I was born in Africa, South Africa. I lived there and worked there for most of my life. I have been an African development worker, an Oxfam campaigner, an African UN activist, a South African trade unionist, a South African WTO trade negotiator, a businessman running my own businesses in southern Africa, a founder of non-profits and campaigns to bring Africa to the forefront of action, and a developmental economist working on the role of business in Africa. Why is this relevant? Well, not much really. But it did teach me about how people would like to see us – with their blinkers on, thank you.

Africa and the people of Africa are my Ubuntu – I am because of them. They define me. They made me. I have no choice. They are in my blood and in my bones the same way that I breathe. I don’t think about it – I just do it.

Today I live and work in the USA. (After a few years in London, UK). I have been living outside Africa since 2002. And it has been a ride. This blog is about me being pissed off from an African perspective. And having a laugh at the world and the funny people living on this small floating rock. But it could be anything – how people see us, how they talk about us, what they miss, how they use us and abuse us, how we see them, how we read their news, how we see them see us, or just something that I read that pissed me off all over again. Sometimes I’ll write a bit about my own experiences in Africa. And sometimes I’ll just write about anything that takes my fancy. But always influenced by my African roots. I hope people will get to know this beautiful and weird place called Africa and how it frames the way we think and act. How it makes me an Angry African on the Loose.

How did I come to the name Angry African on the Loose? I wish I could take credit, but I can’t. A friend of mine was reading my old blog about my life – An Accidental Activist – when she called me an Angry African on the Loose. It struck a cord and I decided that will be my blog about my rants. But it became too much to try and run three blogs at the same time so I merged them all. Angry African on the Loose lives on, but got a few new friends.

I hope to keep it fun. We believe in fun – laughing at ourselves and always smiling at what life throws at us. It would be great if you could learn something. But you don’t have to – just have fun.

Oh, before I forget. English is not my first language – so please excuse the many mistakes that will litter my blog.

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email: findme@angryafrican.net

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A bit about my life so far…

I wasn’t born to be an activist

I wasn’t born to be an activist. Quite the opposite, really. I was born to be the stereotypical ‘good, racist Afrikaner’ in Apartheid South Africa. My family supported Apartheid and all of them worked for the Apartheid regime at some stage in their lives…

The accident (1985)

I grew up in a very traditional racist Afrikaans house in South Africa. We always lived in pretty white-only areas and were almost completely cut off from the reality outside our little neighbourhood. Yes, we had a black maid working in our house and a black gardener, but it never occurred to me that there was anything wrong with the way we lived. It wasn’t discussed in our homes, or in church, or in school, or on television, or in newspapers, or even in general conversation at the braai (barbecue). All of these where controlled by the Apartheid regime – everywhere where you would expect issues to be raised were controlled by the Apartheid regime. When you live in a controlled environment, you pretty much never know what you are missing – a ‘great’ controlled social experiment…

The (student) spy amongst us (1989)

Like all good young Afrikaners fresh out of school, I started studying at the University of Stellenbosch in the late 80’s. Well, it was the only university that my dad was willing to pay for – anything else was seen as way to ‘left’ for him. He did agree for me to study political science, hoping that I would be like all good Afrikaners and become part of the Apartheid regime’s ‘braintrust’ – Stellenbosch University was the intellect behind Apartheid. Even the building that I studied at was named after one of the leading Apartheid politicians – Prime Minister BJ Vorster. Vorster was so right wing that he even opposed South Africa supporting the allies during World War II…

Walking with crocodiles (1991 & 2002)

This is going to be a long post – sorry. But it is about two people I met that made me rethink my definition of what evil might be. Two guys I always thought are the definition of evil. But I met them both briefly (and “stalked” one) and that made me question the meaning of evil. So I have to tell you about them to get to my story. Sorry – be patient. You know I am not into short blogs in any case! …

I started a revolution – well, sort of (1993)

Trotsky would have been proud. I started my own little revolution during my time at the University of Stellenbosch. Okay, most of it was unintentional and more like the Oasis song ‘I started a revolution from my bed’. It all started when I became a tutorial lecturer in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch…

A vote at last! (1994)

Four long years. That’s how long we had to wait before we got our first election in 1994. Okay, we had to wait forever during the struggle against Apartheid, but we had four long years of negotiations from when Nelson Mandela was released until we got our date – 27 April 1994. But now the date was set. And I just had to be part of that. So I registered myself as a volunteer to work on election day. And what a day it turned out to be…

Meeting Mr Cunningham (1996)

I got my big break – an interview with Gordon Young for a job as Developmental Economist / Researcher at the LRS (Labour Research Services). The LRS was the leading trade union support organization in South Africa. Well respected by overseas donors and at the center of policy making in the trade union movement. And it played a huge role in the anti-Apartheid movement during the struggle years…

The birth of a Comrade (1996)

My meeting with Cunningham for the LRS (Labour Research Services) job went unbelievably well. We hit it off straight away. He was one sharp cookie – and piercing eyes that could see through anything. He asked me questions from every angle. It was like watching Ali hitting his victim from every angle. One-two, one-two. And I had to open up very quickly and admit that I knew nothing of NACTU or what the job entailed. Hell, I didn’t even know if he was a General Secretary or Secretary General. But that I had the commitment and passion to be part of the changing South Africa. I wanted this job more than anything. I wanted to be part of the best story ever to be told in the history of South Africa. The story of the rebirth of our country…

