Transformation, quotas or excellence

2015-04-23 14:42

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Transformation is going to bring this country to its knees.

South Africa is committing the same mistakes that brought down many African economies. Transformation should be the end result of excellence. Transformation should not merely be replacing black with white.

Creating excellence, however, does not come cheap. It requires a complete overhaul of our useless education system.

It’s heartbreaking to the core that 21 years down the line the ANC government has made a joke out of our education system. Add to that a measly pass rate of 30%. How do we expect to create excellence with such a low pass rate?

Our destructive version of transformation has unintended results, such as the misappropriation of funds, corruption and getting the wrong person on the job.

Replacing the competent with the incompetent just because they are the right skin colour makes our problems worse and we are paying a very high price, one we cannot afford. Eskom is a typical example.

Our municipalities have become a pure joke, where multiple billions of rands are misappropriated and without any consequences.

The violent service delivery protests are the end result of transformation gone wrong. It’s an open secret that our public servants don’t have the required skills to steer the ship forward because we were too quick to replace the competent with the incompetent.

The country continues to pay a huge paycheque to transformation without excellence – to the tune of R62 billion this financial year.

How can you implement quotas in sport without going to the grassroots and creating excellent black players? If you don’t do that our excellent teams will drop from excellence to mediocrity.

Our greatest mistake was to divorce excellence from transformation. The end result is that excellence is replaced with mediocrity and hence everything we transform is run down, it does not matter whether it is sport, a university or even a municipality.

We have created very little excellence 21 years down the line. Our sense of pride is in buying stakes in previously white-owned companies but not creating our own excellence.

We do, however, have our excellent heroes to look up to who excelled against all odds. We have Richard Maponya, Herman Mashaba, Tommy Makgatho, and others.

We need to celebrate these heroes who succeeded against all odds; who went out of their way to create excellence and no one dares dispute their excellence. They make us proud.

Excellence can never be the sacrificial lamb of transformation and it is suicidal to reward those who don’t excel simply based on their skin colour.

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