‘ANC is most racist party’


One respondent told the researchers that “in the ANC racism is still very strong and it can be proven any day, anywhere.”

Grassroots members of South Africa’s ruling ANC believe that the famed anti-apartheid party is sidelining non-black supporters, according to a potentially politically explosive study published on Wednesday.

'ANC is most racist party'

Research by the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation — formed by Nelson Mandela’s ex-prison mate and fellow anti-apartheid activist — showed that ANC members who are not black feel left out because of their race.

“Generally speaking, branch members have deep-seated concerns with non-racialism in the ANC and in society more broadly,” said the report posted on the foundation’s website.

One respondent told the researchers that “in the ANC racism is still very strong and it can be proven any day, anywhere.”

Another said “the ANC is more racist than any political party at the moment.”

The ANC “preaches about being non-racist… but is doing the opposite,” added another party member.

The impression that the party promotes the interests of blacks first has seen its support base eaten away in sections of the population, the report concluded.

“Indeed the perception (whether real or imagined) that the ANC is advancing only the interests of Africans has led to loss of electoral support in ‘minority areas’.”

The study was conducted in the country’s largest city and its economic hub, Johannesburg.

Respondents were sampled from South Africa’s four main racial groups — blacks, whites, people of Indian descent and those of mixed race, known colloquially as “coloureds”.

Branch members in the predominately coloured Eldorado Park neighbourhood and those in the highbrow and mainly white suburb of Sandton “are frustrated with the party and feel much anger about the way they are treated,” the report said.

“This has made the role of being an ANC branch member in these areas very challenging, and often thankless.”

The results of the study showed that the party, which prides itself as an example of democracy in Africa, has fewer members of the minority races occupying leadership positions at branch level.

“Many branch members are disillusioned about the manner in which members are awarded senior positions,” said the study, with many believing these are ‘only open to Africans’.”

“This raises significant questions about democracy in the party,” it added.

ANC officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

While acknowledging that race relations have significantly improved since the ANC took to office nearly two decades ago, the study noted that members also feared broader societal trends.

“Branch members feel not enough change has taken place and that racial tensions are impeding social cohesion and concomitant growth and progress in the country.”

ANC is most racist party

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Belasting vir gegradueerdes – ANC


Die ANC het verlede jaar by sy verkiesingskonferensie in Mangaung ‘n resolusie aanvaar om ‘n belasting op gegradueerdes in te stel, het die Sowetan Donderdag berig.

Belasting vir gegradueerdes - ANC

Themba Masondo, sekretaris-generaal van die South African Students’ Congress (Sasco), wat deel was van die onderwyskommissie, het die ooreenkoms oor die belasting bevestig.

Afgevaardigdes in die onderwys- en gesondheidskommissie het besluit dat oorweging “gegee moet word aan ‘n belasting vir alle gegradueerdes van hoër onderwysinstellings”.

Inligting oor die veelbesproke belasting is vaag, en geen verduideliking is gegee oor wanneer dit geïmplenteer gaan word of die persentasie wat gehef sal word nie.

Themba Masondo, sekretaris-generaal van die South African Students’ Congress (Sasco), wat deel was van die onderwyskommissie, het die ooreenkoms oor die belasting bevestig. Hy het aan die koerant gesê Sasco is gekant daarteen.

“As ‘n organisasie het ons ‘n aantal kwessies geopper oor die belasting. Hulle is nie so duidelik oor hoe dit gaan werk nie.”

Masondo is egter ten gunste van ‘n algemene heffing, waar mense uit hoë inkomstegroepe meer betaal.

Luidens die ANC se resolusies is die doel van die belasting om die koffers van die Nasionale Studente Finansiële Hulpskema (NSFAS) aan te vul. Dié hulpskema sal na verwagting ‘n groot rol speel in die regering se planne om gratis opvoeding aan alle voorgraadse studente te bied.

Gratis opvoeding sal waarskynlik volgende jaar ingestel word.

Belasting kom dalk vir gegradueerdes

South Africa – A Modern Day Story of the Titanic


Living on a sinking ship:

South Africa - A Modern Day Story of the Titanic

South Africa – A Modern Day Story of the Titanic

My whole life I have moved around, from one part of our country to another, even from nation to nation in Africa. But, all of my life I have lived, learned and loved in Africa. I saw this great continent as my place of belonging, my place to rest my weary head. A land of brilliant sunshine, refreshing rains, cool oceans, tropical bliss, and wide open spaces.

I have loved the people of every colour, culture and tribe, believing that one day we would live together in harmony, despite our differences, all because we all love this land with such intensity and passion.

