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Buggers and bosses

27 May 2014, 22:00
Bugger: a person undervalued for his/her efforts, who strives towards that which benefits the majority. 

They were migrant workers. No, I'm lying, they were immigrant workers.

They were given a one way ticket to their work destination and handed fertile soil to cultivate, mahala. For those who didn't like the locals, they even shipped in orphan brides. Yet the buggers complained. 

Unreasonable were their demands: They wanted money for their efforts, and they wanted to trade in the same products as their bosses in their free time. Back then there were no metal detectors and armed security squads around every corner to strip search the buggers and check if they engaged in illegal trade.

So the buggers got away with their shady dealings even though cattle and sheep are not gold, diamonds, or platinum. Clever were those buggers, since it's kind of hard to hide livestock in your clothes or up your anus.  
So more about their valiant bosses, the men who both promised and gave these buggers the world: The bosses were among the first on earth to start a monopoly, if books and other written accounts by settlers are to be trusted. In return for giving the buggers 'the world', the bosses only had one 'reasonable' request: 'We alone shall trade in whatever you produce'.

Ok, no, two requests, number two being: 'we shall not pay you for your efforts. If you die of hunger, you can always go back to where you came from, at your own expense'.

So typically bugger style, the lazy gits petitioned and rioted, and got a few bigwigs among the bosses to step down. Eventually the Company had to shut shop (but the buggers were only partly to blame for that, whole different story). 

However, luckily for us living in this country now known as South Africa, bosses are survivors, and have ways of re-emerging from the gutters: making career progress, 'saving lives' of buggers and eating lobster. So much so, that now, in the year 2014, I am commemorating the great VOC, who taught us here in SA in as early as the seventeenth century about the joys of monopoly and exploitation.

Today I am thanking those fine gentlemen for bridging the way in which we now conduct our country: By means of bosses helping buggers through giving them 'the world' on condition that they ( the bosses) alone sell whatever it is the buggers produce, and they (the bosses) alone set the labour price. 

Luckily the bosses to come after the LordsXVII of the VOC gradually learnt a valuable lesson: Don't employ white buggers, because the world tend to take their demands seriously. Because those buggers called Free Burghers came from Holland, Germany and France looking for a better life in the then Cape Colony. Did the VOC honestly think the world would shut up if a European's dreams were broken?

Prime Minister Jan Smuts is a more modern example of someone whose actions highlighted the problems that could result from an over-reliance on white hard labour. For his armed interference during the Rand Revolt in 1921 he lost the next election. So well done Anglo, Impala, Lonmin and co for learning from others' mistakes in the past, and predominantly employing black buggers.

This way people with the necessary influence to change your exploitation (non-buggers-yet-non-bosses) wouldn't give two shits. 

Onwards monopoly, onwards imperialism, onwards poverty, onwards racism. 

* Through observation, the author has come to notice that the non-buggers-yet-non-bosses are no longer needed in the struggle against exploitation, since buggers are doing it for themselves. If you happen to be a bugger of any industry regardless of your race, ethnicity and religion please consider aiding our fellow buggers in the platinum belt in their struggle for a living wage by donating to Gift of the Givers: www.giftofthegivers.org 

A victory for them is a victory for South Africa. 

* Inspiration drawn from: 1. The Forgotten Frontier: Colonist and Khoisan on the Cape's Northern Frontier by Nigel Penn2. New History of South Africa by Hermann Giliomee

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