Madiba Day Clean Up

On Sunday a bunch of us got together to celebrate Madiba Day at Zoo Lake as part of the 67 Minutes for Mandela campaign:

Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes." Nelson Mandela turns 91 on 18 July, and the call has gone out for people everywhere to celebrate his birthday – and the global launch of Mandela Day – by acting on the idea that each person has the power to change the world.

The plan, inspired by David Alves, was to spend 67 minutes cleaning up around the lake and giving back. This isn’t the first time Dave has arranged such a venture and I seriously doubt it will be the last either. Next time I’m going to surely rope in a whole bunch of my friends as I’m sure a lot of them will want to give back.

Photo of Zoo LakeFor me this was actually the first time I’ve actually walked around Zoo Lake – yes yes shocking I know! It truly is a beautiful open space even during the middle of winter. There is an abundance of life ranging from duck through to lots of bird life. I was quite surprised to see so many families out spending the day in the sun and I’m definitely sure I’ll be returning for a picnic and to walk around.

IMG_3865Thanks to the Megan and the dancers from The Duncan Studio of Celtic Dancing who wore the Guerrillas Gone Green jumpsuits proudly and collected oodles of trash. They were literally diving into the bushes to find and remove the trash.

Later we were joined by a family that expressed interest in what we were doing and even brought a refuse trailer along to assist with the refuse removal. Great one guys!

Here are a few photos from the day. Be sure to check out the complete album of photos over here.


How I fixed my iPhone 3GS

When I purchased my iPhone 3GS from Vodacom the tethering functionality wasn’t available and Vodacom couldn’t tell me when or even if it would be supported. So I followed some guidance on the interwebs and installed custom carrier profiles to try and fix it. It worked for a few days and then upon changing my cellular network APN name from to internet, the tethering option disappeared, never to return again.

When Vodacom finally released support for it in iPhone firmware update 3.1.2 the tething option still didn’t return. And then subsequently the Visual Voicemail feature also didn’t activate. This really became annoying and I decided to jailbreak 3.1.3 so I could make the iPhone a WiFi access point for my new iPad WiFi. Using Tether I managed to fix the tethering options but couldn’t get Visual Voicemail to work at all.

On release of iOS 4.0 my phone functionality got progressively more impaired when I lost the ability to send and receive MMS – the settings were there, but it just didn’t activate. Another nuisance was that I kept receiving a Vodacom carrier update which applied successfully every time yet continued to prompt me on the device and through iTunes.

After much procrastination I synced everything off my iPhone and saved my text message database by extracting it from the latest backup and did that awful thing – I erased all content on my iPhone. When prompted to I connected it to iTunes, activated it and set it up as a new phone, wishing not to restore bad settings to the phone. I checked out the settings and lo and behold, the entire cellular data network settings menu option had disappeared. Good grief, it was worse than before!


In addition under the About menu it reported that my Carrier was Not Available. Previously this had reported Vodacom 5.0 or Vodacom 5.1 if I recall correctly.


I then attempted a restore to iOS 4.0.1 from within iTunes itself. It must have done something differently as suddenly my iPhone now has tethering, MMS and Visual Voicemail all working perfectly. Oh and the Vodacom 7.0 carrier update applied and soon afterward the Vodacom 7.1 carrier update went through too.


So if you’re iPhone is acting all wonky, I highly recommend restoring it using the latest firmware and setting it up as a new phone.