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TZ350
3rd Jun 2012, 13:33
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In his book The Trouble With Africa, Robert Calderisi recounts the sad story of two African teenagers who stowed away in the cargo hold of a Brussels-bound Airbus. They died on the journey from asphyxiation and cold. One of them was still clutching a crumpled note that lamented their misery while petitioning Europe:Therefore, we African children and youth are asking you to set up an efficient organisation to help with the development of Africa. Thus, if we are sacrificing ourselves and putting our lives in jeopardy it is because we are suffering too much in Africa and we need your help to fight against poverty and bring war to an end in Africa.
The left-of-center British monthly Prospect has also ventured out of comfortable territory with an intriguing article (http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/for-richer-for-poorer/) by Paul Romer on “charter cities.” He makes a strong case for the construction of metropolitan areas under a charter granted to a foreign entity. Using Hong Kong as an example, he argues in favor of importing experts to Africa who know how to create the conditions needed for economic prosperity. He argues that hundreds of billions in foreign aid have already been squandered and proposes that future financial flows to Africa should be channeled into schemes which will provide engines for economic growth.
“The answer to Africa’s gloom is obvious: Reinstate the rule of law through intervention that leads to effective governance.”
Both The Trouble With Africa and Paul Romer’s article appear to call for a form of neo-colonialism. A relentless flow of empirical evidence from Harare to Haiti and from Dakar to Detroit shows that “black”-dominated administrations follow a familiar path. They destroy established structures, leading to degradation, ruin, and chaos.
In South Africa the Western Cape Province (which includes Cape Town) is one of precious few highly developed, heavily populated areas on the continent where there is a semblance of order, where services are provided and the rule of law is enforced. It is also the continent’s last white-led political entity of any significance. The Provincial Administration is led by the formidable Helen Zille of the Democratic Alliance, who is setting an embarrassing example (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/ANC-outraged-at-Zilles-refugee-comment-20120321) of good governance for the ANC, which rules all the other eight provinces with varying degrees of incompetence and dishonesty. Mrs. Zille recently attracted furious fire from the media and the ANC leadership for referring to people streaming west from the atrociously governed Eastern Cape as “refugees.” She was right, but she struck a raw nerve.


Sadly, success is a double-edged sword because good news travels fast. Thousands from all over Africa are stampeding to the Western Cape fleeing ruin in their homelands to seek the shelter that functional governance allows. At the same time many more of their compatriots are fleeing northward in an attempt to find refuge in Europe. With that uncontrollable influx comes trouble, because service-demand inevitably exceeds supply and unemployment increases, leading to violence and crime. Already Somalis are fighting gun battles in Cape Town and Nigerians are wresting control of the drug trade from the older gangs while local blacks are burning foreign blacks out of the tented camps. Desperation drives them into more prosperous areas. Sooner or later the structures will be overwhelmed, the system will collapse, and Cape Town will lose its luster.



In a sense Africa is simply reverting to type. Prior to the colonial era most Africans lived in rural fiefdoms commanded by chiefs who ruled on a whim with absolute and savage power. There were no courts to speak of, no elections, few property rights, and little protection of the individual. Freedom was a foreign concept. European colonials in some cases halted and in others merely constrained this process, but they at least introduced variable degrees of order. This has dissipated.
The answer to Africa’s gloom is obvious: Reinstate the rule of law through intervention that leads to effective governance. We now know that African leaders, no matter how much financial assistance is provided, are seldom capable of this endeavor, so it has to come from outside.
Europe now needs to take this problem by the scruff of the neck and not only through altruism. Europe faces the same sort of problem as the Western Cape does in containing an immigrant onslaught which is already causing civil unrest, straining structures, and draining resources. This has led to economic collapse in some countries. The only possibility of reversing this trend is if they intervene in the African homelands and engage in making these countries orderly and prosperous.
This could provide a platform for economic growth in Africa which will provide work for thousands of poor Africans. These Africans will then have reason to stay at home rather than run. Who knows? Brazzaville may become more appealing than Brixton, Malabo better than Milan, and Bangui more comfortable than the banlieues of Paris.
Unpalatable as it may be, without the intervention of “white” governance skills, there is little hope for Africa.


