Niall Mellon is a good-hearted lad. The Foundation he started build 20% of low cost housing in Cape Town last year, and 15% in Gauteng (J’burg/Pretoria). It was to him that Bertie passed over €5 million of our money during his recent visit to SA. Last November was particularly noticeable in that 203 houses were built in one week by 1380 volunteers. Said volunteers, and all the money come from Ireland.
In fact one of those volunteers worked for your Savant until about two years ago, when he left a highly-paid technology job to build houses in SA. Our conversation went something like this:
Andrew, why are you doing this?
To build houses for poverty-stricken blacks
But you know nothing about building houses
Yes, but that's the great thing. They’re prefabricated and simple to put together – so you don’t need any skills really!
So if you don’t need any skills, why don’t the blacks do it for themselves?
Cue dropping of jaw, shuffling of feet, and a feeble ‘well, it’s not their culture, like…’.
And it’s not their culture to contribute their labour to the project either. Those locals working on the project – i.e. those for whom the houses are being built - will do so only if they get paid. And apparently now there’s another related problem. The beneficiaries of our largesse can earn better money working on the World Cup stadiums thanfor the Trust. And guess what they’re doing?
Exactly. So now Niall is short of labour, and he wants more mugs from Ireland to fill the gap.
And to cap it all, said beneficiaries have now taken to renting out the properties - to multiple families at the one time. This was furiously denied by the Trust initially, but they now grudgingly concede that ‘a small number’ may have done this. And just like they do with welfare in this country, the rentiers will probably get allocated another house at some stage, using a different name.
Niall, can't you see you’re making things worse? Not alone will the houses revert in due course to what they were (see picture), but by taking on the white man’s burden you're pushing Africans even further away from ever taking responsibility for their own destinies.