Afrikaners taking it to another level?

31 05 2008

I was recently stunned by a letter which I read on Die Burger and Grocotts newspapers about Afrikaners being discriminated against by their fellow counterpart English first language speakers. The letter claimed that Afrikaans speaking people are being labelled as dumb and racist (dom en rassisties). This article was written by a third year Rhodes University student and it claimed that Afrikaans is a dead language used by a group of racist and stupid Dutchman. The report quoted Afrikaans students who said they have been ill-treated by English students.


Similarly, a Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder presented and submitted the party’s application at the ninth general meeting of (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation) UNPO at the European Parliament in Brussels a couple of weeks ago. To me this type of people is just concerned audience that they are not free, hence the name of their party and the title of the article printed in die burger.


The Afrikaners must just get used to the system and move on with the travelling train; otherwise they will be left behind. I think there are more issues that we can worry about than Afrikaners feeling excluded and unfree, and not enjoying the democracy enjoyed by everyone in S.A. Firstly, SABC 2 has more news, drama and content in Afrikaans that the Shangaan, Venda, Pedi etc so what is this cultural or language marginalisation are this people talking about. We have Afrikaans as a language at Rhodes and this means that this same people can still pursue their mother tongue in higher education. In addition, this same group of people are still taught in Afrikaans in high schools and other than English first-language speakers, no one else in this country enjoys this privilege. Visits Grahamstown townships people will admire you as an Afrikaans speaker unlike speaking Venda or Shangaan where they will simply say you are a foreigner , so what more do Afrikaners want?


I think these people just need to move on and deal with other democratic issues, because they are really free people. I hope they consume media and they will agree with me if I say that people that should be complaining are Tsonga, Swati, Venda and Pedi people, because they are the minority and they are not represented in every sphere of the country.


Trying to create good from the past.

29 04 2008

The issue of name change in South Africa worries the public from preachers to politicians, as much as it worries black journalists. Pastors from the Grahamstown East churches are now pushing for the name change.  Sasco invited the Eastern Cape MEC of Agriculture Mr Gugile Nkwinti during the freedom day and he holds similar views about name change. The comments are the same as the reasons behind the formation of Black journalists forum . I read an article from MG about Black journalists forum and I decided to share it with you.

Mr Nkwinti and some Grahamstown pastors believe that changing names can’t be important for the poor people, because they are more concerned about other issues, such as better housing and safe water. However, we also need to realise that the colonial domination left something that can’t be changed such as Settlers 1820 and the only way to honour black heroes is to build the same building as the 1820 to show that blacks and whites are equal. Take Egazini monument for example, you can easily tell that, that monument perpetuate a stereotype that blacks are still inferior, because it is smaller than the 1820 settlers monument. According to the belief the process of name changing is a way of decolonising our minds and the country as a whole.

Similarly, the forum of black journalists seeks to infuse the black community with a new-found pride in themselves, their efforts, their value system, their culture, their religion and their outlook to life. However, poor people from the other side of ‘Grahamstown’ township have a different view, they think that government can use the money for development, because even if you change the name the memories will still remain the same. For example, changing ‘Graham-stown’ won’t change the fact that European people honoured colonel Graham after the good job he did for them, killing a lot of amaXhosa. Can we really create good from the past or we can only create good for the future?




No African leader can survive without white support!

6 04 2008

Travel  around the campus, the conversations is about Mugabe who tried it and failed. So what more can we say about African leaders? Is the problem with African leaders? I don’t think so, firstly African leaders are just the same as Western leaders? So why  African leaders can’t survive without white support? The answer is obvious, African countries can’t produce enough food to feed themselves, as a result you can’t bite the hand that feeds you.  Allow me to say that Africans do not produce their own food as a consequence they rely at the kindness of rich and powerful countries. In Zimbabwe the problem is with Mugabe who wants to be independent, which is highly unlikely, because his black farmers are not producing anything.

For the sake of African’s rights for survival, African leaders must remain dependent to rich countries, because independence is costly.


Change comes from inside?

5 04 2008

Transformation in our minds only!

The political environment of South Africa has improved, but economic apartheid and separation in our minds still exists. I’ve been in Grahamstown for a long time now and the economic apartheid and divisions still exist in a lot of people’s minds. I’m trying to say that the consequences of apartheid along racial lines are still in place today. Some people might disagree with me, because I don’t have statistical evidence with me and accuse me of generalisations.

But my experience in Grahamstown says it all. My point is that the attitude between students is different towards each other, not all of them of course. But, mostly Blacks from remote areas socialise along their lines and their attitude towards middle class people whether white or black is more or less the same. For instance, if you eat in dining halls this is no strange to you. There are whites, Zimbabwean and black South African dominated tables. Besides the socialising point, we greet each other along racial lines, for example, when a black person meet a white person, it’s that hi greeting for the sake, but when he meets a fellow black person the greeting is different.

Look at places like Friars Tucks it’s dominated by rich English first language speakers and you can only find few African middle class elite. Put the issue of money aside, if you go there as a black person you will really feel lost. Grahamstown has two market black markets and white market, for example, Shoprite is dominated by blacks and Pick ‘n Pay dominated by white and few black middle class people. Township is seen as a place of entertainment by tourists just because is different from town. For example, rich white people visit townships as it is a game reserve!

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