We are tired of your politics!

Voting is a massive responsibility not to be taken lightly. Now I am sure most people would say, such a situation would never happen but in history it actually did…’one vote is what made Adolf Hitler the President of the Nazi party.’ So, we should never believe our votes don’t carry weight and that our votes are not important.

I personally do not vote because I believe that the biggest change that I would like to see is the idea of a ‘’rainbow nation’’ to become a reality first before I can cast my vote. I say this because right now the idea is so farfetched and I believe that it is because South Africans are still healing from the past and the effects of the Apartheid regime. I would love to one day be able to see a South Africa where race is not an issue and where people are clear from their preconceived ideas about a specific race. I would also like to see a corrupt free South Africa in which the resources are appropriately allocated and distributed to benefit every single South African citizen.

To see that I wasn’t alone or a ‘’bad’’ citizen, I wanted to know what my friends takes are in this matter. One of my good friends said, ‘’I don’t vote because no matter what party you vote for, it never makes a difference to the country. They all promise you things and never fall through with it. So therefore, I find it’s pointless to vote.’’ Azraa (my friend) went on to say, ‘’I would like to see a South Africa without power cuts, with cleaner streets, safer areas, better police force and security services, better health care; especially in the government hospitals and a country without racism.’’ I then asked her what kind of a party would she vote for, she answered, ‘’A party that does not make any race superior, that stays true to their word and provide for the country what they have promised.’’ Azraa is one of many who have stated that they want every race to be treated equally, now that says a lot!

I also have friends who are not South African citizens, so I wanted to know their thoughts on the matter of not being able to vote. Neto said to me, ‘’It makes sense not to be able to vote. If we let foreigners vote, they could completely alter the political structure of a country and then leave the next day. I wouldn’t want South African foreigners to be able to vote in my country.’’ That is a deep and honest answer, which in turn makes me proud of the people I surround myself with. It is important for my generation to talk about these issues whether you’re a citizen or not, we can’t always talk about boys and parties. Like Nelson Mandela once said, ‘’the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow.’’

My friends and I want to see change in this country and we are basically tired of being made fools. Do you feel the same way? Being promised empty promises? The world sees us as a joke because of our Parliament. What are we teaching the upcoming generation? Sometimes I believe that they are doomed and they have been for a while now. Heck, our generation in some ways is screwed too! Unemployment keeps rising, global warming, melting of ice caps, burning of forests and so on. They’re screwed in more ways than one. But another friend of mine is more optimistic, saying, ‘’we need to be hopeful that the future of the country is in our hands. I mean imagine if Steve Biko, Mandela, Winnie Mandela thought that their generation was ‘doomed’ and did not do anything to change that? I think we have more challenges but there’s still hope,’’ I then asked what could be done to better the upcoming generation after us, ‘’our starting point, we first need to correct the mistakes that were done in the past by the older generation and only from then onwards can we start building the country or the future that we want. In doing that we know that the world is changing at a ridiculous rate and how to keep up with the Western world but at the same time be reminded that we need African solutions for African problems.’’

I believe that we cannot just rely on the government for the change we want, it starts with you, then the household, then your neighbours and then your community. Young voters account for half of the voting population, making them a powerful political force. Should we suggest that the voting age should be lowered in an effort to promote earlier voting among teenagers and young adults? After all we are the change. We are the movement!

Each individual in a community has a responsibility to contribute by voting for a political party that is in alignment of their beliefs. It is the least an individual could do to contribute to changing something they are not happy with on the grander scheme of things. It is quite a powerful thing when you think about.

A lot of my generation say they do not vote because nothing changes, but what they do not know is that it is not true. Even if a specific party does not win, the number of votes they get affects how many seats they get in Parliament, and that’s a big deal. Say, for example, the ANC gets 60% of votes. Let’s also say that day a feminist party gains the other 40%. That means even though the ANC remains the ruling party, they have 40 less seats in Parliament. Which means that’s less control they have over the government and forces them to address matters of concern raised by the feminist party. So even if your party of choice does not win, you’ve already made a considerable difference.

Now let’s say 3 people in the entire country vote because everyone else couldn’t be bothered. Let’s say those 3 people voted ANC, they then have 100% of the votes. This means they have 100% of the rule. I am not sure of the number, but if ANC makes a certain percentage of votes, by law they’ll have enough authority to even change the Constitution. That is an important thing to keep in mind.

Now let’s consider one last scenario; let’s say the feminist party ties with the ANC, though they could have won if they had just one more vote and let’s say that you were the only person who didn’t vote that day. Your vote would have been the one to tip the scale either in favour of the ANC, or the feminist party. Scary right? As it should be. Voting is a massive responsibility not to be taken lightly. Now I am sure most people would say, such a situation would never happen but in history it actually did…’one vote is what made Adolf Hitler the President of the Nazi party.’ So, we should never believe our votes don’t carry weight and that our votes are not important.

