Blog Posts - Bureaucracy



Your Typical Errand in South Africa

Moving to South Africa, or to Africa in general, and adapting to life there, is most of all an exercise in patience. The irony is that when you arrive, you are all ready to go go GO! for months you've been busting your backside getting visa applicat...
by Joburg Expat on Jul 25, 2016

IAS officer puts shoe on woman's hospital bed: Indian bureaucrats must remember they are public servants, not rulers

An IAS officer in Chhattisgarh put his shoe on the hospital bed, while going for inspection.This is nothing new. Bureaucracy [officers] keep shaming Indians and insulting them, all the time.Bureaucrats of this nation are known to be one of the most c...
by Indian Muslims' Blog on May 4, 2016

How to Convert your Foreign Driver's License to a South African Driver's License

Of all the bureaucratic headaches assaulting you when moving to South Africa, perhaps none is as fraught with angst and speculation as that of the driver's license. But don't despair. It's really not as big of a problem as it's made out to be. In fa...
by Joburg Expat on Feb 22, 2016

South African Bureaucracy Driving You Nuts

During that first year in South Africa, all that kept me sane at times was the knowledge that yet another crazy bureaucratic errand would make a good blog post. I'd be standing in the Telkom office clutching pages of my phone bill, wanting to hit the...
by Joburg Expat on Jan 18, 2016

12 Days of Anime #6: Thrift in Kyoukai no Rinne

Here’s a scenario. You load your cash/debit card into your ATM and then, BAM, the ATM explodes and you’re flooded in a pile of money. What do you do with the moolah? A. You take that money straight to the bank and slap down a payment for...
by Anime Monographia on Dec 19, 2015

Labour's fixed that for you

According to the Daily Wail, George Osborne (amongst others) lobbied hard against the Tories' EU referendum pledge.George Osborne pleaded with David Cameron not to hold an in/out referendum on the European Union, it emerged last night.Senior Tory sou...
by Devil's Kitchen on Sep 2, 2015

Fight Against Sexual Harassment: Not Easy Even For IAS Riju Bafna

Riju Bafna, an officer Trainee at Indian Administrative Service at Government or IAS of India, is another victim of sexual harassment. It is very shameful on our part that even a woman at such a high post being an IAS is facing such problem, then we...
by THE GIZTIMES on Aug 8, 2015

The Agonizing Indian Parliament Logjam

An all party meeting was held on Monday by the government in order to end the deadlock in Parliament. “The Indian Parliament Logjam is agonizing and weakening the process of democracy”, said Somnath Chatterjee in a recently. Congress and...
by THE GIZTIMES on Aug 4, 2015

The Meeting Of Delhi’s CM Arvind Kejriwal And Police Commissioner

The division of power of the national capital Delhi between the Delhi Government and the Lieutenant Governor has been a great issue between the Central and AAP government. One of the main issues of this division of power is the control over Delhi pol...
by THE GIZTIMES on Jul 22, 2015

Meet The UPSC 2015 Topper- Ira Singhal

Meet The UPSC 2015 Topper- Ira Singhal Differently abled people have to go the extra mile to do anything on their own. Lately, social networking sites are filled with snapshots celebrating the joy of ‘ selfie with daughter’ campaign, a new way t...
by THE GIZTIMES on Jul 7, 2015

The Doctors Strike in Delhi – LIFE SAVERS: OUT OF WORK

The Doctor’s Strike in Delhi In Delhi, more than two thousand resident doctors are on indefinite strike leading to healthcare crises in Delhi. There are about 20 hospitals including Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Maulana Azad Medical College and Safda...
by THE GIZTIMES on Jun 22, 2015

Granting Voting Rights To NRI Public Will Expand The Modi Raj

An NRI account for a huge vote bank and are equally responsible for India’s growth story. Such an initiative of providing voting rights to the NRI People from the Narendra Modi government will ensure that the large population of expatriate Indians...
by THE GIZTIMES on Jun 15, 2015

What you can't live without in Turkey

Folders, dossiers and a decent filing system.  We can manage with an irregular water supply, sporadic electricity and no Marmite but you won't last long here without a way of accumulating official paper work.  The general rule of thumb is t...
by BacktoBodrum on Feb 5, 2015

Don't believe everything they tell you.The Federal Reserve Bank held a conference recently in Boston on economic opportunity and inequality. Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve Rank, addressed the meeting.She frankly admitted that inequality h...
by Out of the Woods on Oct 19, 2014

Good News: It's All Done Online! Bad News: They Were Offline.

I recently came across this line in a reader comment: Good news: You no longer need to fill in a form. It's all done online! Bad news: they were offline. We were talking about the new South African travel guidelines which now require parents trave...
by Joburg Expat on Sep 21, 2014

The Story of Qiu Ju (1992) Trailer

Qiu Ju da guan si...
by Film trailers World on Sep 15, 2014

African Time is Like Dog Years

African time is like dog years. Or maybe it's the reverse if you really did the math correctly. My point is, everything takes about seven times as long as you're used to if, like most expats, you've grown up on a continent with a more mainstream con...
by Joburg Expat on Jun 9, 2014

Why Liberty Dies

Dr. Owens: In our nation we have built a rather impressive framework to restrain the government: our Constitution.Read more →...
by The Lonely Conservative on May 15, 2014

Karangalan sa Serbisyo ng Bayan--Bakit nawala?

Most of my ancestors were government employees. My grandfather (Father side) was once a chief of Police of San Miguel town of Bulacan. His wife, a former teacher.My grandfather (Mother side) once served as employee of the DPWH. My tita was once a pri...
by New Philippine Revolution on Jan 12, 2014

Amsterdamned; Moving to the Netherlands, What no one tells you

Moving to the Netherlands… I was naïve when I first arrived here. I came with six months of savings, and at the time felt comfortable, and that everything would be fine. I even remember worrying that it would be TOO easy, and that moving to th...
by DutchReview on Dec 18, 2013


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