There are a few essentials required for the survival of any species on earth. The most important ones are food, water, shelter and defence against any external force that might deprive you of this.
Traditionally the means to achieve this was to move to an area where there was food (game) and water. A shelter could be built from animal hides, which also came in handy to provide personal clothing. If there were animals to provide food, there should be abundance of plant growth like grass and trees that could be used in building shelters and making fires. The animal hides could also be used for manufacturing shields to protect yourself, should you be attacked by somebody who wants to deprive you of your wealth. When these resources were depleted, the tribe just moved onto the next spot which provided these essential requirements.
This was the case until the British explorers, Livingstone and Stanley (long after the landing of Van Riebeeck in the Cape), tried to convert the inhabitants of Africa to Christianity, followed by the colonisation of Africa with borders being defined and most important of all, introducing Victorian laws not applicable to tribes in Africa and humanity in general, which are even today an embarrassment in many country’s law systems.
Although the requirements for survival did not change, the means of satisfying these requirements changed millenniums ago with the coming of civilisation. People started to settle as communities in a suitable spot. They domesticated animals to supply milk, meat and hides without the effort of hunting them down in nature. This was also the time they started growing their own crops of edible grains and vegetables.
Tradition changed as civilisation grew and lead to the establishment of a culture, a culture which included, schools and universities which ensured the sustained growth of civilisation. Skills and food stuff were exchanged by means of money. The higher your skills, the more you could get in exchange.
Unfortunately, a few Union entrepreneurs are depriving these basic needs from the people they represent by withholding them to trade their skills for money.
The most frightening fact is that people who want to work and earn money to support their families with food and a shelter, are intimidated, threatened and even murdered to stop them from fulfilling these most basic needs.
This is the time for the government to show their supporters that they are not ruled by criminals and that they will take action against these criminals who are destroying South Africa.
Comment by Pieter Coetzee – Editor