I learned of the many wars fought between settlers and locals, the different rule and reign of colonial nations, the slaves, the Voortrekkers, the armies, the Missionaries, all who had walked across these African plains, all who had come here out of love and hope, as well as greed and selfish gain. Our history is rich with struggle, yet all found their place under the African sun.

My hopes all started to trickle away as I learned in recent times that the hope I clung to was a dream, never a reality. This continent does not desire peace, or harmony, or unity. This continent and my nation South Africa desire hatred, murder, crime, greed and war.
This continent does not allow anyone to rest their weary heads and live and dream in peace and contentment.

Their desire for evil this outweighs the desire for good. The people full of bloodlust and selfish entitlement. Though Missionaries have brought the Gospel of Peace and Christianity been preached far and wide, this continent chooses the Evil One over The Prince of Peace.

We are 3rd Class Passengers of this ‘Vessel’:

  • Imagine realising that you, your children, born and bred of the soil and toil of your nation, are no longer allowed to live and prosper in the land of your birth.
  • Imagine knowing for a fact that every measure was being enforced to disenfranchise and dis-empower your people, your future and those of generations to come.
  • Imagine witnessing 1000’s of your people brutally robbed, tortured, maimed and murdered.
  • Imagine finding out that your chances of employment and your right to education was being stripped away, leaving your people destitute. Imagine reading about legislation passed that prevented any charitable or social welfare organisation assisting anyone who was left destitute or desperate.
  • Imagine seeing reports of your people’s children being statistically the highest target for child prostitution and slavery in the 21st Century. Worst of all, imagine the realisation that this is all at the hand of the government who rules your land, all their initiative and incentive, which they had decided that your people must either flee the land or face certain death.

And then to make it even more unbearable, finding out that the world thought that it was justice well overdue, and you and your people deserved every bit of the suffering and slaughter you were facing and receiving, that no one would even lift a finger to save you as now it was your time to pay, and pay, and pay again for the ‘sins of your forefathers’.

Other nations in Africa had international intervention when genocide spread like a virus throughout their lands, but your land was left to lie in its own blood.

I can’t help but see the similarity of this situation with that of the Jews, having no nation to call home for years, forced to scatter across the world, with no place to call their own, no place to rest their weary heads. They now have their own nation, but at a cost. But, it is still theirs to live and love, to work and play, to fight and struggle for.

South African Caucasians have NO PLACE TO CALL THEIR OWN. No place to go that they can call their own, no place to rest their weary heads.

The world has done a brilliant job of incriminating the ‘white’ minority to such an extent, with the help of course of the Communists, who now rule here, that we are now seen as the blight of the earth.

Our distant cousins from Europe refuse to lift a finger to help us but have completely cut us off, left to die in the dust of death. They take no responsibility for bringing us here, for offering us the opportunity to live and work here for them generations ago.

1000 upon 1000 have fled to far off lands, leaving their families and friends to struggle on for life on a sinking ship, leaving a remnant behind now forecast to be certain of extinction.
Some fight for our cause, taking our plight to as many as would hear our plight, but to date, none have sent out a ‘rescue ship’ for those left behind.

South Africa is a modern day story of the Titanic. The few elite take the few Lifeboats to safety, while the 3rd Class are left to fend for themselves. Everyone said the ship was unsinkable, a miracle man made creation of the modern age. South Africa has been called the miracle nation of Africa. A lavish and opulent vessel, built to endure the harshest conditions, on it’s maiden voyage, hits an iceberg and sinks within minutes. South Africa, a wealthy and self sustaining nation, built to endure and sustain itself, hits a political ‘iceberg’, one that seems puny and of not much magnitude, no one knew what lay beneath the seemingly still and quiet waters. The promise of peace and unity, the seemingly innocuous and benign government, who the whole world thought was heroic and courageous, has become our demise.

While we sink, send off flares, shout and scream, the distant ships look on ignoring our cries of distress, never hearing our constant SOS alerts sent out.

We cry out to God, “Save our souls!”

Will this be the last song sung before we slip into the watery political grave?

Was no lesson learned from Titanic, are we destined to repeat the past and our grievous mistakes?

One last time we cry out, “Lord save our souls!!!”

South Africa – A Modern Day Story of the Titanic

Eskom hike to hit municipalities hard


Municipalities will bear the brunt of Eskom’s proposed tariff hike, the SA Local Government Association said on Wednesday.

Eskom hike to hit municipalities hard

Electricity pylons in Beaufort West. Nersa is holding public hearings on Eskom’s proposed revenue price determination. (Picture: Chris Kirchhoff/MCSA)

“This price hike will drive them to what we call a municipal tipping point… It will drive them to a point where they wouldn’t be able to meet the basic needs of the public,” Salga working group chairperson Subesh Pillay told a National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) public hearing in Midrand.

He said many municipalities were already financially stranded and in debt to Eskom.

