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January 17, 2017 at 9:43 am #50984
Farm Murders :
Price of fuel will be going up again in February affecting food prices even more.
More news ..? https://www.pressreader.com/south-africa/sunday-times/20170115/textview for quick look
Fires in Southern Cape for many days now Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0jSW8H-o7k and http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/gallery-strong-winds-fuel-cape-town-inferno-20170117
It’s raining again ! http://traveller24.news24.com/MyTravels/when-it-rains-in-south-africa-20170113January 16, 2017 at 6:42 pm #50971
Today’s news South Africa
PLEASE NOTE NOT FOR SENSITIVE VIEWERS
SAPS member gunned down – South African Police Services member shot in head by colleague
Training – and to really know your partner. Very sadJanuary 16, 2017 at 4:55 pm #50967
My dear SHTF friends. I’ve really missed you and would like to apologize for not letting you know how we are surviving in Africa.
I asked one of my friends to write down one of his personal survival experiences. . He said he would like to join SHTF School soon.
This is Joe’s story
“When I was asked to put my experience down for others to read, my thoughts went to where to start ?
You do not just become a survivalist over night. It takes years of training, preparation and mistakes. It takes you succeeding and failing for that incident, that incident that gets you a sit down face to face with the grim reaper. Where does my story start?
I grew up in South Africa in an era when everything was crazy. My father was a Police officer. Back then they were attacking police officers houses, our Police force was not very much liked then or now. My dad decided there are no way that we will, and I quote: “Become victims” and “go quietly into the night” So we started training with weapons. People seeing us every weekend on the range got to know us and my father started training the wife’s of shooters that came to the range. And at a ripe age of fourteen, I was training people how to use weapons.
My childhood was awesome ! I screwed up like anyone else. Played team sports and did well, but wasn’t keen on doing the group thing.
The constant in my life was my shooting and from my father I got the love for nature and the bush. We use to go out on long hikes and just be quiet, taking in our environment and all that’s around us.
The day I got my grade 12 certificate, I was sworn into the Police. My dad being a senior officer, swore me in…and that was the last he had anything to do with my career.
I started my career in a unit that was called “Die Dapper Duisend” (translated- The Brave Thousand also called UNIT 19). This unit’s primary job was to be deployed to all violent hotspots in South Africa. I was 18 years old, well trained. Hard fear became a constant companion and I learned to harness it to become more efficient in what I was doing.
Being young and going through a lot (I spent only about a week sleeping in my own room at my barracks in a 3 year period) I started getting cocky; I started thinking screw this, I am immortal. We, the team I was working with, all started feeling like this. We were about 21 years old, battle tested and hard! Then the worse thing happened to us. We were broken up as a team. They did this because we went out looking for fights, getting drunk, just messing up. PTSD was only something some soft pencil pusher got, because he was too scared to continue fighting.
We fell apart, some guys took their own lives. Those that survived this period was given an option, stand down from the teams or get a transfer. I opted for the last, getting a post closer to home to a unit where I had friends not just team mates. Starting a clean slate .
All went well for a good period of time, then I got bored . A new unit started up 100 high performance BMW vehicles, 200 men with specialized training. The job would be high speed pursuit. I did the selection course and passed and started working on the vehicles. Not long afterwards, we were joined by a helicopter and I started working as a tactical crew on the choppers. With me flying everyday, I was sent on a medical course and became a medic. Being a medic I was pulled into the dive team (I was qualified as an advanced sports-diver) I were sent on a Police commercial divers course with our special forces units.
Through all of this, I had both good and bad experiences – for instance, I nearly drowned on a deep zero visibility dive. But also learned how to slow down my breathing and heart rate while diving to preserve air and have a longer down time.
In 2004 I left the Police force. I now was an Instructor specialising in weapons and tactical policing. I did the Iraq thing, then Angola; Congo; Guinea. I was getting tired and got a job at a security company in South Africa.
We were doing low profile cash in transit runs, using unmarked vehicles , not attracting attention with rifles hanging out etc. etc.
