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News - South Africa: 'I did not try to stop them'
Date Posted: Friday 15-Aug-2008

Retired Kokstad farming couple Raymond, 78, and Yvonne Fitch, 79, were tortured with molten plastic, which burnt into their skin, and their ribs were broken before they died at the hands of three attackers in July 2007.

Ugu district surgeon Lekram Alli told the Ramsgate High Court in the trial of two men on Wednesday that the couple had extensive burns and bruises.

Both died as a result of assault with blunt instruments.

A confession by one of the accused, Simon Duma, 21, of Matatiele, implicating himself and his uncle, Moses Duma, 29, and a third man, was ruled as admissible on Wednesday.

He said they had agreed to rob the Fitches and walked 15km across other farms to the Fitch farm.

"Moses and Seya (the third man, who is still being sought) jumped through a window and I followed. Moses and Seya caught the Fitches as they tried to run away and threw them down.

"I tied their hands behind their back. They did not fight back. We shouted and asked where the money was and keys for the safe. He said he did not have any.

"Moses and Seya brought her and threw her next to Mr Fitch. We asked for money. Moses and Seya kicked him all over the head and body. I did not try to stop them.

"We asked them for the safe key, but they did not reply. Moses got a blue plastic bag and lit it and started burning it over Mr Fitch's legs and upper body. His clothing was also burning. She was (also) burnt with the plastic."

The case was adjourned to November for a date to be arranged.


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The sellout of a nation
Elite soldiers, intelligence officers speak out on Marxism, globalism
Posted: September 01, 2002
1:00 am Eastern

By Anthony C. LoBaido
© 2008

Editor's note: WorldNetDaily international correspondent Anthony C. LoBaido recently interviewed four top South African anti-communists who had high-ranking positions in South Africa's former anti-communist government, military, academia and intelligence branch. One of these men ran the war in Angola against the Soviet Union and Cuba in the 1970s and 1980s. Their answers have been pooled in the interest of clarity and space.

The men are Pieter du Toit, a former South African air force pilot; Col. Wakefield Manner, the head of the South African Foreign Legion known as "32 Battalion" during the Angolan War; Afrikaner academic Harry Botha; and Jan Louis Coetzee, the former head of South Africa's Department of Strategic Communication of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the covert intelligence unit of the agency.

WND: Back in 1992, then-President F.W. de Klerk purged the South Africa Defense Force of many top generals. Was he afraid of a coup? Could the generals have stopped the handover of South Africa to the ANC if not for this purge?

Du Toit: De Klerk was afraid of a reaction to his planned treason by the military. Yes, the generals could have stopped the handover with or without the purge. The purge had little influence as it concerned only minor personalities. The top structure of the SADF had long ago become so rotten that there was no resistance at all to the treason.

Yet actually quite a number of officers could not figure out why certain officers were being promoted so rapidly ? there was something wrong somewhere. Then things started happening round about 1992, when we believe that certain of these favored officers gave a list of names of suspect senior officers who were not likely to accept changes ? a large number of senior officers left the service. The unfortunate situation in the South African Defense Force was the fact that it had been politicized. In the main, senior officers were National Party members first and officers second ? this made it easy for them to be controlled from Parliament. Quite a number were also members of the Broederbond.

Manner: There is no doubt whatsoever that had the generals been true to the requirement of their commissions ? to serve their country, not the National Party ? they could definitely have stopped de Klerk and his quislings ? they knew the situation. Unfortunately for the country and its future, their salaries and perks came before their responsibility to the country and its people. When one sees the early retirement handouts that these gutless officers received ? they were contracted out with huge payouts far in excess of normal retirement gratuities. They virtually sold their commissions. Of all the options the de Klerk government had, they settled for the worst one ? total capitulation, as dictated by the United Nations, the American State Department and the British Foreign Office.

Coetzee: De Klerk never really had any involvement with the security services and with the State Security System. He simply believed the propaganda in the news media aimed at discrediting the State Security System. Naive de Klerk thought that he would be the world's hero by dismantling the state apparatus. He was and still is. The generals were loyal to the constitution and never contemplated the overthrow of the de Klerk government. Both instances were a mistake: De Klerk should have kept the state apparatus in check until the outcome of the political negotiation process, and the generals, upon observing the capitulation, should have taken over the government to ensure a better deal.

Botha: The generals would not have conducted a coup. Their approach was that they bought the time during the bush war (revolutionary war) for the politicians to get their strategy and policy in place. In 1989, at Phalaborwa Military Base, F.W. addressed the generals and told them that they will now take over to conduct the political war. A general and true friend told me that when they left the gathering they agreed that F.W. didn't understand the situation and would ignore the generals and the military intelligence for that matter from then on. He did, and he lost.

WND: What role did the CIA have in turning over South Africa to the ANC, including President Bush Sr., the CIA, U.N., European Union and U.S. State Department?

Du Toit: The total shambles that has resulted (in South Africa) since 1994 confirms CIA interference and their usual incompetence.

Manner: They were behind the scenes, with lucrative financial and other inducements to white players.

Coetzee: It is unclear what role the CIA played. The role of the British intelligence is clearer. They played a decisive role and, to my mind, had some grip on de Klerk. The CIA maybe played a secondary role in assisting British intelligence. The British ambassador here at the time, a grade-5 ambassador, was promoted to grade 1 (Washington), probably as a means to thank him for his successful role.

Botha: The isolation of South Africa's euro-ethnics ... was a more direct result of U.S. foreign policy, i.e., the State Department. Carter played a bigger role. The CIA at that stage tried to infiltrate the so-called right wing militants to set up a base for reaction against the new government but failed because of MI6 (British) counter-actions. The U.S. wanted Dr. Gerrit Viljoen as president, but the UK succeeded to establish F.W. de Klerk.

WND: What about the ANC's connections to Islamic states, especially Iraq and others hostile to the West and the U.S?

Manner: Azania ? the so-called new SA, the black, communist state set up in South Africa ? has definitely turned over at least some of white South Africans' technical know-how, resources and parts of the nuclear plant at Pelindaba to Red China, possibly also to Islamic regimes. Trevor Tutu, son of Desmond Tutu and opportunist extraordinaire, played a key role and made bucks out of it, like possibly many other black "empowered" gentlemen.

Botha: The ANC has to pay war debt to countries in the communist block who supported and trained them during the 26 year of revolutionary war. They gave laser and biological weapon technology to China, although many of this technology ? nuclear, bio, chemical, laser ? was destroyed before the takeover by Afrikaner scientists under the auspices of U.S. and UK supervision. For example, the case against Dr. Basson was a scapegoat for the phobias of the ANC who lost the military war but won the psychological war. They lost the cases against the generals and Basson and realized they would not succeed by default.

WND: What about South Africa's nuclear program? What happened to the nuclear weapons?

Manner: At some stage, an SADF colonel was driving around with the six or so little nukes South Africa had in his car's boot (trunk). One should try and find out. My guess is that they were given to either the Yanks or the Israelis. The Azanians definitely do not have them, that's for sure.

WND: What about Eugene Terreblanche and the now defunct Afrikaner Resistence Movement? What about his invasion of the homelands?

Du Toit: I'm afraid the AWB lived in some sort of dreamland under the National Party government ? some of the far right thought them to be the guardians of the Afrikaners future, come what may.

Unfortunately, they were not taken seriously by most whites in South Africa. They were ridiculed by a large portion of the population. They had two really major faults which negated any real support. Firstly, their bombastic attitude, which in the main was due to their very poor leadership. In fact, we used to say that the AWB changed leadership every weekend after their barbecue. Eugene Terreblanche was an excellent orator but lacked dynamic leadership; his military capabilities are very limited...

At present, one neither hears nor sees anything of the AWB ? they were so infiltrated by informers that they were a danger to any action.

Their leader, Eugene Terreblanche, is in jail. At present he is trying to get out on parole. Unfortunately, he has the wrong color skin. His whole trial was strange, to say the least, but the ANC is determined to make examples of whites. Winnie Mandela ? who is known to have been involved in the murder of a black youth which involves cruelty of a barbaric nature for which she was sentenced to a very nominal six years jail ? has not done a day in jail and never will. She owes ABSA bank 900,000 rand, which she certainly won't pay. She is mixed up in all sorts of strange situations, but she is totally untouchable being in the ANC hierarchy. Boesak, another ANC who committed fraud involving millions of rand, was given six years jail, did six months under almost hotel conditions and has been released and now has a very similar job within the establishment. All is forgotten. The list is endless of the double standards of the ANC. If you are black, you can break into a church and shoot the congregation and get off scot-free. The same for farm murders ? hardly any effort is made to arrest them; they are heroes as far as the blacks are concerned.

