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Conference. Pass on round the world

November 4, 2015
SEEN IN PARKING LOT AT THE MANGAUNG ANC ELECTIVE CONFERENCE

~ 106 BMW X5’s,

~ 28 RANGE ROVER SPORTS,

~ 211 BMW 5 or 7 series sedans,

~ 11 MASERATI’s,

~ 103 MERCEDES BENZ sedans (C & E Class),

~ 6 HUMMERS,

~ 9 FERRARI’s.

Apart from the fact that the tax payer is paying to get all these cars to the conference, paying for the luxury accommodation, decadently luxurious and excessive food and drinks (all free!!), wives, spouses, lovers, friends and family – all catered for – all at tax payers expense.

And then we wonder why the government says they don’t have money for RDP housing, a proper education system, proper healthcare facilities, a properly trained and corrupt-free police force and crime control – and all the other things they promised and haven’t honored !!!!

And then this …………….

Public sleeping competition – Hosted at the Budget Speech


And the winner is…

As the SILENT MAJORITY, let’s simply take a stand!!!
Zuma and his cronies: Gone!

Schooling: A decent pass rate not a manufactured one!

Culture: Western Standards – not 40 wives to be cared for by the suffering, struggling tax payers of Mzansi!

Corruption Free; No one with a criminal record to have any position in any tier or department of government!

We, the real people are coming…our vote will speak !!

Only 86% will send this on; it should be 100%

What will you do?

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money."

Margaret Thatcher

Remember, a Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!

I’M 100% for PASSING THIS ON!!!

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Brigitte’s Pick: Thoughts on South Africa by 2020..?…..Moletsi Mbeki –

June 27, 2014

Hugh Paxton’s Blog thanks Brigitte and Moeletsi Mbeki for this critique of the Rainbow Nation.

Start:

Now this is an extremely intellectual and true piece of writing; read all of it below this excerpt…pity this guy is just a journalist and not the president.

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by Moeletsi Mbeki: Author, political commentator and entrepreneur.

I can predict when SA’s "Tunisia Day" will arrive. Tunisia Day is when the masses rise against the powers that be, as happened recently in Tunisia. The year will be 2020, give or take a couple of years. The year 2020 is when China estimates that its current minerals-intensive industrialisation phase will be concluded.

For SA, this will mean the African National Congress (ANC) government will have to cut back on social grants, which it uses to placate the black poor and to get their votes. China’s current industrialisation phase has forced up the prices of SA’s minerals, which has enabled the government to finance social welfare programmes. The ANC is currently making SA a welfare state and tends to ‘forget’ that there is only a minority that pay all the taxes. They are often quick to say that if people (read whites) are not happy they should leave. The more people that leave, the more their tax base shrinks. Yes, they will fill the positions with BEE candidates (read blacks), but if they are not capable of doing the job then the company will eventually fold as well as their ‘new’ tax base. When there is no more money available for handouts they will then have a problem because they are breeding a culture of handouts instead of creating jobs so people can gain an idea of the value of money. If you keep getting things for free then you lose the sense of its value. The current trend of saying if the west won’t help then China will is going to bite them. China will want payment – ie land for their people and will result in an influx of Chinese (there is no such thing as a free lunch!)

The ANC inherited a flawed, complex society it barely understood; its tinkerings with it are turning it into an explosive cocktail. The ANC leaders are like a group of children playing with a hand grenade. One day one of them will figure out how to pull out the pin and everyone will be killed. …and 20 years on they still blame apartheid but have not done much to rectify things – changing names etc only costs money that could have been spent elsewhere.

A famous African liberation movement, the National Liberation Front of Algeria, after tinkering for 30 years, pulled the grenade pin by cancelling an election in 1991 that was won by the opposition Islamic Salvation Front. In the civil war that ensued, 200000 people were killed. The ‘new’ leaders are forgetting the ‘struggle’ heroes and the reasons for it – their agenda is now power and money and it suits them for the masses to be ignorant – same as Mugabe did in Zim. If you do not agree with the leaders then the followers intimidate you.