Umlungu – becoming a white bastard (1997)

It took me a while to gain the support of everyone at NACTU – being the first white guy ever to work for NACTU wasn’t as easy as what you might think. Back in the 80s NACTU specifically decided not to join COSATU because of the white leadership within the trade union movement that dominated COSATU unions. They decided to go on their own and keep NACTU a black only trade union federation – black consciousness needed this approach early on. So not everyone was celebrating when I was asked to head up NACTU’s negotiations at NEDLAC. But the fact that I was white soon became a secondary issue – and actually counted in our favour…

Trevor Manuel, Comrade Parsons and me (1997)

This was going to be my first big moment as NACTU negotiator. My first time out against the big boys. I had to represent the trade unions at a round of negotiations on the government budget. And they guy I was going to have to face from the government side? One of my favourites and a big hero I looked up to during the fight against Apartheid – Trevor Manuel, Minister of Finance…

The Battle of Seattle and me (1999)

I was as exited as hell. Minister Alec Erwin, Minister of Trade and Industry, asked me to be part of the Ministerial Team to go to the WTO round in Seattle. Not only was it an incredible honour to represent my country, but this was going to be my first trip to the US. USA here we come…

I am Proudly South African (2001)

How do you get people to buy South African goods when they have this perception that something made elsewhere is so much better? This was the question behind the Nelson Mandela initiated Proudly South African campaign. And I was asked to get this off the ground. It wasn’t as easy as you would expect…

An African adventure – thanks to Air Cameroon (2002)

I had the most amazing, and unbelievable, airline adventure in 2002 – all thanks to Air Cameroon. I couldn’t make this up even if I tried. And it all started when I got a call from a few African NGO colleagues asking whether I would attend the UN Africa Regional Conference on the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Bamako, Mali (what a stupid, boring line to include in this story. But hey, read on – it gets better. I promise). The request to go to Bamako came from the African Caucus – an informal alliance of African NGO’s workers. We linked up at the prep meetings for the UN Conference on Financing for Development (UN FfD) – and was formally represented at the Monterrey Conference. It was not only an honor, but I was excited about my first trip to Mali – and it wasn’t going to be in Timbuktu (you knew that was in Mali, right?) But first I had some travel plans to arrange…

Oxfam, my salary and me (2002)

I have mentioned Oxfam before. How I struggled to get a job there, the issues I have with the campaigns, and my beef with Oxfam. Now I want to tell you about another Oxfam experience that have clouded my views. I know I am bias. But these experiences have influenced my thinking. Read My beef with Oxfam to see what I think of Oxfam and especially the people at Oxfam. I respect them and the work they do. But the world doesn’t always work the way we expect it to work. Sometimes mistakes are made. And sometimes it is made by the best out there…

Oxfam maths – it just doesn’t tally up (2003)

The Oxfam Coffee Campaign – or Mugged – was the major Oxfam campaign in 2003. And it was timely. Coffee prices were at an all time low and coffee farmers were suffering. And it helped bring to life the struggles farmers face in the current multilateral trade system – a global trade system that held very little benefit for the small farmers…
 

 

 

 

 

64 Responses to “About Angry African”

  1. Surabaya Stew Says:

    This is sure to be a blog that I will come back to time and time again; keep up the good work! Don’t worry about your English language, as you write very clearly and genuinely seem to enjoy getting your thoughts across.

    BTW: I love the picture of Mulberry Street on your banner; it is a view that I see quite often and am quite fond of.

  2. Stephanie Says:

    Hi

    My name is Stephanie and I’m a student at Birmingham City University in the UK, studying media and communication. My specialism is journalism and as part of my course I am currently writing about environmental issues affecting Africa and in particular Sub-Saharan Africa. I recently came across your blog which I found very useful and informative. From visiting your blog I wanted to pose the question and ask:

    What you think goverments in developed countries should be doing to help Africa and its environment? As Africa is the most vunerable and more likely to be affected by climate change.

    Hope to hear your views on the matter.

    Regards

    Stephanie Grant
    Contact: 07920407738
    Email: slgrantjj@hotmail.com

  3. Brett Says:

    Great blog….will be back for more!
    Groete.

    (ex Jozie oukie now living in Chicago)

  4. Marlize Says:

    I am sure that you know who I am, Yes!!!! Your loving, beautifull, very shy sister from SA. Well done Boet!! You tell the world about us. Miss you lots

  5. Saffer Says:

    Yeah please do tell everyone about our home

    50 people murdered everyday (and thats only the reported ones)

    Rape of thousands of woman, children and BABIES every year

    Corrupt inefficient government…

    Failing infrastructure (Eskom anyone? Shutting down the mines? I mean come on!)

