My decision to come to South Africa was both ideological and strategic – ideological because I believe Africa has capacity to train and nurture her own human resource. Therefore I did not feel pressure to go to Harvard, Yale or Cambridge even though I have the credentials. Secondly, I wanted to deflate the myth that South Africans are brutal, inhuman and savage xenophobes / Afrophobes. Everyone I have met is kind and hospitable. Strategically, SA is the gateway of capital into Africa. Uganda has had a great share of this Eg Stanbic bank (Banking), Eskom (energy ), game, Mr. Price (retail ), MTN, Smile Telecom (Telecom), Super Sport (broadcasting), Insurance (Old Mutual, Sanlam, etc), Aviation (SAA). Add key strategic areas like infrastructure project finance, Mining-I will attend the biggest Mining conference called Mining Indaba, Agro-processing, Tourism and a sophisticated travel, leisure & hospitality industry. All these are opportunities and the local firms here are willing to give young Africans a chance to prove themselves worthy. That is why I have faith in this continent
I have many disagreements with Prof. Johan van De Vyer, but we are willing to accommodate each other. He can be charming and sensationalist at the same time! I admire his character. In his career, he has been fired from 2 universities for his views- one in SA and another in USA.In October 2006, van der Vyver addressed the U.S. State Department on whether to make the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief a convention. He argued that the government should push for “true” international consensus, rather than a “lukewarm” convention. “The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.”
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
Winter selfie. It’s about 13 Celsius in Pretoria now. Humidity 65%, wind 16 km/h, Precipitation 20%. July is setting in.
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