The Straw that broke the Camel’s back

The Straw that broke the Camel’s back

A lot can be said about South Africa, her history and her people, some of it good, some of it bad, depending on how you want to view life.

But what can be said about her people is the amount of patience they have and ability to pull together when times are rough.

In a sense, one has to explain the backdrop of what I am speaking about, and one must stare the realities of the past in the face, confront it, work around it, as not to be haunted by it in the future.

For years South Africa has suffered the biggest failure of Imperialism, and that is to build your empire on top of the ashes of bones of a broken communities of people.

Imperialism, driven by the human “Greed Gene” has been the cause of great conflicts, but also great advancement, and one should already remember it in such a way.  The problem lies in the fact that someone need to do the work, and not all is really willing to work for it.

This Empire wanted the minerals in the soil of South Africa, and this also brought about a South African Genocide which few really remember these days, home and abroad.

This Empire also imparted the gift of Segregation Laws on us through a man called Sir Milner, and he and fellow imperialistic figures like Rhodes made sure that they would have “slave labour” to do their bidding.

This brought about the Apartheid State of South Africa which should also not be forgotten, because forgetting about your past is a sure way to repeat the mistakes you suffered in the past.

It brought great advancements in technology, healthcare, civil order and structure, but, it was broken.

Because all of these advancements were achieved on the backs of millions who didn’t benefit from these advancements or the money they generated.

These Segregation Laws revamped into the form we called Apartheid created the gap, a rift, which made terms like “middle class” and “lower class” acceptable.  It also created the situation where we are now sitting in, even after a Government change.

Now this is not the blame game, this is realty, and we need to confront it and move on.

There are two simple facts that one should face and that is

  • Government is dividing the people successfully by polarizing the groups in opposition with each other.  Fueling racial tension causing rifts with good policies which got badly implemented like AA and BEE. Creating strive between the different income groups, as well as racial groups.

    This in turn left  them up to their own devices and extra time to line their own pockets while we were busy fighting each other.

  • That even though everyone has said it a million times before, and even though most might be tired of hearing it, but that Apartheid had a massive role to play in this tragedy, because of the legacy of “Greed” it left behind in Corporate companies like Lonmin, and crafty State sponsored entrepreneurs in Government like Zuma who enriched themselves at the cost of the many.

The reason one must face this, it to understand how patient the people of South Africa really are.  After all of these years, nobody is really free.  We are all still slaves on a tax making machine for Government, but just divided along “class” lines more than racial lines.

Taxes which are supposed to be used to uplift the people, but are now siphoned off into the pockets of Corporate elite, dirty politicians who pay lip service and Government “Officials” (at some stage they manged to change the title from Public Servant” to Government Official without us even noticing)

These taxes do not only affect the middle income group, they also affect the low income group, and the unemployed.  Taxes like E-Tolls, which is one of but many such little surprise packages we found out about.  Who knows what we are yet to learn?

The problem is, that Government dealings are not transparent and nobody is accountable,  and the political parties who make up Government are also not really transparent, as they don’t reveal their party funding so that one can sniff out the rot of corruption even before it starts.

But now, the patience of the people of South Africa is wearing thin, and the emergence of a Civil Social Movement is on the grow, small communities are linking up and standing in solidarity with each other, united against a common threat to national security like the blatant corruption of Government “Officials” and asking questions about where all the money has gone.

Dodgy dealings which have surfaced in the last couple of years have created a platforms for people of all different groups in South African where they can pull together.  Pressing issues like unemployment, poverty, inflation, service delivery protests (Andries Tatane), wage related issues like Marikana (with Government ties),  Nkandla, WC2010, Armsgate and other scandals like GuptaGate and their kickbacks to Government and failures like Eskom has for once done something amazing, it has created an environment for Civil Movement Groups to grow, because people have seen that Politics is just about that, politicking and not really doing something about the problems.

Groups now have a chance to stand together, against a common enemy, The Corruption and Decay in Government.  People like Steve, Vavi and Rob can sit around the table and talk the same language, but first, for that to happen, we must start caring about each other again.  We must find our humanity and our empathy for each other and each others plight.

The Struggle is far from over, it has only yet begun.  Because we need to struggle against our Greed gene, which would allow for situations like this to come about, we need to struggle against putting ourselves ahead of those around us, because if the community is prosperous, the individual is prosperous.

