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Dear Government
 
OK, I get it, the President isn't the only one in charge. The ANC believes in "collective responsibility" (So that nobody has to get blamed when things get screwed up), so I address this to everyone in government - the whole lot of you - good, bad and ugly (That's you, Blade).

We were all so pleased with your renewed promises to deliver services (we'll forgive the fact that in some places people are worse off than in 1994); to root out corruption (so far your record is worse than under Mbeki, Mandela or the Apartheid regime - what with family members becoming overnight millionaires); and build infrastructure (State tenders going disgustingly awry and pretty stadia standing empty notwithstanding) - and with the good job you did when FIFA were telling you what to do for a few months this year. Give yourselves half a pat on the back. Since President Sepp went off with his billions I'm afraid we have less to be proud of - Public Servants Strikes, more Presidential bastard children, increasing unemployment and a lack of leadership that allowed the Unions to make the elected government it's bitch. You should be more than a little worried - but you're not. Hence my letter. Here are some things that might have pa**ed you by:

1. You have to stop corruption. Don't stop it because rich people moan about it and because it makes poor people feel that you are self-enriching parasites of state resources, but because it is a disease that will kill us all. It's simple - there is only so much money left to be plundered. When that money runs out, the plunderers will raise taxes, chase and drain all the remaining cash out of the country and be left with nothing but the rotting remains of what could have been the greatest success story of post-colonial Africa. It's called corruption because it decomposes the fabric of society. When someone is found guilty of corruption, don't go near them - it's catchy. Making yourself rich at the country's expense is what colonialists do.

2. Stop complaining about the media. You're only complaining about them because they show you up for how little you really do or care. If you were trying really hard, and you didn't drive the most expensive car in the land, or have a nephew who suddenly went from modesty to ostentatious opulence, we'd have only positive things to report. Think of Jay Naidoo, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi and Zwelinzima Vavi - they come under a lot of fire, but it's never embarra**ing - always about their ideas, their positions, and is perfectly acceptable criticism for people in power to put up with. When the media go after Blade Nzimande, Siphiwe Nyanda and the President, they say we need a new piece of legislation to "make the media responsible". That's because they're being humiliated by the facts we uncover about them daily, not because there is an agenda in some newsroom. If there had been a free press during the reigns of Henry VIII, Idi Amin or Hitler, their regimes might just have been kept a little less destructive, and certainly would have been less brazen and unchecked.

3. Education is a disaster. We're the least literate and numerate country in Africa. Zimbabwe produces better school results and turns out smarter kids than we do. Our youth aren't usemployed, they're unemployable. Outcomes-based-education, Teachers' Unions and an attitude of mediocrity that discourages excellence have reduced us to a laughing stock. Our learners can't spell, read, add or subtract. What are all these people going to do? Become President? There's only one job like that. We need clever people, not average or stupid ones. the failure of the Education Department happened under your watch. Someone who writes Matric now hadn't even started school under the Apartheid regime, so you cannot blame anyone but yourselves for this colossal cock-up. Fix it before three-quarters of our matrics end up begging on Oxford Road. Reward schools and teachers who deliver great pa** rates and clever students into the system. Fire the teachers who march and neglect their cla**rooms.

4. Give up on BEE. It isn't working. Free shares for new black partnerships in old white companies has made everyone poorer except for Tokyo Sexwale. Giving people control of existing business won't make more jobs either. In fact, big companies aren't growing, they're reducing staff and costs. The key is entrepreneurship. People with initiative, creative ideas and small companies must be given tax breaks and a**istance. Young black professionals must be encouraged to start their own businesses rather than join a big corporation's board as their token black shareholder or director. Government must also stop thinking that state employment is a way to decrease unemployment - it isn't - it's a tax burden. India and China are churning out new, brilliant, qualified people at a rate that makes us look like losers. South Africa has a proud history of innovation, pioneering and genius. This is the only way we can advance our society and economy beyond merely coping.

5. Stop squabbling over power. Offices are not there for you to occupy (or be deployed to) and aggrandize yourself. Offices in government are there to provide a service. If you think outrageous salaries, big German cars, first-cla** travel and state housing are the reasons to aspire to leadership, you're in the wrong business - you should be working for a dysfunctional, tumbledown parastatal (or Glenn Agliotti). We don't care who the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces is if we don't have running water, electricity, schools and clean streets. You work for us. Do your job, don't imagine you ARE your job.

6. Stop renaming things. Build new things to name. If I live in a street down which the sewage runs, I don't care if it's called Hans Strijdom or Malibongwe. Calling it something nice and new won't make it smell nice and new. Re-branding is something Cell C do with Trevor Noah, not something you can whitewash your lack of delivery with. 