‘’Not voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.’’ –Keith Ellison

Chowing the Money

Please dear government – instead of torturing and progressively bleeding the country dry of its assets, and mocking the country on the international platform. Why don’t you guys just clear its bank accounts and retire to Cuba or some socialistic state where your ideologies could be lived out.

Please dear government – instead of torturing and progressively bleeding the country dry of its assets, and mocking the country on the international platform. Why don’t you guys just clear its bank accounts and retire to Cuba or some socialistic state where your ideologies could be lived out.

Check to see how it works in reality than in theory. You see, the young are waiting for your entire generation to depart with its bitterness and anger, and love to see the pain revenged for what the Whites have done.

Love, unity and peace seems to be a foreign concept and that not of the culture in keeping of Baba Madiba. You lot are like ravenous wolves, you chow each other and you chow the rest of the country’s resources.

It’s clear that intelligence has a minority stakeholdership in your list of priorities for the love of money has consumed you. So expressing our issues wouldn’t matter for the poor has nothing to offer you except the vote… maybe they too would become smarter to see your game!

Africa is for the Africans?

I find this sincerely a primitive and prehistoric ideology for with globalisation and intermarrying we have to realise that either where a person is born is there home or if one adopts the culture and traditions of what it means to be South African – should they not have the right to identify as they should desire and that there isn’t a knighting process.

How amazing is it that an invisible boundary-line can separate race, culture and tribe? In the name for these identities, people are willing to kill, steal and destroy each other so to covet, expand and protect what they believe belongs to them or it’s the survival of the fittest.

The history of South Africa is characterised by racial violence, territorial conflict, wars of conquest, and inter-ethnic rivalry.

The San have lived in the region for millennia acquired domestic stock in what is now modern day Botswana. Their population grew, and spread throughout the Western half of South Africa. They were the first pastoralists in southern Africa, and called themselves Khoikhoi, which means ‘men of men’ or ‘the real people’. This name was chosen to show pride in their past and culture.

Most of the rest of the population, however, trace their history to immigration since.

Indigenous Africans in South Africa are descendants of Khoikhoi and Bantu immigrants from further north in Africa, who first entered what are now the confines of the country.

White South Africans are descendants of later European settlers, mainly from the Netherlands and Britain.

The Coloureds are descended at least in part from all of these groups, as well as from slaves from Madagascar, East Africa and the then East Indies.

There are many South Africans of Indian and Chinese origin, descendants of labourers who arrived in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Despite these facts some iterate politicians incite hatred among the Black communities indicating that Africa is for Africans. Thus implying that other races have their own countries of origin. 

I find this sincerely a primitive and prehistoric ideology for with globalisation and intermarrying we have to realise that either where a person is born is there home or if one adopts the culture and traditions of what it means to be South African – should they not have the right to identify as they should desire and that there isn’t a knighting process. 

However, radicles would like the exclusively of bestowing who and what is African based upon their stability as the chief and lord over those who will submit to these type of absurdities. At present it is quite fashionable to be African – the colours and patterns, the music and dance, the food and vibrancy all boasts the beauty of our Country. Therefore I believe its wrong when indicators of skin colour, hair and language are the attributes to identify a South African. 

If these uneducated simpletons are not challenged I believe that other race groups which are not Black will soon be made to believe that they are merely a guest in their own country.

Alexandra my Alexandra!

If anyone watched the documentary, Alexandra my Alexandra they would come to appreciate the history and significance of this township and the need to protect it.

If anyone watched the documentary, “Alexandra my Alexandra” they would come to appreciate the history and significance of this township and the need to protect it.

The protection of its reputation and forward thinking of its founders. However we see today is the decay of derelict buildings and informal shacks.

Sewage spills on the street, goats left to graze among the rubbish and children playing with the running water along the gutters.

Trading votes for food when it costed blood!

The right to vote – it came at the cost of blood. Fathers, mothers, children and maybe someone’s uncle. They were beaten, killed and oppressed like animals. Yet today that very vote can be purchased for a bag of groceries… Shame on those who mock our freedom… Shame on you who mock the martyrs… Shame on you!

There was a period in our country’s history that the past would be reconciled to bring healing to the open wounds and trauma caused by the injustices of Apartheid.

People were willing to move on, to begin walking together – a new government had formed and that government represented the people. As the world watched on with admiration to see a lesson demonstrated by the millions of South Africans willing to show love.

Now the reality hits and that same government which once promised a better life had only managed to achieve it for themselves. They have forgotten the townships and the hopes and dreams which the people patiently anticipated.

Alexandra Township – Johannesburg

Even so the people are trusting despite promise after promise failing, and yet year after year these representatives look more like the Hollywood glamour models showing their swag. Alas, the only swag our people can show forth is the fake goods of designer labels brought in from the Far East.

