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Education is racialised: Vavi

2012-07-03 22:23

Johannesburg - Education and knowledge is embedded in class relations, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Tuesday.

"Under capitalism education reflects, reinforces and replicates the values and practices of capital, which is based on stratification and accumulation by one class at the expense of all society," he said at a skills conference in Benoni.

"In capitalist society, education serves as an instrument to train labourers for the capitalist class."

He said the dominant ideas in society were not neutral.

"They are primarily the views of classes...They do not intend to serve the common good, but are meant to be widely accepted, as if they were for the common good."

He said the true origin of these ideas changed according to the interests of the dominant class in society.

He said the relevance of an education was often measured in relation to one's productive capacity "as members of an army of workers in the employ of the capitalist class".

Vavi said doors had opened up for the working class in South Africa but people were unable to walk through it.

Apartheid will never end

"The education and training system is one of those critical doors we opened, and then did not walk through.

"Cosatu has banged very loudly on the doors; the doors were opened and we allowed the spoils to be usurped by capital and as a result our education system is in crisis."

He said there must be a mindset change within the federation to succeed.

Among emerging markets, South Africa had the lowest labour force participation rate, he said, adding that poverty was continuing and redistribution of income worsened against the working class.

He said that income inequality was still "racialised" and had deepened within race groups.

"The means of production remain concentrated in white capitalist hands. The crisis in education persists and the quality of education is declining."

He said poor children remained trapped in inferior education with inadequate infrastructure.

"Apartheid will never end and our people will never experience a real freedom."

The conference heard that growth and development strategies were needed to address the long-term structural problems of unemployment.

"This conference must develop a programme that the congress can implement."

Comments
  • rickvcooper - 2012-07-03 22:41

    What a load of utter nonsense. Vavi - your apartheid education and your communist indoctrination must have had intercourse with your capacity to think and reason.

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-07-03 23:54

      Vavi is a prime example of the effect of Bantu education. This man speaks so much crap. But I also agree with him. Education is racialised. It is racialised when poor black students don't receive their text books in Limpopo. Guess who is to blame? In other words, Vavi and his government is racist towards poor blacks in Limpopo. So yes, education is racialised and sane minded people like us need to take Vavi and his ilk to court for his racial abuse.

      smili.fication - 2012-07-04 08:02

      VAVI YOU IGNORANT PRICK> YOUR MARXIST IDEALISM HAS RESULTED IN MILLIONS OF DEATHS AROUND THE WORLD. Communism does not care about people, it care about a party. A party that it needs to be in power to sustain it. Has communism ever worked in a 1st world multi-party party democracy? No! It affronts a person's rights, is generally used to propagate violence and hate, and is not sustainable. Vavi yet again makes white kids feel ashamed of their skin color. He is racist and ignorant. He is an affront to human dignity.

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-04 08:41

      I am sick and tired of the BS these uneducated nincompoops spew. Now education is racist? Everything is the "white mans" fault, well I think its time the whites fight for their own independent province (ie Cape Town), you racists dont want us here, FINE, we will leave and so will our tax money.......NOW WHAT YOU F-ING MORONS!

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-07-04 10:45

      Most people who have read "The Communist Manifesto" probably have no idea that it was written by a few young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of "the workers"...Communism destroys democracy, but Democracy can also destroy Communism.

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 12:11

      An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism".. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all). After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied 'hard' were upset and the students who studied 'little' were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied 'even less' and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied 'little'. The second test average was a 'D'. No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that "socialism" would also ultimately 'fail' because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

      henrileriche - 2012-07-04 12:55

      Moral of the story is, though Capatalism isn't the greatest system, with flaws and all, it's the best out there compared to Marxism/Socialism/Communism. A ex Communist once said during the 80's. All these people that wants Communism, let them speak to people that lived under Communism, and they will quickly tell you why it's a bad idea. Yet, in South Africa, black people in particular want to try, tested and failed ideologies. South Africa had a working economy to build on. South Africa had resources (including white expertise) and not using it. Why oh why, do you need to fix something that is not broken? Or re-invent the wheel, when you have the expertise that can help built on what you have already? A black man once said. The African's worst enemy is their own leaders clinging to outdated ideas.

      phillip.harry.79 - 2012-07-04 16:46

      @ scebberish.umfazi,well put...!

