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The Vilification of Good

Why does humanity seek to villainize Good?

In a world that often confuses and misconstrues the very essence of goodness, it’s imperative that we, as seekers of truth, delve into the heart of vilification or villainization which we witness in abusive speech or conduct towards that which is good.

It is a curious facet of human experience that while doing good deeds brings a sense of fulfilment and aligns with our moral compass, it is often met with resistance or even disdain from others. 

Paradoxically, those we extend acts of kindness to sometimes become our harshest critics. The life of Jesus provides the ultimate and most profound example of this phenomenon:

And there was much complaining among the people concerning Him. Some said, “He is good”; others said, “No, on the contrary, He deceives the people.” However, no one spoke openly of Him for fear of the Jews. (John 7:12)

Jesus was eventually brutally crucified for BEING ONLY GOOD! 

Two Versions of GOOD

Sadly, throughout history, goodness is often villainized. Some are skeptical towards individuals like Bill Gates or Anton Rupert, who have given much of their wealth for the common good. A number of nations villainize Israel in favour of Palestine. A nation that is well known for the most liberal democracy in the Middle East, most recipients of Noble Price awards, and numerous agricultural, scientific, and healthcare innovations. The innovations of Elon Musk are praised by some and scolded by others.

God called every part of His Creation “good” (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31 and Genesis 2:9, 17). Nature thus teaches us the essence of the Creator’s goodness: Creation sustains itself and maintains the perfect balance between all the parts serving the whole, with each element fulfilling its intended purpose.  

The old liar and deceiver (satan) cannot create, only copy what God has created perfect.  His copy of goodness is to get us to worship and idolize good! (As if serving the common good is sufficient enough to keep us fulfilled).  This is a great deception, for many have fallen prey to the belief that doing good is sufficient to be acceptable to God.  God, however, is seeking faith, not goodness (Heb 12:6). The Holy Spirit is the goodness of God residing within – He is not called the “Good Spirit”, but the Holy Spirit!  

Many have fallen into adultery, saying: “How can this be wrong when it feels so right?”.  The young often seek their well-being in one “good feeling” after another and it comes a destructive addiction! 

False “Good” Ideology

Many individuals believe in the oppressor-oppressed ideology enforced by Post-modernism, Critical-race Theory, “woke” Movement and Liberal Human Rights Activism. They hold the belief that any opposition to the freedom to choose your own gender and sexuality is inherently evil and must be eradicated.

Pew Research Center’s 2023 findings highlight a trend where an increasing focus on personal rights, including the choice of gender and sexual preference, correlates with a rising percentage of 40-year-olds in the U.S. who have never married. By age 32, only 26% of millennials are married, a significant drop from the 48% of Generation X and 65% of Baby Boomers who were married at the same age. This trend is directly impacting population growth.

In 30 years, Christianity will still be the greatest religion simply because the Countries with the highest number of more than 80% Christians also have the highest birth rates.  

The Complexity of Goodness

From a philosophical perspective, we actively define the essence of Goodness not just by its origin. Rather, its true character emerges through its manifestations in Beauty, Love, Truth, and Gratitude, as those who benefit from it perceive and attest.

This approach actively underscores that Goodness’s real value lies in its effect on the recipients, rather than just in the intentions or nature of the one who creates it.

Goodness is not always a straightforward concept; it carries layers of complexity. We do not always immediately know if our actions are inherently good or bad. Goodness must be tested and proved over time. What appears as a short-term good may reveal itself to be hurtful in the end.  

A striking example of a seemingly good invention that eventually turned out to be detrimental to our health is the case of the mineral, asbestos. In the early 20th century, asbestos was hailed as a remarkable material due to its heat-resistant properties, durability, and insulation capabilities. It was widely used in construction, automotive manufacturing, and various industries.

Initially, asbestos was considered a godsend to society, providing safety and efficiency. However, as time passed and thorough research was conducted, it became evident that the same qualities that made asbestos beneficial also made it highly dangerous. Prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to severe health issues, including lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma.

