Harsh Times, not only in South Africa, but the World

Things have been rough in the geopolitical sphere for a while now, but this most people have noticed to a degree I think since one can often hear them speaking about it in little groups, but as individual cases not linked together, and I am guessing, not totally grasping the influence in how it will define us as human beings in a time to come in the not so distant future I believe.

The gap between the “Have’s” and the “have not’s” are growing wider every single moment, never mind day.  

Oxfam has released a report stating that in 2016 the richest 1% of the population will own more than half of the World’s wealth. A staggering wake up call if one realizes that this means 80 of the richest billionaires will own the same amount as that of the bottom 50% of the Earth’s population!

How on Earth did we get to this point?  Where the gap is so gigantic and so unevenly spread?

Well, we forgot who we are, where we came from, and what our actual goal must be, and somewhere, along the journey we started out as wandering nomads, we forgot, or maybe just neglected the fact that we are all “stuck” on this little blue Goldilocks planet, and that we must evolve to explore beyond our current limitations.  Simply put, we stopped evolving and started devolving.

The dissident and the uproar of voices from the “have not’s” has been slowly, but steadily been climbing because of the steady flow of information in this digital age, the easy accessibly to this information, and also very often, misinformation.

Regardless of the misinformation, the tolerance for corrupt leaders who “lead” from a position of opulence is dwindling as more and more suffer the instabilities and unjust standards of living, or maybe I should say existence to which the majority of the Earth’s populace are subjected.

An example of this would be the grown disparity between the “have not’s” in South Africa, most of them from the “previously disadvantaged” who gained freedom through the efforts of liberators such and knowledgeable men like Mandela, Biko, De Klerk to name a few.  These “have not’s” as a majority group of the black populace of South Africa are mostly still disadvantaged, and little to nothing has changed for them since the end of Apartheid South Africa.

I want to stop a moment here to sketch you a picture of why these “have not’s”  will soon come into revolt against a system which is not working for them.

The Steyn City’s of South Africa is a glaring example of how the capitalistic way of life accompanied by globalization.  Of course these are not the only factor which brought to life the abomination of the Have’sand the “have not’s”  that is today the “Class Divide”, but this does not matter to the “have not”, because he does not care how it came to be, he just knows that it is unjust for him to live either in squalor, or to slave away at an average job, living an average life in order to maintain the opulent lifestyle of the “Have’s”.

Evidence in this can be seen in uprisings all over South Africa.  Yes, uprisings, not protests, because there is a very clear difference between the two.

A Protest is defined as the following:
A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something

Where as an Uprising can be defined as the following:
An act of resistance or rebellion; a revolt

A few examples of the unhappiness about the normal run of the day Modus Operandi of the South African Government can been seen in the often, and very often violent “service delivery protests” which is going on around South Africa today, for example Marikana, Randfontein, Alexandra and for me, which was one of the most important and significant uprisings, the Ficksburg uprising, where a man I believe to be a true patriot towards the cause of the “have not’s” gave his life, Andries Tatane.

This is a phenomenon that is sticking out it’s head all over the globe, and with increased frequency.  People who are sicked and tired of the normal Modus Operandi of their own Governments and big corporations, this, compounded by rising crime rates, the increase in violent criminal behavior, the apparent perception of social decay and the loss of moral and ethical behavior with a very real increase in the costs of survival is opening up the eyes of the people to a great extent, where I believe that full on revolutions, the likes of the French Revolution and the Russian October Revolution is in our collective near future if things don’t change drastically.

Political turmoil all over the globe has pushed up the instability that we as a species experience, and this turmoil is mostly caused by our very own greed factor, the need to have more than one can use.

To quote a great man who has made a profound impression on my life:

The miracle is this:  The more we share the more we have” – the late Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

He also coined it in his role on board the Star-ship Enterprise in the movie Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan when he said famously said ” Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few

This my friends is just a peep into the crisis we as a collective human race face. Only together will we be able to survive the onslaught on our humanity which we are going to face in the not so distant future.

Namaste

“ .. let us reminds ourselves that our work is far from complete .. “

On the 5th of December 2013 the World lost a good man and a great leader, someone who taught us that love can overcome all, someone who showed us his dream, someone who worked tirelessly to realise his dream of the Rainbow Nation.  Mandela … the former terrorist, the murder, the bomber.

Five days after that the World lost another good man, but someone closer to me, my Uncle who is his own right was the glue which kept our small family together after my Grandfather passed on.  Someone, like Mandela, who had a good side, but who also had a bad side.

That which makes them human, and ultimately heroes in my eyes.

The examples which they have set will always be with me until the day that I too finally lay down my head for the last time, and today I want to remind you of the truths which men like Mandela shared with us, to remind you that we should not give up, that we can’t just let things slide, because that would be like us spitting in the faces of these great men who came before us.

At the 46664 Hyde Park Concert in London in 2008 Mandela gave a speech which included the following, which I would like us all to remember going forward for the next year, and to see how much we can do so that the Old Man’s idea and his dream can come become a reality.

