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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Beware: Expropriation Bill Back In Parliament

A while back there was a lovely new Bill placed before Parliament that was designed to further the ANC's policy of theft of white -owned land land redistribution to previously disadvantaged individuals. The problem with that small piece of legislation was the fact that it was slightly unconstitutional in that it sought to exclude the judiciary from the process by making government the final arbiter in any dispute over compensation. In the original form the Bill had provisions allowing for the expropriation of land at market value. The power to expropriate was also retained at National government level. The objection raised above forced the Bill to be sent back and changes made to it - but no-one could foresee the extent of the changes.

Now the Bill has reappeared in a very much altered state - one that would seemingly be patently unconstitutional by deliberately aiming to allow all 3 spheres of government - national, provincial and local - to expropriate assets - other than immovable property - at values far below market value. This would to me signal a blatantly unconstitutional piece of legislation - especially when you look at the highlights of the Bill:



  • extends the power to expropriate from the minister of public works to government departments and other state entities at all three tiers of governance;
  • applies to property of all kinds - not only land, but also business premises, mining rights, patents, and shares;
  • allows an ‘expropriating authority' to take ownership and possession of property before paying any compensation at all;
  • states that compensation becomes payable only when its amount has been agreed with the State or decided by the courts; and
  • puts great pressure on the expropriated owner to accept the amount of compensation offered by the State, rather than remain without the benefit of either the property or its value in money.


Its clear that the ANC is now stepping up their plans to take all forms of wealth from the white population if you can read between the lines of Jacob Zuma's little speech on AA and BEE. This is clear that the ANC is pushing all kinds of legislation that will make it perfectly legal for them to steal whatever they like (if it has value) from any white person at their discretion. You would think that our "wonderful" government would understand that there are reasons that we have legislation governing ownership of land, shares and patents - ie: because the people in whose names they are registered have spent money on those assets and have a right to benefit from them. Looks like the ANC is even looking for ways to steal peoples' intellectual property seeing as they have no intellect of their own.







Be afraid: The Expropriation Bill is back - SAIRR

Anthea Jeffery
27 March 2013

Anthea Jeffery says Bill will allow govt to take all kinds of assets, at below market value

The New Expropriation Bill is Better - But Still Bad

The Expropriation Bill is back. It is better than its 2008 predecessor in one key way, for it allows the courts to decide the compensation payable for expropriated property. This is a major advance. In many other ways, however, the Bill remains as bad as before.

The Expropriation Bill of 2013 (the Bill) is better than its 2008 predecessor in one key way, says the South African Institute of Race Relations, for it allows the courts - rather than the State - to decide the compensation payable for expropriated property. The 2008 bill was clearly unconstitutional in seeking to oust the jurisdiction of the courts and make the Government the arbiter of the compensation to be provided on expropriation. "The shift evident in the new Bill is thus a big step forward," says the Institute's head of special research, Dr Anthea Jeffery.

"It also shows yet again the vital importance of the Institute, and other civil society organisations, in defending the Constitution against erosion of its guarantees."

However, the new Bill - recently released for comment by the Department of Public Works - is as bad as its predecessor in various other ways. Among other things, the new Bill still:

extends the power to expropriate from the minister of public works to government departments and other state entities at all three tiers of governance;
applies to property of all kinds - not only land, but also business premises, mining rights, patents, and shares;
allows an ‘expropriating authority' to take ownership and possession of property before paying any compensation at all;
states that compensation becomes payable only when its amount has been agreed with the State or decided by the courts; and
puts great pressure on the expropriated owner to accept the amount of compensation offered by the State, rather than remain without the benefit of either the property or its value in money.

Says Dr Jeffery: "In practice, the option of applying to court to decide a different measure of compensation is likely to benefit only those with deep pockets - the relatively few who, despite the loss of their property to the State, can afford the cost of lengthy litigation with little guarantee of success."

Overall, the Bill reduces the compensation payable under the current Expropriation Act of 1976, which is based on market value, supplemented by damages for all resulting loss. It also greatly expands the scope for expropriation, increasing the chances of the State increasingly resorting to this drastic measure.

The Bill also contradicts the National Development Plan (NDP), which recognises the vital importance of secure tenure to land, mining rights, and the like. Yet the NDP is supposed to be the Government's policy blueprint and to have an ‘overriding effect' on all policy choices.

Cautions Dr Jeffery: "The Bill gives almost all state agencies the power to take from farmers, firms, and ordinary people their most important assets - often their sole assets, built up over decades of endeavour. In return, less than adequate compensation will be provided. No matter how sparingly the Government may now intend to use the measure, once it has been put on to the Statute Book there will be little to prevent state agencies from resorting to it ever more often.

"The mere risk of this will be enough to unsettle the property rights of all South Africans. This in turn will deter investment, curtail economic growth, and make it harder still to overcome unemployment, poverty, and inequality."

Statement issued by Dr Anthea Jeffery, South African Institute of Race Relations, March 27 2013

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Lost Cash and Acknowledgements of Debt

These are the people that we allow to remain in charge of our tax money? These are the people that have access to 42% of my hard earned cash? The very same people who "lose" money? The fact of the matter is that the money has been stolen or used "irregularly" to benefit friends and family members of the administrators.

R50 million that was meant for municipal development is "unaccounted for". It no longer even shocks me that this has taken place in an ANC province and ANC municipalities. Lovely right?

