The Native Problem in South Africa
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1903. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III NATIVE CHAEACTER AND CUSTOMS The South African native is frequently compared with a child. This mental estimate inspires the mode of treatment almost universally recommended in dealing with him. Any person experienced in native management will enjoin the necessity of being strict but just, as any weakness of a master or employer is at once taken advantage of, and real kindness or consideration is absolutely wasted. ' It is an established axiom in colonial circles that natives have no gratitude; that is to say, they will appreciate a just master and seek his service, but an indulgent master can keep no native servant. For instance, if a native be employed at a wage of 21. per month and works well and his services warrant higher pay, the kind and indulgent master will after a very short time call his servant to him and voluntarily raise his wage. - This, as a rule, is a fatal step. The erstwhile industrious and contented worker will at once conclude that he has been cheated; that his services have been underestimated and underpaid. He will stalk the place in gloom, and at the earliest opportunity demand another rise, and yet another rise, until his greed becomes insupportable and the employer loses a good worker. On the other hand, if the employer await a demand for a higher wage and then yield, apparently with much misgivings, the native is delighted and goes about his work with glee, for he has extorted extra pay! By adopting the indulgent attitude you promptly lose your ' boy, ' who suspects henceforth every employer; by assuming an attitude of reasonable protest the boy is struck with your justice, and in course of time, as his services appreciate, really obtains full pay without the penalty of becoming spoilt. Gratitude is a virtue which a native d...
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