Assisting people in times of adversity can be a delicate matter. It becomes particularly challenging when individuals face difficulties due to poor choices and actions. Providing help before they’ve had the opportunity to learn from their mistakes can inadvertently perpetuate their destructive behavior rather than genuinely aid them. Our assistance may be insufficient or not be received by them; and might inadvertently enable their harmful patterns to persist.

The Consequences of our Actions

On the other hand, some actions are unequivocally wrong, and engaging in them has far-reaching consequences. Galatians 6:7 warns us, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” We bear a responsibility for the effects our actions have on others.  We all know that there are things we should not do, like stealing or lying. Giving in to these impulses will have real hurtful consequences.  

Since the beginning of time, mankind has tried to cover their sins with miserable “fig leaves” (Gen. 2:16-17):  

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! (Isa 6:20-22)

Jesus took the question of bad actions a level deeper:

JESUS Uncovered Deception! 

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. (Joh 7:15-20) 

How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. (Matthew 12:34-35) 

We need to accept that not all people are Good. Although all have been made in the image of God, good people can fall trapped under satan’s control to do his bidding because of resentment, anger, and bitterness. And that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” (2 Tim 2:26) 

Paradox of Good and Bad

One of the profound paradoxes of life is that goodness is sometimes found in hardship and difficulty. Romans 8:28 assures us, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Even in the midst of adversity, God can bring about good.  

History is replete with examples of groundbreaking inventions born out of necessity during challenging times. The Great Depression, for instance, led to the creation of numerous innovations, such as the first commercially successful electric refrigerator and the development of nylon stockings. These inventions improved the quality of life and laid the groundwork for future advancements.

One must confront one’s fears, endure suffering, and embrace challenges, for they are vital processes for personal growth, understanding, and finding good even in the darkest moments of life.  The best music, poetry and art are often created in our darkest times, struggling with the hardship of life! 

Good of God

In Matthew 19:16-17, Jesus makes a profound statement: “So He said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.’”  Are we talking about Jesus here? Why did He not acknowledge His own goodness? To answer this question, let’s go to the first human – God’s interaction in the Genesis Story. 

The story of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in Genesis highlights the deception of trying to be good without truly knowing God (Gen 3:4). This theme is further explored in John Bevere’s thought-provoking book, “Good or God.” 

God alone possesses unwavering sovereignty in goodness. The story of Adam and Eve reveals a significant choice: they aspired to be like God without attaining oneness with Him.  God created humanity in His image, but our divine attributes find their true alignment only when we are in harmonious unity with God

that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. (John 17:21).

We cannot truly emulate God without achieving that profound oneness with Him. The oneness and unity that already exist within the Godhead must be reciprocated in us, mirroring our profound union with God in a similar manner.  We can only be most like God, when we are most one with Him. 

Fruit of The Spirit

Goodness is included in the Galatians 5:22-23 list of fruit of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” It is thus evident that goodness cannot function on its own without the other fruit.  When we worship and idolize goodness without possessing the other fruit, goodness gets contaminated and turns bad.  Parents who always only try to be their own narrowly defined good to their children spoil them.  Raising godly children also entails the balance of loving guidance during hardship, modelling self-control, giving correction, and administering consistent discipline.  

Judged by Our Good Works

As believers, we must remember that we will be judged by our good works. In Matthew 3:10, John the Baptist warns, “And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” Similarly, in John 5:29, Jesus emphasizes the importance of our actions in the final judgment.  God is attracted to our dutiful goodness, take for example, the Roman gentile Cornelius: a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people and prayed to God always. (Acts 10:1-14) 

The Conclusion?

Let us remember that true goodness is rooted in our Creator in a world that sometimes seems to vilify goodness. As we navigate the complexities of life, may we strive to discern the true path of goodness, even when it seems hidden or misunderstood.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Gal 6:9-10) 

Call to Action:

1. Let our goodness be birthed in the presence and oneness of our Creator, Savior and God.  

2. Do the “Beauty, Love, Truth, and Gratitude” test. Will the recipients of our goodness respond with a definitive Yes, and Amen.  

3. Embrace the fruit of the Spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to work His goodness within you. 

4. May our good deeds be without seeking an earthly reward.  “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.(Matthew 6:1-4) 


South Africa needs more than an economic solution, it needs a moral transformation.

