Being Zimbabwean is just human

It seems the new South African immigration laws have just sparked a lot of debate. If you read the comments on you might notice a sharp division between two South African classes.
You will see most people fall into these classes:
White in colour, most likely an employer and appreciative of immigrant contribution
Black employed and unappreciative.

It seems the black African believe the problems bedeviling South Africa is  caused by immigrants. The white African believes it has more to do with the government and the attitude of the black South African.

Words like lazy are a label of the South African employee. That  same South  African employee labels the immigrant, a criminal, an illegal….well to be a foreigner is just human.


Here are a few of the opinions on the site:

“Look at the bigger picture, once these laws have been enforced, deportation of all illegal immigrants will be easier. All professionals would come back with papers.”

“I have my doubts that there will be much positivity out of this.
Foreigners work better than our locals. We will now have to employ south africans who are lazy, with no drive and no sense of urgency. How is that going to benefit the economy in this country. And once they’re in your employ, it’s practically impossible to remove them when they don’t work properly……..
As an employer you’re expected to just put up with the nonsense.”

“Because locals are so bone idle and lazy, expecting daily handouts and everything for free (thanks to the ANC) while Zimbo’s, Malawians etc understand the concept of “hard work” and apply themselves and their minds.”

“It’s not a matter of the foreigners having the better jobs…..
The foreigners just perform better than our locals. They value their jobs more than the locals and the quality is better because of their attitude to their jobs”

“People who hardly walk the streets of jhb will not understand, SA needs to focus on its own people before we try to play big brother to the whole of africa… M just shocked because it seems only zim people are being affected but I mostly hear and see Nigerians”

“These laws are correct provided it applies not only to law abiding citizens and immigrants who want to enter the RSA legally, but also to the millions streaming across our unprotected borders!!
First get all the illegals back to their countries of origin, the patrol our borders, and then only allowed skilled people into the country to enhance the economy!! This will create an immediate approx 5 million jobs currently held by aliens!! (but also rid the authorities of corrupt officials who are responsible for letting aliens get into the country!!!)”

“Viva comrade Malusi viva. Immigrants are destroying our beloved country. Dey transport bulk of drugs to our country that destroy our people, killing people n eat a heart of a human being. And please Minister check even those landing @ OR Tambo airport and focus on rebuilding our country without them.”

“I’ll wait for my Zimbabweans employees to return before employing local militant unionists… get it, got it, good!”

“We see it with the US. Their laws are so strict that I can’t even visit a family member living there for more than 10 days as they are afraid I will overstay my welcome yet they still have many illegals in the country. They are a lot more equipped and they enforce the laws there yet they still struggle. How much more will our country not enforce these laws as they can’t even enforce simple traffic laws!”



the power of careful leveraging

power of language blog: partnering with reality by JR Fibonacci

Power: the ability to produce results in general- or specifically, the ability to produce results with a relatively small amount of energy focused very precisely, especially after careful observation of where and how to add energy to produce a targeted result.
Observation and understanding are the root of power, not the total energy invested. Knowing where to add energy (or even where to remove energy) is crucial. Then, a focused application of a precise amount of energy can produce enormous results. Leverage is the ratio of the amount of effort invested to the size of the result produced.Inline image 1

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You shouldn’t just wait for the news

A number of people are on strike for a 15% wage increment. Are you taking part in the street demos? Or you are siting a home waiting for that announcement which tells you its ceasefire go back to work.

What if it takes 5 months like the platinum strike? What if it takes more than that? Have you imagined how you will make your ends meet? You do not just have to wait for the news you need to do something! This is the time you can use to learn a new skill, or start a small home business.

This is not the time to follow and comment on the many useless social pages that cost you your time and your money. be productive. This is not the time to watch all the soccer repeats,it is time for for personal productivity.

Lessons from the workshop- the art of making money

Almost every workshop has something unavailable but is essential for the job. It doesn’t matter what trade you might be, you will always find there is something you need that has not been provided for. For example a boilermaker cannot stop working because he has no spark lighter, she can use a cigarette lighter or a welding machine. Similarly an electrician can by-pass a connection to make things work.

It is not always that certain things are essential in our lives. We tend to postpone because we do not have this or that yet the small things we have are good though not enough to take us to the next level.I have always thought I would invest when I get a lot of money. I have not yet laid my hands on that money and time is ticking on. This taught me to change my situation and to change your situation, you have to shift your position . Get a help use that as leverage. We tend to look at the returns we get and ridicule the 6% return a certain investment might offer. I believe it is better to get that than zero.

I also thought to start a business all I needed was huge some of money. Like the improvisation we do in the workshop, starting a small business might require the same principle. Work with what you have. Do not aspire to be what you can’t be, rather work and aim higher. One step at a time you will get there. Use the resources you have. Maximize the time on your hands.

What kind of business can you do, you might ask. If you are a fitter do you have to go into fitting? Maybe you are a plumber ,do you have to go into plumbing? I would tell you it doesn’t matter whether you are a blacksmith or instruments tech, business is business, the principles are the same. In the following post we will discuss on what you can do with what you have wherever you might be.

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About the Author

The author is a boilermaker and entrepreneur. He likes helping people uplift themselves. He writes on issues that affect artisans.