South Africa should have followed the PM of Pakistan and removed Lockdown on May 09. 2020.
President Ramaphosa, on May 09, 2020, the PM of Pakistan removed lockdown because the informal traders were no longer able to feed their families, this was amazing foresight and date, a great achievement, South Africa’s Black Livelihoods’ Matter concerns, requires you to remove the lockdown today, don’t prejudice our citizens till a Court Action rules, that your countries Black Livelihoods’ do Matter. Please;
THIS IS ADDENDUM 02 TO LETTER DATED AUGUST 02, 2020
FINDINGS Addendum 02
1:Pakistan Prime Minister, understands that the majority of his population, survive on the informal economy, where the population, as families, rely on the spin off of the formal economy moving past them, and that no Government in the world, has been able to manage, without the informal economic sector;
Pakistan starts with the ‘world lockdown model’, and on May 09, 2020, the red line on the graph that follows, the PM removes all lockdown, and by May 18, the Court has negated all the restrictive legislation, the daily new cases follow the Sweden trend, then moves away.
Before I comment, I show the impact of the PM’s decision to remove the lockdown, the graph below shows that the death rate, like in Sweden, follows the movement of the virus daily cases;
We look at Sweden, who did not lockdown in BLM03
This first year scientist does not wish to get into the impact of the positive mindset, but asks the question of the experts, “Is it possible that, removing the lockdown, and allowing the poverty groups the opportunity to scrounge food, brought a small factor of an ability to fight the virus, as it past through the community.
How did South Africa, under strict lockdown, no cigarettes to help the immune system, and no alcohol to reduce the impact on the medical system, due to the South African population’s drunken behaviour, compare with the Pakistani curve?
Very simply, the Scientists who prescribed the Cure Model for the South African virus has failed our poverty population.
On May 08, 2020, I blogged on the Pakistani changes, and asked our President to follow, and I quote from the News Article:
The pandemic hit Pakistan in late February. Since then, officials have recorded more than 24,000 confirmed cases and nearly 600 deaths.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday chaired a meeting of top government officials where the decision was taken to relax restrictions on public and industrial activities.
“We know our curve of infections and deaths (from COVID-19) is gradually rising. But the rate of increase is relatively very low in Pakistan,” Khan said in his post-meeting nationally televised remarks.
In defending the decision, Khan said it is not possible for anyone to predict when and if Pakistan will experience a peak like that of Europe and other worst-hit areas.
“Why are we going ahead to ease the lockdown? Because people in our country, particularly daily wagers, small shopkeepers, taxi drivers, laborers, white-collar families are all facing an extremely difficult situation to feed their families,” Khan said.
I celebrated Khan as a cricketer, today I celebrate him as a leader of people.
President Ramaphosa, the PM of Pakistan made a decision to remove the lockdown, in the interests of the majority of the population who are informal traders, this model I submit, you should have followed.
I believe that the Pakistan Model should have been followed when lockdown was removed, if the model had any proven scientific reason not to follow, in terms of Section 32(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996, I request details of why you have followed the ‘prescribed scientific model’?
President Ramaphosa, on behalf of all the poverty black people, that I normally have contact with, those who I am currently not allowed to visit, I request you to remove the lockdown totally, failure which, the prejudice and damage that our poverty black population have suffered, we will link you personally to those who have prescribed the ‘medical treatment’, when we ask them to answer to the damages suffered.
This Addendum BLM02 will be followed with BLM03 in due course.
South Africa had no proven Scientific Model that warranted Economic Lockdown: Only the South African politicians, their families, and friends, have benefited, and this is a call to our politicians to return our Country, to free us from the human rights abuses, failing which, to show us the proven Scientific Model, for economic lockdown, tobacco and alcohol prohibition.
THIS IS ADDENDUM 01 TO LETTER DATED AUGUST 02, 2020
WARNING: I am only in my first year of ‘economic and medical science’ study.
Europe and the USA, potentially, one or both of these areas, would host the WHO ‘Scientific Model’ that South Africa has followed into Economic Lockdown.
If I am correct, the Scientific Model that they used, was developed during a period when the Northern Hemisphere influenza season, still had 12 weeks to run its course.
