South Africa’s Treasury Dumped The Economy In Bad Sovereign Debt

Currently, South Africa sits on 50-percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in sovereign debt. This is also called “debt financing”. It is in fact, a direct result from the era of the British theoretician John Maynard-Keynes’ theory of “debt financing”. It is however, a discredited theory, as there is simply no logic in his thinking.

EU members today have a deficit financing standing at over 80-percent debt to the GDP ratio.

The United States of America sit with over 110-percent of debt to GDP financing. America’s sovereign debt stands at US$17trillion. The US sovereign debt has therefore, created the largest nation of debtors in the history of the world. That exorbitant debt was built within sixteen years from the time Bill Clinton was US president onwards. At a standing GDP of US$15trillion, the debt of US$17trillion, would never be paid off.

The above translates into serious inequalities for the American citizenry and more strife for the world at large in the form of more wars, more economic restraining measures against the rest of the world.

Back to South Africa, where the controversial regulatory banking law, FICA, was tabled to be signed by president Zuma. However, the ANC Youth League appealed to the president, not to sign it.

An independent economist comments under the condition of anonymity, “FICA is constitutional mischief. South Africa is a sovereign state, which has to apply the constitution and live with it. The Treasury’s mischievous attempt to change this around by compiling the damaging FICA bill, claiming, it is necessary to monitor and control money laundering and financing of terrorism, is simply unacceptable. FICA is certainly not necessary in South Africa.”

This country has a constitutional democracy and sovereign state. The state certainly has no mandate to suspend the constitutional rights of its citizens on the basis that the country is a member of the United Nations (UN).

“As far as FICA is concerned, the national Treasury launched an assault on the constitutional rights of South Africa’s citizens through the dishonest application of FICA, claiming to frighten off corruption and even worse, transferring the criminal justice system, vesting it into the hands of the private banking cartel.” “This move can aptly be described as a major step closer to a rough banana republic status”, the above-mentioned senior economist added.

He further asked, “Why would South Africa’s national Treasury invite, furnish all required information and pay foreign UK-US ratings agencies – Standard & Poor, Moody’s and Fitch – to be reliably downgraded? That service does not come for free. South Africa’s Treasury pays for being downgraded. Who is responsible for such illogical and self-destructive buffoonery?”

Meanwhile, president Zuma has to send FICA back to parliament. At the same time, it is national Treasury’s job to re-finance sovereign debt. This is however, not done. Why would Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan renege on following it through?

“Not addressing sovereign debt, South Africa can forget to solve the challenges of the three evils, inequality, unemployment and poverty. It is an unbelievable mess. Like Trevor Manuel and Nhlanhla Nene, Pravin Gordhan seems clueless and incapable to solve that situation,” a former director of the country’s Central Bank complained.

Gordhan’s first point on the agenda should be that of re-financing sovereign debt. He admitted in parliament, “We have to put national interests first.” Please follow your statement. You should know what to do. If not, you are definitely heading the wrong portfolio.

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South Africa Today, The Script Unfolds …

South Africa’s recent election outcome with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) having lost hundreds of thousands of votes came and went as no surprise.

One of the major reasons seems to be, as repeatedly documented; the ANC has become insensitive to the poor majority and has to urgently redefine itself.

moneyIt will have to act on, for example, the e-tolls system and do away with rightwing policies forthwith. In fact, the ANC and its government will not get away without a high-quality, effective and efficient intelligence force, a force similar to that of Zimbabwe. ESKOM, Rand Water and the Traffic Departments are all in serious need of honest, hands-on management. Outsourcing has become a swear word and should be treated as such, because it is one of the roots of corruption.

About thirty years ago a group of well-qualified senior ANC intelligence officers read the strategy of the racist-apartheid Nationalist Party (NP) regime then, which was fully backed by the international West.

A small group of senior ANC NEC members explained under the condition of anonymity, “The White NP regime together with the owners of the economy collaborated as ‘architects-of-apartheid’. Their strategy was to unban the ANC, SACP, PAC, Cosatu and all its affiliates, to put together a multi-party democracy, as they had done in the late 1970s in occupied Namibia. Their “democratic model” would be a two-tier system, similar to the old Roman structures.”

“Their two-tier system would include a host of strategic structures such as the NP’s “regional governments”; the Progressive Federal Party (PFP)-Democratic Alliance (DA) “federal system”, which mischievous armchair academics describe as a “Swiss Canton model”; the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) called it the “con-federal system” with the IFP ruling KwaZulu-Natal on its own and the apartheid-Homeland leaders like general Bantu Holomisa and Lucas Mangope, who would call that system ”Bantustans.”

“The above would leave the ANC, SACP, SACTU, COSATU on the outskirts of the corridors of government.”

