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When will thought be part of South African culture?

21 January 2013, 07:01

I was just reading a post on another site, where the question of who is to blame for the 14,000 people who will be losing their jobs in the Amplats retrenchment.

The comments only served to remind me why South Africa is in so much trouble.

Apparently, logic and thought is not a part of the culture of the majority.

Some commentors blamed the DA. Really? How, exactly is a party that has no national political power to blame for this?

Another comment was that it was Amplat's fault, and that they stole the minerals yada yada.

Excuse me for applying a little logic to that comment, but a) companies are run for profit, not to provide what will essentially be charity to 14,000 workers in an unprofitable mine!

That would be like keeping the local Shoprite open, but without any stock, and no sales. Stupid and pointless.

b) you can argue until you're blue in the face that the minerals under the ground belong to the black African settlers in South Africa rather than the European ones, but hey, minerals kilometers under the ground mean diddly squat, don't they?

Had the mining companies never arrived, the minerals would still be under the ground, and there would be NO mining jobs.

Ever heard the saying about a bird in the hand being worth two in the bush? Had mining companies not come to SA, they would not have built mines, and no one would have had any benefit from the minerals anyway.

I suppose that's what frustrate's me the most about South Africa. It seems as though most people are utterly incapable of reason and logic.

All it ever is is race, blame and stupid comments about people who have no control over the crap going on in SA today.

Until that changes, and people learn to use their brain before they open their ignorant pie holes, there's not a lot of change on the horizon.

The fact is, none of the things going on right now are a big racial conspiracy. But it's a lot more fun for some to blame other people than to admit that maybe, just maybe, they have a role to play in what's going wrong.

No brains, no headaches.

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