Education instead of racism

2011-09-27 13:15

Being a 30-year-old white male South African, I was born into a country where the remnants of apartheid were drawing to an end and I witnessed the transformation of a country into the so-called “Rainbow Nation”.

I watched as a hero by the name of Nelson Mandela championed our beloved country into reconciliation with a view that all South Africans, regardless of colour should be treated equally. While many were sceptical most were eventually astonished at how Mandela seemed to have achieved his goal. South Africa was for the first time at peace and united we stood. I had witnessed history on an international scale.

For a while it seemed that our country was destined for greatness, I felt safe, I even felt patriotic (perhaps for the first time), I did the small things like celebrate sport events with fellow South Africans, whites, blacks, coloured and Indians alike (our colours made no difference), we were united and it felt fantastic. I had black friends, whom I had genuine affection and respect for. I supported the ANC’s move for change, for a better South Africa for all.

What went wrong and how did it happen so fast?

It seems these days Mandela’s dream has been reduced to a mere echo in the distance.

I look around at today’s South Africa and I witness more racism on both sides of the fence than I think has ever existed before (even during apartheid). During apartheid it was in fact a minority of whites that genuinely harboured hatred towards blacks for whatever reason, while the majority simply went about their daily lives as long as they weren’t directly affected (which in itself was naturally also completely wrong), though the point I am making is that contrary to popular believe, most whites were not hardened racists back then (this is also partly the reason why a referendum was eventually signed to end Apartheid). However, it seems to be changing rapidly, anger and frustration is rife on both sides these days whites being racist to blacks, blacks being racist to whites and even people born into the new “Rainbow Nation” are becoming hardened racists.

From a white perspective it seems to stem from the feeling of being a minority under constant attack by the majority. Things like our education system rapidly failing, crime spiralling out of control, BEE and AA being strengthened rather than relaxed after being in effect for so long already, talks of land grabs without pay, the ANCYL (and others) singing hatred songs of murdering white people and the government itself defending this, talks of nationalisation of our mines and banks (even when there is so much proof that such concepts end in failure), labelling of all whites as criminals, constant strikes and riots, the breaking down of our public service sectors, constantly being blamed for all the majorities short-comings – even to those who weren’t born into that past.

From a black perspective it seems to stem mostly from poverty and frustration and the fact that despite so many years of the ANC being in power, very few of the ANC’s promises of jobs, homes and general empowerment have being realised by the masses. Though it seems instead of focusing on the ANC as the real failure point, the blame for this is somehow directed and placed squarely at the white man’s feet (using the now famous “apartheid excuse”) and naturally as long as the ANC isn’t the one being blamed, they seem to be encouraging this. Which leads the majority to believe that they are poor only because of whites and thus breads hatred towards them.

Why are the masses not able to improve their lifestyle even with BEE, AA, land reform and so many other special benefits and grants afforded to them? Even when government gives away free land some have simply opted to sell the land back to the previous owners. How is this empowering the black population? I believe that the root cause of all these issues and thus the main solution too many of South Africa’s problems is simply education!

If our government could stop pushing racist agendas through their ANCYL mouth-piece and pie-in-the-sky talks of nationalisation as a means of distraction to the real problems we face, stop wasting vast amounts of money on ridiculous charter planes, Swazi bail-outs and so forth and instead focus as much money and attention on fixing one thing in South Africa, that being Education, we would all be better off. Equip the masses with the skills to “catch their own fish” rather than simply feed the odd fish to the odd person and everyone will be able to eat.

Malema is such a wonderful tool that the ANC could use for “good” rather than allowing him to spread hate. The people listen to him and that is something that should be harnessed. Malema can and should be used to spread motivation rather than disruption. Instead of singing struggle songs that were from an era that existed long before Malema, he should be pushing his followers to educate themselves as much as possible - this is true empowerment.

