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Days, weeks and Centuries and Africa 1960 to 2010 Part One

January 12, 2015

 

This is the 5th Post in this series; It is headlined Part One because it turned out to be too long for one Post and Part Two will follow soon. After that there will only be the final one under the Headline of the World 2010 to 2060. You must read them all.

Just stay with me for a brief glimpse at a few things in some parts of the rest of the World before we get into Africa proper. On New Year’s Day 1960 JFK was running for the White House; in Russia Nikita was firmly in power and Mao Tse-tung [so many spellings of this name in “the West”; we should try and figure it out] in China, Jawaharlal Nehru since the 1947 Independence in India and in the first African Country to take independence in 1957, the Gold Coast to be renamed Ghana, the chosen leader and arch rival of one named Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah, was firmly in power with no intention of ever stepping aside. Israel had settled in 1948 and had things under control though with some adversity as was to be expected.

To Africa we go then but with a footnote right at the start. The land mass of Africa happens to be one contiguous continent but consists of two distinctly different parts. Please allow me just one brief explanation.

If I were building a road or a railroad over a distance of 6 000 miles I would choose the shortest route; that would normally be the straightest one. However when I come to a very large rock or a good size chunk of mountain, or a massive river in a ravine so deep that I can’t even see the bottom I am not going to break my head by working out why these things are there or how they got there in the first place. I will simply bypass as much as I have to in order to get around the obstacle and then proceed on the straight route once more.

That is the way I am looking at Africa too. For some or other reason which does not concern me the most Northern part of Africa sometimes by some referred to as the Saharan Part from Morocco on the Western tip to Egypt on the Eastern top [with respect, the often called Arab part] is, though it is contiguous with what is called Sub-Saharan Africa, the two parts are for all practical purposes totally different in not only geography but in the culture and lifestyles of the original inhabitants.

Egypt has always been there and I don’t ever see it going away. I think that Egypt is misjudged at times, often underestimated but indeed a great country in history and her people.

Let’s go to Sub-Saharan Africa.

In Kenya Jomo Kenyatta had just started his purge of the British by killing them. The War in the Belgium Congo started and soon got out of hand with everyone of the many factions trying his utter best to kill as many of the others as fast as they could.

On the 3rd of February 1960 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan had delivered his ignominious Winds of Change speech in the South African Parliament. At that time Nelson Mandela was on the run from the South African Security police, having previously been kicked out of the University of Fort Hare, tried in Court and sent to prison, but soon escaped with the police hot-footing a few steps behind him for a number of years to arrest him again in August 1962. The Rivonia Treason trial followed in 1963 at which he and many of his cronies were sentenced to life imprisonment.

I must just very briefly jump back to Harold Macmillan’s speech. South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd replied to that speech in Parliament and then acted immediately by announcing a Referendum for South Africa to become an independent Republic free of the British Crown. He won the Referendum on October 10th 1960 and South Africa became an Independent Republic on May 31st 1961. The intention was that South Africa would remain a Member of the British Commonwealth and Verwoerd went to the British Conference to apply for that but when he was shouted down, the great man that he was, he announced the withdrawal of our Application for Commonwealth Membership. Everybody went bananas because as a matter of fact, no country had ever done that to Great Britain before or since.

It was actually quite amusing. After the War the British Crown was devastated but South Africa who had made a big contribution to the War in North Africa while Montgomery and Rommel were chasing or running from each other, and in many parts in lower Europe too, and when the Crown was in financial trouble their colony could advance them a loan of four million ounces of gold and another 8 million in cash a while later. When Swaziland, the other Crown Protectorate was in trouble a while later, South Africa was the one to help out.

It is time to get to Nelson Mandela. Whatever anyone says at this point in time I believe the jury is still out on the man and won’t be returning with any unanimous verdict any time real soon.

What is known is that Mandela hated Nkrumah’s guts for taking the first opportunity of Independence in Sub-Saharan Africa. The egoistic Mandela had always assumed that to be his birthright on the way to become Emperor of the entire Africa. He hated Kwame with a passion and Kwame despised him. That left him, in his eyes, with only one option to get back on track and the crown of the Emperor, that was to kill as many white people as he could in the shortest time possible; he had to be seen as better equipped than Kwame to handle his Empire. There never was any reason for or justification or need for African Independence or majority African Rule in South Africa of the time.

