The festive season is upon us and the whole world is going insane. Businesses are raking in millions and people are spending like crazy. Families are travelling to holiday sites abroad. While this happens some will be compromising on their fitness activity. Today’s episode, Lungisa is unplugged and he is giving his own view on the matter of fitness and holiday season.

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Ever wondered how some people have so much knowledge and are able to quote so many people? Well, you came to the right place. I am going to show you four things you can do to increase your knowledge and become a walking encyclopedia.

Read

It is important to read. So much information can be accessed by reading. There is host of things one can find and read in the world. Read blog posts, newspapers, books, the bible, pamphlets, street direction signs, etc.

Watch

Sometimes read is not enough. You may need to take some time off the books and observe the world. Watch  YouTube videos, documentaries and the news. Sometimes you can learn a lot about people when you happen to be in town. I do it sometimes. Find a safe spot in town and watch people. See how busy they are. Read their facial expressions. You can pick up much about people when you take time and observe them. Watch the insects in the garden. Yes follow that ant trial and learn some wisdom. You may also enjoy watching the cloud movement in the sky

.Listen

Sometimes, reading and watching may not be enough. Pay attention to your auditory sense. Listen. Listen to podcasts, some radio, people, poetry, reaching, and public lectures. it also pay to admit that there are people who know more than you do. When you realize that, listen to those who know you more than you.

Attend

Get out of the house and go meet people and gain perspective. Go and attend seminars, community meeting, social events, and webinars. Find free events and attend them. Learn as much as you can when you can.

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One of the most uncomfortable moments in my life of road running is when I have to cross paths with someone walking their dog(s). I love dogs and I believe that they are loyal pets you may want to have in your home. What is it then that makes me feel uncomfortable when I meet dog walkers with their dogs?

1. The nature of dogs

My experience with untrained dogs is that they are very ill-disciplined and they get excited quickly. I always get the feeling that as I pass by a dog it will get excited and feel the need to chase me. For that reason I become very alert and continue to be suspicious until I am at a considerable distance from them. Only when I am far away from them would I find small rest within myself.

2. Type of a dog

I am not intimidated by every dog. I find beagles to be very friendly. What troubles me a bit are the Chihuahuas. Those tiny dogs, especially when they are more than one, they are troublesome. I must admit that these dogs are the least of my problems. What I fear the most in the canine world is that stone and cold hearted beast referred to as pitbull. In my mind I classify this dog as a wild animal. It terrifies me more when I see it in the township being walked by a young boy who is obviously being pulled by the dog through a leash. If for any reason this pitbull decide to chase me, it will drag the boy on the ground until he gives up and let go of the leash and leave the dog to pursue me.

The type of the pitbull also adds to my fears. I read an article the other day on pitbulls. I learned that a pink nose pitbull is somewhat sociable as opposed to the aggressive and grumpy blue nose pitbull. When I am running I never get time to check the color of the nose, when I see a pitbull I become highly alert. This dog really gets under my skin.

3. The location

The fact that I get to see a pitbull in the township being walked by a young boy, tells me that this animal is not well trained. It could attack me and also attack this young boy. I am not saying all township people, who are usually black like myself, are incapable of training their dogs but evidence with the way they treat other breeds suggests that most of township people indeed are incapable of training their dogs.

Sometimes I get to wonder why exactly some people get to own dogs if they won’t look after them. I get concerned with pitbulls. There seems to be a rise in the number of pitbulls in my township alone. When I am doing my runs I would meet a group of young man walking with five or six pitbulls. Imagine me trying to get as far away possible from the dogs while trying to hide from the young men the fact that I am terrified.

4. Fences

Sometimes it is not the pitbulls on the road that bother me. I get intimidated by a pitbull which is within its owners yard. What sets off the alarm bells is the fence which keeps the animal way from me. There is one house I know where the fence shows clearly that it had suffered greatly from this insane animal. The owner has mended the fence in a very shabby fashion and such a fact does not reassure a passerby of any safety from the beast.

If anyone owns a dog in the township or anywhere else, it is wise to use a strong and high wall and to make sure that there is no way the dog would dig, squeeze or jump its way out. This should be done for the safety of the public and also for that of the beast. There are unstable people out there, who when attacked by this animal would simply pull out a gun and take it down without blinking.

My Greatest Wish

With fast rising numbers of pitbulls in my township belonging to irresponsible owners, I wish that the government would monitor the situation and remove the beasts from owners whose homes are not well fenced. Over and above that, owners should get paid licences in order for them to keep this breed. So to make it difficult for every Tom, Dick and Harry to own this dog, the permit should start from R10 000 per animal and restrict it to two animals at a time. Who ever would violate to this regulation, they should be jailed for at least 10 years depending on the number of pitbulls they illegally kept.

Should the pitbull bite or even kill a human being, it should be killed and the owner should be held liable for the medical expenses and the funeral expenses for the victim.

