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Be Hope Full Thami!

14 January 2013, 12:02

They say Hope has two beautiful daughters – their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are. I come from the dusty street of a village, I come from a township so populated, and we navigate through human size passages to get to our rooms. Hopeless, I come from a country were the colour of my skin define who I am, "Oh Lord (why Lord Colour of my skin is an awful sin) - Brook Benton" .i was born there they told me education is the key countless times, I even wrote it on my school bag.

“Hope is what motivates us to work hard and get things done. It’s the idea that something better will happen in the future because of what we do.” I have lost hope in this country, the rainbow nation that Nelson Mandela dreamed off. They say we must not lose hope as there will be a better tomorrow but how long must we wait another 20 years?

How many of us have degree’s, diplomas or bachelor’s with experience on top of that, the saying education is the key is meaningless to me now, I live in a country where my employment opportunities only exist in the public sector. I live in a country where I can’t be employed unless the government can intervene with their BEE/AA what a shame, it’s not because I’m not qualified, not because I’m not experienced, just because of my skin colour what a shame. After 22 years I’m still being discriminated, if people were hired on merit not skin colour, BEE? /AA would have never been put in place it was introduced because most people were hired based on their skin colour and we were discriminated against.

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. what a shame after 22 years people like Thami Tsolekile need government intervention to be selected to represent their national teams, not because they are not qualified or not capable of playing but because of their skin colour. I hope one day people will be chosen on merit not their skin colour were people like Thami will have a fair chance of representing their countries without the government forcing anyone to choose them.  

‘Tsolekile has averaged 46.13 with the bat for the Lions in four-day franchise competition in the last three seasons. He has scored a half-century in each of the Lions’ two Sunfoil Series matches this season and he is batting better than he ever has in his career. This was the opportunity to play the likes of Thami Tsolekile so that they can prove themselves. Elton Jantjies and Thami Tsolekile despite their undoubted immense talent they have to be selected through a boardroom debate what a shame. Maybe Thami needs to kill a black goat for ancestors (Angels) or come up triple hundreds and see what Andrew Hudson will say. How is he supposed to prove himself if he is not given a chance to play?

Did it not hurt your heart? Did you not feel your heart break in half on the 25 march 2011 in India? To see Lonwabo Tsotsobe on the bench after playing so well in the game against Bangladesh and becoming man of the match, from that day I stopped supporting that team.

Because I'm hopeful, yes I am, hopeful for today, And be hopeful (Thami) and he'll make a way I know it ain't easy but that's okay. Cause we hopeful.

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