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A letter to the President of the ANC

 Mr. President

A long time ago I used to be a shop steward for MEWUSA. Amazing that in the 20 years or so that have passed since that time, things have not really changed much.  The joblessness and poverty we have now looks to me as severe as it  was back then. It is also very likely to me that much of the violence we see now stems from poverty in general and the reduced income and joblessness due to the Covid 19 pandemic in particular. I think it would be a mistake [again] to blame some  ‘third’ party for what has happened now. To me, that is simply a waste of time; I think that people would not easily break the law unless they were desperate.


So, what must we do to change the climate of violence?

I said it then, and I will say it again.


  1. We need a small basic income grant. To keep this affordable it can only apply to a certain group of people. It seems our young people (<27) are the ones who are the worst affected and afflicted by joblessness. They should be able to apply for an income grant. [As I remember there was a white paper on this. I have no idea what has become of it]
  2. We have to recognize that technology has taken away many jobs. We also have a fast growing population (+  many immigrants from outside South Africa) and there are  now many people chasing the jobs that are still available.  In order to divide the ‘pie’ of available work  more equitably, we need employers to let people ‘share’ a job. In other words, if there is ONE job available, the employer should consider employing  2 people, each working 50% of the week, doing the same job.
  3. As we know from history,  employers do not want to employ more people. They want as few employees as possible  working as many hours as possible per week. However, for the BIG economy that view is actually shortsighted. There is a strange paradox. The more people ‘share’, the richer they get. It is a Godly principle. To force the employers into the right direction, government needs to introduce a shorter work week. In the case of South Africa, the situation of inequality is particularly severe. I would recommend a 32 hour work week (meaning that any hour worked more than 32 hours would have to be counted as overtime – which penalizes the employers)


Can we do this?


Eishhh…. If only we had done this 20 years ago!!!!


Henry Pool


Cel. +27 (0)836297690



Call to pray!

Call to pray!

I am inclined to believe that the violence and unrest in the country is brought about by the hardship that Covid 19 has brought to many people. I received a call to pray for all those afflicted in the world by Covid 19, whether directly or indirectly due to reduced income. Can we do that? We pray for their recovery from Covid 19 and and thank Him for the progress that has been made so far in finding cures and a vaccine. Together, let us proclaim the victory over this disease in the name of Jesus.

To Him be the glory, forever and for ever. Amen.

Pretoria Hiking!

Pretoria Hiking!

Following our petitions about this to the Pretoria Council a very nice entrance has been made to the Magaliesberg Park at the John Vorster Technical School in 30th Avenue, Wonderboom South. There is a school path over the mountain for learners that connects Wonderboom with Wonderboom South. There are a number of long and winding trails along the hills that can be used for walking, hiking and biking. My favorite path takes you over a large portion of the Magaliesberg with beautiful views of both sides of town, left and right, namely on the one side is the City Center, (see pictures) and on the other side is Wonderboom/ Sinoville/  Pretoria North/  Onderstepoort. This trail is a walk of approximately 3 hours. The climbs and descends are generally quite gentle, suitable for average hikers like myself. There are of course shorter hikes for the elderly and those who are not so fit.

Especially in October the Jacaranda’s are showing the awesome purple colors of the trees lining the streets.

Are you in Pretoria and interested in viewing the whole city from the top of the mountain? Come hiking with Henry!

What is required is good hiking shoes and good protection against the sun (+hat). Bring your own fruit, sandwiches and water that you may need along the way, To make an appointment you can send an e-mail to:  henrypool7@gmail.com giving me your contact details and then I will contact you! Alternatively you can send me an SMS to 0836297690.


Dogs just love it up here!!

A world without electricity

A world without electricity

In the picture, I show how most of us have become totally dependent on electricity. Consider this: On 1/9/1859, the whole telegraph network in Europe and North America suddenly went down. Telegraphists received electric shocks; sparks shot past the insulators. In many places, fires were reported. At the same time, there was an unprecedented spectacle of northern and southern lights to be seen that day, some even close to the equator. The incident went down in history as a so-called ‘Carrington event’. Richard Carrington observed that between 28 August and 2 September 1859 (Solar Cycle 10) there were exceptionally large sunspots visible on the sun. Apparently, it was these spots that resulted in outbursts of a large amount of energy during which a lot of radiation and charged particles were thrown into space. For more information about this: see also  here

Similar events on the sun are now also called CME’s (coronal mass ejection). As an example of such a solar storm of more recent date, I could mention the one of  March 1989  (SC 22). It caused a nine hour power outage of Québec’s hydro electricity transmission system.