    Highest AIDS rate in the world

    Uncontrolled illegal immigration

    That is what all of us should be angry about, not what some yank thinks of our accent, that we all live in huts and have pet lions…

  6. Lefika Says:

    Don’t forget to also write about the racism incidents that are always taking place at South Africa. How some people think their better than others just because of their skin pigmention? How some people think that they deserve to be treated special just because of the “Apartheid Legacy”. How education is a privilege not a right.

  7. Jaqueline Says:

    And also don’t forget to tell them that although we have spent a fortune on educating our kids, they can’t get acceptable work because they are the wrong colour.

    As well, mention that according to the news yesterday, 35,000 out of the 60,000 farmers that have had their land taken away have moved out of the country or are planning to go. They predict that we will be importing food from the neighbouring states within 5 years.

    That this used to be a 1st world country, and is now worse than a 3rd world one, and is referred to on international sites as ‘a developing nation’, whereas before 1994 it was perfectly developed.

    And that the way to treat things that are not working because there is no electricity is to set them alight, like the trains near Pretoria, then they complained that they had no transport to get to work. They had wrecked every train that went that way, as well as the tracks and overhead wires.

    And that during the time the electricity is off, the cable theft is rampant, they know they can’t get electrocuted then. So how is it helping the electricity problem, stealing the cables? It’s going to make it worse because they have the missing cables to replace as well now.

  8. random_monkey Says:

    yeah! blame it on the white crackas!

  9. George Says:

    Dont forget the racist policies of the ANC, AA, BEE, BWE. Oh and if youre a whitey and you need a job, forget it they just tell you the skin colour is wrong. This applies to kids who were babies when aparthied was disbanded.

  10. shan - Green Party Says:

    What about genetic engineering? This madcap ‘science’ is being justified on the grounds that it will ‘feed the world’ when in fact it will feed big corporations and impoverish farmers (eg they will have to buy seed instead of saving it). Any views on this please from an African perspective?

  11. Kevin Says:

    Why don’t you go back to africa and take about 25 friends with you.

  12. poetik Says:

    i always find defenders of white supremacy in South Africa (in every disguise, call it neo-conservatism or new-liberalism, or South African liberalism) quite amusing. for me a lot of South Africans of European origin always attempt to excuse apartheid South Africa, but couching that within a language of patriotic concern for the state of South Africa. the ANC is no angel, but most South Africans are better off under the ANC than they were under any other government before. those South Africans may not be you, a white conservative, but unfortunately for you, they are in the majority. their current voting of the ANC shows that, notwithstanding its numerous limitations, it is still their best hope for an equitable socio-economic life as far as they are concerned. Not the DA and not anyone else.

    the legacy of apartheid cannot be discounted just because a black government has been ruling for the last two decades or more. and any other nostlagic arguments about past versions of South Africa, are nothing but expressions of apartheid apalogisms. Any farmer who feels that land redistribution is against them and he feels he wants to leave for the West where his heart lies, let him do so. You cannot have reconciliation without reconstruction. whites may love reconciliation but they will have to contend with affirmative action because the social condition of black people will have to improve before they really see the benefits of reconciliation.


  13. Thanks for the intro on the Swampland blog. I enjoy the humer and lighthearted way you lend to discussions on these issues. It lends a little enjoyment to what is usually othewise a very angry, disheartening, and sometimes tiresome task of defending one’s views. Refreshing!

    Your blog is pretty much in line with some of the things I’ve learned from my in-laws, mainly, that one will get a heart attack if one doesn’t learn to roll with the punches!

    Thanks!

  14. Marlize Says:

    This one is for the ones above that have nothing positive to say about SA!! Yes we do have a high crime rate and yes, we do have some corrupt government officials and all of the above, but what do you expect. Did we give them a change to gain experience before they took over. NO, we chucked them in jail for opening their mouths about what we were doing to them. I am surprised that they (our government of today) don’t hate us for that. It is their change now, and yes the whites do suffer because of what our parents and forfathers did, but someone has to pay. Our government is still a baby, I mean really two decades of ruling a country is nothing. Give them a change and let them learn through their mistakes. It is because of people like you that transformation and reconsiliation is going to take longer and longer. I believe that someday SA will be a better place because of people like Madiba. Our children can now play together and grow up together in the same areas. Not like in the past where I could not even invite my friends to my wedding. I had to sneak out of my own wedding reception to be with my friends. Our children will make this country a country to be proud of. Not that I am not proud to be a SA citizen, because I am. And I will gladly stand back for those who were discriminated against by my father and your father. And do you blame them for taking back their land, NO NO NO. We took it from them in the first place. People like SAFFER should be hung from the nearest tree, the @@@@%% traiter. It is people like that who makes my blood boil. And if you knew Angry African, you will realise that he does not have one racist hair on his body, and I want to thank him for standing up and speaking out about it. One day we will look back and see that all the “sacrifices” of today was so worth it. I am here to stay, I will not run away. And the AA, BEE, BWE is necessary, and will be for quite some time still. This should be an oppertunity for our kids today to think outside their comfort zone, where mommy and daddy do everything for them. Be an entrepreneur and start something. Use your brain for something else than watching TV and playing computer games. But I suppose GEORGE and SAFFER don’t have a brain, shame I really feel sorry for you. Well you can always come and work in my garden.
    Keep up the good work Angry African


  15. Hi angryafrican,
    I really love reading your blog and the passion in it. I would like to ask you to become my first guest blogger – And talks about women since its women’s month. Thanks! *crossed my fingers*


  16. I apologize personally to all of you for the likes of Kevin, who posted above about his desire for a rather small, but select, “mass migration”.