Manner: The AWB was riddled with agents, informers and agents provocateur. The "invasion" of the black homeland was ill-conceived, badly planned and disastrously implemented. . . .

Coetzee: The question should rather be asked where the money came from to enable a relatively poor official of the former Secret Police to set up a paramilitary apparatus such as the AWB, with its (Nazi-like) banners, uniforms, etc. Someone should study precisely what the AWB did where and when and divert the activities to a budget. Then one should evaluate the situation [to see] whether it was reasonable to expect such huge funds coming from individual sources. Another in-depth research should be done on exactly what the government's secret project to discredit right-wing politics in SA . . . precisely entailed.

Botha: The AWB was a government setup from the start to open the gate for negotiations with the ANC and discredit the conservative Afrikaner by linking him with Nazism. It was the most brutal and destructive mechanism to destroy the Afrikaner resistance ever devised in the history of the Afrikaner people by the left-wing National Party ministers of the time.

WND: What about the Freedom Front? Why did it split? Could it have saved South Africa from globalism and Marxism? Can South Africa be saved today? If so, how?

Du Toit: The Freedom Front came about as a result of the demise of the AVF (Afrikaner Volksfront/Afrikaner Peoples Front). Gen. Constand Viljoen formed the Freedom Front as an Afrikaner political party against the wishes of the AVF to go into the 1994 elections ? so alienating a large part of his following he was considered a traitor by the AVF. I personally don't think so; at that stage the Afrikaner was so divided that their chances of achieving any cohesion was virtually nil. However, having got to Parliament and being involved in the antics of the ANC, Gen. Viljoen realized that a handful of whites represented in Parliament would never achieve anything for the Afrikaner, so he handed over the party to the few professional politicians of the Freedom Front who were quite contented to achieve absolutely nothing other than filling a few seats and drawing a substantial salary and all the perks. There is absolutely no chance that the Freedom Front could have ever saved South Africa.

There is absolutely no doubt that South Africa could be saved today ? in fact, something will have to be done to stop the direction the ANC is taking the country. It is not only the whites who are fed up with the situation, but the anti-ANC feeling amongst the blacks is growing. This is a dangerous development in Africa. There is more than enough proof of trying to impose an alien voting system on an African continent ? "one man one vote" is something they don't understand. To the north of South Africa they are almost in a constant state of war.

In South Africa, besides the whites you have 11 nations ? strange how they are referred to as tribes when talking in the African context, yet in Europe and Asia and even the red Indians in North America and Canada were considered nations. One would not refer to the French tribe or the German tribe, yet black nations living in their own countries much larger than most European countries are referred to as tribes.

These nations ? such as the Zulus with their own king and the Tswanas and the Ndebele and all the others ? consider themselves as nations. Now it suits the ANC to stick to the idea of one nation ? but now the other nations are saying that party politics is not helping them, as you vote for a party and that party selects who they want in government. The result is that as the ANC, who represent mainly the Xhosa, are in power, and they feel nothing for the other nations. In the main the feelings are toward a confederacy with a central council and representation as individual nations with their own representatives. This is a system that Lord Carnarvon suggested round about 1876 as the only system that would work. There is no doubt that this type of government would be ideal for a positive future for this country.

The alternative will be a war; that is a certainty. The whites still control just about every aspect of the infrastructure of South Africa, and if they could get themselves together they could be a positive force to the formation of a confederacy ? which would give this country a great future and not just a past.

Manner: The Freedom Front was set up by former Gen. Constand Viljoen to serve as his vehicle to keep whites compliant and subservient to the new black, communist regime. Its stated objective of an independent white Afrikaner homeland was never seriously contemplated, except as a dummy for whites to suck on. The Freedom Front did not split; it just slowly disintegrated as followers realized what was happening. SA can be saved, yes, but only if something happens to galvanize whites into making a stand, e.g., if somebody digs his heels in on a farm and defends it against an invasion a la Zimbabwe.

WND: What can Americans, Europeans, Australians do to help the Afrikaners and all freedom-loving people in South Africa today? What about the U.S. Congress or British Parliament?

Du Toit: Absolutely nothing. Unfortunately, they were totally anti-white (South African whites) and especially the Afrikaners in South Africa and were determined to put a black government into power. According to them, a white could do no right and a black could do no wrong. The anti-apartheid organizations had sprung up like mushrooms throughout Europe and America, pouring millions of dollars and pounds into the ANC coffers. Strangely enough, hardly any of this fortune ever found its way to the ordinary black people in the country. Everybody blamed the Afrikaner for apartheid, which is a load of rubbish. The Afrikaner only came into power in 1948. Apartheid was introduced by the British when they introduced the Act Of Union in 1910 and the blacks were left out of the government.

That the Afrikaner passed certain discriminatory laws in their tenure of power is true, but by 1970 these laws were being dismantled, the country was going in the direction of a federation. Unfortunately, the separate development policy that Dr Verwoerd had introduced was not allowed to be recognized by the international community and so never really got off the ground. . . .

Mandela was tried for treason and sentenced to life imprisonment ? it was just what the ANC/SACP wanted. They now had a martyr who they could sell to the international community, and the Mandela myth was born. I doubt whether we will ever know what part the KGB and Joe Slovo played in the red-handed arrest of Mandela and his men in the house in Rivonia; I'm pretty certain that the SAP did not do it on their own.

Well, the myth worked and the martyr became president with the total help of all those mentioned in your question. Unfortunately, Mandela, like de Klerk, was a useless president.

All they did was languish in the limelight of their actions. They put a black government into power with the most fraudulent elections ever held, even by African standards. . .

So the likelihood of the international community doing anything to correct their total failure to understand the African situation, having sanctioned it so completely, is very unlikely.

Manner: They must carry on doing what they are doing now ? i.e., introducing all sorts of pro-Christian and pro-European/white policies like influx control and the fight against terrorism.

Coetzee: We are in the process of creating an Afrikaner Alliance and an Afrikaner Representative Council outside politics in a body similar to the Jewish Board of Deputies. We need your moral and financial assistance in the creation of overseas offices. Our documentation, at this point in time, is in Afrikaans only. English versions are possible, however.

WND: Nelson Mandela has stated that the ANC is "more corrupt than the apartheid government." What are your feelings about ANC corruption?

Du Toit: Corruption is a common ailment in most governments today. The problem with the ANC is the fact that they did nothing to build this country to what it was when they took over. They are like children let loose in a sweet shop. They are wasting everything not realizing that what they are wasting will have to be replenished. Unfortunately, this corruption is from top to bottom in the ANC. Their motto was revolution before education; now we have thousands of semi-educated and uneducated blacks who have to be given jobs. The result is that with affirmative action ? which in actual fact is job reservation ? firms are having to get rid of qualified whites and replacing them with unqualified blacks. These people have never been in a situation of handling so much money. The result is corruption is rife as very little is done to the culprits. The country is suffering losses amounting to millions.

The result is that almost all the amenities are almost destroyed ? hospitals, schools, the civil service, the SANDF and the police are in a poor condition. It is an accepted fact that as the percentage of blacks are recruited in any organization the efficiency deteriorates. . . .

Manner: Every black government in Africa is corrupt. Only the degree differs, and how much there is to be corrupt about.

WND: What is your opinion of Mandela and Mbeki, their ties to transnational elites, AIDS, etc.?

Du Toit: Neither Mandela nor Mbeki are leaders. Mandela was the martyr created into a myth. He never was a true president. Strange as it may seem, he had the opportunity of being the greatest president ever if he had accepted the reality of the complex political situation of this country with 11 nations and did something about a federation or confederation. At that time the whites were prepared to give him their support, but other than traveling around the world accepting the accolades of the international community, for South Africa he did very little, and he got out as soon as he could.

Mbeki is definitely not a leader, especially not for South Africa. He spent so much time out of the country prior to the 1994 election that no one really knew how he appeared on the scene, especially as vice president. The blacks don't know him. He is very unpopular.

There is very little doubt that he was imposed on South Africa by the international community, especially the State Department and the British Foreign Office.

There is a very good chance that there is going to be a serious split in the government ? various political parties are ganging together against the ANC at present. What the outcome will be is anybody's guess, but very interesting times are ahead.

One thing certain is that Mbeki is not satisfied with just being president of South Africa. He has his sights on much bigger things. That is why he is totally behind the idea of an African Union with him as its president. He is spending billions of South African taxpayers' money propping up all the useless governments to the north, Mugabe, etc. As far as AIDS is concerned, I think Mbeki's remarks are known internationally.

Manner: Mandela is a puppet whose strings are pulled by highly paid advisers in the back. He was and is the smiling, goody-goody face of the ANC/SACP communist regime. Mbeki is far closer to what black, communist rule is really about: racist, incompetent and corrupt, but brutal and highly effective in eliminating any serious opposition.