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Why is it not surprising that the mass media are silent on the sucess of Mrs Zille's administration in the Western Cape Province ? :hmm::rolleyes:

Tableview
3rd Jun 2012, 13:54
This article hits many nails fair and square on their heads. It is of course precisely as stated by the poster : An inconvenient truth. That of course means that for stating the truth, anyone who subscribes to this eminently and demonstrably true line of thinking is 'racist'.

Thousands ........ are stampeding to the Western Cape .......to seek the shelter that functional governance allows. .......... With that uncontrollable influx comes trouble, because service-demand inevitably exceeds supply and unemployment increases, leading to violence and crime. Already Somalis are fighting gun battles in Cape Town and Nigerians are wresting control of the drug trade from the older gangs while local blacks are burning foreign blacks out of the tented camps. Desperation drives them into more prosperous areas. Sooner or later the structures will be overwhelmed, the system will collapse, and Cape Town will lose its luster.
As anyone who visits the city frequently and has observed the changes over the last few years knows, that is already happening. Some areas that used to be safe and peaceful residential areas are now no-go areas, although in fairness the reverse is true of some, but fewer, other areas.
There is an outflux of those whose lifestyle and budgets allow it, from the Cape Town metropolis into other parts of the Western Cape.
It would be a tragedy if South Africa reverts to being a one party state, it is already dangerously close to that, and Helen Zille's DA loses its ability to govern.

vee-tail-1
3rd Jun 2012, 14:07
Sadly an economic and prosperous Africa remains a dream.
Both Rhodesia and Kenya were in good shape when the UK lefties gave them independence ... but once the whites left or were thrown out the rot began.
To reinstate white neo colonial rule would be inconceivably non PC, and no modern UK government would even think of trying it.
Perhaps the only solution is to provide more condoms and less money in our aid for Africa. :(

Storminnorm
3rd Jun 2012, 14:11
It will all get sorted out when the Chinese take over completely.
It won't be long.

AND FFS stop blaming the "Lefties" for what has been the total failure
of Feckin Right Wing politics. Might is Right, and F**k you Mate I'm OK!!!

Andu
3rd Jun 2012, 14:35
I would imagine that quite a few people of the politically correct persuasion would burst a goodly number of blood vessels during the apoplectic fit that just reading this article would bring upon them.

pigboat
3rd Jun 2012, 17:10
I would imagine that quite a few people of the politically correct persuasion would burst a goodly number of blood vessels during the apoplectic fit that just reading this article would bring upon them.
There's a down side to that?

vee-tail-1
3rd Jun 2012, 18:07
For sure neither left or right is prepared to address the population growth paradox.
People in parts of Africa & Afghanistan are dying of disease & starvation. Food and medicine is given in aid, and many children live who would otherwise have died. All is well for a while until those children grow up and have children. .... Then the population will probably double, and the number of diseased and starving becomes much greater than before aid was given.
Surely it is better to let nature take its course and not intervene? ...
For eventually the surviving population will reduce to that which the land can support. The inconvenient truth is that the more that aid is given, the more people survive who require even more aid, and onwards in an ever increasing upwards spiral.

TZ350
3rd Jun 2012, 18:23
[quote] vee-tail-1
Surely it is better to let nature take its course and not intervene? ...
For eventually the surviving population will reduce to that which the land can support. The inconvenient truth is that the more that aid is given, the more people survive who require even more aid, and onwards in an ever increasing upwards spiral

:D:D:D:D

Tableview
3rd Jun 2012, 18:30
Exactly the points made by Dambisa Moyo in her excellent book.
Dambisa Moyo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dambisa_Moyo#Dead_Aid)

To put it cynically, aid has done Africa almost as much harm as AIDS.

Krystal n chips
3rd Jun 2012, 19:37
Is it raining where you chaps are as well ?

Some spiffing ideas I have to say....while you're at it, why not invite France to have a little excursion into Indo-China..Italy could have another pop at Ethiopia...The Portugese may be interested I suppose....but you have to admit..this is all terribly boering stuff really...although I suppose Eugene ( deceased) would have approved....one final thought however.....check today's date.....and the year....2012.

Toodle pip !

Tableview
3rd Jun 2012, 19:44
Krystal n chips
Do you perhaps have anything constructive to add to the discussion, instead of denigration of the points raised by others? I mean, any ideas of your own?


terribly boering stuff
I have to admit that deserved a smile!