Like SWAPO Party in Namibia, who was strongly against South Africa’s NP regime’s dictate with its huge host of 149 political parties then, competing against incoming SWAPO, the ANC intelligence officers and strategists were directly opposed against a similar strategy for South Africa.”

“Whittling down support of both liberation movements would create inflated and hugely expensive provincial governments with nine ministers and their staff complement for as many portfolios. This strategy would lead to ‘consumption expenditure’ instead of ‘infrastructural development expenditure’, this writer was told.

As it is today, the treasury pays 55% of the annual national budget towards the nine provincial administrations. If only a two-third majority in parliament would allow the number of provinces to be reduced to four, maximum five provinces, then central government and its treasury would simply have to cut its budget for the provinces.

The ANC team of strategists and intelligence officers also warned that the Western Cape would be won by an apartheid-colonial NP-alliance. That structure would establish a corridor through to the Free State Province and its capitol, Bloemfontein. The Gauteng Province would fall to the same DA conglomerate by 2019. Will the Gauteng Province ever return to the ANC mold again?

In above context, it is small wonder that ANC strategists and intelligence officers were not at all surprised at the Local Government elections outcome. In fact, the late Chris Hani did not support the regional government system in any way.

As revealed to this writer, “During the Codesa negotiations in 1994 the international West had forced the ANC team to adopt the secret “Sunset Clauses”, as developed by FW de Klerk and Joe Slovo. The alternative was that the racist-apartheid regime threatened, it would kill millions of native African South Africans in their townships by dropping nuclear devices on them.”

The same ANC intelligence officers further warned against “Chris Hani being murdered, as he stood in the way of the covert plotters. The enemy’s covert operations were to kill Hani, as he was intelligent and not corruptible. He understood the enemy tactics too well, including those of certain suspicious ANC leaders and insiders”, this commentator was told.

“The above-mentioned report included that covert operations would follow Hani’s murder up by character assassinating Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Both were described as easy targets, as one had a drinking problem and the other a problem with women and money. Such character assassinations could lead to self-destruction. The ANC intelligence had warned the movement about such nefarious activities some thirty years ago.”

Recalled Thabo Mbeki met the EFF leaders on the eve of the elections. He also did not attend any of the ‘star rallies’ of his ruling party and avoided to go onto the campaign trail. When interviewed whom he would vote for, if, he expressed his abhorrence over corruption. Mbeki hinted about his vote and said, “The electorate would have to follow its conscience.” Did it not actually send a message to the ANC members not to vote?

The revered, late ANC President in exile, Oliver Reginald Tambo, maintained that no living being would be stronger than the ANC.

The late ANC and country president, Nelson Mandela, is on record having said in 1993 before he was elected as president of a new South Africa, “If people relax their vigilance, they will find their sacrifices have been in vain. If the ANC does not deliver the goods, the people must do to it what they have done to the apartheid regime … “

What is it that both above-mentioned leaders knew then already, that the rest of the leadership and its voters have not been exposed to?

Internationally renowned researcher, author and journalist, professor John Pilger commented, “The economic ‘growth’, which Nelson Mandela applauds, was once described by Joseph Schumpeter, the doyen of Harvard economists, as ‘creative destruction’.”

South African businessman, Mzi Khumalo, comments, “Three ways the White minority has outsmarted the native black majority in the democracy numbers game are:

  • They concentrated their numbers into the Western Cape and secured themselves a dominion. (This is similar to Namibia’s secessionists of the Caprivi Strip, which was argued and punished as “high treason”, this writer.)
  • They follow the divide and conquer strategy by promoting the EFF through the corporate mainstream media cartels and fund it to dilute the impact of Black unity.
  • They then convinced ANC voters that (president) Zuma is unacceptable to vote for, while convincing their most racist voters to vote for the DA, even if their leader is Black.”

“It’s not the ANC, who must smell the coffee, because they will loose power. It’s the Black voter who must smell the coffee, or loose political expression”, Mzi Khumalo explains.

Have power; patronage, resources and subsequent arrogance destroyed the ANC elite?

Have the academic and corporate mainstream media cartels’ propaganda war waged against the ANC, eventually contributed to the ANC’s demise?

Would the ANC be reduced to a rural political party by 2019, whereas the DA and its coalitions would ascend to become a multi-party, urban conglomeration, ruling South Africa?

In fact, the DA did not make any progress in these last elections. The ANC regressed, as voters simply did not vote. The DA rides on a tribal ticket to split the ANC. Have certain ANC factions, lobbied with outside interest groups to accept a “thirty-year-plan” to divide the amaZulu from within the ANC?

Senior ANC NEC sources under the condition of strict anonymity expect, “The funds for the EFF would be re-directed away from a dwindling Congress Of The People (COPE) to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to capture the youth and assist the DA in its move to enter the native Black living areas. But, once the EFF tastes power, it will self-destruct. It will be then that the former racist-apartheid NP and owners-of-the-economy’s offspring, the DA, will have used the EFF to its hilt and spit it out.”