It has been said: “South Africa needs an economic solution.” The main reason for war is; Economic gain or survival.[1]  Even territorial expansion, and nationalism has economic undertones. The huge price and sacrifice of war is justified by the believed future financial gain.

Helene Lewis Opperman, wrote a terrific book on psycho-History “Apartheid Britain’s Bastard Child”[2] explains in great detail how the power-hungry greed of Rhodes, was the main drive behind the Boer war.

The current discrepancies of inequality, 37% unemployed citizens, white people generally earning more than black people, the impenetrable market monopolies, passive economic gains of capital requiring no real labor, feels unfair and unjust. These wrongs needs to be corrected. Populist political parties propagate a ‘Robin Hood’ short term approach, as the apparent solution.  The Political Sphere constitutes opposing parties competing against the other, resulting in divisions on local Municipal platforms, instead of fighting for all South Africans.  The greatest threat and danger currently in SA is the premise that theft, expropriation without compensation, forceful over-powering, entitlement as a just compensation, retribution for the mistakes and pain of the past.  This is a short-term band-aid solution and does not deal with the source of the pain.

Inequality is as old as civilization.[3] Think about your first spelling test in grade one. There are those who passed, and those who did not. Even children sharing the food, there is inequality, for one’s food is nicer than the other. Traveling and visiting different countries, one is acutely aware of perceived well-being proficiency and comforts in one country, vs another’s abject deprivation, shortages, lack and broken systems.  Before God we are considered equal, but in talent, intellect, physical abilities, we are not. The Biblical theme is to use that what one has received each according to their own ability and multiply it. Multiplying one’s talents, resources, gifts and abilities involves business, and hence an economy or market.

The market is also as old as man-kind. At first, we bartered goods, to get what we need. Later currencies were introduced. But central to market is relationships, which involves communication, ethics, morality, and perceived goodness.

In September 1970 Milton Friedman published an article in The New York Times Magazine, “The Social Responsibility of Business is to Increase its Profits.” Friedman, who has received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1976, is probably the most influential economist of the second half of the twentieth century. His views have become the mainstream economic thinking. [4] Greed and profit for too long has been the focus of Capitalism, at the cost of moral and ethical right-wiseness. Eventually pure market capitalism implodes on itself, as the inequality increases exponentially culminating in more protests, civil unrest, crime, influx of immigrants, and civil war.

Henry Hazlitt, reveals that economics and ethics: …are, in fact, intimately related. Both are concerned with human action, human conduct, human decision, human choice… There is hardly an ethical problem, in fact, without its economic aspect. Our daily ethical decisions are in the main economic decisions, and nearly all our daily economic decisions have, in turn, an ethical aspect. [5]

The Bible addresses a wide range of economic topics. For example, the parables of the pounds (Luke 19:12-26), of the hired servants (Matthew 20:1-16), and of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) are essentially economic in nature. They deal with money, interest (usury), profit and loss, wages, entrepreneurship, and contractual relations.  The Bible does not directly expound principles of economics. It does, however, provide the essential framework for the systematic development of economic science.

He who is loose and slack in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer and he who does not use his endeavors to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide. Proverbs 18:9 AMP

“Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth or a foot out of joint.” Proverbs 25:19 AMP

“One sinner destroys much good.” Ecclesiastes 9:18b


Neclect discipline and correction – Poverty and shame come to him who neglects discipline (Prov. 13:18)

Not living a life of purpose – he who follows worthless pursuits will have poverty in plenty (Prov. 28:19)

Talking and not doing – mere talk tends only to poverty (Prov. 14:23)

Wickedness – their abundance, wealth and pre-eminence will not remain (Ezek. 7:11)

Pride – the Lord will cast Tyre’s wealth into the sea (Zech. 9:4)

Spending unwisely – she had spent all that she had and was no better but rather worse (Mark 5:26); when he had spent everything (Luke 15:14)

Laziness – do not love sleep lest you come to poverty (Prov. 20:13)

Letting things go – a negligent hand causes poverty (Prov. 10:4)

Wrong priorities – he who loves pleasure will become poor (Prov. 21:17)

Addiction – the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty (Prov. 23:21)

The greatest exclusion is racism: People feel excluded by definition of their race, not their performance. This is a huge problem: For sentiments, perceptions, are very hard to break. Yet leaders like Madiba, Vusi Thembekwayo, Thuli Madomsela, Judge Mogoeng Mogoeng, and others are breaking these perceptions by a Christ-centred ethic, fairness, values of hard work and common good.

