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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Zimbabwe Celebrates, So What's Next?

Yesterday amidst the euphoria one question was universal across all social media, it simply asked, what is next for Zimbabwe. Many people avoided it by saying do not ask me now let me first enjoy this moment without the weight of thought. I'm reminded of the animation Finding Nemo, a dentist had fish he kept in a tank. His practice was next to the Sydney Harbour so they could hear the ocean rumbling, their true home. By the inspiration of Nemo and help of a pelican they escaped in plastic bags full of air. When they got to the ocean it was surreal, they kept quiet and one who could muster something said, "what next?" Luckily for them we saw them swimming freely but not sure how they popped their plastic bags. My daughter would say the blow fish burst his bubble and then tore the others' bags. So as a Zimbabwean I have often wondered if Mugabe goes then what next, I tried to imagine a great picture. What follows are my thoughts, my wishful thinking for the next 5-10 years.

Reforming The System of Governance


It is expedient that we move with speed, in the euphoria many are seeing heroes but I am questioning the system. I am looking at a constitution that was trampled on so much within a week I am wondering if this great document has any chance of being supreme. If Zapiro had to draw a cartoon of it he would probably go for gang rape. We need to fix this problem otherwise we leave our children a legacy of poverty. Many Zimbabweans are of the idea that we don't need anyone but I think that is selfish pride which can sink us quickly. Let us get SADC, UN and AU to look at our system and help level the electoral playing field. As a nation with a history of violence I wish we would implement a system of proportional representation, the winner takes all system has many graves and wounds. We evaluate candidates based on how much 50+1 votes they can get. If we are to make the voices of minorities heard then we must not belittle their contribution. 

Clean Up the Closets


Thirty seven years is a long time, it doesn't help that the government of Mugabe was putting things in the closet, consider the following:

  • Gukurahundi Commission findings were never made public. 
  • A host of other commissions are somewhere buried.
  • Elections tampering and violence has become a culture. 
  • Money was looted from national coffers
  • Abduction and disappearance of citizens is rife. 


These issues need to be addressed and brought to closure. Doing it is not an easy thing but it must be done. If we are to banish the culture of impunity that is expunged with a handshake, we must be willing to dig up graves and re-bury them after post-mortem. Mr. Mugabe is now able to be sued, we can either address his failures once and for all or one case at a time.

Let's Buy a New Broom & Sweep Clean 


I know this is not what many people want because we don't want to embarass our leaders or heroes. But it is foolhardy to think a person can preside over their own case and lose. Zimbabwe needs a new government, a coalition of democrats is a good start. The reason being we need someone to check what Mugabe regime was doing without fear, discomfort or favour. Expecting our new heroes to do that is asking for too much. It is given that questions are going to be asked and most likely assets are going to be seized and brought back to state. Zimbabwe has been plundered and if we do not fix this we are going to have bigger problems than Mugabe. At least Mr. Mugabe could play the crowd, he was a divisive figure because his crimes were cleverly masked behind some for of adherence to legality. The events of the past week were brazen and open defiance of the law. The generals must now vacate office on account of what they did to the constitution. Politics might be their next stop but it is time to bring up the young brigadiers to make the army flourish in professionalism, we have not forgotten how generals always gathered pre-election and say we don't salute anyone without liberation war credentials, we must Bury that attitude of entitlement. 


Healing of the Wounded 


There are many wounds that need healing in our nation, in fact all Zimbabweans are wounded in one way or the other, young adults grieve over having no jobs, families grieve over property destroyed for supporting opposition parties, many grieve over their loved ones who died because the health care system could not afford them antibiotics, a lot grieve disruption to life, education et al. We must have a Truth Commission where people can open up and allow their grieving to stop. I look forward to the closure for the family of Itai Dzamara, the man who stood alone in a park demanding Mugabe to go. The same park people gathered on the day Mugabe said he is resigning. I've always told people that if we are to move as a nation then we must collectively own up to Gukurahundi and if need be pay reparations. The money recovered from looting state coffers can go a long way in settling these reparations. 