We just did a pick up, my scout car called an all clear to get on the freeway. As we took a turn we got caught up in a traffic jam, I was sitting as the passenger ….THEN IT HAPPENED…..the shots and my body being slammed d into the dashboard seemed to happen at the same time, I saw a man running towards us with a rifle. I grabbed my pistol that was between my legs with my left hand and shot him. With my right hand I grabbed our radio and called the contact. It seemed like all hell then broke loose, vehicles were moving trying to get out of the way. I wasn’t hearing much at this point for two reasons (1) I get auditory exclusion in a gun fight, this I know from previous gun fights. With this comes an added advantage that everything slows down and (2) A rifle was just fired at me, so being deaf was expected. I debussed out of the vehicle changing my weapon to my right hand (my strong hand) I saw another male standing with a rifle, this was the guy that shot me, I promptly send him to hell. From my peripheral vision I saw a vehicle come racing up, I did not see much else than the recognizable flash hider of an AK47, but before dealing with them I had another problem. There was an armed security guard trying to get into the fight. He had a shotgun. I was not sure if he was part of the ambush or just doing his job. I persuaded him not to join the fight by firing a round into the ground at his feet and nicely asking him in my loudest outside voice to f_cking drop it or die. My request was followed by me pointing a pistol at his head -I was bleeding like hell, shouting and pointing a gun at him. He decided not to join the fight, he left his shotgun right there and ran as fast as his legs could carry him.
My driver was busy engaging another vehicle that came racing from our front. I cannot comment much about what was happening there as I was running to the front of our vehicle where the first guy I shot disappeared t o. He still had a rifle and I was not sure what his status was -for I shot him with my weak hand and my muscles were all messed up from the gunshots I took.
As I came around the front of the vehicle, he still had the rifle. I shot him through the shoulder and pelvic area. He started screaming and curled up in the foetal position. I kicked his rifle into a drain. From cover I engaged the vehicle, the occupants promptly got out and returned the favour. I dropped to the ground and fired again and then I couldn’t see anyone .
I did a quick mag change and went looking for targets. I moved around the vehicle and saw a fat guy s crack sticking out yellow shirt riding high shooting at my driver. I gave him a double tap just above his crack on the red string he was wearing. Holy crap, you should have seen his face, he also started screaming like an air raid siren….In al this my driver also wounded a guy ……and I personally feel this is what saved us , these guys were screaming like mad, they had one dead and a few wounded by now and the screaming seemed to have an effect on their mates (Robbers usually goes to a sangoma (witchdoctor) before going out to rob to have their guns and themseves blessed so that nothing can harm them. This is called getting muti. They usually get a red string tied around their waist to protect them.) These guys must have been thinking their muti was no good.
I saw them pull my driver out of the vehicle; throw him on the ground. The guy standing over him had my drivers weapon in his hand and pointing it down towards him. I lifted my pistol, I saw the guy look up, run to a vehicle and suddenly all was dead dead quiet .
*They had the time to pick up the dead guy as well as the wounded, the Police found a vehicle with the dead guy about 5 minutes drive from the contact area, the robbers left 2 rifles on the scene. The guy that shot at me had 3 thirty round magazines taped to each other, the stock of the rifle was folded up. The theory was that he went for my head but flinched badly and got my shoulder and lungs.
THE CONTACT LASTED ABOUT 90 SECONDS .*
This is when I started assessing our wounds-remember I am a medic?- My driver took a hit in his arm. My whole torso was full of blood, my breathing was racing. This was because of adrenaline in my body but also my lung was shot to hell. I was too weak to get into our vehicle which was a pick up. Our scout vehicle arrived on scene and between the two guys I was loaded into the car. In our mission brief our plan was not to wait for any ambulance. I would stabilise and work on the injured. This plan went all to **** with me being the injured. When they loaded me, I turned onto my INJURED side. I knew I was drowning in my own blood and that my lung collapsed, because there was air in my lung cavity- Hemopneumothorax -I needed to stay on the injured side so that the blood would not flow to my good lung.
Remember I spoke about my diving and the breathing techniques I learnt? Well that came in handy now. I used those techniques to slow my heart and breathing. I knew if I didn’t get this right that I would be dying at a faster pace as my heart was beating faster and I would be loosing blood faster.