Ours are a people trusting, loving and generous to have room in their big hearts to be faithful to their “freedom fighters”. Why has anyone not told the masses that Apartheid is abolished and that they are now free? We all know that despite the chains of oppression enslaving our people are the schemes to keep them from freedom, and so the education system does what the Apartheid system did… narrowing their dreams of success.

The right to vote – it came at the cost of blood. Fathers, mothers, children and maybe someone’s uncle. They were beaten, killed and oppressed like animals. Yet today that very vote can be purchased for a bag of groceries… Shame on those who mock our freedom… Shame on you who mock the martyrs… Shame on you!

Comparison of Nazi Germany to South Africa

Likewise the ignorance of such stupidities are sadly taking root and just as it did in Hitler’s day in South Africa. There is a phrase I once heard that “Africa is for the Africans” (that implying only Black Africans). Despite your place of birth, South Africa has and is openly discriminating its citizens based upon their racial ethnicity.

Now, I am not a historian but of recent I watched the Netflix documentary of Adolf Hitler and was startled of the similarities of some of the rhetoric spewed out and the extremists posing as liberators.

The rise of Hitler was born out of a great hatred of the Jewish people in Germany. They had their own culture and was successful enough to gain a great market share of the wealth. They didn’t steal it nor did they murder for it  – they merely learnt the economic system and flourished. This however believed to have been vile in Hitler’s moral compass as he believed that Germany was the land of the Germans and should not be beneficial to anyone but those looking like the Germans (blue eyes and blond hair).

It was said that the cost of a wheelbarrow was cash for a load of bread.

Likewise the ignorance of such stupidities are sadly taking root and just as it did in Hitler’s day in South Africa. There is a phrase I once heard that “Africa is for the Africans” (that implying only Black Africans). Despite your place of birth, South Africa has and is openly discriminating its citizens based upon their racial ethnicity. 

There are vocal groups of wanna-be freedom fighters who have never suffered the hardships to the likes of Mandela or Joe Slovo, yet they are willing to make claims of land grabs as a method of making right that which the sixteen hundred settled had stolen. 

The cost of living in Hitler’s day was extortionate as people were said to have paid for bread with filled wheelbarrows of money. We may not be there yet – but due to the mismanagement of funds and allegations of corruptions South Africa is heading there, for the cost of living far exceeds the renumeration and so are the high unemployment rate which is creating an envious circumstance where some who don’t have, steal.

Now Hitler was particularly notorious for killing 6 million Jews through torturous methods, and to that the Afrikaner Boer or Farmer has become the victim liken the enemy of Nazi Germany. Only difference is that unlike the business elite and traders, these farmers are the “hand we feed” South Africa. Yet again another minority suffers in silence whilst we all say it’s not my battle…sadly George Orwell in Animal Farm clearly portrays that some animals are higher than others and when “they” are done with the “Boer” they will come for you too…

Stand up, speak up? 

Emerging markets can tap the Potential of digital in the food chain

Emerging markets can tap the potential of digital in the food chain through innovations such as precision agriculture, supply-chain efficiencies, and agriculture-focused payment systems.

Emerging markets can tap the potential of digital in the food chain through innovations such as precision agriculture, supply-chain efficiencies, and agriculture-focused payment systems.

Precision agriculture is a technology-enabled approach to farming management that observes, measures, and analyzes the needs of individual fields and crops.

Soil sensors and aerial images help farmers manage crop growth centrally, with automated detection systems providing early warnings of deviations from expected growth rates or quality.

Transport times can be cut in half by using smart meters to improve routing.

Coupling transport-management systems with agricultural sensors can allow unified hauling of inbound transportation, generating average savings of 10 to 20 percent.







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 source:http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/digital-mckinsey/our-insights/how-big-data-will-revolutionize-the-global-food-chainbyClarisse Magnin

The Problem with Blind Obedience…and what of Religion?

A substantial proportion of people do what they are told to do, irrespective of the content of the act and without limitations of conscience, so long as they perceive that the command comes from a legitimate authority.

Facts of recent history and observation in daily life suggest that for many people obedience may be a deeply ingrained behavior tendency, indeed, a prepotent impulse overriding training in ethics, sympathy, and moral conduct.

The German Officer Corp were brought up in the most rigorous code of obedience in the name of obedience they were party to, and assisted in, the most wicked large scale actions in the history of the world. The Nazi extermination of European Jews is the most extreme instance of abhorrent immoral acts carried out by thousands of people in the name of obedience.

These inhumane policies may have originated in the mind of a single person, but they could only have been carried out on a massive scale if a very large number of people obeyed orders.

The person who, with inner conviction, loathes stealing, killing, and assault may find himself performing these acts with relative ease when commanded by authority. Behaviour that is unthinkable in an individual who is acting on his own may be executed without hesitation when carried out under orders.

