06 May 2010

Opening Pandora’s Apartheid Box – Part 9 – The lies about the Townships

By Mike Smith
7th of May 2010

It is today not un-common to find White people who lived through Apartheid in South Africa who have never set foot in a black or coloured township. Most whites never lost anything in a township and never saw the need to go to there. Besides it was dangerous, and the further they could stay away from blacks the better.

People commute from Somerset-West, Strand or Gordon’s Bay along the N2 highway to Cape Town for years every day, but they never ever turns off into the townships south of Cape Town International Airport (D.F. Malan Airport) to have a look. All they see are the slums of Cross-Roads, Langa and Nyanga and it scares them away...

Most whites do not even know the coloured township of Mitchel’s Plain. They do not know the bad areas such as Tafelsig, Lentegeur or the posh areas such as Woodlands or Strandfontein.

If they could see the millionaires houses of Athlone, they would fall on their backs.

The image that most whites of South Africa have about a township is what they have seen on television, in papers or magazines.

I myself was about 19 years old and a conscript when I first set foot in Gugulethu, Cape Town. I can remember how surprised I was at how good the houses looked in certain parts...all the sports facilities and other amenities were not what I have seen on TV. We were only shown the worst parts...the Squatter Camps.

Actually the word “Township” is today confused with the word “Squatter Camp”, but we are not allowed to use the un-PC term of “Squatter Camp” anymore, it is now called, “Informal Settlements”...

Nevertheless, a black township in South Africa has different sections just like any other town around the world. It has rich areas where educated blacks and black businessmen live in millionaires villas, it has the middle class areas and it has...well the squatter camps.

The problem is that the media always only show us the poor, squatter camp areas. Whites of South Africa and the world are kept ignorant by the media. We are not allowed to see that there are literally millions of extremely well-off blacks in South Africa who live in fairly good areas, on par with whites or well-off coloureds.

The lies about the townships are numerous, but the most common one is that blacks were forced to live there under extreme poverty conditions and were denied the same amenities as whites had.

Well, in the previous section of this series I pointed out that all the black tribes were given their own countries to live in where they traditionally settled. Nobody forced them to come to white cities. But blacks streamed in their thousand towards the white cities and set up squatter camps around the outskirts of these white areas, because they knew that whites were giving them work, but also, because they knew whites were very charitable and always gave them free clothes, food, etc.

This is quite ironic, because on the one hand the whites are painted as evil racists and blacks selectively believe this when they want to, but when blacks are truly honest with themselves, they will realise that whites always gave them lots of stuff...for free. It has always been like that in South Africa and will probably be like that for a long time to come, because South African whites are compassionate, charitable and good people.

Nevertheless when these squatter camps became too large and/or a health risk due to the unhygienic practices of blacks, whites would build them proper houses with proper sewage systems, health clinics, schools, churches, roads with electric illumination, sports facilities and many more. This is how the townships came about. Basically built by white taxpayer money...

Now I know there will be some people not convinced that these townships were actually quite well kitted out. So let us take an example...let us take the most well known township of South Africa, called Soweto, but the same can be said of just about any black township in South Africa.

At the hight of Apartheid in 1978 Soweto had 115 Football fields, 3 Rugby fields, 4 athletic tracks, 11 Cricket fields, 2 Golf courses, 47 Tennis courts, 7 swimming pools built to Olympic standards, 5 Bowling alleys, 81 Netball fields, 39 children play parks, and countless civic halls, movie houses and clubhouses.

In addition to this, Soweto had 300 churches, 365 schools, 2 Technical Colleges, 8 clinics, 63 child day care centres, 11 Post Offices, and its own fruit and vegetable market.

There were 2300 registered companies that belonged to black businessmen, about 1000 private taxi companies. 3% of the 50,000 vehicle owners in 1978 were Mercedes Benz owners. Soweto alone had more cars, taxis, schools, churches and sport facilities than most independent countries in Africa. The Blacks of South Africa had more private vehicles than the entire white population of the USSR at the time.

