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Absolute Chaos

26 March 2010

I hate black people.

Truth be said. If you are young, black, ambitious and not connected; you will have a tough time establishing yourself in South Afrika. Unless you are the corporate type who will make their mark in somebody else's business.

Let's be frank for a moment and stop being politically correct. The professional business world in South Afrika is filled with connected comrades who trade only on the basis of patronage and nothing else. Some of the deals that are made in these circles have nothing to do with business relevance but simply to ensure that members of this group benefit.

What group? There is an inner circle of comrades and ex-exiles who control the deal making stream in this country. Right from government contracts to private deals, they are well positioned and very influential. And your membership to the club is worth your success.

Some of us are either abosulutely stupid or out of touch with reality. I used to think that my success in the world will depend solely on my ability to execute jobs and my professional conduct. Ability has nothing to do with how well you will do in business. It is how well connected you are that is more important. If you do not have the requisite credentials, you better be a member of certain political fratenity. Ignore these at your own peril.

Many of our black professionals dream of an ideal world. The operate on the basis that their reputation will preceed them. Unfortunately South Afrika is riddled with the ills of apartheid and the mantra of comradire. YOu must either be white to succeed or belong to the right structures of the black population. Ironically, it is white people who benefit the most from our policies of transformation. Black people in influential positions trust white people more for business than they do black professionals. As a black professional, you will always be treated with scepticism on whether you can deliver on anything. Black people view other black people with suspicion in business. Others see other people as threats to their own personal progress, hence the hostile treatment of black people.

Being black, professional and ambitious is the worst experience you will ever experience in a lifetime.

Members of all races have tried a hand in business and fallen down. These bad business experiences are classified as learning experiences for them before finding something they can become successful in. And many of them a testament to patience. In South Afrika, the large default rate of black business is claissified as an incapability of blacks to run businesses. While there are many black people who have succeeded in business, we are told of the stories of the ones who do not succeed. The business environment is hostile to black people in this country. Financial instituation will not finance businesses started by black people as a general rule, no matter how sound they may be.

While these experiences may be sad for black people, they are a good reminder to the black race that they need to establish themselves on their own without expectations from other races. Black professionals are still largelyh dependent on white business for their survival. The majority of black owned businesses in the professional services space are dependent of white business for survival. It is time black people make inroads into all sectors to ensure their continued existence as independent people. Our skills as black professionals are largely irrelevant in our black communities, hence our need to work in corporate South Afrika. Until this trend is corrected, black people will forever remain less influential in the economy.

Do professional or business black people support each other? Or do black people support other black professionals or business people?

Perhaps I must start answering this question with the declaration that I think apartheid and colonialism were most successful in South Afrika. Bantu education has entrenched in the mind of a black child a deep seated hatred against being black. Many black people wish they were white.

Black people generally do not support each other. Black consumers shun black products and associate them with inferior quality. Black professionals will generally avoid using the services of other black professionals. Black business would rather procure from white business than support another black business. So black people will in general avoid having to support each other economically. They feel much at home providing moral and social support to their own, but not in business.

So where does this leave the black child? The black child will continue to suffer in perpertuity until the black professional learns to deal with the inferiority complex they have. This means that a black child will have to work even harder just to reach the same level as kids of other races.

The issues raised above are some of the issues I have had to deal with as a black professional and entrepreneur. Like it or not, South Afrika is still very much a racist country. Racist attitudes of the past continue today. But added to that is the racist attitude of black on black racism.

Can black people be racist? Racism is associated with power and influence. The more influential a person becomes, the more power they have. It is unlikely that black people can become racist towards other races due to the power imbalance. Other races are well off economically and are therefore the ones who are generally racist against black people. But there is a class struggle within the black race that is defined by earnings, education and influence. The racist attitude of class struggles are the main cause of dis-harmony among the black people.