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SA faces another 1976 uprising - Vavi

2011-05-26 22:09

Johannesburg - Unless drastic action is taken to reduce unemployment, South Africa may face another 1976 uprising, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Thursday.

"I have already over and over again pointed out the danger of a ticking bomb, that unless we can do something drastic about the crisis of unemployment, in particular youth unemployment, we risk another 1976 uprising," he said in a speech delivered in Johannesburg.

He was speaking at a discussion themed "Critical conversations on prospects for a non-racial future in SA".

There could be no "genuine reconciliation" if the status quo was maintained.

"Our argument is that we need a new growth path that can address all the structural fault lines of the colonial economy."

Such a path meant breaking up the concentration of power and production.

"Shouting neoliberal slogans such as saying that there must be economic growth and everything will then fall into place is not only reckless but narrow and irresponsible."

Blacks need to extend hand

Vavi said affirmative action was still essential to achieve reconciliation.

"But it will not work if it simply means condemning more people from the minorities to unemployment and poverty, while enriching a tiny number of people from the majority.

"True reconciliation and true reconstruction will happen when whites accept that the current inequities are not sustainable politically in the long run.

"Equally reconstruction and reconciliation will happen the day the black majority accept that equity is of critical importance, but that precisely because of our past the white minority has better education."

He said it was up to the black majority to extend the hand of reconciliation.

"After all the only ones with a better chance to achieve national reconciliation are the victims of the past racial segregation."

Comments
  • dave.loughton - 2011-05-26 22:28

    Mr Vavi, we all know the problem but how about the solution? How on earth do you suddenly create jobs?

      Francois - 2011-05-27 10:18

      How about a free labour market determined by supply and demand? Oops that is colonial. What about strikes? Oops that is also colonial (Russian Revolution, French Revolution). How about you act against non - performing teachers of SADTU, oops that is colonial as well. Mr Vavi, start off by not faking that you represent the poor - you represent the rich - those with jobs. Then ensure that eduction in SA gets more bang (not the bang that some teachers dishes out to schoolgirls) for the rand by ensuring quality education. You mr Vavi are the timing switch for this bomb.

      AlrightyThen - 2011-05-27 10:20

      Government needs to decentralize business centers (JHB, Cape Town, Durban etc.) and strategically develop smaller towns to avoid Megacity creation. This means we have an opportunity to build experimental cities around South Africa. Millions of Jobs created to create Job creation Zones. If our government begins to think and plan in advance solutions become simpler. Tax incentives for Corporate giants to develop smaller towns will already go a long way! Massive issue right now is the consistent flow of unemployed to major city centers - This creates a concentration of resentful populace and the dominoes fall from there.

      René Müller - 2011-05-27 11:11

      Well, I hope the uprising against our so-called government run by the ANC, they are the ones that keep on making promises and fails in the process to deliver! Uprise please!!! Take these clowns out, however, in hindsight, you had an opportunity to do so on 18 May and once again you did not. Does help crying over spilt milk. You guys don't know what you want! Not very clever bunch are you??

      Lab-Rat - 2011-05-27 11:57

      They could get rid of bee and aa for starters.

      DeonL - 2011-05-27 16:05

      Fighting unemployemnt is suppose to be the main aim of unions and Gov. They have faild in making it less, we need to rethink the power of unions.

      Denise - 2011-05-27 21:36

      Thanks to SAPS & Home Affairs who are responsible for the ‘guesstimates’ of the alien population, the number of illegal immigrants residing in SA is a speculative figure of eight million. The effects of such a large presence of illegal aliens has a negative impact on employment opportunities for SA citizens. While the labour force is expanding at an alarming rate jobs are decreasing. Undocumented immigrants account for 80% of employment in SA. It is also a disturbing fact that illegal immigrants bring with them diseases with epidemic potential (yellow fever, cholera, tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS), that attributes to poverty. A functional relationship also exists between illegal aliens and the crime rate. The increasing influx of illegal immigrants also contributes to unlawful squatting in SA. Most aliens arrive destitute, jobless and homeless. It is estimated that 80% of illegal aliens reside in informal housing settlements and squatter camps. The results:- unemployment, disease, poverty, crime, greater stress on the social and welfare services and ultimately, social and political discontent. The large concentration of illegal immigrants places a burden on the people and the state, decreasing its capacity to deliver impoverished S.Africans from their misery. The influx of illegal aliens into SA needs to be curbed. In the short term, attention must be turned to control measures, such as increased border patrols and enforced repatriation.