South Africa’s judiciary would play a major role, as it slipped through the backdoor into the corridors of political power. The liberal abuse of the constitution has already become the order of the day. The electorate seems confused, who actually wields power in South Africa. However, the electorate understands the problems of the ANC leadership.

The election outcome unfolded exactly as analysed above.

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Winnie Mandela: the Democratic Alliance (DA) is Abusing African National Congress (ANC) Revered Struggle History

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July 31, 2016

 Winnie Mandela: the Democratic Alliance (DA) is Abusing African National Congress (ANC) Revered Struggle History

Orlando West, Soweto – Mrs. Winnie Mandela has not issued media statements for some time. She broke her silence today, as she feels that she has to correct the manipulation and distortion of South Africa’s history by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Mrs. Mandela accepts that the DA’s Mmusi Maimane gave an ANC speech, referring to Maimane’s public address on July 30, 2016, on the eve of the ANC’s Siyanqoba Rally at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Mrs. Madikizela-Mandela asserts that if one deleted every reference to the DA, it would have been an ANC speech.

This time however, Mmusi Maimane, Helen Zille and their DA have gone too far. It is unbelievable that the DA sings ANC freedom songs that come from the camps of MK in exile, composed by members of MK in difficult times in exile outside South Africa. To add insult to injury, the DA shouts ANC and MK slogans. How is it possible that the Democratic Alliance shout “Viva, DA, Viva”, when it has its history and roots firmly anchored in apartheid and racial discrimination?

That very slogan, “Viva ANC, Viva!” was banned in apartheid South Africa. When Mrs. Mandela turned up at the Robben Island prison to visit her husband, Nelson Mandela, she was more often then not turned back, because she wore clothes that portrayed ANC colours and insignia and gave the clenched fist salute, shouting, “:Viva ANC, Viva!”

The DA’s abuse of the ANC’s revered struggle history and its highly respected leaders like Nelson Mandela, shows an unbelievable insensitivity and disrespect. The late Nelson Mandela never wanted to have his name prostituted. Now, he cannot defend himself to correct the abusive plagiarism of his name. In fact, Nelson Mandela defined the DA as “a party of white bosses and black stooges”.

Neither Helen Zille, nor Mmusi Maimane and their DA have ever been quoted by the ANC or the PAC. Why does the DA never mention its own founding fathers? Why would the DA go out of its way to refer to other political parties’ historic leaders? Is the DA hiding its foundation and history? Similar to the old apartheid strategies of ‘Strategic Communication (Strat-Com)’, the DA seems to use the same propagandistic tactics of “70% facts and 30% fiction”, to particularly confuse and mislead the hopeful electorate. Mrs. Mandela was a victim of apartheid’s Stratcom. She knows their evil tactics. They deliberately sow confusion that could lead to new blood shedding. Considering the DA’s questionable modus operandi, Mrs. Mandela is led to believe that the DA is morally, ethically and intellectually bankrupt.

Thus, Mrs. Mandela implores the DA to stop plagiarising the ANC’s rich history and its intellectual property that includes its songs and respective nuances – rather the DA should be truthful to itself and call on its roots that grow from an apartheid establishment.

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How South Africa’s Economy Was Lost And Sold To The Highest Bidder

By Udo W. Froese: non-institutionalised, independent political- and socio-economic analyst and published columnist, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

One of the center points at the Codesa negotiations focused on the new South Africa’s Ministry of Finance and the Reserve Bank. The incoming ANC-led government was conned out of the country’s finances from the onset.

The international West’s covert backers of apartheid South Africa and their lobbyists advised the ANC leadership during the Codesa negotiations, that South Africa is not ready for the cabinet position of the Minister of Finance. Nor is it ready to deliver the Governor of the Reserve Bank.

Why would those interests con the ANC team? Was it not to retain their own people in those positions? It also meant that the new, democratically elected ANC government would not be in charge of the government’s finances. The incoming ANC would certainly be disempowered.

Retired non-executive director of the South African Reserve Bank, Stephen Goodson, sums up the misleading advice the ANC received from so-called bank-experts, “Although the Freedom Charter of 26 June 1955 states that the banks and monopoly industry shall be transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole, this was obviously little more than rhetoric. The African National Congress was obliged to accept the existing financial paradigm, as they were unaware of any other alternative.”

Regarding the foreign Western and local apartheid interests in South and Southern Africa, Stephen Goodson had this to say, “Big business, led by Rothschild point men, Harry Oppenheimer and Anthony Rupert, provided the main impetus for installing a Black puppet government, as it would greatly enhance their markets both, locally and overseas and particularly, in Africa. One of the first acts of the ANC-led government was to reduce company taxation by a third and to permit large corporations to relocate their head offices and assets overseas.”

