Where are we heading

16 11 2012

It was Martin Luther king who said, “we must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools”.

The South African political climate is rapidly heading on a steep decline and what is very disappointing is that all know this but due to vested interests of an extremely selfish nature they willingly continue the path of self destruction while those they are supposed to be lifting up are dragged down into an abyss they cannot escape from. 


What initially started as an expression of of awareness protest in a small farming community of De Doorns where mostly vineyards are cultivated has escalated into a young man killed and thousands of Rands of damage. Instead of defusing the situation and listening to the concerns of the protesters the political parties weighed in with words and accusations chosen to gain political brownie points irrespective of the fact they they were not true (but when has that ever bothered a politician).


Tony Ehrenreich of the ANC has gleefully rubbed their hands together as they try and disrupt the successful image the DA has developed over how they manage the Western Cape area. Helen Zille, the leader of the DA, and her cohorts have not fared much better. Unfortunately that is to be expected as you cannot do damage control and rectify a situation in one corner of the field while in the other corner the field is being burnt down.  

In this melee of no winners there are only losers and the losers will be the very people they should be protecting . The farmers who generally pay above minimum wage and have now extra costs of re-establishing vineyards burnt down and laborers who will be out of work as it is not required to harvest a vineyard which no longer exists.

These are actually all trivial aspects because here is my main point. To establish the level of trust and respect being farmer and laborer will be near impossible. If you were taking refuge in the middle of your vineyard at night while trying to protect your property and your family as has been recorded then trust and respect have flown out the door. 

South Africa still battles with the effects of Apartheid and the differences between education and wealth after the ANC has been in power since 1994. The approach has been BEE which has gravitated to a methodology of taking all that the white privileged population has built up and declaring laws to share it. That is not such a concern except that it is shared among a small elite group of Black “entrepreneurs”. The general upliftment of the people and the vision of Nelson Mandela of the Rainbow Nation which attracted me and my family to return to South Africa has been shattered.

When will it be understood that there is a large group of white people trying to cheer on the development and improvement of life for ALL South Africans irrespective of their color group as if that is important.

We recently heard of Vic Warrington who has given up his privileged lifestyle and will simply eat out less so that he can provide a 50% increase for his workforce. That in itself is more than our President appears to have done. The cost to Vic in perspective to the President bulling through his money grabbing antics of continuing with self enrichment by building Nkandla as his personal compound with tax payers money at a cost estimated to be over R250m smacks of insensitivity.

But…and there is always a but…irrespective of what is happening I am back in my country of birth and love the people dearly. Whatever skills or abilities I have will be used to improve the lives of ALL South Africans I meet irrespective of financial position or tribe and I invite all my fellow brothers to join me in being uplifting lest we too be called fools!




One response

2 11 2013
Spencer Courtis

Received this from a friend:
“Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out….Ken Peters Professor of Economics

“The danger to South Africa is not Jacob Zuma but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of a Zuma presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Zuma, who is a mere symptom of what ails South Africa. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Jacob Zuma, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President.”

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