The former British prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, once commented that whoever thought that the ANC could rule SA was living in CloudCuckooLand. Why was Thatcher right? In the 16 years of ANC rule, all the symptoms of a government out of its depth have grown worse.

  • Life expectancy has declined from 65 years to 53 years since the ANC came to power; – a leader who did not believe that HIV causes AIDS (Mbeki) and another who believes having a shower after unprotected sex is the answer and has 5 wives and recently a child out of wedlock (Zuma). Great leaders for the masses to emulate!!- not!!
  • In 2007, SA became a net food importer for the first time in its history; Yet they want to carry on with their struggle song ‘kill the boer(farmer)’ and stopping farm killings does not seem to be a priority. They do not seem to realise where food actually comes from.
  • The elimination of agricultural subsidies by the government led to the loss of 600000 farm workers’ jobs and the eviction from the commercial farming sector of about 2,4-million people between 1997 and 2007; and – yet they want to create jobs and cause even more job losses – very short-sighted thinking.
  • The ANC stopped controlling the borders, leading to a flood of poor people into SA, which has led to conflicts between SA’s poor and foreign African migrants. Not much thought was given to this – their attitude was to help fellow Africans by allowing them ‘refuge’ in SA. Not thinking that illegals cannot legally get jobs but they need to eat to live. I believe that most of our crime is by non-South Africans from north of the borders. They need to do something to survive! Remove the illegal problem and you solve most of the crime problem.

…but is it in their interest to solve crime? There are whole industries built on crime – each burglary, car hijacking etc results in more sales of product and contribute to GDP. What would sales be if crime was down? I do not believe that anyone has worked out how much electricity is consumed a day because of electric fencing and security lights at night. Reduce the need for this (crime) and Eksdom (Eskom) would probably have a power surplus. – or if they charged our African neighbours the correct rates at least make a decent profit to build more power stations.
What should the ANC have done, or be doing?

The answer is quite straightforward. When they took control of the government in 1994, ANC leaders should have: identified what SA’s strengths were; identified what SA’s weaknesses were; and decided how to use the strengths to minimise and/or rectify the weaknesses. Standard business principle – but they too busy enriching themselves. People who were in prison or were non-entities 20 years ago are now billionaires – how? BEE??

A wise government would have persuaded the skilled white and Indian population to devote some of their time — even an hour a week — to train the black and coloured population to raise their skill levels. This done by lots of NGO’s but should have been more constructively done by the ruling party.

What the ANC did instead when it came to power was to identify what its leaders and supporters wanted. It then used SA’s strengths to satisfy the short-term consumption demands of its supporters. In essence, this is what is called black economic empowerment (BEE). …and put people in positions they could not cope with making them look stupid where if they had the necessary grounding could have been good in the position at the right time. You cannot ‘create’ a company CEO in a couple of years. It takes years of work starting at the bottom of the ladder – not in the middle. Only some things can be learnt in books – experience is the most important factor and this is not found in text books or university corridors.

BEE promotes a number of extremely negative socioeconomic trends in our country. It promotes a class of politicians dependent on big business and therefore promotes big business’s interests in the upper echelons of government. Second, BEE promotes an anti-entrepreneurial culture among the black middle class by legitimising an environment of entitlement. Third, affirmative action, a subset of BEE, promotes incompetence (what I said above) and corruption in the public sector by using ruling party allegiance and connections as the criteria for entry and promotion in the public service, instead of having tough public service entry examinations. Nepotism is rife – jobs for friends and families who are nowhere near qualified – and then hire consultants to actually get the work done – at additional cost of course!

Let’s see where BEE, as we know it today, actually comes from. I first came across the concept of BEE from a company, which no longer exists, called Sankor. Sankor was the industrial division of Sanlam and it invented the concept of BEE.

The first purpose of BEE was to create a buffer group among the black political class that would become an ally of big business in SA. This buffer group would use its newfound power as controllers of the government to protect the assets of big business.

The buffer group would also protect the modus operandi of big business and thereby maintain the status quo in which South African business operates. That was the design of the big conglomerates.