Coetzee: Both are, within the context of African politics, exceptional personalities. What will happen after them is unknown.

WND: What about the South African Defense Force and the police? What is their current status in terms of effectiveness?

Du Toit: There is no SADF anymore; it is now the SANDF [the renamed South African National Defense Force], and as efficient as the SADF was, so inefficient the SANDF is. Discipline is non-existent. If a white tries to discipline a black he is termed a racist. Officers and other ranks fraternize openly. Promotion is dependent on having the right color skin, not qualifications or efficiency. Most white officer have taken packages. The air force is practically non-existent.

The [police] is no different. There are so many of them who are part of the gangs that people are hesitant to phone for police assistance; you are likely to find yourself arrested.

It is almost a waste of time phoning a police station for help. They most probably only have one vehicle and that has not got any fuel. Or if they have fuel, they are handling seven cases with only one vehicle. They in the main are having a hard time. The government could not care less.

Manner: They are being transformed from efficient, reasonably fair and just white/black forces to the normal armed black rabble you can see anywhere in Africa, with the difference that here it will take longer, and there will be more white lackeys prepared to stick it out and help maintain a certain level of standards longer. But go down they will.

WND: What are you most proud of as a South African patriot?

Du Toit: The only thing I feel that I can really feel proud about is our history up to about the early 1900s, the handful of farmers who took on the British Empire. The British Empire, who when they could not win on the battlefield, forced the commandos to lay down their arms by killing 27,000 women and children, burning 30,000 farms and slaughtering millions of cattle.

Manner: There is lots to be proud of in the past, nothing to be proud of today, after the most cowardly, unnecessary handover of a country to its enemies and parasites in all of history.

WND: What is your opinion of F.W. de Klerk and his wife's recent murder?

Du Toit: What sort of an opinion can one have for a person who sold out his country and his people? As far as his wife's murder is concerned, there has been all sorts of insinuations in the press. However, everything has gone very quiet, ominous, one could say.

Manner: De Klerk is a traitor and top lackey. His wife's murder was just another one of the almost daily black-on-white killings. The murder only got some publicity because of her husband's status.

WND: What about Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe? How does his destruction of the whites in that nation bode for South Africa and the Afrikaners in particular?

Du Toit: Mugabe is a typical megalomaniac. It is amazing how practically every African leader tends to develop this characteristic. The strangest thing about this whole sorry state of affairs is the international community's attitude toward the situation. U.S. President George Bush Jr. talks about fighting terrorism. Unfortunately, he and his puppet Tony Blair have a very selective sort of terrorism. One wonders whether it is terrorism they are fighting or have they some ulterior motive for their actions. Terrorism is alive and well and being practiced openly in Mugabe's country gone mad. He is directly responsible for inhuman treatment of people black and white and terrible cruelty toward animals on the farms.

The most distressing aspect of this situation is that it appears that a black can do no wrong and a white can do no right in Africa, according to the international community ? especially the Americans, British and the Europeans.

As far a South Africa is concerned, the blacks have been given the idea that they can do no wrong as far as the international community is concerned and are going out of their way to destroy everything that is of Afrikaner origin. They are determined to destroy the Afrikaner nation.

Mbeki thinks that as long as he passes laws to take whatever he wants from the Afrikaner he is safe. So unlike his buddy Mugabe, who with his thugs just go onto a white farm and do as they like, Mbeki says he will do the same by introducing laws to take over farms, etc.

There is only one big difference: In South Africa, there are about 4 ? million whites. Of these there must be about 3 million Afrikaners, and of these about 1 million Boer Afrikaners, the offspring of those few thousand untrained farmers who took on the British Empire. . . . The vast majority of the men between 30 and 60 have been militarily trained ? national service was about the best thing that happened to the Afrikaners.

This is a very potential latent army. Add to this the fact that the whites, and in particular the Afrikaner, control practically everything in this country at present and you have a force that if it really got organized could stop the ANC/SACP in its tracks with very little effort.

So it might be in the interest of the international community to tell Mbeki to think twice before he thinks he can imitate his friend Mugabe, laws or no laws. When the Afrikaner, and in particular the Boer Afrikaner, decides that he has had enough all hell will break loose. That situation is fast approaching.

Manner: It is excellent news, if it serves to wake up South African whites to what is in store for them and induces them to do something about it.

WND: Is there a future for whites in South Africa?

Du Toit: I am certain there is a future for whites in South Africa. How they attain this future is going to depend on what the ANC/SACP do. It could be attained peacefully, or it could be a bloody fight, but a future will be secured. There is only one problem with this situation. That's if the ANC/SACP decide on confrontation ? a lot of innocent blacks are going to die. The ANC/SACP have not got a fighting force that is worth a damn thing. Who knows? Maybe the Americans and Brits will try and keep the ANC/SACP in power. They are going to need one hell of a lot of body bags.

Manner: Yes. If they start fighting for their survival.

WND: What about Seer van Rensburg and his prophecies? Do you believe them? Do the Boers in general? The ANC?

Du Toit: It's strange when you read Seer van Rensburg's visions as set out in various books. You can with a slight stretch of the imagination relate them to happenings that have occurred. However, like with Nostradamus, his time factors are difficult to pinpoint. Nostradamus talks in quatrains, which can mean four years or 40 years, etc. The Seer tends to jump all over time ? very confusing. Another problem is the Seer lived in our times, not hundreds of years ago, yet he puts strange names to various people and things which can be interpreted as you like. Anyway, who knows? He could be right. We will wait and see. A lot of what he said must start happening soon.

That the Afrikaners believe him is true, but they are very divided. There are those who want to believe him; there are those who believe him implicitly and are sitting back just waiting for things to happen; and there are those who think it a load of rubbish. Take your choice. As far as the ANC is concerned, I would be surprised if any of them have even read any of the visions. For certain, I don't think they would take them seriously.

Manner: It is difficult to judge Seer van Rensburg, as difficult as Nostradamus. Many different people can read many different things into his prophecies. Many of the Boer people believe in his visions, but that alone will not change anything. It will only cause people to sit back and do nothing while the country is going to the dogs.

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Atrocities of the Marxist ANC

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Executive Outcomes

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Anthony C. LoBaido is a longtime contributor to He now lives in Florida and maintains a blog called "The Walls of Jericho."

Fly the beloved country

Fly the beloved country

Date: 10-02-2008
Producer: Michael Duffett
Adri Kotze
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Lindile Mpanza
Michelle Lippert
Genre: Business and Financial
It's been a rollercoaster ride for South Africans over the past few months: a political power shift at Polokwane, our top cop in court, the president elect also up for fraud charges, the Eskom blackouts which has the potential to severely damage our economy. But one person who won't be affected is Ian Pettey whose job it is to relocate South Africans who emigrate.

Ian Pettey (International relocation): 'I would say that in the last six months our international moving business has increased by about 50 percent.'

Devi Sankaree Govender (Carte Blanche presenter): 'Fifty percent?'

Ian: 'Fifty percent, yes.'

Johan Roux (Water purification expert): 'If they manage crime and if they manage the bribery and corruption issues, then why would I want to leave?'

Johan Roux and his family have had enough. They've survived an armed robbery at their home, in a separate incident his wife was held up at gunpoint, and recently a friend of the family was shot dead for a cellphone.

Johan: 'Crime is the big issue here. Crime for me is the number one issue.'

Also leaving soon is previously disadvantaged Redaan Adams, who lives in Cape Town and works as a mechanic to support a wife and two teenaged daughters.

Redaan Adams (Auto mechanic): 'I am raising my two daughters behind four walls, which is a far cry from what I had when I was growing up.'

Devi: 'These people made their decisions to leave South Africa at least a year ago. But since Polokwane, the charging of our top cop Jackie Selebi, charges of corruption against Jacob Zuma and Eskom's burnouts, there seems to be a surge of South Africans wanting to leave.'

Gary Eisenberg's phone hasn't stopped ringing. He runs a large emigration practice in Cape Town.

Gary Eisenberg (Immigration lawyer): 'During the last two months our emails and our telephones have spiralled upwards.'

Eden Joubert is an emigration lawyer in Johannesburg.

Eden Joubert (Emigration lawyer): 'When we came back from the summer holidays our phone lines and our fax lines just started to get clogged up completely by people inquiring about going to Australia, New Zealand and Canada.'

After surviving a car hijacking he is leaving.

Eden: 'At the end of the day, I have to look after my family. My government, as far as I am concerned, does not look after me.'

The remarks of Safety and Security Minister, Charles Nqakula, to parliament are still fresh in the minds of people.

Redaan: 'I am terribly sad. My family is here and my friends are here.'

Redaan would prefer to remain in Cape Town but he does not want his family to become another statistic.