It is my opinion that due to the total lack of education in the mass majority of blacks (and the apparent lack of motivation thereof) our country is suffering. Lack of education leads directly to poverty and poverty leads to frustration, which begins that dark cycle of anger. Blacks are unhappy because they are poor, but they blame the whites for this and so does the government. Government is trying to fix poverty by simply taking from the whites and giving to the blacks, by forcing BEE, AA and land grabs and providing many other benefits only BEE candidates qualify for instead of simply focusing on education and allowing the masses to enrich themselves; a far more rewarding and sustainable ideal.

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  • ErrolNdevu - 2011-09-27 13:17

    the whole world is a mess, not just sa. We need change on a global scale

      oistar - 2011-09-27 13:20

      But we are a bigger mess, socially and racially than most countries.

      Aleco - 2011-09-27 13:28

      Oistar yes you are correct,who caused that mess?You talking racism and socio economic that were destroyed for more than 300years,do you really think we can repair this within 20 years of democracy.I don`t think so.If so how?

      Zoolie - 2011-09-27 13:34

      @Aleco, by taking your head out of your BEHIND, another one with a chip on his shoulder !!!!!

      KomboKitten - 2011-09-27 14:09

      we cannot possibly eradicate our human ignorance

      SimonP - 2011-09-27 14:11

      @Aleco, care to comment on the fact the wealth gap has increased since the end of apartheid? The ANC are keeping the poor poorer and uneducated intentionally so that the majority will believe it is all to be blamed on whites just like you. Another 20 years of the current ANC maladministration and there wont be a recognisable South Africa

      Servaas - 2011-09-27 14:17

      Maybe if the ANC stop lowering the level of education.... As if that would ever happen..

      Dougalan - 2011-09-27 14:18

      @Aleco - maybe you should check some other countries' histories. Germany was bombed flat by 1945, its industrial area destroyed and mass inflation rampant. Within 6 years they were mass-producing cars again, VW's, Porsches, Benzes. Or take South Korea. They were oppressed by the Japanese worse than any South Africans. Used as slaves from 1920 to 1945. Not allowed to even call their children Korean names. 200 000 (yes, two hundred thousand) Korean women were sent to the Japanese forces as 'comfort women'. After the Korean War in the mid-50's they had the lowest per-capita income of any nation in the world, including African states. Yet by early 1960's, they were on their way to becoming one of the world's most prosperous countries. So please don't come with the '20 years is not enough' story. It's a cop-out.

      SimonP - 2011-09-27 14:25

      poloyatonki, you will be forever in misery, it seems that is what you want. I suppose wallowing in self pity is much easier than uplifting yourself.

      Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-27 14:29

      Poloyatonki It began the day your where born !!!

      Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-27 14:32

      @ Aleco Instead of waiting for your anc masters to buy you each a house , give you each a PHD , give you each a bank full of money , how about start working , get your self ecucated ? Just a thought !

      Pharcide - 2011-09-27 14:32

      Aleco, instead of hiding behind 300 years of wrong, face the facts. The goverment is failing. They will not "right this wrong" in a 1000 years because they are incompetent. If things got better, nobody would be complaining but it is not getting better. 17 Years after apartheid and the education system is worse than ever. Standards are all failing. The students that are now in matric, was born under the ANC, why are they failing? This is not due to apartheid. This is because of lazy teachers who are used to demanding everything...and so the students do what the parents and teachers does and demand to pass. This is what is wrong with this country. We have the same problems through the whole of the world, the difference is in SA, apartheid can be blamed and as long as the three hundred years has not passed yet, apartheid will always be blamed, and I'm sure the will continue for the next 1000 years. Pathetic. Excuses and demand, that's the name of the game in SA. Repairing it will start with the SA blacks looking across Africa and see that they are better off in SA than most other African countries, where there was no apartheid. If not, why do with the current immigration/influx problem. I am not and will never talk Apartheid good but the SA Blacks should count their blessings in the new SA. The hand that they have been dealt is not as bad as they would like others to believe. Success comes through hard work not by demanding and making excuses.