Sanlam was soon followed by Anglo American. Sanlam established BEE vehicle Nail; Anglo established Real Africa, Johnnic and so forth. The conglomerates took their marginal assets, and gave them to politically influential black people, with the purpose, in my view, not to transform the economy but to create a black political class that is in alliance with the conglomerates and therefore wants to maintain the status quo of our economy and the way in which it operates.

But what is wrong with protecting SA’s conglomerates?

Well, there are many things wrong with how conglomerates operate and how they have structured our economy.

  • The economy has a strong built-in dependence on cheap labour; With tight labour legislation they are preventing people from getting jobs. For some industries minimum wages are too high resulting in less people being employed. Because it is almost impossible to get rid of an incompetent employee without it costing lots of money in severance people rather do not employ – run on minimum with no incentive to grow the business – or alternatively automate. Result – more unemployment and employment of illegals at more affordable wages.
  • It has a strong built-in dependence on the exploitation of primary resources;
  • It is strongly unfavourable to the development of skills in our general population; Gone are the days of the artisan – no more structured learning to be artisans over a period of time. Try to fast track everything resulting in little on the job experience to be able to do the job. That is why Eksdom has sub stations blowing up and catching fire – lack of skill and maintenance. A friend told me about 5 years that this would start happening after Tshwane (Pretoria) started qualifying electrical engineers who were not up to standard.
  • It has a strong bias towards importing technology and economic solutions; and – at a higher cost
  • It promotes inequality between citizens by creating a large, marginalised underclass. Who depend on handouts that cannot be maintained into perpetuity.

Conglomerates are a vehicle, not for creating development in SA but for exploiting natural resources without creating in-depth, inclusive social and economic development, which is what SA needs. That is what is wrong with protecting conglomerates.

The second problem with the formula of BEE is that it does not create entrepreneurs. People do not develop necessary skills when being fast-tracked into a position and being given a free ride.You are taking political leaders and politically connected people and giving them assets which, in the first instance, they don’t know how to manage. So you are not adding value. You are faced with the threat of undermining value by taking assets from people who were managing them and giving them to people who cannot manage them(what I said earlier above). BEE thus creates a class of idle rich ANC politicos.

My quarrel with BEE is that what the conglomerates are doing is developing a new culture in SA — not a culture of entrepreneurship, but an entitlement culture, whereby black people who want to go into business think that they should acquire assets free, and that somebody is there to make them rich, rather than that they should build enterprises from the ground. Agree!

But we cannot build black companies if what black entrepreneurs look forward to is the distribution of already existing assets from the conglomerates in return for becoming lobbyists for the conglomerates. All companies start from the bottom – when they are ‘given’ these businesses they are usually run into the ground because of inexperience. And when they are given loans to buy business the loans invariable are not repaid and the businesses go bankrupt.

The third worrying trend is that the ANC-controlled state has now internalised the BEE model. We are now seeing the state trying to implement the same model that the conglomerates developed.

What is the state distributing? It is distributing jobs to party faithful and social welfare to the poor(what I said in different words). This is a recipe for incompetence and corruption, both of which are endemic in SA. This is what explains the service delivery upheavals that are becoming a normal part of our environment.

So what is the correct road SA should be travelling?

We all accept that a socialist model, along the lines of the Soviet Union, is not workable for SA today. The creation of a state-owned economy is not a formula that is an option for SA or for many parts of the world. Therefore, if we want to develop SA instead of shuffling pre-existing wealth, we have to create new entrepreneurs, and we need to support existing entrepreneurs to diversify into new economic sectors.
Make people work for their ‘handouts’ even if it means they must sweep the streets or clean a park – just do something instead of getting all for nothing. Guaranteed there will then be less queing for handouts because they would then be working and in most instances they do not want to work – they want everything for nothing.
And in my opinion the ANC created this culture before the first election in 1994 when they promised the masses housing, electricity etc – they just neglected to tell them that they would have to pay for them. That is why the masses constantly do not want to pay for water, electricity, rates on their properties – they think the government must pay this – after all they were told by the ANC that they will be given these things – they just do not want to understand that the money to pay for this comes from somewhere and if you don’t pay you will eventually not have these services.
And then when the tax base has left they can grow their mielies in front of their shack and stretch out their open palms to the UN for food handouts an live a day to day existence that seems to be what they want – sit on their ar$e and do nothing.
Mbeki is the author of Architects of Poverty: Why African Capitalism Needs Changing. This article forms part of a series on transformation supplied by the Centre for Development and Enterprise.