  • ivan.ferreira - 2012-07-03 22:42

    Shut up Vavi....If you fancy Old communist policies so much why don't you just do a "back to the future" and join Lenin (who is white by the way and created Communism) and have a nice Russian Vodka...The class system will always be there so unless you and your fellow "fashion designer" "driving in BMWs and Audis" Cosatu/ANC buddies start "sharing" your wealth...

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 12:55

      Actually I totally agree with him on this! Whites and other races have learned through education and experience that communism does NOT work. Sadly Africans are not capable of learning anything, all you need to do isjust go through the whole list of African countries and try find one success story.

  • kayley.segal - 2012-07-03 22:45

    This is really pathetic. A perfect stew of Stalinist garbage and Apartheid blame game. You have controlled the education system for 18 years. Everyone in the system is your product. The failure is on YOU. Where are the textbooks?? Tenders to cadres. Incompetant administrators. Teacher Colleges closed. The fact of the matter is that you don't want the masses educated because they will then see the corruption of your ways, and ultimately elect someone who will produce. Real democracy, to be functional, requires an educated public. That is the last thing you want, and your actions demonstrate this clearly. You can fool some of the people but you can't fool all of the people. As for the Stalinist rhetoric.. How'd that work out for the Soviet Union and China?

      scebberish.umfazi - 2012-07-04 12:10

      1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. 2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. 3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. 4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it! 5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

      phillip.harry.79 - 2012-07-04 16:55

      @scebberish.umfazi, again well put. You make alot of sense. What you are saying is pure logic for most sensible people to understand...

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-07-03 22:50

    Cusatu has not hwlped matters. They have created a culture of protest and laziness that affects students every year with inept teachers. You need certain skills and a bit of luck to own meaningful capital (or wealthy bloodline). Those skills are not given to all our citizens as they should, and thus the cycle of inequality and entitlement continues

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-07-03 22:55

    So, in summary as translated to normal English. The opportunities are there for anyone with a brain and a working backbone to get an education and get somewhere. We however are lacking both and thus We DIMAND more "gibs me dat" and "blame YT".

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-07-03 22:59

    "Apartheid will never end" No it won't ever end - it would mean that COSATU and the ANC will lose their favourite scapegoat.

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-07-03 23:56

      it won't end because cosatu, anc and sacp propagate it by keeping the masses uneducated.

  • Tommo - 2012-07-03 23:08

    Shoo. I get so gatvoll and tired of the Marxist rhetoric. How does schooling work in communist countries? Any better than in capitalist countries? I think not...

  • marty.krog.7 - 2012-07-03 23:23

    avatar marty.krog.7 - Just posted Report comment After 18 years as the ruling political party, I am interested to see how the hell you are going to blame this on the white man. If anything, apartheid is your mode of governing. How is it that with open doors and affirmative action, you guys still cant get it together. Enough of playing the racist card. Get up, dust yourself off, and take responsibility for yourself. Its almost as bad as the locals in the West Indies complaining about slavery, yet not one of them has ever actually met one.Vuga wena!

      kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-07-04 04:51

      the apartheid government stayed in power by keeping the masses uneducated, and now the ANC is doing the same!

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-07-03 23:27

    Viva is the leader of the largest trade union SA.It is the trade union that tells Viva what to say, so tell COSATU that they are all wrong not Viva.He is just a messenger of what the majority workers in this country are saying .

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-07-04 00:25

      That's not true, the elite in Cosatu (including Vavi) tells the workers what to think and what's the "truth". They only tell lies, gobble gobble gobble...by their followers. In the real world the leaders of a group leads, they never follow. We've been screaming "education education is the only way" for many years, just to have the finger pointed at by this racist, because the ANC failed (again)! I hope that sooner, rather than later, the masses will see that the 3-part alliance is trying to kill this country, because of greed and they are doing this from ALL angles...

      sisa.mtwana - 2012-07-04 01:51

      Don't hate the messenger, hate the true of what the messenger is saying . As fare as I've known Mr Vavi he has been one of the people how been screaming laud about the corruption in the government and the mismanagement of tenders in this country.

