South Africa gone down the Zimbabwe route.

They are already beginning to realise that in some areas.

As an aside I travelled down to the coast recently on the new Chinese built line.
Kenyans Fear Chinese-Backed Railway Is Another ‘Lunatic Express’

It did not compare to long-past journeys on the old Colonial sleeper from Nairobi to Mombasa which ceased some years ago, however, it was neat clean and very functional, got me down there for reasonable price, and was incredibly punctual at every station on the intercity route. I was impressed. The incredibly tight security however which involved about 7 separate checks and around 45 mins was a nightmare.
Nice picture of a Garratt in the Nairobi railway museum at the bottom of the article .
One will discreetly snigger if the Chinese wipe out the blecks in their millions.
Problem is there are a lot of sound blokes but they're overwhelmed by the monstrous level of fuckwittery out there. They can see the shit but don't know what to do about it either.
Problem is there are a lot of sound blokes but they're overwhelmed by the monstrous level of fuckwittery out there. They can see the shit but don't know what to do about it either.
I've always avoided any participation in local political discussions in the countries I've lived/worked in; no outsider anywhere should do so if he wants to remain welcome or whole. In Botswana, though, the warning signals never went up, which was refreshing, and I found myself debating Africa's issues occasionally. Possibly because my views weren't wholly at variance with the Batswana I was sharing the wine and braai with, and also because they too saw most of the problems as definitely someone else's, I never experienced any of the hostility I might have done in any other country. I often hold up Botswana as the exemplar in Africa, and justifiably, I think, even if I've forked out too much cash to traffic coppers there. Speeding, my arse.
Be a great place if they cleaned it up a bit though. The old joke still going around is about the Bots national flower being a shopping bag stuck in a chain link fence.
Was always told you won't get it in running water. Ponds, dams and semi dry rivers with stagnant pools are the bugger. Filled a lot of water bottles that way. Hope the purification tabs did their job.
So were we. But it's crap as The Schistosomiasis worm happily moves about in running water. Treatment is available though.
Ah so. Never had trouble pissing and played around in farm dams and rivers all the time as a kid. Of course I'm taking the thrice nightly wazz as an old age thing, so maybe worth the chancre mechanic taking a look if I can find a nice little blonde with extraordinary tits and a medical degree.
I initially thought that this video piece by Auntie covering the hag's memorial service today, with soothing backing track and national anthem, to be nausea inducing..... but maybe it was somebody at the Beeb slyly taking the pis$?

"Mourners, many clad in the green and yellow colours of the ruling African National Congress, danced and sang in a soccer stadium under grey skies"... yet much of the clip shows the mourners in the red shirt and beret of the machete wielding, throat slitting Economic Freedom Fighter party. And when it comes to the clip of some big mamma eulogising "She didn't care for creed or colour or anything else" I thought "This HAS to be a pis$ take right?"
South Africa celebrates Winnie Mandela

Still.... t'was very moving and brought a tear to the eye....(sniff...) she's up there with the angles and I hope she has her own KwikFit franchise, bless her....
Someone seems to have got it. No chance the other 55 million will pay attention I suppose.

Stop being the victim
2018-04-22 06:01 Khulani Qoma- City Press

Could it be a fact that Africa is a shithole continent, as US President Donald Trump boorishly asserted in January when speaking about immigrants he didn’t want in his country?

Typical of the usual recycled theories on victimhood besetting Africans, Trump’s comment was greeted by anger and scorn from Africans. He was called many demeaning names. His leadership foibles, including his racist nature, were rehashed and amplified.

Yes, Trump has proven himself to be intemperate and racist, and his leadership of the US has put his country’s globocop status in jeopardy, but the indignation over his crass statement contained an instructive omission as Africans missed another golden opportunity for introspection and self-assessment.

This was spawned by deliberate intellectual dishonesty in pursuit of the time-honoured victim mentality. Africa has always clamoured for victimhood, which manifests in various books and speeches. An African is couched as a victim of circumstance; a person who, through no fault of his own, was dispossessed of his land and natural wealth.

Slavery has been cited as one of the many reasons Africa remains trapped in a cycle of poverty and underdevelopment. This interminable history lesson doesn’t include everything Africans should know, such as that Africans participated in the selling off of their fellow Africans, that the unseen human reversal has also been aggravated by the postcolonial African leaders who promised a thriving Africa during the decolonisation struggle and that huge deposits of mineral wealth remained intact for African use postcolonially. Instead, the same “gospel” of the West being the reason for our problems continued unabated after independence. But objective facts are telling a different story altogether.

Africa’s noble struggle against colonialism and slavery was predicated on the promise by our forebears of a prosperous Africa postcolonially. For the past 40 years and more, Africa has topped the charts on poverty, child soldiers, unemployment, diseases, corruption, rape, civil wars and other human depravities. This is due to the postcolonial African leaders who have betrayed their forebears’ dreams of upliftment by imposing corrupt, tyrannical and despotic leaders on their citizens.

The rate at which the continent produces warlords is alarmingly high. Africa has endured brutal conflicts such the long-running war in the Congo and the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which claimed more than 5 million and 1 million lives, respectively. There have also been many other self-inflicted wars that have left behind broken families, communities and nations.