“Changing a nation does not start with the president, it starts with the church.”[6]

“Reform the Church to reform the land” [7]

As a recent survey of the history of Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa notes, ‘South Africa is a nation of black Christians’ (Isichei, 1995: 299-322). While South Africa is certainly not an exclusively Christian country, Christian discourse, practices and social formations have come to predominate in public and personal religious life. Notoriously unreliable census data can only hint at the magnitude of Christian affiliation. Although declining from 77 per cent in 1980, Christianity still accounted for the religious affiliation of 66 per cent of the South African population in 1991. By any reckoning, Christianity provides the basic religious frame of reference for the majority of South Africans.[8]

One can only pray for the true Christians, sons and daughters of God, followers of Christ, to arise in South Africa:

For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].Rom 8:19

Evidently, if we say South Africa needs an economic solution, we need to acknowledge that in reality we need a moral solution.






[2]Helene, Lewis Opperman. Apartheid Britain’s Bastard Child,

[3]Branko Milanovic The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality



[6]New Nation Movement

[7]Dr Andre Pelser

[8]Chidester. David, Tobler. Judy, and Wratten. Darrel, Christianity in South Africa: An Annotated Bibliography, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997


The missing Link in the Land Reform debate: Healthy Relationships

Our Country is facing a Relationship Crisis not a Land-reform or Economic crisis.

The original sin of apartheid is not the 1993 land act, it was the violation of a relationship.

With a consumption per capita Gini coefficient of 0.63 in 2015, South Africa is one of the most unequal countries in the world. Being the most unequal society points not to the numerical values of amounts in our bank accounts, but the national deficit of broken relationships due to corruption, greed, lies, deceit, entitlement, disrespect, hatred, suspicion, and self-interest.

We are seeing growing public indignation at the perceived disconnect between perks for a few and the rights of the many. [1]

The guiding principle of the South African Government, as captured in the NDP, is that “no political democracy can survive and flourish if the mass of our people remaining in poverty, without land, without tangible prospects for a better life. Attacking poverty and deprivation must be the first priority of a democratic government”.Much has been done by Government to provide free primary health care; no-fee paying schools; old age and child support grants; housing; and free basic services (water, electricity and sanitation) to poor households. Although these policies and interventions have resulted in notable gains in poverty reduction since 1994, the country continues to face the challenge of high poverty, high inequality and high unemployment. This points to a deeper problem namely a relational problem: Trust between civil society and government is on an all-time low because of corruption, incompetence, incapacity, laziness, entitlement, and egotistical self-interest.

In their groundbreaking book, based on years of research, Pickett and Wilkinson provides hard evidence to show, how almost everything – from life expectancy to depression levels, violence to illiteracy – is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is. The Age of criminal responsibility is lower in more unequal countries.
Infant mortality rates are higher in more unequal countries.
Levels of trust are higher in more equal countries.
Health and social problems are worse in more unequal countries.
Life expectancy are lower in more unequal countries.[2] Inequality points to one thing: Profit, and materialism has become more important than people.

Although the EFF is right in putting it’s finger on this throbbing nerve in South Africa, it has no plan to solve or heal it. Land grabs, race hatred, African Nationalism, expropriation without compensation, nationalizing the country towards a socialist state has been done by the previous Apartheid Government and failed. It failed because it divided our Nation, who whether we believe it or not, are more united than most believe or are willing to accept.