      Chuck - 2011-06-03 22:33

      Thanks to SAPS & Home Affairs who are responsible for the ‘guesstimates’ of the alien population, the number of illegal immigrants residing in SA is a speculative figure of eight million. The effects of such a large presence of illegal aliens has a negative impact on employment opportunities for SA citizens. While the labour force is expanding at an alarming rate jobs are decreasing. Undocumented immigrants account for 80% of employment in SA. It is also a disturbing fact that illegal immigrants bring diseases with epidemic potential (yellow fever, cholera, tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS), that attributes to poverty. A functional relationship also exists between illegal aliens and the crime rate. The increasing influx of illegal immigrants also contributes to unlawful squatting in SA. Most aliens arrive destitute, jobless and homeless. It is estimated that 80% of illegal aliens reside in informal housing settlements and squatter camps. The results:- unemployment, disease, poverty, crime, greater stress on the social and welfare services and ultimately, social and political discontent. The large concentration of illegal immigrants places a burden on the people and the state, decreasing its capacity to deliver impoverished S.Africans from their misery. The influx of illegal aliens into SA needs to be curbed. In the short term, attention must be turned to control measures, such as increased border patrols and enforced repatriation

      Chuck - 2011-06-03 22:39

      increase border patrols and enforce repatriation.

  • HereToStay - 2011-05-26 22:30

    Vavi, dare I say: You seem to be receiving some education yourself. Now drop the rethoric and pull up those sleeves and tell you ANC "comrades" that the unions will and can support another (or their own) party!

      Eric West - 2011-05-27 17:50

      Vavi and Cosatu are the biggest stumbling blocks to job creation. Get rid of the unions and the ridiculous labour laws and SA will bloom! If I were unemployed and hungry, I would rather work for half the minimum wage than have no job at all!

      tryanything - 2011-05-28 16:47

      I am now down to my last employee.All my work is subcontracted out now.This twerp that is left still arrives late every morning, wont work past 15h00 on Fridays. He wont work on Saturdays despite me sitting down with him and explaining how much extra money he could make. So I have a Casual Zimbo (legally) to help on Saturdays... Pulls Finger and wants and will get more work...... doesnt take a brain surgeon to work out my next move.

  • jannie - 2011-05-26 22:35

    Vavi, you and your cosatu sheep still vote ANC...and then afterwards moan and bitch about poor service. That is pathetic! And by saying stuff like "..we risk another 1976 uprising.." you are actually giving poor, uneducated people the go ahead to cause chaos and mayhem and then afterwards blame it on poor service!! YOU are basically giving the unemployed people the green light to strike and protest and burn and pillage and destroy, because it is inevitable.

  • Joe_Massahar - 2011-05-26 22:39

    Wait a minute... I'm confused. We must shoot the boer, and treat whites like criminals... but at the same time we must extend a hand to whites? So my question is what's in the other hand? This try(apartheid) alliance speaks out of both sides of their mouths!

  • Joe_Massahar - 2011-05-26 22:41

    Wait a minute... I'm confused. We must shoot the boer, and treat whites like criminals... but at the same time we must extend a hand to whites? So my question is what's in the other hand? This try(apartheid) alliance speaks out of both sides of their mouths!

      John - 2011-05-27 13:55

      They speak through another hole. It is not a mouth.

  • Thor - 2011-05-26 22:49

    hate to say it but I tend to agree with Vavi. Things can't go on the way its going. The one thing non of these greedy polititians seem to understand, even if each white person gives all they have to a black person you will only change the colour of the minority. The majority will still be poor. The focus should be on creating instead of taking and giving. To much work for the ANC i quess.

  • Hamcando - 2011-05-26 22:50

    bla bla bla.... so what your really want to say is that your anc goverment cant fix anything and its still the white peoples fault

      nononsense - 2011-05-27 15:55

      so true!