Salga municipal infrastructure services director Mthobeli Kolisa explained that municipalities would battle to maintain their Eskom bill, as things such as street lighting would be more expensive.

The proposed electricity price increase – a 16% price hike for each of the next five years – would more than double the price of electricity over five years, taking it from 61 cents a kilowatt hour in 2012/13, to 128 cents a kWh in 2017/18.

Kolisa pointed out that over 10 years (from 2007 to 2017) Eskom would have increased the electricity price 600%.

He argued that while the proposed tariff plan made provision for the poor, the middle class, who were currently able to pay for electricity, might no longer be able to do so in future. “Review the increase and stretch it over 10 years instead of five,” Kolisa recommended.

He urged the panel to strike a balance with Eskom and municipalities and consider the implications.

The Nersa hearings, chaired by Thembani Bukula, are being held to gather views on Eskom’s multi-year price determination (MYPD3) application.

Earlier, Eskom’s finance director Paul O’Flaherty said it needed the increase to maintain revenue and cover operating costs.

He said if Eskom merely minimised operating costs, as had been suggested, the servicing of machinery would be neglected and there would have to be massive staff reductions.

Eskom hike to hit municipalities hard

Zimbabwe receives $147million loan from Development Bank of Southern Africa


According to Goche, the DBSA loan was secured at the end of last year and would go a long way in bridging the gap in the financing of the dualisation of the Norton-Kadoma highway, which is part of a major road infrastructure project connecting the eastern border town of Mutare to Plumtree on the border with Botswana in the west of the country.

Zimbabwe receives $147million loan from Development Bank of Southern Africa

Road rehab project

“We have secured US$147 million from the Development Bank of Southern Africa for the dualisation of the Norton-Kadoma highway,” Goche said during a ceremony to commission newly acquired road works equipment in Harare.

The 820-km Plumtree-Mutare project is part of several projects to improve Zimbabwe’s road infrastructure, which has collapsed due to more than a decade of neglect.

Other projects seek to link the capital Harare to Beitbridge town on Zimbabwe’s border with South Africa as well as Harare with Kariba near the boundary with Zambia in the north.- Star Africa

Zimbabwe receives $147million loan for road rehab from SA bank – MONDAY, 07 JANUARY 2013

The reason why business confidence is low in SA


The reason why business confidence is low in SA, it is because fundamentally businesses are there to make a profit by funding economies that yield positive and sustainable results.

Business is not there to fund private and personal economies of politicians.

I hope our government understands that and engage business in a manner that will entice them to re-commit to the vision of a progressive economy. So far government confuses legislative power with economic muscle. Government has power of promise and business has the resources to transform that promise into physical reality…So far, it would seem like business is not convinced that our government has the capability to run a delicate economy like ours. So let’s not be surprised if countries like Angola, Malawi, Nigeria, Congo become pregnant with investments from SA businesses…

Just a thought!!!

Xolani Majola

Policy Analyst

Eskom-verhogings ‘sal eiendomsmark lamlê’


Klein sakeondernemings kan nie deurlopende elektrisiteitsverhogings van Eskom en munisipaliteite bekostig nie, het Wim Boshoff, ‘n eienaar van kommersiële eiendom in die Vrystaat, gesê.

Eskom-verhogings 'sal eiendomsmark lamlê'

Ondernemings verlaat die gesoneerde sakegebiede en begin onwettig in woongebiede handel dryf om te oorleef,” het hy op ‘n openbare vergadering van die Nasionale Energiereguleerder (Nersa) in Bloemfontein gesê.

Boshoff betaal maandeliks miljoene rande vir sy elektrisiteitsrekening van die Mangaung-munisipaliteit.

Hy het gesê klein en medium ­ondernemings kan nie meer bekostig om die hoë elektrisiteitskostes in formele, gesoneerde sakegebiede te betaal nie. Winkelsentrums en kantoorblokke loop leeg omdat ondernemings hul deure sluit en na ander gebiede skuif, waar hulle residensiële tariewe kan betaal.

Boshoff het gesê jaarlikse tariefverhogings van 16% oor die volgende vyf jaar sal Suid-Afrika se kommersiële eiendomsmark lamlê.

Hy het gesê Eskom se voorgestelde verhogings sluit nie die munisipaliteite se verhogings in nie.

Die munisipaliteite se hulpbronne word nie reg bestuur nie en as gevolg hiervan, moet hulle hul inkomste aanvul met reuse-verhogings in elektrisiteitstariewe.

Boshoff is ondersteun deur Louis Diedericks van Utility Management for Africa, wat groot eiendomme vir kliënte bestuur.

Die hoë koste vir ondernemings in sentraal-Suid-Afrika is nie volhoubaar nie. Jy kan nie die gans doodmaak wat die goue eiers lê nie,” het Diedericks gesê.

