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A bridge too far?

On Thursday last week there was an interesting article in News 24 in which Rabelani Dagada, a lecturer at Wits Business School, and a Programme Director for ICT Governance and Risk Management, told a debate on affirmative action that the apartheid-era Bantu (Black) education was far better than what is now being taught under the new post-apartheid government (ANC).

I went to my good friend Google and Linkin to see who this Wits academic is and from what base he is making these statements. Needless to say I found a man who has walked the walk and is in a position to make this assertion without fear of contradiction or favour.
I have quoted from the news article by News 24 and added some of my own comments in italics.
“It was far better in terms of quality than the education that our kids are receiving nowadays. That is where the problem is”.

And we now have these children finishing school and university with an education that is not up to standard. Pass rates have been dropped to such low levels that you only need to know less than a third of a subject and that okay to pass you. Here in the workplace we have graduates who can barely put a paragraph together in a coherent manner that have English as a subject that was passed in Matric.

“Affirmative action should be about empowerment. The best way to empower is not to take from those who have and give to those who don’t have. It won’t work.”

This statement in various guises has been bandied around for a long time and in various countries. Yet the ANC has seen it fit to ignore this warning and taken as much as they possible could from those who had and kept it for themselves. They didn’t even take the time to consider that there many who had worked very hard to get where they were without the help of the previous government. By giving those who didn’t have, a push through the education system, we have skewed the education which is necessary to take our country into the future.

Dagada said South Africans could only be empowered through proper education.
“After 20 years of democracy, the education levels have plunged. It’s worse than the so-called Bantu education. The best way to do transformation, empowerment is to provide quality education.”

And from Pik Botha at the same function:
Former foreign affairs minister Pik Botha said South Africa, under the ANC’s leadership, had moved away from former president Nelson Mandela’s principles. He said the country’s affirmative action policies were mainly hurting the black majority.

“How much further down must all of us go before we say this is enough now? Our education is far behind, it is the worst in Africa, [but] it has the highest per capita expenditure.”

Botha said Zimbabwe’s education system was better than South Africa’s.

“When is this going to change? At state hospitals black patients must wait for three years for an operation.”
Botha said when Mandela became president, he was careful not to lose skilled white people.
“He said we must not lose the proficiency of the whites. They must not leave the public service, but they should help us to train people to achieve that same proficiency,” said Botha.
“They have now removed all those people.”

 
 

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Constitution


 

 

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Currently the Americans are embroiled in difference of opinion regarding the second amendment and the right to bear arms. The Americans take what is said in their constitution very seriously and don’t take any changes or misinterpretations to it very lightly.

Now here in South Africa we have a so-called constitution that the rest of the world raved about as it was drafted in such a way that it would protect the citizens of South Africa as well as foreign nationals within our borders. It was hailed as one of the most progressive in the world and enjoyed high acclaim internationally.

Following the repeal of apartheid legislation, South Africa held its first fully democratic national election in 1994. The final Constitution was adopted in 1996 and phased in between 1997 and 1999. South Africa’s Constitution states that South Africa is “founded on a commitment to achieve equality, to promote and protect human dignity and to advance human rights and freedoms”. The Constitution enshrines the principles of supremacy of the rule of law, universal adult suffrage, regular elections and multi-party democracy. The Bill of Rights contained in Chapter 2 of the Constitution is one of the world’s broadest, guaranteeing freedom of speech, movement and political activity, and providing persons accused of crimes with many legal protections including the right to a speedy trial and the right to remain silent. (Victims of crimes seems to have less rights  J )

The Bill of Rights also enshrines the right to access to adequate housing, food, water, education and healthcare, and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy or marital status.

NOW IF THE ABOVE IS TRUE AND THE GOVERNMENT IS SUPPOSED TO ADHERE TO THE CONSTITUTION WHY DO WE STILL HAVE PEOPLE WITHOUT ADEQUATE HOUSING, COMUNITIES WITHOUT WATER, PEOPLE DYING OF HUNGER, SHODDY EDUCATION AND A HEALTHCARE SYSTEM THAT IS FAILING THE VERY PEOPLE IT IS SUPPOSED TO HELP?

NEARLY 20 YEARS ON, WHY DO WE STILL HAVE “BLACK EMPLOYMENT EQUITY” (BEE) WHICH IS TOTALLY RACE ORIENTATED? THESE LAWS ARE CONTRADICTORY TO OUR CONSTITUTION AND EXCLUDES ALL OTHER RACES OTHER THAN BLACK, FROM BEING ABLE TO COMPETE IN THE WORKPLACE FOR JOBS OR WORK.