South Africa, plus the WHO and all Medical Scientists, and Economists, were aware of the inability of South Africa’s Health System to control their finances, through Corruption and Irregular Expenditure. Mismanagement, particularly when the Systems prime objective is to ‘Capture the Funds’, that should be used to manage the health system, the management mindsets, so busy raping the ‘coffers’, is confirmation that those in power, have little concern for the citizen, and in particular the ‘front line’ workers, and the poverty group
Some 140 lives were lost, during the Esidimeni tragedy, and the fiscus has an amount of R 150 million, that the tax needs to recover, recently, in a refreshingly candid interview, Professor Salim Abdool Karim traced the inability of Eastern Cape hospitals to meet the demand for Covid related care, back to corruption and incompetence.
President Ramaphosa, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, the chairperson of the Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee, according to this article above, makes a statement that could transfer financial liability, from the Insurance Industry to the State Fiscus, like the Esidimeni Mental Care deaths, should corruption and incompetence be proved, it could be costly.
FINDINGS Addendum 01
1:South African Economy did not have the financial ability, to survive the economic lockdown, the recovery will be impossible, without an overall restructuring of the System, and those who were in Control:
Coronavirus versus Economy 101
As writer of this submission, I am very aware of the Coronavirus Fear Factor, that exists in South Africa and the World, may I first sympathise with those of you who have suffered losses, and ask you to bear with me, as I cover my philosophy of the dangers that the virus carried, the risks, versus maintaining the economy.
We are in the process of the Coronavirus versus our economy, those who were in the poverty group, will find yourself moving through a new novel life, where you will need to learn how to feed your family all over again, but fear not, if you skill yourself, you will find a job in the new-eco world,
My ‘middle-class’ white friends, the future is bleak, you will move closer to the black poverty group, eating from the plate, that they have been eating from, my warning is that the ‘white’ population deteriorates rapidly, when faced with the obstacle called poverty.
The Layman’s philosophy on the very basics of economy, is that a business can never grow, can never repay their debts, if they do not have gross profit on the total transactions that take place between the business and the customers.
For a country to grow economically, this very simple principle also applies.
I have limitations with regard to my economics, to the best of my ability, I will tell a simple story, so that even the medical scientists will get insight into the plight of the informal, and here I am not only referring to the South African experts, but the world experts, the only understanding they have, of the plight of the black, is whether money has been made available for food parcels, the poverty black group, know that 70% of all budgets are wasted in the system, but they still pray for a parcel that will get to them, one day.
My Black Livelihood’s Matter philosophy, is very simple, the world populations that are deemed to be ‘black’, must be returned to a position where, their livelihood is sustainable, where they are sufficiently enabled to cope with, and recover from shocks and stresses, such as natural disasters and economic or social upheavals, in order to enhance their well-being, and more importantly, the well-being of their future generations, without undermining the natural environment or resource base.
In my opinion, very few support initiatives by Governments and NGOs, has this philosophy.
South Africa cries for International Investment, and we all celebrate growth percentages that I do not understand, a few points up, and a few points down, never does the Government or any economist, tell me why I should celebrate, yet when the Country is downgraded, we are all to blame.
The small informal business gross profit, according to the layman’s philosophy, is the Trade Balance, the difference between the income from exports to other countries, balanced with the payments that are made for our imports, any small business if they are not achieving a net profit, would need to obtain loan funds from the bank.
These funds could be easily sourced, provided you have assets to secure the loan amount, and the lender will keep a close eye on the annual financial figures, ready to attach your securities, when their loans move into the risk zone.
As a Company Director, you may be held responsible, should you be aware of the fact that the Company is trading while insolvent, this post does not cover the various provisions, other than to introduce my question, as to whether our Company, South Africa, is potentially insolvent.
The monetary exchange rate of the developing countries, I believe has been manipulated in the interests of the Global Market, I submit that a Country that does not manufacture their essential needs, that does not have any add on value through the conversion of their raw-materials, is a country that has no economic life, that has no livelihood for their people.
Since 1983, South Africans exist as part of the facade that allows the wealthy groups to continue extracting wealth for the 1% of the world that owns 50% of the world wealth, the shareholders of the Global Market, and when the extraction moves through the break-even point, our population will be left to suffer the fate of many other African and Asian Colonies.