Let Us Unite, Genuine Unity


Robert Mugabe thrived on dividing people, tribes do not get along that much, political opponents treat each other as enemies. Those at home see those abroad as people who are not part of Zimbabwe. Within hours of Mugabe resigning there was a joke saying all Zimbabweans in diaspora must wait to come back, we must give jobs to those who are at home first. It is a joke but for someone in UK or South Africa whose asylum faces revocation it is horrendous to imagine, not welcomed home and abroad. Zimbabwe has great tribes but most have been drowned by Shona hegemony, the Ndebele fight for their space but it is not so easy. The minority are hardly known, in South Africa I know their tribes because they are given space. I remember someone saying I only hear of Ndebele from Mpumalanga but I have never met one. Curious I asked how did you know about them? She said I see them on TV and their culture being celebrated. In Zimbabwe many people don't know how many tribes we have, it is only Ndebele and Shona even in education curricula. 

Let Us Rebuild, Put Zimbabwe First 


I know right now the plan is to fly to London and New York, meet IMF and World Bank asking for money to do this and that. We never trust ourselves enough that we have something, that we are capable. Why would a nation with Strive Masiyiwa as a citizen need IMF to raise funds for it? He is the most connected Zimbabwean whom we can use to chair an investment forum. With more than 3 million citizens abroad we can use them as a conduit to access liquidity giving them shares in return. Why not make general hospitals semi-private by calling diaspora to buy shares? They can approach a bank, get a loan of $2000 and if it is 50,000 citizens then you have $100 million dollars with no interest and repayment, it will generate own dividends. This process repeated can result in billions flowing into the country. 

Conclusion 



These are my thoughts, my wishful thinking of how things must proceed for our nation. I am praying that we will do the right thing even though in the midst of euphoria I am seeing a lot saying it is time to rest but I think the hardest work of our lives begins today. I was born exactly a year after independence of Zimbabwe and now an adult, if I do not see myself as part of the solution then we leave it to these old men who should be going into the sunset. I am certainly not leaving things to chance. I am sober and considering the issues ahead, crossing the bridge when you get there is never a good option for you might have left behind a log that will help you cross. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Nkosana Moyo: Why He is Another Simba Makoni, Not His Own Man

Over the past week social media has been ablaze with the entrance of Dr. Nkosana Moyo’s entry into the furnace that is Zimbabwe politics. He has decided to run for presidency through his own political party Alliance for People’s Agenda. There was a flurry of posts I came across supporting his candidature and equally many castigating him as a non-entity. People questioned his authenticity joining the race to run with a few months to go before elections when he has no team whatsoever on the ground. I also had no doubt that Nkosana was just another Simba Makoni in the making who would at best force the election into a run-off. Zimbabweans despite all the claim to education are a gullible and excitable lot so much that the same events can play out in politics a thousand times but they would still not learn a lesson.

Remember Simba Makoni’s MKD in 2008?


In February 2008 a few months before elections Simba Makoni walked out of ZANUPF seemingly to challenge Robert Mugabe in the election through his own political party Mavambo/Kusile Dawn (MKD). To put it into context, Simba Makoni announced his candidature 53 days before the election was to take place. This is hardly enough time to traverse the length and breadth of Zimbabwe to campaign and hope to win against Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai. The madness of the whole arrangement was that season campaigner Welshman Ncube decided not to run for election choosing to support the candidature of Simba Makoni, this was probably the stupidest decision I have seen made by the professor but as we shall see later, there is a method to the madness. Simba Makoni did run and got about 9% of the total votes. This was pivotal as if 4% of those votes had been given to Morgan Tsvangirai he would have become the president officially. Word has it that the long time taken to release results was because Mugabe had actually lost and Morgan had gotten at least 70% of the votes.

Image Credit: Alliance for People's Agenda Facebook

Enter the King Maker Trevor Ncube


Even though it seemed odd for Welshman Ncube to rally behind Simba Makoni there is a strong possibility that his hand was forced by Trevor Ncube. A few days after Simba Makoni threw his hat into the fray Trevor Ncube wrote a lengthy piece on his site Thought Leader that he would exercise his right to vote because Simba Makoni was an option. Trevor is a quiet man who is far from the madness but very much involved behind the scenes. His favoured position is being a puppet master pulling strings of political players. On his Thought Leader blog he has his followership who agreed with him that Simba Makoni is the best thing. Reading the comments one would be left in no doubt Simba Makoni would garner the highest opposition votes alas it was not to be. If Welshman Ncube appeared to adopt a tough stance for not working with MDCT it can be traced to the influence of Trevor Ncube who does not like anything about Morgan Tsvangirai. Whatever it is that Morgan did to Trevor it must be huge because he will abandon all objectivity when he is looking at the person of Tsvangirai.