Today Soweto has modern shopping malls like, Dobsonville Shopping Centre. In 2005 the Protea Gardens Mall opened. This was followed by the Baramall Shopping Centre and the Jabulani Shopping complex and the Maponya Mall. Experts say that Soweto has as much as 25% oversupply of retail space.

The Canadian Medical Doctor, Dr Kenneth Walker wrote about Soweto, (I freely translate from “Verrat an Südafrika”, Klaus Vaque, 1987,pg 41)

“In Soweto I saw many homes that costs about $100,000 (1978) and that had a BMW in the driveway. All houses are single storey. Many are recently painted. Many had flowerpots in the windows and lawn in the front. Only 2% were shacks. If I had the choice to live in Soweto or in the apartment dwellings or “Projects” of New York, Chicago, or Detroit where there is so much crime, then I would not hesitate for one moment and choose Soweto.”

The biggest hospital in the world, Baragwanath with 3200 beds and at its peak almost 8000 staff had 23 operation theatres fitted out with the most modern medical equipment that existed in the world. Blacks were treated here, operated on...at full state costs to the white-taxpayers for unlimited periods. The budget of this hospital was and is higher than the yearly budget of most small member states of the United Nations.

Next door to Baragwanath is the St. John’s Eye Clinic. The clinic is world famous for the treatment of Glaucoma, Cataracts, traumatic eye injuries and rare tropical diseases. All built and maintained by white taxpayer’s money.

Baragwanath in 1978 employed 450 medical doctors in full-time service. It treated 112 000 in-patients and 1.62 million out-patients per year. The children and infant death rate with 34.8 per 1000 was lower than Harlem in New York.

In 1982 alone, this hospital performed 898 heart operations of world quality.
Ironically...90% of the blood donors for this hospital were whites, who donated blood free of charge, totally voluntarily...to save black lives. (Quoted from The Citizen, 2 April 1987).

In my time at school and as a student, the Red Cross or St Johns Ambulance would come to our white schools, universities, colleges and even our workplaces to solicit for blood donations. All we got was a cup of tea and some biscuits. Regular blood donors would get a lapel pin and would wear it proudly at work or university.

Today the blacks want the whites to apologise for “the evils” of Apartheid. They want compensation. They have been compensated R30,000 each after the TRC , but it is not enough... they want more, they want blood...but we have already given them our blood. We already saved millions of black lives with our blood donations during Apartheid. How do you put a price on our blood that we donated? How do you put a price on black lives saved by white blood?

As you can see dear reader, the blacks of South Africa are eternally indebted to us whites...not the other way around. We owe them nothing, they owe us... big time.


  1. Wow... thats interesting.. where did you get those stats. I had no idea about all those facilities in Sowetho. I know about Baragwanath, but didn't know about the eye clinic. Amazing the comparison of cars in Sowetho to Russia! Unbelievable... Thanks.

  2. Anonymous10:17 pm

    Finally, someone said it

  3. Hi Andrea Muhrrteyn...

    You are not the only one who did not know about those facilities. Most whites in SA do not know this, let alone the ones from overseas.

    The source is mentioned in my post. It comes from pg 40 and 41 of “Varrat an Südafrika” by Klaus Vaqué. The book was written in 1987 so a lot of the facilities of Soweto have increased over the years. Soweto now has about 8 golf courses in the area. Check it out on Google Earth or Maps.

    There are lots of other things I did not even mention in my article, such as concert halls, boxing gyms, squash courts and ballet studios. Pubs and restaurants too many to mention...Museums...Hotels and guest houses.

    Like I said...the media never shows the public the truth about townships. It is a well kept secret. We should feel sorry for blacks and think they are all poor.

    Soweto is but one township. Take a drive through Gugulethu or New Brighton in PE and you will see the same there. These townships today look worse than during Apartheid. The ANC just bussed in thousands of rural Blacks so they could win the elections, without building housing for them.