A case in point is the transfer of the diamond stockpile of DeBeers. During recalled, former president Thabo Mbeki’s reign and with the full assistance of the Mbeki government, DeBeers transferred its stockpile from South Africa to London. South Africa was left the poorer.

“The ANC was set up at Codesa. They thought the country was being handed over to them on a platter. But, they were in fact just being used by big corporate interests,” Goodson further explains.

All efforts were made to bully the ANC into submission. “There was a media perception that tribal violence was putting the ANC under pressure. But, the script had been planned years before by the ‘Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) and other similar organisations,” Goodson alleges, based on his research. The CFR is a Washington based think-tank and publisher.

In the years during the negotiations at Codesa, the violence in South Africa’s black living areas was viciously increased. The weekly newspaper, “Mail & Guardian (M&G)” described that urban warfare as “black-on-black violence”, quickly taken over as such by the entire media. Years later, apartheid super-spy Craig Williamson admitted at the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)”, that the apartheid Military Intelligence (MI) and its covert operations, Civil Cooperation Bureau (CCB), had orchestrated the urban warfare between the ANC and Inkatha.

Was the deal negotiated at Codesa then a non-deal in bad faith? Goodson sums it up, “The non-deal has created a situation of economic enslavement, which will persist way beyond 2022.”

“The banks continue to exploit the masses through usury and excessive taxation. The local cartel is an important cog of the international banking cartel.”

South Africa’s finance ministry seems to refuse to protect the nation against foreign meddling in the country’s finances and economy. The ratings agencies and their hit men are ever present, although they have yet to make their main strike (led by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan) with the West’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) and its “restructuring plan”. The ratings agencies continue to wield undue influence with their often recklessly irresponsible assessments.”

Just like his predecessor, Trevor Manuel and the former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni, the unqualified Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan seems to have feet of smoldering ashes, not even clay. Is the incumbent resting his feet in criminal activities? Why did South Africa’s media and Gordhan’s network of backers attack the investigators, the NPA, when it investigated his activities?

Why is it conveniently overlooked that under Gordhan the West’s IMF will enter South Africa to dictate its “restructuring plan”? How would that affect South Africa’s BRICS membership?

Political analyst, Tshepo Kgadima, refers below to the following analysis of the ‘Financial Intelligence Centre Bill’, which was first published in ‘The New Age’ on 6 July 2016.

“A draconian bank bill might soon be signed into law, which would be equal to financial tyranny. The lack of awareness and publicity, the absence of public debate around the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill (FICAB) allows Gordhan to execute what he does with impunity.”

The FICAB provision terms “Risk Management and Compliance Programme”, transfers power and authority to pass punitive sanction such as closing of a bank account and/or termination of services, from a transparent independent judicial process into the hands of what is defined as accountable institutions, i.e. banks, insurers, auditors, lawyers.

Once, FICAB has been signed into law, there will be no fair reasoning between the banks and the account holders. In other words, people will be judged without any fair hearing. The majority of the population will have hardly any further access to capital, loans and other bank services.

If South Africans would be informed and able to participate in the debate about the banking cartel’s plans, structures and strategies, they would realise the frightening speed, “banking and financial institutions have gone ahead to profile and take punitive sanction of terminating services and closing bank accounts of clients using the new FICAB provisions.”

This draconian legislation will transfer absolute power and authority to the banking institutions, closing accounts of clients without transparent legal due process and recourse.

The above-mentioned is a form of financial anti-democratic destabilisation. In fact, FICAB would further lead to capital flight, attacks on the value of the Rand and massive bankruptcies.

Analysts and economists such as Tshepo Kgadima condemn the new FICA law as “financial tyranny and assault on the civil liberties, as enshrined in Chapter two of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution.”

It is hoped that President Zuma has been informed about the new FICAB bill and the suffering that FICAB would cause the majority of the population. It would be equal to rule of fear and terrorising the nation. Hopefully, President Zuma will not sign that draconian Amendment Bill into Law.

As a democratically elected head-of-state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, it is President Zuma’s implicit duty to protect the nation. Local and foreign interests with their hidden agendas should not be able to dictate financial and economic policies.

In all fairness, it is important that the NPA investigates Gordhan and charges him. If the late, former President Nelson Mandela and the incumbent, President Jacob Zuma had their days in court, why should Gordhan not be tried? Is he above the law? The contrary is the case. He should be given the same space to defend, or hang himself. Is Gordhan immune to any investigations?

There are tens of thousands of highly qualified indigenous Black South Africans, who would be fit for Gordhan’s job. They are advocates, engineers, chartered accountants and scientists. What is Gordhan’s financial background? Who makes up his lobby group, guiding and protecting him? On whose authority is appointed Gordhan acting with impunity?

