Transformation is Now: Transformation in South Africa.
I would like to discuss what is transformation, and perhaps from that arrive to what happened with the transformation agenda and what is to be done. Is South Africa a transformed State? Has South Africa achieved an inclusive socio-economy? Has BEE policy as a catalyst for transformation benefited the marginalized masses or it has benefited only the few as a result of their proximity to political power?
The travail for transformation is not in the future, it can never be kept for the future. Transformation is now. We seem to think that transformation is merely having few blacks occupying positions in corporate South Africa or few blacks having lucrative tenders from Government and it’s SOEs. Transformation is so colossal and complex that it can never be anticipated to be addressed in the future, it must be addressed now. Regeneration can never be subjected to time, duration, or for tomorrow, it must happen now. Transformation by nature is coupled with radical revolution. Is South Africa in the midst of a revolution or it must anticipate a coming revolution in no time? Transformation can only be realized now not later or in the future, isn’t it? Transformation occurs from moment to moment. The moment the lives of the marginalized changes radically for better the moment transformation manifest. Transformation means to perceive the false as false and the truth as true. Transformation is necessary in ourselves, in our immediate communities, and in our lifetime. Has the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) produced order, which can be translated into transformation? I think not. Was truth discovered before CODESA signed concords intended to unravel apartheid? Did South Africans particularly the marginalized yielded the fruits promised by the constitution? If yes then why are we having such an untransformed society? The question of a fundamental transformation in our lifetime must be groped with the intent to arrive to a sustainable solution.
South Africa has the highest inequality rate in the World, is it not? South Africa has the highest. racism cases, is it not? South Africa has the highest unemployment rate, is it not? South Africa has the highest poverty levels, is it not? South Africa can only be transformed once the burden of the past is put into cessation. There can never be reconciliation without atonement. As long as we still having apartheid legatees who still believe that apartheid was not a crime against humanity reconciliation can never be realized. Once we become aware of what was, attempt to remove the old burden with confession, atonement, love, Investment policies intended for development and and deliberately empowering small and medium businesses (then entrust them with the the task for creating sustainable employment) transformation shall manifest. Once we begin seeing the truth not with our personal prejudices, myopically, and with our own noise occupying our minds and hearts, transformation shall prevail. Once we eliminate the existence of fear (fear of losing economic power, fear of losing accumulations, fear of losing political power, fear of losing supremacy status, fear of sharing the wealth- as prescribed in the Freedom Charter, fear of associating with other races, fear of seeing the people governing, and so on and on) within us real reconciliation and transformation ushers in.
What happened to the pro-transformation organizations, did they receive free lunch from corporate South Africa? Has the free lunch kept them mum? Can organizations, theories or systems really bring about transformation? Do we really need to equip ourselves with specialized acumen which would help us to extricate such a colossal crisis (untransformed society)? I think not. I think we need to subject the CODESA Concords, the Constitution, RTC Concords, and BEE Policy for reappraisal. I think the aforementioned concords have contributed to the diversion of resources meant for investment into consumerism resulting in pseudo-transformation and corruption. Sending organizations to attempt to effect transformation on our behalf is only perpetuating the problem. Organizations have managed to address the problem cursorily, to address the problem holistically collective action and effort is required.
Can transformation be achieved with old ways? Our laws are still anchored by apartheid values. Is it possible to realize real transformation with the cessation of the old ways and complete removal of apartheid values? It is possible. What is to be done? We need a hegemony that is radical and unapologetic for advancing the transformation agenda, leadership that is policy experimentation-driven, zero-collateral funding model for Small and Medium Enterprises, design. incentives intended to fund South African businesses to pursue investment in other countries, stringent financial and procurement policy, a common vision for socio-economic development (at the moment it is not clear on whether we pursue NDP or NDR), restructure most SOEs to become key drivers for creation of employment, develop an education model that is pragmatic centered, inculcate patriotism and active citizenry, nationalize all natural resources (government must become the custodian), enforce just laws intended to curb corruption and illicit financial flow, and drive the agenda for a United State of Africa in conjunction with other African Countries.
Radical Transformation is Now. It can never be postponed, it’s either we effect it or betray it.