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Bad Neighbours

08 June 2014, 18:45
Even though our economy is supposedly a bit stagnant, our country is still seen as a paradise to many people from our neighboring countries.

By far the biggest influx is from Zimbabwe, followed by Mozambique. These countries supposedly have much higher "growth" of economy than ours, but this is a false picture as they start at so a low base. Stable countries such as Botswana and Namibia keep their people, they are happy where they are.

Our planetary (my own term, keep your knickers on) neighbours are also flocking to our shores, from Eastern countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, China. Coming to us for a better life, regardless of crime, bad governance, xenophobia. 

We need our neighbours to provide better lives for their people so that their people stay in their countries.

Our country is becoming swamped with foreigners, to a point where some of our inner cities are no longer owned by South Africans.

The bigger these migrant populations become, the more powerful they become. Our own uselessness and jealousy makes our people xenophobic, creating a situation where these now powerful immigrant populations are alienated from us. This mutual resentment could turn into serious turmoil.

The only solution is, especially our direct neighbours, Moz and Zim, to sort out their countries. This scenario seems unlikely as they have governments that our corrupt beyond repair, governments that govern for themselves and not their citizens.

I visited Moz for the last time ever 3 months ago. In Maputo there is lawlessness, every policeman victimizes tourists for bribes. People ignore traffic lights in front of the police, but tourists are fined when doing the same thing. (No choice, or you will never get through the hell hole.) There is no chance for tourism to ever really succeed in Moz. There are rumblings of civil war again, as true to tradition, the guys that no longer have power are jealous of those that now do, and want to take it by force. (No interest besides self enrichment though)

Zim ... well, what more can I say. I even employ a Zim guy, who says he will never go back there, even though he has children there. Brave. There are hundreds of Zims and Moz people in my area, never wanting to go back to their home countries. Is there any hope.
The Eastern countries are running out of space due to mega populations, and are now spreading all over the world. The opportunities in their countries are drying up due to too many people competing for the resources. At least the Eastern people come here and contribute to the economy, they all have little shops (our big shopping mall must be 90% Eastern owned shops.)

Our African immigrants only come as employees, they take jobs from locals. They are not entrepreneurs, they don't make life better for themselves like the Easterners, they come here in search of others to improve their lives by creating employment for them. 

The moral of the story is, the only way for our country to become prosperous, is for our vrot neighbours (Zim and Moz) to fix themselves. Imagine the burden off us if all the Zims and Mozzies went back to their countries. If those countries became self sufficient instead of parasitical. Having parasites on our borders sickens our own land and what it should be able to offer its people.

If the East could somehow control its population growth so that its own countries resources would be enough for its people. I doubt anything will change though.

It would be nice though, if instead of our own people being jealous of the foreigners we allow into our country for their successes here, that our own people also developed an attitude of helping themselves. Our own people prefer to sit back and complain. You can see the attitude of our own just looking at the litter on the road verges ... certainly not a proud nation?

Blue Sunday.
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