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-04 05:21

      If a woman stays married to an abusive husband, we often ask why she does not leave him to escape the abuse. Similarly with Cosatu - if the are so concerned about corruption within the ANC, why do they not leave and stand for elections themselves? It is pointless staying in that abusive alliance and just scream and shout while nothing changes. To me, they are in there to enjoy the fruits of capitalism in their cushy and comfortable alliance, while they maintain popularity with the masses by crying foul all the time. The masses = voters. Get the picture. I therefore have very little respect for vavi. He is perpetuating the class system on the one hand and criticising it on the other. That makes him a hypocrite and his followers fools.

      john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-07-04 05:53

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      schalk.mattheys - 2012-07-04 10:39

      Erm, Sis...its Vavi, not Viva...eish

  • melania.nel - 2012-07-04 00:01

    Eish Vavi. This should be a lesson to you and all your comrades. Don't vote ANC if you don't like their schooling system. A lot of people are fed up with their apartheid tendencies. Thanks for speaking out on the current government. ;)

  • Irene - 2012-07-04 00:14

    Yap, yap, yap, like an irritating little mongrel.

  • jaccil - 2012-07-04 01:01

    Vavi is right, partly right. "Apartheid" will never end, not while a corrupt, incompetent, racist government rules this beautiful country. The ANC does not have the interests of the poor at heart, they serve only their own interests. In fear of losing power, they keep the majority (the poor) uneducated and filled with racial hatred. Education is the key. Without it, South Africans will never be able to overcome their problems. A good education for all should be the primary objective! Whose creation was the slogan "liberation before education"? Whose fault is it that South Africa's education is now in such a terrible state? "Education before liberation" - that should be the slogan now! For, without proper education, the poor South Africans will never have economic freedom. In April ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told the ANC's education summit in Pretoria: "This summit should highlight that economic freedom is only achievable when we succeed in developing the productive forces in our country." He added: "Our success or failure to improve our education will determine whether or not we remain a leading economy in the continent." The root of our problems is not Apartheid of old, for that is long gone, but the incompetence of the ANC: their inability to lead and advance a country with so much potential - as proven over the past 18 years. "If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit." Matthew 15:14

  • Gerry Klos - 2012-07-04 01:01

    Considering he has grade 8 education, quite clever

  • tobydt - 2012-07-04 05:43

    "He said the relevance of an education was often measured in relation to one's productive capacity" Vavi nailed it.

      james.m.turner.35 - 2012-07-04 09:10

      Haha! Epic!

  • john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-07-04 05:47

    What is this guy smoking?

  • tobydt - 2012-07-04 05:54

    "The means of production remain concentrated in white capitalist hands. The crisis in education persists and the quality of education is declining." And in who's hands resides education my man? Which unions teachers are operating the schools? F*** off :P

  • nkosingiphile.cofu - 2012-07-04 05:55

    Comrade Vavi got a point ,our education is deeply racialy divided. We also see class divisions in our education. Where I differ with my leader is where he says apartheid will never end. I believe we are capable of completely obliterating apartheid legacy ,but we need a political will from our own ANC leadership. If we are to move forward it high time that we acknowledge the destruction caused by apartheid then move to strategise how we undo svch negative legacy. We will never have equal education for all as long is the rich send their children to private -indipendent schools and the poor make use of public schools. We need to legislate that every public representative like the president,his cabinet ministers , MPs ,premiers, mec, mayorsand councillors and all top public servants must use public services institutions like public schools and hospitals. It will be then that we will improve our public service like education. We can no longer blame apartheid after 18 years of being in power. We must own up to our mistakes and amend the constitution if needs be.

