10 EVIL MEN & OTHERS ARE BUDDING

Who knows why some people are just predisposed to evil? Doesn’t it sometimes seem that so many of these hateful, ruthless people become powerful leaders? Perhaps their ability to reach a position of power can even be attributed to that ruthlessness. Throughout history, certain notorious leaders have been active proponents of hate and violence. Often, the root of this hate lies in a fear of the foreign or unknown, compounded and even excused by a misguided feeling of righteousnesses and the greater good.

Some people make horrible decisions, others are just bad presidents, a few are bloodthirsty, many are extremists, a couple are warmongers, and all of these guys are a mix. Ten of our political leaders in the last 130 years have been the architects of the most horrific genocides, systematic murders, blockades, brutal wars, and policy reforms history has ever recorded.

 

10. Yakubu Gowon (1.1 million deaths)

Breakdown: 1 million civilians on the wrong side of a blockade caused by a war of secession in Nigeria and 100,000 soldiers who died in that war.

It starts as many sad stories do with precious beautiful oil. It had been found in the Niger delta where tensions were already high between the Eastern region (led by Ojukwu) and the rest of the country (governed by Yakubu). A dummy agreement was signed between them called the “Aburi Accord”, but it meant nothing to either leader. Yakubu started to put pressure on the region, and tested how much sway he had in the area versus Ojukwu. Well Ojukwu being no slouch declared secession from the rest of Nigeria and became the “Republic of Biafra”. This began a war that caused the deaths of 100,000 soldiers, and much worse, a blockade on the region which starved 1 million civilians.

9. Mengistu Haile Mariam (400,000 – 1.5 million deaths)

Breakdown: As president of Ethiopia and colonel of  “the Derg” (communist militia) Mengitsu systematically killed those against him in the “Red Terror” campaign.

Mengistu Haile Mariam is (as in still alive) a politician who presided over Ethiopia from 1974 to 1991. The way he got into power was by smothering the previous president Haile Selassie although he has denied those rumors. His biggest claim to fame is the Ethiopian Red Terrorwhich was a campaign of repression led by the Derg (communist militia in Ethiopia).

In his introductory speech Mengitsu yelled, “Death to counterrevolutionaries! Death to the EPRP!” Then he took three bottles filled with blood and threw them to the ground.

It was an auspicious beginning to say the least. Thousands were killed and found dead on the streets in the years that followed. Much of the murdering can be attributed to the friendly neighborhood watch there known as “Kebeles”. As if killing innocents wasn’t enough they would then charge the family a tax to return the dead body to them. The tax was aptly named “the wasted bullet”! Are you serious Mengitsu? However there was an even more gruesome fate of being left on the street where wild hyenas would fight over the dead. The campaign has been described as one of the worst mass murders ever in Africa. Mengitsu is even known to have garroted people to death.

8. Kim Il Sung (1.6 million deaths)

Breakdown: Unpopular among his people Kim used the U.S. as a scapegoat and forced the country to believe in his delusion or else.

Before our very own Kim Jong-Il was his murderous father Kim Il Sung who led North Korea in a terrible direction. He fought for a command economy that allowed the government to make all decisions for the country. For various reasons the people never seemed to love the man, and so his hold on power was tenuous at best. Like most crazies he blamed somebody else, in this case the USA, and said they had spread disease throughout its population. He also pulled a Stalin, and had large-scale purges. His underlying reason was that it would scare people into believing he was telling the truth.  Kim’s purge was a little different than Stalin’s though in that there were no trials.  During his tenure prison camps sprung up all over the country to contain the ever growing masses of people against Kim Il Sung.

7. Pol Pot (1.7 million deaths)

Breakdown: Forced city folk to relocate to farms and forced them into hard labor.

Pol Pot was the leader of the communist movement in Cambodia. He attempted to “cleanse” the country and it resulted in the death of an estimated 1.7 to 2.5 million people. There was an interesting policy going around called agrarian collectivization which he put into practice in the late 1970’s. Basically it forced city folk to head out to the farms to do some labor and vice versa for farmers. As you might guess, and hindsight is 20/20, neither group was very good at their new jobs. Pol didn’t stop at enslaving his own people though. He also didn’t feed them well, gave them little medical care, and executed many of them. The net result was killing off approximately 1/5 of the Cambodian population!