    He gives me, another Keven, a bad name. He is, of course, an insult to Kevens or Kevins everywhere. My “Kevenness” has been impugned…

    There is one African I know personally, he’s from Nigeria, and he puts Kevin and his ilk in the dirt. He is a single father of four, raised his kids a few doors down from me, went to the University of Washinton, studied to be a pharmacist, finished out at 3.74 GPA, with one daughter going to Annapolis, graduated #2, the other daughter and one son graduating HS with near 4.0 GPA, and the second son not far behind.

    Yes, some might say that that’s like the “I know a Black freind” sort of thing some say in America, but I assure you, it’s true…

    So to all you “Kevins” out there like this loony, try to put YOUR story up against THAT!

  17. IM1 Says:

    “go back to Africa and take about 25 friends with you”?

    Ugh. Kevin, I’m embarrassed for you.

    I can tell I disagree withAngryAfrican on some issues, but skin color/origin/culture has nothing to do with that. Kevin, your garbage is a shame on America. Thanks a lot.

  18. Realist Says:

    Marlize what planet are you from? It must be like load shedding everyday for you – walking around with your head up your arse!

  19. s sommer Says:

    Enjoying this blog!

    We have a radio host in Seattle who likes to sign off from his show saying something about

    “America, the Greatest Country on God’s Green Earth.”

    He says it a bit too long & too loudly.

    Interesting to read someone lauding the good things about Africa & South Africa.. despite any & all problems.

    I am pleased to read about the good!

    Just met a man formerly from SA who says he encountered serious crime during his childhood in Johannesburg, and is now relieved to live in the US.

    Said he is happy to pay the taxes to do so.

    He seems very paranoid & now teaches self defense for a living.

    Hmm.

    I often read about the high violence rates & high rates of rape in SA.

    I suppose others read about the high levels of incarceration in the US & our frequent gun crimes.

    Now, we see Chinese defending their govt’s suppression of Tibet.

    The Chinese people are indignant, feeling that the Tibetans are ungrateful for the “help” the Chinese have given that “backward” country.

    It is interesting to see how citizens can admire & support their own country, no matter its’ true faults.

    Loyalty is good.. but, so is objectivity.

    Here in America, some people say if you find fault with America, you are not a patriot. How about a balance?

  20. ilovemylife Says:

    Congratulations on the Roger win. I didn’t know about that tournament. The boys are in Monte Carlo now but I hear it rained out some play on Sunday.

  21. Marlize Says:

    To Realist

    I would rather deal with my “load Shedding” than with people like you. I just hope that you are an ex South African citizen. People like you take their bags and run the moment things doesn’t go their way. BBBBYYYYEEE BBBBYYYYEEEEE
    If you are not a SA citizen, shut up!!! You don’t know what you are talking about.

  22. Keven Bennett Says:

    s sommer:

    That radio talk show host wouldn’t be John Carlson or Dorrie Monson, would it?

    From Renton…

  23. K****r Boetie Says:

    Dis nie ‘n wit ou wat hierdie Blog skryf nie, dis ‘n fokken k****r, word wakker !

  24. angryafrican Says:

    I included the comment by this idiot above. Just to show what kind of people still hang around in this world. And in South Africa. He would get along well with greyrooster who must be him in disguise over here in the US.

    For those who can’t read what he says – he is basically saying that I am a N****r and that people shouldn’t read this blog because of that. Oh, he left another message as well saying that we (the K’s) are all barbaric. Decided not to allow that one. One of only two comments I ever deleted. But I do feel it crosses the line. I hope you agree.

    And the idiot didn’t leave his email address either. Funny that – those who shout the loudest always do it from behind a wall because they are too cowardly to do it in yor face.

    Lesson: You are a bigot if you can’t say it in my face. And you are a coward when you have to hide away when you spew your hate.

    I don’t mind people not agreeing with me. That’s life. Saffer and myself don’t agree – but you know what? We actually like each other and agree on too many other things. And we are proudly South African. But just have different experiences and don’t feel the need for name-calling. We’ll enjoy a braai and beer together and talk rugby. And even bicker about politics. But we do respect each other for who we are and the fact that we celebrate our differences.

    For the guy/girl who left this comment. Aargh! I am not even going to insult you. You are not worth it. I just feel sorry for you. Missing life through your lenses of hate. Goodbye.

  25. a broad Says:

    K****r Boetie should not be given any kind of platform to use words that are so offensive – stars mean nothing, we all know what he is saying and someone that racist and disgusting should not be given the time of day, let alone the right to voice his disgusting opinion.

  26. Pommie Says:

    Just for the record, are you black or white ?

  27. Baikong Says:

    I tagged you!

  28. theheaviestfunkintheworld Says:

    Just found this blog.

    Man. Bullseye. You’ve written about many things that I absolutely, utterly get (my dad was in exile for thirty years, ANC and a massive ass to boot).

