SA warned economy could suffer if foreigners revenge



JOHANNESBURG – ANY reprisals to the attacks South Africans are perpetrating against other African countries could have a negative impact on the South African economy.

South Africa, now Africa’s second largest economy after Nigeria, boasts a strong presence in the continent than any other country, raking billions of dollars from various investments drawn from different parts of the continent.

Trillions of South African Rands are generated from other African countries through investments such telecommunications, banking, retail, mining, energy, air, engineering, agriculture and manufacturing.

In Namibia alone, South Africa almost controls 70 percent of that country’s economy coupled with a strong presence in other Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional member states comprising Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Nationals from these countries have been targets of xenophobes.

In West Africa, South Africa boasts strong presence in Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau and Gabon.

In East Africa, South Africa almost controls 50 percent of South Sudan’s economy with heavy presence in Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.

“Surely, if all other African citizens were to react in the same manner the Zulus and a few other misguided South Africans do, I can assure you, this country will suffer the most.

“Apart from the baseless, unsubstantiated and unfounded allegations levelled against fellow Africans living in South Africa, it is Pretoria enjoying the biggest African cake than any other nation in the continent,” said Lameck Makazhe, a Zimbabwean academic based in Fourways.

Nigeria’s Imeka Uche, who resides in Yeoville, concurred.

“What I observed with majority South Africans here is that they are lazy with deep hate of other Africans.

“The worst part is that many South Africans, including uneducated prostitutes want top life than their male counterparts who pay them for their bedroom services,” said Uche.

Ngozi Okechukwu, another Nigerian based in Malvern, Julees, said he would not want to generalise, but had witnessed many South Africans enjoying the high life that they cannot manage hence jealousy against entrepreneurial Africans.

“Even a school dropout girl in South Africa depending on child grants would always want to be superior to a fellow African national with a Masters’ Degree in Marketing, or Human Resources…..that’s highly impossible.”

Rodgers Banda of Blantyre, Malawi, but based in Parktown (Johannesburg) accused South Africans of deep hate and jealousy of prospering Africans.

“I do the job they normally look down upon such as gardeners but when weekends come, the same men will be staring jealously as we entertain ourselves,” said Banda.

“If in Malawi were to kick South African companies dominating right from food processing, telecommunications, banks, pharmaceutical, among others, though Malawi is a small country, the impact will be huge,” Banda argued.

However, a few South Africans interviewed remained adamant that foreigners were stealing their jobs, taking their women as well as committing crime, rhetoric they always found excuses in justifying their heinous and xenophobic violence.

“If these fellow foreigners (fellow Africans) were successful in their countries, why are they here?

” These people come to commit crime, take our jobs and women……they must go back where they came from,” Mthokozisi Mbatha said.

Andile Mkhize concurred.

“These people must go back,” he said.

South Africa has mobile companies comprising MTN, Vodacom and Telkom with other business operations in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, DRC, Zambia, Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Malawi, Kenya among others.

Apart from mobile network operators, South African banks such as First National Bank (FNB) have presence in Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Tanzania and Mozambique.

Other banks such as Barclays Africa or Absa have presence in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya and many parts of the continent.

Mobile networks such as MTN are present in Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda and Zambia.

Rival mobile network operator Vodacom has presence in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Tanzania and Mozambique.

Retail shops such Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Spar, and Woolworths among others have filled many parts of the continent.

– CAJ News






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