In the traditional Mercantilism Economy, a State, on behalf of their Country would be doing what Donald Trump is attempting to do for the poverty groups in the USA, that is to take manufacturing back to the people.
When this takes place, trade tariffs will be negotiated, China will be more irritated, the Global Market will become very irritated, and the Country Monetary Exchange Rate, will no longer be determined by the 1% of the world, but by 90% of our Country.
When this takes place, the export and importing product categories will change, presently if we applied a moving average to the trade balance data in the next figure, and compare it to the South African Rand exchange rate at the relevant time, we will find that the trade balance of South Africa is not behaving as economic theory would suggest. A weaker exchange rate does not translate into an improving trade balance and a stronger exchange rate does not necessarily lead to a poorer trade balance.
Trade Balance Data
The Trade Balance Data, for the period 2010 to 2019, should give no investor any confidence, to invest in any labour intensive manufacturing or agricultural industry, my aged white brother and sisters would blame South Africa’s legislation for this, we should be blaming the Nationalist Party and the Free Market system, during 2010 to 2019, we accumulate a loss of – R 120,8-billion, with only two years showing signs of recovery, 2016 to 2017, and this is directly as the result of the slump in oil price, where our Imports cost less, and as a result South Africa showed an improved Trade Balance.
The 2019 Top Ten Import and export categories follow, as far as I can establish, the Top Ten have hardly changed during the past five years.
I question, how come South Africa has six of their Top Ten imports, in the Top Ten export categories,but we will leave that to the experts in Economy 102.
Gross Domestic Product, is the world’s quick reference to how well the Country is doing, however, in the days before Free Market, when manufacturing, trade tariff negotiations, monetary exchange rates, productive labour force, productive agriculture crops, the Gross Domestic Product was a true reflection of the Country’s financial achievements, today not.
South Africa’s GDP from 2010 to 2019:
Gross domestic product (GDP) is the total monetary or market value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a specific time period. As a broad measure of overall domestic production, it functions as a comprehensive scorecard of a given country’s economic health.
My theory, is that the South African Economy can’t survive the lockdown, not the Country, and not the population.
What is South Africa’s present debt obligation, pre the novel CV?
The Net Loan Debt, per the National Treasury is R 2 814.3-billion.
The following figure shows the projections for loan funding through to 2021/22, the National Treasury figures, is confirmation that South Africa President was reckless to lockdown.
Economical gold production has a very limited life-span, maybe three years, and can the South African Economy survive the R 250-billion annual debt service costs before the novel CV, and with another possible R 60-billion to be added to the debt-service costs, we as the Human Population, will need to unite and find a Business Rescue Plan for our Country, outside of politics, outside of the Global Market control.
The South African Coronavirus advisors use, and quote economic research written on Day 4, of South Africa’s Lockdown, as their economic model that they follow, few of the advisors’ peers, could scientifically dispute that the use of the Spanish Influenza pandemic of 1918 as scientific research paper, has no relation to how South Africa should have managed the Control of CV.
Before we locked down, South Africa’s power-supply Company, Eskom, was in debt to the tune of R 420-billion, and required a further R 120-billion to survive.
10% of South Africa’s population own 67% of South Africa’s Net Wealth, this accumulation could only have taken place through the exploitation of South Africa’s labour, minerals and agriculture, in my opinion, the 10% who own 67% of South Africa’s Net Wealth, should pay the R 420-billion, removing the burden from the Citizen.
In the following figure, the black circles represent the five different net wealth groups in South Africa, the first two columns represent only 5% of our population, this group owns 56,5% of South Africa’s Net Wealth, Column 1 to 3, represents 10% of South Africa’s population, and together they own 67,5% of South Africa’s Net Wealth.
When we look at the following graph, when presenting the individual net wealth, the inequality is frightening.
Column one, each individual is worth R 12,5-million, column two, each individual is worthR 1,8-million, column three, each individual is worth R 0,7-million column four, each individual is worth R 0,3-million, and column five, 75% of the population, each individual is worth R 0,0019-million, or for ease to understand R 19 380 per person.