      tobydt - 2012-07-04 05:58

      The rich wouldnt have to send their kids to private schools if government schools were not so pathetic. Vavi's teachers are running the show. But yeah, the ANC is doing a nice job of perpetuating bantu education. Except it was recently renamed from OBE to something else.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-07-04 07:59

      Smoke another joint the bobo.... It's funny you think only white kids go to private schools, eish da public sector heibo! My friend buy yourself a new personality because the one you have is sht

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-07-04 08:53

      And school teachers, nurses, police and soldiers must not be allowed to strike? Ha ha welcome to the real worl pal, Cosatu will lose out so they will never agree!

      kobus.oosthuizen.58 - 2012-07-04 09:47

      "we need a political will from our own ANC leadership" - have you considered that in a democratic system, when a party does not deliver on it's promises, the idea is to vote for a different party that WILL deliver? it does not help to keep voting for the same party and hoping they change their ways.

      chris.cunning.14 - 2012-07-04 12:38

      What the F...? Education is racially divided? How do you figure that? when I'm studying and writing exams the vast majority is African writing the very same exam as me? You can't figure this a political move to take your mind off the textbook saga?

  • mawetu.janda - 2012-07-04 05:58

    Vavi yuo can only get what you want by forming your own LABOUR PARTY.If you are really responsible and don't want to die yapping drive your ow car not barking at other's.Don't be a coward, form your own party and be critised yourself.

  • mapepaki - 2012-07-04 06:15

    Taurus excretia Vavi, Its your government who have done this you were handed a wonderful economy on a plate and you can't make it work. Look no further than your own government for the problems. Give a poor white man a piece of arid land he will plough it into a food producing farm, give him bricks and mortar and he'll turn it into a classroom. There has got to be a time when you stop the nonsense and look at the big picture and say WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY WORK FOR ALL. Stop being a bunch of ninnies and get down to it.

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-04 06:15

    But Mr Vavi..............these halfwit teachers are all members of your unions. Why dont you address YOUR problem with THEM first.

  • herman.heil - 2012-07-04 06:41

    How dumb is this communist wannabe?

  • ziphok1 - 2012-07-04 06:41

    Vavi, we black people are in power now. I'm sure in 18 years is long enough to bring about change to our social ills. We always here you talking but what have you really done for the poor education beside telling teachers to strike,

      Timësto Van Dyk - 2012-07-04 07:47

      Don't be fooled. We far from being in power. The idea of freedom is just an illusion. Some of us deal with that everyday. Our educational system is not and will never be allowed to be shaped by us. There are greater powers that drive this nation. Months ago, me and my friends built a car from nothing. The moment they saw how innovative our ideas were, all doors for assistance in growing the project closed. This system produces nothing but labourers, not idealists and inventors. And that's how the Big people wanna keep it.

      Clayton Richard Delport - 2012-07-04 07:56

      @timesto your a racist little troll! Your telling me it's not your comrades who shapes your education? You seem to be bitter because your sht idea was not accepted, after all people with brains don't like throwing money at crap

      Steve - 2012-07-04 09:11

      @ Clayton. Don't go busting Timesto's balls like that. Some of the most successful businesses have been built on a dream and some clever innovation. Education is the key to this country's future and it is important to have innovative thinkers, big or small. Get your grammar right meneer. I think you are the troll here.

      chris.cunning.14 - 2012-07-04 12:43

      @Timesto: Having doors closed is not a racial issue within the education system. Most entrepreneurs (yes, that's what you are, and entrepreneur) have that problem when it comes to someone bringing about competition to challenge the monopolies of the country. You challenging there comfort zones, there big fancy life style. They will try and make your project not work. That's why one always has to persist in being innovative not only in your product, but your methods in selling your ideas to.

  • tony.wardle.75 - 2012-07-04 06:47

    So let's look at labour and race. AA, only benefits one race, BBBEE, the employer side, only benefits one race. The middle class South African is generally called middle class because of earnings, not race. And as for that CAPITALIST CLASS, your alliance partners are among the wealthiest, and they are your bodies. Mnu Vavi, you are an idiot, and the ANCS puppet, let's be honest.

