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Herman Mashaba’s Populist Anti Immigrants Rhetoric Potentially Genocidal

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Herman Mashaba, a South African politician and business man as well as former mayor of Johannesburg who recently expressed his intentions of forming his own political party is purportedly on an opinion finding engagement mission with the people of South Africa.

Dubbed the People’s Dialogue, the purpose of his initiative is said to be on how to turn around South Africa’s economy but if you carefully look at his approach, this man may carelessly initiate the greatest genocide ever witnessed in Southern Africa.

By his anti-immigrant trump card and the LET’S BUILD A MOVEMENT THAT PUTS SOUTH AFRICANS FIRST mantra, one wonders if Mashaba is just trying to be a Trump copycat without carefully looking at the damaging genocidal impact of his ‘illegals’ utterances when politically illiterate youth that he is trying incite and excite gets charged into a xenophobic frenzy against black foreign nationals.

How should South Africa’s foreign policy shift towards countries that are sending their citizens here because of their failures? – Herman Mashaba – Facebook, 31/01/2020

Coming into South Africa is too easy. We have tens of thousands of kilometres of open border! I am considering a border barrier and more patrols along our borders to protect our country. Herman Mashaba – Facebook, 30/01/2020.

It is even disturbing to note that an award winning millionaire businessman and former Mayor of the Johannesburg metropolis like Herman Mashaba who is slowly turning himself into a ‘junior Donald Trump’ thinks that desperate job seeking and human rights surrendering black foreign nationals that come to South Africa are sent by their respective governments.

A man with business interests across industries and who sits in various boards of many companies should rather be knowledgeable enough to direct his discourse towards the leaders of the respective countries that have its citizens flocking into South Africa than to bad mouth desperate and vulnerable people of his own race and also subject them to further danger.

Just having a look at how he is alleged to have started making it in life as reported by Wikipedia, Mashaba who is said to be a strategic thinker who bought a car without having a licence, then drove it with having learned to drive is now a champion of formalities and legalities belittling and trashing those who find themselves trying to make it in a similar situation like he was in the apartheid era.

From a young age, he was a strategic thinker – he bought a car without having a license and drove out of the dealership without ever having learned to drive. He drove himself from one selling job to another, in the process confirming for himself that he was a natural salesman with an unswerving instinct for business. He started selling “SuperKurl” African hair-care products and became their number-one earner. He soon realised that these products excited him and that he wasn’t content to be just an employee. – Wikipedia

When he is comfortable with the Wikipedia narrative above, it means if he was a foreigner now in South Africa, years later, he would celebrate to be called a boarder jumper who built a multi-million business in a foreign land without proper documents.

Even though, here and there Mashaba has touched on this and that concerning South Africa’s wellbeing, his main rallying card is the sensational issue of illegal immigrants that he has found to resonate more with the economically desperate, easy to manipulate politically illiterate xenophobic and racist classes of South Africans.

Why can’t we have an honest discussion about ILLEGAL immigration? It is costing our country dearly and corrupt politicians are too scared to talk about it. Share your thoughts. – Herman Mashaba – Facebook, 26/01/2020.

Mashaba must be challenged to provide research based factual information on the extent of damage that immigration into South Africa by the blacks that he so much hates has caused whether they are illegal or not and those findings must be compared with other factors that have contributed to the downfall of the South African economy.

If there are serious major factors that have brought down the South African economy that Mashaba is not vocal about, well-meaning people must also start to question the justification of his passionate hate for black people that come to seek jobs in South Africa.

Herman’s description of the so called illegal black foreigners as ‘illegals’ is very disturbing. 

You can even imagine the expression on his face when he thinks, sees, imagines or even hears about these humans that he calls in a way that seems like to him they are trash suited for the dustbin.

If you carefully look at the photos above which he posts on his social media platforms, they are images of ‘black’ people only and one wonders if there are no illegal immigrants of other races in South Africa.

Based on Mashaba’s political and business track record, he cannot be excused for political immaturity and tactical bereftness in his anti-black immigrant political manoeuvring.

This is because, as a business and political strategist, he knows very well that to form another political party in a country that is already saturated with political parties, you may need to carelessly arouse the emotions and sentiments especially of two main classes of people in South Africa.