Eskom-verhogings ‘sal eiendomsmark lamlê’

Russian economist fears ‘failed state’ in SA


South Africa is in danger of “tipping over” and becoming a failed state, according to Yuri Maltsev, a Soviet defector and economic adviser to former Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev.

Russian economist fears failed state in SA

INFLAMED: A burning tyre rolls past a police vehicle in Villiersdorp, Western Cape, on Monday. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Dr Maltsev said on Wednesday that South Africa was at a crossroads and there were dangerous signs of instability, such as the farm protests in the Western Cape, which some see as part of a political attempt to undermine the opposition Democratic Alliance.

“The African National Congress (ANC) is a monopoly, and power corrupts,” Dr Maltsev said in an interview with Business Day. He was speaking at a forum organised by the Free Market Foundation.

“What worries me is this can be the point of no return … South Africa is at a crossroads and can tip over.”

Dr Maltsev was referring to spreading social unrest, mounting corruption and plans by the governing ANC for more intervention of the state in the economy to alleviate poverty and create jobs.

If South Africa could choose the freedom of an open economy with less regulation, lower taxes and more flexible labour laws, it could “explode with economic growth and energy”, Dr Maltsev said.

Nomura emerging markets analyst Peter Attard Montalto said labelling South Africa a “failed state” was to look at the issues of the economy in the wrong way.

“The whole point is that there hasn’t been enough of a dramatic shock to the system yet to push the government, ANC and associated interests into meaningfully doing something about the economy’s problems and providing the leadership required,” he said.

“Hence we deal with ongoing underperformance without any ‘blow-up’ situation. Even the situation in the mining labour market does not seem to have been enough.”

There are concerns that plans by Anglo American Platinum to cut as many as 14,000 jobs after mothballing four mining shafts will lead to a repeat of the wildcat strikes that hit the sector last year, leading to the loss of almost 50 lives.

Dr Maltsev said the election of business tycoon Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC deputy president was probably a good thing, although he did not approve of the way Mr Ramaphosa had acquired his wealth. Turning to broader issues, he said he was not worried by the growing Chinese presence in Africa as China seemed to be avoiding political influence. Africans could not afford to “pick and choose” who is investing in their economies, he said.

Dr Maltsev praised the formation of the Brics bloc, which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. “It’s a good idea because all the countries are on the same level of economic development,” he said.

Before defecting to the US in 1989, Dr Maltsev was a member of a senior Soviet economics team that worked on Mr Gorbachev’s reforms package of perestroika.

He is now a professor of economics at Carthage College in the US state of Wisconsin.

BY MARIAM ISA, 17 JANUARY 2013

Russian economist fears ‘failed state’ in SA

Further violence in South Africa


This week as the South African Department of Labour announced a series of public hearings across the Western Cape in a review of farm workers’ minimum wages, there has been further unrest in South Africa, this a continuation of the worker’s strikes which took place at the end of last year.

Last night around 2:30 pm the Fruit2U warehouse form the Le Roux Group was set on fire. During a visit this morning it was clear that the warehouse, which currently is packing stone fruit and a number of cold rooms was destroyed.

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According to information from the Le Roux Group there is a suspicion of arson, but they could not and would not say much pending the investigation of the police.

Due to a rapid intervention of personnel and the fire service part of the cooling facilities, including the cooling tunnels and the office area were saved. There is smoke damage and, at the time of writing it was still not clear how much of the fruit stored in cold rooms was affected.

A spokesman from Le Roux confirmed further that they immediately looked for alternative packaging options and cooling. These have already been found, thus further damage to the fruit, which is currently being harvested, should be limited.

An initial estimate of the damage has yet to be made, but it is clear it will enter into millions of Rand.

Although occurrences like this are extremely bad, it must be stressed that these incidents are isolated. Jacques du Preez from Hortgro, stressed that the strikes and attacks are limited to the Western Cape region, and 95% of fruit harvest and exports are functioning as normal. “The strikes are being initiated mostly by seasonal workers who are not from the area and people who are not even usually employed in the fruit industry. Farm workers who are happy with their wage and want to work are also severely intimidated by these “strikers”.”

This is backed up by David Harris from David Harris Engineering Systems, who does business with fruit farms throughout South Africa, “These strikers are not all farm workers as most of the farm workers are happy and working as much as they can, but the problems are that they are intimidated by the strikers brought in by the Anc government and unions.”

In the area near De Doorns where most of the disruption is taking place, there are varying reports of police clashing with groups of strikers. Some say it has been necessary for the N1 highway, the main artery of the country between Johannesburg and Cape Town, to frequently close to all traffic.

By Nichola Watson 17 January 2013

Further violence in South Africa

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