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    Apartheid Myths

    Here an interesting video about the Apartheid myths, about land distributions, education and more:

    Apartheid Myths


    and here an article:

    'Better off under apartheid'

    Johannesburg - Unemployed and casual workers were better off under apartheid than now, said Cosatu's general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi on Saturday.

    He said inequality had widened in the past 13 years with a minority of capitalists and bureaucrats getting richer.

    "Many of the millions who are unemployed, or whose jobs have been casualised, are even worse off than under apartheid. Around 20 million of our people are still mired in poverty. We still face many challenges and the task of transformation is far from complete," he told the 20th anniversary celebrations of the South African Municipal Workers Union in Cape Town.

    Vavi said the main reason workers' wages had remained low during the democratic dispensation was privatisation and the Growth, Employment and Redistribution policy (Gear), espoused by President Thabo Mbeki in 1996.

    He said Gear had led to the scandalous situation of a supposedly "booming" economy that left 40% of workers unemployed.

    "The country's economic policy, including the budget, is not based on the promises of the Constitution," he said.

    He said the union federation was striving to formalise the relationship with its partners through an "alliance pact", which would oblige the government to discuss all new policies with its allies.

    Earlier in the year Vavi clashed with Mbeki for saying the country's economic growth was merely a government ploy to create hype and no different to nazi propaganda.
    The source:
    http://www.news24.com/News24/South_A...487,%2000.html

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    I don’t know what exactly Cosatu envisioned would happen under the new Democratic Marxist government.

    It is fact that under Apartheid mechanisation was not employed to such large extent as today, primarily because of trade embargos and extremely limited influence of the multinational corporations. Under Apartheid labour was cheap and that also contributed to the forestalment of mechanisation, the distribution of work was more widespread even though you did not see too many blacks making enough to drive a Mercedes Benz or BMW (though some of them made enough to be seen as middle class) the compensation was distributed evenly and thus most could have their "Pap and Vleis" (Maize and Meat) and eat it too. Considering that housing in almost all cases where supplied, it might not have been in Bryanston or Waterkloof and yes they did have to build their own shack but hy was that really any worse than the manure and mud “palaces” they were accustomed too. Relatively speaking most Afrikaners wasn’t necessarily living the High life, it just wasn’t that important back then. Companies and businesses ploughed money back into the economy on further South African projects.

    Now the “oversees” share holders take the profit out of the country and horde it to induce further scarcity so that the perpetual circle of dept can grow. What is the problem Vavi this was the plan all along, but now the black has less, except the 2 or so percent of them which is used as the proverbial dangling carrot in front of the nose of the black masses: look there goes another comrade who has beaten the white oppressor nice car, look there goes the stupid white in his VW polo. Never wondering why it is that he is on foot or in an overcrowded, un roadworthy Taxi that wil probably end his dismal existence at some point.

    Now the only deference is they can look at us with palpable distaste, and we are now the “Kaffer”.

    Whatever Vavi there is no medication for a developmental chasm spanning thousands of years, the problem is your culture or rather the distinct lack of anything remotely resembling one. Give the country back to the white oppressor at least you wil have half a chance of learning something of value while being able to eat.

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