Skilled people told to leave SA

A skilled but jobless professional is fed up after hearing endless excuses from recruiting agencies or told to leave SA. He writes:

Good day,

Your article states that South Africa is in need of skilled professionals but my problem is that finding work through agencies is made impossible, as they only see qualifications and disregard experience.

There are even agencies out there that recommend specialists to leave South Africa.

I am fortunate to be in the position where I have both qualifications and work experience. However, the greatest difficulty I have is with the recruiting agencies that either do not understand how to market skilled professionals, or just want to make a quick buck with little or no regard to a proper placement.

I have a very broad technical background in IT with 15 years’ work experience, ranging from service delivery/management (ITIL) over information security (ISO, IT risk management, PCI standards and digital encryption) straight through to IT infrastructure management, with some IT project management.

For the last 2.5 years I have gone through the standard application to advertised vacancies and registration on the most popular job sites, but have not found a contact person or recruitment agency that can help me proactively market my skills to a potential employer that can make use of my skills.

Below I have listed the most typical excuses I get to hear, when I am declined for a position I have applied for:

Too technical (for a technical job)
Too senior (for a senior technical position)
Too management-orientated (for jobs that originally stated experience with ISO & PCIDSS)
Too much management experience
Stay in the wrong area (northern suburbs versus southern)
Wrong ethnic background
Too passionate

At the moment I am struggling with staying motivated due to the continuous rejections, and I have great doubts about my future here in South Africa.

Told to leave SA


Afrikaner nation story: discriminated, robbed, raped and slaughtered

‘The only way is a separate state for us’

This coming Sunday, December 16, the Afrikaner nation will celebrate its 174th birthday. The Boerfolk story is a fascinating and glorious tale of near Biblical proportions. In 1652, Jan van Riebeeck established a refreshment station at the Cape of Good Hope, today’s Cape Town. European settlers kept coming to the new continent where, unlike the Whites in America and Australia, who treated the natives in a most brutal way, these newcomers avoided conflict with the local Negro population for a long period of time.
They were much more humane and tolerant towards the indigenous population, even after several fatal attacks. The “Foretrekkers”, of Dutch, French and German origin, never considered putting the natives into reservations or exterminating them. They truly believed that God had sent them to Africa to bring light and faith.

The deepest crisis for the European settlers came in 1838. On February 4, a peace treaty was signed between the Fortrekkers, headed by Piet Retief, and the Zulu chief Dingane. Two days later Dingane invited Retief and his party to his royal residence for a beer-drinking farewell. While the Fortrekkers were being entertained by Dingane’s dancing warriors, Dingane suddenly accused the visiting party of witchcraft AND immediately proceeded to have his men impale all the visiting fortrekkers before clubbing Retief himself to death, while quietly forgetting about the Natal treaty. Immediately after the massacre, Dingane sent out armed brigades to attack several Fortrekker encampments at night, at least 500 men, women and children were killed.

On the night of 15 December the settlers faced the very real threat of total extermination. 6,000 Zulu warriors crossed the Ncome river and started massing around a Fortrekker encampment, while more elite forces stood in wait on the opposite bank.

Being surrounded and outnumbered by the enemy, the Fortrekkers vowed to God that if He were to grant them victory, they would dedicate the new nation to him: “Here we stand before the holy God of heaven and earth, to make a vow to Him that, if He will protect us and give our enemy into our hand, we shall keep this day and date every year as a day of thanksgiving like a sabbath, and that we shall erect a house to His honour wherever it should please Him, and that we also will tell our children that they should share in that with us in memory for future generations. For the honour of His name will be glorified by giving Him the fame and honour for the victory”.

A ferocious battle followed as just 470 Fortrekkers and their servants charged a around ten thousand strong Zulu army. Only three settlers were wounded and more than 3,000 Zulu warriors were killed. Since that day the Ncome river has borne the name “Blood River”.

This was the Afrikaner Boer nation’s birthday. There is no other precedent in modern history, of a nation being created on such spiritual grounds. Little wonder then that these people are known to be especially pious, honest and brave.

This year there will be an unusually high number of Afrikaners participating in communal prayers and special gatherings for the ‘Day of Oath’ on December 16. Thousands will visit Natal province to gather and pray on the site of the nation’s birth. Even bigger numbers are anticipated at the Fortrekker Memorial service in Pretoria.