    But I’m glad I share the planet with human beings sometimes.

    That Kevin guy’s a dick, though, isn’t he?

  29. hoh Says:

    refreshing!
    come home soon
    we need you here!
    cheers


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  31. Dr. Ethiopia Says:

    Nobel, is a big word to use, but i must say what you are doing in my view is Nobel.

    I find your blog to be very unique, and i must say you are very original in your service of Africa in the Blogsphere.

    Learnt about your blog via, The Huffington Post where a fellow blogger, John Liebhardt mentioned your blog and mine, in his post.

    I am happy to have stumbled through his post, because of it i am introduced to the “Angry African on The Loose”.

    Call me a Life Time Fan.

    Cheers!

  32. The Voice Of Reason Says:

    Sustainability? After reading that joke of a “We eat meat, deal with it” piece I can only assume you have the most primitive understanding of the term.

  33. ROY MADRON Says:

    I am really responding to your comment on Barry Knight´s piece in the Guardian some time ago.

    When you say “Maybe we just suffer from having way too many causes…” you have hit a very important political point.

    One of the strategies of the current power elites is to encourage the foundation of single-issue NGOs. Joan Roelofs describes the notionally “non-partisan” Foundations (Rockefeller, Carneigie, Pew etc) as “a protective layer for capitalism,” and the global system of NGOs (also known as ” Global Civil Society”) that they fund as “elephantine, serpentine, and Byzantine.”

    The Civil Society movement makes no attempt to reverse the process by which the power-elites install their Presidents in the White House or the Elysee Palace, their Prime Ministers in Number 10, their majority in both houses of Congress and the House of Commons, their nominees on the Supreme Court, their members and protégé(e)s in the Cabinet, their technocrats at the head of major national and international agencies, their Mayors and Governors in the key cities and states, their allies in key positions on radio, TV and the print media, their compliant academics in key university posts, and ensure that their values, analysis, ideas, books and articles are given a dominant voice in the mass-media that they own and control.
    Thus what formerly provided a vehicle for genuine political dialogue and innovation has become a cul-de-sac.

    These are crucial political issues – without understanding their significance the chances of caring, sustainable and just societies is nil.

    For more thoughts on these issues go to http://www.gaiandemocracy.net


  34. Hey great blog man. I am also an Angry African not too much on the loose though! I love this country, or maybe like Burgess I should say in paraphrase I love South Africa but I’m not sure I love my country because I don’t know exactly what that means. This country has so much going for it and those who deny that are fixated on the problems so they can’t see beyond them. they are the ones with their heads up their asses. I support the ANC, but not uncritically. I just wish there was a strong, well-organised opposition to them to the left of the political spectrum! Those on the right are mostly whingers and ex-Nats who lament the passing of white supremacy. I grew up relatively privileged with a good education and what I have learnt from that is that no-one is better than anyone else – we each of us have our part to play in making this country and this world better. Some of us will be called to make huge contributions, others of us lesser ones. But we are all in the same boat in the end. If one fails, we all fail. Better let all succeed, hey? Let’s learn to live with less judgement and more acceptance and understanding. And thanks, Marlize, for you comments. Good to know there is another sane one in SA! Just kidding but I feel you know what’s going on!

  35. cordieb Says:

    Wow! I’ve read three articles written by you; and I am impressed to have found realism. Keep it real, AA.

  36. surfhoney Says:

    Your story and your blog continues to inspire me and open up my mind a little more – your more humourous entries are equally enlightening. Dankie, boet.

  37. surfhoney Says:

    PS @ Kevin and other ‘haters’:

    I may not always agree with everything AA writes, but you know what? At least he’s not a jaded, corrupt part of the ‘anti-‘ system. He’s one of the very few bloggers I’ve encountered who is entirely authentic in all he writes. Too bad you couldn’t even leave a link along with your comment so we can figure out how authentic you are …

  38. Toure Says:

    I had a lot of fun reading your blog.

  39. Kate Dickman Says:

    I found you on Twitter (am now following you) from one of your political comments. So far I really like your blog! I was almost engaged to a “young racist Afrikaner”, lived with him over there for a short while and just gave birth to his daughter 6 months ago who lives w/me here in the US – Boston to be exact… I’m no longer w/him as he still lives in SA and we are going there in a few weeks for a visit. I’d love to chat with you about S. Africa and more!🙂

  40. natzgal Says:

    Huh! I will come clean to you…I had just assumed you were black. Thanks for the background info. See, I still suffer from sterotypes and assumptions from my own Apartheid background in South Africa. I had assumed you were angry and black. How horrific of me. And sad.
    Hi again🙂


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  42. Petite Fille Says:

    Very glad I ran into your blog. I fell in love with Africa the first time I visited. A stop over in Jo’burg and a week visit at Mount Kenya. It was love at first sight, with the people, the history of the tribes, the customs, the landscape, the wildlife. I will certainly be back to read more of your African experiences and as soon as I figure out how to add blogs to my blogroll (I’m new on wordpress!), you’re on it!

  43. embnot Says:

    It’s great to read the impressive and informative posts in your blog. I recently got the chance to get aware of this link through a message board .