In this case, the two main groups that he seems to resonate with are the desperate and politically illiterate short term thinking groups of xenophobia charged and racist citizenry. 

Besides the anti-immigrant rhetoric, Mashaba seems to lack any other solid relevant approach towards establishing himself on the national South African political landscape except exciting the emotions of the desperate youths that he is also likely to quickly dump when he gets into power if his short memory of reality is to be carefully analysed.

The context of his short memory is that his so called illegals are mere victims of politics in their respective countries just like he was during apartheid.

These people are in his country to seek jobs of which he Mashaba as a business minded leader, he can mobilise his youths into productive entrepreneurs who can employ their fellow Africans than to merely consider them as virus invested people who needs to be quarantined.

This maybe the reason why Mmusi Maimane in a diplomatic way expressed his dismay at Malaba’s political choices. 

“To me, to add another political party to the plethora of parties that are available, would be to add party number 49 in the 48 that are there, and I am saying that’s not the immediate solution of our country. Actually, what we need is to ask the 18 million South Africans why they didn’t vote last year,” 

…..“The big distinction here is that we are not just saying we are a party for a party’s sake. I’m not here to contest 2021 or anything like that.” Maimane is quoted to have said in the Daily Maverick -22/01/2020.

At this point, it is critical to ask if Herman really believe that these ‘illegals’ have something to do with South Africa’s downgrade and the serious state of affairs at South African Airways, Transnet and Eskom that he doesn’t as much vehemently engage in as he does with the black foreigners in South Africa.

It seems like the ‘affluent’ Herman is trying to clean South Africa of the trash like black foreign nationals in order to create room for nationals of other races.

The man who claims to have struggled against poverty and the horrible apartheid regime has suddenly forgotten the effect of evil governments on people who are fleeing their countries and the impact of poverty among the African folk by choosing to spray ‘political Corona and Ebola’ ideological viruses on the sick African continent.

It is interesting to note that he does not even care to help his followers differentiate between an illegal and legal immigrant in the same way that he is not helping people to also understand that there are still some advantages associated with the presence of foreign nationals in South Africa.

If and when it is true that Mashaba genuinely believes in the power of education and entrepreneurship, why does he not concentrate on spreading the gospel of entrepreneurship to these desperate South Africans and seek to economically empower them so that they can also be potential employers to their suffering but hard working fellow Africans that flock into his country.

It is not just the illegal immigrants that are causing the problem – it is the employers who break the law to hire them! What can we do to encourage our business community to hire South Africans?! We definitely need to make it easier to hire them. – Herman Mashaba – Facebook, 29/01/2020.

If and when Herman is really serious about the development of South Africa, let him fundraise or mobilise resources for a research on how many entrepreneurship minded South Africans are prepared to hire their own South African fellows as permanent labour especially taking into consideration the work culture prevalent among the youth that he wants to incite.

Some responses by business minded people on his Facebook platform have already highlighted the major challenges affecting South Africa, but unfortunately such facts do not appeal to some politicians who want to rise to power through excitement rather than enlightenment of their fellow countrymen.

Responding to a news article that appeared in the Herald, a Zimbabwe newspaper that said Zim to verify SA cop killers’ nationality. Herman quickly responded on his Facebook page on 27 January by saying “Soon these cop killers will be back in our country committing more crimes. We NEED borders”.

This shows that to Herman, due processes are not necessary as long as the subject of discussion is a black foreign national in his country.

He forgets that these people he calls “illegals” may be suffering in their own countries but cold bloodied murders especially at gun point is something that they are not bringing to South Africa and if truth be told, it’s actually a phenomenon they are adopting in South Africa of which they are disturbingly likely to export back to their homes if and when their countries get right.

While responding to a news report by that said Tanzanian police arrested 27 Ethiopian illegal immigrants in transit to South Africa, Mashaba also as usual quickly reiterated his anti-fellow African vibe by saying THANK YOU to the Tanzanian police for doing what our country is all too often unable to do!”

However, many entrepreneurial South Africans have clearly explained to him the challenges that business people in his country are struggling with, of which an immigrant whether considered illegal or not is helping to solve but the black hater, Mashaba has his mind made up especially about fellow Africans whom he considers as ‘contamination’ in his land. 