6. Ismail Enver Pasha (2.5 million deaths)

Breakdown: 1,200,000 Armenians (1915) + 350,000 Greek Pontians and 480,000 Anatolian Greeks (1916-22) + 500,000 Assyrians (1915-20)

He began his career as a Turkish military officer and leader in the Young Turk revolution. Eventually he rose to power and led the Ottoman Empire in both Balkan Wars and World War I. As a war minister Enver was not very useful, and was defeated over and over. His crushing loss at the Battle of Sarikamish needed a scapegoat, and that’s when he decided to blame Armenians for the failure. That is what began what is now known as the Armenian Genocide. The word “genocide” was coined to describe this event.

Etymology from Wikipedia:
Coined in 1943 by Raphael Lemkin (1900–1959), a Polish–Jewish legal scholar, to describe what the Turkish government (ca 1915–18) perpetrated against the Armenian people, now called the Armenian Genocide. From the stem of Ancient Greek (génos), “race, kind” or Latin “tribe, clan” (-cide).

5. Hideki Tojo (5 million deaths)

Breakdown: Waged unprovoked wars against China, USA, Netherlands, and France.

Hideki Tojo was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army. He assumed the position of Prime Minister and held Army Minister concurrently. As if that wasn’t enough he also held other major positions like Home Minister, Foreign Minister, Education Minister, and Commerce Minister. His major contributions to education were teaching militaristic and nationalist indoctrination. His version of homeland security was approving eugenics measures which essentially made a distinction between pure blood and mixed blood Japanese families.

During World War II Tojo started winning battles and the public loved him for it. He really bought into the Nazi Kool-aid, and held steadfastly with Germany. When the tide turned, and he began losing, it was devastating. Eventually he went into seclusion. He was tried for war crimes and found guilty of waging wars of aggression, wars in violation of international law, and waging unprovoked war against many countries. Not to mention ordering, authorizing, and permitting inhumane treatment of Prisoners of War.

4. Leopold II of Belgium (2-15 million deaths)

Breakdown: Created a colony called the “Congo Free State”, enslaved its people, and forced them into labor plants.

Leopold II was the King of the Belgians, and believed in colonialism. He thought acquiring colonies overseas was essential to a great country and was always scheming. The problem was Belgium really didn’t care, and so Leopold went into business for himself. He started a company that seemed like it was doing good called the International African Society. A year later he used that company to travel to Congo, laid claim to a plot of land 14 times the size of Belgium, and made 14 countries agree (USA included) that he was free to rule it with his own private militia. He then forced the indigenous populations into forced labor, created a bustling rubber industry, and abused his workers grievously.

Missionary John Harris on returning from Congo said:
“I have just returned from a journey inland to the village of Insongo Mboyo. The abject misery and utter abandon is positively indescribable.”

Estimates of the death toll range from two to fifteen million which could all have been avoided if 14 countries didn’t hand him the keys to the car!

3. Adolf Hitler (17 million deaths)

Breakdown: Concentration camps and civilians in WWII.

Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Party. He was the absolute dictator of Germany from 1934 to 1945. He gained support by promoting values like German nationalism and anti-semitism. Hitler was appointed chancellor in 1933 and began the Third Reich. Hitler was power hungry as all hell, hated the shit out of Jews (and others), and wanted  hegemony in Europe. The militarization that was needed to complete such a lofty goal led to the outbreak of World War II. Nazi forces engaged in the systematic murder of as many as 17 million civilians, an estimated six million of whom were Jews, and 1.5 million Romanis.

2. Jozef Stalin (23 million deaths)

Breakdown: The great purges and Ukraine’s famine.

Jozef Stalin was the first Secretary of the Communist Party from 1922 – 1953. After Lenin’s death in 1924, he became the leader of the Soviet Union. Stalin didn’t take long in launching a new economy that screwed up food production across the country so bad it caused massive famine. Between 1922-23 it reached such catastrophic proportions everything went to shit. In Ukraine this dark period is known as Holodomor. Its widely believed that Soviet policies caused the famine there and was designed as an attack on Ukrainian nationalism. Estimates on the total number of casualties within Soviet Ukraine range from 2.6 million to 10 million! During the late 1930s Stalin launched another wonderfully titled initiative called the Great Purge (also known as the “Great Terror”). It was a paranoid campaign to kill off the people who opposed him, and his targets were often executed.

In 1939 Stalin agreed to a non-aggression pact with the Nazis. Eventually Germany violated the pact, the Soviet Union joined the allies, and they racked up 23.9 million deaths (the largest death toll in the war).

1. Mao Zedong (49-78 million deaths)

Breakdown: Policy reforms like the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.