And on top of the "loss" of R50 million, over 2000 Gauteng officials who have been found to be involved in housing fraud amounting to almost R12 million have not been fired or even suspended - instead they have signed acknowledgements of debt and have been allowed to return to public "service". This is what we are given by the ANC government - thieving and corrupt "civil servants" who are allowed to continue with their duties and retain their employment after having been found to have stolen public funds???? 

But as always this will never be blamed on the abject incompetence of the ANC and their black place holders employees. This will always be the fault of the evil white man and Apartheid or colonialism or something like that. this is just a taste of what we can expect in the future as the pathetic and criminal communist ANC cronies and cadres continue to blatantly steal public funds in order to line their own pockets. Naturally this will be blamed on the outdated and fraudulent propaganda of the economy being in the hands of the white population. That naturally means that theft and crime is automatically excusable simply because it was committed by a black person. utterly pathetic!

The ANC - a bottomless pit where tax money disappears


R50m in World Cup legacy funds missing

2013-03-26 11:06
Johannesburg - Around R50m meant for 2010 World Cup legacy projects in the Eastern Cape has gone missing, The Times reported on Tuesday.

Parliament's sport portfolio committee was investigating the matter. Committee chairperson Richard Mdakane said the discovery of the missing funds was made in June last year.

"There was a problem about the legacy project when we visited Buffalo City and an allegation was made there is R50m that is unaccounted for," Mdakane was quoted as saying.

The Buffalo City municipality includes East London, Bhisho and King William's Town.

"We requested the department of sport in the Eastern Cape to deal with the matter [but it has] not really come back to us."

Mdakane said they were consulting with the portfolio committee on safety and security and sport director general Alec Meomi on the matter.

The municipality's spokesperson Keith Ngesi denied there was any money missing.

He told The Times that around R21m had gone into upgrading the Buffalo City Stadium and that there had been delays in other projects.

"The metro is aware of the work that has not been done and responsible units are putting together a report, including paid invoices with a portfolio of evidence of work done," he said.

- SAPA



Gauteng officials implicated in housing fraud not getting the boot - Janet Semple
Janet Semple 
26 March 2013 


DA MPL says the 2 012 officials busted were simple made to sign Acknowledgment of Debt agreements

Gauteng Housing Fraud: 2 000 officials fingered for R11.7 million

More than 2 000 provincial and municipal officials in Gauteng were prosecuted for fraudulently benefitting from government housing programmes in the 2010/11 and 2011/12. None of the officials were suspended or sacked for their fraudulent activity, instead entering into Acknowledgement of Debts (AOD) agreements with the Gauteng Local Government and Housing Department to repay the R11.7 million lost.

The figures were made available by Gauteng Local Government and Housing MEC Ntombi Mekgwe in response to my written question in the legislature. I asked the question following the recent report by Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale indicating that 1 061 public servants were prosecuted across the country for housing fraud.

A shocking 1 630 officials in provincial government departments alone were implicated, while a further 382 municipal officials across the province were involved.

The DA in Gauteng is not satisfied with the manner in which the department has dealt with offending officials. The DA believes that offending officials must, at the very least, be dismissed from public office where appropriate following disciplinary and civil or criminal investigations.

The MEC must explain why her department entered into AOD agreements instead of suspending or dismissing officials. The DA will question the MEC on the criteria and reasoning behind this dubious decision and approach to dealing with fraud.

Housing is a critical issue in Gauteng as the provincial population continues to grow.

Public servants who defraud the public purse and obstruct or manipulate the progress in delivering on housing needs across the province are unfit to occupy public office.

The MEC must ensure the toughest appropriate action against officials who prioritise illegally stuffing their own pockets over the real needs of the people.

Statement issued by Janet Semple MPL, DA Gauteng Housing Spokesperson, March 26 2013
Source

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Living in LalaLand

Maatjie on the Mynews24 site feels that South Africa is not a violent country. She attributes our astronomically high crime rates - which effectively make South Africa about as dangerous as living in an active warzone - to a few individuals. I just want to ask you Maatjie, what LalaLand are you living in and is there any room left? 

You and I cannot be living the same country because I live in a country where I have to lock myself in a veritable fortress each night before going to bed for fear that someone will deem my house worthy of the next break-in. I live in a country where driving late at night means deliberately ignoring all the rules of the road so as not to have to stop too long in one place for fear of being hi-jacked.  What about the violent protests where people riot and loot? where the stone cars, burn buildings and hack others with pangas?

My country is one where a woman is raped every 4 minutes, where 16000 people are murdered every year, where we cannot trust the police because they are often times the criminals, where robberies and hijackings are an every day occurrence to such a degree that we are no longer shocked when we hear about them. 

My South Africa has children raping and killing other children and sometimes the elderly. I cannot walk alone in the streets in my country, I have to make sure I close the gates before I get out of my car, where I can't pull directly into my driveway until the gates are fully open. My country does not allow children to play outside without adult supervision. I have to carry a panic button with me wherever I go. I cannot drive with my windows open. Does that sound like a country that is safe to you?

And this in a country of only 40 million at the time?



South Africa is not a violent country
20 March 2013, 07:43


STOP LABELLING OUR COUNTRY AS VIOLENT

There's been so much of a roar over what Zuma once said about our country, that "South Africa is not a violent country", radio talk shows and a number of citizens criticised him for this claiming that he's ignorant to the unjust incidences in our communities. I'm here thinking: do we really know what a violent country looks like? Zuma was not only politically correct but morally correct as well. South Africa is not a violent country, we may be experiencing unjust behaviour from certain individuals, which might also be getting out of hand but that doesn't mean we are a violent country.