7. Don't think you'll be in power forever. People aren't as stupid as you think we are. We know you sit around laughing about how much you get away with. We'll take you down, either at the polls - or if it comes down to the wire - by revolution (Yes, Julius, the real kind, not the one you imagine happened in 2008). Careless, wasteful and wanton government is a thing of the past. The days of thin propaganda and idealized struggle are over. The people put you in power - they will take you out of it. Africa is tired of tin-pot dictators, one-party states and banana republics. We know who we are now, we care about our future - and so should you.

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to hell with these counter revolutionists!!!

amaaaandla!!!!
iv got a fire in my heart and your critism fans it!


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Quote from: Gareth Cliff
Education is a disaster. We're the least literate and numerate country in Africa. Zimbabwe produces better school results and turns out smarter kids than we do. Our youth aren't usemployed, they're unemployable. Outcomes-based-education, Teachers' Unions and an attitude of mediocrity that discourages excellence have reduced us to a laughing stock. Our learners can't spell, read, add or subtract. What are all these people going to do? Become President? There's only one job like that. We need clever people, not average or stupid ones. the failure of the Education Department happened under your watch. Someone who writes Matric now hadn't even started school under the Apartheid regime, so you cannot blame anyone but yourselves for this colossal cock-up. Fix it before three-quarters of our matrics end up begging on Oxford Road. Reward schools and teachers who deliver great pa** rates and clever students into the system. Fire the teachers who march and neglect their cla**rooms.

chill, bro. i'm finna bring heat to this, real soon. feel me?


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Give up on BEE. It isn't working. Free shares for new black partnerships in old white companies has made everyone poorer except for Tokyo Sexwale. Giving people control of existing business won't make more jobs either. In fact, big companies aren't growing, they're reducing staff and costs. The key is entrepreneurship. People with initiative, creative ideas and small companies must be given tax breaks and a**istance. Young black professionals must be encouraged to start their own businesses rather than join a big corporation's board as their token black shareholder or director. Government must also stop thinking that state employment is a way to decrease unemployment - it isn't - it's a tax burden. India and China are churning out new, brilliant, qualified people at a rate that makes us look like losers. South Africa has a proud history of innovation, pioneering and genius. This is the only way we can advance our society and economy beyond merely coping.

kinda true.


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Quote from: Gareth Cliff
Give up on BEE. It isn't working. Free shares for new black partnerships in old white companies has made everyone poorer except for Tokyo Sexwale. Giving people control of existing business won't make more jobs either. In fact, big companies aren't growing, they're reducing staff and costs. The key is entrepreneurship. People with initiative, creative ideas and small companies must be given tax breaks and a**istance. Young black professionals must be encouraged to start their own businesses rather than join a big corporation's board as their token black shareholder or director. Government must also stop thinking that state employment is a way to decrease unemployment - it isn't - it's a tax burden. India and China are churning out new, brilliant, qualified people at a rate that makes us look like losers. South Africa has a proud history of innovation, pioneering and genius. This is the only way we can advance our society and economy beyond merely coping.

kinda true.




But the greeks could excel in art and philosophy because they had slaves so the free citizens could spend their time doing that. In the same way, this history of  pioneering genius was because white people had Black slaves to do the dirty work so they could "pioneer". But now Mr Cliff wants Black people to continue this pioneering when they have no slaves to do the dirty work like his forefathers did? I sort of agree with him on BEE though but the problem with this encouregement of entreprenuership is that it takes our eyes off the main prize, the real worth, the mines and other big corporations. Crudely, we are told, "find your position small time soldier and let the big boys continue". There's a myth that seems to be going on that white people are derserving hard working onwers of the wealth they have. But this wealth was created thru the inexplicable violence against the Black body. In his book, "African socialism or Socialist Africa" A.M Babu qoutes a very sad poem about the plight of small enterprenuer which I have sadly forgotten. But it made the point that, the monopoly of white capital does not allow much Black entreprenuers.

All in all Mr Cliff, gxebe le nkwenkwe ka Cliff has said nothing new and save for few conventional wisdom, has made flawed arguments, in this paragraph i mean.
"Why was the worker shot? Because he protested... Why was the negro shot? Because he was there. This is the gratuitous (without cause) violence against Black people that so called pure marxist can't comprehend" Frank Wilderson.


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to be fair to him, let me not just pick one paragraph of his letter, i agree with number 7.
"Why was the worker shot? Because he protested... Why was the negro shot? Because he was there. This is the gratuitous (without cause) violence against Black people that so called pure marxist can't comprehend" Frank Wilderson.