Hard to swallow from Brigitte in Namibia:

March 21, 2014

Python Swallows a man in KwaZulu-Natal

Hi guys, here’s a bit of a shocker for those of you who like wandering about in the bush or unexplored routes and roads. Look after yourselves . It took 8 men to load this python on to the truck. It swallowed the man after it found him drunk and sleeping next to the N2 road in Mkhuze,Kzn on Saturday. Had it not been spotted,the python would have remained on the same spot for up to 8 months while it digested every piece of theman’s body,including the skull n every bone.

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South Africa: Oscar Pistorius

March 5, 2014

Hugh Paxton’s Blog:

Judge: You heard somebody in the toilet?

Hugh: Yes. Terrifying! I assumed it was a burglar.

Judge: So you fired a number of bullets through the toilet door?

Hugh: Only four.

Judge: Did it occur to you that your wife might have been in the bathroom? Using the lavatory? And that you had killed her?

Hugh: The whole thing struck me as suspicious at the time. Violent crime is rampant in South Africa as you know. It is essential to protect ones loved ones.

Judge: You then heard noises in your daughter’s bedroom?

Hugh: I had to respond. My house, the security of my family was at stake!

Judge: So you shot your daughter?

Hugh: I thought, with good reason, she was an intruder. I regret that decision now but at the time…

Judge: What happened next?

Hugh: I heard noises next door and downstairs. No where’s safe nowadays. So I reloaded after unintentionally killing my cat, dog, four hamsters and the Van Shalkwyks next door and the guy delivering newspapers plus two taxi drivers. And a few burglars.

Judge: How do you plead?

Hugh: Not guilty!

South Africa: For the hard of hearing and a great man!

December 15, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog strongly suggests that you check out an earlier post today. The sign language guy. Mandela. Everybody being solemn. Him translating for the hearing impaired. He wasn’t just incredibly inept, he moved the whole concept of translation and explanation into worlds (and inaudible words) beyond comprehension. His explanation for what must be the most entertaining farce in funeral history was that he was being bombarded by angels!

Wow! This guy just doesn’t give up! Most people when doing this sort of thing (has anybody done this sort of thing?) might say “Yes, I can’t actually do my job. I’m a fake and I’ve made South Africa look even more stupid than usual. It’s a fair cop, guv!” Nah! He went with Angel Bombardment excuse!

Some journo raking through the ruins of this man’s career has also revealed that ten years ago he was charged with murder. Not using sign language (boring!) he explained that he had been violent in the past.

 

Some people might think he deserves a jail term or summary execution. Hugh Paxton’s Blog disagrees! Vehemently! I want him appointed to the UN as chief, sole and unsupervised sign language man. How many millions would actually watch the debates, the speeches, the press conferences if this guy was handling communications?

Lots and lots of millions! I’d be glued to the screen!

Pres Liew Fat Gob, yawning: “It has been a useful exchange of opinions and…”

Our Man on translation: “I’ve got a cigar in my arse horses horses, cover me in horses! fundamental great bif farts. Boring shit from China. Green wobbly thing from Mars doesn’t scare Mummy. Thank you. So sorry. And hello! Cornflakes!”

What do you think? He’d make as much sense as world leaders (or the media) and bring to our troubled globe a sense of shared, mutual joy. We could all watch together and wonder about what’s coming next. Obviously world leaders could carry on with their jobs and why not? That’s what they are there for. But while they did it we could just dispense with pretence. And enjoy genuine, unabashed gibberish.

