Earlier this week I visited the Lenovo offices in China.
Why are we westerners making such a issue over a religious figure. One who belives in reincarnation and predestination. I mean, he has seen it all before.
I bet that he is having a quiet giggle to himself.
I also bet that the brouhaha has nothing to do with the way his visa application was dealt with or with the China syndrome (I bet that they, China, are also having a quiet giggle to themselves watching us westerners get all hot under the coller with each other.)
I will put my money on the fact that it has mostly to do with going against anything the SA government and or the ruling party says or does; just becouse we can. Government bashing is afterall the flavour of the day.
I bet that the media machine are enjoying all the hive of activity behind this controversy; lots of money is being made.
Then again, I have never been a good gambler. But maybe, just maybe, this time my money is safe.
A cretain wellknown Motormouth may have inadvertantly let slip The Plan...
In a speech/statement regarding the Nationalization of SA's mines that person made inferences that the mining community/companies (who according to him are all white colonialists) can expect to be given the shaft (pun intended) when the government take over and run the mines (like they do SABC, ESKOM and all those doing-oh-so-well parastatals).
Of the little bit they are allowed to keep they can expect to pay two arms and two legs of their choice or if they can't stand that (pun intended again) they can bugger off 'cause the Chinese would be willing to step in for a smaller chuck of the gold nugget (I'm really rolling with puns today).
So...good bye white colonialism, hello yellow imperialism? The government seems to be doing quite a lot to suck up to the Chinese lately, including telling a leading man of peace, the Dhalai Lama, to bugger off from a peace conference. Other deals have been struck as well, some public or semi-public but how many private ones are there we don't know about?
Let's say some important person (who will remain unspecified but pick a name from the top...) made a deal with the Chinese to destabalise the country to a point where the top brass can scream a loud "HELP!". 5 minutes later the Chinese start helping a bit here, a bit there, just for a small token of appreciation say like 5% of the mineral rights for every time they help? after helping out 5 or so time we end up with a freeloader-pocketstuffer majority that pander to a yellow minority that can and probably will grow into influence until SA's a new province of China?
An unlikely scenario?
Anyone remember the parable/story/urban legend of the experiment with frogs and boiling water? Dump a frog into boiling water and watch the reaction, hopping, screaming, bleeding, boiling... But put the frog in normal water and turn up the heat by a degree or 3 over a long time... one happy contented eventually-dead-boiled frog...
If the Chines try and step in and take over the country by coup or visible bribes/payments to people to take over large chunks the US at least would cry foul but if they don't see the buy a bit cheaply here, receive a gift/donation there...eventually they may end up owning more of the country than it's own people (except for the guys who sold us out and can then afford to move to one of those white colonialist countries and subject themselves to the tortures of modern capitalist fruits-of-others-labours) and we may be required to start eating rice more often (OK, stereotypical comment there).
And of course China has that wonderful reputation of being all for improving the lives of the masses by their sterling human rights record and enormous wages they pay there slav...workers
Many years ago before the advent of democracy in South Africa, there were three nations in the world that were collectively known as the Pariah Nations. These countries were Israel, Taiwan (Republic of China) and the Republic of South Africa. When the whole apartheid era ended with the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, the members of the Pariah Nations was diminished down to two.