I challenge you to pay attention to what is happening in Syria, Israel and Palestine, there you will have a clear idea as to what a violent country is... people loosing live everyday, living in fear not knowing which car is gonna blow next or which a missile is gonna come. We don't see people running for their lives everyday, many are just prisoners of their own minds.

We need to have a way of dealing with our own emotional issues regarding our government and think rationally. We need to encourage humanity instead of just giving in to the unjust incidences. We need to be matured enough to seperate issues and treat them individually. You may hate Zuma but don't use that hatred towards our country, direct it to him.

Yes, there may be violent protests, police brutality, rape and etc, but that happens in every country and we must rather strive to strengthen our criminal justice instead of contaminating our beloved country with such insinuation. South Africa is not a violent country!!! If you are spiritually, emotionally and mentally violent, don't drag the name of our beloved country down with you. Stop imposing fear in the minds of others and start working on bringing solutions. Lets challenge those who are in charge and create a healthy and safer environment for ourselves... 




The ANC Is Not The Problem????


Another attempt at absolving the ANC from all responsibility by blaming whites and Apartheid – blacks can seemingly do no wrong seeing as their failures are always caused by us… Malaika Wa Azania on the Thoughtleader website defends her lovely corrupt ANC taskmasters and uses the white man and a 20 year old dead regime as scapegoats. Can they never once admit their own failures and take some sort of responsibility?


You’re right, the problem is not the ANC – the problem is the membership and ruling bodies of the ANC.