”As we celebrate, let us remind ourselves that our work is far from complete.  Where there is poverty and sickness, including AIDS, where human beings are being oppressed, there is more work to be done. Our work is freedom for all …

Our work as children of the soil of South Africa is far from over

We have allowed our Government to trample on the dreams of visionaries like Mandela.  We have stood idly by while they spat on his legacy of greatness with their pity squabbles to cling on to power and to enrich themselves at the cost of those that suffer the injustice of the past and the dehumanizing grip of poverty.

None of the political parties have our best interests at heart, and the sooner we accept this, the better of we will be and the sooner we can start mending all the wrongs.  The wrongs of the last 20 years and the wrongs of the years during Apartheid and Segregation.

The ANC desperately cling on to power while rejecting all criticism, even when it is positive criticism like that of the Public Protector.  The two major opposition parties won’t be able to exist had it not been for the ANC doing such a dismal job at governing the county and the public servants of our country, so it is up to us as the people of South Africa to FORCE the ANC on the right path, to get them off the path of self service and onto a path of serving the people of South Africa.

“Since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.” – V for Vendetta

The fact is that the Zuma’s ANC has failed us as the people, but the ANC of Mandela did a lot of good for the people of South Africa, and we must force them back onto the route of Mandela’s ANC, or, we should simply just replace them.

Be critical, be honest, and above all else, be hopeful, because there are many of us who won’t see the country burn, many of us who do believe that dreams can come true, and there are many of us with enough love and tolerance in our hearts to look past our differences and focus on that which we have in common.

Amandla People of South Africa!

Monrovia of South Africa

Interesting times we live in …

In South Africa a political elite has risen up from the ashes of Apartheid.  Politically connected, and with no shortage of power and wealth these few rose up and took South Africa by storm and even formed or was involved in powerful organizations like the Black Management Forum of South Africa.

AA and BEE was implemented by them through various policies formed in Government and the economically strong black middle class developed.  With this a big chunk of the populace rose out of poverty as intended by these programs, and prospered.  Bringing South Africa a bit closer to the dream I believe Mandela and the other leaders of his time in the African National Congress saw at night in their dreams, the fabled Rainbow Nation.

Sadly this is is where our fairy tale ends for millions of destitute poor and deprived black citizens of South Africa, still out their own their “own” …

This is also where the irony of the whole tragic story kicks in … somehow, through Government graft failures, corrupt politicians, civil servants, corporations, companies and individuals of society we’ve abandoned these people, we have all failed them.

Political parties only scram to sort out issues for these communities when voting comes around while mostly playing a Tit for Tat game in Parliament and in the mainstream media, while Government is battling to deliver on promises made by the last electioneering team, and kids are stuck at schools without books.

20 years after the fall of the monster that was called Apartheid things are still pretty much the same as it was for millions back when South Africa was liberated by the liberation party, the ANC.

For them, time has stood still, and little has improved.  There are still millions living in poverty and absolute despair.  Appalled and feeling cheated by the party which they thought carried their best interests at heart.

Many broke away from the party and other splinter parties were formed. One of these, which pose a very real threat to the relative stability of South Africa, the EFF has a strong support base in the millions of disgruntled poor, unemployed and unemployable youth of South Africa, and the number grows daily because of failed economical, social and educational systems and policies.

Often you hear leaders of both these parties blaming Apartheid and it’s legacy for the state of affairs in South Africa, never owning up to the problem which lies central to our problem, the corruption which exists in all the tiers of Government.

This is where Liberia comes into the picture.  I wonder how many EFF supporters actually know that Liberia is part of Africa.  I wonder if they know the history of Liberia and the state of affairs in Liberia?

Liberia was formed by freed slaves from America, given the chance to start their own country with help and resources from the American Government after the Civil War when slaves were freed.

When these settlers arrived in what is today known as Liberia they encountered the indigenous tribes of the region, all whom have migrated to the coastal region from the north and the east, driven by drought, tribal wars and the need for expansion.

From the start tensions were high between the settlers and these local tribes as the Afro-Amercian settlers saw themselves superior to the local tribes in every sense.  These Afro-American settlers banded together and formed the Commonwealth of Liberia and later declared independence and JJ Roberts declared the colony the free and independent Republic of Liberia.

A Constitution in line with that of the US was drawn up and a new country was born.

These Afro-American settlers became known as Americo-Liberians and even though they never accounted for more than 5% of the population of Liberia they dominated key resources which allowed them to dominate the local native peoples because of varying factors like modern technical skills, literacy and higher rates of education.

A new caste system was born, a new political elite, and the once before Slaves were now reborn into Masters of their own, oppressing a majority and building mansions and amassing wealth on top of the blood, sweat and tears of the majority who they oppressed.

Today, Liberia is gripped in chaos, it’s a country with one of the highest unemployment rates in the World, almost no infrastructure due to constant civil uprisings, and very little hope of a future because of a failed Government, corrupt to the core.

I wish that people will see, that our failures have very little to do with race, but more to do with greed, and once we can grasp that concept, we can start moving ahead and work around the problems in our country.

Apartheid exists everywhere, even between people of the same colour.  Xenophobic attacks, which are common in South Africa just underlines the issue even more, although our Government plays this down.

It is up to us, as Citizens to move beyond what has happened in the past, try and understand each other, and where possible to uplift each other in the Spirit of Ubuntu. We should learn from the past as to never repeat it again, so that we can force Government to serve the people of our country through educated opinions and decisions in a transparent way.