This is a continuation of the previous article titled “Colonialism/Apartheid – a high interest, long term and lucrative investment for the west”.
Why do you think South Africa is a developing country? Why do you think we do not have our own Nike, Iphone, Mercedes etc? Why don’t we have mighty brands like these walking the world?Here is a silly question: why are white South Africans wealthier than the blacks?
I’m not bitter. In fact I’m up the challenge to transform Africa for the better and for everyone. My senses, emotions and actions are allergic to caring out racism. Still I don’t hate or wish pain upon any racist.
Some may not agree that colonialism was wealth focused. But no one can argue that it suppressed one and made the other wealthier.
I’m hoping at this point we can agree that any challenges in Africa can be conquered with the tool economics (commerce).
Let me get down on it; that is explaining this concept I call de-colonialism. Colonization was international. Apartheid was national. To me they are all the same.
Colonization made the colonizer’s image (products) cooler to buy into. So you don’t hate local products. Colonization embedded such hate into you. That is why we trust Nike or Apple products to any other that would come from us. Excuse the impositions; it’s an easy and quick method of sharing ideas.
So in today’s economy; what the former colonizer makes already has leverage over the former colonized produces. It’s quite a profitable phenomenon for our former colonizers.
I hope you are with me. Colonize them yesterday and sell them your image today. That way you get to pioneer innovation or rather civilization whilst they are picking up the pieces.
In today’s economy and democracy; the former colonizer gets to be the investor. It’s more like the proceeds of colonialism; that is denying further the former colonized ownership of any wealth like legacy.
What do you think was happening in the western world during the struggle? Entrepreneurs where hard at work; as they should; doing their thing. They were gaining momentum in business; being inventive and innovative.
When the doors of opportunity (realization of democracy) where opened in South Africa (and else where); they where better prepared to share their great inventions and innovations with our world.
For (blacks) Africans, it was between being an entrepreneur, the laws which suppressed free enterprising for blacks, fighting for democracy and other social restrictions coloured by apartheid. It must have been impossible; too hard. Although fellas like Richard Maponya really fought a good fight.
Poverty, lack of jobs etc; can be solved through commerce that is sustained and owned by South Africans. I actually think reconciliation is impossible (actually silly) without progressive and just economic themes.
De-colonization requires practicing self love. Love thy country and its aspirations. Again apologies for the impositions in the statements. It’s a quick and easy way of sharing ideas.
An average person today spends has or spent their greater time at work or school if not unemployed. Therefore de-colonization should take place through education and economic activities; since we spend greater time there.
SO. If colonisation and apartheid robbed us of the opportunity to compete in the international arena and gain wealth like legacy; don’t you think we owe it to ourselves to give us that opportunity to catch up?
For any equality or rather economic just and prosperity to take shape; we have to take radical actions. We need to afford ourselves that opportunity to build wealth like legacies. With foreign investment; as we seem to rely on it greatly; non South Africans will continue owning our prosperity and legacy.
The basis of any economy is the consumer. It’s the consumer’s money that makes commerce possible. Where the consumer spends his money is where prosperity falls. So if we as South African consumers want our economy to flourish; we need to spend our demand on us; I’m talking about local products. A general sense of tolerance towards local products ha to be awakened.
Drastic and radical actions have to be taken to improve and propel our society. If the Madela, Sobukwe and Sisulu era scarified greatly for today; we as well have to sacrifice something for tomorrow. Petty sacrifices; like buying local products.
As an outro let me case to you what supporting local products does. E.g. Say the local clothing industry booms by R5 million; in many senses the R5 million will be spend like this: clothing companies are going to rent bigger offices; higher more cleaners, more security, petrol, IT, CMT, fabric, staff etc.