The oldest liberation movement on the continent, the African National Congress, is facing a crisis of great magnitude. Not only are there power struggles within the organisation but a sense of resignation towards the organisation in broader society. The masses have evolved from a state of defeatism — induced by the post-1994 euphoria — to frustration with the ANC-led government. For over a decade our people have had the retina removed from their eyes.
Its about time people started seeing the wood for the trees in this country – the ANC have been useless and have not delivered on one single promise made in 1994. Is it any wonder that people are disillusioned?
We’ve settled comfortably into a zone where we’ve been conditioned to believe the myth that was the “rainbow nation”. A myth designed by the ANC under the leadership of Nelson Mandela to foster relations between oppressed black people and their oppressor of many decades. But with the euphoria having died down and objective reality perpetually rearing its ugly head, our people have begun to understand the nature of this myth. To understand the South Africa that was sold to us in 1994 exists only in the minds of the architects of its propaganda.
No one in South Africa (aside from those die hard bleeding heart liberals) believes in any sort of “Rainbow Nation”. There never was any such thing and there never will be – it is a pipe dream and one that has brought and will bring each and every one of us misery. Glad to see that you are finally realizing that.
South Africa today is different to that painted when the country was sitting on the threshold of constitutional democracy. That South Africa was supposed to have been one where the people would govern in every sense of the word. The people would be the architects of the direction the country was to take, politically, economically and socially. That South Africa was supposed to have been one where children of the poor would have access to tertiary education. That South Africa was supposed to have been one of genuine social cohesion, where the previously conflicting races would converge to design solutions for the future.
The people do govern – badly. The people steadfastly believe that by voting for an inept, incompetent, idiot filled terrorist criminal organisation that they will have their needs taken care of. That is because they are being duped by the free T-shirts and KFC dished out during elections. It is the masses who have kept the ANC in power, who have allowed them to become complacent and who have never held them responsible for their failures. That is what the majority have voted for and what they have accepted. The ANC promised free education – and then made it a pathetic joke – and FYI, access to tertiary education is a privilege, not a right. Only the top academic achievers deserve it. There are a million and one other necessary skills that the rest can gain. The ANC is the entity breeding social unrest and disunity. “Shoot the boer” and “bring me my machine gun” and “chase them into the sea” – all in reference to whites – is breeding continued enmity. Blaming the whites for their failures – the ANC can be likened to the Nazi’s who used the Jews as scapegoats for all of Germany’s woes – remember what happened to the Jews when the German masses fell for it?
Instead we have a South Africa governed by the elite on behalf of the majority. A South Africa where even the delegates responsible for electing the leaders of the ruling party are treated as mere voting fodder, which exists to serve the agenda of the ruling elite. We have a South Africa where poverty and suffering have a black face, while privilege and opulence continue to assume a white face. The volatility of race relations has undermined the idea of social cohesion as envisaged in the “rainbow nation” project. South Africa is a country of vast economic inequalities, with the black majority on the receiving end of this injustice.
I hate to tell you this but that is how democracy works. People vote for a specific person/party to represent them and to discuss issues on their behalf. The elite that is in power bleeding the country dry was VOTED for by the majority. If you have a problem with the elite that are useless and corrupt and all round pathetic in every sense of the word then change your VOTE. The volatility of race relations? Not engendered by the white population – continued, furthered and spread by the ANC and their followers! Your immediate assumption that race relations plays a role in the failures of the ANC to actively govern and perform their mandate is telling of your own racial bias and inability to see the wood for the trees on this issue. The vast economic equalities have been CREATED by the ANC! BEE and AA mean that the skilled whites have been pushed out to make room for the inexperienced and unskilled blacks – fine. The blacks are employed but how are they going to learn how to make the business profitable? The whites who could have taught the people employed by merit are no longer there! Those policies are effectively KILLING what were once extremely successful businesses. Why could the policy not be to take advantage of the skills learned by the whites and force a transfer of knowledge and skills to blacks instead of job positions and money? That way there would be an increase in the CREATION of wealth rather than a fight over the DISTRIBUTION of what is now limited?
Because not everyone understands the distinction between the party and the government, as well as the government and the state, the dissatisfaction of the masses with the status quo is projected and understood as failures solely of the ANC. And so when the masses revolt, they revolt not against the system that creates their suffering and abject poverty. They revolt against an ANC that is seen as the system itself. This revolt against the ANC, understandable as it may be, is greatly misplaced.
Again, the ANC being in charge of 8 of the 9 Provinces and having a majority showing the National Assembly IS the government. It is the policies of the ANC that are not being implemented or implemented badly. It falls to the deployed ANC cadres to do the work in the municipalities, cities, towns, provinces and everywhere else they are in power to provide the services. If the ANC didn’t hire based on political affiliation but rather on merit, experience and expertise then I’m sure we would have services delivered on time and with quality, a school system to be proud of and a growing economy and middle class. But no, the ANC hires cadres and their aunts, uncles and third cousins twice removed because that is how they roll. The revolt should be against the ANC because in most instances the ANC and government are the same.
Many of our people are of the view that what happened in 1994 was a revolution, a complete overhaul of the apartheid regime and all its institutions and socialisation. But what actually transpired was a political breakthrough, an annihilation of a minority dictatorship at the level of governance. This breakthrough did not in any way tear at the heart of the system of capitalism that finds expression through white supremacist ideology. The former president of the ANC Youth League, comrade Julius Malema, made a poignant assertion when he said: “What happened in 1994 was that we removed those signs that read BLACKS NOT ALLOWED and WHITES ONLY … ”
