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Black Education

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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Cloak and Dagger

535″>Srdja Popovic

Occasionally one receives an email that has a link to some other site. This link is sent to you by someone who thinks you may possibly find the content interesting.

I enjoy trying to gather information about how things fit together and what the possible causes and reactions are to things happening around us. The link below is very pertinent to what is happening around the world presently.

Far too many people don’t realise that things don’t ‘just’ happen and that there must be a catalyst to kick it off.

Just a pity it hasn’t quite worked out in Zimbabwe. And I don’t think it is going to happen again here in South Africa.

But it is a good article to read to gain a better insight of how the current protests in the Middle East are, and can be, manipulated.


Posted by on 12/12/2012 in Musings, World happenings


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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:


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


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victim of farm murder

Victim of farm murder

Looking through the papers for the last week I see the following press release below didnt feature at all. Not even a peep out of the SABC either.


It is no longer just white farmers that are being murdered in South Africa. Now the deaths are starting to include black farmers who obtained farms under the infamous land claims as well.

It is easier for some politician or ANC ‘heavy’ to have a farmer murdered, and then buy the farm for practically nothing, than to have to go through the process of buying it on the open market at market related prices.



Issued by: TAU SA 
Enquiries: Mr. Henk van de GraafAssistant General Manager: TAU SACel. 083 411 8229  
date: Thursday February 9, 2012

International Community takes notice of farm killings in SA

TAU SA is experiencing an increase in enquiries from international institutions about murders on farms in South Africa.

This is mainly as a result of a visit by TAU SA’s Assistant General Manager: Communications, Mr Henk van de Graaf, to Europe. Mr Van de Graaf arrived back after a week long information tour focussing on violent crimes on farms. The highlight of his tour was a visit to the European Parliament where he was the key note speaker at a public meeting of European Parliamentarians. During his presentation Mr Van de Graaf pointed out that circumstances in South Africa are even worse than in Zimbabwe. In South Africa 1 554 farmers have been killed on their farmscompared to 24 on Zimbabwean farms. “Institutions like the EU imposed personal sanctions against Mr Mugabe and members of his cabinet. Perhaps the EU should consider imposing personal likewise sanctions on mr Jacob Zuma and members of his cabinet, for not doing enough about this problem. Farm murders in South Africa also need to be declared a crime against humanity,” Van de Graaf said.

“A short extract of the documentary film ‘War of the Flea’ was also shown to the parliamentarians. Especially Steve Hoffmeyr’s remarks on genocide underline TAU SA’s point of view on this issue,” said Van de Graaf.

After the visit to the European parliament, and the handing in of a genocide charge against the South African government at the International Criminial Court in The Hague, international media and social networks took more notice of the situation regarding murders on farms in South Africa. Subsequently TAU SA’s offices received reports of planned actions in several countries, not only in Europe, but also in Australia, Canada and America.

TAU SA’s SMS-line for support to victims of farm attacks, is also performing well. Members of the public can make a R10 donation by sending the message TLUSTOP to 48716.

Internasionale gemeenskap neem kennis van SA Plaasmoorde

TLU SA ontvang tans toenemend navrae vanaf internasionale instellings oor plaasmoorde in Suid-Afrika.

Dit is hoofsaaklik te danke aan ’n besoek wat TLU SA se Assistent-Hoofbestuurder: Kommunikasie, mnr. Henk van de Graaf, aan Europa gebring het. Mnr. Van de Graaf is sopas terug van ’n weeklange inligtingsbesoek aan Europa, waarin hoofsaaklik klem gelê is op plaasmoorde in Suid-Afrika. Die hoogtepunt van sy toer was ’n besoek aan die Europese Parlement waar hy die hoofspreker was byb ’n openbare vergadering van Europese Parlementslede. In sy toespraak het mnr. Van de Graaf daarop gewys dat toestande in Suid-Afrika selfs slegter is as in Zimbabwe. In Suid-Afrika is tot dusver 1 554 boere vermoor, teenoor die 24 in Zimbabwe. “Instellings soos die EU was bereid om persoonlike sanksies teen mnr. Robert Mugabe en sy kabinetslede op te lê. In die lig daarvan dat sake in Suid-Afrika selfs slegter verloop as in Zimbvabwe, behoort die EU dalk ook oorweging te skenk aan die moontlikheid om soortgelyke persoonlike sanksies teen mnr. Zuma en sy kabinetslede in te stel, omdat hulle ook blatant weier om genoeg aan hierdie probleem te doen. Bowendien behoort plaasmoorde kinternasionaal verklaar te word tot ’n Misdaad teen die Mensdom,” het mnr. Van de Graaf gesê.

’n Kort uittreksel uit die dokumentêre rolprent ‘War of the Flea’ is ook aan die EU-parlementslede gewys. Veral die sanger Steve Hoffmeyr se stelling daarop dat daar in Suid-Afrika sprake is van volksmoord, het baie gewis gevoeg tot TLU SA se standpunt hieroor.

Na die besoek aan die Europese Parlement, asook die inhandiging van ’n klagte van Volksmoord teen die SA regering by die Internasionale Strafhof in Den Haag, het internasionale media en die sosiale media deeglik begin kennis neem van die situasie in Suid-Afrika rakende veral plaasmoorde. Seddertdien ontvang TLU SA se hoofkantoor al hoe meer inligting van beoogde aksies oor plaasmoorde en volksmoord, nie net in Europa nie, maar ook Amerika, Kanada en Australië.

Another thing that is very worrying is the attacks bein made on elderly people. Just today there was a report on a 71 year old lady being sliced up. Yesterday there was the report of a 69 year old being raped in front of her grandchildren and so it goes on. What barberians have we let loose in our country?


Posted by on 13/02/2012 in South Africa


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