We raced directly to a level 1 Trauma unit, this was part of the mission plan. The reason being not all hospitals have a resus unit.
What did I learn from this ?
Train in various aspects, do not think because you are good with a gun, you do not need medical training, use “other” experiences to survive.
When something bad happens to you, learn a lesson out of it. You never know when you might use it again.
Have a plan, if the plan doesn’t work, adapt to your circumstances .
Train and keep training – you are never good enough not to train”
JOEJune 21, 2016 at 3:17 pm #49223
Gauteng – Pretoria been placed in “Code Red”
Riots and Looting
Pictures – Gauteng PretoriaMarch 12, 2016 at 2:47 pm #47828
Thank you. Hoping to move towards the North one day. So much to learn.March 12, 2016 at 2:35 pm #47827
I had some “visitors” two nights ago. They took a few things from outside buildings. They then wanted to break a security door to come into the main house and moved a wooden bench that made a noise. That woke me. I spoke to my son at first, but realised soon he was asleep and there was trouble. I am glad they made a duck for it. Where was my dog? Visiting his girlfriend. New rules in place now.
Being careful inspecting a strange noise…very important. Link : http://kormorant.co.za/20529/another-victim-shot-in-de-wildt/
André Both, his wife Mart-Marie and their three small children were in their house around 23:00 when André apparently heard a noise outside. When he reached the glass door to the patio, he was shot from outside.
Four robbers entered the house and presumably thought André was dead.March 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm #47825
An elderly man, his son, his son’s fiancé and her 9-year-old daughter were killed in a brutal attack at a Doornfontein farm this week, police said on Saturday.
The attack was assumed to have happened between Wednesday evening and the early hours of Thursday morning.
All four of them were allegedly beaten to death. They had sustained blunt force trauma, said Captain Appel Ernst.
“The 73-year-old male was allegedly visiting South Africa after his family emigrated to the United Kingdom a few years back,” Ernst said in a statement.
The man’s family in the UK became concerned after he failed to return their calls
Link : – http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/family-beaten-to-death-in-doornfontein-farm-attack-20160312March 8, 2016 at 7:37 pm #47766
Kwazulu Natal : Protesters continued petrol-bombing and looting factories and businesses in the area on Monday night, North Coast Courier reported.
and on a lighter note – http://www.viralbru.com/cyclists-chased-by-an-ostrich/March 6, 2016 at 10:44 am #47717
Tracking as a metaphor in lifeFebruary 25, 2016 at 10:47 pm #47514
Thank you !
Earlier this week at the North -West University. Security trying to control violent students. Students were looting and set fire to the buildings. The campus is now closed.
UFS University (University of the Freestate) : http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2016/02/23/%E2%80%98War-declared-at-UFS%E2%80%99
Some other news not getting attention The highly criticised expropriation bill has been passed in Parliament. The bill was passed despite objections. It provides for property to be expropriated in the public interest, as well as for public purpose. The bill, which has been criticised for being too broad in definitions, was introduced to speed up land reform.
Several buildings were set alight during violent protests in Phagameng near Modimolle in Limpopo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RUrVxoI0QE
and an article on Dividing SA on race is all ANC has left
People are struggling to pay their bills and to afford the bare basics. And for that reason we are probably still working and doing what we need to do every day. If we keep working – the wheels keep on turning. Every now and then an area gets targeted like Sabie in Mpumalanga, earlier this month. All the entrances to this small village got barricaded. The people were told to stay inside their houses. They threatened to attack anybody that tried to enter or exit Sabie. They had to close the hospital and all the businesses. Trucks were torched and burned out.
People are talking to each other about what is happening and where.February 25, 2016 at 9:56 am #47495
I am going to attach some photo’s of the last few days in Gauteng and other places. Most people are getting very worried at the moment. Food prices are climbing steadily. Political parties are trying to de stabalize the country.
Some Univercities are close and even burning. Students at the North West University’s Mafikeng campus were told to go home on Wednesday night as management opted to shut down the campus ”indefinitely” in the wake of violent protests.