  • Quintus - 2011-05-26 22:56

    I run a business, I will not hire because I cannot fire. I would rather do everything myself or get a robot. When this country learns that protecting jobs is the problem, then we'll see change. Until then blame the whites I guess...

      whitesa - 2011-05-27 11:06

      I 'try' to run my 2 businessess and also won't hire because I can't fire. To add to that, am ready to close my 2 businessess because the red tape, paperwork, tax, tax and more tax does not make it worth my while. Rather go work for someone else, get paid each month, no business running expenses to worry about and NO POLITICIAN telling me who I must/must not employ etc etc etc. Mr Vavi, I think I am doing what the government and municipalities are doing. They pass the buck. They would rather give the jobs to contractors because they too don't want to deal with - can't hire, fire, have paperwork to the ceiling, don't want to contribute towards medical aid, UIF, deal with SARS. So now Mr Vavi. Who is going to create jobs? Not the govt. Not municipalties and what person is insane enough to want to have their own business in SA then be dictated to. Afraid it will get far worse before it gets better, if it ever gets better !! I ain't paying for those shopping trips, fancy cars and houses, parties and first class hotels and flights with my hard earned money any longer.

      wattalotokak - 2011-05-27 11:52

      Hear hear...! I had to RETRENCH 50 black staff members BECAUSE I had to close down my factory...! WHY??? Because of the red-tape, the LAZINESS they display in their work place, and the fact that the UNIONS condone such actions...! We cannot reprehand them, unless you follow stacks of procedures which hinders a small business from operating...! I'd rather NEVER EVER hire another South African Cosatu-type employee

      soutpiel - 2011-05-27 14:50

      Hear, hear I too concur! It is for this very reason why I fled the country 10 years ago and have never looked back...the writing was on the wall then and I sadly fear there is still no solution in sight. The governments economic policy of blame and plunder is a national embarrassment, the general apathy and mistrust across society is an incurable disease and the level of greed and corruption amongst both blacks and whites, at any level of economic, political and judicial infrastructure is incalculable. My heart bleeds, what a mess and such a damn shame!!!! Before all you jealous people hiding behind your grubby PC's, on both sides of the racial fence, begin hurling your abusive and utterly insignificant comments at me - consider this first...WHO is the real fool? ...and for those sad pathetic people who unbelievably really do think it matters - I am a black(zulu)male: born, bred and educated in SA. It is therefore your choice to judge me for wanting a better future for my family and me, the blame lies squarely on all your shoulders now. Education, education, education

      sean.redmond3 - 2011-05-27 15:52

      @soutpiel. Good for you.

      english-gal - 2011-05-27 23:29

      when oh when will this government understand the small businesses that actually keep the country bouyant are suffering from BEE daft laws? I really do sympathize with you.

      greatgodpan - 2011-06-13 11:49

      AGREED....i tried running my own......not worth the effort....and after the driver destroyed one of my trucks ....im no longer interested in employing anyone.......not even a maid or a gardener....the second truck sits idle in the garden.........so much for job creation........ not until south african workers become responsible adults......

  • Nico - 2011-05-26 22:56

    1976 uprising was different.i don't think it will happen again unless u polititians influnce it

      oistar - 2011-05-27 13:43

      It is already being influenced - by Julius Malema

  • TamaraSays - 2011-05-26 23:00

    Mr. Vavi, for once, I agree with you. Things have to change, and if government won't change it for us all, then we need to start making change ourselves.

      lee.cahill.sa - 2011-05-28 08:37

      Yebo, yes!

  • Realbok - 2011-05-26 23:05

    Give that Man a Bells!! I don't agree with everything BUT this man is on the right track. A clear thinking man with long term vision. Us whities can learn in this process too. There is room for all!!

      Thembisile - 2011-05-27 12:55

      I love your attitude, we need to understand that all of us need extend a hand of togetherness, stop blaming one another for the ills of our society. As an individual you might not have contributed towards decaying we seeing in our society but you have role to play in fixing the mess that others are creating. If South Africa goes down we are all going down, this is our home let us make work for us and future generations to come. Enough with blaming and casting stones.

      Robbo - 2011-05-27 17:45

      I agree with you guys. Mr. Vavi always speaks sense and with integrity. He needs to get together with Helen Zille and work out a new non-racial alliance for ordinary South Africans. He can't be comfortable in the same orginasation as the Zumas, Malemas and Manyis. The Rainbow Nation needs you Mr. Vavi!

  • william.botha - 2011-05-26 23:12

    I would just love to see their draft plan on redressing the inequities. I have not once heard any logical statement made, nor seen any direction from them i.e Vavi and the ANCYL and others as to the sustainable implementation of job creation and resolving inequity. All I hear is "We must" and never hear "This is how". But what is well noted in the undertones is a revolution. Blind men cannot lead.