  4. Thanks.. sorry, I should have phrased my question more accurately. I am amazed these stats are recorded. I mean I had no idea about this information, so I wouldn't even have started to look for such info, cause I just believed the story as you say, about what you see when you drive into Capetown on the Cape Flats. I would have no idea where to even look to find such info; but you obviously did! that was my sense of amazement. Thanks though.

  5. What incredible crap!
    Just one huge error by way of example - "They have been compensated R30,000 each after the TRC" - that is only those who were recommended for compensation for the suffering they endured under the apartheid regime. You make it sound as though all blacks recieved this compensation. Not true, not true at all.
    This who piece is built on flimsy evidence to bolster a pathetic argument for racism. The St John Eye hospital was founded, built and staffed by the St John organisation in 1951, not with tax payers' money at all. It only became a tax payer supported facility when it was handed over to the Province in 1974.
    Face it, friend, apartheid was a monumental blunder and a crime against humanity and nothing can justify it. Why not just let it lie as another failed attempt at social engineering and stop trying to justify the unjustifiable. I don't know how old you are but I lived through the whole evil apartheid era. There is no way I would want to return to it. It was bad news, and not only for blacks.

    1. Anonymous3:54 pm

      Tomy Mcgregor, you are a grade A dumbass. Apartheid was the kindest and most humane form of government ever practiced in Africa.
      In 1896 the black population was less than 1,000,000. In 1994 when apartheid ended that population had increased to almost 40 million, in less than 100 years. Life expectency had risen fom 39 to 63, and the infant mortality rate dropped from 7 in 10 children, to 2 in 10. Since 1994 under ANC rule, life expectancy has dropped to about 49, and infant mortality is back up 5 in 10. And you, idiot that you are, accuse white South Africans of a crime against hummanity? Fuck you sir. You have less IQ of my hampster, and as hampsters go, I regard him as almost retarded.

    2. tonymcgregor2:54 AM - Sir you must be Irish in origin right?

      Tell me have you even read a single complete sentence in this article or any of the other volumes before commenting?

      If you have, then why get stuck in such a futile topic with zero relevance to the message - you can rather admit that you don't really want to believe the truth than to flank the subject with such frail attempts?

      If you do actually succeed someday in reading through ALL these incredibly valuable articles then you may even awake to see the big picture.

      So what you in fact have achieved here was not only to successfully miss the whole point of the article but also to misread the accuracy of the content, well done!

    3. Anonymous2:50 am

      Ask yourself one question mick , shouldnt be to hard for you to answer compared to your homeland, when does a countries population proliferate , in hard times or good times . Your own history with famine and all should answer it.

  6. Tony actually is just going on in the same vaque old ways of all those who supported the terrorists. he actually cannot and will not refute any of the eividence you have mentioned here or in other blogs. I challenge him to point by point proof anything written here as wrongs. Even if he finds a few things, it will be debatable, but basicly change nothing about the facts.

  7. Tony, it seems you cannot read. Each of the 20,000 so called "Victems of Apartheid" were compensated with R30,000 each.


    The Barragwanath Hospital was built by white taxpayer money and white taxpayers who belonged to the order of St Johns founded, funded and staffed the eye clinic. Since 1974 it came fully under Provincial Administration control and were then fully paid for by white taxpayer money.

    All the doctors and nurses were trained at the cost of white taxpayers

    Under Apartheid thousands of Blacks were treated there every year...for free...at the cost of the white taxpayer.

    So I dare you to point out to me what you see so wrong about Apartheid. Stop screaming like a parrot about Apartheid being an unjustifiable blunder and "Crime against humanity". Tell us what your alternative is for SA. The Rainbow Nation? Where murder and rape is the highest in the world? Where corrupt politicians become instant millionaires by stealing money from the taxpayers?

    And btw...I lived through Apartheid as well and I can assure you that Blacks lived well. Very well. Just look at how fat they are. Are poor people fat? During Apartheid black South Africans never starved...compare that with Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Somalia, Ethiopia, etc.