Why does it seem impossible for the ANC-led government to appoint a qualified finance minister outside the corporate banking cartel and its lobby groups, who understands the world of finance?

A solution could be to appoint a focused and respected financial guru, who would stay away from the West’s Bretton Woods Institutions. South Africa is a member of BRICS. The new minister of finance has to work with BRICS. A new finance minister would have to assist to decolonize South Africa and the SADC.

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The Pattern Behind The Destabilisation Of South And Southern Africa

Do White Hall and the White House allow sovereign nations, more particularly, Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa as (BRICS) members to govern themselves?

It has become crucially important for BRICS member countries to understand their new alliance and its global impact also on the value of the US-Dollar. They will pay the highest price for their new working initiative.

Cases in point are Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, Brazil, Ukraine and Russia where the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and US-UK-Western military forces invaded and committed “humanitarian bombing”, found no “weapons of mass destruction”, killing tens-of-thousands of civilians, noted as “collateral damage”.

A globalised system of a “new economic world order” shows no mercy in its global conquests. It rules with fear as it creates chaos, enforcing new balance of powers.

The same forces have come out in full force to destroy BRICS for it never to rebuild itself. The enemy behind the coup against South Africa’s African National Congress-led (ANC) government is a small group of foreign and local architects operating from the shadows.

If you sup with the devil, use a very long spoon, is an old adage.

A long standing contributor to this column, a well-known and senior ANC National Executive (NEC) and National Working Committee (NWC) member, who reliably speaks to this writer under the condition of anonymity, asks, “Do foreign NGOs, foundations, the ratings agencies Standard & Poor, Moody’s and Fitch, their economic hitmen, certain members of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), corporate lobbies, the corporate media, local academia, as well as the major security companies target both, Brazil and South Africa to force a regime change? They claim to be philanthropists, yet are dangerous wolves in sheepskins.”

The above-mentioned ANC member assured this writer that most of the movement’s leadership, its branches and the security cluster are well aware of a planned coup unfolding.

President Zuma understood this development. He realised that he had to rebuild and strengthen the ANC branches countrywide to protect him and the ANC against outside machinations. The branches have a major influence on leadership and government. In fact, that structure works against foreign interests to change leadership in South Africa. Zuma understands the power of the ANC branches. The ANC structures protected him against the recent, similar coup in Brazil.

Are South- and Southern Africans currently conditioned to accept terror, a high inflation rate and a collapsing infrastructure to become part of their lives?

Local corporate mainstream media seems to be doing its propaganda job, more often than not misrepresenting the daily realities, creating fear and insecurity.

The US and UK embassies announced that they have “information of imminent terror attacks during the month of Ramadan on up-market shopping malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The US Embassy spokesperson announced to have shared the information with the South African security structures”. Both diplomatic missions declared that they have already informed their countries and tourism industries of such “terror attacks”, therefore, cautioned them not to visit South Africa.

The Minister for State Security of South Africa, David Mahlobo, however assured South Africans that there is no immediate threat.

“Are those noises made to frighten foreign tourism off and collapse a booming tourism industry”, the ANC NEC NWC member asks, “or is this done to bring in US-AfriCom forces to protect their citizens, visiting South Africa?”

Where is this “terror” coming from? Who really would sponsor a Kenya-style “Al Shabaab-“ terrorism in South Africa? Who recruits those mercenaries, masquerading as “ideological warriors, fighting for their Islam” to execute a “colour revolution” and force a “regime change”? On whose behalf?

The years 2001, 2002 and 2003 had already set a similar pattern, when the Rand currency collapsed to R13.84 per USD1. South Africa was hit by a financial crisis. The CEO of the South African Chamber of Business (SACOB), Kevin Wakeford, blew the whistle.

Author, established investigative journalist, Barry Sergeant, documented in his book, “The Assault On The Rand – Kevin Wakeford And The Battle To Save A Currency”, on the attack of the Rand in 2002/3, “It was a crisis of confidence in the system for the consumer and for the investor. Now, if you consider Argentina at that very time, people were literally storming the banks. The Argentine currency was collapsing. In South Africa a group of right-wingers were arrested during that time, but post facto. I’m talking post-December, they were amassing weapons. What gave them the confidence to amass weapons? Were their plans linked to the inevitable socio-economic fallout?”

Sergeant writes further, “Wakeford had received information that pointed to a pattern and required a comprehensive commission of inquiry to uncover what had already taken place in the currency markets.”

Now in pre-election time in 2016, South Africa undergoes a similar pattern of destabilisation – mass lobbying through NGOs, foreign foundations, academia, big business and the corporate media to bring President Jacob Zuma down, at the same time destroying the ANC – hashtags made the rounds: #zumamustfall; #feesmustfall; #servicedelivery; #zuptasmustfall and others. The social media made its mark too.