      Almaki - 2011-09-27 14:35

      Actually, we're not that big a mess compared to most African and South American countries. Most of our problems can be fixed by two simple things: accountability and hard work. With those two in place, things like taking pride in a job well done and respect for your fellow South Africans come naturally. Unfortunately, we seem stuck in a loop of "I demand.." and "I didn't do it.." Until this changes, we will keep seeing the same headlines about crime, corruption and general disrepair.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-09-27 14:35

      SimonP I gonna say this to you again for the hundredth time, during apartheid blacks were not allowed to have job the wealth gap was much wider than today. Blacks were not viewed as humans so how can you say our live were better back then???? We were denied to attend good schools like you guys....

      SimonP - 2011-09-27 14:41

      Well poloyatonki you can say whatever you like as much as you want it wont change the fact that you are wrong. It is a statistical fact that the wealth gap is greater now than it was the day apartheid ended. Now, I know you dont like facts as they tend to prove your ANC rhetoric to be lies but until you start using facts to base your arguements on Im afraid you will stay miserable.

      Aleco - 2011-09-27 14:41

      Zoolie you sound inexperienced,the elders says"experience is the best teacher"We cannot live our experiences behind because Zoolie and his partner in crime say so. First why your father sow such a bad thing,they were not aware one it will bite their sons & daughters back? Second - Why it looks like you guys always things have to go your ways even if we democratically won SA? Third - Perhaps is time you realise who plays the guitar and who suppose to dance.You guitar days are gone.

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-27 14:42

      @Almaki problem is, accountability and hard work are very unafrican concepts...

      SimonP - 2011-09-27 14:50

      Aleco, strange how all the questions put you go unanswered and all you can do is post rhetorical statements direct from your ANC excuses manual and ignore the facts presented that prove your statements to be baseless.

      Almaki - 2011-09-27 14:54

      BloodRiver: Sentiments like yours really don't help either. I know a large number of black people who went to university and are now working hard to make good lives for themselves and their families. Stereotyping all blacks as lazy and incompetent does just as much harm as generalising that all whites are racists who have trust funds.

      HiJack - 2011-09-27 14:59

      @Poloyatonki, and today black kids DO have access to great schools. They choose to burn the schools down than attend classes. That also white's fault?

      Almaki - 2011-09-27 15:00

      Poloyatonki: So I'm guessing that the domestic and garden workers my parents had, who received good pay, foodstuffs and new clothing to take home, and whose children were helped through school by us weren't black, seeing as black people apparently weren't allowed to have jobs. And I guess the fact that their children went on to study and get proper jobs also doesn't count, because they can't possible be black according to your narrow-minded view! I pity you, because no matter what happens you will always fall back on the woe-is-me defence. You will never feel the satisfaction of having done a good job, nor the pride in attaining something for yourself through sheer hard work. All because of your own attitude.

      BloodRiver - 2011-09-27 15:07

      @Almaki ignore sentiments and debate facts. Please show me an African country that is a bastion of accounability and good work ethic...

      Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-27 15:12

      @ Poloyatonki And what has changed now ? Your kids attend outstanding schools now ?You get free university ? Oh let me not forget you are allowed into public pools and library's now ! BUT hey hang on those don’t exist anymore !!! Our children are still getting 100 times better education than yours now we just pay for it ourselves like with everything ells we pay for but no problem, I don’t mind it’s in my blood to make things work and not sit on my ass and wait for others to make it work for me !!!

      AirAction - 2011-09-27 15:12

      The problem is the ANC.

      Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-27 15:16

      @ Aleco , We have said it to you a million times , You play the guitar but you still blame the white man because no music comes out as your anc stole the strings !! There hope you understand it now !! You welcome to do as you please you are free now just stop blaming others because you are a failure !!!

      Almaki - 2011-09-27 15:16

      Ghana. Mauritius. Botswana. By the same token, a number of European countries including Italy and Greece are drowning in debt while their governments act much like ours, pretending there's an invisible money tree from which they can just pluck and pluck and pluck..

      Aleco - 2011-09-27 15:23

      SimonP God bless you for trying your level best to demoralize me.There is one thing i truly like about you,you are a true reflection of Magnus Malan,PW Botha and Constant Viljoen.Keep it up so that the majority understand what we talking about.

