There is a strange phenomenon that can be observed amongst the incompetent- those who fail in everyday simple affairs.
This phenomenon can be observed amongst organizations, groups and also individuals. I have observed an undisciplined and disorganized person who is incapable of changing a lock-set, on a door, embark on the daunting task of constructing a yacht to sail around the world.
I have seen disorganized, shoddy organizations that could not balance their cheque books, or write minutes for their meetings set out to raise millions for a huge project. One also finds individuals starting businesses in very trying circumstances in notoriously difficult industries with virtually no chance of success.
It is apparent to any reasonable man or woman that these projects are doomed to failure at their very inception. However when one questions those planning these projects, it is quite clear that they actually do realize the monumental difficulty and complexity of the task that they have set themselves.
If the difficulty and probable failure of the project is so apparent, one has to ask why they cannot see the problems and why they go ahead with these projects, anyway.
The city press reported the following in September 2013: “Zuma promised in 2011 that government would create 5 million jobs over 10 years, which meant creating half a million jobs every year between 2010 and 2020. But three years later only half of the envisaged 1.5 million jobs have been created.”
The article further states, “The jobs promise was set out in the New Growth Path, which was adopted by government in 2010. The National Development Plan, which was adopted (in 2013), instead calls for the creation of 11 million new jobs by 2030.”
We, the public, as well as government know all too well how difficult this task of creating millions of jobs is. We, the public, as well as government also know all too well of the failings of government departments at mundane everyday tasks.
Simple tasks such as the timeous delivery of school text books were not achieved. Ensuring that hospitals have an adequate, continuous supply of basics, such as swabs and sutures has not happened. Any reasonable man or woman can see that the task government has set of creating millions of jobs is set to fail miserably.
The question we have to ask ourselves is why do useless “fruitcakes” set out to construct yachts? Why do disorganised organizations set out to do multi million rand projects? Why do people start businesses when failure is inevitable? Why does government set out to create 11 million jobs, when it cannot deliver books on time?
These individuals and organizations are aware of their shortcomings and limitations. They understand the difficulty of the said projects; surely they can see that they are doomed to fail?
I contend that they are very aware of the inevitability of failure, in fact I am one hundred percent sure that they know they will fail. Why then go ahead and put all of that effort into failing?
These mammoth tasks doomed to failure are embarked upon by those whom have both sacrificed to get where they are, and also fail at simple everyday tasks. It is as if their going without, and curbing of their passions, the sacrifice to achieve what they have, has given them an illusion of strength and a mastering of the world around them.
To mask their failures at everyday tasks and maintain the illusion of competency and strength they undertake to do the impossible.
For to fail at everyday simple tasks, one must accept ones shortcomings, but to fail at the difficult and near impossible; one can attribute failure to the difficulty, complexity or even impossibility of the task.
This is how I know, that the government knows, it cannot solve the unemployment problem and the many other problems facing our country.