Julius Malema is a spoiled child who never knew when to shut his trap. Go and read the Constitution again sister – there are equal rights in there – first, second and third generation rights. The fact that the black majority do not enjoy these rights is traceable directly back to the ANC and their failure to implement anything at all! That “capitalism” that you speak of is such a derisive manner is what keeps food on your table, clothes on your back and money in your bank account. There is not one single example in the history of the world of socialism, Marxism or communism even remotely making peoples lives better. Those ideologies are the cause of more poverty, strife, violence, death, crime, corruption, human rights violations and dictatorships than any other put together! They are the cause of more social inequality than anything else. Do you think that by toppling a capitalist system you will suddenly be rich, have everything you ever dreamed and be living in a Utopia? If so then you are more naive than I thought. By removing free enterprise all you are doing is making yourself a slave to the government and giving away all of your rights and freedoms and self-determination. Only those in at the highest levels with friends at the top will prosper – you and I and the rest of the ordinary people will wither into nothingness and our entire existence will mean putting money in their back pockets that was meant to help the people as a whole. That is an ANC goal – not an Apartheid one. In fact that is why the Apartheid government fought a war in Angola and banned your terrorists “freedom fighters” – to prevent the scourge that is communism from taking over our country. Your beloved ANC is the culprit trying to make you poor.
This is in fact what happened. The institutionalisation of apartheid was reformed, while apartheid as a system was left untouched. Therefore the ANC inherited a South Africa that was and continues to be defined within apartheid ideology. It is the ruling party in a government that is located in a white supremacist and bourgeois state. The ANC is not in power, it is office. In this democratic dispensation, the power remains in the hands of the same people in whose hands it was during the apartheid dispensation. For this reason the ANC does not have the power to annihilate the economic inequalities that plague the country. It does not control the means with which these inequalities can be completely addressed.
Apartheid ideology? I ask you to please explain your use of the term. As I understand it from legislation, speeches, history and verifiable fact the only ideology of Apartheid was separate development of the various cultures and races. Nothing more and nothing less. So are you saying that this is what the ANC is still trying to achieve? Not at all. The ANC have lumped everyone together and have decided that there will be NO development at all. There is no white supremacy here – there is a black elite and a ton of black oligarchs – no white supremacy. You are factually incorrect to state that anything from the functioning Apartheid way of life and systems is still in place. You are simply spouting the same old used and abused propaganda and rhetoric of the ANC – blame Apartheid and whites for their failures and those of their supporters.
The problem in South Africa is not corruption as is projected. The problem is that there exists a structural inequality that subjects the black majority to having to fight for a piece of the cake while the bigger proportion of it is safely kept in the hands of a minority. So the argument the media likes to project is that if there was no corruption in the ANC-led government there would be equality. A convenient argument that seeks to defocus us from the real issue and the real cause of the status quo.
The problem is the culture of greed and entitlement which is fostered by your lovely communistic ANC – give to people who get pregnant as teens, give more if they deliberately abuse alcohol during pregnancies so that their child is born with a disability, and keep giving and giving and giving. Take from those who create and give to those who consume. That is the culture in South Africa – which is evidenced clearly by the corruption. You are again misinformed – at this point in time the black middle class outnumbers the ENTIRE white population. The majority of personally held shares on the JSE are in black hands. Black wealth and income growth is more than double that of whites. Blacks have first pick of schools, universities, jobs, tenders, grants, charities and in a million and one other ways. The wealth is now in the hands of the majority – with the minority still earning. The fact that the majority still has wealth is an indication of the fact that we are necessary when it comes to keeping this country afloat. You have done NO research and still quote the ANC lies. If wealth must be redistributed to the poor from the rich will you hold the same view when it comes to the Ministers earning millions? The Cyril Ramaphosas, the Guptas, the Patrice Motsepes, the Jacob Zumas? Must they also redistribute their obscene wealth to the poor as per your communistic/socialistic views? The media serves to highlight the ineptness and corruption of the failure that is the ANC. Without the media we would be unaware of how much of our tax money is being stolen, misspent and basically squandered. The media uses corruption to highlight the failure – not to say that without corruption there would be equality. And to a great extent the media shields the ANC – go see how the ANC influences the SABC and The New Age. You cannot have a democracy without a functioning media which brings to the fore the inadequacies and failures of the ruling government.
We must expose this fact because the liberal offensive that wants to project the ANC as the foundation of all ills in society is deceiving our people and demobilising them from investing energies in the fundamental struggle: economic freedom, freedom from the clutches of monopoly capital that has a white face. The ANC is merely a manager of the system, not the system itself. And what must be dismantled is the system. If we employ our energies solely in the dismantling of the ANC, we run the inevitable risk of being led by yet another manager of that same system, which is designed to keep the masses of our people poor.
You conclusion is again the same lie again and again and again – does the ANC pay you to write this? Dismantle the economic structure we have and implement your bunny hugger communist ideal and see how fast this country becomes Zimbabwe 2.0. You, my poor dimwitted sister, are clueless and woefully uninformed which means that there is no way that I can take your article or you seriously. You blame whites for your own failures, for your own mistakes and worst of all for the mistakes of your government! You have some growing up to do.