Below are some of the opinions expressed by people on his People’s Dialogue initiative:

TK Taki Vumbi: Finding productive workers in SA is a nightmare and one of the main reasons that manufacturers are leaving in droves every quarter. A number of us have tried incentives and it did nothing but backfire. Paying substantially more than the market-clearing rate did nothing but cause unions to become unmanageable and demand similar raises from entire bargaining groups before ending strikes. And the strikes happen for everyone in solidarity, regardless of how well you pay workers. And the well-paid workers are just as happy to burn tires and company property. The unions work their members up into a bloodlust and convince them that they should be paid the same as an accountant, so you can’t win no matter what you do. Unions see to it that you’re always the enemy.

Mikel Deejay: Economically South Africa benefits a lot from the failure of her neighbour’s economies. If SA shifts her foreign policy towards countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique definitely the pain would be felt by SA than those countries. I think as citizens of Africa we need a strong body that holds corrupt regimes liable and have unified punishment. Also SA has a massive role to play but unfortunately these comrades have this awful brotherly code

Pinkie Honor: …This reminds me of Zimbabweans laughing at Zambians and Somalians in late 80s early 90s they thought they won’t be in those countries situations, look were Zimbabwe is today

Tebogo Leviticus Nehemiah: Truth is: our fellow South Africans they find reason not to come… To work. And most of the time this immigrants they very loyal to their jobs. I am not talking about theory, but I have seen it and still struggling with. South Africans brothers and sister mostly don’t value their jobs, maybe that’s why most employers prefer immigrants…..

I am yet to find if there is an English word that describes a serious incorrigible and inexplicable hate by a person of one race against those of his own race.

What boggles the mind is Herman’s absolute, boiling, hellish hate for Africans who are foreigners in South Africa as compared to all other races. 

Although it can be difficult to immediately confirm at the moment, but investigative journalism and independent research may end up proving that Herman is merely a voice of a hidden racist master who is behind the scenes judging from his subtle ‘apartheid’ language.

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Dr Bohloko, a Pharmacist Who Is Healing the African Continent beyond the Use of Medicine

Brian Kazungu



Dr Ntseliseng Bohloko

Brian Kazungu, 25/05/2021

As people grow up, what they choose as a profession has a serious impact on how they experience life and how they can make an impact to the world that they live in.

One good example is that in a world where people are troubled by various diseases which affects their ability to be productive and to enjoy life, there those sharp minded boys and girls in our midst who choose to pursue a career in the medical field in order to help take away the pain in others.

As if such a noble pursuit is noble enough for them, you may find the same people engaging in other areas of human life which have got a positive transformative effect in the society that they live in and even beyond.

It is therefore expedient that on this 25th of May, a day that we celebrate and commemorate Africa, a story has to be told of one of her daughters, Dr Ntseliseng Bohloko.

The Lesotho born pharmacist whose humane, and charitable push for a better and inclusive Africa is beyond inspirational continues to inspire and touch many souls through her medical profession and through various Pan African and charitable activities that she engages in.

Despite having a demanding career that comes from having a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmaceutics and Drug Design from Potchefstroom University, a Master of Pharmacy from University of Durban plus a Post Graduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management from the University of Stellenbosch, she still finds to pursue good social causes in various communities.

She also holds a Licentiate in Pharmacy from Havana in Cuba.

Dr. Bohloko was recently nominated and inducted as a Point of Light under the 1873 Network’s Banking On Africa’s Future 10 000 Points of Light – Hall of Fame.

The 1873 Network is a member-based non-profit organization established in South Africa for the purpose  of provoking, inspiring and igniting new and innovative ways of problem solving in Africa based on connected, equipped and forward leaning voluntary actors.

In accepting her induction into the Banking on Africa’s Future initiative, the Pan African minded Dr Bohloko said “We as Africans need to take hold of what we have in our own countries. Africa is rich but all the resources are being moved from Africa to the so-as developed countries for improvement and they come back to us as finished products.

Africa has resources, Africa has educated its own children in the developed countries. It is time for us the present generation to make use of the knowledge that we acquired in the developed countries and use it to develop and improve on the natural resources that we have as Africans.

I suggest and I am very happy to say that we need to guard Africa and incubate Africa so that we can export the finished products to developed countries and bring back the GDP that was God given to Africa.” She said.

Despite being a Pharmacist, she is also heavily invested in charity with various organizations including the Mercy Foundation as its Ambassador in Lesotho.

