PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
opinionator
 
Comments: 12
Article views: 496
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all opinionator's badges.
 

If homeless people could just ask the right questions....

18 June 2012, 09:31

Ok so, I think this is a really good question but please bear with me.

I was told by my one friend from a while back that instead of these poor people begging and asking others for help (on every single street corner), wouldn't it be more beneficial they go to others and ask to be a taught a specific skill and learn to improve their lives instead of just looking for handouts all the time?

If a homeless guy were to ask me something like this, I would SWEAR to god I would do this:

Hobo:"Hey brah, do you know how I can make money by planting my own fruit or something? I dont like beggin for munney everyday!"

Me: I would honestly say
"Well, fruit take a long time to grow. but what i can do is i can go buy some vegetable seeds for you and you can use those to begin some sort of harvesting. Do you know anyone who has a small patch of land?"

Hobo: "My uncle stay in Alex an he has a small RDP house with a gadden (garden)"

Me: Ok good, I'm actually on my way to work but while I'm there I'll pop into the shop and get you a variety of vegetable seeds and a spade and even some soil for you, and also a beginners guide  (BOOK) to cultivating (gardening) that will get you on you're way... Then just ask you're uncle to water iteveryday for you :)

Hobo: "Oh thank you my brah! THANK YOU!"

Me: No worries. then after all ur harvest is ripe and ready, sell the food to you're community for good prices, the book will give you insight at what prices to sell the goods for. no one likes to buy expensive veggies on the side of the road anyway;)

END.

Now THAT is 1000% more productive don't you think?? The ANC would never even think or even consider doing this type of thing.

Anyway...I'm just saying, if the people just stopped doing the same "oh whoe is me...i cant do anything...i blame apartheid and white people" mentality and actually think for a moment and just ask real questions to passers by i am positive that we would be more ablidged to help these guys out. The ANCYL keeps preaching to this same majority that they are 'entitled' to farms and profit from the rich etc...but the ANCYL is also too thinking on short term scale...what would happen to a farm if given to those people? they have no skills to farm and they'll be back to square 1.

The poor people are only thinking on a mentality on short term scale, when they ask for change or food the resource wont last them the whole day. Instead of these organisation saying "take! take !take!" they should be saying "lets teach teach teach!" But we all know his is never gonna happen so i'm going to just drop it right there.

ANYWAY.

It's like the old age saying: You give a man a fish, he eats for a day. You TEACH a man to fish, he eats for a life time.
Tell me what you think.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
12 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Kalibanache
South African Genie and the Magic...

The ANC thought that they had the magic lamp when Mandela was leading. And I think they were right... But where is his lamp? Read more...

3 comments 78 views
Submitted by
Kruger
For whom the bell tolls

While speculation is rife of the ANC's impending fall and Jacob Zuma's time that is running out, the party - and it faithful - are gathering in a laager. Read more...

5 comments 904 views
Submitted by
Wouter Willemse
The Game has changed

If you are a child from the 60's, 70's or 80's in South Africa you had a different set of rules than the NewFreeBorns. Read more...

0 comments 73 views
Submitted by
Makate Rapulana
The SABC ís the voice of governme...

The public broadcaster is unapologetically the mouthpiece of any sitting government, and the opposition should reconcile itself with the fact. Read more...

7 comments 65 views
Submitted by
Makate Rapulana
ANCYL, Cosas, and the ‘nosey’ pub...

The public protector; blessed or cursed with a big and ugly nose was able to pick up a rather rancid odour emanating from a feeding trough; with Zuma and his lieutenants munching away the spoils of corruption.  Read more...

2 comments 40 views
Submitted by
Mahomed Farouk Cassim
Terror a force for good in Parly

A government that loses its moral authority ceases to govern. Instead, it will begin to rule and thus become intolerant of accountability, transparency and democratic processes.  Read more...

1 comments 139 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Digital Media & Marketing Association
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.