14 June 2001Do we really care?
|Met a guy in a local pub
the other night. At first glance Theo (his real name) seemed like any other
typical white South African - overworked, underpaid and taxed to death.
Little did I know that he had a major eye-opener. Faced with a good friend
(black) in a battle situation he realised that something was wrong. How
can people, fighting for the cause they were led to believe was the right
thing, kill each other? This was the situation years ago, when the white
man believed he was fighting for Christianity and the survival of his race.
Not that there were no black guys fighting with the whites for the same
cause (Christianity that is). Not to mention the communist threat that
was endangering us from the North.
We've come a long way since
those days. Today our government supports Fidel Castro, Gadaffi and the
likes. Their supporters in the fight for justice and freedom in the old
"regime" which upheld apartheid for so long. Friends are friends, and good
friends are hard to come by - that we all know. When will the time come
though where you have to start weighing up the pro's and con's of maintaining
your relationship with certain friends? Do you go with the ones promoting
war, anarchy and destruction, or do you change to the more acceptable friends
according to the requirements of your people and country?
Yet, there is so much of the good stuff still on the ground, where it matters. Individuals, organisations and companies are doing there utmost to accommodate those that suffered because of apartheid and is still bearing the scars. The young, the old and the in-betweens are all being helped to find the best way and become independent. A variety of "self-help" schemes have seen the light with black empowerment companies rising up to challenge the long established white run companies for supremacy.
It makes you feel positive about the future of South Africa and it's people when you take note of rural folk making a difference in their own communities. A good example of the willpower within the black communities to succeed: You will not seen a single white beggar at a street corner with goods to sell. Yet, every single black standing at intersections have something to offer for sale. It can be plastic rubbish bags, coat hangers, mobile phone accessories, biltong (dried raw meat) or super glue. What does that say for our white nation?
Where do we go from here?
A question with a fairly simple answer, though it's going to take guts
and determination -
Can anyone in the world really
blame us for being negative, for not caring enough and for getting excited
about the whole HIV/AIDS issue? Here are some facts about HIV/AIDS in Africa
Now let me explain why we
get so frustrated with our black "brothers" -
I have only one wish for
this country. The ANC must wake up and smell the roses!
More information on HIV/AIDS
can be found at : http://www.hivaids.co.za