Mercy Foundation is a faith based initiative which is involved in addressing food security/community development among other charitable engagements coupled with preaching of the gospel irrespective of denomination.

In Lesotho, Mercy Foundation’s milestones includes partnering with LECSA and the Chamber of Commerce to kick start charitable activities.

Dr Bohloko who describes South Africa as a conglomerate of nations recently decried the existence of divisive mind-sets that seek to bring the continent apart instead of bringing it together in solving Africa’s perennial problems.

Such Ubuntu-ism is what motivated her to join a pro-immigrants’ rights organisation, MIWUSA (Migrant Workers Union in South Africa), previously ZIWUSA (meant solely for Zimbabweans) which fought/ negotiated for the issuing of the four (4)  year Zimbabwean Special Permits (ZSP) which enabled unqualified personnel to enter/work in RSA,  during Minister Gigaba’s tenure.

The success story of such an initiative then inspired her to lobby for the same types of permits for the people from Lesotho, a facility which was also being already enjoyed by fellow Africans from Mozambique by virtue of Mrs Graca Machel being the wife to President Nelson Mandela.

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Celebrating Work Excellence and The Essence of Life among Africans in Their Diversity through Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF), at The Royal India Restaurant, In Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

Brian Kazungu



Brian Kazungu, 24/05/2021

The Banking on Africa Africa’s Future (BOAF), an initiative by the 1873 Network in partnership with Africa Heritage Society is redefining the idea of an African identity by bringing together Africans in the diversity through the 10 000 Points of Light – Hall of Fame project.

BOAF’s focus is on identifying and celebrating what a human being is doing to inspire others by being a point of light and a source of hope to many others regardless of a person’s skin colour, race and ethnicity as a way to simply celebrate good works and the essence of life.

Its 10 000 Points of Light – Hall of Fame project seeks to identify Africans who are pursuing their passions in a way that makes them to stand out and shine as points if light in their communities in order to inspire unity and development in a way that restores the continent’s long lost glory.

The 1873 Network is a non-profit organisation comprised of individuals and corporates who share a common passion and desire to build a new African identity focussing on returning Africa to its 1873 pre-colonial state.

Of lately, a number of the induction ceremonies has coincided with birthday celebrations of some of the inductees thus creating priceless and memorable times where the beauty of human excellence in a given profession is celebrated together with an appreciation of the essence of life.

Up to this day, different people from different backgrounds, races and professions in the African continent has been honoured by the 1873 Network at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Royal India Restaurant is a prime hospitality establishment situated in Africa’s richest square mile.

It is well known for its royal touch of excellence in both its cuisine, wines, music, customer service and the refreshing serenity that it gives to its patrons.

Recently, during the 10 000 Points of Light – Hall of Fame inductions, family and friends also gathered to spend a special birthday moment with one of the inductees, Ms Janice Greaver, a business management consultant, entrepreneur and philanthropist who turned 30.

Africa Heritage Society Chairperson, Mr Mutumwa Mawere says that it important to celebrate recognise and celebrate people for their outstanding work not because the same people seek to be honoured but simply because they passionately do what they do in a way which inspires others.

Mutumwa Mawere is a businessman and an author of an eye-opening book titled ‘When Minds Meet’ which gives the world a glimpse on the causes of Africa’s myriad of problems and it also offers solutions on how such challenges can be solved.

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BOAF 10 000 Points of Light – Hall of Fame Inductees Unapologetic About Their Resolve to Make Africa Shine Again

Brian Kazungu



Makhotso Michelle Maiko

Brian Kazungu, 19/05/2021

Banking on Africa’s Future – 10 000 Points of Light – Hall of Fame inductees who were honoured at The Royal India Restaurant yesterday for their contribution in re-igniting the flame of Africa’s glory expressed their unapologetic resolve to make the African continent a global economic giant.

One of the youngest inductees, a South African neuro-psychologist and entrepreneur Makhotso Michelle Maiko, who studied in Europe, including in countries such as Turkey and the United Kingdom said that it is now important for Africans to become unapologetic about their development.

Her conviction about Africa’s potential is anchored on her vast experiences in the realities of life across the continent and her exposure to other economies which are comparatively performing better across the world.