A luta continua

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Xenophobia, Strikes, Protests and Oscar … what could happen if Eskom goes down

Not to sound like Siener van Rensburg, the South African version of Nostradamus, or a “Doomsday” Prepper in Hamerica,  but things are looking pretty bleak in South Africa at the moment.

The reasons?  Well, there is seemingly a plethora of reasons if you look at it from the outside, but if you take all of these things and you boil it down to the core it is about what the Have’s are getting out of the system, opposed to what the the Have Not’s are getting out of the system it is pretty easy to spot.  Opulence and wastage due to corruption and maladministration while millions suffer in squalor  is the problem.

Recently, one of South Africa’s brightest mistook his girlfriend for an intruder in the bathroom.  He fired a couple of shots and neutralized the threat behind the toilet door.

During the same time the whole Nkandla issue was in the news, people were asking questions about Marikna and the Gupta wedding guests at Waterkloof, Eksom was failing, service delivery strikes went mainstream, E-Tolls took it toll and Andries Tatane got killed for standing up against a Government for demanding that which they have promised, service and reform, and a couple of thousand people become the victims of violent crime

Over simplified statistics from 1994 – 2014 from CrimeStatsSA

Murders – 194 507Attempted Murders – 213 470
Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm – 2 331 897
Unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition – 161 332

Let that sink in for a moment …

While all this was going on our political elite rallied to defend the choices they have made, rather than admit the faults they have made.

Now I am now someone who dwell on the past in general, if you make a mistake, well, then there is nothing you can do from it but learn.

Sadly, it does not seem to be the case in South Africa today.

Frustration on the ground in South Africa is boiling over.  The reason why fanatical groups such as the EFF can capitalize and gain momentum for their cause.  They know that “freedom” without economic freedom means nothing, and that one is still a slave to the system in such a scenario.  One of the very few points I can agree with them, but their approach, much like Steve Hofmeyer’s “threat” in from on Paul Kruger’s statute with a clearly military undertone with the commando detail with him at the statue is crude, one sided and ultimately disruptive in the sense that it is not building, but rather breaking down.

Cecil John Rhodes was no hero in the bigger picture of the South African story, but regardless, he was part of it, for better or for worse.  Even though I do not like the man or his legacy, I can appreciate what he has done for Africa, and I can also acknowledge the fact that he is part of my history.  Not because he was white like I am, but because his policies and action had such a huge impact on the landscape of what we call the Republic of South Africa today.

Yet, the statue itself if not the problem, it never was.  The problem is the ever increasing divide between the Have’s and the Have Not’s.  The inequity and the blatant difference between the lifestyles the Have’s enjoy in the stark contras with what the Have Not’s must endure is widening the gap, creating a us and them scenario.

A gap where one of the brightest gets away with a little slap on the wrist for taking a life, where a foreign national gets away with the murder of his wife and his South African accomplices end up paying on their own paying for his crimes.  A gap where a President allow the State to build him a mansion of R250 million and dine and drink on the best South Africa has to offer while millions go to bed hungry every night, a country where two siblings died of hunger in Soweto.

What does the Suicidal Dewani, Oscar and Zuma have in common? Money … and it seems that in South Africa your money determine how far you make it in life, and which bullets you can dodge, Matrix Style.

All this in a country where a normal man like Andries Tatane died for holding Government accountable on their election promises.

While millions suffer there are a good number of people living like there is no tomorrow without having any thoughts about the mother with the child on her back who is pulling a full trolly of garbage through the suburbs back to the recycling agent which can be as far as 15km’s away for a mere R1000 per month pittance.

A country with thousands refugees who fled their countries to come to South Africa in hope of stability and peace, are now again victims of violence in South Africa because of failed Government policies.

A country on the very brink of social collapse …

Now take all of these factors and add one failing power utility company and let your mind wander for a moment on what would happen if you take all of these problems and add a month long power outage, which is a very real possibility with the electrical grid under so much strain already, sitting at Stage 3 Load Shedding.  How will we survive the coldest months if we are already at our peak now?

The impact on South Africa would be devastating.  The Have Not’s will come looking for resources, and they will take what they want, if you like it or not.

Disarming the Law Abiding Citizen in South Africa

For some time now gun control has been in the background, every so often moving into the public stage again when something terribly goes wrong, for example the Columbine High School massacre, and then it gets obscured again by various other issues which arise.

