“Excuse me waiter, there’s a foreigner in my soup!”

“Excuse me waiter, there’s a foreigner in my soup!”

So the blame shifts from the marauding masses to the foreign shop owners with a desire to succeed to the waiters who want jobs to the business owners who create opportunities to European colonisers to the imperialistic powers from the north but NEVER, no NEVER to anyone local and in authority.

I awoke this morning to an article in The Star newspaper (Thursday April 16, 2015 Page 4) titled “Big business fuelling attacks”. I admit it was difficult to keep my breakfast down as I read line after line of drivel penciled by COSATU and the SACP.

In the article they accuse big business of fomenting black-on-black violence in Durban and other areas. I quote “white monopoly capital in the hospitality and retail industry had deliberately chosen to employ foreigners over their South African counterparts in order to exploit foreigners” they go on to say “The perpetuation of imperialistic exploitation involving new methods is reproducing and worsening these problems. Yet those who are primarily responsible for these problems are basking in the luxury of accumulated surplus wealth”

This of course I do have a few questions going through my mind.

  • Is it only the white capitalists who are to blame or does this include black owners of restaurants, shebeens, fast food outlets (and in some cases the entire chain), hotels, casinos and so on?
  • “The harder you make it to fire someone the harder you make it to hire someone” have the unions themselves not placed undue pressure on small businesses to the point that survival is their number one priority?
  • By forcing an untold number of school leavers through the system with a rudimentary education at best, are we not stuck with a large number of school leaves believing they are simply “entitled” to better pay for a better job than is currently on offer?
  • Is the government not even slightly accountable for our porous borders that allow for an endless stream of illegal immigrants?
  • Where are the police? Where are the intelligence services? Where are the politicians calling for calm? Where are the religious leaders? Where are the community leaders? Where are the tribal leaders?

Strangely the very industries that are being blamed by COSATU are amongst the few that offer first time job seekers with absolutely no experience or qualification an opportunity to enter the job market for the very first time. Someone once explained to me that you should expect to be paid in relation to how easy it is to replace you. This of course does mean that entry level jobs that require very basic or no skills will always be the lowest paid but offer an opportunity none the less.

I am of the belief that what this country needs right now is MORE jobs and not less higher paying jobs. There needs to negotiation around fair wages for fair work and of course we need people to earn a wage they can support themselves and their families on, but each time you raise the barrier to entry you cost another able bodied person another job.

So the blame shifts from the marauding masses to the foreign shop owners with a desire to succeed to the waiters who want jobs to the business owners who create opportunities to European colonisers to the imperialistic powers from the north but NEVER, no NEVER to anyone local and in authority.

Xeno

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