In addition, the foreign private ratings agencies, Standard & Poor, Moody’s and Fitch downgrade the Rand currency to eventually reduce it to “junk status”. The currency hovers around ZAR15 per USD1. Naturally, it will have a negative impact on food- and fuel prices that would affect the poor and middle classes the hardest. Empty stomachs and fear will escalate destabilisation.

Earlier, Marikana seemed to have failed to ignite unrests and a so-called “Arab Spring” to enforce “regime change”. Was Marikana sheer incidental, or covertly planned chaos?

The above results in nations distrusting themselves, turning against themselves, becoming victims of xenophobia, terrorism and polarisation.

Former non-executive director of South Africa’s Reserve Bank, Stephen Goodson reflects in his book, “Inside the South African Reserve Bank – Its Origins and Secrets Exposed”, “Prime Minister of Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie-King (1874 – 1950), warned that unless the issuance of currency was under the direct control of government, “all talk of sovereignty, of parliament and of democracy”, is idle talk”.

Black and White co-existed since the advent of democracy in 1994. Concerted efforts to build a rainbow nation have been made. To achieve that, Mandela became the leading architect to establish national reconciliation and nation building.

Meanwhile, it has become quite clear, that dark forces focus to polarise both, Black and White, as well as Black and Black. The old dirty trick of divide-and-rule is being implemented. Those same forces make sure that national reconciliation will fall apart. Working hard at polarisation has disrupted that.

Who drives those multiple strategies to eventually achieve the total dustbowl? Whoever planned to collapse South- and Southern Africa, planned to re-conquer this region on their own terms. This is extremely dangerous. It is evil.

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Has Washington Declared A Food War On BRICS Member, South Africa, Through Its AGOA?

 

President Barak Obama, as head-of-state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the United States of America and his team for the “African Growth And Opportunity Act (AGOA)”, gave sovereign South Africa until the 15th of this month of March 2016, to comply with Washington’s export of poultry as well as other meats.

 

In the meantime, the first batch of 325 tonnes of American brown chicken pieces has already hit South Africa’s supermarkets!

 

If South Africa would not abide by the AGOA-dictate of the White House, the country would be suspended from duty-free treatment to all AGOA eligible goods in the agricultural sector, meaning, South Africa would not be able to trade on the American market.

 

The obvious question is, why would a US president get involved in a project to export chickens to South Africa with a total weight of 65 000 tonnes annually?

 

It is BRICS, the new economic order of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Observing the obvious, it is Washington’s arm-twisting foreign politics. AGOA is their law.

 

The White House’s discontent with South Africa’s move closer to China and Russia through its BRICS membership, as well as South Africa’s plan to cap foreign ownership in the security companies from mainly the US and the UK, are the real thorns in Obama and Cameron’s side.

 

The Chief Executive Officer of South Africa’s Poultry Association (SAPA), Kevin Lovell, explained that there was a clash between Washington and South Africa since the AGOA status came up for review at the beginning of this year 2016.

 

Lovell warned that building whole industries on AGOA would be dangerous, because it is a concession and not a trade agreement. South Africa’s industries are aware that the concession could be taken away from them at any time.

 

WASHINGTON’S FOREIGN POLITICS AT ITS WORST

 

From the onset the White House threatened that South Africa would loose its benefits, if it did not remove its anti-dumping duties on US poultry imports.

 

South Africa’s trade delegation consulted with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on fair legal trade structures, which would have made America’s chicken imports more expensive. Washington’s “negotiating” team knew that it was not allowed to dump its brown poultry pieces for much longer.

 

When US-AGOA came up for renewal in 2014, brown poultry pieces became one of the strong negotiation tools. In addition, Washington’s trade team would invest in the development of new, indigenous black African entrants in the poultry industry. What they forgot to mention is, there are no indigenous black Africans who own a poultry-import business. It is the existing meat importers, who benefit.

 

America’s cost-recovery is from the white poultry meat, not the brown on the bone. When Washington exported its chickens to Ghana, prices were fixed so low that Ghana’s poultry industry collapsed and never recovered since. However, the prices for the imported chicken pieces from America escalated then.

 

Meanwhile, there was an outbreak of two types of poultry diseases in America, namely Avian Influenza and Salmonella. The outbreak of Avian Influenza hit America’s poultry industry in 2014 as well as in 2015.

 

Standard procedure is, that trade would be suspended and all exports halted when there is an outbreak of such diseases. Before trading of poultry would be resumed, the diseases would have to be proven to be cleaned out and destroyed completely.

 

The International Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has strict guidelines when a country, any country, can be declared free from disease. This has to be followed by a period of three months after cleaning and disinfecting to the last of infected farms and before exporting.