Sadly, the call for stricter gun control is back in light of the Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp tragedy, and now the African Nation Congress Women League and various other parties are calling for it.

I think this, is a very very very bad idea, particularly in South Africa

It would be nothing else than a collective suicide if South African law abiding citizens give up their right to defend themselves given the current state of affairs in South Africa, and the utter inhumane violent crimes which are purported against the citizens of South Africa by murderers and rapists.

In March of 2011 when Lidiwe Sisulu was still Minister of Defense it was reported that 82 000 weapons were missing from the South African National Defense Force.

In the same year it was reported that South African Police Services has lost 20 428 weapons since 2004.

Now the question begs to be asked … “Where are these weapons?”

Certainly, these weapons won’t be with the average, run of the mill Law Abiding Citizen since he would not have a need for it.  He would have his own licensed weapons I would think, since he is a model citizen of South Africa.

No, it makes more sense to assume that some of the weapons were sold and left for neighboring countries while others have been found in the hands of local thugs and criminals,  many of them used in violent attacks on our fellow citizens.

Of course one could argue that the weapons which were not already found in the system simply just got lost, but given the track record which the SAPS has and the corruption allegations which surface regularly against members of the Police, I’m going to go with to go with the first scenario.

It would then stand to reason that if you disarm the average citizen, that you would make him and easy target, effectively painting a bulls-eye on his back,  for those who would have the need for unlicensed weapons, like criminals.

If a criminal already has very little or no moral values, with nothing to lose or fear, then what would deter him from coming into your home while you sleep to liberate some of your earthly possessions?  Heaven forbid he enters your home with a darker, more sinister plan in mind.

Are you simply going to ask him nicely to leave you and your family in peace?

No, you can’t … as Dr Marthin Luther King once said,  “It is criminal to not teach a man how to defend himself”.  You have to protect those who you love, those dear to you, the innocent.

Now, what if this criminal was armed with a firearm?

It would basically mean mean that we will be settings the wolves upon the flock, and this cannot be allowed to happen.

We must not forfeit our rights to defend ourselves because the Government can’t assure us that our lives will be safe in their hands.  They blame all sorts of failed policies, their favorite of course, blaming the violent nature of South Africa on Apartheid, but never looking inwards, to what their corruption and greedy grabs for high paying jobs, flashy cars and fortress mansions projects down onto the still suffering, still marginalized, still uneducated, economically and socially devastated, masses.

Masses who need to eat, who need to feed their children. Masses who get pitiful handouts in the form of social grants, like the famous “Baby Grant” without permanent solutions to their grievances from Government.  Instead they get empty promises, some lip service and a whole lot of dancing while singing “struggle” songs which could incite violence, like Zuma’s favorite struggle song “Umshini wami” and others like “Dubula Ibhunu” …

Remember, criminals didn’t start out as criminals, society and Government allowed this to happen …

The normal citizens then become the easy targets, those of the diminishing middle income group living in Suburbia and the poor who are still stuck in informal settlements.  Never would these criminals try to steal from very well fortified mansions of political leaders who are guarded by guards with automatic machine guns purely because it is just not that easy when someone is shooting back at you, and you might actually lose the only thing you have left, your life.

Government has failed us, and now they want us to give up one of the tools we us in order to protect ourselves because they cant?  Certainly, they must be mad!

Fight the Government with everything you have on this …  think about it this way, had there been no violent crime, or a reason to own a weapon, then Oscar Pistorius might not have been in the situation he is in because he would not have had a gun.

The gun and Reeva are the only true innocent objects in this sad scenario.  The gun didn’t fire itself, it was fired by Oscar, Oscar pulled the trigger … the gun didn’t fire itself.  The fact of the matter is that this slogan rings very true.

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”

So people, keep your guns, fight for self preservation, in fact, if possible, arm yourself, go for training.  Protect yourselves and those you love.

Heaven forbid that we would need to protect ourselves from the Government or our fellow countrymen someday when our country slides down into total anarchy …

Remembering Anene, Remembering Andries …

Last week Jacob Zuma delivered the State of the Nation address at Partliment’s opening and yet again he failed to address the real issues at hand in South Africa, but instead he spoke about TAX reforms which would just squeeze the already overburdened taxable population and the ultra poor just more.

