Dave Day Posted 9 months ago There are deformed communities in Africa due to apartheid which are currently victims of alcoholism and aids, how can such people be helped? Yes, an interesting conversation. Because you used the term 'apartheid' in your title Pat seemed to want to stick with that term and the period when it was used. As I saw it though, you were talking about the impact of apartheid on society. As such, apartheid was just a period when there was a legal name given to institutionalised and government sponsored racism. As such it was just a short period of time within a greater historical period. I think Pat was right in as much as when white landowners and businesses were taken over by black Africans, expertise was lost. However, it seemed crazy to me to blame blacks for suffering in servitude to whites for many generations and not having the skills to run farms and businesses. I have a feeling that what might be needed is a co-operative society. I don't necessarily mean the whole town, but a group of people who bring their assets together to improve life for everyone. A secular group made up of people suffering from medical conditions, their families, volunteers, and members of the wider community. If anyone has any expertise or experience then they should share their skills with the wider community. A little simplistic maybe, but in the UK local communities have set up their own community lending groups to stop loan sharks driving people into unaffordable debt. There are more ideas, but it is difficult to make recommendations or give ideas without knowing specifics. In general, subsistence and self-reliance might be the best thing to aim for. I'm not sure how helpful any of this is.