It has taken me many pages, to say what I have said every day, since you announced lockdown, South Africa can’t afford it, and the poverty population will not survive.
Compared to the available net wealth of the Countries, our model may be following, South Africa is USD 770-billion, the models are as follows:
United Kingdom 14,341-billion,
Before we even considered how to manage the CV, any economy restriction, should never impact on Column four and five, without guaranteeing that the 90% of our population will not suffer, or if the State is concerned with loss of life, the economy of the 90% must be retained through the process.
What are the direct costs of the Lockdown:
South Africa’s legal system has attached a value to a life lost through medical negligence, as the result of the Esidimeni Tragedy, that gives me reason to question the State’a ability to protect my life, while accepting the precedence that, should the State be shown to be negligent, an amount of R 1 000 000,00 has been set.
‘Many tens of thousand’ lives, 78 500, could have been compensated for, should the State be found negligent, and if I was President, I would not have locked down, I would have geared our manufacturing sector to provide for the world needs and beyond, and kept SAA flying around the world.
All South Africa needed to do is restrict large public gatherings, play sport behind closed doors, advised the population on how to protect themselves, their elders, and those with compromised immune systems.
Allowed the communities to protect themselves, in exchange for the opportunity to maintain their livelihoods.
I invite my ‘white’ brothers and sisters to join us in the world of the African Spirit, the road ahead is going to be difficult for 90% of us, let the difference between a riot and a protest experienced in the USA today, not be our problem next year.
Let the African spirit convince the 98% of our population, united by the ‘lockdown’, that we were wrong to lockdown, the medical scientists had it wrong, their families have never been hungry, the CV pandemic and the vaccine will bring them wealth for another ten years, while the majority of South Africans will suffer from a depressed economy, unemployment, and our country will need to hide those dying from hunger, by attaching the CV label on their toe.
ABORIGINE QUALIFICATION Aborigines Short Story One introduces you to the authors heritage, how many of us whites may ‘qualify’?
Over the years I have promoted that the African lives a lifestyle embodied in humanity, controlled by the belief that God is supreme, and God is in everyone, religion defines what is right/wrong, as an example, the ten commandments cultivates our conscience, our moral sense of right and wrong, our conscious.
Once I understood this humanity lifestyle of the African, I briefly considered myself as an African, when this happens, I find the concept of who an African is difficult to understand, therefore I lose direction.
Many, many years ago, portions of our African Aboriginal populations migrated from their lands in Africa, moving through Asia, and eventually settling in Australia, some 40,000 years ago. The European only invade Australia in 1787, some 300 years into the Colonisation of the New World, where the Natives they find are labelled ‘Indians’, and in Africa, one of the labels allocated to our indigenous population is Native, in Australia the Native inhabitants, are immeaditely labelled as the ‘Aborigines’.
This new understanding excites me, when a Coloniser invades another country, and they find a community, that are obviously the permanent occupants, the ‘original inhabitants’, and the invader identifies them Aborigines, all Colonised countries will find this label inspiring, as Aboriginals representing the same team, we unite, we represent far more than the ‘white’ Settler/Coloniser could ever feel, no longer will be talk from the inferiority cage that we were condemned to in 1681, no longer will we need to beg the ‘white’ Settler/Coloniser, to consider that our lives matter, before they kill us.
This manuscript, takes me into the realms of the Aboriginal people, the original people, and I am able to identify as an aborigine, and the relationships during the early days of Colonisation, allows me to claim Aborigine status through my great-grandmother, and encourage others, to give serious consideration to where they belong.
Some four years back, I Google Frank John Henry de la Harpe, my father’s name, he died long before Google was born, so to my surprise, I find a link on the internet, his and my mom’s marriage registry details, located in the 1820 English Settler’s website, de la Harpe has French origins, so I never expected my heritage to be part of the English Settlers’, particularly after I have become of the opinion that the English Coloniser, stole everything from the blacks.
I study the heritage of the de la Harpe families, they are all farmers in the Eastern Cape, except for grandfather John, when he marries grandmother Rose, he is a wagon driver.