In short - the ANC as a whole is the BIGGEST problem in South Africa!

See the original here

Monday, 18 March 2013

The Real Story behind the Western Cape’s Farm Violence



I know that this has been covered before by several of the bloggers that I follow but I just felt that it should be reposted again. I may not be Mrs Zille's greatest fan and thinking that her liberal tendencies are one of the real problems facing the DA and their bid to oust the ANC but on this point she is absolutely correct. Fact-filled and entirely true (if not entirely for educational purposes but so what? Let her score some political points with it if she can) the short article highlights the deliberate and extensive violent threats and means used by the ANC (Apartheid tactics again people - killing innocent people and destroying infrastructure - I just wonder where the bombers are?) in order to destabilise the Western Cape for one simple reason - they are not in charge there and cannot destroy it as quickly as they are destroying the rest of the provinces where they hold sway. This is what the ANc is trying to do - take over all power, demoralise the voters and scare them into accepting the disgusting behaviour and criminal activities that the ANC so openly flouts with concerning openness and a smile. 


Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance
17 March 2013



From years of experience, I know that when I am in a political pressure cooker, it is best to allow the heat to subside and some steam to escape before analysing what happened.
At the height of a crisis, when perceptions are sharply polarised, people aren’t prepared to question their pre-conceptions. They only see the “evidence” that supports their prejudices.
The recent “farm strikes” that shook the Western Cape for most of December and January (with a short Christmas break) was a case in point. 
Let’s look at what really happened, not because the crisis is behind us, but because we are in a lull between storms. By all accounts, Mr Noseyman (Nosey) Pieterse, who emerged as a key figure behind the “strikes”, is mobilising for the next round of the “rural struggle” he claims to lead. Mr Pieterse wears several hats. He is simultaneously a farmer, the President of an association of BEE farmers in the wine and spirit industry, as well as a trade union leader, organising workers in the industry.
We should, in the weeks ahead, be prepared for the possibility of further rural “strikes”. In this context, it would help to have a better understanding of the crisis from which we have just emerged. 
Before I begin, let me be clear:  the life of a seasonal farm labourer is a very difficult one. Thousands of poverty stricken people come to the Western Cape from across Southern Africa (particularly Zimbabwe, Lesotho and the Eastern Cape) for the fruit-picking season, desperately seeking work in one of the few remaining sectors that employ unskilled labour. Many of these migrants have remained in the Province permanently and have set up “home” in shack settlements on the outskirts of rural towns. Unemployed for most of the year, they rely on the short fruit-picking season to earn some income, much of which disappears immediately into the coffers of loan sharks on whom they depend to keep their families alive.  And as growing numbers of desperate work-seekers arrive, the competition intensifies between them for the shrinking number of jobs available, a result of the consolidation of farms and escalating mechanisation. As tough as it is to survive on the daily minimum wage, it is far tougher to earn nothing at all.  And, as happens world-wide in situations of conflict over scarce resources, individuals band together in groups to protect and advance their interests. In divided societies, the fault line between groups is often determined by ethnicity. Here there are four distinct groups of seasonal work-seekers on the Province’s deciduous fruit and grape farms: Zimbabweans, Basotho, amaXhosa and traditional Western Cape farm workers, who would (in terms of the old apartheid designations) have been classified Coloured.  
This is fertile ground for exploitation. And so it is easy to see how the dominant (but entirely misleading) narrative arose: “heartless white farmers and labour brokers make ‘super profits’ by using ‘divide-and-rule’ tactics to drive down workers’ wages as their lives deteriorate”. 
 It is easy to see how this narrative fuelled the anger and rage that led to the destruction of tens of millions of Rands worth of farm infrastructure (packing sheds, cooling stores, tractors, orchards and vineyards) in an orgy of violence lasting several weeks.
And one can discern the ANC’s interest in fuelling this narrative. It was a golden opportunity to drive a wedge between two strong sectors of DA support -- farmers and farm workers - while seeking to position the DA on the side of “heartless farmers” and the ANC as the “champion of exploited workers”.
Unsurprisingly, this narrative was parroted by many observers, reinforcing stereotypes and creating conditions conducive to disinvestment and job losses in a sector that is the backbone of the Western Cape’s economy.
Except that the truth was the exact opposite.
I have rarely come across a case study that so graphically illustrates the disjuncture between perception and reality.  
Some of the key facts (that explode this narrative) are as follows:
  • The workers’ protests started on a farm called Keurboschkloof, previously a model farm in the Western Cape where workers were paid far above the minimum wage. When the farmer, Pierre Smit, died,  his farm was taken over by a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) consortium that immediately CUT WORKERS’ WAGES from an average of R14.51 to R10.60 per hour. 
  • This, understandably, elicited protests by workers, further aggravated by the fact that a former ANC Councillor, who is also a labour broker, tried to bring in “scab labour” at the behest of this BEE consortium to replace the protesting workers.
  • Braam Hanekom (nephew of an ANC Cabinet member) and his organisation “Passop” sought to unionise the workers for the COSATU affiliate, the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU).
  • He was challenged by Nosey Pieterse, a rival unionist, who claimed sole right to organise workers in the area.
  • When the protests spread to the Royal Mushroom Farm and Normandy Farm in mid-October, I was tipped off about an ANC strategy to “bring Marikana to the farms of the Western Cape” - a phrase used repeatedly by the ANC, and particularly Tony Ehrenreich, who combines a role as COSATU provincial general secretary and the ANC caucus leader in the City of Cape Town.
  • And as the protests spread, ANC Western Cape Leader Marius Fransman made his presence felt, announcing “die Boere gaan k.k”, while the Minister of Agriculture, Tina Joemat-Petterrson also visited the area and used inflammatory language.
  • But the one Minister actually responsible for labour matters, Mildred Oliphant, remained abroad for weeks, and did not bother to cut her trip short despite the protest against the minimum wage SHE HAD SET.  All the while, the ANC sought to blame the farmers.
So the truth is exactly the opposite of the prevailing narrative.  
In fact, the best option available for unskilled, seasonal farm workers in South Africa is to secure a job with a farmer like Pierre Smit, who is not a rare exception in the Western Cape. In fact, research by Ben Stanwix of UCT’s Development Policy Unit shows that on average farmers pay significantly higher wages in the Western Cape than other provinces. This is one of the reasons why tens of thousands of desperately poor people leave their homes in far more fertile regions across Southern Africa to seek work on the rocky mountain slopes of De Doorns and other farms in the Western Cape.
The truth also reveals a number of profound ironies.
Irony number one: while the ANC was slamming “heartless white farmers”, many of them were actually paying their workers more than the minimum wage that had been set by the ANC Minister of Labour, Mildred Oliphant, in consultation with COSATU. 
Irony number two: When the workers went on strike in protest, and the ANC was slamming labour brokers for playing a role in the exploitation of workers, a former ANC councillor, Nelie Barends, who is also a labour broker, tried to provide the BEE farming consortium that took over Keurboschkloof farm with scab labour. In fact, throughout the period that the ANC was slamming labour brokers’ in the Hex River Valley, their own members (including ANC councillor Pat Marran and his wife) were playing a key role as brokers supplying seasonal labour to farms. 
Irony number three: as the ANC, Passop, FAWU and Nosey Pieterse claimed to be representing the interest of the workers they were actually at war with each other, a conflict which seriously jeopardised worker interests, causing serious divisions and infighting between different groups of workers, usually divided on an ethnic basis.  But they all shared one common goal:  to convince workers that their “war” was actually with the farmers. All the while, ANC politicians sought to spread the unrest across the province for their political advantage.
Irony number four: While the ANC accused farmers of fanning xenophobia, it has actually been driven by labour brokers representing differing groups of workers, and exploiting the fault lines caused by ANC policy. While Zimbabweans were legalised through a special amnesty of the Department of Home Affairs (with the support of the farmers), workers from Lesotho were excluded from the amnesty and their employment was deemed illegal and penalised through heavy fines.  This meant that thousands of Basotho who had been previously employed, were now unemployed due to ANC policies, while the ANC sought to fan and exploit their anger to spread the unrest.
Irony number five: While the ANC claims to be against labour brokers, it was the farmers, together with the Zimbabwean workers who really fought to get rid of these broker intermediaries. The Zimbabweans, in particular, resisted a consortium or labour brokers (including those with ANC links) who sought to extract from farmers R10 per day for every worker the brokers placed in a job. Zimbabweans wanted to contract directly with farmers, without an intermediary role of labour brokers. This was vehemently opposed by the labour brokers, dominated by ANC public representatives, who were determined to defend the “super profits” they earned from placing workers. 
Irony number six: The ANC and its various allied organisations, were happy to drive the conflict between the Basotho, Zimbabweans, and local labour to extend the unrest throughout rural areas, in their attempts to present the Western Cape as being exploitative, racist, and ungovernable.
Why should anyone believe me? Go and read the primary academic research such as Ben Stanwix’s article “Minimum wages and compliance in South African agriculture” as well as a discussion document by Jan Theron (co-ordinator of the Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group at UCT) titled “Changing employment trends on farms in the Hex and Breede River valleys” and the research paper “Violence, Labour and the Displacement of Zimbabweans in De Doorns, Western Cape” written by Jean Pierre Misago of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Forced Migration Studies Programme that contain some in-depth interviews on this matter (over and above my direct discussions with farm workers and farmers).
There is much priceless information out there if one is prepared to join the dots.
The best of all of these is an article titled “Oogsten in Afrika” published in the magazine Quote in October 2012, which quotes Anton de Vries, the Dutch co-founder of the BEE consortium that took over Keurboschkloof farm (that cut worker wages as soon as they took over) saying he had set up a venture to “profit” from land reform. He boasted that it was an official partner of the ANC national government and has contacts in the highest levels, which is its greatest asset.  
It is time we woke up and saw what is really happening in our platteland, instead of continuing to bow before the ANC’s warped and deliberately distorted version of events.
The reality is that while most farmers pay significantly higher than the minimum wage they are struggling to make ends meet because of the low return on their product. For example, a “Capturing Gains” research project revealed that when it comes to the final retail price for table grapes from Hex River Valley imported to the United Kingdom, 42% goes to supermarkets, 32% to distributors, while only 18% is retained by the farmers, who must cover all their costs from this return. 
Instead, of falling prey to the ANC’s ‘divide-and-rule’ tactics, farmers, farm workers, civil society and government need to work together to address this highly distorted value chain and increase profitability on farms so that the individuals putting in the hard work start reaping the benefits.