For centuries and later many decades before Ghana the entire Sub-Saharan Africa lay [sat, slept, stretched out, whatever you choose] in the sun and did nothing. The African women tilled as much of the land as they needed to plant some crops; young kids looked after the cattle [all owned by the headman]. The latter consulted with his cronies when to raid the nearest other tribe.

That’s what the white colonists found when they started arriving here just under 400 years ago and that didn’t change much during the first 200 years after the colonists first set foot out here.

To be continued with Part Two.

 ikejakson@gmail.com

 

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Today 26 Months to go

November 20, 2014

American political campaigning goes non-stop though voters only get to do their bit every two years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The inauguration of the President takes place on the 20th of January in all the leap years.

Nobody will argue the point that the current administration has had an effect nobody would have considered possible at the start of the previous half century that I use as my instrument of measuring history, taking every half a century starting at the beginning of the years that end with 10 or 60.

If you look at recent events that have still to become history the election of the Bama was in fact a natural confluence of things that happened from the year of 1960 onwards.

It was always going to happen from the day Jack Kennedy won the 1960 race.

Kennedy was born in May 1917; Mandela was of July 1918. Complete the picture in short President Reagan February 1911. Idi Amin was guessed to hail from 1925. Jomo Kenyatta arrived in 1889 and was therefore, 70 years old when he started the racial cleansing in Kenya and running full speed with it while Americans were voting for Kennedy just three years before Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment. In the meantime a fellow named Barrack Obama was born wherever on August 3rd of Kennedy’s first year in the White House.

That’s all for now Folks; there will be a lot more on days, weeks, months, years and events that shaped the half century that we are in right now; you know the one that started in 2010.

It wasn’t ever a good idea to get one of our guys into the White House. Gird the loins, grind the teeth and bear it; after all he got the votes fair and square. It had been in the cards since 1960 anyway; you just didn’t see it coming, that’s all.

In just less than 24 months from today you will know who the Bama’s successor will be to take the White House keys and let the current incumbent go free to further screw your country up elsewhere.

Please this time, for our sake, your sakes and for the sake of the World elect an American to the job.

Born Free 1994, April 27th

April 27, 2014

South Africans are today celebrating 20 years of Independence since the arrival of Democracy and Freedom from oppression under our Colonial Past.

Based on the number of children enrolling for final matriculation exams per annum and allowing for a reasonable percentage of them not completing their matriculation the country probably produced about 1500 new babies on that fateful day 20 years ago today.

What I would love to see are the statistics on the people born during the 24 hours comprising that day, what happened to them, where they are today etc etc. We have managed to produce the most awful statistics on babies born out of wedlock in recent years [the young mothers at fourteen or sixteen still at school], gang rape, murder but nothing else to show what Freedom has delivered.

I would like to see similar statistics in another twenty years on the little ones born today.

What I fear is the inconvenient truth that to most South Africans Apartheid [a Dutch word meaning separate development of races and later called Apart Hate by the Mandela regime], well that Apartheid is today deeper entrenched in our Society than ever before; the Apartheid Government has gone but in its place we now have a fast growing Class Apartheid between the Haves and the Have Nots.

We have so many examples. I wanted to do a Post and title it ‘Of Bees and Honey’ when I realized that it would be more fitting to call it ‘Of BEES and Money’ but gave up on it for the time being because I must now conserve my remaining eye.

The story will follow as it unfolds; have a good laugh while you wait.

The first link comes from a past Mandela fan turned rogue:

http://www.fin24.com/Womens-Wealth/News/Mamphela-Govt-stealing-from-the-poor-20130821

This one named her the Queen BEE:

http://www.fin24.com/Economy/Ramphele-I-benefited-from-BEE-20130823

She almost got the opposition nomination to oppose Jakes Zuma for the Presidential election just around the corner; lucky for the country that enough people who can recognize an opportunist when they see one dropped their blinkers in the nick of time.

Do pass the link to this Post on to Jimmy Carter; he worked so hard to push what he wanted for us down our throats that he should be a happy guy today.

Wish us well, please.

Mandela and I, Part 2 by Chieftain Mangosuthu Buthelezi

January 26, 2014

You have read Part 1:

 https://ikejakson.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/mandela-and-i-part-one-by-ike-jakson/

 Now I proudly present to you the version of a truly Great South African; in the eyes of many [certainly mine] the Man that should have been the first Black President of South Africa.