      Spyker May - 2011-05-27 13:03

      They can William and they do, particularly when leading the blind - perhaps they should entertain themselves with the 2006 film "Land of the Blind" (the one starring Donald Sutherland and Ralph Fiennes). In fact the somewhat less 'visually impaired' may serves themselves equally by watching it...

  • Enigma - 2011-05-26 23:13

    I wish this guy was in government. I realise he is like a tinderbox at times, but he is not scared to call it as he sees it, and he does not wear rose coloured spectacles.

      rodbod@24.com - 2011-05-27 13:10

      He Is in government! If you believe that COSATU doesnt pull much of the government strings then you are dellusional.

  • Fox5190 - 2011-05-26 23:15

    Agree with this. "But it will not work if it simply means condemning more people from the minorities to unemployment and poverty, while enriching a tiny number of people from the majority."

  • Proefeet - 2011-05-26 23:16

    Vavi is talking sense? Aargh - I must be losing my mind...

      Robbo - 2011-05-27 21:35

      Been following him for a while. An emerging leader of principle. A hope for the future. Watch this space.

  • Bachbabe - 2011-05-26 23:18

    Mr Vavi, I cannot agree more. It simply will not work to appoint people into jobs which they cannot do, or to keep people from jobs they can do because of their skin colour. It will also not work to keep the majority of South Africans in a dysfunctional education system. The SADTU-teachers simply HAVE to come to the party. They have to agree to training, inspections etc - that is the way the "apartheid" teachers were kept on their toes (not that I liked all my teachers). It's EXTREMELY difficult to remain positive if I see the leaders of the ANC exhibiting the same sort of behaviour that the typical "African despot" exhibits, the teachers not wanting to be shown how to teach better, and to read about this grade 12 girl in Soweto telling us how the teachers arrive drunk at school (if they arrive) and then sending the KIDS to buy them liquor. I then really have to work very hard at myself to stay positive. Please,explain to Julius Malema that we want to make SA work. We will only succeed if all of us work together!!

  • thefeather - 2011-05-26 23:19

    But yet you continue to espouse the values of the ruling party. Make your bed and sleep in it you clown.

  • David - 2011-05-26 23:19

    "Equally reconstruction and reconciliation will happen the day the black majority accept that equity is of critical importance, but that precisely because of our past the white minority has better education." I agree with this. I'm VERY glad he didn't say Apartheid. I take "the past" to mean exactly that - the past, before apartheid and before colonialism. Of course Apartheid didnt the situation.

  • Bilbo - 2011-05-26 23:20

    Vavi, you cant have it both ways. You cant force the government and the private sector to pay your members 20% increases each year, and then also expect to combat unemployment. Wake up! It's not sustainable.

  • DonQuixote - 2011-05-26 23:25

    "He said it was up to the black majority to extend the hand of reconciliation." What on earth does this mean?

      Justinpassin - 2011-05-27 14:33

      He means stop singing and encouraging the blacks to kill the whites. South Africa is going to be like the rest of the starving masses in Africa if there is'nt enough whites to keep the show going. Never mind that the stupidly arrogant believe they are more than equal to the whites.

      Dylan Swanepoel - 2011-05-28 15:01

      @Justinpassin, that is exactly what we don't need in this country, if us whites are so much better than them why cant we just give their way a try. You are just another racist making this country worse than it has to be..

  • Bill - 2011-05-26 23:28

    It is time the masses got off their behinds and used their brains, instead of blaming others for their own downfall. Handouts do not work! Your government has failed it's people in every sense, since taking power and now you blame who, for your own inability to deliver! The way I read it, the ANC want an uprising, without direct blame being put on themselves for starting it, where the country will be plunged into plunder and anarchy, to satisfy the masses, that the white man is to blame and that this action of take it all for yourself, will even out the problem. Sorry, you are wrong. Change the mindset of the people and rid the government of corruption and theft, starting at the top and working all the way down. Then and only then, can any progress be made forward. SA is just following the historical path of the rest of Africa, nothing is different, just a bigger lump to dump!

      Hardtail - 2011-05-27 13:15

      You are correct in the fact that the ANC desire a uprising. But not for the reasons you posit. The ANC want and are planning a massacre of all minorities in this country. The reason is not wealth, but power, for without whites and minorities to challenge the ANC, it will rule until jesus comes.