One would have thought that more people would have something to say about SONA, hell, one would have thought everyone in South Africa would have had something to say about the State of the Nation with the 42c petrol hike, which is now going to be followed by a 87c hike, the partly State owned utility company, Eskom, who wants to increase it’s tariffs with 16%, the fact that Government lied to us about the E-Toll saga, of course there was little other things like the R250 million (and climbing) Nkandla and the R1.5 Billion spent on the Road to Nkandla  which Government upgraded under the National Key Point act of 1980.

I thought people would be fuming around the mouths about horror crimes like the violent rape and disembowelment of Anene Booysen, the rape of a 1 year old toddler in Limpopo, the rape of a 91 year old Gogo (grandmother) in Kwa-Zulu Natal, the violent murders on farmers, on the elderly, on children … but no …

Sadly, these horrific crimes and injustices against the population of South Africa are not the main focus of our macabre society.

The reason for this is our collective morbid fascination with the Oscar Pistorius incident which transpired in the early morning of Valentine’s Day.

Before I explain why, let me firstly say this though.  I feel for the families involved, no matter which way you look at it, it is a terrible and traumatic event, and nobody who is closely involved will ever be the same, and I wish everyone the best and that justice will prevail.

Here, is where my interest in the incident ends.  The reason for this is that the media hype over this incident has overshadowed everything which in my opinion, carries more weight than a single death, accidental or not.

You see, Anene Booysen is a 17 year old colored girl from Bredasdorp in the Western Cape. She went out with her friends, and then she left with her ex-boyfriend and a couple of his friends.

She was brutally raped, disemboweled, her legs broken and left to die by her assailants.

Then there is the brutal death of Andries Tatane, who died in a service delivery protest by the hands of the South African Police Force in Ficksburg because Government had failed to deliver on the promises they made since the fall of Apartheid, they were stuck in the same economic wilderness as before the fall of Apartheid, some even worse.

Every single day, there about 18000 murders in South Africa apart from the murders we are almost top of the log when it comes to violent rapes.

Rape.co.za puts the amount of reported cases of rape between 2009/2010 at 68 332. Because not all cases get reported to authorities this number may actually be much higher.

That is about 50 murders and 187 reported cases of rape per day on a population which is estimated at 50 million.

India, on the other has, with a population of 1.2 billion reports about 72 cases of rape per day.

Clearly one can see that there is something very wrong with our society, and this is where my grief lies.

The populace in general is making a big scene about Oscar Pistorius case and totally forgetting the marginalized John Doe’s on the street who are also victims to these violent crimes.  Not only are they forgotten, but it seems that everyone is avoiding the cause of these symptoms of our corrupt and amoral society.

This brings me to the cause of these cancerous symptoms, the ANC led Government with Jacob Zuma at it’s head.  It has failed us, the people of South Africa.  They have neglected the upliftment of South Africa as a whole through their never ending internal “struggle” for the spoils of war after the fall of Apartheid and their lust for power.

Liberation songs like “Umshini wami” which translates into “Bring me my machine gun” were sung by our President Jacob Zuma, the same Zuma who has not yet answered for corruption charges brought against him before he took office,  and other well known former political allies like Julius Malema who once swore to start killing in the name of Zuma, and who has now fallen out of favor along with being investigated for abusing his political ties for financial gain.

No, sadly only those with some sort of political connection and the politicians themselves got uplifted while the rest of the country suffered the evils of corruption and failed administration of State resources.

Corruption and mediocre policies, and the implementation of these policies, lies at the the very core of our sick society and yet we decide to make a fuss about one person who has been killed,  but we can’t save a second or two to think about the hundreds who are effected every day through violent crime?

We can’t spare a thought about the State of our Nation and the fact that all the politicians from the various political parties walked down a red carpet in fancy evening wear for the opening of Parliament like famous Hollywood actors on their way to the Oscars? (I assure you, no pun intended)

Something is very very wrong in our society, and I urge you to start thinking critically, stop being negative towards each other and have a little more patience with one another.

Look past the differences and focus on the things we have in common, and one thing we have in common, from rich down to the poor man on street is that we are “Gatvol”.  Gatvol of poor service delivery, gatvol of potholes, gatvol of the murders, the rapes, the spade of violent crimes.