JAKL
3rd Jun 2012, 19:49
Ah yes! 2012.

Best not rush into anything until 2013, all your 'save the world effort' efforts may be wasted....

TZ350
3rd Jun 2012, 19:54
" Krystal n chips
Do you perhaps have anything constructive to add to the discussion, instead of denigration of the points raised by others? I mean, any ideas of your own? "


K & C , our resident petulant child, as usual, crying out for attention. :hmm:

stuckgear
3rd Jun 2012, 20:06
AND FFS stop blaming the "Lefties" for what has been the total failure
of Feckin Right Wing politics. Might is Right, and F**k you Mate I'm OK!!!

if anything, the PC lefties / huggy fluffs have done as much damage to Africa in their well meant intentions, bunging aid left right and centre under the auspices of they're all black, they're brothers, give them some money and they'll get along. It is in fact a form of 'racism' by categorising all africans as one and the same but ignoring the issue of tribal / cultural / religious / national boundaries and differences. With aid, they've bought weapons from the cheap egyptian and chinese AK's to bigger and better toys to kill each other and opress other ethnic groups with. and if they dont have guns, a machete will suffice.

but the likes of peter hain and his followers sleep better at night.

Milo Minderbinder
3rd Jun 2012, 20:28
What you also have to remember is that the end of slavery has also put a strain on African resources. The capture of slaves meant that there was a continual effective culling from the breeding population of a percentage of the population, especially children and women (if you think of the Arab trade), helping to keep population in balance with food resources.
The end of slavery meant those women and children remained to expand the breeding numbers - overburdening the feeding capacity of the land

bnt
3rd Jun 2012, 20:44
When the USA embarked on their international "ventures", I had a vision a bit like that: instead of trying to "clean up" a whole country at a time, they would pick a spot near the coast, existing city or not, and they would set up a fully functioning city from the ground up. Literally, starting with water, plumbing, roads, good buildings, and so on.

One "problem" would be dealing with the numbers of locals who would want in. Another would be cultural: for it to work for all factions in the country, the whole thing would need to be completely transparent and above board. No backhanders, no baksheesh, no favours for "friends", and so on.

It would also require a massive permanent importation of people - engineers, managers, and so on. If the city is a success, it would spread and the work of building and managing it would never end. No handing off of jobs to locals who are less qualified, just because they are locals. So, it would really be a "new colonialism", with a permanent foreign ruling class. If recent "ventures" have shown anything, it's that the locals rarely meet the level of competence necessary to keep such an ambitious venture going over the long term.

Seldomfitforpurpose
3rd Jun 2012, 20:53
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K & C , our resident petulant child, as usual, crying out for attention. :hmm:

K&C and I have often crossed swords but there is a huge slice of pot/kettle with the above statement :p

vee-tail-1
3rd Jun 2012, 20:55
it's that the locals rarely meet the level of competence necessary to keep such an ambitious venture going over the long term.

We in Britain have only to look back at our own history. When the Romans left it set back central heating and hot baths by nearly two thousand years!:bored:

Tableview
3rd Jun 2012, 21:12
but the likes of peter hain and his followers sleep better at night.

Ah yes, Peter Hain, possibly the only person in politics more unctuously and venomously reptilian than Tony Bliar.

dead_pan
3rd Jun 2012, 21:20
Dambisa Moyo in her excellent book

Yep, I'd second that. She has some very interesting ideas on how to energize the continent.

When the USA embarked on their international "ventures", I had a vision a bit like that: instead of trying to "clean up" a whole country at a time, they would pick a spot near the coast, existing city or not, and they would set up a fully functioning city from the ground up. Literally, starting with water, plumbing, roads, good buildings, and so on.


I've been thinking along similar lines - you could use the the Hong Kong model i.e. where you lease a remote tract of land beside the sea for a hundred years or so, install your own government (not necessarily elected - they could be appointed by donors) and put in place incentives to attract investment etc. The intention would be for the site to become a focus for regional development, NGO operations etc. By the end of the lease everyone would have made their money and would be happy to hand it back to the lessors.

One "problem" would be dealing with the numbers of locals who would want in.