Around 17 000 murders every year, armed robberies are up, we boast the highest incidences of rape in the world and our people are being literally exterminated for no sane reason - whether they live in Houghton or the townships.

[Carte Blanche Feb 2008] Ursula Picton-Turberville: 'He said, 'Take whatever you want. Just take and go.' Then the other guy just came up and just shot him. Just shot him in the head.'

[Carte Blanche Feb 2008] Ten-year-old Samantha and nine-year-old Bryony saw their father being shot.

[Carte Blanche Feb 2008] Girl: 'At the moment I didn't cry. I didn't know what to do. I just stood there and looked at him.'

Last week we told of how close to 50 percent of our children suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. And this week, the Institute of Race Relations released alarming statistics.

Marco Macfarlane (Institute of Race Relations): 'Only 23 percent of our kids feel safe in school. That is quite a shocking statistic. Of the countries that were included in the study, we came absolute bottom of the list in the world.'

Marco Macfarlane heads up research at the institute. The institute is a democracy monitor, providing statistics for policymakers. It has also kept tabs on emigration trends.

Marco: 'What you would expect is that it would be the old guard guys that would be going. The guys in their forties or older, who are already established and thought that maybe the country will go to hell ... we are going to cut and run now. But actually the opposite effect has occurred. It is young whites between the ages of about 20 and 35 who are the ones that are missing.'

We don't know the actual up to date emigration figures over the last few years because in 2004 Home Affairs no longer required those leaving to stipulate reasons for their departure. But Marco has the previous figures.

Marco: 'Between 1995 and about 2005 up to 850 000 whites had left the country. That is about a fifth of the white population. That is quite a wave of people leaving the country, especially in this transition phase when we need every single skilled person that we can get our hands on.'

So what's bringing on this new wave?

Devi: 'It seems to me that when Eskom turned off the lights people wanted to leave immediately.'

Marco: 'With the fears of running blackouts and probably no alleviation until maybe 2016, that is very worrying from an economic point of view. If the economy slows down there is no way that we as a people can live up to the expectations that we had for this country and the kind of promises that government has made for a better life for all.'

But with job losses already, our high interest rate and the value of the rand dropping, not everybody is gloomy. Allan Knott Craig Jr heads up Iburst. Recently an employee was in tears because she felt the country was falling apart. Allan penned an email to his staff urging them to be positive. This email has spread throughout the business community.

Alan Knott Craig Jr (Internet Service Provider): 'A lot of people have phoned us and emailed us, to say thank you - not to deny the problems that South Africa has, but for the reality check and to put things in perspective.'

Alan reminded his staff South Africa has had it tough before.

Alan: 'I said, 'don't panic.' This is not the first time and this is not the last time it is going to happen. In 1989 there was something called Black Monday, the rand crashed and it was basically an economic disaster. In 1994, not everybody, but some people thought that when the ANC took power there would be a war. In 1998, interest rates went to 25 percent. In 1998, you couldn't imagine in a million years that South Africa would have the fastest growing residential property sector in the world.'

But that's the economy. How do the people rate government?

Devi: 'As a nation, we marvelled at our smooth transition into democracy. We went through the Mandela euphoria and we are now almost at the end of the Mbeki reign. But now new research indicates that we are facing a crisis of governance. Confidence in our leaders and our institutions of democracy has declined sharply.'

For the last four years the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation published research called the 'transformation audit ' it's an opinion poll. Over the last two years approval of government has dropped by 20 percent.

Dr Fanie Du Toit (Executive Director, IJR): 'This is not just a simple judgement on a politician's character - for example, the President Mbeki versus Zuma debate. It is not so much about that as it is about how we use our institutions and to what extent our institutions reflect inclusivity, reflect accountability and transparency. It seems that ordinary South Africans are saying that we are not convinced that these institutions are serving our best interests. It is a groundswell of opinion.'

These institutions include municipalities. And when they fail to deliver - we saw what happened in a place like Khutsong - scenes reminiscent of the late eighties and early nineties.

Fanie: 'Another major issue in terms of public trust is corruption: the Travel Gate scandal, individual members of parliament that are found guilty of any number of crimes and are then tapped on the wrist and let off. I think those things must be lethal for public trust.'

Johan and Rozelle Venter are an example of this diminishing trust. They have lost confidence in South Africa and in two weeks they fly out to New Zealand. John was headhunted by Air New Zealand.

Devi: 'Were you always thinking about leaving the country?'

Johan Venter: 'No, not really. I was quite happy living my life here. I am a bit disappointed about how the country is managed as a whole. There are insecurities that have set in at the company I am working for.'

It was a traumatic decision.

Rozelle Venter: 'I had all the security here. I have my kids here and I have my family here. I am leaving all this behind and I am starting afresh on the other side. It is scary.'

What is frightening for South Africa is that Johan knows of 61 other technicians in his field who are taking up positions with Air New Zealand.

Devi: 'The greatest criticism is that you are just a bunch of whinging whites.'

Johan: 'No, I don't think so. In fact, it would have been better for people to take hands and join forces. The knowledge that I have, and other people that might be whites have to offer this country, is needed.'

Marco: 'But it would be fine to replace those skills because the colour of someone that leaves actually shouldn't be of concern to anyone. But the fact is that someone who takes all those skills with them is taking the economy with them as well. In terms of replacing those skills, we are not doing that fast enough. Our education system at the moment is, to an extent, in disarray.'

The state of education is directly linked to our skills shortage. Consider this: over 1.6 million learners entered the school system in 1995. Of those, only just over half a million wrote matric, with about 368 000 passing. The maths exemption on the higher grade was only attained by about 25 000 learners, of which less than 2 000 were black.

Because of the skills shortage, South African companies are having to scout from overseas.

Ian: 'When it comes to looking at PDIs, the previously disadvantage individuals, they are not applying for these jobs because they are not qualified. We are bringing in foreigners at a premium to come and work here, which is very sad.'

Redaan: 'Hopefully, there is a chance that I come back one day if the situation improves.'

So Redaan hasn't turned his back completely on South Africa, nor Johan Roux for that matter.

Johan: 'If I can see that things are getting better and they are doing things to govern crime and stuff like that I will probably come back.'

Alan: 'Two weeks ago it felt like people were making decisions that weren't based on fundamentals; I understand, leaving for safety. No problem. But to leave because suddenly everybody has become all negative and decided that the country is going to come to an end - there is no fundamental difference between where the country is today and where it was a year ago or two months ago.'

Monday, February 11, 2008

Duty levied on inexpensive Christmas gifts outrageous

Duty levied on inexpensive Christmas gifts outrageous

IT looks like a can of worms has been opened regarding customs charges on overseas parcels.

Before Christmas I had an e-mail from my daughter in the US saying she had posted a parcel to my address with small soft gifts for her family. She listed the items that she was sending and so we looked forward to the parcel arriving.

The enjoyment of receiving the gift was short-lived as when I received the notification from the post office to collect my parcel I was horrified to see that I would have to pay R880 to receive it.

My daughter paid her postage of $30 for her insured parcel so that she would have a guarantee of her money back should the parcel not arrive, which has happened on other occasions.

The parcel has consequently been sent back to customs for re-evaluation.

A sum of R880 is a ludicrous amount to pay when postage has already been paid and also when the parcel is not worth that much in the first place.

On inquiring about the whereabouts of my package some weeks later I was told that the customs office was closed for two weeks, no doubt taking their time to check through the hundreds of parcels that are probably going back for reassessment. Do they have a right to open them anyway?

My daughter is deeply hurt and says “send the parcel back”, but I do not want to hurt her feelings and how would we ever know if it would actually get to its rightful destination?

I think we are being totally ripped off by this so-called system. I have stayed with my daughter many times and I personally have seen the delivery man bringing parcels to the door with a smile on his face and not a cent to be paid.

Our Summerstrand post office has been very understanding, but I think this charging on overseas parcels needs to be looked into.

Sad to say it just means that we cannot receive gifts from our overseas families anymore.

Michele Owen Summerstrand, PE

Customs officials must answer questions about costs

YET again there was a letter in Friday‘s Herald from somebody being charged to receive an incoming parcel of gifts from overseas family (“Why are we penalised for receiving parcels from overseas?”). There have been a spate of letters recently from readers being charged exorbitant amounts to receive parcels.

Isn‘t it about time the post office or customs office actually answered some of these questions as to why we are the only country where we are being ripped off to receive parcels?

Jan Hopkins, Sherwood, Port Elizabeth

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DH HERMAN of Summerstrand, writing about her experience with the customs and excise duty on her daughter‘s parcel from Australia, has obviously not been following the letters about just this problem that have appeared in the past couple of months in this paper. The thing to do in this case is to go to the postmaster and request a form to send the parcel back to customs and excise for “re-evaluation”.