 

WASHINGTON’s CREATIVE POWER-ARM-TWISTING THROUGH AGOA

 

Capitol Hill tried to force South Africa during the active outbreak of the Avian Influenza to accept a “regionalization protocol”. It means, Washington tried to dictate to South Africa to accept the different US states as “regions” and accept their chickens. Those “regions” would not be affected by an outbreak of Avian Influenza. It also means, that South Africa should accept the poultry from those states/”regions”.

 

However, geographic states being declared “regions” is not good enough. A sovereign South Africa considers whole countries in its trade relations, not parts of them.

 

In fact, the latest outbreak of Avian Influenza in America’s poultry-production industry spread so fast from one state to the next that it spun out of control.

 

Washington had its own way out again. A method called “compartmentalization” was brought to the negotiation table. “Compartments” were negotiated during peace times. Countries would agree to accept “compartments” to enable movement of breeding stock. South Africa agreed with AVIAGEN to work with their operations as a “compartment”. It is claimed that “compartments” are better for the control of diseases such as Avian Influenza, which is spread by wild birds. “Compartments” are under a central control system from beginning to end. It should mean that therefore, health risks are minimal.

 

But, regions have many different operations, which are not linked with one another and do not fall under the same management.

 

When Washington insisted on South Africa to accept their regions, South Africa’s Veterinary Services requested more information to evaluate the risks, as crucial information seemed to have been withheld i.e. the American poultry producers declared themselves free from Avian Influenza H5N8. Meanwhile, American poultry producers had an additional outbreak of H5N2, but did not declare it to the OIE. As American poultry producers declared themselves free from H5N8, there existed infected backyard flocks being cleaned up.

 

In January 2016 a new outbreak of Avian Influenza was reported in America. Under normal circumstances it would have resulted in the complete suspension of agricultural trade in general. But, it is not the case. If that batch lands in South Africa, this country’s national poultry industry would be put under severe health risk, as Avian Influenza would spread to the local poultry industry.

 

Another major health risk also seems to raise its evil head, SALMONELLA ENTERITIDIS. This avian disease will affect and kill humans in South Africa and the SADC region.

 

South Africa has a protocol for monitoring all imported meat and meat products for SALMONELLA. Sampling and testing of shipments at the country’s ports of entry apply to everyone.

 

Washington however, wants its products to be tested only for monitoring, but not for typing to establish what type of SALMONELLA it might be.

 

This writer was told that Washington rejected any form of typing and subjection to heat treatment of its poultry exports. South Africa was not given the option to reject landed, SALMONELLA infected poultry. And, South Africa cannot return shipments despite proof of disease.

 

The above-mentioned sanitary problems entered the negotiations at a later stage. South Africa’s poultry industry was involved during the negotiations of the annual tonnage, but not in the sanitary discussions.

 

SOUTH AFRICA SUCCUMBED TO WASHINGTON’S AGOA POLITICS

 

The South African authorities and their affiliated structures accepted and signed Washington’s “regionalization protocol”, despite the above-mentioned discrepancies. South Africa’s Veterinary Association tried to clear matters up. However, it was unsuccessful. AGOA was signed.

 

THE WHITE HOUSE-AGOA-DICTATE FURTHER UNDERMINES SOUTH AFRICA’S TRADE LAWS

 

By yielding to Washington’s AGOA dictate, South Africa opened itself up to abolish the basis of working trade laws. Cases upon cases will come up to enforce the abuse of South Africa’s trade laws, as it cannot discriminate between trading partners. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

 

Referring to AGOA, the South African Poultry Association’s CEO, Kevin Lovell explained to members of the media, “We knew it would hurt our industry, but realised that we had to come to an agreement for the greater good of South Africa.”

 

Is South Africa’s trade minister, Rob Davies, actually aware of the above-mentioned implications, as AGOA goes ahead?

 

Meanwhile, the AGOA status remains under threat, despite the signed agreement in place. Is this not a food war against BRICS member, South Africa? It is insane.

 

South Africa’s civil society needs to take immediate action, alerting consumers nationwide of possibly contaminated poultry imports. AGOA is a shocking, one-sided deal.

 

Beware Of Arrogance – It Plays Into The Hands Of The Counter-Revolutionaries And Agent Provocateurs

Under the cloak of democracy “majority rule and minority protection” were part of the bruising CODESA negotiations of 1992 to 1994.

As repeatedly cautioned, the secret “Sunset Clauses”, the “Demarcation Board” and the resulting “proportional representation” have denied the voting public their real democracy in the form of “one person, one vote elections in a constituent assembly”. But, this system will not be changed until those in power will have lost their power.

As a number of senior ANC NEC and NWC members explained bluntly, the above-mentioned, more “particularly ‘proportional representation’ and that ‘Demarcation Board’, could at best be described as a most serious ‘electoral fraud’. It has led to corruption, factionalism, polarization, anarchy and destabilisation, whittling the ANC’s voter-base down.”