An isolated location would be a prerequisite. I've thought a spot right on the horn of Africa would be an ideal location - its isolated (so no trouble from busloads of locals turning up at the gate) and is located beside a major shipping route etc. I'm sure the Somali government or whichever warlord is in control of that area could be persuaded to sign over a piece of their land...

stuckgear
3rd Jun 2012, 21:31
An isolated location would be a prerequisite. I've thought a spot right on the horn of Africa would be an ideal location - its isolated (so no trouble from busloads of locals turning up at the gate) and is located beside a major shipping route etc. I'm sure the Somali government or whichever warlord is in control of that area could be persuaded to sign over a piece of their land...

problem 1.

whichever local despot / warlord is in the region will want something for giving a lease.. money to buy military crap they have no training in or the local military guys will strip down and sell for parts as they havn't been paid for years..

problem 2.

if it does get rolling, then whichever local despot / warlord will see what success has been made of the area and want it for themselves, to bugger up to the ninth degree and then blame the west for stealing it and exploiting the locals (see Zimbabwe)

Milo Minderbinder
3rd Jun 2012, 21:47
It would only work if first you inflicted some kind of catastrophic damage to the immediate country, something on the lines of the Opium war / destruction of the Summer Palace.
You'd only ever get the ground to build on if the the locals were totally scared of you, and knew what retribution any kind of agitation would bring. You'd never get that kind of action past the politicos

dead_pan
4th Jun 2012, 00:03
Area is v. sparsely inhabited - not sure what benefit would be achieved by inflicting damage to what is essentially a barren wasteland.

As for our powers of persuasion, we could always use methods they understand all too well. Settlements elsewhere in Africa would be negotiated in a more civilised manner.

Howard Hughes
4th Jun 2012, 00:43
As China and India reach maturity as Nations, I believe out of necessity manufacturing will move to Africa, this may one day be the saviour of the continent.

ExSp33db1rd
4th Jun 2012, 04:31
When the Romans left it set back central heating and hot baths by nearly two thousand years!

I recall hearing an American women ask the concierge of the smart hotel that we were checking into if the water from the taps was fit to drink ? He replied - Madam, Rome has had clean,piped, drinking water for over 2,000 years.

.....terribly boering stuff.........

If It Ain't Boerin' I Ain't Goin'

KAG
4th Jun 2012, 06:15
In South Africa the Western Cape Province (which includes Cape Town) is one of precious few highly developed, heavily populated areas on the continent where there is a semblance of order, where services are provided and the rule of law is enforced. It is also the continent’s last white-led political entity of any significance.

Order and services provided for who?

There has never been as much African people death since the arrival of white men on the African continent.

And you make it looks like the leadership of white men in Africa is a good thing.

stuckgear
4th Jun 2012, 09:19
Quote:
In South Africa the Western Cape Province (which includes Cape Town) is one of precious few highly developed, heavily populated areas on the continent where there is a semblance of order, where services are provided and the rule of law is enforced. It is also the continent’s last white-led political entity of any significance.
Order and services provided for who?

There has never been as much African people death since the arrival of white men on the African continent.

And you make it looks like the leadership of white men in Africa is a good thing.


and the quote in its full context, without the rest conveniently snipped:

In South Africa the Western Cape Province (which includes Cape Town) is one of precious few highly developed, heavily populated areas on the continent where there is a semblance of order, where services are provided and the rule of law is enforced. It is also the continent’s last white-led political entity of any significance. The Provincial Administration is led by the formidable Helen Zille of the Democratic Alliance, who is setting an embarrassing example (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/ANC-outraged-at-Zilles-refugee-comment-20120321) of good governance for the ANC, which rules all the other eight provinces with varying degrees of incompetence and dishonesty. Mrs. Zille recently attracted furious fire from the media and the ANC leadership for referring to people streaming west from the atrociously governed Eastern Cape as “refugees.” She was right, but she struck a raw nerve.