      Scabadee - 2011-05-27 15:58

      Bill I think you miss the point. Vavi is proposing a solution to a problem that is a result of apartheid and its twisted polices. Yes Bill, we whites are to blame for the current situation we find ourselves in as South Africa based on our twisted history, but not this generation of whites. He is merely saying that we need to work together to fix the mistakes made by our short sited forefathers. We need to keep on holding those in power accountable to drastically revolutionize our education system which is a critical foundation of skills development and sustainable job creation. I agree with Vavi on this one!

  • pietopper - 2011-05-26 23:33

    "True reconciliation and true reconstruction will happen when whites accept that the current inequities are not sustainable politically in the long run." You speak true, Mr. Vavi. However, blacks must also accept that handouts are not a prerequisite for reconciliation, and that creating black billionaires is not the same as reconstruction. If we work together, hand in hand, we can achieve a lot. But it is hard to work hand in hand with someone whose one hand is busy signing tenders while the other hand is behind his back, clutching share options.

  • Janine - 2011-05-26 23:36

    Education, education, education. Unless and until everyone in this country gets a decent education poverty will be an issue.

      Staalbal - 2011-05-27 12:23

      Agreed

  • Hume - 2011-05-26 23:40

    Well done Vavi all you have done is simply state the obvious but you lack any idea how to create the jobs you speak of. The current economy has stagnated due to the fact that professional skills are leaving the country rather than fueling development. Couple this with government (de facto ANC) incompetence in creating an environment for investors including: reckless statements on nataionalisation; poor education; lack of safety; infrastructural degradation and lack of clear policy direction. Vavi works on the assumption that by breaking up white minority wealth somehow a population of 40 million will all of a sudden be employed? Where is the logic? There is only so much wealth, redistribution cannot work when there is such a large population of unemployed people compared to employed. Government cannot be the mop that soaks up the unemployed either, South Africa hasn't got a large enough tax base. Even developed countries face the same problem, look at current essential restructuring taking place within the UK government as an example. The answer to development is multi faceted and almost all are not satisfied by the current regime: Good Education System; Apprenticeship Programs; (not everyone is meant for University) Safe Environment; Continual Infrastructure Investment (not piece-meal or as crises arise); Straight Forward Labour Laws; Tax breaks for start-up companies; Rather than funding BEE set up micro-loan schemes for 'previously disadvantaged' entrepreneurs;

  • jaccil - 2011-05-26 23:41

    You should realise by now that AA does not benefit the majority of poor people in our country. Though it benefits "a tiny number of people from the majority", it is hindering the growth we need. AA and BEE policies have contributed to the hundreds of thousands of skilled South Africans leaving the country. Not only may many of these talented individuals have developed into entrepreneurs, creating more job opportunities in the private sector, but their absence has lead to a major loss of productivity and profitability, reducing government income from both personal and company taxes. Government income has also been severely hurt by incredible losses in mismanaged government-owned companies such as Transnet, SAA and Denel. So, if you want to put your money where your mouth is: weigh up the pros and cons, and reconsider support of these ill-devised policies. Focus on education and training to create a competent and productive workforce. Combat corruption and mismanagement, especially in government-owned entities. The rest will fall in place as foreign investors and citizens alike regain confidence in our economy. However, should current trends continue (as demonstrated by Eskom’s ridiculous increase in the price of electricity and increased taxation on fuel), inflation will soar and you will most certainly have an uprising on your hands, because the majority will be starving!

  • G.du Plessis - 2011-05-26 23:42

    Hear hear. I agree.

  • Gido - 2011-05-26 23:43

    Dear Mr. Vavi.. Whites know that "current inequities are not sustainable politically in the long run.".. what black people don't seem to get is that inequities will not disappear without A PROPER EDUCATION SYSTEM, PROPER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT (electricity + roads + railways) AND SKILLS TRAINING.. look around you.. you control that.. now stop blaming white folk and start working..

  • Enigma - 2011-05-26 23:43

    I wish this guy was in government. I realise he is like a tinderbox at times, but he is not scared to call it as he sees it, and he does not wear rose coloured spectacles.

