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Botha in a Vakpo. Critical News, 21st June 2015

Posted by Business in Ghana on June 21, 2015

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

My week was bedeviled with thoughts of my black existence. A resurrected quote from an old foe when I was seriously militant and so angry at Apartheid as a remedy to the black malaise in the world, came flying back at me with a chat message on social media.

All through the week, I ranted and raved at something that PW Botha said to his cabinet abut 27 years ago. I took it to heart and shared thoughts with my fellow OccupyGhana members, thinking it would sooth my anger, but I carried it with me all through a trip to the Volta Region.

It was only when we went through Vakpo that I found the answer to my ague.

So let me share what Botha said and you might just appreciate my angst.

We are not obliged even the least to try to prove to anybody and to the blacks
that we are superior people. We have demonstrated that to the blacks in 1001 ways. The Republic of South Africa that we know of today has not been created by wishful thinking. We have created it at the expenses of 
intelligence, sweat and blood……We do not pretend like other whites that we like the blacks.

The fact that blacks look like human beings and act like human beings do not necessarily make them sensible human beings. Hedgehogs are not porcupines and lizards are not crocodiles because they look alike. If God wanted us to be equal to the blacks, he would have created us all of a uniform colour and intellect.

But he created us differently; Whites, Blacks, Yellow, Rulers and the ruled. Intellectually, we are superior to the Blacks;
that has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt over the years. I believe that the
Afrikaner is an honest, God fearing person, who has demonstrated practically the right way of being. By now every one of us has seen it practically that the Blacks cannot rule themselves.

Give them guns and they will kill each other. They are good in nothing else but making noise, dancing, marrying many wives and indulging in sex. Let us all accept that the Blackman is a symbol of poverty, mental inferiority, laziness and emotional incompetence. Isn’t it plausible therefore that the Whiteman is created to rule the Blackman……And here is a creature (Blackman) that lacks foresight….. The average Black does not plan his life beyond a year”.

So tell me, despite the insult, has the black man been able to prove this man wrong after 27yrs? Read the rest of this entry »

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Retailers Wake up to Africa’s Promise

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 7, 2012

By Andrew England in Johannesburg and Xan Rice in Lagos

When Taiwo Animashaun, who works at Tastee Fried Chicken in Lagos, needed a new hotplate, she decided to try the plush Ikeja City Mall, which opened in December, instead of her local market. Within minutes of entering Shoprite, the South African supermarket that anchors the complex, she had made her purchase.

“It’s a good place to shop,” says Ms Animashaun. “Everything is arranged nicely, and the prices are not bad.”

From Lagos in the west to Nairobi in the east and Lusaka in the south, trendy new shopping malls have sprung up across Africa as the continent’s mushrooming cities modernise and its emergent middle class swells. Read the rest of this entry »

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Finance minister Baah Wiredu dies in South Africa

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 27, 2008

Ghana’s minister for Finance and Economic planning, Hon. Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, passed away in a South Africa hospital yesterday.

“The government announces with deep sorrow and shock the death of Mr Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu, minister of finance and economic planning,” Kwadwo Mpiani, Ghana’s minister of presidential affairs, said in a statement.  “Mr Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu passed away today after a short illness in a South African hospital,” the statement said. According to a source, in J’burg, he died suddenly while attending a conference. Another source claims he died after a short illness .

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Ghanaian wins top International Award

Posted by Business in Ghana on September 10, 2008

A thirty-four year old Ghanaian, Mr James Kofi Annan, has been honoured with one of the most prestigious awards in the world, the Frederick Douglas Freedom Award.
 
Mr Annan was bundled into servitude at the age of six, working 17 hours a day in some of Ghana’s fishing communities for seven years, during which he was subjected to continuous abuse without food and shelter.  The Freedom Award, which was instituted by the John Templeton Foundation, would be presented to Mr Annan by Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, the 1984 and 2007 Gandhi Peace Prize and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award winner, on September 15, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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