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The ANC Proves Its Filled With Criminals Yet AGAIN!

A lovely report was made in Fin24.com (originally published in the City Press) this weekend and what it boils down to is an accurate curriculum vitae of the complete and utter incompetence and criminal tendencies of the despicable marxist terrorists wonderful freedom fighters who have run our country into the ground in less than 20 years. Almost R25 BILLION has been lost due to corruption, theft, mismanagement and fraud etc etc etc...  I could go on for ages and list the many evils but I think the article will do that for me (and bear in mind that the article is only discussing the 2011/2012 financial year!!!). This is what my hard-earned tax money goes towards? So that it can line the pockets of a few elite who would have nothing going for them without their ANC membership cards? Time for me to start boycotting calls from SARS for the money I "owe"!

And just to point out - this is the EXACT reason that the ANC is pushing so hard for the Information Bill to be passed - so that we, and the rest of their blind sheep supporters - will not be able to see just how ruthlessly the scum are looting the public coffers and at the same time destroying any chance we may have had of saving the country's economy!  You can just bet your last Rand that the ANC will shout out that it is being attacked and persecuted by the white media just to throw them in a bad light! This is utterly disgusting and completely unacceptable - but this is what the people have chosen - so I'm just going to sit back and watch while the uneducated masses start protesting and killing each other again over non-delivery of services (without knowing that the funds have been stolen) - maybe it will result in another Marikana type situation? I'm sure that another instance of the ANC implementing Apartheid tactics against their own supporters will cost them a few votes eventually...


R25bn down the drain

Mar 17 2013 10:38  Xolani Mbanjwa and Sabelo Ndlangisa, City Press


Johannesburg - R24.8bn – to be exact. That’s the bill for unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful spending by provincial departments and entities.


That’s what Auditor General (AG) Terence Nombembeand his team found during their 2011/12 audit – and it’s almost R4bn more than the previous review.

Shockingly, Nombembe and his team audited 29 fewer departments and entities, but the bill for provincial misspending still soared.

And, the AG has warned, this misuse of public funds has “become the norm”.

Nombembe blamed lax internal controls, weak political leadership and a disregard for procurement rules as major contributors to the massive bill.

The biggest provincial offenders were the North West government, with R4.165bn; KwaZulu-Natal, which incurred R3 993bn; and Free State, with R3 255bn.

The SA Institute of Race Relations calculated what could have been paid for by the state with the wasted R24.8bn.

They found that during the audited period:

  • Child-support grants could have been paid for 7.4 million children – 70% of those currently being paid out;
  • More than 400 schools could have been built;
  • At least 550 new prisons could have been built;
  • The country’s total water and sanitation infrastructure for one year could have been covered; and
  • The president’s salary could be paid for 9 000 years.
The City Press graphic below outlines what government could have done:
Spending
Earlier this week, Nombembe published his team’s grim findings on the state of government’s financial administration in the consolidated general report on national and provincial audit outcomes.

But he was not surprised by the high figure.

He said: “That, I suppose, continues because of the lack of consequences. If people continue to think they have done it before and nothing has happened to them, I guess the temptation is to continue to do it because nothing is done about it anyway.

“No lesson really seems to have been sent very clearly of what will happen if people transgress the rules.”

Nombembe and his team audited fewer departments and entities this time around because they did not include those that missed the deadline of September 30 to take part.

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and her performance monitoring and evaluation counterpart, Collins Chabane, were in Pretoria for the release of Nombembe’s report.

They listened attentively as he revealed the details.

The report on Free State found wastage in nearly 70% of its government institutions and departments.

Nombembe singled out the province’s accounting officers and department heads as not doing enough to prevent wastage.

"The extent of this expenditure and noncompliance by the accounting officers is indicative of an environment where incurring unauthorised and irregular expenditure has become the norm, and not the exception,” said Nombembe.

This year’s appalling results – clean audits for fewer than a quarter of 536 audited state entities, and for only three of 38 national departments – mean the lofty goals set in 2009 with the launch of Operation Clean Audit 2014 are nothing more than a pipe dream.

 - City Press

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

New White Panther Party


I guess most of you would have heard already about the black nationalist and racist group calling themselves the New Black Panther Party will be coming to South Africa during March and that there is a petition going around that will be submitted to the Human Rights Commission in an attempt to stop them from doing just that.

I took it upon myself to check out their website so that I would have something to post other than their racist drivel which has been extensively covered in detail in and in very fine fashion by my fellow bloggers.

To that end I discovered that they have a page titled “10 Point Program” - view it here. This “program” is nothing more than a list of demands made on behalf of blacks and which is entirely racist to its core. I have copied those 10 points but have switched the words “black” and “white” around. I guess they don’t see anything racist in their demands but I can definitively say that what is posted below would be regarded as 100% racist to its core.

What the New White Panthers Want
What the New White Panthers Believe

1. We want freedom. We want the power to practice self-determination, and to determine the destiny of our community and THE WHITE NATION.

