Dark Continent

Last summer, Cape Town suffered severe water shortages. While the global media ran interference blaming global warming, an article in Nature magazine – hardly a hotbed of climate change denialism – explained why:

Since the 1980s, South Africa’s major conurbations have used systems models to guide their water management. These models, run by the national government, are considered world-class. They map links between river basins, reservoirs and transmission channels and use historical hydrological data to predict probable stream flows. Those are then matched to projections of demand to assess how much storage is needed. The models support real-time operations of the water network as well as planning for development. Crucially, they allow planners to assess risks of supply failures to different categories of users and evaluate the effectiveness of responses such as restrictions.

For two decades, policymakers heeded the models. They guided managers, for example, on when and where to tap sources and build reservoirs to enable the Western Cape Water Supply System (WCWSS) to meet rising demand from urban and industrial growth.

But dam building stalled in the 2000s, when local environmentalists campaigned to switch the focus to water conservation and management of demand. Such opposition delayed the completion of the Berg River Dam by six years. Eventually finished in 2009, the dam helped to keep the taps running in Cape Town this summer.

South Africa is repeating what’s happened across much of the English-speaking world and mainland Europe: contemporary politicians inherit a perfectly adequate system which has worked for decades and, through the application of ignorance, fanaticism, and arrogance in equal measures, proceed to f*ck it up completely. Unfortunately for South Africa, they seem to be taking things to the next level:

Blackouts in South Africa intensified to a maximum level on Saturday after the state power utility said it lost additional generation, including electricity imports from Mozambique.

The power cuts, first implemented over the weekend to replenish water and diesel designed for surplus generation, were raised to so-called Stage 4, removing 4,000 megawatts from the grid, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. said in a statement on Saturday. It marked a third consecutive day of outages rotated throughout Africa’s most industrialized nation.

Eskom’s operational and financial woes stem from years of mismanagement and massive cost overruns on two new coal-fired power stations that should have been completed in 2015. The utility is seen as one of the biggest risks to the country’s economy.

It is tempting to blame this on an African government that’s reverting to type; they can certainly ask their brothers up in Nigeria for advice on living in a place with unreliable, intermittent electricity.

However, if this has been brought about by affirmative action policies, general incompetence of the political class, and religious-like commitment to environmental dogma foisted on them by supranational bodies and Geneva-based NGOs, how is this different to what’s going on in the developed world? The governments of France, Germany, the UK, and Australia have all decided to throw their electricity generating capacity into serious jeopardy by embracing windmills and closing nuclear plants, all for the purpose of impressing their peers at jamborees in resort towns. How long before supposedly developed countries are suffering brown-outs, or watching other parts of their infrastructure collapse? Italy can’t even keep its bridges from falling down, and I don’t think there’s a government anywhere which is capable of building anything without years of delays and quadrupling of costs. HS2, anyone? And it’s not as if South Africa is the only country in the world where people are appointed to senior positions based on skin-colour or other characteristics unrelated to experience, skills, and competence. Western organisations not only do this, they openly brag about it on their websites and give each other trophies for their efforts.

It used to be said that South Africa was a third-world country with first-world infrastructure. If they can’t even manage to keep the lights on, I think it’s fair to say that label is now obsolete. But what’s more concerning is the number of first-world countries which seem determined to have third-world infrastructure.


Africa Gonna Africa

This doesn’t surprise me much:

SOUTH Africa’s parliament has voted in favour of a motion that will begin the process of amending the country’s Constitution to allow for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation.

“The time for reconciliation is over. Now is the time for justice,” Mr Malema was quoted by News24 as telling parliament. “We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land.”

According to Bloomberg, a 2017 government audit found white people owned 72 per cent of farmland in South Africa.

This is South Africa playing catch-up with the rest of the continent. First the white farmers will be forced off their land (they’re already being murdered at an alarming rate, which nobody other than other white farmers seems to care about). Then white-owned business will be targeted, then white-owned houses in cities, and eventually the remaining white population will be killed or sent fleeing by the mob.

What I find ironic is when Donald Trump made his “shithole” remark, many Africans automatically assumed he was talking about their countries. Insofar as he mentioned any specific country, it was Haiti. When Africans show solidarity with Haitians, it’s not difficult to see what is galvanizing them. It’s also not difficult to see what is motivating this latest move in South Africa. Nevertheless, thousands of South Africans – including many middle-class whites living in Cape Town, Durban, and other metropolitan areas – took to Twitter to call Trump a moron, posting pictures of beautiful beaches, elephants in the Kruger National Park, and rolling hills covered in wine grapes. Underneath were captions like:

“You think this is a shithole do you Trump?! Get an education, you imbecile!”

Somehow I don’t think Trump was talking about the beaches. I don’t even think he was talking about Africa in particular. I think he was talking about countries where kleptocratic ruling classes pass laws such as those which allow racist land grabs, denying the owners compensation. The sort of laws which send the country spiraling into ruin, forcing millions to flee. There is a percentage of South Africans – how large I don’t know – that are either deluded or staggeringly stupid. I wonder how many of those who saw fit to denounce Trump as a moron will be standing in line at the US embassy to beg for a visa in a few years as the consequences of their governmen’s policies take proper hold? Quite a few, I’d imagine.

Here’s another prediction. When thousands of whites are forced to flee for their lives from South Africa, all those in the West who have lectured us for years on the moral imperative to accept refugees and economic migrants from the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa will flip 180-degrees and come up with all sorts of reasons why Afrikaaners and British South Africans should not be admitted. We will not see the Pope washing a Boer’s feet, we will not have NGOs ferrying families of emaciated whites from the shores of Libya to the beaches of Italy, and we won’t see American mayors declaring their cities as sanctuaries for white Africans and refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement, nor will the British government refrain from ascertaining people’s ages before allowing white South Africans to settle as children in the UK. Legal and practical obstacles to the migration of persecuted whites will be raised after government-funded bodies raise concerns over the economic, cultural, and social impact of the new arrivals.

The reason for this sudden change in attitude will be down to one reason, and one reason only: they are white, and therefore not welcome in the eyes of the ruling classes. Where they will go is anyone’s guess, but they might want to start learning Polish or Russian.