    BTW, Ethiopia was never a colony of European or any other power. They have been an independent state since ancient times. What is your excuse for how pathetic they are?

    Why do you not tell us about the red terror of the communists under Mengistu where hundreds of thousands were killed

    Is Ethiopia or Zimbabwe how you see a perfect system for Blacks? Are those models better than Apartheid? Please point out one country in Africa where it goes better with blacks than it did under Apartheid SA.

    Black under Apartheid lived like kings compared to what was going on in the rest of Africa at the time. If Apartheid was so bad, why did thousands of blacks try to enter such a racist hell every year?

    On the Mozambiquen border with the Kruger National Park we had to build a double electrified fence to keep Blacks out of SA. They were risking their lives against lions, leopards, etc to break into South Africa. Why?

    What was such "Bad news" about Apartheid? Please tell me. Get your head out of your arse and start thinking.

    1. Philip7:12 am

      Mike, you are the arse. You cannot talk to people like that. Grow up Mike.

    2. Anonymous3:55 pm

      That's spelt, Phaak off, I think Mike.

    3. Anonymous2:41 am

      Can only feel sorry for liberal idiots.

  8. Anonymous10:49 am

    Well said Mike.

    I am enjoying the deafening silence from Tony. I think you are right about him. His head is up his arse.

  9. Anonymous12:12 am

    love your work ......

  10. Anonymous11:14 am

    This is the most brilliant piece about apartheid that I have read. I never knew half of this and I thank you.

  11. Anonymous11:31 pm

    "all the black tribes were given their own countries to live in where they traditionally settled. Nobody forced them to come to white cities"

    Who was so generous as to "give" those tribes their "own" countries???

    God? Or who else??

  12. Anonymous3:24 pm


    Let me think.......... Was it marxism? or Idi Amin? or Mugabe? Bokassa? Was it the ANC?, the tokoloshe? Oh I give up!!

  13. Anonymous3:04 am

    It doesn't matter to me because in a few years time no black people will be in Southern Africa... The clock is ticking down and i cannot wait for redemption!

  14. Anonymous2:54 am

    Someone, get Mike Smith a bells... This is the best article I have read in ages. The facts are there people, open your frikkin eyes now!

  15. Anonymous3:51 am

    I would just like to say I'm a new fan. I think the knowledge you have about all this is brilliant. I now visit your blog every day.

  16. Anonymous5:35 am

    Mike, this stuff is mind blowing. Talking about biting the hand that feeds you. When I was young my mom, who has been a nurse all her live and is now a matron of a private hospital, told me that when she was a young nurse at Tygerberg Hospital she once stood next to a doctor and she said to him that this hospital will be one of the best in the world for decades to come and the doctor turned to her and said, " Liewe sustertjie, oor 20 jaar is daar fokkol van die plek oor nie." (In 20 years there won't be anything left.)This was in 1980 my mother recalls. Wonder where the Doc. got his info because it was spot on.

  17. Anonymous1:45 pm

    Hi Mike.

    Do you mind contacting us at sahistoryproductions@gmail.com in regards with "Verrat an Sud Afrika". We are currently working on a documentary on Apartheid, attempting to create in documentary video what you have done in writing. We would love to attain the source.


  18. Mike I was waiting for insight like yours for many years, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your effort.

    For the past 21 years it seemed that white South Africans didn't have a right to exist in SA. You have created another HUGE FAN who now visits your blog on a daily basis.
    I've forwarded your blog to everyone I know and expect your followers to grow exponentially - we debate your articles almost everyday and found a new sense of belonging in our mother country.

    I am committed to teach my children "the truth" as you put it.


  19. What I have failed to read up to now is how the Liberals of the time complained more about their fair that Apartheid would create a shortage of cheap labour and were bitching about the monies spent on enlarging black land and building schools. As at that time they were more concerned about government spending and cheep labour than about the humanitarian side of things that the NP looked after.