Grandfather John was born in 1885, and hidden in our heritage, is the sexual relationships that took place between young settler white boys, and young female servant / slaves, whether rape or voluntary, often resulting in the birth of children. It was not uncommon for the couples to have great affection for one another, or, the young lady just complied in order to keep, not only her employment, or the home, the shack on the property, where she was living.
If the child, born out of this relationship, was too dark, the child was added to the servant / slave contingent, if he was of fair enough skin, he was allowed to participate in the white families life, not entirely a son, or daughter, more a preferred slave, who was taught to ride, to shoot, and given the preferred jobs to do on the farm, and thus the position of wagon driver.
This settler, white boy to old white man, relationships with the Aboriginal/slave woman, took place in South Africa, the New World Americas. Australia, and many other Colonies in the world, many of the off-spring, if too dark, were condemned to poverty black communities, those of us, who skins were light enough to pass as white, automatically qualified for the level three social peer group.
None, of the de la Harpe family trees in the Eastern Cape, they are all inter-linked, records John de la Harpe on their family tree, his father, my great-grandfather, was probably one of the de la Harpe farmers, who was aged about 16 to 20 in 1885, and would have married, a few years later, I can only speculate.
Grandfather John’s heritage, was almost kept a secret from us children, my mother always claiming to know our family origins, but never producing the information.
I have known this information for four years, yet found it difficult, to openly claim African origins, then as this manuscript covers the Aboriginals in the America’s, and particularly Australia, where the Aborigines massacre is slowly been uncovered, I start to link the original inhabitants of Australia, to the original inhabitants of South Africa, and this opens the door for me to be selected to proudly play, for the ‘Aboriginal Team’.
Our Ancestors call on the world, to follow the Aborigines Short Stories, we will find many clues, clues that slowly remove the amnesia, cultivated by the Coloniser, bringing answers to questions, we have never been brave enough to ask.
PLEASE SAVE SOUTH AFRICA TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY, PLUS BLACK TAVERNS AND SHEBEENS
MOTIVATION FOR APPEAL:
BLM; Black Livelihood’s Matter:
South Africa, pre-democracy, and post-democracy, has always followed our big-brothers, the controllers of the ‘money-bags’, although I am not a supporter of this process, I do not blame the Politicians from both sides of the divide, for the economic turmoil.
South Africa, is suffering along with the world, as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, and I do not envy you, as you attempt to restore our economy back to some stability, in particular, at the lower end of the economic chain.
South African Tourism and Hospitality, including the black informal traders, the Taverns and Shebeens, generates IMPORT income, essential ensure that we recover some sort of positive balance of trade, which in turn will start to improve or finance ‘ratings’.
While we are all locked down, the World has taken the opportunity to introduce the New Industrial Revolution, with technology replacing the human, and the world talks about using the lockdown to start a new ‘green/eco’ economy, and South Africa activists are driving this novel new world.
The best advice that could be given to your Parliament, and the Coronavirus Command Council, when you get to proposals to recover the economy, is to consult with the Economists who will be more experienced than me, with regard to your available resources, this submission involves the South African Tourism and Hospitality Industry, and the Informal Traders, in particular the Taverns and Shebeen Industry.
South Africa has the Product, the beauty, the climate, the struggle history, the culture, the people, accommodation establishments, restaurants, entertainment venus, to supplement the product.
South Africa has a long track record of International Customers, who have purchased our product over many years, and we should take advantage of one of the Coronavirus new world movements, black livelihoods’ matter, to stimulate this industry.
Our Tourism and Hospitality plus Informal Tavern and Shebeen sector, as experienced, skilled Labour, waiting for you to press the button, no technological introduction, will be as easy, and as successful, all you need is to press on button.
South Africa’s National Airliner, SAA has been thrown a life-line by the State, when I first heard the news, I celebrated, I believed that the plan was to get into the International Business and Tourism sector, one step ahead of the opposition.
My tourism business, visits to Soweto, Alexandra, and Native Villages, was brought to a halt, before lockdown, when the alcohol ban was lifted, I could resume my community activist involvement, preparing for the return of the International Visitors.