HOW COME THE REST OF THE WORLD JUST SITS BACK AND ALLOWS IT? WHEN THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT APPLIED DISCRIMINATORY LAWS, THE WORLD WAS QUICK TO APPLY SANCTIONS.

OR IS IT NOW A CASE OF TURNING A BLIND EYE SO THAT THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT   CAN SELL SOUTH AFRICA TO THE COUNTRY WILLING TO BUY IT CHEAPLY?

 

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Race now has a problem with welfare!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday my wife sent me an article that appeared in one of the local newspapers.

Luckily I only opened my mail this morning or my Sunday would have been ruined!

As I have blogged about previously we are the only country where the majority are protected from the minority. Our rainbow nation is supposed to represent a nation united in change, moving forward as one.

Well, we know that jobs, bursaries and tenders are reserved for the black people in our country even though our constitution states we are to be treated equally. The current treatment of the white population is proof that the ANC led government is applying far worse draconian rules than the last white government did.

And now the ANC government has sunk so low that they are even lower than the shadow of snake poo on the bottom of the deepest ocean!!

 

 

 

 

 

The ANC now wants to apply new BEE (Black Empowerment Equity) codes to those companies who make donations to welfare organisations. If a company wants to deal with the government or any local council they need to have a high BEE score. If you have a low score you lose out on tenders and the possibility of doing any business with them.

NOW – what Mr Rob Davies, minister of trade and industry, has just made public is that any company who donates money to any welfare organisation that assists any whites or foreigners with any type of aid, will not get any BEE points.

These new codes will affect welfare organisations such as churches, Childline and a host of other welfare organisations.

What Mr Davies fails to take note of is that the NG Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church) gives assistance to more than 1.3 million people of which nearly 90% are black. Childline help more than 1.7 million children of all colours. These figures are also applicable to other institutions where the majority of those needing help are from the black community. So if these new codes become law the ones who will be disadvantaged the most are black people. The government is saying that according to the latest census the majority of the poor in South Africa are found in the black population. Now who is to blame for that? 18 years after they came to power they have NOT uplifted the general population to anything better than what they had under the previous white government. Only a selected few have gone on to be millionaires and billionaires.

Why is it when we need to do some serious nation building, the government comes up with something that only disadvantages the whites of South Africa? When is the world going to wake up and see what is happening here? In the 1930’s Hilter started implementing laws which slowly but surely ended up with the Jewish population being rounded up and put in concentration camps. Since 1994 when the ANC came to power, there have been so many (small) changes made to the laws in South Africa as well as to the supposedly world acclaimed constitution.

Government is supposed to be for all the people and accountable to all the people. There was so much rhetoric in 1994 when the black government came to power (note, I did not say elected) that never again would there be any discrimination in South Africa. Now the proof of the pudding is that they are applying rules and laws against a minority, which would never be allowed in any other civilized country. Integration is moving further and further away from our multi-faceted population.

Maybe it is time for those whites who want to adopt a child to start looking at their own kind. Let’s leave our government to look after their own.

And the ones who will ultimately suffer, will be the children of all colours  

 

 
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Posted by on 19/11/2012 in South Africa

 

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Farmer is white, so I don’t pay him.


The actual blog I wanted to write about is right down at the bottom – needed to get a bit of the background upfront for those that want to see how things like are happening.

In South Africa we are a mixture of various tribes thrown together in a country with a history of racial conflict going back to even before whites and blacks squared up to each other.

As the various African tribes moved down in the southern tip of Africa they had some very serious clashes with some of the smaller tribes being annihilated totally. Then we had the Dutch and British landing in Africa when they set up refreshment stations for their fleets on the way to the Far East.

One thing led to another and the whites moved out of the Cape and Natal (now KwaZulu Natal) heading inland. Of course there were marauding black tribes who saw a great opportunity to attack these whites and take their cattle as their own. All the black tribes counted their wealth by the number of cattle they owned, and this is still very relevant out in the rural areas today. It is still an accepted practice to have to pay for a bride with cattle today. But I digress. With all the battles fought between the blacks and whites it was the whites who came out victorious even though they were the minority. This was never forgiven by the black tribes. When the previous white government (National Party) tried to apply a policy of separate development, based on what had been passed down over the years by the British and Dutch,  they passed some terribly draconian laws to enforce their ideas it just made matters worse for all citizens of South Africa. It united the various black tribes, and the Indians and Coloureds (when it suited the blacks), in a united opposition to the government. Hell, even the English speaking population was excluded in certain cases!