      Coconut - 2011-09-27 15:43

      Aleco I hope you don't mind me saying so but you are a true reflection of a lazy goffel looking for a free ride. And, blacks didn't end up ruling SA because they are in any way better than whites, or even equal to whites. You simply out-bred us. Remember that.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-09-27 16:03

      Give Aleco a Bells, well said man.

      Aleco - 2011-09-27 16:09

      Pharcide the reason for our government failure is because private sector is not willing to cooperate ought they do is to ensure things get worse than before.Yes corruption somewhere somehow contribute but lets remember that is committed by individuals who currently are dealt with.Rebuilding a country needs a joint efforts and commitment.We cannot always blame our government for everything.The question is are we contributing in rebuilding this country or are we making worse like private sectors that are making worse of our economy by firing employees who also contribute to our daily aggregate spending.

      SimonP - 2011-09-27 16:13

      Aleco, the day the majority understand what you are talking about is the day the ANC will lose power. BTW thanks for proving me right again, I accuse you of posting rhetoric and avoiding answering questions. What do you do in response? Post rhetoric and throw insults and of course avoid answering any questions.

      Coconut - 2011-09-27 16:18

      Aleco, there you go again. Blaming everything and everyone around you. When the day comes that your people accept responsibility for your own future, then and only then will you prosper. I predict it will never happen and I also predict that your breading strategy that has has until now been so successful in achieving power, will eventually be your downfall. Forget about poverty, your children face starvation in the coming decades.

      Zoolie - 2011-09-27 16:21

      @ Aleco, winning democraticaly, well congrats on that my friend, well done. Now imagine you put this much effort into your work and ensuring that your work is completed before close off business, how much this country will change. The problem is not a white or black thing, the problem is people are not willing to put in but expect the same result. Stupidy is when you do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.

      SimonP - 2011-09-27 16:23

      "the reason for our government failure is because private sector" Aleco do you realise what a stupid comment that is? Thats like saying the reason Team A beat Team B is Team Z who werent even playing. Always blaming anything other than the true cause, you sound like an ANC MP.

      Aleco - 2011-09-27 16:24

      Coconut i don`t really mind coconuts.My only concern is to say the truth and somebody reveal the true reflection of certain people.

      Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-27 16:29

      @ Aleco There you go again blame other people for government failure.

      Aleco - 2011-09-27 16:45

      SimomP you are 100% correct team Z is our private sector not playing a part in rebuilding this country.

      SimonP - 2011-09-27 17:18

      Aleco, the saddest thing of all is you actually think you are making sense. The more you post the stupider you prove yourself to be.

      Coconut - 2011-09-27 18:19

      "... private sector not playing a part in rebuilding this country." Aleco, what on earth are you talking about? We handed you a fully developed country on a silver platter. There's nothing to rebuild. What SA needs is maintenance of the existing infrastructure, something that your government is incapable of providing. You are so brainwashed with ANC propaganda, it's actually embarrassing.

  • theprodigy - 2011-09-27 13:27

    your letter spells it out very clearly.....we need to change & change is painful, SA needs to wake up to the fact that the ANC has failed to lead the country out of Apartheid & has instead taken us backwards. The sooner the masses realize that education is everything & that Government must be held accountable to all its people, the better, but our electorate is uneducated & naive & is easily mislead by demogoues & corrupt selfless cadres. Change will happen in SA, but duration of the pain will depend on how the black people handle this process. Wether this country fails or succeeds is almost entirely in black peoples hands, if it fails they will suffer too.

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-27 16:35

      You are wrong @theprodegy and so is the writer. The writer does quite well to a point and then states "It is my opinion that due to the total lack of education in the mass majority of blacks (and the apparent lack of motivation thereof) our country is suffering." In that simple statement there, he is in fact demonstrating racism, by the mere fact that he lumps most blacks into an "uneducated box". It is such simple use of generalisations (based on race) that we have a HUGE problem in our country. And the problem is exacerbated everytime somebody puts people belonging to another race group into a "box". So please gentlemen stop doing that and rather focus on educating yourselves first.

