Monthly Archives: October 2011

The agony of a black South African Youth

In South Africa, the black youths are waifs, a nothing, and a no man in their own country.

Economic Freedom march (Picture appropriated from The Star)

Let me perhaps put it on record that I fully support Julius Malema’s call on economic freedom especially in our lifetime. On Thursday (the 27th of October) scores of youth supported a march organised by ANCYL, South Africa’s ruling party’s youth wing, even I was going to march to the chamber of mines and to the bourse if I had spent the previous day in the street corner basking in the sun while marvelling at every passing luxury car owned by bourgeois from some leafy suburbs.

It makes perfect sense to me that most of – if not all – of the protestors were black youth. The lives and the conditions of black youth in this country have reached an appalling state marked by hopelessness and helplessness. The black youths are waifs, a nothing, and a no man in their own country. An action of some sort is needed; hence the march to the said houses is justified.

The fight for economic emancipation does not mean fighting against a certain race group, the action that might polarise the country even further, but rather the fight against the ruling government’s failing to address the issues that affect young people’s lives and that include the case of unemployment amongst other things. It also does not mean taking from one race group to the other – As far as I know that’s a crime and it is tried before the court of law.

Black youth in this country are showered by gloom and despondency and that is largely attributed to the failing of state policies on youth empowerment. The gross economic inequality needs to be addressed as matter of urgency before the youth of this country follow the example of their counterparts in the Arab nations. I hope that the ruling party is aware that it only takes one tweet to topple the government, as it was the case in Tunisia.

The black youths are waifs, a nothing, and a no man in their own country.

The economic inequalities bring further sufferings in young people’s lives. Teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, unemployment and to borrow a line from Mr Thabo Mbeki (….and so on and so forth and stuff like that) contributes to a deteriorating standard of living and quality of life in black people’s communities, hence they will always support initiatives like that organised by the ANCYL on Thursday.

If we want to see less crime, less service delivery protests, more children who can read and write, we thus need to address the issue of economic inequality in a more robust and transparent way. By that I mean all government and business organs need to address the issue of unemployment immediately before one angry youth update his twitter status to show his frustration.

In no way am I suggesting that unemployment affect only black youth, but it is clear that it affects them more than any other race in this country with figures standing at about 7% of white unemployment and a staggering 30% of blacks are unemployed.

It is a tragedy and a travesty that black youth continues suffering economically despite the fact that most of them have the means and the skills to end poverty they experience in their daily lives. Most of them have university degrees, but yet they spend a better part of their day basking in the sun. The brains remain unused, what a crime not to grant them equal access to job and entrepreneurship opportunities.

The economic conditions of black youth in South Africa are agonising in every sense of the word!!!


Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Economics


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Steve Jobs: A remarkable man

This was a homepage of Apple Inc during the grieving period. (Source:Apple)

The death of Steve Jobs brought in some really moving tribute, ranging from students who drew inspiration from him to businessmen who worked closely with him. On the day of his death, Steve Jobs became a trending topic on twitter with hash label #ThankyouSteve and #iSad.

For me Steve was one of my favourite business leader of all times and I regarded him as a true genious and the most innovative being that the human race has ever seen.I stand to be corrected on that, but South Africa’s leading scenario planner, Clem Sunter, concur with me in his article entitled “iWish” when he says and I quote “He was the ultimate entrepreneur whose creativity and passion for continuous innovation produced an array of products which have changed a billion lives”.

His presence on earth really blessed us with heavenly creations like iPad (that thing I am stiil saving dearly for) and he cheered kids with Toy Stories and Finding Nemo amongst other films through his company Pixar Animations, that he later sold to Disney in 2006.

Steve Jobs was a real genious.

One sunny boring day, I stumbled upon a commencement speech he delivered at Standford University. The speech was so moving that it gave one goose bumps. In it, Steve recounts three personal stories in which he advocates following your heart and doing what you love.

The following quotes made an impact on me as I was watching his talk on that boring sunny day.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

This is a speech that Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University in 2005 for the graduation commencement. I hope you find it inspiring as I did.

Think different!

The homepage of Apple was followed by this message from Apple CEO, Tim Cook.

Steve Paul Jobs defined innovation and his legacy in the form of his iVersions will forever live on.


Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Business, Leadership, Social Media


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My Smartphone, My Tablet PC and my social networks perhaps make me anti-social

There is no doubt that the advent of social networking site and other digital innovations have brought about a profound and meaningful change in our lives. These changes are profound in a sense that communication and the way in which we interact as humans has fundamentally changed. Today it seems that it is no longer necessary to have a chat at a leading coffee shop down town – we can simply do that at the comfort of our couches on our smartphones. Perhaps, the digital generation is losing the human touch.

Are we becoming anti-social human beings? Are our morals eroded by our smartphones on our finger tips?

Why do I ask such rhetoric and unequivocal questions, you may wonder? I ask these questions in part because I have seen a situation where people are sitting together; being busy on their smartphones with none of the party willing to strike a conversation.

Maybe it is our smartphones and our tablet PCs that makes us anti-social beings.

In the age of such technological advancement our fingers are active than our minds. Our faculties are dormant, our fingers creative, and it is our personality that it is in danger.

I am not insensitive to the fact that social media enhances our ability to communicate and gives us all a voice as individuals, but have we pondered on the dangers associated with this advancement?

Perhaps a question that we should ask and try to answer is this: Does social networking contributes to social and moral decay?

In my uninformed opinion – that should perhaps be informed – there is a strong evidence that social media contributes to moral decay, deterioration of ubuntu and degradation of human dignity to a certain extent.
People abuse each other racially and otherwise on social media platforms. Company resources are being abused despite the presence of social media policies.

In everyday of our lives on these platforms, degradation of human dignity, insults and other despicable events seems to be the order of the day. Social media is turning out to be a catastrophic tool in a mould of a great tsunami. The spirit of ubuntu is indeed in a great disaster.

I am also not oblivious to the fact that human errors in the form of social and moral decay have existed since long before any form of social media.

It seems that we are losing the human touch we used to have when greetings were still extended by a firm handshake – and not sent as tweets and status updates as is the norm these days.

Facebook status update

Buddies, the text box in the image above read as “What’s on your mind?”


Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Social Media


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