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 Posted: Tue Feb 9th, 2010 03:54 pm
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Sandile Memela is an author and chief director for marketing and public relations at the Department of Arts and Culture. He writes in his personal capacity:







White matrics are our black future

Now that we know that 230 000 African matric students failed last year, we can sit down to have a decent conversation about what is wrong with them.
The fact that it is white and so-called Indian students who achieved straight A’s has serious implications for the leadership of this country in the next 10 years or more.

If we are to be fair and reward merit, the 2009 matric results tell us that white and Indian students deserve to be the future leaders of this country in the next decade or so.

But will this be allowed?

A few days ago I had a conversation with my niece, Nomfundo, about the matric results.

She is a second-year science student at Wits university who obtained one distinction at a private school. She does not believe that whites possess more intelligence than Africans.

“It is not that whites are smarter. The fact of the matter is that African students are just lazy and uninspired. They lack focus, discipline and determination. Anything else is just an excuse,” said Nomfundo.

It is a fact that in the post-liberation period African students in matric hold the record for the worst performers.

If you look at the faces of the smiling and happy pupils who have obtained more that six distinctions in matric this year, they are mostly white.

Of course, that tells us something not about who has superior intelligence but who is willing to work, work and work hard even if they go to parties.
Nomfundo told me that during her high school days, what struck her was what African students obsess with.

“African students seem to be interested in hair, designer labels, parties and, of course, booze.”

“It is no excuse that their parents are more interested in being BEE multimillionaires who do not monitor their school work,” she said.

Of course, this is a generalisation, which makes the innocent suffer but one needs to visit malls, festivals, night clubs and other places of entertainment to find out which direction African students channel their youthful energies.

The reality of the situation is that white pupils are too small a minority for them to dominate the matric results.

It is time that hard questions are put to our African post-liberation society: for how long are Africans going to depend on affirmative action and government tenders to make headway in life?

Of course, it is a justifiable government policy to demand that tertiary institutions give preferential treatment to African students when enrolling.

But who deserves the opportunity more? A white student or a time-wasting African student with low marks?

I would be wary to answer quickly, without any reservation and with the deepest conviction of my heart and soul, that the opportunity should go to an African student.

It is time that the African nation re-examines the under-performance of African students at matric level and beyond.

Since 1994 African students like Nomfundo have been given the same equal opportunities as their white counterparts.

They now have the power to choose to be great super-achievers or mediocre talent.

Their parents and government continue to sacrifice huge amounts of money for them to attend the best white schools under the best conditions.

The excuse of racism, victimisation and blaming white teachers and principals for their poor performance no longer holds.

Fundamentally, African students are products of their socio-economic circumstances.

Their matric results have very little to do with their genes or the ability to do better.

It is time Africans accept that they are raising uninspired students who are encouraged to rely on false affirmative action.

In fact, African pupils have internalised a culture of entitlement that overemphasises skin colour, material worship and political connection over merit.
This marks the beginning of the end of African rule and self-determination as ultimate power, knowledge and intelligence will always rest with whites.
If we want a better future for our youth, it is time we critically examined their performance in matric as that will determine the quality of leadership for the country.

But the present youth are failing themselves and the country.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 9th, 2010 04:31 pm
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Proof of any pudding is in the eating.
Sorry to be negative, old school.
When the dudes were doing their thing in the 70's they burned the schools with the books in them and went tyre burning and stone throwing instead.

They should have hit the books. Knowledge is power.

FYI, genius is still the ultimate weapon.

Ask yourself one thing.

When the white man arrived on this continent why wasn't he met by an army with cannon, muskets and wagons?.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Posted: Tue Feb 9th, 2010 04:50 pm
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sadly.....this appears to be a fairly accurate assessment of our current situation people. yes, there is a history to consider, a very bleak past that definitely contributes to the current attitude amongst our younger folk, but we need to start moving beyond that now. any suggestions on how? maybe each 1 here who's in a position to....... offer tuition etc???

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My wife owns a business in Stellenbosch on the campus. She serves all races,colours and creeds. The whole standard of education has plunged. It is no longer a priority to study and become something/someone , it is a big party!! In fear of being called a racist, I am wary to say that Black students are lazy and want everything for free. They have been complaining about paying class fees for a while now. Why , in the past, have everybody else paid for tuition and now it must be for free because of the colour of their skin??