Mao Zedong was a Chinese revolutionary, political theorist, and communist leader who led the People’s Republic of China. Mao, while controversial, is still widely considered a savior of the nation. I did a semester abroad in China in 2001 after falling in love with its history, and was surprised in my conversations that many people thought Mao had done 70% – 80% good things. During  his first five years from 1949 – 53 he is said to have systematically killed between 4 to 6 million people by sentencing them to die or by sending them to “reform through labor” camps. He organized mass repressions, established execution quotas, and defended his actions in these early years as necessary for securing power for “The People’s Republic of China”.

His social programs the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution are two of the most ill-fated, poorly named, initiatives ever. The first was an effort to rapidly industrialize China. His focus was on making China a premier exporter of steel, and to this end he asked everybody to make  it. The problem was it got many citizens to make smelting shops in their backyards. Not only was the steel of little value, but it was made from everything lying around the house including their own cooking supplies! Without the tools to make food, no money coming in from the steel, and no money to survive ~ a lot of people starved to death. The estimates on this program alone are 20 million deaths! Think about that number. Really think about it. Then ask yourself… why would you EVER let someone back into power after such an insanely bad decision.Well, they took the reigns away from him for a short time.

In the interim Mao started the socialist education movement. He aimed the concept at young ones who would eventually wrest the power away from the older guard. By 1964 this movement was renamed the “four cleanups movement” whose goal was cleansing politics, economics, ideas, and organization of “reactionaries”. This led to the formation of the “Red Guards” who were organized to punish intellectuals and take out Mao’s political adversaries. The Cultural Revolution was now underway, and its overriding mission was to abolish: Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, and Old Ideas. Something Mao fervently believed in was that destruction and chaos could bring re-birth. So he told his followers to destroy buildings, sacred objects, talk back to ones elders, punish them, turn them in, and kill those who did not agree. By 1968 things were starting to look pretty good for Mao all over again, and so he put into place the decade long “Down to the Countryside Movement” which forced young intellectuals to move out to the country to become farmers. Sadly, the people he pushed out there were the same Red Guards who had helped him get power. Estimates of the death toll are between 40,000 – 7 million depending on who you ask.

Finally, there is the 100 flowers movement which just needs an abbreviated mention here. Mao asked people to come forth and tell him how he should govern China.  Intellectuals and liberals bit at the chance to tell him what they really thought, and were encouraged by the Communist party to do so. Then in a sudden change of heart, or an incredibly crafty mission to out his haters, the government persecuted 500,000 of them who were considered to be “dangerous thinkers”.

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source:http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/most-shocking/10-most-murderous-rulers-in-history/?view=all2)http://www.thetoptens.com/most-evil-leaders/3)http://popten.net/2010/05/top-ten-most-evil-dictators-of-all-time-in-order-of-kill-count/

 

Service Delivery Protest -locals set town ablaze.

As the country pauses to remember the landmark election in 1994 yet another reminder remains that many lives are yet to change.

Schools, foreign-owned tuck shops, a clinic and a shopping mall have been forced to close in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg,  due to a service delivery protest. Residents of the township blocked the Golden Highway with burning tyres and rocks on Monday morning, demanding that their ward councillor step down.

Protesters accuse ward 4 councillor Simon Motha of failing to deliver houses, tarred roads and water.

In addition to those grievances, Gogo Hilda Ngubane had pinned much hope on the vote that brought her freedom.

Her material conditions have not improved much in over two decades.

“Let them celebrate there on TV those who attained freedom let them celebrate. We who have not benefited from freedom will sit here,” says Ngubane.

Neither Gogo Hilda nor the Orange Farm community are willing to abandon the fight.

On the eve of freedom day residents say there is little to celebrate.

They have vowed to continue their protest action as the country marks 22 years of democracy.

 

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source:(picture)https://www.enca.com/south-africa/protesters-shutdown-orangefarm(2)http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/62cf8b004c8bdde9918d972e33d6c236/-?

The ANC has opened a case of treason against Malema 

During an episode of Talk To Al Jazeera last week, Malema told Jonah Hull that if the ruling ANC continued to respond violently to peaceful protests, “we will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun”.

“The ANC has just opened a case of high treason against EFF and its leader Julius Malema in his personal capacity with Hillbrow police station,” national spokesperson Ziti Kodwa told News24.

“The threat to remove a lawfully, democratically-elected leader through an undemocratic process is against the law and the Constitution.”We call on SAPS to investigate a charge of high treason,” he said.

This was after Malema told Al Jazeera that his party would “remove this government through the barrel of a gun”.