    Actually and honestly, I don’t know that much about south Africa, except for Nelson Mandela: his perseverance in his goals, his resistance in jail, and finally his incredible success. Your blog provides chances to get more familiar with the culture and background of people living in south Africa. I’m persian, and I live in Tehran. Good luck to you… Best regards.

  44. tpeace Says:

    great! i just discovered your blog reallyyy enjoying the funness of your reads! yes! I did create a word🙂

    please keep doing what you do and thanks for sharing!

    tpeace of senduQ.com

  45. Queen Nefertiti Says:

    Angry African

    Love your blog! And Marlize, you’re funny girl and you’re right, too!🙂. Loved your response of May 8th 2008 – had me in tears of laughter! Happy new year!

  46. hen Says:

    I found your blog by accident and have been enjoying it greatly.

    I will keep coming back.😉

  47. Private Julius Says:

    I like your blog. It is refreshing. Though I do find it slightly unbalanced.

    marlize:

    “I am surprised that they (our government of today) don’t hate us for that.”

    I think policies like BEE/AA etc in my view show the punitive nature of the ANC policies. How is this not hatred or punitive. A white male child born to a poor white family in 2000 does not have the same playing field regarding his future as a black male child born to a rich black family in 2000. How is this not racist, punitive and evidence of the hatred?

    “It is their change now” – so you agree that we all don’t have equal chances anymore?

    “and yes the whites do suffer because of what our parents and forfathers did” – why?

    “Give them a change and let them learn through their mistakes.” – Their mistakes are costly and life threatening in some isntances. Skills are leaving (white AND black…read newsweek), people are being killed, we are now importing food for the FIRST time ever etc etc etc. Give me a break and stop being an eternal apologist.

    “It is because of people like you that transformation and reconsiliation is going to take longer and longer.” – Let me get this straight – the ANC institute inequitable, racist and punitive policies like AA/BEE, they do not tackle crime and the plight of commercial farmers, they continue to be proven corruption experts etc etc but its not their fault…it’s the fault of the white man. There is joint responsibility I’m afaraid and not everything can be blamed on the previous regime.

    “I believe that someday SA will be a better place because of people like Madiba.” – I certainly hope so. I am proudly South African, but unlike you I do not accept mediocrity or inequity or punitive policies. I want action and accountability.

    “Our children can now play together and grow up together in the same areas.” – Only if our childrens’ parents have an equal chance in life.

    “ur children will make this country a country to be proud of.” – With the ANCYL adopting a manifesto of hiring Julius and plan on succeeding him with more militant persons, I’m not too sure.

    “nd I will gladly stand back for those who were discriminated against by my father and your father.” – Typical bleeding hear liberalist – what about those that CURRENTLY discrimate against me and my children. Must i accept that?

    “nd do you blame them for taking back their land, NO NO NO. We took it from them in the first place.” – Not at all. It could’ve been done in a more sensible way surely. Or are you in favour of a Zim style economy that could once feed itself and now relies on imports and handouts. The Zim natives had the same argument about land. well, they now have it. Once fertile and productive land is now arid land used for nothing. Pls explain your long-term logic to me.

    “t is people like that who makes my blood boil.” – It is naive and gullible people like you that make my blood boil. No argument of substance to provide, only apologies and long senseless poems.

    “ne day we will look back and see that all the “sacrifices” of today was so worth it.” – Again, I certainly hope so and pray so. I just hope the lives of my family aren’t one of those sacrifices.

    “nd the AA, BEE, BWE is necessary, and will be for quite some time still.” – This evidences your naivity. Pls explain the following logic to me: A ite male child born to a poor white family in 2000 does not have the same playing field regarding his future as a black male child born to a rich black family in 2000. How is this not racist, punitive and evidence of the hatred?

    “Be an entrepreneur and start something.” – But you’re a fan of AA and BEE. the scope of opportunity (tenders etc) is very limted if you’re white. Stop contradicting yourself.

    “But I suppose GEORGE and SAFFER don’t have a brain, shame I really feel sorry for you.” – Your naivity proves the contrary. I can only imagine that you’re very young or you’re a bitter person with genetic links to the previously disadvantaged.

    “Well you can always come and work in my garden.” – Work is work. especially where when we have one of the highest unemployment figures in the world.

    Keep up the good work Angry African

  48. Death Says:

    Amazing that you left your Utopian SA but really not that unusual that a communist would flee the mess he helped create and come to the US.

  49. Private Julius Says:

    Marlize? You still about?

  50. Marlize Says:

    Private Julius

    Yes, I’m still about! Love it when somebody disagree with me. Life would be shit boring if everybody had the same taste and opinions. I disagree with you on quite a few things, but that is your opinions and so be it. Oh and ask AA you’re right about the genetic link to the previous disadvantage. I think my great great great gran was called Katriena Lekkerwyn!!!!!

  51. Private Julius Says:

    Marlize,

    Your grammar and sentence construction tells me all I need to know – and the fact that your beloved AA is a communism enabler, and admittedly so. Mao’s little red book is universally considered such a great piece isn’t it?!