  • don.richards.1044 - 2012-07-04 06:57

    Your racist vitriol is becoming utter boring and outdated. You have reached your sell by date so go away now.

  • Hermann - 2012-07-04 06:58

    Vavi must go find a job as he clearly shows the little mind he has is slipping fast.

  • donald - 2012-07-04 07:16

    what a load of tripe vavi,

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-07-04 07:16

    If anc stops stealing and enriching themselves there wil be more than enough money for education for all, stop blaming white people for your wrong doings

  • luisl.delgar - 2012-07-04 07:38

    Class differences has been part of humanity since its origins. It is naive to think that it will ever change. Be the best broom you can be, if you're supposed to be a broom. Not all can be financial managers, the streets also needs cleaning. The problem with our low labour force participation rate is that people do not have to work to survive. Grants are available freely. Once someone has tasted bread he hasn't worked for, lying in the sun is the main priority in his life. Give them fishing rods, not fish. Communism didn't work for all those who've tried.

  • Koos - 2012-07-04 07:39

    Well just north of the border of South Africa is the rest of Africa. Go there and show us what you can do to develop it and make it prosper.

      ted.muusha - 2012-07-04 07:59

      Just a question Koos: What do you mean by 'prosper' and whose 'prosperity'?

      Koos - 2012-07-04 08:37

      Let me put it to you like this Ted. The whites gets blamed for pretty much everything yet the elite Africans don’t mind helping themselves. So if the reasoning of Vavi is sound and he actually care about African people they should be able to go anywhere and make a utopia out of anything or country for that matter. So the reasoning is why don’t they that the doctrines they envisage, strongly believe in and the cure to all problems for Africa and implement it in Zim for example or any other African country that has been broken down to nothing. Prove that what they say works instead of using words for votes. When the Europeans arrived here there was nothing. Not even the cANCers can deny it yet today here we stand. From nothing to civilization to cANCer rule and steadily on our way back to the Stone Age. Vavi must take what he knows and show the world that they can actually do something good for the world. Show that they actually care about the man on the street. Create prosperity from nothing. Show me and I will believe but I’m not going to hold my breath.

  • helio.paulo.7 - 2012-07-04 07:42

    What utter drivel....we need to start being selective on who we quote in the media....some of these guys are getting far too much airtime and the rubbish they spew is just mind boggling and ultimately serves no purpose

  • sam.brink.92 - 2012-07-04 07:44

    Communism is not the answer, nor is making everyone poor.

  • DonaldMathrayPerumal - 2012-07-04 07:55

    Hi Vavi Utter bull dust! You sound like an intellectual who is gone off the rails!Class? Yes get children/students into functioning class(es) and class will disappear!

  • johan.roothman.5 - 2012-07-04 07:56

    A few things to consider...: 1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. 2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. 3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. 4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it! 5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

      schalk.mattheys - 2012-07-04 11:07

      And the biggest problem of all is that these five points are pretty logical, and the idiots currently running this country have no capacity for understanding logic...

  • Bzeng - 2012-07-04 08:00

    Vavi only small minded people will buy your story. So now u gonna blame apartheid

  • Arnoldus.DuToit - 2012-07-04 08:12

    If you want a good education for your child, PAY FOR IT. If you can't afford to pay, why did you have a child? And no, you can't rely on the GOVERNMENT for education, they themselves don't have an education.

  • eric.schollar - 2012-07-04 08:18

    Vavi is far more malignant, ignorant, vicious outdated, manipulative and dangerous than Malema could ever hope to be. I hope the nitwit liberals finally work that out and abandon their idiotic infatuation with Vavi - he is the mortal enemy of any hope for this sad country! Zuma is a sweetheart by comparison with this communist agitator

  • Ian - 2012-07-04 08:22

    So what does this idiot exactly want, For private school education to come down to their level, Not gonna happen vavi, you can however put your kids in our schools provided their parents can afford it, but hey, no burning down of higher education institutions when they plug. At the end of the day vavi has a weed up his ass when he see's all those distinctions in minority races. Move on vavi, loser