The essence of obedience consists in the fact that a person comes to view himself as the instrument for carrying out another persons wishes, and he therefore no longer regards himself as responsible for his actions.

….and what of religion?

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source: Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View by Stanley Milgram, Philip Zimbardo (ISBN: 9781905177325)

President of South Africa – Cyril Ramaphosa?

He is one of South Africa’s richest men, with Forbes estimating his wealth at $675 million.

Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa (born 17 November 1952) is a South African politician, businessman, activist, and trade union leader who has served as the Deputy President under President Jacob Zuma since 2014. He was elected as Deputy President of the African National Congress (ANC) at the ANC National Conference in Mangaung in December 2012. He is also the Chairman of the National Planning Commission, which is responsible for strategic planning for the country

Respected as a skillful negotiator and strategist, Ramaphosa built up the biggest and most powerful trade union in South Africa—the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)—and played a crucial role, with Roelf Meyer of the National Party, during the negotiations to bring about a peaceful end to apartheid and steer the country towards its first democratic elections in April 1994.Cyril_Ramaphose_greeting_President_of_Chile

He has been criticised, however, for his business interests, which include a seat on the board of Lonmin. On 15 August 2012 he called for action against the Marikana miners’ strike, which he called “dastardly criminal” conduct.

Among other positions, he is executive chairman of Shanduka Group, a company he founded. Shanduka Group has investments in the Resources Sector, Energy Sector, Real Estate, Banking, Insurance, and Telecoms (SEACOM). He is also chairman of The Bidvest Group Limited, and MTN. His other non-executive directorships include Macsteel Holdings, Alexander Forbes and Standard Bank. In March 2007 he was appointed Non-Executive joint Chairman of Mondi, a leading international paper and packaging group, when the company emerged from Anglo American plc. In July 2013 he retired from the board of SABMiller plc.

He is one of South Africa’s richest men, with Forbes estimating his wealth at $675 million.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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How can companies and retailers succeed in South Africa?

Over the past decade, more than three and a half million South Africans have been lifted out of extreme poverty. As of 2015, the country’s consuming class grew to encompass about nine million households, accounting for $191 billion in private consumption.

Private consumption in South Africa has been growing at a fairly subdued annual rate of 2.8 percent over the past five years and a mere 1.6 percent in the past year slower than Africa’s other major economies.

The recent survey of 1,000 South African consumers confirms that most of them are indeed concerned about their financial prospects and thus holding back spending.

Almost 70 percent of respondents said they worry about imminent job loss.

The South African survey was part of our global survey involving more than 22,000 respondents from 26 countries .3 Our aim was to understand how consumers feel about their financial prospects and how these sentiments are affecting their buying behaviour.

 

Even if their financial situation were to improve, South African consumers wouldn’t necessarily loosen their purse strings.

Among consumers who said they’d spend a portion of their extra income, most 60 percent would buy everyday necessities.

The survey responses brought to light a set of behavioural shifts among South African consumers.

Companies doing business in South Africa would do well to keep in mind the following four traits of today’s South African consumers.

Seventy-five percent of South Africans agreed that they’re increasingly looking for ways to save money.

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In the survey, 21 percent of South African consumers, compared with only 12 percent of consumers globally, reported trading down that is, buying cheaper brands or private label products instead of their preferred brands.

 

It is perhaps also a testament to the powerful allure of aspirational brands for South African consumers.

South Africans claimed to have shifted a considerable fraction of their spending toward modern retailers and away from the small independent retailers collectively known as the fragmented trade or informal trade.

Indeed, South Africas modern retail trade continues to grow at the expense of the fragmented trade, as big-name retailers expand into more local markets and as more consumers demand the breadth of products and low prices that large modern retailers provide.

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Getting credit for value requires companies to pull several levers for example, consistent value communication across all consumer touchpoints, price investments in the items that consumers are most likely to shop around for, and targeted promotions.

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Based on such insights, companies devise granular strategies for their brands, portfolio, pricing, and promotions and tailor these strategies to each channel, customer segment, and geographic region.

In addition, to boost the effectiveness of its promotions it not only doubled the return on its promotional investments but also improved consumers perception of the affordability of its products.

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For instance, manufacturers often provide informal retailers with an inferior offering when it comes to product, promotions, and in-store investment.

By contrast,  companies that serve the informal trade in a distinctive but cost-efficient way providing customised pack sizes, regular consumer promotions, and an appropriate level of in-store investment are rewarded with higher sales and margins.

 

 

 

 

 


Source:http://www.mckinsey.com/industries/consumer-packaged-goods/our-insights/south-africas-cautious-consumer about the authors -Damian Hattingh and Karl-Hendrik Magnus are partners in McKinsey’s Johannesburg office, where Sidhika Ramlakan is an analyst.