Gauteng – Metrorail – Two trains burned on Tuesday night at Pretoria Station http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/prasa-warns-against-torching-of-trains-1989529
(Please note the one photo Not Pretoria students but students from North West – Students and protesters fought)
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.January 25, 2016 at 7:01 am #46810
South Africa’s battle to find enough water to feed its industries and households is going to get tougher – and the country’s economic hub, Gauteng, is especially threatened.
“If the Katse dam drops anywhere near 25% of capacity there will be hell to pay, because Katse feeds all of Gauteng. It also feeds the cooling systems of the Mpumalanga power stations, which provide up to 95% of South Africa’s power.
“If we can’t keep those power stations cool with millions of litres of water an hour, there will be blackouts.”
Water expert Anthony Turton, said of the dams’ levels: “The [Lesotho Highland Water project] is the water tower of Gauteng.”
Turton said that once a dam had fallen to 60% of its capacity the decrease from then was rapid.January 24, 2016 at 1:24 pm #46793
Random Sunday afternoon thoughts thrown together
First some pictures of rain we had around SA. We are so grateful http://traveller24.news24.com/MyTravels/before-and-after-pics-sas-big-river-arteries-are-flowing-again-20160120
Precious Roy – I first thought that people walk in the streets because where they live the houses might be built without proper planning. Leaving not enough space for walk ways – what would mean they walk in the road out of habit. But then the people in the Netherlands and in Belgium do not walk in the middle of the street. There might be less vehicles driving in the area. People might be less concerned about their safety or their children’s safety. Mostly I think people that walk a lot wants to take the smoothest path for their feet. And then of cause there will be respect or lack of respect towards motorist. The amount of times I need to be careful driving around a corner to find a parent walking in the road with their children….Not holding their hand – with a three meter pathway next to the road… **************
Some people are happy earning a certain amount of money. If they earn more one month, they will go out and spend it – when it is gone they feel so much better. They are used to not having money left in their account. To be more successful, you need to raise your comfort zone. To have more food on the table you need to grow your own vegetable garden. To earn more money you need to work harder or faster or provide a better service. Jumping up and down shouting like an uncivilized idiot has not made any millionaires as far as I know.
Some people simply need to know they have money left in case they need it. They also want quality life. They want healthy food and a comfortable bed to sleep in. They want to live and work in a safe neighbourhood. They are willing to walk faster in their daily step. Study harder to learn and earn more. Work long hours in the sun to get the work done.
There is a time and place for everything. People should have the freedom to choose their own life style. In SA the local municipality can decide how much property tax each owner needs to pay. They tax us is every possible way they can.
Some people would rather strike and dance in the street. Hate the people that drive around in vehicles and own their own business.
We pray often – please protect us from the people that want to destroy our country. It is in our culture to get up early in the morning. White people will feel safer living in white neighbourhoods. People that can talk the same language mostly live in the same neighbourhoods. That is not racist – it is nature. Just like buffalo will stick together; and impala stick together; and lions stick together; and elephant stick together. There is nothing wrong with that. It is nature.
The lions will protect their territory against other lions. Like countries that will protect themselves if other countries try to invade them. People do not feel comfortable to be governed by people that are from another nationality/ culture/ moral values. That is why white people will leave towards countries like NZ. South Africans will adapt and become Kiwi’s. And the next generation will follow the next one. They will speak English to their children. In a few years from now Afrikaans will not be spoken by many that left South Africa.
Yes, we can adapt if we put our minds to it. We can get used to different food, different climate and a whole new world around us. New language and vocabulary. New way of driving. New traffic laws, new history even. But your moral values will be the same. What you want out of life will be the same – You want a house in a safe neighbourhood. Healthy food for your children. You would like to get up early in the morning, go to work and be happy knowing that your family is safe and comfortable. There is South Africans living in Kiev in the Ukraine. I could say the winds have spread us all over the world. Some will never leave SA. They will die here. Do not worry – if we lucky from old age.
In the end we are not going to be told how to live our lives by other people. Especially if they are idiots. If you want to live a good life, no evil can stop you.
Hope everybody braving the winter cold are safe out there in the Northern hemisphereJanuary 16, 2016 at 5:48 pm #46685
Thanks for the information. Appreciate it.January 16, 2016 at 5:23 pm #46684
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