I think I have said to much already..............................................:fishn

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 Posted: Tue Feb 9th, 2010 06:47 pm
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Sandile malema

I take my hat off to u on this article - thank you for having the guts to write as such.

I agee  I dont give a damn as to what creed we are from just do your bit and you earn my respect - Madiba has my highest respect I would love to meet this gentleman one day.

Please the current government read and study these words they are from A PROPHET I TELL YOU!

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wp34 wrote:
My wife owns a business in Stellenbosch on the campus. She serves all races,colours and creeds. The whole standard of education has plunged. It is no longer a priority to study and become something/someone , it is a big party!! In fear of being called a racist, I am wary to say that Black students are lazy and want everything for free. They have been complaining about paying class fees for a while now. Why , in the past, have everybody else paid for tuition and now it must be for free because of the colour of their skin??

I think I have said to much already..............................................:fishn

Brian

i think there's a bit more to it WP. my daughter did matric last year, stellenbosch university offered her and a few of her mates admission before the matric results came out, incl bursaries.....they actually told her that they need more non white students. my daughter opted for UCT, where she had to first show them her 6 distinctions, and no....they didn't offer her a bursary. so there you have it boys......i'm proud to say she got in at UCT on merit rather than just her colour. the maties lowered their required % just to get their numbers right. as i said.....there's a lot more to it than just the obvious.

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 Posted: Wed Feb 10th, 2010 03:14 pm
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yacoob, "Traditionaly" Maties was always a white university. It only became a rainbow university a couple of years ago. There is also the whole language debate going on at the moment. Maties was always an Afrikaans medium university. They want to change that as well. Your younger generation black person refuses to speak Afrikaans!! Anyway, let me rather stop there before I say to much. Congrats to your daughter on her 6 distinctions( spelling? I wasnt in University!!LOL):fbash

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 Posted: Wed Feb 10th, 2010 07:51 pm
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wp34 wrote:
yacoob, "Traditionaly" Maties was always a white university. It only became a rainbow university a couple of years ago. There is also the whole language debate going on at the moment. Maties was always an Afrikaans medium university. They want to change that as well. Your younger generation black person refuses to speak Afrikaans!! Anyway, let me rather stop there before I say to much. Congrats to your daughter on her 6 distinctions( spelling? I wasnt in University!!LOL):fbash

you're absolutely spot on WP.here's my take on it ok....i don't know about you, but i plan on living here for the rest of my life, therefore, i think i should try something...anything to help improve this country for my benefit and the benefit of those around me and those coming after me. it's not easy, never has been, to change people's attitudes, but i think i wanna keep trying, even if it's just a pipe dream, i would like to believe that we can make this country work, for ALL of us. as a south african 1st, and of indian origin 2nd, i regard this as MY country as you and every one else born here should. i don't have the answers, but i'm searching...wish me luck ^^..

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Words of wisdom in the above article.With close to 50 years experience in teaching between my wife and myself i dare to say:"There is no substitute for burning the midnight candle" Hard work and discipline.My own son is a student at TUT.The admin is a mess , wrong results are given to students after exams etc. No bursaries , own hard earned money for books and fees.But ..... I always tell him to keep his eye on the ball. Perserverance in what ever you do !My other son is busy with his Diesel Mech. training. He must endure a lot of unfare treatment from his workshop manager.
Two different worlds with the same principle- hard work , discipline , right attitude.

They both love fishing !

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Yes the Party scene, my toppie always hammered on 'If you play hard you must work even harder'

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Why must they swot harder? they know a "E" level pass will get them the job above a "A" pass level because of affirmative action

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Isn't affirmative action not applicable to people born after a certain year?

I can also tell you that there are some white students that are throwing their lives down the drain. Parties, drugs, booze and sex are the major culprits these days.

In the older days, we didn't know about these things until we were at least 16 or so.

The kids just need the parents to be their compass in their young lives. I blame the parents for not encouraging their kids to do well.

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Nothing like a burning / tender behind to re-focus a child that has become a little bit distracted!

Simple tools to adjust attitudes with:

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 Posted: Thu Feb 11th, 2010 06:31 pm
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These worked really well for me as a kid. Got messed up plenty. I usually did deserve it though.

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My youngest son has just graduated and has been told on a number of job applications that he is not the right colour. As he is "currently disadvantaged" I want to know when he will become "previously disadvantaged" ?
VIA BEE, VIVA. FORWARD INTO THE DARKNESS !!

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