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Apartheid Heroes

19 March 2013, 12:09

Before you have a heart attack...read the article please.

Apartheid was "officially" named and endorsed by the then National Party government from 1948 to 1994 (in 1990 it was already abolished by FW De Klerk). It was later "formally" abolished in 1994 by the country's new ANC government.

During this time (46 years) of Apartheid, South Africa still produced a great number of black / indian / couloured doctors, lawyers, bishops, dentists, artists, authors and highly successful businessmen. These individuals achieved their success in SPITE of apartheid. In my opionion these are the true heroes of Apartheid. And they should be the only ones who hold any merit in todays modern "demanding" environment.

How is it that these individuals were able to overcome the adversity they faced way back then? Intellect? - maybe. Competence? - maybe. Perseverance? - maybe. Attitude? - most likely.

These indivuals were able to stand up in a time when everything was "against" them and make their mark on the world. They did so against great odds, they knuckled down, and did what they could with what they had available at the time. Is this not a great example of human spirit? Is this not an indication of a superb attitude?

It saddens, and makes me dilly when I read the comments of "young" black and white South African individuals on News 24 referring to apartheid and all the evils associated with it daily. Most of these comments are highly inaccurate and reflect the common of today "demand" mentality. Demand retribution, demand BBBEEE, demand AA, demand that I or other whites leave this country.

Sorry kids, but you need to suck it up and make your own mark in this world. Your little tantrums of today have absolutely no bearing on your success tomorrow or the complete lack thereof. Maybe you need to check your attitude, and try and get it to be a little more like the successful individuals highlighted above.

If these individuals were able to achieve what they did in SPITE of apartheid, then what is your excuse?

South Africa may have many problems today, but most are capable of being resolved. It might take some compromise and sacrifice, but such is life. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy.

The "homelands" think of born free here, consisting of Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda, and Ciskei are hardly shining examples of economic success and they have been "free" for many, many years now.

For a quick "lite" read you are welcome to check out -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apartheid_in_South_Africa

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