 In his own words, verbatim unedited the way he said it:

 http://historymatters.co.za/mandela-and-i-mangosuthu-buthelezi/

 Read more about this man:

 https://ikejakson.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/mangosuthu-buthelezi-the-man/

 I was born in rural South Africa about 100 miles north of Cape Town in 1940 in a home that was apolitical.  My political awareness developed during my twenties and at the age of 31 I walked out into the political wilderness away from my people and The Church [that is a long story] to devote the rest of my adult life working and hoping to have a majority Government in our country.  In 1972 most white people sneered at me and asked me “Now who in hell do you think will run that country?”  It was not a popular thing for a white man to say such things at that time but I always replied to the question:

 “Buthelezi is my choice.”

 My compatriots thought I was a nut case.

 The jury is still out on Mandela and it will be a very long time to get a verdict.  I guess that we may have the latter by the year 2074; not sooner.  There will be updates on the story as we go along.

Ponzi Schemes continued with Part Two, on FSB approved Operators in South Africa

April 6, 2013

This Article in Fin24 shocked and saddened me because I never expected the name of the Old Mutual connected to Ponzi operations.

 http://www.fin24.com/Companies/Financial-Services/Old-Mutual-CEO-paid-R33m-in-2012-20130405

 That is where I was first and well trained as a youngster straight from school in 1956, where I found my niche in statistics and acquired the knowledge that would stand me in good stead through a career of more than forty years in marketing Statistics; the name of the old Mutual somehow represent the High road in morality to me, so unlike many of the others, certainly those that took the road of corruption at the first opportunity.  I hope the Old Spirit of the Old Mutual and the shareholders will step in to fire the wayward culprit and get him out of there fast.  What we have here is blatant theft of money that should go to the policyholders and Pension Funds doing business with Old Mutual.

 Let some of the others take note!

 The FSB is a useless organization founded from the Old Government’s Registrar of Pension Funds and Financial Institutions.  It is not the watchdog for protection of the public investor as is claimed to be the case.  It so-called “privatized’ the joint to become the source of all that has gone awry in South African Finance.  They protect the thieves; they encourage evil by rewarding them and have no role to play in the protection of the private investor, the so-called man in the street.

 Readers must read up and get to the bottom of the Saambou, TMA, Fedsure and the Alexander Forbes Pension Fund millions.  It all happened in the closing years of my time in the Industry but I saw it happening right under the noses of the FSB as I have indicated, fully expecting them to do nothing about it.  For those of my Readers that do not believe what you read here, I suggest that you get an investigative journalist to delve for the stolen millions from the Pensioners Medical Aid Fund of a large Cape based Life Assurance Company; it should be all open knowledge but the thieving company, the FSB, and the Court agreed to keep it under wraps, so-called to avoid a public scandal that may be to the further detriment of the pensioners involved; but good to be able to report that about two years ago the Cape Supreme Court found the Ponzi Company guilty and ordered them to sit down with the complainant[s] acting for the Medical Aid to calculate the “Quantum” to submit to the Court for a final Order.

 Please note that I am not  stepping in to save the Defencex Boss if he is guilty of an offense but I find it rather ironically amusing to see how fast The FSB, the Ponzi Banks and all the Big Thieves jumped on a little guy to expose the alleged offenses,  close his bank accounts and force him into court while the Saambou Directors and Senior Management  are still walking around free after thirteen years.  Do any of you know how much money of pensioners was lost in that debacle?

 I am really sad about the Old Mutual; they should set an example and get that CEO to resign with immediate effect.  South Africa is rapidly on course for a showdown between the “NuRich 825 salaried billionaires and the guys serving the tea” and this sort of thing will in due course force the day of reckoning to happen rather much sooner than later.

 We will rue the day if we allow more of the same.

 It is a blot on our Entire Society to allow such obscene behavior in the first place; to cover it up is a disgrace.

 To be continued….

 IkeJ

Space colonies, Obama’s concern for Mandela, Mandela’s concerns about Mandela versus Reality

April 2, 2013

Taking things too seriously has been my Achilles heel for life and I almost repeated the same old mistake when I came across this:

 http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Obama-deeply-concerned-for-Mandela-20130328

 It frustrated me so much I almost decided to get serious but I remembered this Blog about a fellow writing on Colonizing Space.  I don’t know whether the guy is serious or whether he is just a prank; he writes some good stuff; some of his ideas sound weird but some make a lot of sense {I can’t make up my mind] and I suddenly remembered his recent Post on Marital Reform legislation for his Space Colonies.