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-04 08:25

    Its easy. Build world class schools in the townships not world class Malls. Townships need good schools not good Stadiums. Its not like the sporting talent is giving us tens of medals or trophies so its time to build schools that attract best teachers from all over the world. When these kids get education then they can 'shop' as much as they want any where in South Africa. So do away with useless things like stadiums in townships and glitzy malls that don't produce anything!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-04 08:25

    There is no doubt that apartheid had consequences, but ... Even though the government of the day has been blessed with the resources to overcome those consequences, by providing excellence in education and uplifting the communities they purport to serve, they have chosen to plunder the coffers and use those resources to enrich themselves. They have worsened the tragedy of apartheid and in doing so, are guilty of exactly the same sin.

  • Ryno - 2012-07-04 08:28

    will never blame the incompetance of the current regime...but will always blame apartheid jy kan die aap uit die bos uit haal...

  • willie.dique - 2012-07-04 08:39

    Vavi....What a lot of nonsense. Do you know what is going on in the schools?......Have you and your cronies ever visited schools to find out about the level of Education in schools. NO you did not!!!!! You talk to much and do to little - Catch a wakeup call and do something productive!!

  • eugene.brink.9 - 2012-07-04 08:49

    Vavi, whose fault is it that SA has a low labour absorption rate? It's mainly due to your confederation's insistence on higher minimum wages. His harping on class struggles, then mixing it with race, is really becoming outrageous. But it's convenient for him (and Cosatu as a business with paying members) to constantly proclaim that Apartheid will never end. That type of assessment keeps the workers paying, hey Vav? Kn

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-07-04 08:57

    What is Vavi's main attribute: Racist or Communist?

  • james.m.turner.35 - 2012-07-04 09:10

    Comrades in fast cars......

  • celia.waldeck.1 - 2012-07-04 09:13

    Straight out of Marx's Manifesto. What will the workers do if there were no owners to work for? Work for themselves? Is that not what we want in this country? The working class will always be the working class - get used to it.

  • jaco.vanheerden.12 - 2012-07-04 09:14

    where in your whole life have u seen white students burn down their schools ! and white teachers dancing and throwing stones ! they are suppose to be role models for the students ! naaaa dont blame it on apartheid blame it on yourself and your community's that lack respect and moral human values !! There are much poorer country's like Laos and Thailand and u don't see them burning books and schools !! so get another excuse before blaming it on your old boring apartheid Bull s*** !!!

      eugene.brink.9 - 2012-07-04 09:27

      Daarsy Jakes. Ek en jy weet mense in die ooste is selfs nog armer as hier en hulle doen nie dieselfde belaglike goed nie. Cosatu is die probleem.

  • trevor.songo - 2012-07-04 09:15

    "Apartheid will never end".....bullsh*t....who is in power right now?

  • peterdonb - 2012-07-04 09:16

    If you look past the sprouting of Karl Marx on crack, there is actually some value in what Vavi said. There is actually a simple way in which to define the problems (oops challenges). It is also that simple then to implement the solutions. Defining the problems is as simple as to compare the former Model C and private schools with what we have in the townships. We all know the reasons why education in your former Model C schools is better. It is because the teacher actually teaches, the learner actually learns and school management actually manages. Therefore the learners in these schools are more successful. Not only because off, but also in spite of incompetent administrators at regional, provincial and national level and a disregard for teaching in mother tongue languages. If these facts are still news to Vavi et al, they need a slap upside the head!

  • fanie.smit.5 - 2012-07-04 09:16

    What Vavi and the rest of his friends must know is that pointing a finger does not help. When you point, 3 fingers point back to you and 1 points to God. When these so called leaders start to admit their mistakes then and only then will things get better, but untill then the ANC, Vavi and friends will be a little people.

  • abram.spamers - 2012-07-04 09:27

    What there is no education infrastructure in Limpopo? Why didn't they just take the budget of a single years street/city renaming (cultural dignity?) or money out of the unsustainable RDP housing budget and throw that the way of education? It has nothing to do with "us" anymore... learn that to give something to someone (your children) you must take it away from another (yourself).