    Though I must say that I am not surprised that you are unable to refute or at least comment on any single point I raised. Either you are unable to, due to lack of factual substantiation, or you are scared that it will reveal the depths of your naivity. Either way, you have very little in terms of fact to support your opinion. Opinions like that are therefore best kept within the realms of kindergarten chatter.

  52. Private Julius Says:

    Marlize,

    To add to my reply (post No. 51 above) are you even able to expa.
    lin the decline in standards of living in South Africa over the last 20 yrs? The increase in violent crime; the increase in murders; the increase in murders specifically of white commercial farmers – to the point that these communities were placed on GenocideWatch; the fact that we are ranked in some lowly all but last spot in the Human Development Index (which takes prosperity; healthcare; education; crime and life expectancy at birth into account); the fact taht recently, Doctors without Borders stated explicitly that the level of rape in South Africa resembles the levels expected in only war torn countries; the list goes on and on and on..

    But I gues you will tell me its all in my imagination. South Africa is fine?? And your beloved AA, with his communist views and his part in the enabling of the ANC in the 80’s which has lead to this diabolical mess, is now safe and sound in the US preaching what a wonderful country South Africa is today thanks to his kind deeds in the past. What pure and utter hippocrisy!! Shame on both of you for all the lies that you spew to the less-knowing!!

    You can’t even maturely discuss ANY of the FACTUAL points that I have raised. How disappointing is that. Disappointed, but not surprised. I have experienced the same levels of stupidity and non-committal from your mates in the ANC Youth League!

  53. Marlize Says:

    Private Julius
    Blah, blah, blah, blah. It is because of people like you that SA is the way it is, trying to keep apartheid alive. Wake up it is 2009 not 1989!!!!!!!! Idiot.

  54. Private Julius Says:

    Typical response from a very uneducated person. Nothing of substance or fact coming out of your naive trap again! Pls, rather stop typing – it is embarassing and I’m feeling shy on your behalf.

    I will take your non-committed response as defeat on your part.

    You are unable to tell me why SA has only become rampantly violent (2nd worst murder per capita in the world – by a loooong way)in the last 20 yrs under ANC rule; why we are one of the worst ranked countries on the HDI and that this decline has begun under ANC rule; why SA has for the first time ever become net importers of food (hint: land reform); why white farmers were placed on GenocideWatch (incidentally – the murder rate of white commercial farmetrs is 7x the national average murder rate and is higher than civilian casualty in Iraq during war on terror) – all under ANC rule.

    So whilst it is easy for you to stick your head in the sand; put your rose tinteds on – you are unable to even debate ONE SINGLE point that I raised. Of course, its easy to say that I stand up for Apartheid. That’s an easy out for a silly little kid to argue with educated and well travelled people. In fact, I am an IFP supporter. But I don’t want to confuse youtr tiny little brain for now – lets leave it at that!

    As for your brother, AA, who safely resides oustide the mess he helped create – once again, shame on you!

  55. Private Julius Says:

    What is wrong with people? They just simply believe anything they read and then start praising people who deserve nothing more than public execution. I guess the ole saying of “history is only as true as the last story told” (or something like that)reigns true.

    We have a very intelligent writer here – someone who is well travelled and seen loads. His story is just lovely isn’t it. But am I missing something here? Is this a pro-communism; anti-white race blog?? I have to ask because what I have been reading shocks me to death.

    British laws (see “The African joke” thread) are accused by this writer as being racist, when quite cl;early they are present as a result of national security and also thanks to massive corruption within SAcan home affairs depts. I replied on that thread as well.

    “Walking with crocodiles” thread – yet another oner sided story – making our esteemed writer look like a righteous youngg lad. How sweet.

    yet nobody bats an eyelid at the fact that A is a communist and an enabler of the current mess SA is in today. Since when did people start praising communism? Free speech I guess! But if what AA helped create i.e. the New South Africa – is such a wonderful creation, you have to ask what he is doing at the other side of the planet – hopefully not spreading Marx’s message to North Americans. Or worse yet, teaching Mao’s doctrine.

    I find it personally disgusting that all and sundry are eating these words up with youthful glee, not for a second understanding the dire straits we are in. South Africa is quite frankly an absolute mess today. But AA wouldnm’t know – he left long ago after seeing where his creation was headed. We have 50+ murders a day (for a comparatively small poulation) which is the 2nd worst rate in the world. GenocideWatch (an INDEPENDANT – NOT Apartheid run org) placed white commercial farmers on their watch list. Outr infrastructure is deteriorating big time. We have one of the worst HIV rates in the world. I could list so much more but I’d need a book. The saddest thing of all, is that when anything is criticized or challenged – you are accused of being an Apartheid supporter (see AA’s little sisters response to me above). Just because I find the levels of violence in my country abhorrent, and I go further by criticizing the government for allowing it – I am accused of being a white supremacist! can someone pls excplain that logic to me.

    Patriotism isn’t clapping your hands at ecvery deed no matter what cost – true patriotism is criticizing and challenging where necessary.

  56. Private Julius Says:

    Marlize is correct though. Apartheid is well and truly alive in SA – roles simply reversed now. Punitive racist policies (against white people) are actually written into our labour laws. I for one would like to get rid of this Apartheid, but marlize and co (AA incl.) see nothing wrong with it.