We are gatvol because we have to pay premium prices to give our kids a decent education in a private school because the public education system has failed our children, the next generation to take over from us.

We are gatvol because we have to pay premium prices to be able to go to private hospital because public hospitals are death traps.

Now think about those who do not have the finances to afford these premiums?  They are just as gatvol, and everyone is yearning for change!  This is our common ground from which we can build.

The change we are yearning for will only come once we as a nation stick together and see past each other differences, it will only happen when we realise that we are all connected in the bigger scheme of things and that we are dependent on each other.

I beg you, the reader, to be positive, to start becoming involved in these pressing socio-economic and political issues and to voice your concerns.  Don’t be scared to enter into conversation and most of all, treat those around you the way you would want to be treated, then relationship build on mutual respect will prosper and we will be able to reach out to one another.

We can build a better South Africa, one in where there will be no more symptoms of poor governance like the rape on Anene, like the murder of Andries, the massacare at Marikana.

Let us all stand together against Government and keep these people like Anene and Andries and all the other countless of people who have been victims of violent crime in our hearts, lets draw strength from the sacrifices they and their families have made and lets fight for our country!

Be heard as one voice

Violent Strikes in the South African Agricultural Sector, why and what will be the outcome?

South Africa is a country with great potential and with a unique and diverse culture.  It is the only country in the World where the minority ruled over the majority with an Iron Fist until 1994, and although this was not something which was born in South Africa self, it was a policy which was thought out and implemented by the then colonizers of Africa, the British under Lord Milner, it did leave us with a unique situation.

A unique symbiotic relationship developed between the two major ethical groups in South Africa, to the point where neither group can function properly without the other group, and this is not to say that one group should preside in the Master role and the other in the Slave role, because we are all equal, despite what most right wing commentators would say.  The only difference between the “Masters” and the “Slaves” was, and is still the level of education.  This is not a matter of opinion, but rather a simple fact which everyone who is honest with himself would agree upon.

Lately though, South Africa has been plagued by violent protests throughout all the major sectors of the economy.

The transport, mining, agriculture industry and service delivery strikes were the most prominent and made it onto the headlines of News24 every single day, even while the top brass in the ANC were spending millions of taxpayer money on their party celebrations over December.

Because there are just too many strings to follow and to discuss, and because I want to keep this short and sweet I will only give my thoughts on the violent strikes and protests we observed within the agricultural sector, and I am not going to pussy foot around the subject.

The ANC led Government has had “control” over South Africa for the last 18 years and yet the majority of our countrymen are still living in absolute poverty.  The reason Malema was such a threat to the ANC “regime” was because he was speaking the truth when he said that Freedom doesn’t mean anything without economic emancipation, albeit it that he had a very poorly thought out plan of Nationalization to deal with the issue at hand.

He was a threat to the political scavenger elite who are currently running the country, and though everyone knows that nearly everyone in a Government position has his hand down the cookie jar in some form or another he was allowed this “benefit” until he turned on his Master whom he was willing to protect and give his life for, Jacob Zuma.  After this his political career was crushed and now SARS is picking clean the bones of his sorry carcass.

But let’s leave that for there now and focus on the violent strikes in the agricultural sector.

So the farm workers were complaining about earning R65 a day … to put that into perspective … 2L of milk costs R20, a bread costs R5, taxi fare, depending on how far you are from your place of work is R15 if you are within a 30km radius, and then somewhere in between you must still put a little away for a rainy day?

Of course these workers have reason to be pissed off, the cost of living is rising, they mostly have no running water nor electricity, no formal schooling, and yet everyone around them are pocketing it big time, from their perspective while they are struggling to put clothes on the backs of their children, while they suffer to make enough money to feed their children.

R65 a day is nothing in the bigger scheme of things, especially when your “Baas” quickly jumps in his luxury 4 x 4 Toyota bakkie and drives off to the Pick & Pay, grabs some braaivleis and 12 ice cold Black Labels for the rugby.

This is not only true for the Agricultural sector, but everywhere.  The reason I know this is because I take the time to speak to those less fortunate than myself, those who were, and are still part of the “previously disadvantaged” of South Africa, the poorest of the poor.

Though, this might not always be fact, it remains the perception out there, and we have to work together to change the perception.