I know that I am just dreaming. Such a regulation can never come to pass in the present South Africa. Countless people, including children, would have to be killed by these beasts before anything be actually done by the government.

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Now this is something you don’t hear every day at The Spokesdude Podcast. We are talking about food. There is no question about it. I love food. Food is one of those things that God made for us men… and women of course. Okay, okay and children too. My point is, before men were created, there was food prepared for their arrival. I mean right on the third day, before even the sun was created, there was food.

My word! I never realized this, food actually predates the sun, the moon and the stars. I know the atheists and many evolutionists out there would want to kill me right now. They must be pulling their hair out right now. Literally, they must be gaping for my flesh as we speak. Who doesn’t know that evolutionist think their theory is a fact and they base this on some dead animal bones. Sadly, those bones are not explaining how the earth was formed or arranged except for that it had animals and those animals died.

Today on the 50th episode I am talking mainly about one specific food item that will knock those infections and illnesses down. It works as a natural antibiotic and it hates flu. When consumed, it also protects you from bug bites. This food item is none other than the humble garlic. Listen to this stinky and yet healthy podcast episode to learn more.

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Running is a very interesting activity. Everybody does it. When I say everybody does it, I do not mean every human being but I mean every legged creature I know. In most cases creatures in this world run out of necessity. They are compelled by the need for survival.

A typical example is a lion and a gazelle. A lion would run in pursuit of a gazelle in order to have a meal and evade death by starvation. While from a gazelle’s point of view the purpose of running is also for survival, however, the logistics of it entails not becoming food for the lion.

I also run for life. The purpose of my running activity is to get fit and lose a bit of weight. I believe I have a better chance of surviving a number of threats than someone who is physically in active. So when I am on the road or the racing track at the sports ground, I literally run for my life

Listen to today’s episode to gain more insight.

I appeal to everyone who is physically inactive and unfit, to get started with running or with any form of physical activity. It is a good thing to do. Encourage your kids to be physically active. Train your body and build its endurance. You will thank yourself later.

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From the time we are born until the time we die, we constantly change. Change is part of life. Sometimes change is never what we expect, it often comes as a surprise. Change can sometimes be painful. Depending on the context, whatever form or shape a change introduces itself to us it can work out for good if accepted in a critical yet optimistic fashion.

I am saying that each change should be examined and the effects of it be understood and perhaps be manipulated for the benefit of the body or everyone. This is all governed by the nature and the context of a given change.

Capitec

I believe that Capitec brought change in the banking sector. In the reality where the poor were bullied by the major banks such as ABSA, Standard Bank, First National Bank and Nedbank with their ridiculous charges, Capitec came in with a system that allowed those who could not afford a bank account to have access to banking facility.

A few months ago I had inquired from Capitec if they have any Business Solutions. The response was quite disappointing but the consultant I spoke to, gave me hope that there is a plan even though at that stage they could say much. Yesterday I twitted Capitec and said to them “bring us Business Banking” and I was given a link that enlightened me. Capitec has been given the go-ahead to purchase 100% of Mercantile Bank. Now Capitec will be able to offer Business Banking and also offer to fund Businesses.

The promise Capitec is giving is that they will offer an affordable business solution. With the excellent service I had received so far from Capitec on my account, I am eager to see what they have to offer in the business sector.

Festive Season

We are approaching that crazy time of the year. People are getting their 13th cheques. Those who were putting their money into stokvels for the whole year are in line to get it back with interest. School teachers are looking forward to their long holidays as the schools will be closed for the year. Black Friday is next week, a lot of people are gearing to take of the specials that will be offered then.

In the midst of all this thieves, robbers, and scammers are getting ready to get busy. They will be pick-pocketing, snatching women’s handbags, confronting and robbing people by threatening them with knives and guns. The scammers will be using the silver tongue to manipulate people’s greed for money and dupe simpletons into handing out their hard-earned money with baseless hopes of getting more money.

While money will be stolen by all means possible, another breed of criminals will have their eyes on careless human beings. They will be stealing children, teenagers and the rich people, with the intention of either releasing them for a ransom or selling them offshore as slaves of all sorts.

What saddens me is the number of teenagers that will be drunk this festive season, especially those who are completing their high school life this year. they run the risk of being raped, kidnapped or even killed.

My advice to all people is to be alert at all times and to avoid places where they might get into trouble. Try walking in groups rather than alone. Always be safe.


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The good thing about road running is that you cannot run out road. There is no running fee that needs to be paid and there are no business hours to mind. You can run on the road as many times as you like and as long as you like. All you have to worry about is safety.

In today’s episode I am running while podcasting. Has anyone done it? Join us today on this heated episode of Run Yourself Crazee.

I started off at a conversation pace and I tried to maintain it so that I would be able to speak. The struggle became real when I got to the 3rd kilometer. Natural my body demanded more pace and I realized I was moving fast when I couldn’t finish my sentences.

Also during this run I give a short lesson on life and the volatile nature of it.

This is how I did on my ultra-slow 4k run

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