Cultural integration took place whether unconsciously whether we all liked it or not and cannot be stopped.  Most Black South Africans opposed white supremacy and colonialism through the liberation struggle, yet new languages were adopted, lifestyles altered, and values affected.  We all lost some part of our original cultural heritage in effect.   An aspect of division to many, but in fact actually proof our interdependence is the issue of the Afrikaans language. The white Afrikaner’s claim to the language proved to be incoherent with the facts as explained by Robert C. H. Shell, the tower of Babel: The Slave trade and the Creolization at the Cape 1652-1834. Creolization: The mixing of people brought a cultural blend which ultimately led to the formation of new identities. The complexity of the early Slave trade, where year after year new cultures and languages were brought to the Cape, and working together necessitates that one understands each other, a new mixed language evolved.[3]   Afrikaans by definition is a mixed language.  Many whites have been raised by black or coloured mothers.  Then there is the question of intermarriage, resulting in possibly very few people who can claim a 100% pure ancestral lineage, based on DNA testing.   Our History are so closely linked and integrated like different colours of sand mixed in one container it is impossible to separate.  Even if integration is from 9 – 5 O’clock, the work place has offered a neutral ground of tolerance, and relationships had to be fostered and maintained.

As a strong Christian-value based nation we need to recognize the Bible is a compilation of relationship rules. Sin is basically about breaking relational rules and thus breaking relationships. Relationships is the glue that keeps all the parts together.

The priority in SA should be relationship reform, not land-reform.

Fundamentally the Christian faith is built upon our relationship with a relational God. God is in essence a harmonious relationship of not three Gods, but one God in three persons.  Before the fall God established four fundamental relationships for each person; a relationship with God, with self, with others, and with the rest of creation. These relationships are the building blocks for all of life.  When these relationships are functional and healthy, humans experience the fullness of what God destined for mankind.

Sin is in essence a betrayal and termination of these relationships.

Sins like: Pride, envy, greed, covetousness, idleness, egotism, and rage

Sin in its fullest sense refers to disorientation from right relationship with God, which then leads to disorientation from right relationship with self, others, and all of creation. That disorientation results in wrongdoings. Sin is dislocating God from the center of reality. Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda

As ideological economic and political system, neither pure capitalism nor pure socialism leads to an ideal outcome: for South Africa, rather, the solution lies in constitutionalism enacted correctly.

The Preamble of our Constitution declares that the people of South Africa recognize the injustices of the past, honour those who have suffered for justice and freedom, and respect those who have built and developed the country. It then declares that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in their diversity, and that the freely elected representatives of the people of South Africa have adopted the Constitution as supreme law, to

  • heal the divisions of the past and create a society based on democratic values, social justice and basic human rights;
  • lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by the law;
  • improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of all people; and
  • build a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.

In conclusion, the prayer is delivered that God may protect our people and may bless South Africa!

The Constitution of South Africa was birth when opposing parties reconciled, united, and began to work together as one Nation on founding a premise, a set of laws to protect and guide all the diverse people of SA towards healthy relationships.

The one most basic ingredient that is most needed, in any solution offered by any party, is the missing link of healthy, respectful, reciprocal, valued relationships.

Solutions driven by love, reconciliation, peace and shared prosperity will last forever. We need to recognise that we are one people, one nation. As long as we are divided, we are not going to achieve anything. Mogoeng Mogoeng

Human rights vs Human Wrongs:

  • We have chosen human rights, at the cost of mutual reciprocal responsibility.
  • We have chosen economic gains and profits at the cost of the people working for those profits.
  • We try to correct wrongs by laws and policies but ignoring the intricate network of relationships involved.
  • We tried to silence the poor with grants, and houses, but in the process have forgotten and abandoned the fact they were crying for dignity and inclusion.
  • We try to give more people work but regarded them as objects and figures on growth charts, dehumanizing them.
  • Unions won CCMA cases but lost relationships, vital inherent provision to the worker’s future.
  • Politicians win votes from a minority electorate, but did they build a nation?
  • Leaders lobby for votes, where they should have built bridges.

There is no one size fit all solution to the very complex Land Reform issue, for this reason we have no other option but that local communities begin to directly engage, build trust and empathy through listening and dialogue, and together find their win-win fitting solutions.

Like with the hearings we need to move from town to town, with a team: We need to mobilize specialized teams of peace-makers, mediators, and problem-solvers all over South Africa, to assist with this process.

