FEBRUARY 13, 2009
Tony Leon's farewell speech - an interesting summary of SA's status quo - Submitted by Craig Field, CA (SA) owner of Wealth Design, Inc. www.wealthdesign.biz based in Charlotte, NC
"A Credo for Freedom & Democracy"
This is my final address to the Parliament of South Africa.
Perhaps on this occasion, and in deference to our Deputy Foreign Minister, I may be permitted to tell an old Jewish joke:
The difference between Jews and gentiles is that gentiles leave without saying goodbye, while Jews say goodbye and never leave.
This is the last of many farewells for me: as Leader of the Opposition, as Leader of the Democratic Alliance, and now as a Member of Parliament.
I end as I began: a rank-and-file member of the loyal opposition, as determined to bring about change in South Africa as I was when I was first elected twenty short years ago.
As to the future, ..... Read More
Why I'm fleeing South Africa by Anne Paton (widow of Alan Paton)
This appeared recently in the London Sunday Times "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." George Orwell, 1984. I am leaving South Africa. I have lived here for 35 years, and I shall leave with anguish. My home and my friends are here, but I am terrified. I know I shall be in trouble for saying so, because I am the widow of Alan Paton. Fifty years ago he wrote Cry, The Beloved Country. He was an unknown schoolmaster and it was his first book, but it became a bestseller overnight. It was eventually translated into more than 20 languages and became a set book in schools all over the world. It has sold more than 15 million copies and still sells 100,000 copies a year. As a result of the startling success of this book, my husband became famous for his impassioned speeches and writings, which brought to the notice of the world the suffering of the black man under ..... Read More
Power crisis: The deeper problem By: Andrew Kenny
WE know exactly why South Africa was plunged into electricity blackouts last week. South Africa does not have enough generation capacity to meet her increasing demand for electricity.
This is because no new power stations have been built in the last twenty years even though it was blindingly obvious from 1994 that we needed them. Why did we not build them? This is because there is a deeper problem in our whole electricity supply system. Has the deeper problem been addressed? No, it has not.
In round figures, South Africa's total operating generation capacity is about 37 000 MW (megawatts). Maximum demand is about 36 000 MW and climbing.
A healthy electricity supply system has at least 15% reserve margin. We are about 4 000 MW short of that. This is why last week, when some generating units were down for planned maintenance and there were problems on others, there were blackouts. Read More
Regrets about leaving South Africa? Read this.... Horrific violence now an everyday sight as the Rainbow Nation ends in a pool of blood Published in SA by Fred Bridgeland in Johannesburg : 15 October 2006
Submitted by Yvonne Amato, Charlotte, NC The distinguished anti-apartheid novelist André Brink has shocked many of his politically correct countrymen by warning that football's World Cup, coming to South Africa in 2010, threatens a "potential massacre which could make the Munich Olympics of a few decades ago look like a picnic outing". Brink, whose novels were banned by apartheid governments and who has twice been nominated for the Booker Prize and short listed several times for the Nobel Prize for Literature, is no everyday scaremonger.
In one of a number of articles he has written about the crises facing South Africa, he said: "For 12 years after our first democratic elections held in 1994, resulting in Nelson Mandela becoming president, I went out of ..... Read More
Tito Mboweni says he wants to hire only Afrikaners now!
This is a copy of what appeared in the SA Financial Mail October 6th, 2006 Link to actual article as it appeared on Fin 24 website Tito Mboweni Article
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Study shows : 1 million whites have left SA in last 10 years
September 24, 2006
Source : Financial News 24 - September 24, 2006 Click here for full story : One million leave SA
Experts turn back on SA Source : FinNews 24 - October 6, 2006 By: Garth Theunissen Johannesburg - Most of South Africa's experts in exile aren't prepared to return home, a study has shown. A study by Research Surveys into what it calls "The 'Scatterlings' of (South) Africa" shows that only around one-third of those who have left SA "could realistically be expected to entertain the idea of returning". The willingness to return also depends a lot on the country that expatriates are living in. Research Surveys says almost 50% of those living in Britain would consider returning, followed by 40% in Asia, the Middle East and other European countries. Of those living in North America, only 20% indicate that they would consider returning. Lost cause Most distressing though is the revelation that a mere 9% of South Africans who have left for Australia and New ..... Read More