You then go home and write to Andreas Koutoulogenis at and request him to look into the matter. This will probably require a couple of reminder e-mails, but you will after a month or two get your parcel back re-assessed.

Our little parcel from our daughter in Australia arrived on January 25 with a fee of R269, was sent back to customs and I wrote to Koutoulogenis (he does reply). After my couple of reminders we finally got it back on March 27 and “only” had to pay R25!

May I suggest to every person out there who ever receives a parcel from overseas that they write down the details of the customs and excise contact and file it carefully for future use? Maybe if they are inundated with these requests they will stop this ridiculous practice.

The address: Andreas Koutoulogenis, ORTIA - JIMC, Customs &0x0026; Excise, tel 011-3901962, e-mail:

Good luck.

Lyn Dickason, Theescombe, Port Elizabeth


Date Posted: Sunday 10-Feb-2008

When the Western world, with the connivance of ex-President FW de Klerk and his National Party, finally forced an ANC-model government on the citizens of South Africa, a massive chain-reaction was set in place, a reaction which has steadily eroded the reputation of South Africa as a once-stable country in a violent Africa. Despite all the problems that came with an apartheid government, South Africa was still relatively calm and peaceful. Now, it has erupted into chaos.

Prior to 1994’s general election, African-style, the civilized western world was suffering from a guilt-ridden conscience and needed a country or a people to project their insecurities onto. That arrow was nocked and aimed towards South Africa and its minority white population. Indeed, it had been pointing in that direction for several years prior to 1994.

When de Klerk and his ministers, with the West’s encouragement, surrendered power to a rag-tag Marxist-inspired terrorist group, he achieved what all of South Africa’s military enemies could never have achieved — the destruction of a once-powerful and once-proud South African Defence Force (SADF). It has been replaced with a “new” force, known as the South African National Defence Force, a force that has worked hard to destroy any semblance of a defence force. Instead, it has become a clone of the ANC’s rag-tag band of terrorists, unable to maintain discipline, unable to execute effective military operations and a force tainted with crime, prostitution, drugs, AIDS, murder, drunken orgies, rape and more.

With the dismantling of the SADF by the ANC came the demise of the South African Police (SAP), once South Africa’s “thin blue line” in the fight against crime. In its stead has come a fat blue line, staffed by overweight, illiterate and ill-trained “policemen” now known as the South African Police Service, a force unable to render a service for much of the time. Indeed, it has become the best police force money can buy – from a criminal point-of-view. The “new” SAPS has proved beyond any doubt that it is not to be trusted, nor does it have the fight against crime at heart. Instead, it too has a large number of members in its ranks that moonlight as criminals. If the case of its commissioner, Jackie Selebi doesn’t beg answers, then nothing ever will.

Unable to defend and police itself, worse was to follow.

The power supply utility, ESKOM, has, through its policy of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and Affirmative Action (AA), effectively destroyed itself. No longer concerned with maintenance, upgrading, effective work ethics and the like, it has become obsessed with how much profit it can generate for as little input as possible. This will in turn lead to a downward trend in investor confidence, industry, mining, manufacturing, tourism and more. Small business units can no longer function effectively and will soon be faced with closing down or suffer bankruptcy. Larger companies are facing massive financial losses yet there seems to be an attitude of “we couldn’t care less” by government and ESKOM. Yet, an industrial meltdown is of no apparent concern to the ANC and its fellow travelers.

The standard of education has plummeted in recent years. No longer is a South African qualification internationally sought-after. It is now somewhat of a joke. Many matriculants cannot read or write but it is politically correct to advance them to the next grade, regardless of their results. Passing through grades and indeed universities is becoming easier by the day.

Our hospitals are in a state of decay. Our infrastructure, carefully planned and built up over years, is crumbling. Unemployment is on the rise. Our water utilities are rapidly approaching collapse. The tourist industry is in disarray. Businesses can no longer run on “real” time due to failing traffic lights – instead we all have to work on “African” time. Major operations need to be rescheduled. Planned business dinners can no longer be planned. Telephone and internet disruptions are causing businesses massive financial losses. Sewage systems are collapsing. South Africa has reached a state of near implosion.

Yet, South Africa measures success by having one of the highest crime rates in the world. South Africa measures success by having an extraordinary high AIDS population. South Africa measures success by having the least educated president-to be with the most wives and children than any other country in the world. Success is also measured by how rapidly the currency devaluates, how poor our national teams perform when they are all black. Success is also measured in terms of how corrupt government officials can be and how the unnecessary purchase of obsolete weapons systems has enriched a few.

However, for some strange reason, the West still sees South Africa as another “showcase” of African democracy — destined to follow the road of Zimbabwe and Kenya. People within South Africa view the so-called bloodless move to power by the ANC in 1994 as a “miracle”. Ironically, the continued assault on white farmers, businessmen and normal citizens proves that the ANC merely changed its tactics from traditional terrorism to all-out criminal terrorism.

The infrastructure meltdown since the ANC took power has been alarmingly dramatic, yet its leaders remain in a state of denial.

When Jacob Zuma was voted into the presidency of the ANC, it was not because of what he stood for. Indeed, he stood - and still stands - for nothing, except against Mbeki. The joy at witnessing the Mbeki-dictatorship being replaced by a Zuma-anarchy was indeed astounding. Nepotism has been replaced by criminalism, all firmly entrenched under the guise of BEE, AA and “liberation politics” – and the dismantling of the Scorpions. Those who do not toe the party line will be dealt with, regardless of color or creed.

Billions of Rands are being wiped off the Stock Exchange, yet this apparently is no cause for concern. The fact that foreign investors are getting jittery and withdrawing much-needed foreign capital is ascribed to “racism”. People who express concern are being branded as “traitors to South Africa”. It is, indeed, becoming a one-party state in the truest sense of the word, with a currency in rapid free-fall. African diplomats who have lived through their own countries “freedom” stand agog, unable to comprehend how the ANC did not learn from their own bitter lessons – whatever is destroyed will require building up at a later date and at massive cost.

The carefully engineered collapse of South Africa by the West and the internal destruction of the country’s infrastructure - along with its economy - by the ANC has created a situation criminals can only dream about. Criminal gangs from Nigeria, Russia, Israel, China and elsewhere are welcomed with open arms. Their methods of redistributing wealth and claiming themselves as the beneficiaries have become the standard by which we are supposed to live.

The collapse of South Africa started a long time ago. The smokescreen and lies created by the National Party of old, misled the very citizens it was claiming to protect. Their actions were not something engineered by the Russians and the Chinese. Whereas the Russians and the Chinese had wanted – and still want – control over South Africa’s resources, even they cannot believe the level of destruction and bestiality with which the ANC and its friends have taken control. Indeed, had they won the battle for South Africa, they would have wanted to keep the first-world infrastructure intact, and not destroy it, in order to maintain their enforced policies.

Law abiding South Africans are now faced with new visa requirements when traveling abroad because our government has decided to support fanatical terrorists. Indeed, many international terrorists are hiding in South Africa – with government protection, either directly or indirectly. South Africa now openly supports dictatorial regimes and Islamic fundamentalism.

The collapse of South Africa started several years ago. The rapid decline into chaos has transformed a once-stable country into a banana republic. Yet, the collapse of South Africa is deemed “progress”.
Posted By: Jan
AfricanCrisis Webmaster

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Skilled professionals are deserting in droves

Skilled professionals are deserting in droves

February 09 2008 at 11:31AM

By Thabiso Thakali

As President Thabo Mbeki on Friday tried to bring a sense of direction to the issues troubling South Africans, it emerged that large numbers of skilled professionals are considering leaving the country.

This was confirmed by estate agents, removal companies and immigration consultants.

One of them, emigration lawyer Eden Joubert, said people inquiring about quitting South Africa were "split across the race spectrum".

'The skills pool in the country is getting smaller'
Many of them were highly qualified professionals, including engineers, who had a potential to start a new life in another country with ease.

Robert Wakeling, of the 4G consulting and international technical recruitment agency, said demand for South African engineers in the international market had doubled in the past five years. "The skills pool in the country is getting smaller," he said.

The Seeff Properties Group had experienced a rush of people looking for evaluation of their properties this year, according to chairperson Samuel Seeff. His company had received 50 percent more inquiries compared to the same period last year.

"I believe there is a negative sentiment brought about by uncertainty of what the future holds," said Seeff.

Ronald Ennik, managing director of Pam Golding Properties, said the company had seen a rise in evaluations in the market in 2008 - "but we cannot say this is because people want to leave the country".

'There are coloureds and Indian professionals moving abroad as well'
Joubert said many of his clients had lost confidence in the government. "People are worried about the future of their children, their properties and generally about their lifestyles," he said.

