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And now for the radical reconstruction period

Here’s the solution South Africa’s been waiting for.

Believe it or not there was a time many, many years ago when I considered myself to be a dab hand at poetry. If you didn’t captain first team rugby at school or come from a family with a large trust fund, you had to resort to more cerebral ways to make an impression on the ladies. At least that was the idea.

For a while I found myself running with a crowd more familiar with Breyten Breytenbach, Andre P Brink and  Chris Barnard than the Frik du Preezs and Moff Myburghs of those days. I even won a poetry competition at the old RAU, for an English poem, nogal. One of our superheroes at that time was, of course, Antjie Somers – now writing under the name of Krog—who at 17 was already published for the first time.

Since then Krog has become an absolute superstar in the world of poetry, prose and is the winner of many national and international awards for her works, the most famous book most probably ‘Country of my Skull’, which was the winner of the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for literature in 1999. Search her works and achievements on Wikipedia for an appreciation of her longevity and impressive line-up of books, poems and prose. Amongst it all she’s also made time to be mother to four children!

But she needs to stay away from economics.

Alan Paton Awards

I must admit I haven’t read much of Krog’s latest works, instead being more attracted to the music/songwriting genius of Leonard Cohen or even the late Maya Angelou, who sadly died recently. They focused on all the emotions that make us human.

Krog’s work, on the other hand, is increasingly just dripping with white (and especially Afrikaner) guilt about everything that was wrong with apartheid and that all the ills of modern day South Africa are still the fault of, at first, the colonialists, and more recently the Afrikaners and all whites, by implication.

Fast forward to last week’s 2015 Sunday Times literary awards, at which she was the main speaker. She was at it again (speaking about the 1994 transition to a multiracial democracy in her speech):

“Did whites really think setting matters right stopped at charity, NGOs, philanthropy, paying domestic workers more than a living wage and allowing a black middle class to grow? What was promised in 1994 didn’t happen. A systemic fault-line prevented the momentous emblematic political transformation from being complemented by an equally momentous socio-economic transition. Did we think it was enough that affirmative action was meant for those already employed, not the unemployed? That BEE was for those mixing with the elite and not the 50% on the margins of destitution?” she asked.

Her solution to SA’s problem: share everything with everyone else.

“In one’s frustration one is pushed to wonder whether the empty frame (the vision of SA) calls for a two-year radical construction period in which all energy, resources, every South African is used to achieve massive structural change.”

Using the analogy of SA becoming one massive scrambled egg she says: “…during this radical restructuring period, all suburbs and farms are given two years of free range to scramble themselves. Every house in the suburbs should be confronted by the fact of shackness (her word), every park filled with squatters, every street filled with vendors. Every home- and landowner, every suburb, every farm free to negotiate a living space with whoever moves in.

“Liberation remains incomplete when the colonial or apartheid city is not reorganised but simply taken over. A ban should be put on changing the name of any town before the town has fundamentally, practically and collectively prioritised the poor.

“Those who finish their studies and those who have retired should work for a year in the town or city of their birth to remove backlogs and shortages in courts, hospitals, schools , administrative offices, corruption investigation, child care…..for no salary. The town will provide food and a place to sleep. We are facing a disaster in the absence of a crucial social unifying vision of a liberated humane society. The times are pitiless. No vision is coming to save us. Let us dirty our hands with the tactics of communality needed to create openings into which new rhythms, new language and new modes of being human can be poured.”

I’m not making this up, dear reader. Please read the whole article in Sunday Times and see for yourself.

So for two years it will be an absolute free-for-all in South Africa. Every home, every farm and by implication every other asset will be up for grabs, after which everything will be great – a socialist nirvana. All for one; one for all. Peace, happiness and eternal brotherhood.

It makes the Marxist rhetoric of Julius Malema and the Economic Freedom Fighters appear right-wing by comparison. Julius only wants to nationalise the mines and the banks.

Krog, on the other hand, wants to be really radical and share everything.

And what then? What will be left of foreign capital? Foreign investors who, after all, own more than 50% of all listed equities and 30% of all our bonds, will be out of SA in a flash, leaving us looking worse than Greece – a basket case like so many other countries north of our borders.

