Election over – now what?


Political analysts will obviously draw various conclusions from what happened with the election – where will the power blocs position themselves to their own best advantage? The short and the long of the results is that approximately two-thirds of the voters’ vote went to parties, which in practice and through their statements show that they have a very strong socialist economic outlook.

The impression we get is that these voters are convinced that they voted for prosperity and that concepts such as accepting responsibility for my own future, working for success, etc. may have a place somewhere in some fiction film.

On occasion in Parliament, during an input to a portfolio committee, one of the ANC’s MPs made the remark that South Africa’s big problem is that the whites just have to be prepared to share prosperity. Then everyone can live happily here and our problems are solved. When a political party maintains such a point of departure, it is clear what the ANC has done to our country’s future in thirty years. The sad thing is that the majority of our country’s voters agree with that. It is indeed a culture of use; everyone can claim prosperity because it is owed to us!

Prosperity can only be achieved through a creative culture; a building culture where everyone accepts responsibility for their own circumstances and then industriously creates for the future. This requires that the right economic principles must be applied correctly, in a favorable, safe environment created by the state, and where investors want to invest because it makes economic sense. The necessary infrastructure, such as power supply and effective transport services, must be available. For thirty years all the wrong things have been done. Crime in our country is running away and we are sitting on a time bomb called unemployment.

That South Africa’s economy should grow is probably the most important thing right now. This can happen through successful businesses that make a profit. A destructive policy environment has caused over time that few state institutions can claim success at all. The opposite is true and everyone is set on trying to manage failure when dealing with government institutions.

To return to the voters of South Africa. One only realizes that two-thirds have cast their vote for parties that will continue on the path of economic destruction that we have been on for 30 years. It is difficult to understand that anyone by their cross on a ballot is indeed sealing the fate of their own children to enter the future in poverty and failure.

In South Africa we are caught in an order with groups that have different views on almost everything in life. This makes it almost impossible for those who take responsibility for building their future and who realize that their own input and achievements will create their rightful compensation. So people will accumulate wealth at different levels, or not. It is those who do create prosperity, because they apply the right economic principles, who have already become a milk cow for those who wait for the day of tomorrow – because the order owes us! This situation is not sustainable.

How a government will eventually be formed will cause a fair amount of see-sawing. The question is whether the demanding culture of the two-thirds of the electorate will finally prevail as the policy direction for the next five years. If this is going to be the case, the red lights will burn brightly.

Margaret Thatcher’s statement about socialism comes to mind: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” In South Africa, the ANC government has already reached that point and continues on the destructive path. The financial markets will soon marginalize even further when entrepreneurs and investors make the rational decision not to invest here.

That voters are convinced that this destructive ideology can create a future for them speaks volumes about their understanding of the workings of the economy and where each individual fits in. Worldwide, this ideology has only caused much sadness and poverty, but here in South Africa we want to pay the destructive school fees again. Perhaps our media should start with an educational task to teach South Africans about how the economy works. It is very late in the day, it should have been done maybe 30 years ago. The best time was then, but now is the second best time.

In the midst of all the uncertainty, food on the table of consumers still remains the most important stabilizing aspect. If the commercial agricultural sector is to be taken out of production by an attack that is experienced in many areas, anarchy will soon break out. The ANC government has already admitted on occasion that more than 90% of the land they transferred went out of production. Commercial farmers are indeed the country’s greatest asset and the consequences of their economic activities are the grease that makes the economic gears function. Our farmers must be nurtured.