Friday, 31 August 2007

South Africa = Zimbabwe: Update

Your Savant came under heavy attack for forecasting that South Africa will go the way of Zimbabwe. But all the ingredients are there, most notably the disconnect in the African mentality between production and consumption. Like the cargo cults in the Pacific, Africans tend to see the good things in life as something to be acquired, without the bothersome distraction of actually producing them.

So it's little surprise then when we learn from that country's main Sunday newspaper that thousands of white doctors are being rejected for medical posts (the posts thus remaining unfilled), and then emigrating - hopefully many come to Ireland. As a result the standard of medical services, especially in the public sphere, has plummeted.

An even more interesting example concerns that of the University of KwaZulu Natal which once had a high international ranking. This has now plummeted to joke status, easily understood when you consider the vice-chancellor, one William Makgoba. He has described whites (who make up about 90% of faculty staff) as 'superannuated apes', and recommends that they eat, speak and dress like Africans. The same Bill has adopted the Oxford-inspired academic ritual of greasing himself every morning in lion fat to help him confront his opponents.

Still think the Zimbabwe analogy to be over the top?

7 comments:

Fred. v. B. said...

I saw your earlier post and you're 100% right. Every white would leave except that there are exchange controls and proprty values are so low.

Phelim O'R. said...

We have a South African doctor here in Galway who left for the exact reasons you state. Their loss, our gain, I say.

Dayo said...

Do you realise that Dr. Makgoba is a world-recognised immunologist?

SAVANT said...

I realise he covers hinmself in lion fat before heaqding off to work. I wouldnt want someone who does that next or near a university

rob said...

When Mugabe and his henchmen finally get their comeuppance, those of them that didn't get lynched will turn up in Ireland or some other European country looking for asylum. And why shouldn't we welcome them in? They'll enrich our country.
Diversity is strength!

Fiona said...

What is ti with you guys? And i note it's all guys. Are you prepared to accept any good from Africans? What about Nelson Mandela?

SAVANT said...

So Fiona is back again. What do you suggest dear? Let every illegal to come here? If not, who do you stop? As things stand it's a joke, anyone can get in. if refused they just melt into the underworl. Shandon St. in Cork is like Soweto.