Carla Rodrigues-Schoeman, co-ordinator of Master Movers International, said that since 2004 the company had issued over 700 quotations to clients wanting to move abroad. "Most of these people are skilled, middle to upper class. Some are doctors, veterinarians, boiler makers and engineers - mostly whites."

King International Movers general manager Rolf Lamers concurred. "Things have suddenly picked up in the export shipments. We are currently doing four times as many jobs as we did in January of the past year," he said.

Lamers added that many of his clients had cited the current power crisis as a major contributing factor. "It is a story of doom and gloom if you look at who these people are," he said.

"Although all my clients are overwhelmingly English-speaking white folks, there are coloureds and Indian professionals moving abroad as well."

But Martin Westhuizen, managing director of Pickfords International Moving and Relocation, said people were increasingly moving abroad for better opportunities and lifestyles. "A number of these people ... keep their properties and are still returning home," he noted.

o This article was originally published on page 1 of The Star on February 09, 2008

Friday, February 8, 2008

ID bungle turns white man black

ID bungle turns white man black

THE Department of Home Affairs has turned a white Durban man black in a bungle that has left the 18-year old white man sporting the photo of a black man in his identity document.

All the details on Phillipus Grobler’s new identity document are correct, except his picture – which is of a black man.

Grobler’s mother told the Mercury newspaper that she was “a bit puzzled” when a postal worker asked her if her son was black.

“It is ridiculous. How can a mistake like this happen,” she asked.

Department spokesperson Jacky Mashapu apologised and said that the manual processing of the ID book had led to the mistake.

Because of the bungle Grobler cannot use his documentation to to enrol in his Grade 11 class.

What was not clear from the report was which black person, if any, had Grobler’s photo in his identity document. — Sapa

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Desperate for a passport

Desperate for a passport
07 Feb 2008
Michelle Nylander

I AM a South African living in Sweden.

I got married last year and changed my name here. In a matter of days, I was issued with a new Swedish identity card.

I contacted the South African embassy in Stockholm and filled out the forms to get a new passport in my married name. I was told by the immigration authorities in Sweden that as my visa is registered under my new name I will need a new passport as they cannot put a visa with a new name in an old passport.

I have had so many hassles with the South African embassy here since October last year. At first the officials could not find my application and then after finding it they told me that my application reached the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria in November and it will take at least six months to get back to me. I have stressed many times that I require my passport for my new visa and for travelling for work purposes.

It takes a Swedish citizen three to five days to get a new passport. It’s amazing what we have to put up with as South Africans: escalating crime, load shedding, a possible new government full of criminals, and horribly slow and inadequate public services.

This is why people are leaving the country: when will the people in power realise they are killing it?

Karlstad, Sweden

Why is duty payable on overseas gifts?

Why is duty payable on overseas gifts?

IT is with great interest I have been reading about parcels from overseas and the charges we have to pay.

Our daughter in the UK sent a parcel of presents out to us here. They were labelled as gifts and it was clearly stated what was in the parcels. After waiting for the parcel to arrive we were eventually phoned at 12.30pm on Christmas Eve to be told that the parcel had arrived in PE but that it would cost us R1 346 to get it. The cost of the presents was about R2 600 but in order not to disappoint our granddaughters here we paid it.

Surely it not too much to ask of SARS that if the parcels are clearly presents then they need not charge. As has been said there is no charge in the UK no matter what presents are sent.

D N Burton Walmer Heights, PE

Customs officials must answer questions about costs

YET again there was a letter in Friday‘s Herald from somebody being charged to receive an incoming parcel of gifts from overseas family (“Why are we penalised for receiving parcels from overseas?”). There have been a spate of letters recently from readers being charged exorbitant amounts to receive parcels.

Isn‘t it about time the post office or customs office actually answered some of these questions as to why we are the only country where we are being ripped off to receive parcels?

Jan Hopkins, Sherwood, Port Elizabeth

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DH HERMAN of Summerstrand, writing about her experience with the customs and excise duty on her daughter‘s parcel from Australia, has obviously not been following the letters about just this problem that have appeared in the past couple of months in this paper. The thing to do in this case is to go to the postmaster and request a form to send the parcel back to customs and excise for “re-evaluation”.

You then go home and write to Andreas Koutoulogenis at and request him to look into the matter. This will probably require a couple of reminder e-mails, but you will after a month or two get your parcel back re-assessed.

Our little parcel from our daughter in Australia arrived on January 25 with a fee of R269, was sent back to customs and I wrote to Koutoulogenis (he does reply). After my couple of reminders we finally got it back on March 27 and “only” had to pay R25!

May I suggest to every person out there who ever receives a parcel from overseas that they write down the details of the customs and excise contact and file it carefully for future use? Maybe if they are inundated with these requests they will stop this ridiculous practice.

The address: Andreas Koutoulogenis, ORTIA - JIMC, Customs &0x0026; Excise, tel 011-3901962, e-mail:

Good luck.

Lyn Dickason, Theescombe, Port Elizabeth

The Massive DeBeers Monopoly Mining Company is quietly abandoning S.Africa completely

The Massive DeBeers Monopoly Mining Company is quietly abandoning S.Africa completely
Date Posted: Wednesday 06-Feb-2008

I was chatting to a friend who used to work for De Beers and who was retrenched there. She was telling me some strange things indeed. She said that if you look at De Beers, you will see that very quietly they are abandoning South Africa.

They mask it under the label of BEE (Black Economic Empowerment - which is when black businesses buy into White companies), but they are deliberately shrinking the company. They are retrenching people every few years, and the company is getting smaller and smaller.

She said when she was there, De Beers owned 12 mines and now it only owns about 3.

It is all quietly disguised as giving the blacks their BEE quotas, but in reality the company is being deliberately shrunk in South Africa while it is exploring all across the world and investing heavily elsewhere.

We were discussing how BEE companies were also hitting the wall. That is another trend. She said that BEE companies are going down.

This brings me back to that book, RICH DAD, POOR DAD. In it, the author asks the question: Why was income tax conceived? (Income tax was actually the first invention of communism I might add).

Ans: In order to take more money from the Rich.

Then he asks: Who pays the least taxes?
Ans: The Rich.

The moral of the story is this: The Rich do not think like the common people. The Rich do not just toe the line when told to. The Rich either have their own brains, or they hire the brains, to find ways of getting around laws. The Rich will use their economic, legal and political influence to find ways to survive.

The ANC may want to screw the Rich, but the Rich will leave the ANC some empty vessel to pick up. The Rich have taken their money and left...
Posted By: Jan

How Black Economically Empowered Millionaires disappeared from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange

How Black Economically Empowered Millionaires disappeared from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Date Posted: Wednesday 06-Feb-2008

I was talking to someone today who spent some time doing some investing and who played around on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange last year. The result was one of the most bizarre stories I've heard in the long time.

In South Africa, the Govt created legislation which went beyond Affirmative Action. They created what they called, "BEE" - Black Economic Empowerment. And it really have very little to do with helping the poor black masses. Its real aim was to create black businessmen. The problem was that often the beneficiaries of BEE were blacks who had political connections with the ruling party.

Affirmative Action forced racial quotas on all companies. Only a certain percentage of employees in South African companies are allowed to be white. The BEE legislation forced companies to be OWNED partially by blacks.

Since Blacks did not normally have enough cash to buy whole portions of large companies various schemes were devised to basically give them their portions for free. Often the big companies chose blacks with political connections in the hope that they could do business deals with the Govt. e.g. get tenders.

The Govt also made it illegal for a 100% white owned company to win any Govt tenders or contracts. The aim was to force all companies above a certain size to have a partially black ownership one way or another.

The way it was implemented was that most companies found suitable black candidates and then gave them millions of rands worth of shares for free. According to law, these blacks were forced to keep their shares in these companies for a minimum of 5 years before they could sell any of them.

In some companies the blacks served merely as window dressing. They were given high ranks, big salaries and big cars but nothing that really amounted to real responsibility. They were put in positions where they could do little to interfere with the way the company was being run. This was not just due to inate "racism" but also because these blacks had little in the way of usable skills they could contribute at a high level. But this was not always the case.

I have told before of how I've watched the way meetings at big corporations work. I work for a big corporation and I can see how things go. I attend many technical meetings and what few blacks are there, often have little or nothing to contribute simply because the matters being discussed are very complex. The non-whites with the most input are the Indians. They are quite at home working with complex matters. Then the next group one sees giving input are the Coloureds. But Blacks have the least to contribute at meetings or planning sessions.

One company I worked for some years ago, which was not that big battled to get BEE partners. They would get one, and these partners would PRETEND to have all sorts of skills and connections... but they would flunk out. They would then have to find new BEE partners. The company was trying to ensure that its Black partners weren't complete duds, so it put some clauses in there which were aimed at ensuring their Black partners actually delivered SOMETHING in terms of services or sales. They went through one BEE partner after another.