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Quote from: Gareth Cliff
Give up on BEE. It isn't working. Free shares for new black partnerships in old white companies has made everyone poorer except for Tokyo Sexwale. Giving people control of existing business won't make more jobs either. In fact, big companies aren't growing, they're reducing staff and costs. The key is entrepreneurship. People with initiative, creative ideas and small companies must be given tax breaks and a**istance. Young black professionals must be encouraged to start their own businesses rather than join a big corporation's board as their token black shareholder or director. Government must also stop thinking that state employment is a way to decrease unemployment - it isn't - it's a tax burden. India and China are churning out new, brilliant, qualified people at a rate that makes us look like losers. South Africa has a proud history of innovation, pioneering and genius. This is the only way we can advance our society and economy beyond merely coping.

kinda true.




But the greeks could excel in art and philosophy because they had slaves so the free citizens could spend their time doing that. In the same way, this history of  pioneering genius was because white people had Black slaves to do the dirty work so they could "pioneer". But now Mr Cliff wants Black people to continue this pioneering when they have no slaves to do the dirty work like his forefathers did? I sort of agree with him on BEE though but the problem with this encouregement of entreprenuership is that it takes our eyes off the main prize, the real worth, the mines and other big corporations. Crudely, we are told, "find your position small time soldier and let the big boys continue". There's a myth that seems to be going on that white people are derserving hard working onwers of the wealth they have. But this wealth was created thru the inexplicable violence against the Black body. In his book, "African socialism or Socialist Africa" A.M Babu qoutes a very sad poem about the plight of small enterprenuer which I have sadly forgotten. But it made the point that, the monopoly of white capital does not allow much Black entreprenuers.

All in all Mr Cliff, gxebe le nkwenkwe ka Cliff has said nothing new and save for few conventional wisdom, has made flawed arguments, in this paragraph i mean.

i feel you. but shit is changing, fam. China is colonizing Africa and African populations are increasing in the developed nations.

it 's not as easy as it once was to use this model--the West, black and white, colonizer and colonized, socialist and capitalist.

we need to re-visit Fanon. we can't take him as is anymore.

late global capitalism, fam. i could be posted up eGcuwa making my bank in London off a 3G card and a good idea.

but then again, i'm a middle-cla** dude who thinks SA's kinda aight.

would go more into this, but the kid lazy!
« Last Edit: October 20, 2010, 09:14:48 PM by the panic! »


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and what about illuminati?

*taps blunt and exhales*

you ain't said shit about that, my nigga.


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Every one with a laptop, thinkpad, notepad, desktop, or even a blackberry can write a letter criticizing the world...even the Heineken ad, but an individual who not only wants to diss but to offer solutions is a very wise individual.

The only message that comes across from the letter is nothing bt a lil white boy who feels that "they" are loosing everything. He just reminds of the white girls @ IBX (Not the real name) who feel that the 10% of blacks in the company were appointed purely for BEE purposes.

Let me go and listen to some Kindred Family Soul....far away from here.
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Condescending tone aside, there is a lot of truth in that letter.

just a shame that it is overshadowed by the few stupid statements.




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Condescending tone aside, there is a lot of truth in that letter.

just a shame that it is overshadowed by the few stupid statements.

cosig!!


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I think the arguments he has made are nothing new and my view of them is this:

It is at best misguided to think that an uncorrupt non power-squabbling government would bring the change that Black people deserve. And at worst (and im more inclined to believe that this is the actuall case) it is a deliberate attempt to give the dog a longer rope so it can enjoy some "freedom" and ultimately hang itself.

I am of the conviction that no real solutions can be obtained for Black people if we still cherish the 94 transition and uphold the political and constitutional dispensation that stermed from it. Even if the ANC was not corrupt and power hungry as it is, at best Black people would be out of shacks and into RDP houses, landless but employed, not healthy but being treated and generally not really free because the post-94 dispensation and the ANC has promised no more. I think it is lazy then to question the failure to deliver on promises and not the promises themselves. This is my problem for example with say, fighting for a constitutional right to housing or to information (read anti - the information bill) because the same constitution from which we derive these rights from is the same one that has the property clause, a clause that protects ill gained white wealth and ensures the continuation of Black subjugation. (The "Creation of the Black" is made up of two disposessions, (1) the disposession of the African being, "the metaphysical holocaust" and (2) displacement in the case of the diaspora or Land disposession in our case, this is why Land is so important in the restoration or at least recreation of the African).

Now a counter argument could be made that our neighbours who either have very minor settler populations or have taken back land are still struggling because of corrupt governments. To this I say of course corruption is a problem but that its eradication on its own will not help us, we must go further than that as I stated above and any argument that does not show us that we need to take the fight beyond corruption fails for it does not see that there could be a better political and dispensation within which to have a non-corrupt government.
"Why was the worker shot? Because he protested... Why was the negro shot? Because he was there. This is the gratuitous (without cause) violence against Black people that so called pure marxist can't comprehend" Frank Wilderson.