What would happen if a CME the size of a Carrington event were to hit Earth now?

Our atmosphere and magnetic field protect us from most of the sun’s most dangerous radiation. But with an extremely large CME, the solar wind compresses the magnetic field where it reaches earth. That caused the induction power into the telegraph lines. Note that in 1859 the use of electricity was still in its infancy. Such an eruption now could have unprecedented dramatic consequences. It could generate huge amounts of power in our electricity and communications networks. Transformers would burn out, power plants would fail, communication networks, satellites and equipment would be destroyed. It would totally cripple our modern life and in one day it could send parts of the world like Europe, Asia, and America back to the Middle Ages. Everything would have to be repaired or rebuilt without the help of electricity. That would not take days, it could take years or possibly even decades. In the meantime, how does man survive without electricity, without computers and without communications? How do you heat your house and cook your food? How would you get water without power for the pumps?

Ironically, I think that here in Africa, in such an event, we could fall back more easily on the more traditional way of life.  

Most people visiting Bread on the Water already know that I have become skeptical about man-made warming due to more CO2. All my analyses of measurements and listed results just did not tie up with the theory, e.g.



But what I did realize more and more from my studies is how dependent we all are on the work of His Hand. For example, I noted that the place of each planet in space and its very weight and speed is relevant for global temperature. In fact, a near-perfect balance between all kinds of forces of nature is constantly needed for the survival of our earth, just so that we do not boil or get caught with our feet trapped in ice. I think man is arrogant if he thinks he can ‘manage’ the weather… In fact, it seems to me that modern man wants to deny that we are in fact extremely vulnerable when it comes to nature and the weather and rainfall and everything that is needed for our daily bread. Hence, he wants to blame man if things are not right, instead of praying to God for rain. God’s Creation is in fact really Indescribable  (If you have not yet seen this video made by Louie Giglio, just click on the link)

Most scientists think that such a large solar storm like the one in 1859 is not to be expected soon. I think that is a false comfort. For example, in 2012, our world escaped an enormous catastrophe when a monster CME just narrowly passed by earth; see here  At least one biblical prophecy confirms that we should expect CME’s :

And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. (Rev. 16-8-9)

[Careful about the precise interpretation of these words.  God is good. He does not wish us bad things. However, in the past, we have also often seen that big disasters somehow also bring people back to God, though not everyone will follow that path, as this scripture suggests].

Either way, I think it is good to consider beforehand what we would need to survive a monster CME. Maybe it is a good idea that we teach ourselves and our children again how to bake bread without electricity. What else do we need to survive? Perhaps we should make an investment in being able to generate some electricity ourselves. Despite the apparent chaos in my picture, it also shows that one can at least become partly independent of city power by installing a few solar panels on your roof, see here:


Wishing you God’s richest blessings,

Henry Pool





Please help Heart for Children!

Please take a few minutes of your time to watch the video. Like many other charities at this time of Covid 19 restrictions, Heart for Children is also battling with lower-than-expected income. For the time being, we have therefore put our plans that we had at the beginning of the year, on hold. We all hope that things will improve as soon as the economy picks up some steam again. Please keep our children in your hearts and prayers so that we will not have to cut our help to any of the foster homes and safe houses that we are currently supporting. You can make a contribution to the less privileged children of South Africa to: Heart for Children, FNB Cheque acc. no. 62215969116, branch 252-445, or for internet banking use 250-655. Please mention your first name and contact number in your reference.

People who visit ‘Bread on the Water’ from overseas can also make a donation to Heart for Children via our parent organization in the Netherlands. If you are willing to help the less privileged children in South Africa you can just visit the Dutch website: hartvoorkinderen.nl. by clicking on the link below. Please mention ‘My Bread on the Water’ in your reference.


Every little bit helps! Many thanks for any contribution you can afford to give. Wishing you God’s richest blessings!!


Henry and Annette Pool