You cannot transform precarious informal settlements to dignified communities without public participation, thus unlocking the value and richness within that communities. Outside interventions is not sustainable. Finding the plans and ideas in a community and bring them into fulfillment is what brings lasting change.  Long-term, lasting relationships is the glue that keeps all the parts together of any type of intervention.  Only the local community can provide that lasting energy, not National government nor State departments.  Sustainable poverty alleviation is only successful when we help reconnect broken relationships.  The poor are protesting not only for jobs, money, houses, they’re grieving because main stream society has forgotten, neglected and abandoned them.

The land reform projects failed mainly because farming is difficult, and a farmer needs the help, support, guidance, peer-to-peer mentorship and advice of his or her neighbors. We grow and learn through a network of relationships, and a process of applying that knowledge, making mistakes, and making improvements, until we become good at it, then we can begin to help others. Any intervention that ignores this process will fail.  It is all about growing and maintaining healthy relationships.  Presenting any programs, solutions without building the actual relationships between all parties, is why projects and land-reform fail and thus become unsustainable.

The Paternistic role the relationship between Farmer and Labourers as a “paternalistic despotism of a racialized kind because it became a position of dominance and class discarding the relationship.  Farmers who build healthy relationships with their workers, and their wives and children, creates a fruitful village, a closely-knit farm-family that look after the other’s interests.  When the government tried to take over this role, which they could not even fulfil, the farmer withdraws, and further deprivation occurred. Let the farmer take up his or her role, and monitor it, assists, guide, and nurture it.   Government fought for the rights of the poor, by ESTA, labour legislation and minimum wages, excluding the farmer, instead of working through the farmer.  Enforcing and enhancing a relationship!

Lessons Learned when healthy relationships are missing

Building a company, a business where the CEO and management are disconnected with the workers and labourers will not remain profitable, cost-effective or productive. Relationships count.

Trying to connect people through religious activities to buildings, organisations and rituals dissatisfy our yearning to connect to God and fellow believers. Church should lead by example to reconcile man, to God, to self, to their neighbours, and to purpose.

Creating a program to uplift farmworkers without building healthy relationships between workers and managers/farmers, workers with workers, and workers with their families is not sustainable.

Developing leaders on the farm/business without the management having a healthy relationship with the leaders leads to the very leaders becoming the voices of dissonance and rebellion, and protest in the end.

Training and capacity building without the relational ingredient lead to workers being trained by the farm but finding employment elsewhere. Relationships is what keeps people loyalty.

Building infrastructure without public participation and engagement leads to people getting what they not really need nor want.  A Relief, then Rehabilitation, then Developmental approach to poverty alleviation is now considered the best practise worldwide. [4]

Economic empowerment without developing and growing together leads to the empowerment project becoming a separate entity often in competition with the farm.

Values and rules enforced without respecting and modelling it within the relational framework leads to rules never being internalise and eventually becoming a piece of paper in a file. Rules should be modelled from the highest to the lowest level on the farm to become part of the organisational culture.

Unions won CMMA cases but lost relationships, and thus alienated the worker from any future provision and care, embedded in the relationship.

Even marketing based on building and maintaining relationships are proven to be most effective.

There is simply no single one thing any of us can do, without a network of friends and family.

Many jobs are lost because of a struggling economy. But many people are losing their jobs because of relationship issues, miscommunication, unethical behaviour, gross negligence, low work ethic and production levels, lack of integrity and character. Healthy relationships is the consequence of an healthy heart and soul. Love your neighbour as yourself.

True Christians should be the most employable people on the planet, because of the serving, meek and humble attitude, their integrity, passion and highest standards.

It is not time to make things right in SA, and build bridges, reconcile, make peace, seek justice, love mercy, and rebuild the ancient ruins of right living!


[1]World Economic Forum, The new Social Covenant.

[2]Wilkinson & Pickett, The Spirit Level (2009)

[3]Elizabeth A Eldredge, Fred Mouton. Slavery in South Africa captive Labor on the Dutch Frontier,

[4]Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert, When helping Hurts, how to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor and yourself. Pg 139