  • sainsaudi - 2011-05-26 23:44

    "But it will not work if it simply means condemning more people from the minorities to unemployment and poverty, while enriching a tiny number of people from the majority." At least he is beginning to acknowledge that there is a problem with way in which Affrimative Action is being implemented. But his concern about whites not acknowledging this is misplaced. The crux of the matter is that the labour laws that are currently in place are not conducive to large scale investment and job creation. BEE has not reached grassroots level and is used by the ANC elite to enrich family and friends, and the clinging to failed socialist thinking prevents the ANC from seeing that progress can only come about through the development of small to medium businesses. Education should also be tailored in such a way to ensure high standards and hard work, instead of a sense of entitlement and false expectations.We are all victims of the past's segregation, and whether one is white or black, we are all responsible for ensuring that national reconciliation takes place. Instead of driving flashy cars and having parties, our leaders should roll back their sleeves and start doing some good, honest work for a change.Party in political terms means working for the people, not partying till you drop.

  • G.du Plessis - 2011-05-26 23:45

    I agree totally

  • POLLENYS - 2011-05-26 23:46

    As a white I have made peace with the fact that "the current inequities are not sustainable politically in the long run." But you start at the bottom: EDUCATION, so that they can aspire to something more than a shelf packer in a grocery store. And you create the correct labour laws and environment for investors. There is a huge demand for skilled people with work ethic - starting in the "blue collar" section - plumbers, electricians the lot. What happened to the SETAS? In 17 years the ANC has achieved very little in any of these fields, apart from enriching a number of comrades. Don't blame whites: we all long for a prosperous, harmonious country.

  • clark - 2011-05-26 23:51

    - Vavi is certainly full of surprises. I guess the Anc never quite know where they stand with him and what he'll say next. He is right about the potential for an uprising, but his solutions don't make sense. Drop all this BEE nonsense , discard all the the govt. obstacles for doing business and provide tax incentives to companies that hire and train unskilled workers.

  • fbyr - 2011-05-26 23:51

    That's rich. It's the trade unions and their control of minimum wages that keeps our unemployment so high in the first place. If Vavi really wanted full employment, he'd start by dismantling COSATU. The unions don't protect the unemployed. They protect the fully employed, ensuring higher wages for the unionised workers at the expense of the rest. If we want full employment and equity, we need to start by abolishing the unions.

  • Houston - 2011-05-26 23:56

    Vavi, what an idiot - you condemn past racial segregation yet you support a constitution that now includes racial segregation, to the detriment of the whites, whom you continually blame for everything. Grow up and start realising that the problem is not the the man or apartheid, it is your inability to present a constructive message to the masses about to let the likes of julius continue to spew his dribble.

  • Jayjayc - 2011-05-27 00:11

    Ok then what about the coloured people and what about the indian people. Where they not victims of the apartheid regime as well?? So aren't you doing something for them as well. If you want work then don't experct things to be handed on a silver platter. Look for it show everyone you deserve it with skill not by the colour of your skin.

  • Blougroen - 2011-05-27 00:12

    Vavi departs from the positiomn that those with skills that have been "affirmatised" out of the economy did no want to contribute fully rosperous South Africa that included all - he is simply wrong and this was the ANC's first serious mistake - second big mistake is not recognising that nobody contributed as much to unemployment as COSATU with their fight for an unsustainable labour dispensation - in this country you are penalised if you dare employ someone . . .

  • Blip - 2011-05-27 00:13

    Vavi threatens mass mayhem so often that everyone's heard his cry-wolf before. Ho hum.

  • fbyr - 2011-05-27 00:19

    That's rich. It's the trade unions and their control of minimum wages that keeps our unemployment so high in the first place. If Vavi really wanted full employment, he'd start by dismantling COSATU. The unions don't protect the unemployed. They protect the fully employed, ensuring higher wages for the unionised workers at the expense of the rest. If we want full employment and equity, we need to start by abolishing the unions.

  • pietman.kahl - 2011-05-27 00:22

    Why is it that he has more common sense than the whole cabinet combined?

  • Jeff - 2011-05-27 00:58

    "White minority has better education" ok then explain how indians were also under the same suppression as blacks and yet, majority are very well educated and have numerous degree's... total racism

      Bill - 2011-05-27 21:43

      very good point Jeff...!

  • Wynand - 2011-05-27 01:22

    Yes youth, go for it!

  • FreeMan - 2011-05-27 01:43

    "True reconciliation and true reconstruction will happen when whites accept that the current inequities are not sustainable politically in the long run." The whites don't want to deny the blacks anything. We just don't want to take ourselves down so as to form a level of equality. It's seems like a more sustainable plan for ALL if the government can work to improve the education standards for the masses, so as to help to LIFT them to equality. Another suggestion would be to take on corruption and inefficiency as passionately as you take on BEE issues.

