I recently read an article by David Hill, reporter for The Times, in Britain, named Ineptocracy, a term that can basically be defined as the inability to succeed from a position of strength.
In a South African context, one could argue this as being the Springboks losing to the All Blacks, after having a lead of 20-3 at half time (something we’re all too familiar with), or a R 30 Mill. lotto winner, who dies dirt poor.
Some of the major highlights is nothing new to the average South African, such as the fact that our Affirmative Action policy favours the majority, whom incidentally also holds political power.
The fact that South Africa has an abundant supply of resources, and had a competitive industrialised economy only underlines the lack of progress made by the ANC, as a government.
The fact remains, that there is, to this day, no concrete plan for the empowerment of the average citizen in this country to create wealth. BEE programs have only managed to create black billionaires, and most of the time, the funds to acquire a major stake in a large local company, such as Anglo and ABSA came as a loan from government, at almost no interest.
Some companies, especially in the wine industry, had managed to implement BEE programs quite successfully, granting shares and representation to the farm workers.
In turn, the success of the South African wine industry, as a sector that produces final products rather than raw materials, has shown its worth.
Land appropriation, nationalisation and unsustainable BEE and AA programs, are the best the ANC could produce, and this is purely due to a complete lack in effort.
There is no planning as to sustain an industry and to help it become internationally competitive, something that would benefit the average worker far more than blindly creating two positions in companies, where there used to be one.
It would seem then that the ANC had become the chokers our cricket team is viewed as. All the possibility and promise of good things to come, coupled with the ability to achieve them, yet the massive lead is squandered and fumbled to a point where blame is tossed around when we lose the match.
The ANC developed some logic when they eventually conceded that quotas in sport at the highest levels, doesn’t work, and that development needs to start from the bottom-up.
Thus, development in school, club and provincial sport started their focus on black sports development. Great concept, as most sport supporters want to see sporting success, instead of political correctness, at the cost of victory.
I just love the fact that we’ve managed to produce some brilliant coloured and black rugby and cricket players, and that it was done in the correct manner.
So, would the potential for logic exist in the ANC?
Most definitely, as they were able to do it in sport.
However, the real game is internationally competing economies, and we are seriously lacking in competitiveness.
Other African countries are starting to out-perform us on the world stage, and it would only be a matter of time before foreign investment is dramatically shifted away from us, in the favour of Botswana or Nigeria.
We are in the middle of a game against the world, and we are seriously on our way to a massive loss, if something isn’t done now!
I’ve often wondered whether the best place for Lindiwe Mazibuko wouldn’t actually be in the ANC, where she would have the opportunity to actually use her skills as a logical thinking leader.
However, I came to the conclusion that she would just be marginalised as a coconut, as her tribal credentials aren’t strong enough to fit in the ANC profile anymore.
What is more worrying is the ANC’s view that the country is on the right path, and that we are actually improving.
Their ignorance is only matched by their incompetence. I would have placed this blame on Zuma personally, but if you’re dumb enough to elect someone like him as your leader, then the problem is vested in the decision making abilities of the party as a whole.
But hey... is any of this news to us?
The fact that the rest of the world is laughing at us for fumbling it so gloriously, will only be funny for a while.
After that they’ll once again turn their backs on us... not for being politically incorrect, but for being completely useless in terms of contributing to the world economy.
You can make all of this off as “imperialistic garbage” and racist... I don’t care, and neither does The Times. The fact is, they are right.
Our country doesn’t look the way because ‘black people’ grinded it down, it looks that way because the ANC are using vindication for the past, to mask their inability to exert intelligent leadership.
In my view, Bafana Bafana can be viewed as the embodiment of the ANC government. With all the money invested, and all the potential it is able to harness...
...they are nothing more than a very embarrassing joke to the rest of the world.