“I am proudly South African, Turkey speaking, lived in Lagos, and grew up in the dust streets of Cameroon and Ivory Coast as well. I really-really epitomise the African diaspora.” She said

Makhotso who revealed that she lives and breathes Pan Africanism also highlighted that the African continent already has all the social capital that it needs for it to rise as long as there is a systemised and integrated ecosystem to help in the pursuit of such an objective.

“What is important is really creating a systemised and integrated ecosystem for Africa. I like calling it the capital triad which is a combination of social, economic and intellectual capital. I think we have got all the resources which but they are very fragmented, and so, I think, Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) is an incredible initiative.” Makhotso added.

Her fellow inductee, the Cuban trained Lesotho born Pharmacist, Dr Ntseliseng Bohloko, who is also a member of a charity organisation, Mercy Foundation, said that this is the time for Africans to utilise the knowledge that they have towards adding value to God’s given natural resources.

“We as Africans need to take hold of what we have in our own countries. Africa is rich but all the resources are being moved from Africa to the so-as developed countries for improvement and they come back to us as finished products.

Africa has resources, Africa has educated its own children in the developed countries. It is time for us the present generation to make use of the knowledge that we acquired in the developed countries and use it to develop and improve on the natural resources that we have as Africans.

I suggest and I am very happy to say that we need to guard Africa and incubate Africa so that we can export the finished products to developed countries and bring back the GDP that was God given to Africa. Dr Bohloko recommended

Mr. Fakir Hassen, a veteran retired media practitioner and a renowned author who under the Mandela administration was part of the South African team to be commissioned to UNESCO in the United States of America said that Africa is his home.

The 68 year old Hassen of Indian ancestry, expressed that even though he is proud of his rich Indian cultural heritage, he is a South African and an African because since father and himself were all born in and bred in South Africa following the arrival of his grandparents into the country in the early 1900s as endangered labourers.

In describing the Africa he wants to see, he heighted that as inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, he dreams for an Africa which is not stereotypical and where there is education for all and an Africa where poverty, hunger and corruption is eliminated.

He encouraged the sharing of knowledge especially through literature citing that information which is not shared has less value.

Kenyan born Corporate Executive, Mr.  Shayless Panchmatia who was also inducted expressed his willingness to help people in the mining industry especially the diamond sector to fully benefit from their engagement when it comes to this precious mineral rather than to be exploited in their own continent.

While speaking at the same event during his induction, wine specialist, Ronald Mkize, from the world renowned South African wine company, Graham Beck, expressed his excitement on the fact people were drinking the locally produced Graham Beck wine at the event.

“What makes me happy is that everyone here tonight understands the idea of Banking on Africa’s Future because I have seen people drinking a locally produced product here.” Ronald said

In expressing the power and potential of Africa as a giant, Ronald who has vast experience in the wine business, highlighted that Graham Beck is a South African brand which is locally and internationally recognised since it was selected for both the Mandela and Obama’s inauguration.

The 10 000 Points of Light – Hall of Fame induction ceremony coincided with another inductee, management consultant, media personality, philanthropist and business woman, Janice Greaver’s birthday, where she turned 30.

Fellow inductee, South African musician of Indian descent, Mr Bushan Dass who sang Janice a birthday song in the Indian language as a show of inclusivity in the rainbow nation was described by BOAF’s Director of Programs, Mr Jagjit Singh as an ornament in the music industry which must be honored.

Mr. Singh who said that now is the right time to remember all the beacons of hope in Africa also added that the Banking on Africa’s Future initiative is premised on the need to ignite the fire of hope and positive action which can inspire others.

The Guest of Honor at the event, Dr Ladislas Agbesi, the President of the Pan Africa Business Forum expressed his excitement over the identification and celebration of people who are recognized as shining stars in the African continent.

Dr Agbesi described the African continent as the most beautiful lady in the world at the moment and encouraged African governments to concentrate on their role of providing state security as well as managing policies and leave the rest to the private sector.

Africa Heritage Society Chairman, Mr Mutumwa Mawere who is spearheading the initiative through the 1873 Network, a non-profit organization established in South Africa for creating innovative ways of problem solving in Africa said that Africa belongs to all those who live in it.

He also expressed gratitude to all the people who are making the 10 000 Points of Light – Hall of Fame initiative a huge success.

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