  • Justme - 2011-05-27 01:54

    At last there is a glimmer of hope. Vavi said, affirmative action was still essential to achieve reconciliation. "But it will not work if it simply means condemning more people from the minorities to unemployment and poverty, while enriching a tiny number of people from the majority. South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favor of the majority who has virtually complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others. In my opinion, the only way to save this county from collapse, is to use common sense an make it comparable to the rest of the world and scrap BEE and AAA and bring it in line with normal capitalistic society. Make qualification and not skin color a priority.

  • v3 - 2011-05-27 01:58

    Vavi is ignoring the role of the ANC and Cosatu with their pre-94 "burn don't learn" ethos and the current role of Cosatu affiliate SADTU in crippling black education. Good education is the result of hard work and application.

  • Roman Moroni - 2011-05-27 02:05

    Well, a lot of positive things said, but also a lot of contradictions. Would like to see COSATU come up with a documented plan of how they reckon this could be achieved... Then we can start talking about it and maybe come up with something that might actually work, or is this only political rhetoric as per usual?

  • Sam.H - 2011-05-27 02:07

    Dear Vavi Am I missing something or is this man hinting that it will be our fault AGAIN if our brodas have another 1976 street party? Sir, rip the faces off your cronies in LimPOEPHOL, MAMPARAlanga and all the other corners of this great nation who are spewing all kinds of MIERDA in the foreign media. In Spain today I saw a clip of one of our great premiers honoring greater African leaders. NATO is in full on war with one of them (Russia and China did not VETO the “Invation” but they could have) and the other one should have been ”RE INVATED” long ago, for the good of our people and the people of the once great Zimbabwe. Hope the rest of the world did not see CASSEL CIRCUS show. In order to really create jobs you need to have a GDP growth rate of say 7+% p.a We are half way there and that growth or additional wealth is not going to the right places. Thanks for not chasing us in the sea yet though. By the way I also liked the last sentence ""After all the only ones with a better chance to achieve national reconciliation are the victims of the past racial segregation."….so when have a worse chance. Damn it! Vavi, I think you actually care as much as plenty of us about this great nation. We would all really like for South Africa to be a real part of the BRICS and become a real regional/global super power so for Greatness sake, break your alliance with the pricks before it´s too late. Our street parties don´t allow petrol bombs and necklaces, only sustainable growth and a real interest to serve the NATION and not themselves.

  • Clive - 2011-05-27 02:08

    i must agree, if there is no sudden change and if idiots are not done away with then its that time again

  • FreeMan - 2011-05-27 02:11

    "True reconciliation and true reconstruction will happen when whites accept that the current inequities are not sustainable politically in the long run." The whites don't want to deny the blacks anything. We just don't want to take ourselves down so as to form a level of equality. It's seems like a more sustainable plan for ALL if the government can work to improve the education standards for the masses, so as to help to LIFT them to equality. Another suggestion would be to take on corruption and inefficiency as passionately as you take on BEE issues.

      kaz - 2011-05-27 10:03

      You are completely correct. The tendency government has is to equalise rather than uplift. Bring people from the top down and people from the bottom up. Keep the people that are 'at the top' in their current positions i.e. company owners, CEOs, MDs etc. and work with them to uplift the people through bursaries, charitable exercises and job creation. When you look at it in black and white (figuratively speaking) it's not actually rocket science is it?

  • Karlien - 2011-05-27 02:33

    Ihave 1 question on this article. . . A law was passed :- "Skills Development Act & Regulations, 97 of 1998", whereby every company in S.A has to pay a levy or a fee to help create jobs for the unemployed, and help develop skills of people already employed. Now, my question is this, is this happening, do we have proof ? Can the government show us what this money is used for ? Surely if they are so worried about another 1976, they can show us the effort they made ?

  • kidblack - 2011-05-27 03:22

    maybe raise the matric passmark from 30% to... say... 50%? oh.. sorry.. what do i know... how can raising the educational standard possibly lead to higher youth employment. sorry guys i was wrong. jobs fall out the sky in this country while the koreans are squeezing 32Terrabits of information through a glass fibre using nothing but light. i Wonder what the Korean pass mark is? Oh yes, now i remember. Its 60%. 70% if you even want to get into uni. but what do i know. sorry guys. sorry.