 

 

Real interpreter decodes fake signing on Jimmy Kimmel

December 15, 2013

http://www.channel24.co.za/Gossip/News/Real-interpreter-decodes-fake-signing-on-Jimmy-Kimmel-20131213#.Uq0r4RFCbec.gmail

Nelson Mandela’s death

December 7, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog posted the following as an answer to a post but then thought nobody reads answers to posts. So here it comes, as a post. And it gets a bit longer!

Nelson Mandela died last night and a lot of people are sad that he has gone. Me, too. But not so sad. He had a good innings, was old and he had many years of trouble and triumph and time to think thoughts and a huge amount of international support to enrich his life. He was, and is, a living legend (even if he’s dead).

What I liked about him was his calm expression, his dissembling pretense at honesty and the way he was not shy of supporting the Springboks or HIV carriers.

Two very brave moves! His son died of AIDS.

And a kaffir wearing a Springboks shirt! Ouch! Wow! I call that brave! And he carried it off! I’m sure that a lot of Blacks watched in horror! But Mandela introduced the idea of multi-racial sports and persuaded the Whites to stay calm, the Blacks to stay calm…just a Rugby match!

Have you ever seen a calm Rugby match?

Somehow Mandela made that work! Probably a historical first in any country! And in any Rugby fixture. I’m not sure that he could have pulled it off with a Hammers versus Millwall football match in London but I would have liked to see him try!

Mandela was not in Robben Island prison for nothing. He was, despite his later gentle smiles, arrested for supplying weapons designed to kill White people. He was convicted of terrorist offences. His ex-wife, Black Piggy Winnie, got off free after her revolting mobilised Soweto gangs killed Stompie Sizwe. Poor kid! Anybody out there remember Stompie? They stomped him!

Winnie’s about as ugly corrupt as you can get, a rotten virus exploiting her husband’s good name and celebrity.

Mandela grew out of that violence (Winnie did it while he was inside), and, to his credit, he gave Winnie the gentle boot.

So we’ve got eulogies and memories and endless bullshine on the TV at the moment about the wonders of Mandela and most of the people (Obama, Cameron etc. don’t know much about South Africa (or Africa) at all). Perhaps that’s best!

I salute Mandela, as African leaders he was first class, and the best thing that could have happened to his political career was spending 27 years away from his feuding revolutionaries on Robben (somebody would have shot him), but I’ve another candidate for some world attention!

Desmond Tutu sometimes strikes me as rather lively (in England we prefer to go to sleep in church!) , but Tutu, despite his enthusiastic antics was also a Mandela.

Tutu IS a Mandela.

Honesty. The man is sound! He condemned Mugabe when most of SADC was silent (I didn’t hear Mandela, maybe he said something but I didn’t hear it and neither did Mugabe). SADC just didn’t listen at all. But ex-Archbishop Desmond Tutu …He had a look at things, decided they were wrong -white farm invasions, throwing MDC supporters down coal mines, cutting off their bollocks and buttocks etc , and he shouted it out loud! That’s what Africa needs. A bit of outspoken fury regarding this geriatric procession of nauseating senile dictators!

This vigour is in short supply.

Watching Zuma and his BMW driving sidekicks weeping crocodile tears and giving nice media one-liners makes me want to throw up.

They’ve missed the Mandela point. They’re missing the Tutu point. Tutu really carries the progressive ideas forward. He has a brain! Zuma? He has a bank account and thinks you can’t pick up HIV if you have a shower. What an egg-headed hippo headed git!

One last point, but worth making, is that Nelson Mandela did not stick to power like a wet turd to a woolly blanket.

That’s what other African presidents do. Not just one of them. All of them.

Mandela went with grace and like a gentleman. I like him for that especially.

Zuma is a creature incapable of such a piece of equivalent common sense or decorum.

Watch the funerals, mourn Mandela, but watch too for the opportunists and snakes in the grass. The ANC writhes with them. And spare a thought for Desmond Tutu. He isn’t dodging racist bullets fired from Kasspirs but he, and rational thought, are facing a potential onslaught. South Africa needs to clean house, needs to be safe for residents and visitors, needs to stop bleating on about Apartheid and using that as an excuse for chronic corruption, bent police, and getting robbed as soon as you leave the airport.