The battle for South Africa was not lost or won on the battlefields, but politically round the world.

After 1994, we were hailed as the Rainbow Nation, and a shining example of how all the tribes living here could co-exist in peaceful harmony. We had a constitution, which laid out how everybody was to be nice to each other, and what not to do to hurt each other’s feelings. We were told that if we all worked together in perfect harmony the economy will soar and we would all be good friends.

Then the rainbow started to fade….

The new black government  (ANC) started enforcing new laws which forced companies to employ blacks instead of whites, companies which were run by whites were no longer considered for applying for tenders, white pupils were no longer considered for bursaries. The list goes on and on..

Then the government started expropriating land from the whites. If any black claimed their forefather had stopped on a piece of ground to bury a relative, then they could claim that it was suddenly ancestral ground and the current owner would have to give it up. Strangely enough, claims seemed to have mostly been made on very productive farms built up over the years by white farmers.  This process was certainly abused by various black tribes that could not in all fairness prove that they had any legitimate claim. And where no claim could be proved they just moved onto the farm and kicked the white farmer off. The murder of white farmers in South Africa has resulted in far more deaths than in Zimbabwe, yet it has not received the same international coverage as Zimbabwe.

So taking all of the above into consideration, the undercurrent of feelings and emotions in South Africa doesn’t really reflect this rosy picture that the rest of the world keeps trying to paint. Stories of corruption abound from the lowest government employee to the highest office in the country. Theft of money allocated from our taxes to help uplift the poorest communities gets highlighted by commissions set up to investigate it, yet those responsible just don’t seem to end up in jail because they were previously part of the armed struggle against the previous government. The way the members of Umkhonto we Siswe, the ANC’s armed wing, go on about their part in the struggle, one would get the impression that they were victorious in battles against the SA Defence Force. Yet I cant find record of even one battle they won. ‘But once again I digress. Our economy has gone for a ball of chalk. The number of businesses that have closed down because of  Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment, Black Economic Empowerment (BEE), and a host of other empowerment laws is horrific. Our unemployment figure now stands at nearly 73%!

An interesting fact is that BEE was instituted by the ANC government as a direct intervention for the distribution of assets and opportunities to resolve the economic disparities created by Apartheid policies which had favoured white business owners. It was supposed to transform the economy to be representative of the race demographics of the country. The implementers of BEE thought the rest of the world would be knocking at their door to do business with these black empowered companies and this in turn would be the means to create some serious economic growth in South Africa.

Guess what? It never happened.

We had some large tenders which were awarded to some overseas companies, and they all seem to be under investigation for bribery and corruption. Other major players in the business domain out there in the rest of the world don’t want to do business with us here in South Africa. Businesses previously owned and run by whites that were taken over by black partners were bled dry before closing down. Quality of items to be exported went down and many companies overseas returned container after container of sub-standards goods. So job losses due to closure or non –performance of businesses suddenly start to affect the very people BEE was supposed to empower.

The application of BEE is contrary to what is in our constitution where it is stated all people are to be treated as equals. Yet the ANC ruling party does not consider that the laws which redistribute white assets, white jobs, or opportunities being blocked for whites to be discrimination.  The leaders within the ANC have noted that that their close friend, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, has managed to get away with murder while the rest of the world just stands by shaking their heads in condemnation.

All it takes is for the government to make small changes at a time. Each one is taken as an irritation, but when all lumped together it is a far worse discrimination than what was applied by the previous government in South Africa.

Todays actual blog:’

thanks Wiki

One of the directors in the department of water affairs, Patience Mangotlo,  has refused to pay a farmer, P. Haasbroek of the Limpopo province, for sand which was expropriated from his farm, “because he is white”.

The file for authorising payment has apparently been lying on her table for the past few weeks. She has openly stated to fellow government employees that she refuses to authorise the payment because of his skin colour.

Strangely enough the sand is being used to build a water pipeline from a nearby dam to a black township near Louis Trichardt.

Now my musing while ducking death and destruction on the hi-way between Johannesburg and Pretoria is as follows: Here we have a black senior manager in a government department openly being racist because the recipient of funds due just happens to be a “white farmer”. Will she be removed from her well paid job due to not adhering to the constitution? Will the social media make a fuss of her racial comments? Will she make a public apology? Is this attitude indicative of what the average black feels against whites in general?

Or will it all just quietly be swept under the carpet and ignored due to the fact that it a black person being racist and not the other way round?   

Have a nice day!

Some interesting reading on MK:  http://samilitaryhistory.org/vol115rw.html

 
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Posted by on 23/05/2012 in South Africa, Uncategorized

 

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