I know a couple of farmers personally, of whom I can only say good things, they provide for their workers, they build houses for them, they make sure they have running water, electricity, they give them food, and they even share their ice cold Black Labels with their workers, but this is certainly not what is happening as a rule of thumb, and this is where our problem really arises.

White South Africans  are too LAZY and they consider it beneath them to do manual labor  because that is a “kaffir’s” job.

Because of this, the South African system has always relied on cheap, unschooled laborers for these types of jobs, and although we share a unique symbiosis it does not mean that we have to enrich ourselves at the cost of our countrymen.

These laborers are trapped in a never ending struggle for survival where they work to survive, and survive to work, a never ending cycle with no hope of getting out of this closed loop system.

In no World is this fair towards anyone … I challenge those of you who are privileged enough to be reading this, not because I think this is a great opinion, but because you are privileged enough to be sitting down on your ass behind a computer, most likely in a air-conditioned office, with your fingertips on a keyboard, from where you can access any information you want to imagine yourself in the shoes of those laborers.

You would too do anything to provide for your families, to provide the very basics, which the South African Constitution “claims” your are entitled to as the very basic of human rights, the right to education, the right to a decent standard of living, the right to running water.  You would also burn the country if your perception is that you are suffering in the sun while the “Baas” can do what he wants, because he not only has freedom, but he is free from the financial constraints which is hampering you to better your existence, and to start designing a life.

The ANC led Government refuses to acknowledge the fact that Farm Murders, which are some of the most horrific murders in the history of South Africa are hate crimes, because if they do, then they will acknowledge their failure as a governing party. It is part and parcel of this perception which is out there and because of the deliberate “racial” divide which they keep on promoting from within governmental rallies and speeches, and this only compounds the dilemma we are sitting with, and this puts the whole country at risk of being destabilized.

They (the Government) are not forthcoming with ideas on how to address the problem, and I guess they are hoping that the flimsy stitches of this “Rainbow Nation” will stay in place for a bit longer while they loot the State coffers.  Not once have Government offered the farmers some sort of tax break if they up the daily wages of these laborers  because let’s face it, the farmers, are not all the filthy rich bastard “Boere” who do not care for the fellow countrymen, no, a lot of them are suffering under the economic pressures of our time with the operational costs of running the farm skyrocketing because of failed policies implemented by Government which causes havoc in our local economy.

In my heart I want to believe that, if they could, they would pay their laborers a decent daily wage, but I know that is idealistic, and there should be measures put in place to ensure those types of wages if it is possible from the farmer’s side.

There are so many factors which can change the ebb and flow of this situation, and I am just a spectator on the side, but one thing I know for certain is this.

If we don’t all try and work together and start looking out for Government, then we will all be chewed up and swallowed by the Monster which is governing our country, because if all the farmers leave, what will be left but barren earth … how will we feed our loved ones?

Coincidentally I saw a poster which read “If there is no more food the poor will be forced to eat the rich” … scary thought?  Well, just ask the Pygmies in the Congo is this is so far fetched or not.

If this continues we will be facing a real civil war, and although I know there are those of us who believe that this is the only solution to our problem, I put this to you, it’s easier to destroy then to build, and with the destruction we only put ourselves back 18 years at the very least … and we will be spitting on the graves of those who have died in the last 18 years, we will be robbing future generations of hope, we will leave behind a legacy which I would rather not be part of.

I implore you, the reader, to get actively involved, to put aside your personal feelings of hate and mistrust and to try and work together, if not for you, but for your children, and their children.

The whole World is waiting like vultures, for the spoils of war, so let’s not give them the satisfaction of failing, let’s work together and fix this.

Basic Education, Rainbow Babies and Sheeple

Today there is cause for big celebrations all around South Africa, and far be it from a grumpy sod like me to rain on anyone’s parade, but I do have a couple of things which I ponder about.

The reason for my turbulent thoughts lies in something which is very important to me, well, not only to me, but to South Africa in general, and in turn the World community, of which South Africa forms a part.

This year is the year in which the first “free born” non Apartheid babies graduated, or well, were supposed to graduate.

Our Grade 12, or as we call it, Matric results got posted, and everyone is all of the sudden very happy about it because of the 73.9% pass rate … but, as most things in South Africa, and in life, there are two sides of the story.

