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Lazy whites – a clarification

05 May 2013, 12:58
I submitted an eye-opening article last week that surprisingly was met with fierce opposition.  I wish to clarify my position today.

Now I must just say that I don’t appreciate one iota the ‘fan mail’ messages I received on Facebook.  Since the British colonised these lands centuries ago, I would have thought that the refined cultures of the British would have replaced the uncouth and thuggish ways of our local ‘European’ counterparts.

I guess I was wrong.

As for the comments about my weight, well people without a sensible opinion or valid point of debate, always resort to personal attacks.  So horses for courses.

My perceptions about lazy white South Africans are exactly that, perceptions, and they’re mine.  It’s based on reasonable assumptions and first-hand experience of what I conclude as overwhelming evidence for aforementioned ‘laziness’. 

Obviously my assessments are factual and cannot really be faulted; hence I expect and take the puerile jibes from whence they come.

I’m a very hard working businessman, a self-made success, and as such, don’t really have time for petty squabbles about moot points.

One ‘accusation’ I will agree to/with, is that I am hugely wealthy, having inherited the lions’ share of my family estate about six years ago.  Truth is, I never have to work another day in my whole damn life.  So why do I?  It’s about giving back:  increase, more, adding value.  That’s my job, it’s what I do.

The gross value of said estate is not a matter for public discussion, and although my personal investment portfolio is now down 23%, under the current Global Recession climate, it does speak volumes about my understanding of global economics and finance.  Others would have lost it all!

I will say though, that if the racial climate in South Africa were amicable, then my comments toward any specific race group would probably not have been taken so personally.

So, with all that said, I don’t say all white South Africans are lazy or have racial issues.  From what I’ve seen, this country has more problems than the rest of the world would care to deal with - your problem guys, not ours.

So before we all get our knickers in a knot, let’s just take a step back and view the world without blinkers, seeing it through a well-travelled and well-educated globe trotter’s eyes

Why do people always get so excited about frank statements being made?  Sure, no-one wants to be called racist, uncreative, unimaginative, cowardly, rude or Heaven forbid, ‘LAZY’.  But hey, if the shoe fits…

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