An elite stands accused of arrogance. And, arrogance always comes before the fall.

Against the above background, South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) rules at the behest of the minorities. The minorities have entered into an alliance with the majority to form a South African-style “democracy”.

Should the minorities believe that they are disrespected, they could intensify tension between the majority and the minorities.

In South Africa’s case the minorities are made up of a host of miniscule political parties, civil society, capital and judiciary, all of them hostile to black majority rule, even when they use black South Africans for their credibility. These minorities would translate disrespect as arrogant. If this would be the case, “They would translate it as the majority misleading the nation”.

It would therefore, be important to build a strong middle ground, made up of the ruling ANC, the opposition DA, business and civil society. To ignore this development in the case of South Africa, further engaging in looting of private citizens’- and public funds, of taking land and other assets through over-taxation, land-grabs of any nature, would lead the country onto dangerous ground.

2015 is a far cry from the times of the so-called “Cold War” and the struggle against colonial-apartheid oppression. A well-funded opposition, civil society and capital, that cuts across the entire political-, academic- and judicial spectrum, would take up the challenge.

Agent provocateurs would be deployed to destabilise the country. The ‘counter-revolutionary forces’ today are not what they were forty years ago. Today, they are organised and occupy strategic key positions across the private and public sectors.

The ‘counter-revolutionary forces’ would, most likely, not shy away from shutting South Africa and possibly the entire SADC region down for some ninety days and longer by destroying the country’s fiber optics.

The electronic and other supportive structures such as for example, wifi, mobile phone networks, telecoms, bank cards, ATMs, supermarket- and other tills, petrol pumps, banking- and retail industries, traffic- and air traffic control would grind to a halt. Water, electricity and cash would run out, as people would not be prepared for such all-affecting destructive collusion. It would be a tool to intimidate and eventually rule with fear.

As it stands, the ANC-led government is facing an undermining front with hostilities from within and outside which include media, academia, established capital and judiciary. It showed its united, hostile hand at the time of the African Union (AU) summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, when Sudan’s head-of-state, Omar Al-Bashir, showed up.

The Southern African Litigation Center (SALC) with the support of South Africa’s judiciary opportunistically litigated against Al-Bashir, to have him handed over to the racist “International Crimes Court (ICC)” in The Hague, the Netherlands, Europe.

Together, the corporate media cartel, the mafia-apartheid judiciary and the political opposition misled the public in its attempt to embarrass South Africa’s majority-led government. Their cunning approach however, did not bear fruit, despite trying to hide behind the rule-of-law and the constitution.

Government refused to declare war on Sudan by disrespecting international law, deliberately ignoring Sudan’s sovereignty and delivering Al-Bashir to the ICC. At the same time, they tried to weaken government’s credibility nationally and globally.

The “Southern African Litigation Center (SALC)” is heavily sponsored by one of the architects of Ukraine’s war-of-destabilisation against Moscow to force a Western favored “regime change”. He is George Soros and his “Open Society Foundation”. Another player is the US-Ford Foundation. There are others. The SALC has access to huge funds.

The media reported that a certain wealthy Israeli, Nathan Kirsch in London, sponsors political opposition in South Africa through among others, the “De Klerk Foundation” and his London-based “Mayfair Group”. The beneficiaries include the Democratic Alliance (DA), the EFF, possibly also AMCU and AGANG SA.

In addition to the above, the national electricity supplier, ESKOM’s taunting electricity cuts usually at peak times, have not been seriously investigated and dealt with appropriately. To make things worse, the traffic departments do not seem willing, or able to coordinate with the electricity supplier. Electricity cuts and traffic gridlocks have become the order of the day.

The national water suppliers have to deal with run-down and broken equipment. Subsequent poisonous water and water cuts seem to raise their ugly heads.

In fact, all parastatals seem to have been rendered dysfunctional. South Africa seems faced with economic terrorism in a drive to privatize all parastatals for a song. Economic growth seems to dwindle fast.

It also remains unclear who really benefits from the imposition of e-tolls in the Gauteng Province. Interestingly, the company rolling out e-tolls is not South African. The profits leave South Africa for Austria. Who really benefits?

With fifteen million South Africans living below the poverty line and over 26% of the country’s youth being unemployed, racial inequalities persist. So does the slave wage. This is worrisome.

Who would benefit from such ‘dustbowl tactics’ and subsequent trials and tribulations affecting all living in South Africa?

A respected senior source in the ANC’s NEC told this writer on condition of anonymity, “The ANC has raised matters of e-tolls, race-based economic inequalities, the remaining slave wages and the high youth unemployment within the branches and took them up to its national levels. Many cadres are concerned about the impact those developments will have on the ANC voters’ base.”

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