Of the 73.9% who successfully completed the tedious journey through the shocking OBE Education system, only 26.6% will actually have access to tertiary education, and that is to say if there are not other circumstances like financial or logistical problems.

We all know the story, not everyone has the money to put their kids through Varsity, and apart from that, there is no space to accommodate all of these learners since no new Univirsities we build during the last 18 years of our beautiful “Rainbow Nation” came into being.

Funny enough, The World Economic Forum placed South Africa last in a ranking of 62 countries in the quality of maths and science education, there we severe disruptions in Limpopo, the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape with regards to schooling, but our Minster of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga hails this pass rate as one of the best since the fall of Apartheid.

I would be inclined to agree with her, had it not been for the standards of the education which had dropped, how can you pass a subject by scoring 30%  in the exam?  How can you claim that you are a subject matter expert?

How can you pass people on age?

Is it just me hearing the alarm bells here?

Apart from the obvious drop in standard one also has to think of the possibility that political interference might be the reason for all of these truly “amazing” results?

She (Angie) was directly involved in the whole Limpopo text book scandal and one could argue, that it would be in her best interests to have as many pupils as possible pass so that she can get her claim to fame and save her sorry ass, all in one go.

The only way to bring a halt to the endless corruption, the plundering of state coffers, the lack of service delivery and the empty promises made by the Government is through education … but I suspect that the cANCerous Government is more than happy enough with an uneducated “voter” base, since it is way easier to control sheeple than people.

Congratulations to those who did work hard and did achieve the scores they were hoping for; your education is something which nobody can take away from you once you have gained it.

All of the best for 2013

Frustration, how it can breed hate

Yesterday when I spoke to my mother she was truly fed up and it got me thinking about how a big contribution failed service delivery and inapt AA and BEE candidates made towards white on black racism in South Africa.

So, a little bit of history to explain where I am coming from on this.

The Old Lady gave about 30 years of her life to hundreds of children teaching maths, 10 years at white schools, and 20 at a black school.  Before she retired, the Education Department told her she would be getting X on a monthly basis, but it turned out that she is now getting Y, and the difference is big, being a lot less than she budgeted on.

Today she can’t come right with the Education Department’s “helpful” staff, because none are willing to really do something about her problem or are just to incompetent to do something about it, and that accompanied by the Mangaung Municipality’s dodgy water and electricity readings are driving her up the walls to the point where she, as a liberal aunty who always taught me to have respect and understand for people of all colours and social standing are making racial slurs.

She NEVER used the “K-Word”, and she even scolded me something fierce when I popped out of my car and shouted obscenities to taxi drivers who think they are above the law for some strange reason and drive on the shoulder of the road while the rest of us law abiding commuters are stuck in traffic, sometimes kicking up small boulders that chip windows and dent panels.

Well, never, until her trouble started with the above mentioned government, and partially government owned institutions.

I myself have experienced it, loads of times, especially when you go into Pretoria central and you see the inefficient way things are being done at the State departments, and it is always a mission to get something done.

I then realised how through a failed policy the Government helped to polarise the country.  Instead of decent skills transfer the ANC lead Government choose to get rid of the skilled people as quick as possible and to get their Cadre deployment up and running because of the promises they made, it was first noticeable in State departments and then it spread to the private sector in the form of AA and BEE.

Simply, most of the people who now were in control did not have the skills to deliver services or maintain the existing infrastructure, and to top it all off they literary raped the Education System to churn out less than desirable candidates who were, until recently fed utter rubbish in the form of propaganda from a certain Youth League that they are entitled to the riches of the land by becoming party members, and not by working for it.

It breaks my heart to hear my Mom utter those words, but, she is running into a wall of bureaucracy, with all the people she turns to being black and not willing to help her out once and for all, and having had the same type of issue before with Home Affairs I can understand how this can breed hate and resentment.

Bottom line is, we need to educate our people, each and every one of them, give them a decent upbringing as far as possible, and get rid of teachers who are only in it for the money, then we can produce a new generation with more than sufficient skills to run a country and who will not be fooled by empty promises by the crooked spin doctors who are now in the foreground of South African politics.

This will most definitely close the gap in the racial divide and smother the breeding ground of hate, not only on one side, but on both.

Knowledge is power, and in gaining knowledge our minds will be set free, and we will be able to build an efficient country delivering more than just basic services to everyone!