I DID NOT BENEFIT FROM APARTHEID 43 years ago when I applied for a job I was forced to supply the relevant school certificates, be tested psychometrically. And various other aptitude tests. There was no help from any quarters. Not even notes on potential tests. I was on my own and had no assistance from outside. I passed the tests and was indentured as an electrical apprentice with an apprenticeship of five years. Due to my own efforts I completed the training in 3,75 years despite attending technical college for a total of 9 months and another 9 months in the army. By the very nature and training of my job I only understood Repair, correct, construct, build, fix, and all coupled to efficiency and competency. Basic salary as 1st year apprentice was R65/month: R18 deducted for accommodation in Railway hostel. Tool deduction of R15 and a take-home salary of the remainder: R32.00. That at the time was and seen as normal: At least I had a job and that was the motto of that period. Apprentices never had access to helpers and should he require assistance then another apprentice was used. During my entire tenure on the SAR+H there has never been a single case of striking for whatever reason, destruction of government property or private property, violence, murder and theft unrelated to labour conditions. What is referred to here is labour and during those years there was practically none to be seen. Misbehaviour or other causes was treated as criminal and the perpetrator was fired immediately. Every night we see, on TV, people breaking and destroying everything that passes them: In a crazed, blinded manner irrespective of who the owner is. This third world behaviour never crossed the threshold of decency in my day. At the time in Namibia the labour was obtained from the northern district Ovamboland. Look at the madness that is taking place on our mines and the concomitant and wholesale destruction. Look to the Western Cap-e and see the rampant destruction to farms and produce. And what we will be seeing is even more jobless workers due to the farmer being unable to pay the daily wage according to the demands. A lose-lose situation but the inevitable outcome of the thinking mentality in our unions and government. South Africa should erect a monument to Lonmin, not to those that died there but to how the unions handled it in a typical way reflecting incompetence. I was not around then and nor were a multitude of other hard working White south Africans who, like myself, found no benefit from apartheid other than hard work. Just the implications of “Hard Work” is enough to drive South Africa onto the tracks of Mugabian politics and subsequent outcomes.
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