Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Denial is not a river in Eqypt

I received this newsletter from Homecoming Revolution via a link forwarded to me. Have a squiz at what it says and do try to keep a straight face. As you know, Homecoming Revolution is a corporate-funded initiative (First National Bank) intended to plead [emphasis on plead] the case to the one million + expats to return home (why? 'cos we loves ya) - and oh, by the way, bring yer money and skills.

It's modus operandi is simple. We treat you like a three-year old, or assume you're an idiot but we reckon you've been out of the country long enough to have forgotten the reasons why you left. Yes, crime is worse, you will still be discriminated against on the basis of your race, corruption in all spheres of life is rife, name your concern, it's still there - and getting worse - but let's not bother with insignificant details. Better to deny the realities of South Africa and hopefully like Mr Delport lull you into making the mistake of returning. Besides Cape Town is beautiful and there's lots of wildlife. And we have Madiba. *groan*

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The first step is to engage

In a bid to capture the positive sentiment that we are enjoying in South Africa despite many of the challenges still facing us, we have updated our newsletter. Our newsletter is a vital way of communicating to our community around the world. South Africans are scattered everywhere and the Homecoming Revolution is really proud to be the link to so many who want to know what is happening at home. Because, who knows maybe one day they will come back! Even as a tourist. To maybe share their heritage with their children. To visit precious friends and family. Or just because it is one of the destinations that you must see. (Cape Town has just been voted the 2nd best city in the World.) And if you have not been back for a while... you will be pleasantly surprised.

We have been receiving more and more stories of South Africans who have recently travelled back to SA and have loved their holiday. They have been impressed by what is happening here. Many of these are starting to looki at SA in a different light. That is what we wish to do. Open your eyes, engage with what is happening. Find a space where you resonate. And take responsibility for your actions. Being optimistic, but realistic is so much easier than being the eternal pessimist.

A recent homecomer gets an opportunity to hear the Dinokeng Scenarios and decides it is her time to step up. Get some tips from an entrepreneur on his way home and don't forget to celebrate the worldwide Mandela Day. Happy Birthday Madiba.

9 Opinion(s):

Ranger Tom said...

You know it's ironic. Back when I was first discharged out of the Army, back in 1988, I seriously considered moving to SA. I saw what was begining to happen here, and shit, you guys had one hell of an army and figured you guys could use another slightly crazy Army Ranger. I did a little more research and saw what was happeneing there and decided against it, for I saw the handwriting on the wall there too. It's really sad that every place on earth that's really and truely great, certain, ahem, people, fuck it up.

But I still have my "Be man among men! Join the Rhodesian Army!" T-Shirt!

I know, different country, but shit, the same thing is happening.

Vanilla Ice said...

@RT. Then you will enjoy this video which has some contact footage. Here's another one for good measure.

Jim Beam said...

In a bid to capture the positive sentiment(generated by our crime wave) that we are enjoying in South Africa despite many of the challenges (such as african politics) still facing us, we have updated our newsletter.(in accordance with the Joseph Goebbels handbook). Our newsletter is a vital way of communicating (our lies and half truths) to our community around the world. South Africans are scattered everywhere (as nobody wants to take them in) and the Homecoming Revolution is really proud to be the link to (certain death, aids or a house invasion) so many who want to know what is happening at home. (can hear our lies) Because, who knows maybe one day they will come back! (Like the white farmers in Zimbabwe) Even as a tourist. (or a crime stat) To maybe share their heritage with their children.(which is no longer taught in schools) To visit precious friends and family.(that have not been murdered or raped yet) Or just because it is one of the destinations that you must see. (like a trip to your dentist).

Cape Town has just been voted the 2nd best city in the World.(as it is run by whites) And if you have not been back for a while (then you are still alive) you will be pleasantly surprised.(how many have been killed)

We have been receiving more and more (crime) stories of South Africans who have recently traveled back to SA and have loved their holiday.(as it reminded them why they left in the first place) They have been impressed by what is happening here.(as it is going faster than Zimbabwe did). Many of these are starting to look at SA in a different light.(when Eskom is not load shedding) That is what we wish to do.(turn on the lights)

Open your eyes, engage with what is happening.(and run for your life). Find a space where you resonate.(or would like to be hijacked) And take responsibility for your actions.(like not having a firearm) Being optimistic,(or opportunistic like us) but realistic (as it is a shithole)and it is so much easier than being the eternal pessimist.(and remaining alive.)

A recent homecomer gets an opportunity to hear the Dinokeng Scenarios (which said we will end in a civil war) and decides it is her time to step up.(and be gang raped) Get some tips from an entrepreneur (as to electric fencing and self defense) on his way home (before getting carjacked)and don't forget to celebrate the worldwide Mandela Day.(called hail to Cesar Day)

Happy Birthday Madiba.(and thanks for creating a lump of shit out of a powerhouse economy)

Jim Beam
BA, PhD(Woodwork)

Doberman said...

@ Jim Beam, very good LOL.

Ranger Tom said...

Thanks for the vids VI! They were great!

WHITEADDER said...

Today a friend and ex business partner of mine is leaving for good. He single handed built up a company that became the undisputed leader in its field. Its listed on the mainboard of the JSE. Yesterday his container was uplifted and last week he was able to transfer all his bucks out of here. The industrie looses the very best guy they had. Forever.
Alone the stories he told me about his dealings with various government departments in order to facilitate his retreat ( he does things by the book )are bizarre and enough enough to fill a book. He used to love South Africa and always gave his best. Now he believes that we have at the most 10 years before a Zim situation is duplicated here. He feels desperatly sorry for all sane , productive people and their offspring that try to stay here.

Doberman said...

@ W, stories like your friend's is so common. It's sad but it's a reality. We can hope, we can pretend, we can deny reality but ultimately the facts are what they are. Another entrepreneur lost, more jobs gone. I know when I left, 300 jobs went. As long as ideology trumps common sense, the country will continue to bleed productive people. A shame really.

FishEagle said...

@Jim Beam, brilliant.

@Whiteadder. Everyone should speak up about their own personal experiences, like you spoke about your friend and yourself. Saffa whites tend to share these things amongst themselves and we assume everyone else must know. Or even worse, we expect them to find out for themselves. I don't think enough stories are surfacing in the general sense, which is why this site has been so good.

Anonymous said...

@Jim Beam - good laugh.