Archive | May, 2012

SA definition of a racist

27 May

The FridaFactor (a News24 contributor) posted this on the Mynews24 section of the online newspaper:

“A South African artist called Brett Murray has been causing a huge stir since his painting of South Africa’s president titled The Spear was put up in a local gallery. The ANC have worked themselves up into a total frothy about the painting and their biggest issue with it – It’s racist. ???????

Disrespectful, maybe. Rude, maybe. But racist???

That little word that has become the political whip with which the ANC work the masses up into angry mobs and riots anytime something happens that they don’t like. And it’s becoming really really tiring.

In South Africa, the word racist has lost it’s original meaning and now only get’s used to describe a white person doing something a black person doesn’t like. You never hear it used in any other context. You can’t say to a black CEO that he is racist because he won’t hire white people, no – he’s just making sure that only blacks get hired because of BEE. You can’t call a university racist because they won’t accept an application from a white student with straight A’s for 8 subjects – instead taking on a black student who barely passed matric. Nope, they’re not racist, they’re just correcting the wrongs of the past. But god forbid you do hire the white person or you do admit the white student, you’ll be branded racist by the government quicker that you can say “colour shouldn’t be the issue here” because how dare you choose a white person over a black person in a democratic South Africa.

Most of the time when you are a white person and you call your fellow countrymen to be held accountable for their unacceptable words and actions such as corruption, nepotism, fraud, theft, you’ll be branded a racist.

Today, I shouted at a taxi driver who pushed in-front of me nearly driving me into the curb with no regard for the fact that I have a child in the car – I must be a racist, because only racists care about road safety it would seem.

I complained to the manager of my bank because the woman handling my account is so incompetent and hasn’t responded to one email or message I’ve left her for over 2 months! Nevermind that my account is about to be shut down because of FICA. I must be a racist then because only racists expect service from a bank and stupidly think an organisation is going to actually do the job they promise to do in all their marketing material.

The other day my husband confronted a woman outside a shopping centre after she carelessly threw her fast food packet on the floor less than 10cm from a dustbin. Her response – “you’re just a racist”. Yes, you’re absolutely right, because only racists care about keeping their city clean and litter free.

I fired a lady who worked for me once because I caught her rummaging through one of my cupboards and she had taken my passport and other belongings which I found in her bag. Her only response – “you’re a racist”. Yes, yes I am. Because only racists think that stealing is a criminal offense and is done by people with no morals or conscience.

I swear being a white person in this country can be very bloody exasperating at times. The ANC has brainwashed the masses with this little word – racist – to the point that it’s actually completely lost its meaning and now get’s used totally out of context. Most days I just let it pass and I don’t go into effect of it. But today is not one of those days. Today I’m angry and today I’m sick and tired of it.

I’m not shouting at you because you’re black, I’m shouting because you’re a maniac on the roads who is a danger to society.

I’m not complaining to your manager because you’re black. I’m complaining because you’re an incompetent moron who is incapable of doing her job properly.

I’m not firing you because you’re black. I’m firing you because you’re a thief.

I’m not confronting you because your black, I’m shouting at you because you’re a messy pig who expects other people to clean up your mess.

Please get over yourselves and move out the way of the remarkably amazing black people who DO take total responsibility and who actually want this country to work for ALL the people who live in it.

If being a racist in this country means that I will stand up for my rights, fight for what is fair and true and hold everyone around me accountable for their words and actions, then I am a racist through and through. If being a racist means that I believe in freedom of speech and expression and that everyone’s point of view is relevant, no matter what colour, age or sex, then I will proudly announce to all who can hear that I am a racist. If being a racist means that I believe we should all be treated with the same rules and consequences and that no-one, especially not the President, is above the law and exempt from criminal prosecution when that law has been broken, then print me a t-shirt saying “I am a racist” and I will wear it in the streets. If being a racist means that I will not stand idly by while the few, corrupt pigs in the ANC rape this country for everything they can get with no regard for the poor and the homeless and the uneducated, then I’ll get I’m a racist tattooed on my back.

Mr Zuma and the ANC – you need to get a different vocabulary. Instead of shouting at someone like Brett Murray about a painting being offensive, maybe you should be asking yourselves why he painted it in the first place. Instead of wanting to take Zapiro to court every time he depicts the president & his shower head in one of his cartoons, why don’t you stop to realise that there is truth in everything he draws and that your angry responses are really due to the fact that he keeps hitting a nerve that’s a little too close to home.

Maybe, Mr Zuma, it’s time to take a long, hard look in the mirror. If you were honest with yourself you’d see that people actually have very little respect for you because some believe you have lied and cheated your way through your Presidency. According to reports you have been involved with more seedy, corrupt criminals than Horatio Cane and that you have abused funds for personal gain. Even the great Oliver Tambo’s daughter doesn’t think much of you based on what she had to say about the painiting: “He should inspire the reverence he craves. This portrait is what he inspired”

You Mr Zuma and your ANC are a bunch of CANTS!