During an episode of Talk To Al Jazeera last week, Malema told Jonah Hull that if the ruling ANC continued to respond violently to peaceful protests, “we will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun”.

Malema was asked what this meant and if he was literally saying people should take up arms against the government. We are not going to have a government that disrespects us.

 

 

 

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source:http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/anc-opens-treason-case-against-malema-20160425accessed25/04.16

Will the EFF make South Africa a “BASKET CASE”?

According to the EFF founding manifesto The state should, through its legislative capacity, transfer all land to the state, which will administer and use land for sustainable development purposes.

The manifesto says those intending to use land under state control will apply for a land-use licence .

The licence would be valid for 25 years and could be renewed based on whether the land was being used as planned.

EFF leader Julius Malema says he is not aiming to be president of South Africa, but is focusing on his party becoming the government by 2019.

The party was open to working with any party who represents clean governance, anyone who wants to restore the dignity of black people , but would reject those who wanted to bring white dominance through the back door .

When asked whether the EFF policies would turn South Africa into an economic basket case with ratings agencies already breathing down the country’s neck, Malema said South Africa was at a point where alternative policies could be introduced.

We need to go to the court and stretch that constitutional clause, Malema replied, adding that the court should issue a declaratory order over whether compensation is necessary.

He wants the EFF to become the government, just not under his leadership.

“I don’t have ambition to become a president, I have an ambition of making the EFF the government of South Africa,” he said in an interview with Al Jazeera on Sunday night.

“I am not in this thing for myself.”

According to Malema’s math, the 6% his party got in the 2014 elections should increase to a point where the EFF is a serious contender in 2019… he’s obviously not paid that much attention to the Cope ‘fairytale’.

“We want to take this country by 2019,” he told Jonah Hull. ”And if we don’t take this country by 2019 we must be an official opposition with a clear direction of taking over power. Because we said, from the beginning, we are government in waiting.”

He added that the EFF is open to collaborating with any other political party “who represents clean governance, anyone who wants to restore the dignity of black people”, but not those who intend to bring back white dominance “through the back door”.

“We want a party that is ready to empower a black nation.”

Malema was then asked whether his party’s – insane – policies would turn SA into an economic “basket case,” but he simply said that SA is ready for alternative policies.


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source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/malema-i-dont-have-ambitions-to-become-a-president-20160425[picture]http://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/chaos-reigns-as-malema-takes-on-jz/accessed25/04/16

EFF threatens to target South African whites!

“Don’t think that Zuma is our enemy. Zuma is not our enemy, it’s just that he is standing in the way, and we must remove him to get our land back,” said Malema. “Zuma is standing between us and our enemy. Move out of the way. Zuma must pave the way because they [whites] are the one who stole our land.

“Don’t think that Zuma is our enemy. Zuma is not our enemy, it’s just that he is standing in the way, and we must remove him to get our land back,” said Malema.

“Zuma is standing between us and our enemy. Move out of the way. Zuma must pave the way because they [whites] are the one who stole our land.” Malema was addressing a large gathering at the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi Campus, where the Economic Freedom Fighters had a memorial lecture on the life of Solomon Mahlangu.

Malema said people should never think the party had taken a detour on their fight for land.

“White people are going to return our land the same way Zuma will return our money. White people must never think we have abandoned the land question. We will never abandon it. We are the land, our identity is our land. We are nothing without our land.” “We are coming for you. Zuma must pay back the money, the Guptas have left South Africa, and our land must come back. ABSA bank must never think that by closing the Gupta bank account, you are our friend. You are our enemy in SA,” he added.

Malema said the bank represented white monopoly capital, which was an enemy of the EFF “White monopoly capital is the primary enemy of the EFF. Who is white monopoly capital? It is the Rupert, the Oppenheimer, and all those who benefited illegally from our land. This land is going to be returned, whether you like or not. There is no white man who came with a piece of land,” Malema said.

“What we do with it is none of your business. Solomon Mahlangu died for this land.” Malema also took issue with those who said the land did not belong to Africans, but to the Khoisan.

“Reconciliation must never replace justice. Justice is the return of the land. We must fight for our land,” he said.

 

 

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source: picture:http://newafricanmagazine.com/south-africa-land-statues-and-malema/http://www.politicsweb.co.za/news-and-analysis/no-white-man-came-with-a-piece-of-land--julius-malaccessed 24/04/16

 

Is Civil War Brewing in South Africa?

“The EFF are anarchists that are associated with lawlessness and every act of violence that undermines the rule of law,” Sanco national spokeperson, Jabu Mahlangu said.