I’ll never forget getting robbed by Black police at a checkpoint en route to a hospital where my wife was to enjoy a scan to ascertain the health of our unborn daughter. They mobbed us, swarmed, stole US1,000, frightened her, confused me, shouted about Whites, the taxi driver (a little Coloured guy) wet his pants, and these people could see she, my wife, was pregnant.

This was the police! Rainbow Nation!

The only colours of the rainbow I saw was flashing blue and red cop lights white greedy teeth and very greedy black faces. Some rainbow that makes!

I had to fill out the forms for the cops back at base. I was still White, the taxi driver was still Coloured, my wife? Japanese. Honourable White (that wasn’t on the form).

The thing that broke my heart about this police procedure was that the cop was genuinely ashamed and angry that other police officers had robbed a pregnant woman but he couldn’t write his report in English. I helped him, but he couldn’t write, couldn’t spell and after an hour and a half I had to thank him and leave him otherwise I’d miss my flight. We gave each other rather half hearted salutes and that was it. Joburg!

South Africa has a long way to go! Mandela dying isn’t going to change that. And it sure as hell needs an honest police force. And an honest government. And an honest president! If any of you fat arse politicians give a damn about any of these points get working! But you won’t, will you? You will just mourn the passing of Mandela " Our father" etc.. Get your faces on the BBC. And then get back to business as usual.

African leaders always screw it up. CAR? Well that looks great? The French have to send the army in? It isn’t just CAR it’s all over the bloody continent! Bit of a shame! Overall, Mandela didn’t screw things up. He did what a man must do and then did it well. Apartheid saw it and gave way as gracefully as it could.

But Mandela’s passed.

My hopes are on Tutu! God Bless you! And don’t die on us! Central African Republic (that’s the CAR!) you haven’t been blessed by a Mandela or a Tutu or yourselves. One day, I pray Africa in general stops making itself an unhappy continent! RSA has a chance. There are people, lots of people in South Africa who can make it work. But not if the cops mug pregnant women and make the average tourist decide never to visit your country again.

Mandela doesn’t cure that.

End of tedious political commentary!

Hugh from Bangkok!

HUGH

Gareth Cliffs letter to gov (this should be sent to all south africans)

December 2, 2013

You may have seen this before but have another look? Same stuff, same old, but maybe worth repeating. Give it a shot! Cheers from Bangkok Hugh!

From: Hugh Paxton [mailto:paxton.bkk@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 5:21 PM
To: ‘Charles Paxton’
Subject: FW: Gareth Cliffs letter to gov (this should be sent to all south africans)

Brigitte once more!

Love

Us

From: Brigitte [mailto:b]
Sent: 27 October 2010 04:36 PM
To: Andre Gast; Alperssigrid; Gush, Sandra; vanrot8; info; mozny.m; kate; paxton.bkk; lynn; Andrea Kargl; Gush, Sandra; kmalpers; jbocking; jankot; Heike Laubscher; Timmo Waetzoldt; Natascha von Zelewski; Michelle Thulkanam; wpeter
Subject: FW: Gareth Cliffs letter to gov (this should be sent to all south africans)

Dear Government

12th October, 2010

Dear Government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Andre’s Bit: Fluctuations

October 8, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is indebted to Andre for another (very Andre-ish) bit.

Today’s word is………………Fluctuations

(I will never hear or see this word again without thinking of this joke.)

I was at my bank today; there was a short line. There was just one lady in front of me, an Asian lady who was trying to exchange yen for dollars. It was obvious she was a little irritated . . .

She asked the teller, "Why it change? Yesterday, I get two hunat

dolla fo yen. Today I only get hunat eighty? Why it change?"

The teller shrugged his shoulders and said, "Fluctuations."

The Asian lady says, "Fluc you white people too"

Brigitte’s Pick: A must have in SA

July 16, 2013

Hugh Paxton’s Blog will be buying one of these ASAP! Thanks Brigitte! You a true friend of the South African car owner!


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