“Baba! All of us, all of us here have been raped! Every single one of us! I have a child from rape. My husband doesn’t like me any more because of it. All the men who did it to me are around still in the village!” said a woman in a Congolese village.

According to reports from the UN, more than 200 000 women have been raped in the eastern Congo since 1998. This happened under the postcolonial African leadership.

Africans have depicted peerless levels of innovative thinking when it comes to self-harm and destruction. If only this brainpower could extend to business and other life solutions. Who can forget Sierra Leonean warlord Foday Sankoh’s “short sleeve” and “long sleeve” torture methods? Short sleeves – a victim’s arm is chopped off at the elbow; long sleeves – the victim’s arm is hacked off at the shoulder. This is what Africans did and continue to do to each other after the departure of the whites who oppressed and looted us.

Ordinary Africans are fleeing the continent, their motherland, in droves. Joblessness and instability have caused them to seek out accommodation from the same people Africa chased away – the Europeans.

They are so desperate to leave the continent that they are daring death to come for them. Many have perished trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, Africans were sold into slavery in Libya just last year. Who would have thought that Africans, who fought against and defeated slavery, would be enslaved by their own leaders? How could this happen when we are led by the people who look like us in a postcolonial Africa? This exposed the lie Africans have been sold over centuries that only a white man can oppress us.

These atrocities don’t stop Africans from defending their African leaders. They mindlessly use every ploy possible to excuse them, but are the first ones in the queue to criticise an offending white person. The unsettling evidence of pillaging, murder, rape and personal enrichment means nothing to these avid apologists. As long as these deeds are perpetrated by blacks, it’s ok.

Post-apartheid South Africa remained a beacon of hope for a while and citizens have witnessed pockets of improvement in their lives. But it would be disingenuous to not mention grim and disturbing trends that have left some wondering whether the dream of a free and just rainbow nation was in good hands.

Just a few grim examples include Andries Tatane, who died during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg in 2011; the Marikana massacre in 2012; the Life Esidimeni tragedy in 2015; the death of Michael Komape, a 5-year-old boy who drowned in a pit latrine at his school in Limpopo in 2014; and those connected to the Mancoba Seven Angels Ministries Church in Engcobo in the Eastern Cape, who have been accused of murder and of sexually abusing children. Then there’s the ballooning fruitless and wasteful expenditure and state capture to think about.

The road to 1994 was paved with a promise for a better life for all. But the inverse is painfully true. What logical sense does it make to complain about the implacable reversal imposed by apartheid when state capture was a well-orchestrated voluntary takeover by our democratic government?

To many Africans, African leaders aren’t capable of abuse and hate, only whites are. We have been taught to blame everything, including our own weaknesses, on other races. This is learnt helplessness in psychological terms, and victimhood in plain terms.

Decrying the peddling of guilt against Europe, French writer Pascal Bruckner likens its impact to “a groggy boxer, stunned by the blows he has absorbed, feels overcome by crimes that are too heavy to bear”.

Instead of working hard to rebuild the continent, postcolonial Africans have been using the “tyranny of guilt”, to borrow Bruckner’s term, to permanently extract resources from the West. The high priests of this victim mentality aren’t encouraged to know the amount of the actual losses Africa suffered at the hands of the enslavers and colonialists against the amount of aid thus far paid to Africa. The answer to this question is patently obvious.

Nothing describes the victim mentality better than Bruckner’s assertion that “to set oneself up as a victim is to give oneself a twofold power to accuse and demand, to cast opprobrium on others and to beg”. I think Africans have perfected this art and it is so beguiling that stopping it has become unthinkable.

No sane individual can deny the fact that slavery, colonialism and apartheid were profoundly debilitating for Africans. They were not only stripped of their material wealth, but of their cultures, religions and languages. But Africans are not the only ones who have suffered humiliation, however, unlike Africans, many have picked themselves up and become meaningful global players.

Africa remains nothing but a source of labour and minerals for the world. Consequently, an African child is born into the disaster of human reversal and indignity.

Africa can still become a global player, but only if prudent leaders who adore their citizens beyond their own families and friends are elected. Yes, Trump may be right – Africa may well be a shithole.

Joshua Slocum

Book Reviewer
Apparently putting a morally questionable, incompetent and corrupt regime in charge was a good thing though. Questioning that decision attracts censure from those who know better, usually from afar.
ANC, SNP...same party, different colour ;) The SNP are currently in the process of "taking back land" from the big estates to give to communities to run off the back of one successful "community buyout". Trouble is, there are dozens that did not work and the land is now unmanaged and unwanted as its a financial burden on the communities.

Sometimes, "the big white man" with generations of management of an area knows best.
Apparently putting a morally questionable, incompetent and corrupt regime in charge was a good thing though. Questioning that decision attracts censure from those who know better, usually from afar.
Always. In an otherwise civil conversation in the Times the other day, I made the same point as your first sentence, and was instantly deemed to be 'racist'. I sometimes wonder at the naivete and gullibility of the British public, usually in contentious areas such as this, but obviously in our domestic politics too. Media Editors, chasing readership and avoiding flashmobs/hatemail, have a lot of responsibility, but you'd tend to think that 'truth' should have the edge on all the other means of mass communication; it doesn't.

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