair and commited to do the right thing.
- They work hard but at the same time ensure that there is balance between work and life .. you know that work/life balance thing.
- They treat their employees as family which is more than can be said for most other companies in this day and age.
- Only the best gets the opportunity to work there and if you in the fortunate posotion then you know you one of the best.
- And the list goes on ….
We all have this bucket list of things that we want to do and I do not think many include working at a specific company on their bucket list. Well it is on my bucket list together with climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and playing golf on the Old Course at St Andrews (done that and ticked off).
I am sure the opportunity will present itself in near future and believe me, I will be ready to grab it with both my hands.
Here’s to dreams coming true …
Just had a look at the weather for the rest of the week. Take out that woolies and make sure you warm.
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Bit windy in Cape Town but we are not going to let that stop us.
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I have this debate with myself at the moment of what is the most suitable way for me when it comes to working. Contracting or Permanent?
As a background, I have no small schoolgoing children but do have 2 that are still dependents since they are at varsity. So I do need a stable income and some form of security to cover things like medical aid, provision for retirement and all the expenses that goes with life.
Further, I am lucky that to a certain extend I am a highly qualified and experienced professional which make finding work fairly easy even in the tough economic situation we are currently in.
I have worked both as a contractor and a permanent employee, most as a permament employee. From my experience over the last couple of months as a contractor, I defnitely prefer to be permanently employed. I have found that although most companies say that they treat contractors and permanent staff the same, in practice this is far from true. I am not going to mention company names but one company has a destinct difference in the office space they allocate to contractors vs their permanent staff. Contractors might get a working space off somewhere between 2 and 3 square meters where permanent staff gets around 10. As you can image, when people work in such close proximity to one another, productivity and concentration goes out the window.
Although as a contractor, my take home pay each month is far in excess than would I have been permanent, each minute and day I do not work, I do not get paid. When we look at April and May then it means that the working days is a lot less which has a real material affect. Also since one do not get paid for vacantion, one tends not to take any which over a period of time has a detremental affect on your health.
Also I have found that contracts tend to very short, anything from 3 to 6 months. This always sits in the back of your mind and you are constantly on the look out for new work just incase your contract does not get renewed. This just increase the daily stress levels one has to cope with.
At the moment the debate is strongly leaning towards the permanent side. Even with 20% less in salary, I would go back to permanent. Maybe it is a age thing or the way I went through my working life, but I just prefer permanent.
I would like to hear your comments on your experience regarding this.
LinkedIn has reached 100 million subscribers a couple of days ago and Reid Hoffman, Co-founder and Chairman of LinkedIn send a congratulatory letter to the first million subsciber. I believe a special letter was also send to the first 100000. I was the 800270th subscriber and here is the letter I received.
I want to personally thank you because you were one of LinkedIn’s first million members (member number 800270 in fact!*). In any technology adoption lifecycle, there are the early adopters, those who help lead the way. That was you.
We hit a big milestone at LinkedIn this week when our 100 millionth member joined the site.
When we founded LinkedIn, our vision was to help the world’s professionals be more successful and productive. Today, with your help, LinkedIn is changing the lives of millions of members by helping them connect with others, find jobs, get insights, start a business, and much more.
We are grateful for your support and look forward to helping you accomplish much more in the years to come. I hope that you are having a great year.
Co-founder and Chairman
This was way back when social networking was still in its infancy. In fact I joined Linkedin long before I joined Facebook or Twitter. These numbers are world wide and it would be interesting to know the numbers for South Africa. So fellow South Africans, the how many’th Linkedin subscriber are you … you will find your number in your personal Linkedin profile URL.
Tonight is SuperMoon and I quote from Wikipedia:
…a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth
Photos I took:
Today when I arrived home from work, the hills behind my house was ablaze and 2 helicoptors was busy with fire fighting. Right in front of my place is a dam which the helis used t fill their buckets. Here is a photo essay I took from my balcony. Click on the photo to enlarge.
More can be seen in my Picasa album.