 “That’s the answer, jou pampoen,” a voice said to me, as if someone was standing right next to me.

 “Jou Pampoen” is Dutch for “You Pumpkin” and the affectionate way in Dutch for saying to a friend: “Here, fetch another six-pack while you are up take and let us laugh a little, oh yeah, and don’t take that stuff so seriously, jou Pampoen.”  That’s like between friends who take their friendship seriously.

 If this guy, I reckoned it out, can get his space colony going I shall ask him to put Mandela and Obama on the inauguration flight, one way ticket.

 America can collect enough money from the 57 States voters to erect a statue for Obama and put it next to the monstrosity of Mandela’s on Trafalgar Square in that little island country from where your great great … great forbearers departed to colonize America way back when.

 Let the pigeons show their concern for Obama as they are showing concerning Mandela.  Come on, the two will really make a lovely couple for all future generations of pigeons.

 This is not a political Post; my vows to avoid politics remain firmly in place.  Politics are for the birds and we should show tangible concern for pigeons.

 To show our concern for the human race we should dispatch half of all politicians, bankers, lawyers and other parasite species to the space colonies as soon as this fellow can get it going to see them colonies off to a good start.

 And Yeah, censorbugbear, my fellow countryman at WordPress, come in and tell me how to get a comment into your Posts; maybe it is my system but your subscription system keep on blocking me.  Please help me to get in:

 http://www.censorbugbear.org/africa/south-africa/tussle-for-telkom-top-job

 I am also after the scoundrels at Telkom SA; let us join forces.

Economic Models Explained with cows

June 2, 2009

This is not my own work. I found it somewhere but cannot remember where. If the original author claims credit for it I shall yield to his request. But I thank him in the meantime for a brilliant summation of Modern Economic Principles.

SOCIALISM
You have 2 cows.
You give one to your neighbor.

COMMUNISM
You has 2 cows.
The State takes both and gives you some milk.

FASCISM
You has 2 cows.
The State takes both and sells you some milk.

NAZISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and shoots you.

BUREAUCRATISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and
Then throws the
Milk away…

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM
You have two cows.
You sell one and buy a bull.
Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.
You sell them and retire on the income.

SURREALISM
You have two giraffes.
The government requires you to take harmonica lessons

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk
Of four cows.
Later, you hire a consultant to analyze why the cow
Has dropped dead.

ENRON VENTURE CAPITALISM
You have two cows.
You sell three of them to your publicly listed
Company, using letters
of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank,
then execute a
Debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so
that you get all
four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows.
The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an
Intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly
Owned by the majority shareholder who
Sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed
Company.
The annual report says the company owns eight cows,
With an option on
One more.
You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United
States, leaving
You with nine cows.
No balance sheet provided with the release.
The public then buys your bull.

A FRENCH CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the
Roads, because you
Want three cows.

A JAPANESE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an
Ordinary cow
and produce twenty times the milk.
You then create a clever cow cartoon image called
‘Cowkimon’ and you market it worldwide

A GERMAN CORPORATION
You heft two cows.
You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat
Once a month, and milk themselves.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are.
You decide to have lunch.

A RUSSIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You count them and learn you have five cows.
You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.
You count them again and learn you have 2 cows.
You stop counting cows and open another bottle of
Vodka.

A SWISS CORPORATION
You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you.
You charge the owners for storing them.

A CHINESE CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You have 300 people milking them.
You claim that you have full employment, and high
Bovine productivity.
You arrest the newsman who reported the real
Situation.

AN INDIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
You worship them.

A BRITISH CORPORATION
You have two cows.
Both are mad.

AN IRAQI CORPORATION
Everyone thinks you have lots of cows.
You tell them that you have none.
No one believes you, so they bomb the **** out of you
And invade your country.
You still have no cows, but at least now you are part
Of Democracy….

AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION
You have two cows.
Business seems pretty good.
You close the office and go for a few beers to
Celebrate.

A NEW ZEALAND CORPORATION
You have two cows.
The one on the left looks very attractive