  57. Private Julius Says:

    Marlize / AA – allow me to apologise for what can easily be seen as personal attacks. I think I am just an “angrier south african”. I have children of my own and I live in fear for them now, and for their future in SA. AA, you wouldn’t understand as you don’t live here. I lived abroad for 4 yrs and had a blue sky image of SA – I missed it a lot. I was excited to return. But as time has passed here, i have wondered whether I had made the right decision. I came back to SA with very liberal and PC intentions and the degredation in SA is so visible to me it is unbelievable.

    Thought a bit of context might help.

  58. Marlize Says:

    Private Julius

    No offence taken. Everybody has the right to their own opinion. Sorry if my english offends you, but I am actually Afrikaans. I must admit after yesterday (Zuma!!! story), even I am starting to worry about our country. I can just hope that after what happened yesterday, that the majority of our people will see the light and realise that he would be the TOTALLY wrong one for President (actually a disaster). If it does happen (which I pray it won’t) I can see very dark days for SA, but I love my country and can only hope that one day (hopefully soon) the people of SA would choose the right party to lead our country. I do share your fear for our children, we are all settled in jobs but the future for our children do look bleak (I am not really that naive not to realise it, and just like to “rev” people up sometimes, sorry about that, but that’s just me) My biggest fear at the moment is that we are going to be another Zimbabwe, especially after yesterday. But lets wait and see untill after the elections, I think the current Gov. lost a huge amount of support and hopefully we will be able to lift our heads a bit. Thanks Private Julius.

  59. rushay Says:

    The stereotypes of being african,ek praat afrikaans ook.we were just having a debate about the perceived thought that all afrikaans speaking people are racist.During the Soweto uprising people fought against the enforcement of Afrikaans so the world dubbed everybody that speaks Afrikaans as racist,on the other end of SA you had Cape Town where Afrikaans became a new language and people that fought the struggle was Afrikaans out there.Please let the world know about the loophole in history.Thanks for sharing your thoughts,ideas and ideals signed yours sincerly Rushay

  60. Jenny Says:

    Hello,
    I discovered your blog a while ago and I love it a lot.I was inspired to write you after seeing a small news piece via the angry arab blog(he’s similar to you except he doesn’t seem to have much faith in humanity) about Zuma ordering police to crack down on protesting workers and his turn to conservativism. That had me thinking about all the other articles I’ve come across on South Africa and African poltics. I’m particular partial to Patrick Bond who I think got it right when he talked about Mbeki focusing on trying to please the U.S. rather than his own people. He even called out Mandela on doing the same due to his refusal to go through with reparations for vicitims of apartheid,but I don’t know that much of Mandela’s recent doings though he seems to be a bit too chummy with Zuma.
    Anyway, the stuff I’ve encountered about Mugabe is a bit more complex: they either say he’s just spouting far left rhetoric while cooperating with IMF and the world bank via adopting structural adjustment programs or he’s some sort of hero for not paying their loans and he shouldn’t be punished with sanctions. Hell, from what I’ve encountered on far left blogs, a lot of socialist/communists were making assumptions, wanting to blame the IMF and World bank for everything until an actual Zimbabwe citizen came and set them right. Not that the IMF and World Bank are saints mind you.

    Which brings me to guys like Bono for whom my feelings are bipolar: on some days I think he’s okay, he’s lookin good in his sunglasses(No really, I think he’s a tad handsome with his new haircut) and seems dedicated to his cause yet on other days, I think he isn’t busting his ass enough or barely at all to ensure AIDS medications are accesible to all africans, that all debt is canceled, and that contraceptive rather than abstinence programs were put in place(see the follow ups to the 2005 live 8 for instance). I can also understand the whole anger at him for declaring himself an ambassador to Africa. Rather than condemning him to hades, however, I think someone needs to kick him in the butt and make him realize that he has to work with African citizens rather than just politicians to make progressive things happen. Same goes for a guy like Bill gates, he certainly delievered AIDS medication and such,but his foundation was rather lackluster with other hospital services. Not to mention his support for the flailing, dependent green revolution. I mean, they were both at that vanity fair shoot in 2007 with Desmond Tutu, surely the good reverend could’ve taken them aside and given them a pep talk.

    Sorry for my longwindedness , I’ve had all these thoughts in my head for a while and I wanted to write them out somewhere. Keep up the greatness.

    Sincerely,
    Jenny Maurer


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  62. Hugh Jamieson Says:

    Just found this blog and love it. I know it’s a very old post above, but K****r boetie, you’re too funny! What a doos! ahahhahahahhahhahhh


  63. I found you because of your really funny witty comments on World Cup 2010, and am very pleased to discover even more witty and thought-provoking writing.

    Your “Girl in the Blue House” post is haunting.

  64. NatzG Says:

    Hi there…I followed your blog a while back and then life got in the way and I haven’t been following for a while. But today I saw a status update on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/USinSouthAfrica) about UBANTU and thought of you and how you and your blog first introduced this phrase to me. You didn’t have anything to do with that, did you? Hope you’re enjoying the World Cup hoopla!

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