Monday, 28 January 2008

Niall Mellon Trust

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…’.

Indeed.


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.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

You clearly know nothing about the Township Trust, you racist prick

Anonymous said...

While I enjoy reading your posts and find some justified & balanced, I really think this is a ridiculous argument mate and borderline retarded.

skotgerman said...

He clearly knows nothing??? It isn't clear to me he knows nothing. Pray enlighten us you nondescript prick.

SAVANT said...

OK, here we have 2 posts (dont know if they're from the same Anonymous - probably not) wherein i know nothing, am a racist prick and am borderline retarded.

Well I never!!

As Skotgerman says, would you elaborate on where I'm wrong? It's the same thing again and again. Just hold your nose and brandish the 'R' word and all further argument is unnecessary.

Again, can you enlighten us as to the real situation?

Anonymous said...

Lol at the other anonymous: Now stating facts are racist? Must one tell lies not to be racist?

Idiot.

Kerdasi amaq said...

Do you actually know anything about the Township Trust?

doodler said...

The Township Trust? Oh, okay, you mean those poor damn liberals who know shit from Shinola about SA who seek to assuage their consciences by building houses for the blacks? And who gets laughed at behind their backs? Keep going guys, we need your bucks here.

SAVANT said...

This now is the third similar comment - do you know anything about it? I know what i wrote in the my post.

If I'm wrong, will you and the others PLEASE POINT OUT WHERE?

doodler said...

You are certainly not wrong - in fact you are spot on.
I also googled the trust and surprisingly, there is almost no mention whatever in the SA press about Niall's good work, either. Odd...

SAVANT said...

Yes, agian and agin we're told we're wrong, but are unable to get anything specific. Apparently there are other blogs which refer to my post and invariably I'm supposed to know nothi8ng about it. And that's it. No specific rebuttal

Anonymous said...

Typical reaction of liberals - they "know nothing" and like spoilt brats can only anathematize those who expose their dream world by recognising the truth. Just been visited by liberal semi-American relative and his invariable response to any truths about the black mess in South Africa: its Apartheid's fault, and if you persevere with facts then "I won't discuss that" is the response! Thank you for spreading the truth about the black mess in SA.

Realist said...

Savant, I thought those "Irish Jokes" were just that, jokes. But these thousands of Irishmen spending their money and time so stupidly seem to prove otherwise...
Don't they know that in a few years their townships will be indistinguishable from the shack slums they replace?

SAVANT said...

They should know that, Realist, but I dont think they do. Remember, the spectrum of debate in the free and democratic west has now become so constrained that most people don't know such things.

Anonymous said...

http://www.southafrica.info/about/social/niall-mellon.htm

Link to South Africian Press about the Niall Mellon Township Trust!! unless you actually went out there and experienced the building blitz you dont really deserve to have an opinion!!

SAVANT said...

Not sure what your point is. I dont dispute that the Trust is doing a supber job in building the houses. For the reasons explained i think that this is just a very bad idea.

Cathy said...

Let me start off by saying yes, Niall Mellon is a big hearted guy,probably a lot bigger hearted than you are. First of all you have no way of knowing for sure WHERE the sponsorship money has come from, be it Ireland or anywhere else, and secondly, does it really matter? No one has forced people to part with their cash when they sponsor someone?!People have more money than they ever did these days, and some of them to DO GOOD with it-who they give their own hard earned cash to is really none of your business!Secondly, this trust not only builds houses on the annual blitz but also works throughout the year to build houses, in fact last year they bulit over 4,000 houses for the residents of the townships. The charity has offices in Cape Town and they employ some 2,000 peoople, many of them from the townships themselves who otherwise might be unemployed, or be working in unfair conditions for low pay. So not only are they building them houses, but they are also TEACHING them how to build....catch a man a fish and he will eat for a day or teach him to and he will eat for a lifetime type of thing...you following?In fact, the charity is in talks of producing the worlds 1st charity owned 'super housing factory', which could potentially eradicate townships in not only SA, but elsewhere too.Also, the deeds of the house are given to the resident at the end of the week, so it is theirs to do with as they please, which means that if they want to rent it out let them, why not?If it means getting them more of an income so they can send their kids to school or help feed their family then who are you to have a problem with that?Bottom line is getting them a new house, whether they live in it or not, will help improve their overall quality of life-which is the aim of the project!!And I wouldn't call the volunteers going over 'mugs', their anything but. This project not only aims to eradicate townships, but it helps to promote an air of philantrophy in Ireland, which surely is only a good thing? You'd seriously want to rethink your above comments there, and Id have to agree with the others-you do sound like a bit of a retard. I mean what makes you think they will revert to what they are...how does cement and bricks turn into tin and cardboard??!

Anonymous said...

I have in fact met Niall Mellon when he was in Cape Town on a visit. Indeed a big hearted man - one with a big wallet to boot... An extremely successful businessman indeed.

Did you know that these "volunteers" that come to SA to build our black friends houses have to raise approx 30 000euros for the "privilege" to travel to this God-forsaken place to do the work that the "previously disadvantaged" local populace are too inept to do for themselves....

Great job they are doing (not) - only reinforcing the belief among the township dwellers that the world does in fact owe them a favour!!!!

Anonymous said...

Niall Mellon has an EGO the size of South Africa. What he is doing is BULLSHIT. He does it for all the coverage he gets in the Irish Media. Flying over 2000 builders to build houses at a cost of €3,000 per builder is disgraceful. Get the locals to build the houses and save a fortune. Employment is huge in S.A. so why not give the poor locals and the local economy something back. Even if you pay them top dollar it will still be a fraction of the €3k used to fly and accomodate the builders for ONE week in top hotels. If he was that clever he would use the locals but then again he wouldn't get the adulation and press coverage at home, would he?? Trust me I know the man personaly for over 15 years and he's not as sweet as he tries to make himself out to be. I have also been in the township with him so don't come back and tell me I don't know what I'm talking about.

SAVANT said...

This is a very interesting comment. at last someone who actually knows NM. I suspected this myself - the ego bit - but had no evidence.

Thanks for the update.

Anonymous said...

With the collapse of the Voice group of newspapers, Mr Mellon would be better off looking after the people who are still owed money by that organisation of which he was a major shareholder.
I could badly do with the grand and a half he owes me anyway.