      MWF - 2011-09-27 18:06

      @Ohmikehunt no that is not being racist AT ALL. It is a FACT in South Africa that the majority of blacks (yes MAJORITY) are uneducated or educated to a VERY basic level only. Please do your research before slandering.

  • Spade - 2011-09-27 13:33

    The first step to educating the masses, is to ensure the standard of education is corrected. Endure the pain of a high failure rate, while knowing that those who pass, actually are educated. It will take time and it will require all sorts of extra-mural programs, but I will happily pay taxes knowing it is being used properly for a change.

      Boerseun - 2011-09-27 15:02

      Teach them to stop the constant breeding. That must be step number1.

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-27 16:38

      The first step to educating certain minority planks @Spade [;-)] is to provide them with an education in cultural diversity 101. Only once people like you make an effort to understand our diverse cultural heritage, you will continue to flounder around in the dark clutching at mythical straws.

      MWF - 2011-09-27 19:02

      @Ohmikehunt and perhaps the reverse is also true?

  • Fred Basset - 2011-09-27 13:35

    One word answer : politicians! The precarious situation in which we find ourselves was carefully engineered by the ruling party in order to ensure the survival of their power trip. It has worked amazingly well thus far....but there is one small element which is slowly eroding their hold on the reigns. Not the few whiteys left.....not the well-educated up-and-coming black diamonds......not the dissatisfied lower classes....not the pressure of the international community. The only thing eroding the power of the ruling party is in-fighting and the resultant split-camps....whether these be in the form of offspring parties (COPE) or just divisions within the heart of the beast (Mbeki vs JZ). We, as concerned citizens can only hope that this erosion continues

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-27 16:39

      Two words @Fred... "Dog Tags" - now get them on fella!

  • Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-27 13:52

    Nothing in the live is for free and until you realise that you won’t get anywhere ! As long as you blame others for your problems you will not get them solved either...

  • Allrightythen - 2011-09-27 13:53

    I like the article. The government is entirely to blame. In order for everyone to be educated, the idea of 11 official languages has to go, it is ridiculous on any scale. Anyone wanting to study further needs to have a good grasp of the English language unless you know where to get an Engineering, Psychology, Mathematics, etc text book in one of the African languages?. Tertiary education should be affordable and there should be more uniformity between universities and colleges for recognition of subjects passed elsewhere. Books should not be “reversioned” every year either so that more books are available for buying second hand that are useful. Secondly, it is a culture thing. Blacks were told that once apartheid was over, they would live like whites, no one told them that whites had smaller families, stayed in school until they passed matric and if they could would study further. No one told them that because they lived with their father (in general) they were taught ethics, principles, hard work, lessons from his experience and skills. If you are one of 10 kids each with another father and you have no idea where he is and the only way to have anything is to steal it and you grasp at the lies of leaders then your outcome is different….generally speaking of course.

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-27 16:41

      @Allrightythen - people who blame are the people to blame. Stop looking for scapegoats and making such ridiculous generalisations... sickening!

  • KomboKitten - 2011-09-27 14:06

    f#ck race. its not just about black and white, there are other colors too. the only race that counts is the damned human race.

      MWF - 2011-09-27 18:58

      Agreed but the majority of the human race that inhabit South Africa are either uneducated or sparsely so.

  • Jedi Master - 2011-09-27 14:31

    We all know this. Even the drones do. But many years of "getting" wont change the perspective. We are going back to a time where you would grow your own vegetables, have chickens in the suburbs and live of the land ( what is left of it)

  • Jack TheOnlyRipper - 2011-09-27 14:45

    Socialism fails when it runs out of other peoples money...

