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Every Third South African is Without a Job!

22 December 2013, 20:30


Every Third South African Adult is without a Job!

In the latest edition of the  “Economist”, they estimate that the unemployment rate in South Africa stands at 37%!  This means that more than every third adult South African is without a job. We all know that here in South Africa, one job supports 6 to 8 other mouths and what heart-breaking poverty this brings.

I do not even have to leave my front door to confront this sad reality. My once a week domestic help, a formidable lady, who supports her two sons, one of whom is adult and cannot find a job, her diabetic mother who can hardly cope on her government grant, her sister’s two children, (the sister died last year) and her HIV cousin and her child. 

There are no husbands around. All of us who employ Matilda (two friends and a family member) pay Matilda well, really, really well, but Matilda’s salary is not made to support 8 people.

Twenty years into ANC rule and things are moving from bad to ghastly or even horrendous. When Mandela took over from the Apartheid government, the unemployment rate stood at 25% despite one of the worst droughts that SA has ever known, despite huge internal turmoil, despite crucifying international sanctions. So what happened?

As every clever accountant knows, there are many ways to do the sums. The official government statistics tell that we have 24-25% unemployment, which is of course a distortion of the truth. What does not glimmer across government computers screens are the 12-13% unemployed, who have searched and searched for a job and have now lost all hope of ever finding any employment and have given up.

These “desperadoes “have therefore disappeared for ever from government computers. Out of sight is out of mind as far as the ANC is concerned. Like Zuma’s booing, what we do not like, does not exist.

Mandela’s funeral and the parallel happenings explained a lot to me. Take for example the brazen faced Mr. Jantjies who stood on the world stage as South Africa’s official sign language interpreter.

When it all came out in the washing that the man is an absolute fake, I asked myself, how Mr. Jantjies could have thought, that he could fool the whole world with his arm swinging buffoonery? 

The answer is of course, if Jacob Zuma and his ANC gang have got away with so much posturing, cordial hypocrisy, outright stealing and unending lies, why shouldn’t little ole Jantjies also have his finger in the pie too and get away with it?

The answer is of course, if Jacob Zuma and his ANC gang have got away with so much posturing, cordial hypocrisy, outright stealing and unending lies, why shouldn’t little ole Jantjies also have his finger in the pie too and get away with it?                                                     

The fish starts to stink at the head and what is good for the goose is super-lekker for the gander.

Jacob Zuma with his standard 2 education, his total disregard for the constitution, which he neither understands nor respects, is just as much of an imposter as Mr. Jantjies.

A president who knows that 37% of the population are unemployed, and the poverty  that this unemployment brings, would never build a “Nkandla”.  A president, who knows how desperate the SA people are for jobs, jobs, jobs, would never have allowed the bussing in and booing of Helen Zille at the Saldana Bay investors gathering.

He is very much a man from the middle ages, who believe that lots of wives and possessions will buy him the respect that he so desperately wants, but will never get, because he is so hopelessly corrupted. Mr. Zuma likes the pomp and the glory, but he does not understand or accept that intelligence and responsibility  go with this role.

Under Jacob Zuma’s rule, not only has money been stolen whole sale, (they speak of 30 billion Rands!) but there are a lot of ministers, imposters like Mr. Jantjies, who do not the competencies, that their jobs require. Take for example the Fisheries Minister, the illustrious Ms. Tina Joematt-Peterson. This high living lady, (first class hotels, trips for her children and au-pair to Sweden on tax-payers money,) has just sunk R800.000, 000 in maladministration and unethical conduct. (Thuli is after her)

Ms Joematt, (I hate these pretentious double–barrel names which stink of yuppie pretentiousness) like Mr. Jantjies, is an imposter. She has neither the ability nor the technical competency to run such a complex department. Who cares if we have buffoons running important departments, who cares if the jobs are lost left right and centre, who cares if people are jobless and starving, what counts is the unending loyalty to JZ. That is all.

Every cloud has a silver lining. Although Mr. Jantjies made us look like a banana republic, (which we are,) we must be grateful for small things i.e., whilst he was on the world stage, even though he was having a “schizophrenic episode”, Mr. Jantjies neither scratched his bottom or his XX. 

In these days of high unemployment and great poverty, one really has to know how to count one’s blessings. Amen.

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