Trevor’s “Third Way” and Nkosana Moyo


Trevor Ncube has long been mooting a third way to Zimbabwe politics, this is why he threw his weight behind Welshman Ncube and then Simba Makoni. His Third Way can be traced back to the Wikileaks cable of August 2007 where he revealed his disgust for ZANUPF and MDCT (you can read the full cable here). Interestingly it is in this cable that he revealed his choice for who should lead the opposition to unseat ZANUPF as follows:

1. Strive Masiyiwa
2. Nkosana Moyo
3. Simba Makoni

We know from history that the Simba Makoni card was played and it failed dismally so now Trevor is moving to the next option which happens to be Nkosana Moyo. You might remember in recent history Strive Masiyiwa’s name was thrown around that he would run for office. Knowing Strive Masiyiwa I knew this was utter hogwash but someone was feeding the news perhaps to nudge the businessman to run for office. But this is unthinkable akin to Tim Cook leaving Apple to run for US presidency. When it was seen that Strive Masiyiwa is not an option option number 2 had to be implemented. Up stepped Nkosana Moyo saying “Its Time, Sekuyisikhati, Inguva” launching his Alliance for People’s Agenda (APA) party. But whose agenda is he really serving? If the People means Trevor Ncube then he is right otherwise he is just another puppet on a string being pulled Rosebank’s Trevor Ncube offices. According to Trevor Ncube MDCT and ZANUPF are not an option to take Zimbabwe forward, so he will not rest and let Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDCT take a strong opposition into 2018 elections, so he is throwing his weight and wealth behind Nkosana Moyo.

The Rebuff of Coaliton Factor by Nkosana


Buoyed by the Gambian scenario where the long time president was unseated by a grand coalition of opposition forces, Zimbabweans on the ground have been nudging the opposition leaders to unite and fight the dictatorship of ZANUPF as one. Indeed the people are tired and any opposition leader worth his/her salt has been mindful of the sentiment on the ground that unite or else. But Nkosana Moyo appeared blind to this sentiment, immediately saying he does not see the need for a coalition. He has been at pains to explain his distancing from everyone saying “his view has not been articulated by any of the available parties”. This reason has been laughed off by the people and he will keep being nudged towards a coalition. If Nkosana Moyo had to be truthful he would simply come out and say his handler Trevor Ncube does not want to him coalesce under a possible leadership of Morgan Tsvangirai. Why would Trevor Ncube fund the getting of MDCT into power? It remains to be seen if Trevor will try to hijack the coalition and have it kick Morgan Tsvangirai to the curb. From what I see on social media Trevor Ncube has a lot of people active on social media to push his thoughts and opinions. Just do a survey of people who have APA or Nkosana Moyo as their profile picture, a sizeable number have visibly fake names a pointer that there is a social media team with multiple profiles working round the clock to influence opinion.

The Evan Mawarire Factor


You might be wondering how Evan Mawarire fits into the whole Nkosana Moyo puzzle, on his interview with Ruvheneko, Nkosana Moyo was asked “It is believed you were supposed to launch a party together with Dr. Shingi Munyeza, Pastor Evan Mawarire and Trevor Ncube, that you were supposed work together”? He refused that he was supposed to launch with them but agreed that he was talking to them on a consultative basis. Nkosana seemed caught unawares by this question if not discomfited. I remember the days Evan Mawarire left Zimbabwe and came to South Africa on his way to United States. When we met him we had a chat and bid him farewell, curiously I asked where he was staying and if we need to make contributions towards his upkeep, someone said Evan is well taken care of and Trevor Ncube is covering the expenses. I would not be surprised if Evan came and threw his weight behind Nkosana Moyo and perhaps that explains why he was not so comfortable to engage with MDCT. But I heard from the man himself that he is not interested in political office, I was concerned he might morph into another political party from #ThisFlag campaign. When Ruvheneko asked Nkosana I remembered the Evan Mawarire and Trevor Ncube link.

