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South Africa Is A Bomb Waiting To Explode – Mbeki

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“South Africa is a bomb waiting to explode, all it needs is a little match to spark it and it will go up in flames,” warned political economist, Moeletsi Mbeki.

Speaking to CNBC Africa in an exclusive interview, Mbeki the younger brother to the former President, Thabo Mbeki said the government needed to do more to create employment in the agriculture sector.

“South Africa is a country with huge amounts of tension in terms of the underperformance of its economy,” said Mbeki.

“We have a 40 per cent unemployment rate among Africans and 30 per cent unemployment rate amongst coloured [people] which are the two largest populations in this country.”

Mbeki warns that with those levels of unemployment, the country is bound to have tensions, political and social instability with locals venting their anger and frustrations on foreigners.

He concurred that the country was moving towards an ‘Arab Spring’ uprising largely because the population was highly dependent on the urban economy which was completely commercialised.

“The country needs to have an economy that creates employment because we dont have the cushion of peasant agriculture like other regional economies,” he added.

According to Mbeki, about 50 per cent of people between the ages of 15-24 years are unemployed with the rest of Africa having about 11 per cent which was resulting in criminal activities and instability as these young people had nothing to occupy themselves with.

S.Africa is heading for an uprising: Mbeki
South Africa is sitting on a ticking time-bomb, this according to political economist Moeletsi Mbeki.

Mbeki said the recent deployment of the military and police quell rebellions was not going to solve the social problems the country was grappling with.

“We have had the military deployed to the townships before, using the tactics employed by the National Party is not going so solve the challenges the country is facing, this will not solve the problems creating unrest,” he said.

Deshan Govender, managing executive for large corporations at Vodacom said business needed to contibute to the fight against the recent spate of xenophobia as this was having an impact and doing business in the country.

South African Chamber of Commerce chairman Vusi Khumalo said xenophobia needed to end as long term effects would hurt the economy and undermine the concept of ubuntuwhich South Africa was known to stand for

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  1. But its not just South Africa, the rest of Africa is a time bomb waiting to erupt. We have addressef Africa’s Heads of State, directly addressed UNDP, AUC, World Bank and other TICAD co spondors on the same issue, but dismissed us as ‘being civil soviety’. I am happy someone they see as their equal and are bound to listen to, is delivering our messsge to ‘THEM’ who are supposed yo listen and act on the messsge. Thank you Ntate Mbeki.

  2. Faced with similar circumstances, perhaps Mugabe can now be appreciated for having used the less of the 2 evils, ‘gunshots’ rather than the ‘bomb’.

  3. The blog author writes: “Speaking to CNBC Africa in an exclusive interview, Mbeki the younger brother to the former President, Thabo Mbeki said the government needed to do more to create employment in the agriculture sector.” Unless a remark to that effect was made during a portion of the interview not included in the video, this seems to be a serious misrepresentation of Mbeki’s remarks. Nowhere in the video does he say anything to that effect, and in fact, he essentially argues the opposite: that agriculture cannot provide the answer to South Africa’s unemployment crisis.

  4. Political economist, Moeletsi Mbeki, has simply addressed what many academics, leaders and concerned citizens already know and already expressed ad nauseum to a deaf and blind Government. We are all concerned about South Africa. Many people and organisations have submitted suggestions, plans and solutions to the decision makers, but either they do not read these solutions, or they do not care, or they do not have the time or they simply cannot read. One solution to one (of many problems) is to have Education for all, followed by a Guaranteed job awaiting the successful student. The country needs to build 1 million new high-tech Schools, 500 Tertiary Universities and at least 2000 Technikons, all with heavily subsidized fees, so that students only have to pay R1000 per annum for board, lodging and tuition. In addition, South Africa needs to build a minimum of 10,000 factories so that jobs can be provided immediately to the growing unemployment. Sadly, every year, the Matriculants are contributing 90,000 students into the unemployed sector. Only 10% of Matriculants are admitted into Universities: this is a huge failure on the Education System and is made worse, if you consider that 1 Million students enter Grade 1 every year. To be fit and healthy and intelligent, and not have a job, is one of the most difficult stresses that any human being has to experience. The Primary Goal for South Africa and Africa is to provide employment to everyone who is willing to work: there are millions waiting in the queue to work, yet there is no work. The largest “Trade Union” is the “Union of the Unemployed” which is a tragedy for any country. Finally, for this country to work, demolish racism, demolish A/action, demolish jobs-for-pals. The new rule must be: Give the right job to the right person based on merit and not on skin colour or religion or political affiliation. It is tragic that Racism caused Apartheid, and the New Racism is destroying this Beautiful Country. Finally, refrain from talking about the “South African Economy” when there is no Economy to talk about. Kind regards, Dr Ahmed Adam, Pretoria

  5. 15 – 24 is the age group one has to be be in high school, university and may be first years of work. The focus should in making sure these young people are in school at this age. That is how you can occupy them with something that has value for the rest of their lives.

  6. A ticking time bomb…Moeletsi said these words even during his brother’ tenure. Its not for the first time that he say something of this nature but no one is listening to his prophetic words.

  7. The ANC government is blind and deaf to the need for the immediate enhancement of public school education standards and to create a business environment for the creation of private sector jobs. Unemployment in RSA is a critical issue and our fiscus simply does not allow dependence on the public sector for job creation. When will the government give more attention to job creation in the private sector. The real problem is the concentration in the cabinet of a dominant economic communist cluster which is thoroughly anti business and the private sector!!

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