[AfrICANN-discuss] Breaking News: DotConnectAfrica Trust WinsResounding Victory against ICANN in IRP Accountability

Neil Dundas neil at dundas.co.za
Fri Jul 17 18:59:42 UTC 2015

Dear Mwenda,

I agree with your comments and sentiments. 

Although we may still be classified as one of the “bulls" in the Swahili saying, the members of this mailing list may benefit from our (ZACR) submissions to ICANN on the IRP Declaration. https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/correspondence/masilela-to-crocker-15jul15-en.pdf

The process of having .AFRICA delegated and launched for the benefit of the African community has indeed taken far too long. The following African proverbs present some ancient words of wisdom and encouragement in relation to .AFRICA. The end is sight and the rewards will be great!

African Quotes on Patience

	• Patience is the key which solves all problems. ~ Sudanese proverb
	• Hurry, hurry has no blessings. ~ Swahili proverb
	• Patience is the mother of a beautiful child. ~ Bantu proverb
	• To run is not necessarily to arrive. ~ Swahili proverb
	• Patience can cook a stone. ~ African proverb
	• A patient man will eat ripe fruit. ~ African proverb
	• At the bottom of patience one finds heaven. ~ African proverb
	• A patient person never misses a thing. ~ Swahili proverb
	• Patience puts a crown on the head. ~ Ugandan proverb
	• Patience attracts happiness; it brings near that which is far. ~ Swahili proverb
	• Always being in a hurry does not prevent death, neither does going slowly prevent living. ~ Ibo proverb
	• However long the night, the dawn will break. ~ African proverb (personal favourite!)


Neil Dundas
dotAfrica Project (ZACR)
[source: http://afritorial.com/the-best-72-african-wise-proverbs/]

> On 17 Jul 2015, at 8:08 PM, Mwendwa Kivuva <Kivuva at transworldafrica.com> wrote:
> Thank you Seun,
> The community is caught in between not really knowing what is happening.  We are left to make judgement from the many news articles and blogs written by either independed or partisan interests.
> We have a saying in Swahili "fahali wawili wanapopigana, ni nyasi huumia". Loosely translated as "When two bulls fight, its the grass that suffers". In this case, the community is missing out in use of the important .africa string. For example,  the East African community is forced to use eac.int while eac.africa would have sufficed. Of course there are other examples like ecowas.africa comesa.africa sadc.africa e.t.c.
> I think we should be every firm in castigating ICANN for not following due diligence in the .africa application. The transparency and accountability track should ensure there are mechanisms in place to avoid the scenario we are in from occurring again. The  bill of the IRP process which is in excess of US $ 606,114 could have been put into better use. 
> Regards
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