  • Nox - 2011-09-27 14:47

    U r a 30 years moron;aparheid lasted for more than Ur age;when expect blacks to catch up in just under 20yrs.Remember we have a stupid constitution tht caters even for solution we oppress whites like they did to blacks.thts the only viable solution to our quagmires.This AnC government is slowly in real changes.How many languages do we have;they claim 11 but in reality its 2 English & Afrikaans;where in Africa.wht a shame.we r nearing Zimbabwe

      Almaki - 2011-09-27 15:07

      You do realise that you are proposing to oppress and disenfranchise the part of the population mostly responsible for job creation and tax income? Where do you think money for pretties like roads and other infrastructure will come from them? Please get you racist head out of your behind. And for goodness sake, learn to spell!

      Greegs - 2011-09-27 15:21

      He has absolutely no idea and one understands now why it is like it is...

      Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-27 15:48

      You can’t even spell never mind oppress someone !!

  • Doublepost - 2011-09-27 14:48

    "For a while it seemed that our country was destined for greatness, I felt safe, I even felt patriotic (perhaps for the first time), I did the small things like celebrate sport events with fellow South Africans, whites, blacks, coloured and Indians alike (our colours made no difference), we were united and it felt fantastic. I had black friends, whom I had genuine affection and respect for. I supported the ANC’s move for change, for a better South Africa for all." Lol, thanks for the laugh, you are one deluded liberal tw@t! Nelson "Saint" Mandela was a terrorist, or did you fail to read the fine print!?

      Spade - 2011-09-27 15:28

      The delusional calling the illuminated delusional...

      Doublepost - 2011-09-27 16:19

      None as delusional as those who will not see!

      MWF - 2011-09-27 18:12

      Sure, but he changed and did his part in trying to undo some of his wrongs. Is that not a good thing? He also lead the majority into a peaceful reconciliation without him, things could certainly have turned ugly, FAST and for this, he was recognised as a hero.

  • Steve - 2011-09-27 14:49

    We use to get along as one nation, regardless of our colour. This country use to have patriots, unifiers, now we are racially polarised because of people with greed, people who want to line their pockets, down right manipulators. In my opinion, this is a deliberate act by the ANC to consolidate it's position in power by ensuring that the poor remain poor and uneducated and depend on the government. Our country is not yet a fully flegde democratic country where the nation cast their vote based on merit, it's about colour. This is where education comes in, educate the nation to stand on their own, not to be depended. BEE was a good plan to to equal the imbalances but the implementation was not accurate. It created a new elite of black people who have connection within the ANC. Right now politicians are not servants of the people(blacks, whites, indians and coloureds) they serve their own selfish interesting using poor and uneducated as a stepping ladder to economic success. One blogger mentioned prosperious countries who were once poor(South Korea) look how developed that country is, If our country is gonna compete with developed countries, the government should invest in providing a quality education so that people can think independently.

  • IC1 - 2011-09-27 14:49

    @Mark: Well now that is a mature line of thought there my man! Great article, tells it like it is, well constructed and thought out, good job. Give this man a Bells!

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-27 16:46

      As usual it doesn't take much to impress you @IC1 - especially when they sing your favorite brand of music. Virtually every single comment on this post indicates people who find it IMPOSSIBLE to move away from racial stereotyping. Many blame the state of affairs on procreation, politicians... everything and everyone except for themselves. What a bunch of sanctimonious angels you all are... I think I will go throw up now :P

      MWF - 2011-09-27 18:44


  • Boerseun - 2011-09-27 15:01

    This is what happens in most of not all multi cultural societies. No-one is really happy. The soluition is easy but not popular..yET!

  • I_Say - 2011-09-27 15:15

    Whilst it might seem, from a white persons perspective that this country is going down the tubes, From a black persons perspctive there is HOPE & OPPORTUNITY.. Foe example: * You see Malema as a problem, We see Malema as taking back whats ours! * you see the ANC government as corupt, We see them as the reason we have our freedom. Face it, you or your parents and grandparents would NEVER have fought for black people's rights....In fact majority of white people generally enjoyed the "Whites Only" South Africa. - Your article on educating the masses would have carried more weight had it been addressed to the "Apartheid" SA goverment a few decades ago.

      Greegs - 2011-09-27 15:24

      You state that ANC government corruption = freedom. Need I say more?

      Greegs - 2011-09-27 15:38

      Schools were built for you and you burnt them down! U FAIL again!!!