Our BRICS partners, Brazil, Russia, India, and China, are not trapped in the Europe and USA Scientific Model, and we should take the opportunity to set South Africa, as a leader in the new world after Coronavirus, while the world is forced to support the BLM protests, South Africa should show the world that Black Livelihoods’ Matter.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, we have heard your repeated claim, that your Command Council has followed the Scientists, I see flaws in the model that our Country is following, flaws that have removed the majority of the population, from the opportunity to scrounge aliving, in what was a very difficult economy to survive in pre-Coronavirus, and our citizensdeserve answers.
During the next eight days, I will publish Addendum to this letter, challenging the scientific advise that your Command Council is following, advise that is crippling the tourism and hospitality industry, advisethat is condemning our black population, historically oppressed and suppressed, into the informal economy for survival. The Coronavirus Management model that we are following, is driven by a fear factor, aimed to protect the elderly in the wealthy countries on the world, this model gives no consideration to our black population’s livelihood, already condemned through generations of suffering.
In terms of Section 32(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act 108 of 1996, this letter and the following addendum, will seek the information that will answer to the information/advice, information that will either confirm that your scientific model has substance, or, encourage you to restore our human rights, with compensation.
If any human rights abuses have taken place, that can be linked to a scientific model implemented to a population, where there is no scientific proof, that the targeted lives that the model wished to save, warranted the forced removal of the majority of our population, from their ability to provide food for the family, we need to recover the damages.
I submit that the WHO and the World Medical Industry, through the Esidimeni incompetence and corruption, were very aware of the lack of facilities, the lack of competence, the practice of Corruption that we have spoken about for years, and where we still have no successful track record, that we can use State Funds in the interest of the people, the actions defined by the Scientific Model, only focusses on the ‘killing of the virus’ so that it could not return to Europe, and that South Africa, will achieve this for the European Scientific Model, while knowing the costs and risks to the majority of the population, those Black Livelihoods’ that do not matter.
President Ramaphosa, on May 09, 2020, the PM of Pakistan removed lockdown because the informal traders were no longer able to feed their families, one of the addendum that follows, will include this amazing foresight and achievement, South Africa’s Black Livelihoods’ Matter concerns, requires you to remove the lockdown today, don’t prejudice our citizens till a Court Action rules, that your countries Black Livelihoods’ do Matter.
For years I have been an activist against systemic racism, whether the Government Administration, the Tourism Industry, the Sporting Bodies, they all ignore the fact that I allege systemic racism, after all, the ANC had freed the Black, the ANC are the State ruling party, and therefore, systemic racism is not possible.
I have been locked down, against my best wishes, I have been writing non-stop, the manuscript has moved into the world unified by fear and the systemic racism protests, this unity opened my eyes to the fact that no country, can honestly talk a race issue internally, we need to look at our colonised countries heritage, my South African brothers and sisters, will only be able to see our systemic racism heritage, when the picture painted, includes the USA – Slaves, American Indians, Australian Aboriginal People, the Zimbabwe Ndebele, the South African Mfengu.
The prime evil of the world is Economic Segregation, in 1681 ‘white privilege’ and ‘black inferiority’ is cultivated, this product is so powerful, that selected blacks, when moved into the white peer-group, find great difficulty to see anything wrong with the social and economic stratification, thanks to our sporting elite, now driving the BLM protest, this manuscript will challenge many, more importantly, this manuscript will anger many, if we do not feel the challenge and experience the anger, while reading the Aborigines Short Stories, this New Novel World, will remain a very fragile world.
Aborigines Short Stories about the author, who talks Systemic Racism, who is the author, is he an Aborigine?
About the Author
The Author does not rely on any of his cultivated ‘white’ historical archive material, as his African spirit has directed him to look at our heritage through the eyes of a ‘African’ leader.
He was born in 1947, lived through Apartheid, was never anti-apartheid,is still racist, a racist in recovery, having integrated in to Township and Native Village communities for nine years in 2013, he can’t believe, that the South African Government, is spending many millions on commemorating the 1913 Native Land Act, and decides to research who we were before 1913, and how we got from 1913 to where we were today?
For three months he Google searches, can find no different history to the history that he was cultivate to accept, the black people loved their native territory, the black people preferred to be migrant workers.