“We are saying we will no longer keep quiet or do nothing about, but we will be forced to take up arms.”- Ndlozi

This was in response to remarks attributed to party leader Julius Malema, who in an exclusive interview with Al Jezeera threatened that they will remove the government through the barrel of a gun if it continues to react violently to peaceful protest.

Ndlozi also warned that the EFF will not just sit down and fold arms, should the ANC rig the votes during the upcoming local government elections.

This comes after Malema made a threat in an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera that members of his party are ready to literally take up arms and have physical fight against the government.

“The EFF are anarchists that are associated with lawlessness and every act of violence that undermines the rule of law,” Sanco national spokeperson, Jabu Mahlangu said.

Mahlangu said that Malema’s toxic language and war talk amounts to incitement of violence that undermines South Africa’s constitutional democracy.

“His utterances are violation of the oath of allegiance that he had sworn to as a Member of Parliament,” he stressed

 


source:http://citizen.co.za/1088302/eff-warns-of-civil-war-ahead-of-august-3-municipal-polls/accessed24/04/16

The relationship between big business and the government in South Africa

In the years ahead, we should see business stepping up with innovative solutions rather than waiting for government to impose policies such as black economic empowerment or, worse still, being caught out in scandals of collusion, as have been seen in the construction sector and even the bread industry.

South African companies need to acknowledge their role in apartheid and apply their resources to the challenges of today.

Had they taken that opportunity to reflect on their role in a fundamentally unfair system and, coming out of that process, to institutionalise the necessary changes, they would be playing a much more meaningful role in the transformation of South Africa today.

The relationship between big business and the government would also be in a far healthier state than it is, 21 years after we achieved democracy.

For example, when US presidents visit another country, they never fail to take with them a representative from a big American company, such as GE or Boeing.

Even though the US government isn’t a shareholder in those businesses, the president backs them from a distance when he makes a state visit.

In the years ahead, we should see business stepping up with innovative solutions rather than waiting for government to impose policies such as black economic empowerment or, worse still, being caught out in scandals of collusion, as have been seen in the construction sector and even the bread industry.

 

 

 

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source: Reimagining South Africa, edited by McKinsey & Company.http://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/middle-east-and-africa/its-time-for-south-african-business-to-step-upaccessed19/04/16

“We will remove this government through the barrel of a gun,” says Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema said during a televised interview that if the ANC continues to respond violently to peaceful protests “we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun”.

During an episode of Talk To Al Jazeera, Malema told Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull that if the ruling ANC continues to respond violently to peaceful protests: “We will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun.”

At the beginning of the interview Hull asked Malema how far he was willing to go in his “war” against President Jacob Zuma and reminded him of his 2014 threat to make the entire Gauteng province ungovernable.
“‘We will fight,’ you said. ‘We have the capability to mobilise our people and fight physically,” Hull said. “That’s not befitting of a government in waiting, is it?”
“We know for a fact that Gauteng ANC rigged elections here,” 

Malema replied.
“We know for a fact that they lost Johannesburg and they lost Gauteng. But we still accepted it. But they must know that we are not going to do that this year. We are not going to accept. Part of the revolutionary duty is to fight and we are not ashamed if the need arise for us to take up arms and fight. We will fight.
“This regime must respond peacefully to our demands, must respond constitutionally to our demands. And if they are going to respond violently – like they did in the township of Alexandra, just outside Johannesburg, when people said these results do not reflect the outcome of our votes, they sent the army to go and intimidate our people – we are not going to stand back. Zuma is not going to use the army to intimidate us. We are not scared of the army. We are not scared to fight. We will fight.”
Hull asked Malema to clarify this. “When you say you are willing to take up arms, that’s what you mean?”
“Literally. Against the government?”
Malema responded: “Yeah, literally. I mean it literally. We are not scared. We are not going to have a government that disrespects us.”
Hull: “And on what basis, under which circumstances? If they respond violently to our peaceful protest.”

Malema said: “We are a very peaceful organisation. We fight our battles through peaceful means, through the courts, through parliament, through mass moblisation. We do that peacefully. But at times, government gets tempted to respond to such with violence. They beat us up in parliament and they send soldiers to places like Alexandra where people are protesting. We will run out of patience very soon and we will remove this government through the barrel of a gun.”
Earlier, Malema had denied that Zuma was his primary concern.
“We are not waged in a war against Zuma and the ANC. We are waging a war against white monopoly capital. Zuma is not our enemy. The ANC is not our enemy. They are standing in our way to crushing white monopoly capital, which has stolen our land, which controls the wealth of our country. As we are in the process of crushing the white monopoly capital, there will be some of those irritations that we have to deal with. Zuma represents such an irritation; the ANC represents such an irritation.”