  • Optimistic - 2011-09-27 15:24

    Guys you should comment about Dr. Wouter Basson, our government is trying very hard to balanc the Gap between the haves and not haves. unfortunetily the haves happens to be whites. For the past 17 years w never addressed the issue of the past economically. It's a fact that whites took the land of some black communities by force and it needs to be it a problem? do we need to pay for that land? BEE, AA etc are here to stay.....

      Kevin King - 2011-09-27 15:45

      @ Optimist: What % of white individuals own land? Very very small %. And this number is decreasing daily. Do you know that there is only one race where the population has shown a constant decline since 1994? Yes you guessed it, it is the white race. The majority is fast running out of land to grabs, jobs to take, and taxes to take. What happens when the freebies dry up? They have been taking since 1994 and the result is: 1. An overall decrease in jobs 2. An overall decrease in productive farming (exports) 3. An overall increase in poverty (Please feel free to tell me I'm lying and provide reasons why other than "you're racist" or "you're wrong because I say so")

      Kevin King - 2011-09-27 16:06

      And when I say "overall" I mean all races, which is mostly black Saffas. Yes I'm just another white racist moaning about how my fellow black (and white) brothers and sisters are suffering!

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-27 16:49

      @Optimistic, what does Wouter Basson (I refuse to call the SOB a Dr) have to do with this all. Your comment makes ZIP sense!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-27 15:36

    And as you see by the comments, Ignorance has left most people with a blinkered view. So unfortunately,views & attitudes are unlikely to change. Whites will never know what non-whites experienced under apartheid, yet their racism is clear through the various posts.

      Greegs - 2011-09-27 15:40

      Give us reasons not to be racists then!

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-27 16:52

      Sadly you are mostly correct @Currie_Mafia (almost always sometimes). I am deeply shocked by some of the stereotyping that is evidences in many of the comments. When you point it out, they generally answer with a question (such as @Greegs) or attack harder. Best not to argue with ignorant people - they drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

  • falcon2020 - 2011-09-27 16:03

    @Mark - well written, however apartheid is still visible today, how many people have white domestic workers. If you go to any and i mean any of the JSE Listed company there are people of colour everywhere - so says that BEE didn't work is wrong - it did work but is now defunct. The major issue is that our economy will NEVER be able to give every citizen a proper job. You don't need to be highly educated to get a proper honest job and most of those are taken. Here i concur that the blame is being placed on the wrong failure, it is not the whites that has not confirmed or apartheid - it's th egoverment's failure to empower the nation.

      MWF - 2011-09-27 18:54

      Education = not having to be a domestic worker Education = entrepreneurs = jobs for other educated people

  • T - 2011-09-27 16:08

    Wow so that’s a white males perspective. Really you would over simplify the plight of us poor blacks as lack of education and anger about not getting our slice of the cake is that really what you think. While i agree with you that education is the key and yes the state dose promote hate among the proletariat classes. Who enables them to keep us subjugated who dictates what they teach our children and what we can or cannot watch, if you’re as open mind as you obviously think you are dear writer then you obviously know that the IMF and world bank aka (European superpower) dictate this to us as part of the foreign aid. SO the white government borrows 8Billion and the poor stupid black government is left holding the bag. Despite a very few very publicised blacks the wealth of this land is still in the hands the white minority who select. So tell me how is my utter agitation at people like you supposed to be handled?

      Greegs - 2011-09-27 16:41

      Be agitated all you like, I don't care! The rich are either leaving SA or putting their money off-shore....u ask yourself why? If I invent a product and I make millions from it, do I have to share with Africa because the idea came to me when there? What a crock of sh1t....u guys make me sick!

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-27 16:53

      Just don't even bother @T... You're wasting you time. Braai at your place or mine tonight bro?

      Almaki - 2011-09-28 09:06

      Wait, so you think the white population in SA is in cahoots with the IMF and World Bank to keep the majority in SA oppressed? Wow.

