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Are you naive or purple?

15 May 2014, 15:15
I must admit this is quite daunting - being given the platform to express MY opinion for all of South Africa to read. With so many different beliefs, cultures and personalities it is impossible to get everyone to agree on something, and at the end of the day (or more specifically each article) even if it were an article on the height of a fleas jump, it always boils down to the race card. 
I am a 26 year old white female from Cape Town, just like thousands of other 26 year old white females from Cape Town. Who am i, in this huge city, province, Country for that matter, to have an opinion that could actually make a difference. I am tired of people complaining but doing nothing about it. But as that 26 year old white female from Cape Town, what can i actually do? Is it normal to feel so strongly about something, but at the same time so powerless.
Let me be up front - be open minded, throw everything you know or believe out of the window. Let us imagine we are all purple, we all have the same eyes, the same colour hair, we are all exact imitations of each other. The only thing that separates us, as does in the real world, is the number of rands in our pocket. Some of us have millions, living a happy life in indulging in expensive wines and weekends away. Some of us are above average, we own a good car and our children go to a good school. Some of us are average, we can afford the day to day expenses but nothing more. Many of us are below average, pay check to pay check, loan to loan, we are living but not LIVING. And many more of us are poor. We cannot read this article as we do not own a computer, we eat scraps, we share a tin toilet with hundred of our neighbours, and we watch the purple millionaires drive past in their brand new Range Rover sports without blinking an eye-lid. 
I know i am stereotyping here, bare with me. It is ridiculous that as a purple humans, we drive down the road past purple homeless people sleeping on the street, and think nothing of it. People begging at every robot, standing outside every shop asking for money. We complain about crime, people stealing our belongings that we worked so hard for. Can we please stop for one second and stop pretending to be so naive, and blaming others for their misfortunes. When you are born into poverty, time after time being rejected by society, denied your basic human rights, knowing you have a starving family at home - what do you expect them to do. I am fortunate enough to have been born into a family where i was sent to school, i went to college, i got a job. It is my DUTY to help others that were not given the same opportunities. Do we really feel complete, in our happy lives, blatantly ignoring the problems that surround us. It is too much work to do something about it,  what can we even do? Is this not the job of our government? 
We can stay in that mind set and just accept and ignore. Or we can unite as a country and really make a difference. We will all sign a petition to help get sebastian the seal at sea world a new enclosure, and go home feeling good. Then drive to the airport past all the shacks and complain about what an eye-sore it is. So what do we do about this mess? Firstly, we make a mental decision that we are no longer naive, we want to live in a country that accepts all human beings and agrees they deserve a better life. 
I am Kate, the purple president of South Africa. I take 1% of everyones income. Before you start complaining, “but I can’t afford that!”, “I already pay tax”. Complaining and excuses is what we are best at when it comes to separating us from our income. Would you pay 1% of your income to abolish crime in South Africa, to give children the opportunity to go to school, to give millions of people homes and a bed to sleep in? I would!
I take this money to the townships and i tell them - we are going to build you houses, but you have to help build them. We will use pieces of the land to build huge vegetable gardens, and teach them about sustainable living. With so many people in those townships, with enough money, we can recreate those areas into an area worth living in, with enough job creation and giving them an opportunity to work for their food, and their home. If they could focus on growing crops that they can eat, they wouldn’t need to venture into the suburbs in hope of a decent meal. 
Perhaps i am naive in thinking we can really unite and make a difference. But to be honest i find the solution so easy and obvious, it feels as if we WANT to live this way. I am just a 26 year old white female from Cape Town, and i have minimal power to make this happen, to make a difference. But this is my starting point. Perhaps you are a millionaire, too much money that you know what to do with. YOU can help make this happen. Perhaps your uncle Steve owns a building contracting company, and he knows with a certain amount of money he could help with the building of the houses. We all know people that know people, i may not have the contacts, but someone does. Can we please make a positive change, let us ACCEPT this challenge and make our country a country worth living in. We are all purple and we own this land. 
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