In the middle of the night, his African spirit visits with him, Baboon, the spirit resembles an orangutang, orangish, very hairy, deep set eyes, African, with a very clear voice;
“Cedric, you must continue your research, but start looking at everything through the eyes of an African leader.”
He gets out of bed, opens his computer files, and what was hard work, becomes a pleasure, Chief Hintsa of the amaGcaleka, Chief Hintsa is murdered by the English on May 12, 1835, his first source of information, and from that minute, everything that his mind registers, is from the indigenous prospective, he then discovers the emancipation of the Mfengu tribe, their select tribe, the weapon that allows the English Coloniser into Southern Africa.
This discovery means nothing to the South African, but when we look at Australia, the South Africans will understand.
It only takes a few weeks, and he makes his ‘research findings’ on the 1913 Native Land Act,
“If it was not for what the English Coloniser did, the indigenous black population, would represent the wealth of South Africa today, Townships would not exist, black poverty would not exist.”
Off these findings, he makes the following statement, and asks the question;
“I equate the damage that we did, with the holocaust, and ask the question; Is it equal to, is it lesser than, of is it greater than”
In his opinion, that damage done to the South African indigenous population is ‘greater than’?
For six years, he continues to make this statement and ask the question, within the South African population, the ‘white’ is silent, within the elite black communities, they are silent, protecting the Master, he would accuse.
The author was first introduced to the human in July 2004, when him and his wife Nettie, first visit Soweto, ten years into the South African New Democracy, they visit for two nights, alone, no guiding, against every ‘advices’ they received.
They leave the suburbs in great fear, ten hours later Nettie, who was a smoker back in 2004 and needed to exit onto the street to smoke, after her third smoke, at 19:30 on that cold winter’s evening, makes a comment, that has changed their lives.
“Cedric, I feel safer on these streets, than I do on the streets of Melville.”
From that day, they have been accepted in every corner of the Country, through Taste of Africa, they introduce their International Visitors, to the magic of Africa, walking the streets of the Townships and Rural Villages, throughout the Country.
Over the years, as he got closer to the African culture, he would ask black people that he interact with, how it was possible that they did not hate him, a white South African, who had oppressed them. No matter where he was in the Country, he would get the same answer;
“Cedric, an African has no animosity towards any human.”
He considered them to be lying, how was this possible?
In the ‘African culture’, people live a lifestyle embodied in humanity, sharing, Ubuntu, linked to their ancient religious belief that God is supreme, and that God is in everyone. If a person fails to behave within these two attitude patterns, the particular person has his status as human removed, in their assessment, a corrupt politician will be labeled as ‘he is not human’, often you will hear the defaulting person been referred to as inja, dog.
Culturally the African separates those who’s lifestyle is not embodied in Ubuntu, is not sharing, those who do not have ubuntu, to those who are not human.
Off this logic, he understand that the African who lives the lifestyle embodied in humanity, linked to Godliness, when they first see me, or any white, any Indian, any Chinese, any black, they first see him embodied in the same lifestyle as themselves, which they would describe as human, and they will treat him as a brother, a father, a son, the stranger will be accorded that status, until the stranger does something, that removes him from the status of brother, of human.
Cedric’s philosophy, when he differentiates the ‘white’ from the poverty groups, is that as a Capitalist, the system Cultivates, you as follows:
“I will protect myself, I will protect my wife and family, I will protect my property and assets.”
Hidden by this typical white attitude, is what takes place through the above protection process;-
“While I protect myself, my family, my assets, I protect my Corporate line manager, his manager, the Corporate Executive, the Investor/Shareholder, and in turn, the Latipac”.
It is our attitude towards protecting our spaces, our streets in the suburbs, that makes us feel uncomfortable when walking the streets of the Townships and Native Villages, we expect the black to have our same space attitude, and therefore feel uncomfortable on their streets. This discomfort should be avoided.
For fifteen years, Cedric could not understand the magic powers that his God, had given him and his wife, the ability to integrate safely into every township, to integrate safely into every Native village, never experiencing any discomfort, he would ask myself why God had selected them?
Then, when his mindset understands the African concept of Human, for the first time he realises, that what happened to him and Nettie, that July 2004 winter’s night in Soweto, and he often repeats his realisation:
“I for the first time, recognise that the black is human.”