Roots of Xenophobia, Clashes with Foreign Nationals

2017-02-25 06:09

What is known is that many foreign nationals have come to the country, established businesses in the townships and inner cities and those business are thriving and succeeding. Many of these are from the rest of Africa. They are Somalis, Ethiopians, Ghanaians and so on.

Ghanaians (people from Ghana) have been good in promoting our hair care industry and made it the swankiest and most versatile. Many South Africans enjoy the excellence, gentleness offered by the hair salons established by people from Ghana. Hair salons run by Ghanaians are famously known for their midas touch, elaborate cool hand, and relaxed feel at home atmosphere.

How do we take in and harness the talents and ingenuity, the dreams and passions of hopeful foreign nationals in our shores?

Have we ever made any attempt to categorizing the foreign nationals into two basic camps: bad foreign nationals and good foreign nationals? This work has not been done. And one feels pain when the whole group is painted with one brush.

My passion for the dignity of the human person and the spirit of enterprise eventually led me working at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) as economic development specialist. My work was mainly around poverty and how to make millions of impoverish South Africans find their dignity in climbing out of poverty and squalid conditions.

The ANC of recent have been talking about promoting township economies. The first baby steps towards the realization of that dream will have to include  the consideration of the current status where some foreign nationals have established businesses in the townships and then a connection being made with the locals  and out of that a powerful synergy being realized.

In the vast literature on poverty and economic development and poverty I found not "white monopoly capital" being the problem. But as of yesterday, the youth of Kwa-Zulu Natal (mostly impoverished and without skills) were told by the the provincial ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala to dedicate their lives in fighting "white monopoly capital" because that is the problem of poverty. He was saying this at the ANC Youth League conference that is currently taking place in Durban.

The most practical solution is about improving learning in schools and teaching through technological devices, learning resources and training programmes. Improve the lives of people through skills, that is the powerful weapon that Nelson Mandela talked about.

I liked what one of the Black foreign nationals said when he was interviewed about the war with the nationals. He said something in a cool and helpful tone, that people succeed in life because of ideas, and the reason people come to South Africa and succeed is their ideas.

Even an angry ignorant kid who come from nothing can achieve success in business, find perfect warm loving relationship and have fulfillment and happiness.

What we need are skills. German high schools are equivalent to Tvet colleges. As a result German high school students are ready for a job when they finish high school. They have been trained for the jobs that are there in high schools. Of course comparing Germany with South Africa is like comparing an apple with a tomato. But the comparison just serves to highlight the point of where solutions are and where our focus should be.

Recently students from public Tvet colleges wanted to shut up the whole system down. Why? Because the colleges are in poor state and the education received is worthless. And the Minister of higher Education agreed that Tvet colleges are in very poor conditions. For so many years we have been told that Tvet colleges are the focus and all is done to improve them  and make them high tech.

Why then is this disturbing level of decay of Tvet colleges? Empty talk, empty promises all the time.

Empty promises but no delivery. If people are not rising up in violent service delivery protests there are up clashing with the foreign nationals.

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