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The challenges of the South African Youth in a post-apartheid era

The youth of the apartheid era had a mission, a goal that they would fight to achieve at any cost. The youth of today should take conscious steps to address challenges that face them. (Pic Source: CDW)

 

Today marks the 35th year of  the Soweto uprising. This day, in 1976 young people went far and wide in the streets of Soweto to protest for better education and to fight against the use of Afrikaans and Bantu education which was an education system solely for black people. They achieved that because they fought in unity and they had a common objective in their minds. Although many died, they conquered that ill-system. So today, with the help of social media, how do we (Youth) fight the challenges facing us?

In post-apartheid South Africa it can be argued that we all stand equal chance of making it big in life.  As young people of this country we cannot claim that we fought for liberation, and yet we are the one who stand to benefit the most. The youth of 1976 liberated us, they had a compelling cause  to pursue and boy did these youth achieve a system greater than themselves?

Our constitution calls on us to heal the divisions of the past, improve the lives of all citizens and free the potential of each person (Check the preamble). Notwithstanding the significant achievement of the afore-mentioned youth, our struggle remain that of poverty, unequal access to education, diseases of every sorts and high rate of unemployment. These are the challenges that clouds today’s youth in this country. This is the plight that the youth of today in the democratic South Africa Should fight for? We should sweat and shed tear in pursuit of overcoming these challenges.

The planning commission led by Mr Trevor Manuel, has identified nine key challenges that confront South Africa in eliminating poverty and reducing inequality.These are: high unemployment; poor education; disease; divided communities; uneven performance by the public service; the marginalisation of the poor by spatial patterns; corruption; a crumbling infrastructure and the fact that the economy is resource based. Of these, two stand out: unemployment, and the quality of education for most black people. All these are what I see as the plight that South Africa’s youth should fight for.

Cyril Ramaphosa, the vice-chair of the planning commission he pointed out that unemployment and poor education exclude millions of people from sharing in the fruits of  democracy. For many of those with jobs, the large numbers of their dependants and long travel distances means that they remain poor. Most of the poor are black, female, low skilled and they often live far from economic centres.

We must first start by getting to the bottom of the causes of these problems and try to come up with the plausible solutions. That can be achieved through engaging in conversation by using social media and other platforms.

With liberation, came constitution, with constitution came the bill of right and with the bill of right came FREEDOM. Freedom?  What to do with all this freedom? Freedom has so many complex sides to it. The right to buy; the right not to buy. The right to spend; the right not to spend. The right to care for the poor; the right to live one’s life without giving a damn about the poor. The right to care only for oneself. These are the consequences and the pleasures of freedom that we enjoy today.

I believe that with a common purpose, a united spirit of co-operation and mutual sacrifice, we too, like the youth of 1976, can defeat the challenges facing us today. The youth of 1976 took conscious steps to address challenges that faced them. In pursuit of economic emancipation, together we can enjoy the fruits of democracy.

happy youth day……

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Posted by on June 16, 2011 in Politics

 

My Father is awesome and little crazy too

There is some pretty great dads in this worlds and one of them is mine. Oh yes, even though some say he is heck of a guys…I say he is pretty darn cool.

As Father’s day is around the corner, next Sunday to be exact, how many of us send those moving sms’s that reads “Thank you for being a crazy dad” or even better “I love you dawg”. On Father’s day I hope that this platform (facebook) will be flooded with pretty cool status updates. I can’t wait to read them…..

It is through my dad that I was convinced that the role of fatherhood is paramount both in the family and in society. After all, he is the one who taught you to kick a soccer ball, to throw a rugby ball and to hold a tennis racket, so his presence is rather needed. my father also taught me few thing about life that I everyday think if I follow the lesson, would make life rather pleasant. They are, in no particular order, 1) Respect your roots, 2) You can make it through hard times and come out better, 3) Listen to people. Listen to their stories. Listen deeply. That’s how you learn things.4) Act a little cocky.5) and many more.

furthermore, he wants me to feel what it feels to be successful, to be admired and respected. He tries to insulate me from the mass socialization which is the aim of the school system to help me question and resist and to think freely. In all this, I think he has been been successful beyond his wildest expectations.

22 years on, he has indeed shaped me into a young man that I have become and I hope that one day either ME or HE say our goodbyes. I hope that he will know by then that I have loved every moment of being my only crazy dad.

From your crazy son

“You awesome dawg”

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2011 in General

 

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South Africa’s Youth Agency calls for unemployed graduates

This month (June) is adoptedd by National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) as Youth Month. To mark and celebrate this  month, NYDA calls for unemployed youth to register on their job seekers database. The Jobs and Opportunities Seekers’ Database (JOBS) – is a free online database for young people looking for job and training opportunities. JOBS is part of the Unemployed Graduates Initiative which was officially launched by the then Deputy President of South Africa, Ms Phumzile Mlambo Ngquka in December 2005. It is part of the JIPSA and ASGISA initiative. For tips on how to increase you chance of getting a job see this post.

See an advert below, as it appears on page 12  of career section on Sunday Times, dated 5 June 2011.

As seen on Sunday Times, 05 June 2011

if you are an unemployed graduate send your CV as in yesterday. All the best!!!!

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2011 in General

 

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Africa is not that gloomy after all…..

Does the African continent hold great investment potential for both domestic and international investors? The answer is a resounding yes.

#Johannesburg, Africa's city of note (Source: thebesttraveldestinations)

Rumour has it that international media depicts Africa as that gloomy continent, with a bare-footed infant on the dusty street of Klipgat and wild animals in the vicinity. In short Africa is seen by many as a dark continent with no potential to anything great-be it investment opportunities or human capital. They normally do so because they are detractors who neither understand nor interested in the historic objectives that Africa has.

I feel very proud that Africa’s economic power house, South Africa has been invited to join the prestigious club of rapidly developing economies, The BRIC (now BRICS). Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – together are worth an estimated $12 trillion and still growing, have the potential of overtaking the United State of America which is reportedly valued at about $15 trillion as an economy. The question of interest is how such membership will benefit Africa at large? You see, South is the gateway into Africa, I am hoping that South Africa by virtue of its membership will be able, to a larger extent, expose Africa to potential Investors.

Perhaps, (I stand to be corrected) it is a wise decision to do business with Africa, since it is apparent that Africa is rising from the ashes. No one dare contest me when I say that Africa is an investment destination of choice. We have seen recently companies investing by large-and-far in Africa. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China investing in Standard Bank is a case in point.

The Opportunity

Furthermore things on this side of the world look pretty rosy because, according to IMF (international Monetary Fund) growth forecasts for the African continent for 2010 and 2011 are 4.3% and 5.3 % respectively, while advanced countries are expected to achieve 2.1% and 2.4% respectively. I repeat, I think that doing business with Africa makes economic sense, given the fact that the number of middle-class consumers is on the rise. Interestingly enough, business factors that hindered investment in Africa are also cooling off, such as political instability (North Africa excluded of course), chronic corruption, infrastructure bottlenecks, and poor health and weak rule of law.

Africa is by far a continent with many target consumers, estimated to be 1 billion, and most of this people’s disposable income is rising gradually. Against this background, the opportunity for retail business and other businesses exists.

C’mon, let’s have a conversation what do you think of Africa as an investment destination? I personally think that the opportunity cost of not investing in Africa is becoming too significant to ignore.

Source: ASA, African Business Review and Moneyweb.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Economics

 

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