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Sampie Terreblanche’s Lost in Transformation “Paints a Grim Picture for the Black Unemployed”

Lost in TransformationKarabo Mkhabela says Sampie Terreblanche builds a convincing argument about South Africa’s future in Lost in Transformation.

In Lost in Transformation, Terreblanche argues that from the moment of colonisation, South Africa has never operated an independent government. He says that political government has always worked to protect and promote the interests of corporations, both local and transnational, and of Western nations.

Mkhabela says his story “paints a grim picture for the black unemployed and impoverished masses of the land”.

This book explains SA’s search for a new future since 1986 in Prof Terreblanche’s perspective. An undoubtedly and incredibly informed intellectual perspective I have to say, I would firstly like to acknowledge Prof. Terreblanche’s work in this book. I don’t know much of the man outside of this book but I know for a fact that he is a significantly decorated academic and an immense contributor in SA’s overall wealth in knowledge.

Mkhabela also shares two excerpts from the book, which he believes highlight his main points:

“The inequalities of apartheid to which Mandela referred in 1990 were indeed a deeply ingrained problem. From 1917 until 1980 the per capita income of Africans had always been less than 10percent of the per capita income of whites. The politico-economic system of white political dominance and racial capitalism, which had been in place for almost a hundred years, enriched and empowered the whites (especially the white corporate sector) undeservedly, and impoverished and disempowered blacks undeservedly. In the early 1990s there was a growing consensus in certain white and black circles that the nature of the transformation should be such that the whites (and the white corporate sector) would have to make financial sacrifices over a long period of time to address the systemic injustices of white political dominance and racial capitalism” (end quote) – Thus my point on missed opportunity.

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