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There are many ways in which you can become involved in this awesome opportunity of bringing true FREEDOM, EQUALITY and DIGNITY to every person living on this planet ++++

STUDENTS

How you can help?

 We are calling on all University and Tertiary Education Students to rise up and be counted - to join the POSITIVE MONEY CAMPAIGN - to inform politicians, government members and leaders of society about essential

INNOVATIVE REFORM

POLITICIANS

The Future depends on you!​

We call on politicians to base their policies on COOPERATION and SERVICE to all citizens equally rather than competition and to recognise that continuous growth will not solve the serious problems with which the world is at present confronted. 

INDIVIDUALS

A new dawn awaits us!​

The example of SERVICE to others set by Nelson Mandela, if followed by each of us, has the potential to transform the South African Economy, as an example to the world, of how true dignity for all citizens can be attained in: -

A STEADY STATE SYSTEM

INNOVATIVE

IDEAS

From a South African politician

H.C. VOLMINK

Changing the political System from bottom up in five stages; the first of which has already

been accomplished. This is a cooperative strategy which could be applied as we move towards

the General Election in 2019. 

TAKING POLITICAL ACTION

WHO RULES SOUTH AFRICA?

The question above is the title of a book written by Martin Plaut & Paul Holden: Published by Jonathon Ball 2012

The most startling fact that is revealed in this book (Pg 39) is that in 2011 approximately three quarters of the South African Cabinet's 35 members had financial interests outside their main occupations as did 59% of the country's 400 members of parliament. This is evidence that the country's politicians are receivers of interest transferred to 20% of the population from the other 80%.

STRATEGIES OF INCORPORATION (Pgs 35-39)

The process whereby the FINANCIAL ELITE (The super rich 10%) entrenched their interests in the SA Economy is described in the following   quote from the Sunday Times, concerning BEE (Black Economic Empowerment)

 "The first real opportunity came when Anglo American found it expedient to go along with the official economic restructuring policies. In much the same way, as almost 40 years beforehand, an Anglo led by Harry Oppenheimer had facilitated Afrikaner capital's acquisition of General Mining, by the late '90s it was time to turn over something to black capital. That was to be the mining rump of Johannesburg Consolidated Investments (JCI), shorn of its core diamond and platinum interests, and Khumalo emerged as the favored buyer of 35%.

In a similar way Cyril Ramaphosa and Tokyo Sexwale went on to make a fortune in business and straddle the fields of politics and finance. 

At present RAMAPHOSA holds the position of PRESIDENT in the Republic of South Africa.

THE ARTICLE BELOW WAS WRITTEN BEFORE THE REPLACEMENT OF ZUMA AS PRESIDENT BUT CONTAINS A NUMBER OF INNOVATIVE IDEAS WHICH NEED TO BE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED BEFORE THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION IN 2019

A POSSIBLE WAY AHEAD

appeared in:-

THE STAR TUESDAY APRIL 11 2017

It’s time for change from the bottom up

BY

HEINRICH CYRIL VOLMINK

 

On Friday I joined thousands of South Africans on the streets of Johburg. We stood together in protest against a president who, bolstered by a vast network of malignant patronage, has brazenly abandoned his duty to the constitution and to the people.

But…. what next?

What happens when Zuma leaves/is pushed/jumps/is “redeployed”?

What happens to us, the people? What happens to our struggle to see authentic social and economic justice in our land, for the millions still trapped under the crushing burden of unemployment and poverty?

What happens to our once bright future; to the hope of a nation diverse yet united as one; prevailing despite the odds to become a marvel to the world? What happens to the dream of building a great republic worthy of our children?

So Zuma goes, what next?

 

Will the replacement of one set of political leaders by another really be enough?

Is the move from one regime to another a miraculous panacea that will somehow soothe all our collective wounds, and cover all of our gaping divides?

Don’t we actually need the whole system to change from “bottom up”? So that the protection of our rights; the inclusion of our marginalised; the security of the vulnerable; the well-being of the frail; the education of our children the employment of our youth, and the prosperity of our communities becomes a lived reality for ALL of our people? The removal of one self-serving autocrat is simply not enough.What is needed is for us, as a people, to once again take hold of our common destiny. This will require the courage to step far beyond business as usual. It will necessitate a re-imagining of who we are as South Africans, and what we want to become as a nation. In terms of the next steps, I would propose the following:-

I

Through any and all legitimate means necessary, Zuma is removed from office.

II

​​That a shared governance arrangement, such as a Government of National Unity (GNU), be established. It should be remembered that a GNU, however imperfect and tentative, at least allowed for a space to birth our new democracy and, may, again, provide a safe platform for our recovery. More substantively, minds far greater than mine (including noted Harvard academic Pippa Norris, and the late veteran South African journalist Allister Sparks) have long argued that shared governance models are best suited for fragmented societies such as ours.

III

That urgent deliberations be entered into on a wide range of critical issues within this shared governance arrangement, from economic restitution to electoral reform, to rooting out corruption, to the distillation of our common values and the reinvigoration of societal reconciliation. It is vital that leaders from all spheres of our society (including leaders from our labour unions, industry, community and non-governmental organisations, academia spiritual communities and other areas of civil society) be full included in such deliberations.

IV

That these deliberations be captured in a series of clearly-stated political, social and economic reforms. This robust “reform package” would bolster, and where necessary replace, whole components of the National Development Plan (which so desperately needs popular traction)

V

That, before it is comprehensively implemented, the reform package first be taken to communities across our country, so that it is genuinely shaped by active citizens and, ultimately, owned by all. Given the large-scale implications of this proposal for our society, it would seem necessary that steps 2 to 5 be preceded by a national referendum. A national referendum is a wholly unrealised constitutional mechanism that would require executive action supported by an (urgent) act of Parliament.

But such a referendum could prove crucial as it would firmly place before the people the option to continue down our current road (to an increasingly uncertain destination) or to boldly choose a different path.

So, what’s next?

Potentially, a miraculous change.

Although the proposal outlined above may seem beyond the realms of possibility, it should be remembered that, at one point, defeating the monstrous regime of apartheid was thought to be impossible. As a nation we made a decision to choose a different path and, as a common people, found the grace and resolve to shape a new democratic reality.

 Such is the strength that we, as a nation,

have been given.

It’s time once again,

to draw on that power.

And then, just maybe, we will witness another miracle.

Dr Volmink is a medical doctor and public health specialist

 He is also a former Member of Parliament

and is currently a Member of the Provincial Legislature for the DA in Gauteng.

The article above is written in his personal capacity.

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