We believe in the spiritual high moral code of our Ancestors. We believe in the truths of the Bible, Quran, and other sacred texts and writings. We believe in MAAT and the principles of NGUZO SABA. We believe that White People will not be free until we are able to determine our Divine Destiny.

2. We want full employment for our people and we demand the dignity to do for ourselves what we have begged the black man to do for us.

We believe that since the black man has kept us deaf, dumb and blind, and used every "dirty trick" in the book to stand in the way of our freedom and independence, that we should be gainfully employed until such time we can employ and provide for ourselves.
We believe further in: POWER IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE! WEALTH IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE! ARMS IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE!

3. We want tax exemption and an end to robbery of THE WHITE NATION by the CAPITALIST. We want an end to the communistic domination of America in all of its forms: imperialism, criminal settler colonialism, neo-colonialism, racism, sexism, Zionism, Apartheid and artificial borders.

We believe that this wicked racist government has robbed us, and now we are demanding the overdue debt of reparations. A form of reparations was promised 100 years ago (forty acres and a mule) as restitution for the continued genocide of our people and to in meaningful measure and repair the damage for the AFRICAN HOLOCAUST (Maangamizo/Maafa).

We believe our people should be exempt from ALL TAXATION as long as we are deprived of equal justice under the laws of the land and the overdue reparations debt remains unpaid. We will accept payment in fertile and minerally rich land, precious metals, industry, commerce and currency. As genocide crimes continue, people’s tribunals must be set up to prosecute and to execute. The "Jews" were given reparations. The Japanese were given reparations. The White, the Red and the Brown Nations must be given reparations. The American black man owes us reparations. England owes us reparations. France owes us reparations, Spain and all of Europe. Africa owes us reparations and repatriation. The Arabs owe us reparations. The "Jews" owe us reparations. All have taken part in the Caucasion HOLOCAUST and the slaughter of 600 million of our people over the past 6,000 years in  general and 400 years in particular. We know that this is a reasonable and just demand that we make at this time in history.

4. We want decent housing, fit for shelter of human beings, free health-care (preventive and maintenance). We want an end to the trafficking of drugs and to the biological and chemical warfare targeted at our people.

We believe since the black landlords will not give decent housing and quality health care to our White Community, the housing, the land, the social, political and economic institutions should be made into independent UUAMAA "New American Communal/Cooperatives" so that our community, with government reparations and aid (until we can do for ourselves) can build and make drug free, decent housing with health facilities for our people.

 5. We want education for our people that exposes the true nature of this devilish and decadent American society. We want education that teaches us our true history/herstory and our role in the present day society.

We believe in an educational system that will give our people knowledge of self." If we do not have knowledge of self and of our position in society and the world, then we have little chance to properly relate to anything else.

6. We want all White Men and White Women to be exempt from military service.

We believe that White People should not be forced to fight in the military service to defend a racist government that holds us captive and does not protect us. We will not fight and kill other people of colour in the world who, like White People, are being victimized by the black racist government of America. We will protect ourselves from the force and violence of the racist police and the racist military, "by any means necessary."

7. We want an immediate end to POLICE HARRASSMENT, BRUTALITY and MURDER of White People. We want an end to White-on-White violence, "snitching," cooperation and collaboration with the oppressor.

We believe we can end police brutality in our community by organizing White self-defense groups (White People's Militias/White Liberation Army's) that are dedicated to defending our White Community from racist, fascist, police/military oppression and brutality. The Second Amendment of black America's Constitution gives a right to bear arms. We therefore believe that all White People should unite and form and "American United Front" and arm ourselves for self-defense.

8. We want freedom for all White Men and White Women held in international, military, federal, state, county, city jails and prisons.

We believe that all White People and people of color should be released from the many jails and prisons because they have not received a fair and impartial trial. ‘Released’ means 'released' to the lawful authorities of the White Nation.

9. We want all White People when brought to trial to be tried in a court by a jury of their peer group or people from their White Communities, as defined by black law of the Constitution of the United States.

We believe that the courts should follow their own law, if their nature will allow (as stated in their Constitution of the United States) so that White People will receive fair trials. The 6th Amendment of the United States Constitution gives a man/woman a right to an impartial trial, which has been interpreted to be a "fair" trial by one's "peer" group.  A "peer" is a person from a similar economic, social, religious, geographical, environmental, historical and racial background. To do this, the court will be forced to select a jury from the White Community from which the White defendant came. We have been and are being tried by all black juries that have no understanding of the "average reasoning person" of the White Community.


10. WE DEMAND AN END TO THE RACIST DEATH PENALTY AS IT IS APPLIED TO WHITE AND OPPRESSED PEOPLE IN AMERICA. WE DEMAND FREEDOM FOR ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS OF THE WHITE RED AND BROWN NATION!

We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace. And, as our political objective, we want NATIONAL LIBERATION in a separate state or territory of our own, here or elsewhere, "a liberated zone" ("New America/Europe" or America/Europe), and a plebiscite to be held throughout the WHITE NATION in which only we will be allowed to participate for the purposes of determining our will and DIVINE destiny as a people.

FREE THE LAND! "UP YOU MIGHTY NATION! YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU WILL!" WHITE POWER! History has proven that the black man is absolutely disagreeable to get along with in peace. No one has been able to get along with the black man. All the people of color have been subjected to the black man's wrath. We believe that his very nature will not allow for true sharing, fairness, equity and justice.

Therefore, to the Red Man and Woman, to the Yellow and to the Brown, we say to you "THE SAME RABID DOG THAT BIT YOU, BIT US TOO!" WHITE POWER! ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!