CAN’T let go of the past
CAN’T stop operating from a place of revenge and hate for what’s happened in the past
CAN’T stop the out of control corruption that is rife throughout every government department
CAN’T seem to get the education right in this country
CAN’T say goodbye of Affirmative Action and BEE which is ruining businesses across this land

But what do I know?

I’m just a white girl talking about a black man.

I must be a racist”

So that makes me a racist too. It is so sad that any criticism of bad behaviour is branded as racism…. What a sad country I live in.

anyway – that’s all for today.
Goodbye

We (possibly) have a contract…

23 May

We went to a primary contractor for a large fibre optic installer and were met with disdain and a feeling that we should leave as soon as possible. It is obvious that these guys have no idea about labour conditions in South Africa.
So, back to the drawing board. We were then invited to visit another of the primary contractors (who are a South African company with a long history of excellent work). We were met with professionalism and friendliness. We are seeing them on Thursday (tomorrow) and we have an excellent chance of getting at least 20 km of the contract. This should put our worries about the company behind us. All that is necessary to make our name in the industry is good progress and quality work. And this will almost guarantee that we get more work from these guys in the future, so ensuring that we have a viable and profitable company.
So, my future of having a happy and adequate retirement is (almost) in the bag.

We did get a contract for 10kms!

(Sadly, my “partner” turns out to be a very dishonourable man and is in this to enrich himself at the cost of others and the contract will be the last that we do as partners. I definitely do not want to have any further dealings with this nasty little man and his overbearing wife.) – See my post on friends in business.

Thats all for now,
Goodbye.

My Grandson

9 May

I have just spent the last half-hour chatting with my oldest grandson on Skype. My daughter moved to the US about 20 years ago and I now have a granddaughter and 4 grandsons.
Cameron is just finishing high school and will write exams in about 3 weeks time. He is looking forward to graduation and then going to college. He has a girlfriend, but realises that his studies must come first. His girlfriend seems to be a bright girl, having won a scholarship, but she still has 2 years of high school.
I remember my teenage years, when I believed myself to be invincible and of course, I knew everything. At that stage, my parents were such idiots – strangley enough, they became so clever in such a short time, I was intrigued. Now, of course, I know better.
Anyway, my chat with Cameron was wonderful. He lives in what can only be described as the greatest country in the world and he has the potential to be whatever he decides to be. I have urged him to use the enormous benefits that a country like the US can afford him and he is raring to go. Who knows, he may even be US president one day (I can dream….).
Anyway, that’s all for now.
Goodbye.

Nazir Alli resigns….

8 May

So Sanral is looking for a new CEO. Alli has moved on, but what we may never know is what sort of golden handshake he takes with him. The review of the etoll saga must still take place. Will Alli be there or will he have moved to a friendlier place, like Austria, where, no doubt, he must have a lot of friends?
I think that the SA government would be very happy if their secrecy bill was already in place – they could then deny access to all the contractural documents that pertain to the GFIP project. But, sadly for them, the bill in not yet (and hopefully never will be) in place for them to hide behind.
All the blacked out parts of the contracts must be revealed and methinks that there will be a lot of red faces when this happens.
OUTA, do your thing, let the people of South Africa know how their taxes, taxes on taxes, fuel levies, licence fees and other miscellaneous fees are being misused to add to the luxury lifestyles of the government rich and infamous.
And, hopefully, at the next election, the ANC royalty can see that not all the minions agree with their means of governance.
It’s time, government, that you realise that you are the servants of those who voted and not vice versa.
Enough for now,
Goodbye.

What next, pedometers to record how far we walk on our own pavements?

7 May

Parkhurst has been attacked by Ace Parking. The parking “marshals” will either sell you a parking ticket or issue a fine. And even if you are “popping” into the shop for a pack of fags, you WILL pay for at least 30 minutes or get a fine. The JMPD does not care that the streets are inhabited by small businesses that will disappear if this new scam is allowed to fester. Makes one wonder who perpetrated this robbery? There was no consultation with the residents, the contractor was not allowed to appoint a sub-contractor (which she did) and the MD of Ace says that she did consult with the JMPD – not her requirement to consult with the residents – it’s the councillor’s duty. But, even the councillor was kept in the dark.
JMPD, why not implement the same parking system in the busy streets of Soweto – then you will show whether you are doing this for the greater good or punishing those suburbs who did not vote ANC.
Is this like the etoll saga? Are there some skeletons in someone’s cupboard? Do we have some councillors on the take? Or is this on the up and up? Somehow, no reasonable person is going to believe that the reason for this robbery is really to “control” parking in one of Jo’burg’s loveliest suburbs – it’s just another money making racket. And I would love to know who the real beneficiaries are…..
We need a group like OUTA to get an interdict against this new taxation. Surely there is a law firm in Parkhurst?
I live in Centurion, where we have many malls and almost no street parking, but I will be happy to contribute to any action to get this new robbery into the courts.