A friend of mine told me how a wealthy woman in the Advertising industry with a very successful company gave away 25% of her company to her BEE partner.

The blacks got lots of money, even if they just sat around and did virtually nothing to earn it.

The problem for the Whites was what to do with these new Black partners who were unskilled and so most of the time it was hoped that by having a black face on companies that these companies would then get big contracts, especially from Government.

The blacks in their turn often pretended to have more contacts and influence than they really had.

So in the end, it was a case of each pretending something just to ensure that the company was not fined heavily by Govt.

This lady I was talking to told me that if you study the share prices of many South African public companies then you'll see a time when the price drops sharply and then rises again. She said that as far as she could make out, what was happening was that when the 5 year term was up, the Black BEE partners would sell their free shares and then split with the money! There would also be White insiders who would wait for this. They would go and buy up the shares at discount prices when the Blacks were dumping them!

The problem thus was that there are less and less publicly listed companies in South Africa with black ownership because the black multimillionaires have cut and run with their money!

Apparently even Alec Erwin, (that white minister who lies through his teeth at the drop of a hat), has raised this as a problem. Apparently the BEE component of companies is GOING DOWN!

Now the Govt is sitting with a problem because they've forced companies, literally at gunpoint to get black ownership and these companies have followed all the legal processes and have complied, except that these newly rich blacks have cut and run with their free millions! Now that they're gone the companies are not BEE compliant - but its through no fault of their own!! But what will Govt do now? Those companies did follow all the legal steps.

So according to this lady, if you go and study the JSE and its ownership, you'll see that there are very few public companies with black owners any more.

And so another ANC social experiment falls flat on its face.

I did pull out some quotes from Rich Dad, Poor Dad with regard to screwing the Rich. The quote will be found in here: The Massive DeBeers Monopoly Mining Company is quietly abandoning S.Africa completely

In many ways this is really identical to what Robert Mugabe did with the White Farmers in Zimbabwe. The blacks there got the farms and now the farms are totally destroyed. The buildings are stripped down to mere walls and the farms are completely unproductive.

In the end, it really is the Whites who WANT to do business and who want to build the future. The blacks just want to get free money, then run away and spend it. If this is what the blacks do, then the future is clear: The blacks will never amount to anything. They will remain at the bottom of the food chain forever. If this is the irresponsible way they behave when given responsibility and big chances, then they is no hope for them.

For me, it proves once again that what REALLY MATTERS are sound skills and a sound work ethic. Getting free handouts won't take failures and turn them into successes.

Robert Mugabe proved that Blacks really aren't interested in farming.
Now President Mbeki has proved that Blacks really aren't interested in business.

Of course in both instances there are a handful of successes, but the handful of successes are the exception. The majority will probably never amount to anything. They will probably waste their money and end up right back where they started. I've seen how the blacks waste all the money they get, so I have little doubt that most of the "newly rich" blacks will soon be the "newly poor" blacks.
Posted By: Jan

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

NSPCA: Spare a thought for animals during power cuts

NSPCA: Spare a thought for animals during power cuts
Johannesburg, South Africa
05 February 2008 03:20

The lives of many animals may be threatened by power failures unless adequate back-up facilities are provided, the National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said on Tuesday.

"People who hold animals in captivity ... [must] implement a contingency plan," said the NSPCA.

Some of the establishments where animals would be affected by power failures included pet shops, zoos and rehabilitation centres. Poultry establishments, piggeries and dairies also needed a stable power supply to function in the least distressing way for animals, the NSPCA said.

During power failures, alternative power needed to be provided for animals in aquaria which used electricity for aeration, filtration, salination and heating.

Animals like reptiles and certain birds in controlled environments needed stable power to create specific heating, lighting and ventilation conditions.

Poultry houses -- housing anything from 10 000 birds in each house -- were facing a potential "catastrophe", said the NSPCA.

Power had to be supplied consistently for almost every process taking place, including providing food, water and temperature control.

"Veterinary practices and rehabilitation centres rely heavily on electricity for equipment [like] theatres, heaters, ventilation for post-op care."

The NSPCA said when dairies and abattoirs fell behind schedule because of power failures, this harmed the animals.

"Most dairies are using electric powered systems and with the herd sizes in large establishments, it would be impossible to manually milk. Not being milked timeously is extremely painful," said the council.

"[At abattoirs] all the equipment is electrically run -– so these animals will sit for how long before getting slaughtered?"

The NSPCA said large facilities like zoos or breeding farms used borehole pumps and water filtration facilities which solely relied on electricity.

"A breakdown in the filtration of this water will lead to contamination of the water and [a] resultant increase in disease."

Predators could also become a security risk when electric fencing went off during power failures.

The NSPCA said appropriate alternatives like battery-powered pumps, aeration blocks and generators needed to be considered.

The council urged anyone who needed assistance with setting up proper back-up facilities for their animals during power failures.

"Our concern is the potential suffering to animals." - Sapa

Soros: China, India are Africa's 'new colonialists'

Soros: China, India are Africa's 'new colonialists'
Daniel Flynn | Dakar, Senegal
06 February 2008 09:54

Hungry for oil and minerals, India and China have become Africa's new colonialists, exploiting the world's poorest continent in the same way as its old European masters, billionaire financier George Soros said on Tuesday.

European nations' scramble for resources, from slaves to diamonds and gold, led them to subjugate Africa's peoples under colonialism. After independence swept the continent in the 1950s and 1960s, they often supported corrupt and dictatorial regimes.

Over the last decade, amid concern over minerals funding wars from Angola to Democratic Republic of Congo, Western governments and multinationals have largely accepted the need for accountability and transparency in extractive industries.

But India and China, which are pumping billions of dollars of loans and investment into Africa, have not, Soros said.

"They are in the process of repeating the mistakes that the colonial powers have made," Soros told Reuters in the Senegalese capital, Dakar. "There's a certain irony of the old colonialists recognising their past mistakes and trying to correct them, and the new colonialists then repeating those mistakes."

Soros, whose charitable foundations disbursed $45-million in Africa last year, hoped that Chinese firms would toughen their criteria for investment, although he said Chinese demand for raw materials had brought benefits to the continent, underpinning its strongest growth in four decades.

"It's the basis on which the economic outlook for Africa is somewhat exempt from the current global downturn," he said, assessing Africa outlook as "quite good".

"I don't expect a global recession. I expect a recession in the developed economies but there are some very positive dynamics for the developing world, particularly resource-rich areas," said Soros, who was ranked as the world's 80th richest man by Forbes magazine last year with a fortune of $8,5-billion.

For those African countries not lucky enough to possess mineral wealth, the outlook was more sombre. Non-oil producing states were losing more in economic terms from record petroleum prices than they ever gained from Western debt relief, he said.

Kenya warning
The financier, who set up the Open Society Institute and Soros Foundations, said ongoing post-election violence in Kenya which has killed more than 1 000 people was a reminder of the need to bolster African democratic institutions.

Soros (77) called on President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga to agree a power-sharing administration and move towards new elections, or risk dragging Kenya's once-thriving economy into a spiral of decline.

Kenya's crisis risked tainting investor perceptions of Africa, Soros said, by repeating a familiar spiral of political crisis and economic decline witnessed from Côte d'Ivoire to Democratic Republic of Congo.

"Kenya is not the first country which is relatively prosperous and then a breakdown in the political process sets in motion a process of disintegration," said Soros, after visiting a training centre for single mothers funded by his foundations.

"When you look at Zimbabwe which was one of the richest and just keeps on sinking. It is terrible just how far it can sink."

Due to Africa's colonial past, Soros said there was a limit to what foreign intervention could achieve and he urged African rights groups and governments to strive for democratic reforms.

"The problem is a constitutional one," he said. "There needs to be greater power sharing, greater devolution, and a greater role for Parliament, as opposed to the president." - Reuters

Man killed during robbery in Pretoria

Man killed during robbery in Pretoria

February 05 2008 at 06:11PM

A 37-year-old man was shot dead during a robbery on Tuesday at a complex in Lyttelton, Gauteng police said.

"The man was waiting for a lift outside the complex he lived in. He was sitting on a bench with a female friend just before the incident happened," said police spokesperson Aveline Hardaker.

His friend went back into the complex to fetch her jersey, when the man was approached by two male suspects who arrived in a car.

"They asked the man if he had keys or a remote for the gate... he told the suspects that when his friend returned, she could open it for them."

Hardaker said when the friend came back, she opened the gate for the suspects.

As the gate opened, the two then approached the woman and grabbed her laptop, handbag, purse and cellphone.

"The man then tried to protect the woman and engaged in a fight with the suspects... the suspects then told the woman to look away as they shot the man, killing him," Hardaker said.