Milo Minderbinder
4th Jun 2012, 09:28
Yes KAG
I believe you are correct
By giving them Western leadership, medical aid, food aid, the beginnings of industry, and by stopping slavery we've enabled the population to grow so much so quickly that there's more people to be killed.
Far better that the white man had never been there and child mortality had remained higher, and slavery had remained so that the population could be kept low, so fewer could die in tribal wars.
Maybe thats the answer? Withdraw all food and medical aid now, so reducing the population and ensuring in future there are fewer people to get killed in wars?
Is that what you would like?
Of course it would mean a few lazy feckers would have to get off their backsides and start working e.g. growing food, digging boreholes etc, but I'm sure they'll find no problems in making their women do the labour

bnt
4th Jun 2012, 10:25
If placing such developments in remote locations would be the way to go, it would not be a permanent solution, since (a) people do migrate over time, and (b) if the locals are a "problem" to be avoided, it begs the question of why you'd be there in the first place. Back in the first post, we have the express wish that the "West" would come in and "fix" Africa. Which means fixing it for the local people - or else it's just exploitation again.

On the other hand, it's the local people who are the "problem" - if successful cities were "natural", there would be many more of them about. If you look at the history of Singapore, you can see that it's basically an artificial city, built from scratch out of almost nothing by Raffles. There were perhaps 1,000 people on the island at first, but after it became a successful trading post, the population boomed to 100 times that and kept growing. You could say something similar about Dubai: the locals are a minority who basically accepted a mass invasion of foreign industrialists and workers, since they got a fabulous city in return.

So, it has to be said, it's going to require a measure of "colonial elitism" to change things, but it would need to be framed in a way acceptable to the locals. If people want to learn, and know that it's OK to learn from foreigners who know more about building cities, then the next step is to find people willing to teach them - and others to pay for it all. (I would happily take part in such a pilot "colonial" scheme, if I knew I would be (a) safe and (b) paid.)

mostlylurking
5th Jun 2012, 10:56
I think the solution to Africa's 'problems' is very simple. Hands off!
No aid, no free medicine, no investment and no arms.
Trade with Africa, buy their products and minerals, Sell them whatever they want. Allow and encourage education in foreign countries if they wish.
In other words allow Africa to grow up by itself, just like Europe did, America did and Asia is busy doing.
All this interference by outsiders is preventing Africa from finding it's own way. Colonialism destroyed African culture in many ways and poisoned the well.
Only Africans can fix it.

Africa has so much going for it: low population density, vast areas of fertile land, rich mineral resources and a population who have a strong sense of community. It can succeed, but stop treating it like a child.
To me, this paternalism towards Africa is just a continuation of colonialism.

I also think that the large and wealthy 'aid' organisations are really a scam on industrial scale with fat salaries and a bloated workforce financed by the taxpayers of the donor countries.

Not that I expect that it will ever happen.

yotty
5th Jun 2012, 11:38
Could this be the way to help Africa? BBC News - Newsnight - Can Britain lift Sierra Leone out of poverty? (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/8754659.stm)

Sir George Cayley
5th Jun 2012, 11:59
Britain is one of the few countries to almost hit its target % of GDP given in foreign aid. I've not found anyone in my circle of friends and acquaintances who support this level f giving. A common theme is 'charity begins at home' swiftly followed by ' we're helping raise children who could one day be Islamist terrorists"

And think of the Afgan Paradox; ISAF soldiers guarding Poppy fields:confused:

Lastly, Bob Geldof went back to Africa recently and was strangely quiet about position parts of the continent are currently in.

SGC

OFSO
5th Jun 2012, 12:36
the jug of water provided in her bedroom for her morning ablutions could lightly freeze overnight

So what's unusual about that ? Was the same in my boyhood, and in winter we had to use a scraper on the inside of the window to get the ice off (Leices).

Conditions were still like that in my late teens when I used to share a bedroom with my girlfriend (her parents were tolerant) in Stoke-on-Trent, only the ice was thicker.

Andu
5th Jun 2012, 22:29
Mostlylurking, with his/her comment:I also think that the large and wealthy 'aid' organisations are really a scam on industrial scale with fat salaries and a bloated workforce financed by the taxpayers of the donor countries.has pretty well closed the debate, for he/she has hit the nail so squarely on the head, it's embedded and spackled over so smoothly there's no evidence of it ever being there.

The only people who've been to Africa and seen the result of this 'aid' first hand who will disagree with that comment are those in the fast lane of the gravy train of the aid 'industry'.

Tableview
5th Jun 2012, 22:35
I also think that the large and wealthy 'aid' organisations are really a scam on industrial scale with fat salaries and a bloated workforce financed by the taxpayers of the donor countries.

Nail, head, hit, on.

I have first hand experience of this (and not as a beneficiary I hasten to add).