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source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/we-will-run-out-of-patience-very-soon-malema-20160421-The 28-minute interview premieres on Al Jazeera, Sunday, 24 April 2016 at 19:30 GMT / 21:30 CAT.picture:http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2015-08-05-julius-malema-comeback-kid-master-strategist-demolition-man/

Why white men still dominate South Africa’s private sector?

A report on compliance with the law shows that white males continue to dominate top and senior management positions. The recent report shows a figure of 70%. The bad news is that the pace is slow and suggests South Africa has a very long way to go before the profile at the top of companies reflects the demographics of the country. The latest available figures for graduates in business and commerce show that the number of African, Coloured and Indian graduates is three times that of whites.

A report on compliance with the law shows that white males continue to dominate top and senior management positions. The recent report shows a figure of 70%. The bad news is that the pace is slow and suggests South Africa has a very long way to go before the profile at the top of companies reflects the demographics of the country.

First, far too many companies have not aggressively embraced the spirit of the act and affirmative action.

Second, changing the pace of workplace transformation requires recognition of the difficult starting point and the lingering effects of racism and oppression.

The every day practices and cultures of too many companies are not conducive to attracting, developing and retaining existing black and women talent.

Research has documented two particular phenomena that can slow the advancement of black people and women: opportunity hoarding and social closure.

White males in top and senior management positions continue to receive preference in recruitment and promotion.

Social closure occurs both consciously and unconsciously and has the effect of keeping blacks and women from thriving in companies.

They should emulate and take note of the practices of companies that have made real change.

Progressive companies focus on developing and retaining a talent pipeline. The latest available figures for graduates in business and commerce show that the number of African, Coloured and Indian graduates is three times that of whites. Transformation and employment equity have to be at the core of company priorities.


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source:http://theconversation.com/why-white-men-still-dominate-the-top-echelons-of-south-africas-private-sector-44873accessed21/04/16 picture:http://mg.co.za/article/2015-02-23-six-things-white-people-have-that-black-people-dont

The Youth Agri-preneurs Project making a difference!

The YAP participants are 6 young Agri-preneurs with strong business models, from different regions of the world. They will attend the GCARD3 Global event, be granted a 5000USD grant and a seat in a YPARD mentoring program over a year.

The Youth Agri-preneurs Project , which forms part of the highly anticipated  Global Event scheduled to take place in Johannesburg this week is calling for all stakeholders associated with the conference to work together and involve the young agri-preneurs into the dynamics of the conference and assist with achieving some of the programmes outlined sustainable development goals.

We also bring a more concrete and hands on touch to the global eventsupporting the idea that there is no policy and research without on-the-ground action and no on-the-ground action without the support of policy and researchso that we indeed move from research to impactwe demonstrate result, we keep science relevant and ultimately ensure agriculture as a viable career path that ensures healthy rural livelihoods,” says Cherbonnier.

The YAP participants are 6 young Agri-preneurs with strong business models, from different regions of the world. They will attend the GCARD3 Global event, be granted a $5000 grant and a seat in a YPARD mentoring program over a year.

But YAP is more than that: it is 428 enthusiast young professionals in agriculture who sent their YAP proposals and who keep receiving words of encouragement, support, advices and partnership requests from the online community.
Given that GCARD3 is about re-aligning research with agricultural development needs, the Global Event, which will bring all global stakeholders such as researchers, practitioners and policy makers together needs to highlight the need for greater inclusive and inter-generational participation in order to lead the way in ensuring effective sustainable development.

YAP participants will make sure that young Agri-preneurs are represented at the global event, and by bringing their own experience, they will provide valuable insights into the global discussions and contribute the decisions for an agricultural research that serves sustainable development.

In addition, YAP aimed to encourage young Agri-preneurs from all over the world, to think about their projects and formulate their ideas in a concrete proposal as well as use the organisations blog, as a platform where these entrepreneurs could showcase their projects, while encouraging feedback on their proposals through the comments on each business plans blog post.

The Youth Agri-preneurs Project is a pilot project targeting young agricultural entrepreneurs or Agri-preneurs .

 


source:http://thegreentimes.co.za/youth-agricultural-programme-aims-to-achieve-greater-participation/Youth agricultural programme aims to achieve greater participation April 5, 2016