Conclusion


I am under no illusion that Nkosana Moyo is taking instructions from Trevor Ncube and he is the one behind him choosing to run for political office. Nkosana Moyo or grandbae as the young ladies like to call him is a nice person. But it remains to be seen how he will walk the fine line between ground sentiment for coalition and the desire by Trevor to steer clear of MDCT and Tsvangirai. His notion that he has a unique blueprint not articulated by any other opposition political party will be found out soon. He will have to think of another means to escape the calls for going with others or else it will just appear as his arrogance. Is it worthy to ruin a fine reputation to toe the line of Trevor Ncube? Nkosana has more time than Simba Makoni so it remains to be seen if he will force the two main candidates into another run-off election like in 2008. It will be a long road to 2018 elections with a lot of drama playing out. Whatever happens I hope people will do what is right to deliver a victory for the people, egos have to be levelled. It also imperative that the people do what is necessary to fund their struggle, waiting for the wealthy in our society can always land us in a ditch. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Burden of Freebies: Why Fees Must Not Fall

I have been following keenly the #FeesMustFall debate and later saw how the #TakeBackWits tried to rise but was threatened with physical harm and could not gain traction. I remember the Fees Must Fall gang canvassed for our pity when police descended heavily on them citing their right to freedom of expression. While we do not condone the police action, we must juxtapose it with their own reaction to the Take Back Wits campaign. I believe in “we must do to others as we would want done unto us” adage. This intolerance is worthy of another piece altogether but today I see to explore the Fees Must Fall to zero movement. I had a discussion with a Zimbabwean brother Mdu via Twitter, his question was “but how did Zimbabwe achieve free tertiary education for all?” I was at pains to prove that Zimbabwe at no time achieved the utopian of free tertiary education. But telling someone that this was never achieved in 140 characters will take the whole day. I was reminded of the inadequacy of Twitter to engage in meaningful debates, that thing of naming tweets 1 of 20 defeats the purpose I was not willing to expend energy on that so I wrote this blog post.

TANSTAAFL Teaches a Lot

To answer my friend Mdu I would have resort to TANSTAAFL and it looks right for Twitter as it’s only an acronym but it takes a lot of jaw jaw to explain it fully. This acronym simply means “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch” and put simply if you someone gives you a freebie then you can be sure it was not produced magically, though it lands in your hands for free, someone somewhere had to part with something to make it possible. From this we can see that university facilities will not be provided magically, someone has to pay for it. So immediately students of the #FeesMustFall movement should think of how to name their campaign properly to reflect what they intend to achieve, something like #WhoMustPayFees” would be more respectful. One might say, “what’s in a name?” but it can help calibrate the minds of everyone to think right about this situation. It will force the students to find a target for their campaign. If indeed these people are university students then we should not be content watching them throw 3 year old tantrums, no, they are mature and should be capable of writing research papers. So there is no need to treat them with kid gloves, they should not be allowed to wave placards but each one must go and write a research paper for 2016 academic year. The research becomes part of their coursework for the year and determine if they will return to university in 2017 or qualify for free education. The research paper must address the following succinctly:

1. Who Must Pay for University?
2. How much will it cost for all University?
3. What will happen to students who get it free and drop out, fail (nothing is not acceptable)?
4. How will those who fail to attend lectures religiously be treated?
5. How are other countries achieving the same result you seek?
6. How did these countries reach this utopia?

So with the above the 2016 academic year will close on happy note. My former manager Larissa spoke one sentence that has stuck with me and made me a better person. She said “it’s not enough to point out a problem in our organization to me, you must bring along a solution”. So the university students have brought a problem, they must bring the solutions that are good enough.

The Equation Cannot Resolve to “Government”

In the “who must pay” question I see many lining the argument that government must pay. I have listened to one PhD candidate quip, “if government can afford R240 million for Zuma’s house they have enough money to provide free tertiary education. Now I have had debates with people with PhD, recently an older man whom I asked for evidence to support his case, he retorted “do you know who I am? Do you know I have a PhD!” There was no evidence for his lame statement. That day I asked myself the meaning of PhD, I reasoned maybe it means “PlaceHoDer” that is a place holder for where sense of reason used to reside. I felt powerless to debate with this lady how Zuma’s R240 million once off cannot be compared to billions of Rand recurring expenditure with an inflation adjustment. With recollection I reminded myself it might end like “do you know I hold a Master’s degree? Do you know I am a PhD candidate?” But the question of who must pay cannot have a result that points to government. This is the illusion most of the proponents of Fees Must Fall suffer from. There is an ignorant belief that government has money. No, government has R0 to its name, all it has are debts, money borrowed from the tax payers on their pay cheques and profits. When you are a school you understand that a child does not afford school fees but yet sell the child an education anyway knowing the consumer is the child and the customer is the parent. So in the case government is the child and workers are the parents.