*Magnus Heystek is the investment strategist at Brenthurst Wealth. He can be reached at magnus@brenthurstwealth.co.za for ideas and suggestions.

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unfortunately the sunday times article is blocked. but I have for sometime said that what sa needs is what pol pot did to Cambodia – going back to year zero-without all the deaths of course. on my recent trip while supping with friends at the colonial heritage of kelvin grove in rondebosch I mentioned this and said what needs to happen locally is that rondebosch common needs to be handed over to squatters and RDP housing. needless to say my fellow diners (all DA supporters) WANTED TO hang draw and quarter me ON THE SPOT! so this is yet another example – it aint going to happen – its going to be a slow slow downhill journey

slow journey must be better than a rapid Zim one hey? I wonder if all these passionate socialists have opened their own homes for 5 other families before they suggest these great ideas of theirs. In my short time on earth , I have seen that all preachers of this way of life have done so in order to manufacture political or other support

The opinions of one who uses correct grammar and punctuation are far more likely to be accepted than those of one who is too sloppy to care.

I did military training on a farm in the district of Kroonstad 30 years ago, the place which Antjie hails from…… The CO, known as the “Lion of Bossiespruit”, welcomed us there stating that he expected to lose a few of us (to death) whilst preparing us for war. Then we went through a 9 month “near death” experience….reminiscent of the events that played out in central SA between 1899 and 1902. Pity the Lion never invited neighbour Somers over for coffee, she might have gained a grip on a few things that could have “tainted” her writings with a touch of reality!

If we follow Tannie Krog’s ideas we will find that in 20 years those that are currently “have not’s” will again have nothing and those who are currently seen as “have’s” will have everything back again.
Or better still – let us give EVERYTHING away – right here right now. In 30 years we will have it all back again PLUS more.
However, I doubt I will go for either option above – and that is what makes Tannie Krog so strong: nobody will do it and she sells books to the new Libtards, who feel good buying her book and thenget into his german supercar and go home in Dianfern or Steyn City or some other larny gated estate to live securely — SA – funny place, indeed!!

Such naive, stupidity does not warrant any response!

“You can’t legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can’t give to anybody that government first does not take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they don’t have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because someone else is going to get what they work for , that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”….Adrian Rogers.

She’s only 62 so it must be early onset dementia. She’s quite cuckoo.

Dear Ms. Krog: you first… (And I expect you to only stop when you have yesterdays uhm, Sunday Times and a park bench… )

In the meantime, go @#$% yourself!!

When identifying the problem, Kog makes valid points, though all are made from a retrospective and cheap, point-scoring stance.
Her laughable, movie-like solutions however lack substance and are flawed on so many levels, reflecting someone clearly out of their depth on economic issues.

Using Pandemonium to create serenity, order and bliss ?
Something, sorry, no, everything about that sounds wrong.

I think there was a failed prequel to this movie in 2002, fortunately for us it only showed in Zimbabwe.

The last time people tried to eradicate poverty because “it shouldn’t exist” as Tannie Antjie believes, was with the Russian revolution in 1917. The idea was to have a classless society where “each would contribute according to his ability and each receive according to his need.” It sounded utopian. However, we all know how it ended. Author Stéphane Courtois argues that Communism was responsible for the murder of almost 100 million people in the 20th century in its many dictatorial one-party states ruled by Communist Parties. These include, forced relocations, labour camps, famines, purges and warfare resulting in deaths far in excess of previous empires, capitalist or other regimes. Accept it, we are not all alike and “the poor will always be with us.” The combination of utter stupidity and a position of power has always been incredibly dangerous. Fortunately Tannie Antjie doesn’t have too much real power, well maybe, perhaps in her imagination she does.

Quite happy to share my “everything” with every one else. Including my Landbank debt and overdraft.

Tannie Krog clearly is not familiar with the nuts and blots of capitalism. In short – it sounds like poetry tannie, but it’s so far removed from reality that one has to question your state of mind when you presented your noble idea.

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