The men then fled in a vehicle with the stolen items.

Police are investigating. - Sapa

DA asks Manto to protect doctor

DA asks Manto to protect doctor
05/02/2008 19:34 - (SA)

Durban - Provincial and national health officials were keeping a low profile as the opposition Democratic Alliance on Tuesday demanded that Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang step in to prevent disciplinary action being taken against a doctor.

The doctor is alleged to have dispensed dual therapy treatment to HIV-positive babies.

In a statement, DA health spokesperson Mike Waters claimed that a KwaZulu-Natal doctor was charged with misconduct for dispensing dual therapy treatment to HIV-positive babies.

Dr Colin Pfaff, a doctor at Manguzi Hospital in northern KwaZulu-Natal, confirmed the case against him but declined to talk to Sapa, saying he could not speak to the media.

Attempts to contact KwaZulu-Natal provincial health spokesperson Leon Mbangwa and national health spokesperson Sibani Mngadi were unsuccessful. The Manguzi hospital manager SB Vumasi could also not be reached for comment.

Waters said: "The DA has today written to the Minister of Health, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, to formally request that she intervene to protect Dr Colin Pfaff.

"She needs to do this not only for the sake of the doctor, who has been treated unjustly, and for the sake of babies who are now being denied a life-saving treatment, but also to demonstrate that she is actually committed to this policy - because the long delays that have dogged its implementation have created the distinct impression that it is not a priority for the minister, even though it will save many lives."

The party said on January 25, the National Aids Council had approved a policy of dual therapy, after many delays, to allow the national Department of Health to get its paperwork in order.

Waters said since August last year, Manguzi Hospital had been providing dual-therapy using funds donated to the hospital by a UK based NGO and had no cost implications for South Africa.

Treatment Action Campaign officials were not immediately available for comment.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Overseas parcels cost a packet in SA

Overseas parcels cost a packet in SA

READING the letter from S Damons in Auckland, New Zealand, (“Charges turn Christmas gift into a burden”, The Herald, February 4), has prompted me to write about our similar experience on Saturday.

We received a parcel from our daughter in Australia, which had been opened and left unsealed, containing three photographs (two for her grandmothers), two very small crossword puzzle books and one other small handmade gift.

We were informed by the post office that we had to pay R269 customs duty. Needless to say we were totally taken aback and went to see the postmaster whose only advice was that we could send it back to customs for a “re-evaluation” if we wanted. We did, and now wait to see what they decide or if they just send it back to Australia.

At Christmas we sent an enormous box of gifts to our daughter in Australia and another one to our son in the United Kingdom and each was delivered to their door and neither was charged customs duty or any other costs at all.

Why then are we expected to pay on some family photographs which are of no value to anyone else but ourselves ?

Lyn Dickason Sunridge Park Port Elizabeth

Choppy start to academic year if issues not resolved

Choppy start to academic year if issues not resolved
Tamlyn Stewart Published:Feb 05, 2008

It Could be an explosive start to the academic year at several tertiary institutions around the country if tense talks between students and the management of universities break down.

South African Students’ Congress president David Maimela said student bodies were negotiating various issues — including registration fees and accommodation — with universities at campuses around the country.

Maimela said where students couldn’t reach agreement with management, they would “take the fight to the streets”.

Students are already protesting at Medunsa, in Limpopo and at the Durban University of Technology.

Sasco has cited registration fees, a lack of accommodation, and a lack of transport as the issues they want resolved at the Durban University of Technology.

Protests began last week and reached a frenzy on Friday when police fired rubber bullets at protesting students.

The Durban University of Technology confirmed it would remain closed until this Friday due to the student protest.

Nomonde Mbadi, Durban University of Technology’s executive director of public affairs and communications, said staff and students were asked to go home last week. Staff are expected to return to work tomorrow .

“Students are expected to return to campus next Monday,” she said.

Sasco said it expected “very tense negotiations” at Tshwane University of Technology and at the University of Venda.

Tshwane University of Technology spokeswoman Willa de Ruyter said that students and management had come to an agreement two weeks ago so that registration could go ahead, but “there are still some issues that need to be addressed”, she said.

But University of Venda registrar Khuliso Nemadzivhanani said the university had already agreed on a R3000 registration fee with the students’ representative assembly and he did not expect any student protests on campus.

“As far as I’m aware we discussed the matter and an agreement was reached,” he said.

Registration is set to start on February 21 and classes will begin on March 4.

Sasco’s “Right to Learn” campaign lists free education as one of its goals.

Mary Metcalfe, head of the Wits University School of Education, said free tertiary education was not currently possible, as it would require more money from the national budget to be allocated to education .

Metcalfe said: “There are acceptable and unacceptable forms of protest. The way to prevent unacceptable conduct is to establish a relationship of civility where peoples’ concerns are listened to and answered.”

Meanwhile, the University of the Witwatersrand said it was not anticipating any problems because it had reached agreements with student organisations last year after protests over fees.

“We haven’t had any indication of protests or unhappiness.

“I think we have been through that process already,” said Wits University spokeswoman Shirona Patel.

More join ATM bombers

More join ATM bombers
Nivashni Nair Published:Feb 05, 2008

The gang bombing automatic teller machines in KwaZulu-Natal is recruiting members faster than police can arrest and lock up suspects.

Police spokesman Superintendent Vincent Mdunge said the gang has new recruits , despite the ongoing arrests of accomplices.

Mdunge was responding to the latest ATM bombing in Hammarsdale yesterday, when three men blew up a cash machine at Wallers Caltex service station at 2am.

The men fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Earlier this month police indicated that they were closing in on the gang.

Mdunge said although two more men linked to the crimes were arrested last week, incidents of bombings had not decreased.

He said: “There are a handful of them out there that we know of, but it does seem like they are recruiting more people. We are certain this is the only ATM gang operating in the province and we will make sure every last member is brought to book.”

Monday, February 4, 2008

Report: SA education in crisis mode

Report: SA education in crisis mode
Johannesburg, South Africa
03 February 2008 11:08
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South African education is in crisis mode, according to a Finweek report published this week.

The report reveals not only a shocking skills shortage 13 years into post-apartheid South Africa, but also a fundamental crisis in an education system sorely lacking resources to equip a nation adequately for future growth.

The report points to the failure of the education system to face up to the challenges of global competition in the 21st century.

"We're probably talking about an effort -- assuming for argument's sake we get the education system functioning optimally now -- lasting an entire generation before we see the results of a well-educated society working its way through the labour market and economy," Stellenbosch economist Servaas van den Berg told Finweek.

During the past two years, the South African education system ejected 535 000 people from school without any passing certificate and a very uncertain future.

These school leavers will join the ranks of the unemployed, says Finweek. At this time, citizens between the ages of 20 and 24 represent 14% of the labour force, but are already over-represented among the unemployed, accounting for roughly 27% of that number.

Add to this last year's report by Education Minister Naledi Pandor that less than half of the 675 132 learners who started school in 1999 actually made it to matric.

Of the 564 775 matriculants who wrote the year-end exam last year, more than 200 000 failed.

The decline in pass rate and a lack of skills, says the report, are creating a slippery slope for further economic growth.

It warns that a knowledge economy cannot survive with a severe imbalance between the educated and uneducated; causing a self-fulfilling vicious cycle in which lack of skills reduces demand and vice versa.

Maths and science
Statistics reveal cause for serious concern: between 1999 and 2004, an average of only 4,4% of matriculants achieved mathematics passes adequate for gaining entry into university to study natural sciences. Between 1999 and 2004, an average 4,4% of matriculants achieved mathematics passes adequate for entry into natural sciences at university level.

The fact that in 1999 only half of the country's maths and science teachers had tertiary qualifications in these subjects is as worrying.

For the past 16 years, fewer than 7% of Senior Certificate candidates passed higher-grade maths, according to a 2007 Centre for Development Enterprises survey on maths and science in schools. In 2006, only 4,8% passed higher-grade maths, and only 5,7% passed higher-grade science, Finweek's report says.

The prognosis for the matric classes of 2010 and 2011 is not much better.

When the class of 2010 (now in grade 10) was in grade three in 2001, the national survey of performance showed that 30% did not achieve the required standard in numeracy, and 54% did not achieve the required standard in literacy.

For the class of 2011, the 2005 grade-six evaluation showed that only 28% performed at the required standard in numeracy. For literacy, it was only 38%.

In addition to the education crisis, South Africa is losing skilled professionals to other countries that use South Africa as a hunting ground for recruitment, says Finweek. A study recently found that the loss of one skilled professional in South Africa costs up to 10 unskilled jobs.

The Finweek report says the fact that little is being done to train a next generation of engineers, scientists and other professionals needed for a growing economy is even more frightening. -- Sapa