Leader of the Geloftevolk Republikeine (nation of Covenant republic) Andre Visagie, whose movement is very active in commemorating the date, told the Voice of Russia that “this year is going to be very special for our people. We have tried apartheid, which meant separate development, but the world was unhappy. Then we agreed to “one man one vote” and since then we are getting discriminated, robbed, raped and slaughtered. The only way is a separate state for us”.

Visagie told us about a meeting with the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa where one Afrikaner leader tried to draw attention to the continuous murder of Whites on racial grounds. The meeting lasted just 5 minutes.

Visagie: “We have tried all peaceful ways and all peaceful means. We have sent another petition to State President Zuma. We have appealed to the court in Hague. And we are ready to wait another few months, even half a year. But if nothing will move, there will be many people who will feel that only a liberation war can bring peace and security to our nation. And the Day of Oath is going to be a reminder!”

By Avigdor Eskin – The Voice Of Russia

SourceAfrikaner nation story: discriminated, robbed, raped and slaughtered. ‘The only way is a separate state for us’

BEE – SA charities not allowed to help white children?

Durban – Charities could face ruin over a government proposal that firms could lose black economic empowerment (BEE) points if they donate to charities that do not have 100 percent black beneficiaries.

Some charities believe the proposal means that any firm that donates to a charity that helps a white, coloured or Indian person may not be able to claim points for its BEE scorecard.

It could also mean that if just one white child or person is among a group of black people the charity is helping, the firm that donates to it could lose it points.

A BEE scorecard is used by the government to measure a company’s BEE compliance. Those that comply do business more easily with other companies also wanting to increase their scorecard and are favoured by the government in all aspects relating to business.

Despite repeated attempts since Monday for a response and clarity from the Department of Trade and Industry, all it would say was: “All stakeholders who have concerns and objections are requested to make use of the 60-day period to make their submission… We will not be in a position to comment/respond to the questions as we do not want to pre-empt the process.”

The amended changes to the BEE Codes of Good Practice are on the department’s website and up for public comment until December 2.

Legislation that is in place allows for charities to assist all races, but lower points are scored when companies assist organisations where less than 75 percent of the recipients are black.

Bridget Brun, a Durban BEE agency head, said she hoped the proposed amendment was an error.

“I don’t think they [the department] have realised what they have done. Think of organisations such as Girls’ and Boys’ Town or Childline,” she said.

“This amendment will have a huge effect. It means if the charity benefits any Indian, white, coloured or even a Mozambican or Zimbabwean child, companies will not be able to claim points on their BEE scorecard. We are now going to have segregated facilities.

“Charities will not help white children if the companies which support them withdraw support because they can’t claim the points.”

Erika Petersen-Holmes, a partner in the commercial and corporate law department at Shepstone and Wylie in Durban, agreed, saying: “Almost all charities have at least one white beneficiary.

“This could result in those charities receiving no corporate donor funding, or those charities rejecting white beneficiaries.”

Karen Hatton-Jones, of retail giant Spar, which gives many charities, orphanages and NGOs large cash and food donations every year, said she was “distressed and disgusted” by the proposed change.

“It’s not going to change what we do. Since when do we put a colour to those in need?” she asked.

Childline head Joan van Niekerk said BEE laws were going from difficult to ridiculous.

“We don’t know the race of the child who phones us. It’s inappropriate to ask, ‘Are you black, and how black are you?’ This is a different kind of apartheid. It’s extremely distressing,” she said.

Van Niekerk said charities were pragmatic about funding.

“There is no such thing as a free lunch. We have to be practical and realistic about funding now. This corporate social responsibility money is something companies are obligated to give and we know the rules up front. If this goes through it will now be far more difficult to deal with.”

Jackie Branfield, of child crisis organisation BobbiBear, said it was the first that she had heard of it.

“Yes, 99 percent of the children we help are black, but we are certainly not going to turn away that 1 percent who could be a white or Indian child. Where’s our democracy, where is our new South Africa?”

Durban Chamber of Commerce CEO Andrew Layman said worthwhile social upliftment projects would suffer. “The implications could be severe,” he said.

To comment on the proposed amendments to the BBBEE legislation, e-mail or phone 012 394 1609/1941.

Source – IOL – BEE proposal could ruin charities

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