Fees Falling Means Taxes Rising

What the students and those who support them are advocating for is a rise in taxes or at the least a shifting of how taxes are spent. So the placard waving students must go back to their parents and say mum and dad, we want to increase your taxes so we can have free university education. This presents a problem for the parents i.e. the burden of being overtaxed. South African workers are in the top 40 list of highest personal tax, on the other hand the dependency ratio is among the highest in the world, unsustainable for a developing nation. It will take small contractions in the economy to choke expenditure on vital projects like Infrastructure development channelling it to welfare payments of which the R0 fees will become a part. South Africans do not have to look far for a case study, Zimbabwe’s receipts are being gobbled by civil service pay at more than 90%. Social grants and free education are static and not easy to cut with falling revenue so it the capital forming initiatives that will suffer yet these are the activities that create employment for the same students.

I have seen those for Take Back Wits being attacked for being privileged whites but this is just an emotional allegation. These are people who appreciate the economic costs of fees falling, children who have grown up seeing how their parents being taxed heavily. They appreciate how economics work at a personal level. Chances are those who are baying for freebies are children of those who are not taxed heavily so they do not appreciate where the burden of tax falls. They are likely immature children who will one day fall behind the former in life as they will take long to appreciate the working of money. To give you an example I take the bus with one white boy studying at Wits, he is always dressed modestly and probably falls into the Take Back Wits crowd. I have never seen him wearing Nike, Adidas SuperStar, Lacoste, All Stars or Levi’s just this past Friday he was wearing those Tommy takkies which are mostly worn by women. It was then that it hit me, the students pictured baying for freebies were wearing All Stars, Adidas, Nike and other expensive brands. I am a working parent and I have never afforded All Start or Nike so I look at these students and wonder who bought them these expensive kicks. Adding the cost of their wardrobe could come to a total of R30,000 and that amount is 75% of module costs for degree with Unisa.

Conclusion

So this whole fees issue needs cool heads, people who are willing to scratch beyond the surface and address the real issues. Leaning on Jacob Zuma’s government errors cannot be enough reason to sink the country into recurring expenditure running into billions. There are many children in basic education who have not enough resources for them to make it to Matric who just need something to make gainfully employment. For these university is a pie in the sky, a luxury still far from their dreams. The South African government might also need to review the entry requirements into university because if you are getting the calibre of people who burn university facilities then you might have set the bar too low to allow the riff-raffs in. 

As an aspiring entrepreneur it makes me quiver to imagine these same students might one day rock up at my company and want a job, God forbid if I delay their pay by one day they might burn the company down in protest. As I watched these protests I thought to myself I would be dumb to easily employ students from these institutions. Recruitment then will have to become thorough scanning people’s Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to see where their allegiance was during these days of mayhem and tell them “you were part of those who destroyed property, sorry no job for you”. 

South Africa as a nation has not developed to the point of providing free university education, one needs to look at the majority who cannot afford healthcare or basic education. The university students are better off becoming resourceful like those at Stanford or Harvard, who earn themselves and institutions money through innovation. How much technology gaps are found in Africa? How much expertise is required to study the effects of things like HIV/Aids or Ebola? How many primary or secondary students are in need of help with maths or science? All these are avenues university students can solve problems while taking care of their own need for education. What was that verse in the bible again, “give and it shall be given back to you good measure…..” There is a lot of work to be done by everyone to raise South Africa to the level of Germany generating enough money to have enough for things like paying universities to provide free education. Without this sweat and grit South Africa will be dragged to the hell bottom that many African countries find themselves. In future universities might need to use understanding of economics, business management and accounting as pre-requisites to any university entry.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Looking into the #DataMustFall Campaign: Will Consumers Win?

