The one hope for South Africa

2014-11-08 08:36
My father was a doctor in Port Elizabeth in the 1960's. While we lived under apartheid then, he still had many Black patients. He consulted at our house, pulled teeth, made up prescriptions and went into 'locations' in the middle of the night to stitch up bleeding combatants. When he retired in his late 70's, he burned a hefty pile of unpaid invoices. Good doctor, bad businessman. However, he had, I believe, a keen insight into the future of this country. He said that the hope for SA was 'a large, settled Black middle class.' If you live under cardboard and plastic, you don't mind trashing the joint. But if you have a down-payment on a house or flat, a car, furniture etc, you definitely don't want to experience the kind of civil unrest we are seeing in countries to the north of us. So the big question is: is this Black middle class growing fast enough here in South Africa? The key is decent education, improving job skills and having a will to work. Unfortunately, since taking power, the ANC have massively messed up in these very areas, allowing trade unions to deliver very sub-standard education, closing down training colleges and technikons, making 30% a 'pass mark' in order to look good, and employing severely underqualified cadres in top positions. Frankly, despite the PR spin of people like Maharaj and Mthembu, I do not see the ANC ever changing much. They have become far too used to the luxuries that high positions and corruption have afforded them. Because, make no mistake, the one thing that the ANC cherishes above all else is POWER. 'Good governance' is way down on their list of priorities as evidenced by the last 20 years, especially since Zuma came to power. Despite the racist comments from White right-wingers on this forum, I know there are many, many bright Black folk in this country. I happen to contract to a company with a Black director (who works on extremely complex computer management systems for machinery) and know a number of Black folk in senior positions, all earned on merit. So the big question is: in the next national election in 2016, will enough of these middle-to-upper-class Black folk give the ANC the thumbs down? And ensure that a capable multiracial political party comes into power, one able to resurrect SA from the slippery slope it is now sliding down with ever-increasing speed? Because our future here, and the future of our children, depends totally on it.
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