  • ButSeriously - 2011-09-27 16:21

    Mark, I couldn't have said it better myself! Just a pity the powers that be does not share your vision - if only they did, we could all move forward. Recently found this gem: You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. 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 my dear friend is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it" Dr Adrian Rogers, 1931

      Greegs - 2011-09-27 16:36

      Best post in ages...what a gem? Written by a white man so must be either wrong, lies or racist!!! Thanks for this....

      George - 2011-09-27 16:45 doubt..........

      Ohmikehunt - 2011-09-27 16:55

      That is soooooooo overused @ButSeriously, so please get something more relevant to SOUTH AFRICA. Nobody is interested in the antiquated ramblings of an old Colonialist.

      MWF - 2011-09-27 18:45


  • George - 2011-09-27 16:41

    FARKEN HELL........AT LAST....SOME SENSE....WELL SAID MARK!!!! TAKE NOTE ANC.................MOVE FORWARD....................

      MWF - 2011-09-27 18:42


  • Man of Cloth - 2011-09-27 16:48

    What an article. I agree entirely with the writer but believe me, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It requires the collective efforts of the new rainbow Nation generation.

      Aleco - 2011-09-27 17:05

      Agreed,young generation interacts(even marrying each other)a lot that on its own will help taking this country somewhere.

      HiJack - 2011-09-27 17:18

      Aleco, why are blacks constantly trying to worm their way into whites lives etc? Blacks need more black rugby players in the teams, need more blacks in management positions etc. FFS, get off the white man's back and trying to invite yourself into everything that's white! Flip sakes. We got STACKS of black only groups, Black Journalist group, black business group, but God forbit we start a White Journalists group and we'll be called racist? Go fsck yourself.

      MWF - 2011-09-27 18:46

      Indeed. Education and a willingness to move on.

  • HiJack - 2011-09-27 17:14

    Aleco, what do you want of the private sector? Companies are being taxed into the ground by goverment, and HAVE to fire people to stay afloat. Um, duh.

  • IZAK - 2011-09-27 17:29

    In 1957 Ghana was the first African State to gain independence under the iconic Kwame Nkrumah. He was so proud when he danced with Queen Elizabeth. Billions later, but it took only 9 years, he was unseated and the country fell apart like all the others after Ghana. Billions were pumped in Africa by the World Bank and IMF and billions were written off as bad debt but to no avail. Africans are simply not ready to run a modern country successfully. But what about Mauritius and Botswana somebody asked? A black Kenian gave this answer when he was asked the same question. He said : "But Mauritius has got Chinese and Indians." "Look after your Whites," Samora Machel said to Mugabe . He knew their worth. The bring rposperity.

  • Imfene - 2011-09-27 17:51

    The ANC wouldn't be in power if it were not for uneducated followers. So it is no surprise that proper education is the last thing on their minds. Even fundamental education that is supposed to start at home is lacking greatly, which is why suggestions of having subjects dealing with ethics be introduced in schools.

  • Trueblue - 2011-09-27 18:21

    South Africans still have a tremendous amount of goodwill despite the divisive type of politics that has recently become the hallmark of ANC politicking. The truth is that the ANC has never transformed itself from a liberation movement to a governing party. They are still fighting apartheid as that is all they know. They promote the unworkable and impractical ideologies of National Democratic Revolution and nationalisation because that is what their Soviet puppetmasters taught them. The Malemas and their ilk have seen that they can get rich through pushing these ideologies, pretending to care for the poor and oppressed, all the while amassing great wealth taken from the people. It appears as if what South Africa achieved in 350 years is being undone in 17, as South Africans, except for the ANC elite, are getting poorer and poorer.

      MWF - 2011-09-27 18:50

      ...and the sad part is that education would open the eyes of the masses so they could see this for themselves. When they are "told" this by those not of the same thinking, they reject it out of hand as some sort of "trick".

  • linda.mote - 2011-09-27 20:04

    Well Mark , you have certainly got a mixed response . Good Report . I believe education is the key to future development of any Country .

  • Motho - 2011-10-09 16:32

    Blacks South African didn't start going to schools and universities after 1994 elections!

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