In the early morning I opened my Facebook to see if there is anything fresh going and my sleepy eyes were attracted to a headline on 702 page screaming “are you for or against #datamustfall campaign?” I zoomed into the comments section and all I could see were disgruntled consumers. It was clear that many were in a vicious circle moving between networks like a dog chasing its own tail. The disgruntlement has been targeted at the mobile network companies but as I began to digest the whole situation I realized there was a lot of ignorance at play. In this blog post I am going to highlight some of the things consumers are not aware of showing that it’s not only the networks who are responsible but also the consumers have acted against their self-interests too.

It’s a Catch22 Situation for Consumers


Consumers want cheap data and cite that it is too expensive. But unbeknown to consumers data can be cheap and remain expensive. I know that sounds like a messed up oxymoron but let me explain. The mobile service providers can charge in monetary terms or in usage terms. If they are put under immense pressure, they will likely cut the price and raise the usage. Here is an example:

Sipho pays R500 for 2GB of data from Vodacom translating to R250 per GB. For this data Sipho is able to use internet (facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat etc) for the whole month. With enough complaints via #datamustfall Vodacom agrees to reduce the price of data by 50% to R250 for the 2GB. As expected, Sipho is very ecstatic about this price reduction and looks forward to saving R250. But halfway through the month he realizes that his 2GB is finished. Sipho now has to spend the saved R250 to finish the month. What happened is that Vodacom reduced the price (what Sipho pays) and at the same time increased the data taken for connecting. For example where Sipho previously used 1MB to open Twitter, Vodacom sets that usage 2MB, so the data rate has effectively double. The difference is the same, Sipho is not bettered because the mobile service provider holds all the aces. This is a catch22 situation which consumers can find themselves in.

Image Illustration by Runyamhere

The Consumer is Blameworthy


This might shock many consumers but it’s true, the consumers have put themselves in harm’s way by the choices they make. Of course many will say they were ignorant of the obtaining situation but as they say “ignorance is no defence at law”. The majority of consumers now use Android phones to connect. This was a choice they made without coercion by any network operator. Android is software found on Samsung, Sony, HTC, Huawei, some BlackBerry models and many other models. Android is owned by Google and an open source software which anyone can use. Google is in the business of selling information and that through targeted adverts, they provide mapping information, traffic data et al. To achieve this feat of getting real-time data, they look at all the phones using Android and ask the phones for information, so Android phones are constantly being tracked or sending information to Google servers on their location.

Google probably knows where you work, where you stay, how long you stayed there, how you get to work, what time you get to work, where you do shopping during month end, which websites you visit, which music you enjoy listening to, the people you call the most, the kind of things you are searching, possibly your state of health too. For your phone to communicate this information it takes data usage especially location tracking. It is likely that when you are using the internet that is when information will also be relayed at higher frequency to Google servers. But we also know that if you leave an Android phone idle you will find data depleted even though no one was using it. So the Android situation is where consumers traded saving for fancy operating system, they made decision that harm their self-interest. Many Android users switch off data when phone is idle to prevent this data loss. Of course we are at a point where the alternative to Android is iOS of Apple. It comes with its own evils which doesn’t make it any better. The mobile OS market was healthy when it was Nokia, Bada, BlackBerry, Microsoft and others. Now it is a two horse race, consumers are like United States voters now, having to choose the lesser of the two evil (Trump vs Clinton). Who will consumers blame for their wrong choices?


Conclusion


I do not see a way out for consumers, as applications like WhatsApp chew into the mobile networks’ voice revenue, they will look to recover from somewhere and data is increasingly the choice. MTN did try to have government look at the WhatsApp calling situation and consumers pushed back in anger. WhatsApp used to be cheap on data charges, 20MB was enough to send plain texts without downloads or uploads of media files. It is no longer the same. So as I read the fury towards mobile networks, I wonder what other choices humans are going to make against their own self-interests. Facebook is coming with its carrot of free basics, its founder was recently in Africa and showed keen interest in mobile money, are we about to say goodbye to the banking sector as we know it? One thing is certain, out of ignorance the consumers will find themselves in a corner being enslaved by big corporations. For now I will hold onto my BlackBerries, at least I know if I go to sleep it also goes to sleep and it will protect my data against fishing data hungry corporates. The consumers participating in #datamustfall must also take time to engage in #ignorancemustfall so they do not harm themselves in other choices they will make like being gluttonous has led to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) that is a topic for another day.