It’s notoriously hard to find accurate figures for the number of people emigrating. Sometimes people just up and move without formally emigrating, which is now possible with the annual investment allowances: a substantial R11 million per taxpayer per year.
But we know people are emigrating in greater numbers all the time, especially wealthy white people. There is not a financial advisory business in this country that does not have an ever-increasing number of clients leaving either to Australia, Canada or the United Kingdom.
How do you tell a family, traumatised (but lucky to be alive) by gun-toting thugs who threaten to rape and kill your wife and child before your eyes, to stay and build the country? This is not uncommon anymore but we are so overwhelmed by the horrible crime-pandemic in this country that we almost do not have the emotional capacity to be shocked anymore.
Tucked away in the Wealth Report SA, released last week (FOCE-Wealth Report SA 2015) there are some alarming figures about the ever-growing numbers of US dollar millionaires who’ve left this country since 2007.
According to the report, the total number of dollar millionaires in the country has risen from 42 800 to 46 800, an increase of 9.4%.
This is despite values almost doubling on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Part of this under performance can be attributed to the depreciation of the rand/dollar exchange rate over that period, but Econometrix economist Azar Jammine says it is also the weak performance of the SA economy and its inability to generate wealth.
– Magnus Heystek 2015
But she confessed one musical number in particular definitely wasn’t one of her favorite things. “And that was ‘I Have Confidence,'” said Julie Andrews on “The Untold Story of ‘The Sound of Music.” “Wait, Julie Andrews didn’t like belting out the ever-so-catchy “I Have Confidence?!” While that kind of breaks our hearts a little, the 79-year-old actress did have a good reason for disliking the song back when the film was made 50 years ago. “The lyrics were a bit inane. Actually, what I did, because I couldn’t make sense of it and I have to have lyrics that make sense, I decided the best way to sing ‘I Have Confidence’ was to go completely nuts with panic and fear,” said Julie.
Fair enough, Julie, fair enough. Fortunately, that same sentiment didn’t apply to the rest of “The Sound of Music’s” soundtrack. Julie told Entertainment Weekly Radio earlier this month she really loved several of the songs included in the movie. But her favorite tune may surprise you. “The one that has resonated over the years is a song that I didn’t sing, really, in the movie, and that’s ‘Edelweiss.’ And it’s such a beautiful melody and so exquisitely composed that it’s about anyone’s homeland.”
With more than six decades in the music industry, well over 100 albums, 10 Grammys, the Kennedy Center Honors, and the Country Music Hall of Fame induction – add high-profile activism for the legalization of marijuana and hemp, the founding of a groundbreaking philanthropic organization, and a much-publicized personal life – Willie Nelson’s story is like no other.
Nelson grew up in the depths of the Great Depression. He was born in 1933 and raised by his grandparents in the small farm town of Abbott, Texas, population just 300. He began singing in dance halls and honky-tonks at the age of 13 to escape the brutal work of picking cotton in the fields of Texas.
But Nelson was destined for greatness despite the struggles he faced along the way. More than a half-century ago, Nelson found his voice and a devout audience, and firmly established himself as a songwriter. He went on to write some of the most popular and enduring songs of all time, including “On the Road Again,” “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,” “Crazy,” “Night Life,” and “Funny How Time Slips Away,” and to record classics like “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” “Bring Me Sunshine,” and “Always on My Mind.”
A true American icon, Nelson is just as active today. Still touring the country and headlining music festivals, Nelson and his music have found their way into the hearts and minds of fans all over the world. On the verge of turning 82, Nelson leaves no stone unturned as he shares his full story. From his drive to write music and poetry to the women in his life; from his collaborations to his monumental tax troubles and how he logistically and spiritually prevailed, to the founding of Farm Aid and his recollections of the artists who played and how they raised the consciousness of the entire world-every unforgettable moment is recounted.
Nelson shares his soaring highs and painful lows. Here, you’ll read about the candid history of Nashville in the ’60s, where he failed to fit the mold of the established Nashville Sound, and about his remarkable reinvention in the ’70s, when he moved back to Texas and found a way to forge a musical bond between the hippies and the rednecks, marking the birth of progressive country music. Nelson also delves into his history with alcohol and tobacco abuse, leading to his five-decade-long use of marijuana and his advocacy for its benefits-from meditation to medicine.
A gift for music lovers young and old, IT’S A LONG STORY includes Nelson’s never-before-told stories behind the making of his most successful records: Yesterday’s Wine, Phases and Stages, Shotgun Willie, and Stardust. He also shares memorable portraits of his close friends and collaborators Ray Charles, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Price, and Waylon Jennings. He tells road stories about crisscrossing the world with the Highwaymen-Nelson, Jennings, Cash and Kristofferson-as they enriched the world with their powerful brew of American roots music.
Most importantly, IT’S A LONG STORY conveys Nelson’s remarkable legacy-with his authentic, poetic voice shining through on every page. It’s time to hear the definitive word about Nelson’s incredible life story straight from the man himself-the only way this tale should be told.
WILLIE NELSON is an American singer-songwriter, as well as an author, poet, actor, and activist. Nelson divides his time between Austin, Texas, and Maui, Hawaii.
David Ritz is the only four-time winner of the Gleason Music Book Award. He won the 2013 ASCAP Timothy White award for outstanding musical biography for his book with Buddy Guy. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.
– Posted by Country Girl CMTT
When you are working on a challenging project, you tend to seek My Face and My help frequently. This pleases Me-and it enhances the work you are doing. There is a delightful rhythm about this: You look to Me in a listening mode; then you act with the help of My Spirit. This is repeated over and over as you and I collaborate on the project. Being attentive to Me takes sustained effort, but this collaborative way of doing things does not drain you.
I encourage you to live more and more of your life in this way. When the task before you is less challenging, you tend to be less attentive to Me. You may even forget about Me for a while as your mind slips toward neutral. You forget that you live in a world at war-with an enemy that never rests. This is why the apostle Paul admonishes Christians to be alert and always keep on praying.
The more you direct your thoughts to Me, the more alive you will feel. This prayer-privilege is not a chore. It’s a joyous lifeline!
“Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! -Psalm 105:3 esv”
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. -John 10:27-28
A cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, This is my beloved Son; listen to him. And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only. -Mark 9:7-8 esv
Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. -Ephesians 6:18