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

Comments: 6
Article views: 2
Latest Badges:

View all Anisha's badges.

Ignorance is Bliss Syndrome

25 September 2012, 07:21

South Africa is by far the strongest and most modern economy in the whole of the Southern Africa but 75% of the population earn less than R 1800* per month. Yes, there is need for salary increments in most sectors and recently we saw the miners taking to the streets for 22% salary increments. This is well and good that in a democratic country we have the right to demand such by toy-toying in the streets.

However, the incident at Marikana didn't  really paint a picture of democracy, nor did it show good judgment for miners, the unions, and the government. The massacre and the strike itself had an adverse effect on the economy of South Africa. In the 6 weeks during the strike, the country lost approximately R4, 5 Billion, the price of platinum dropped by 2&, it depressed the rand and spooked foreign investors into selling their mining shares. The government allowed the strike to stretch far longer that it should have, with each day the Rand was losing value in relation to other currencies. Is it that they chose not to care how the longer the strike dragged on, the more the money was being lost?

Is it that ignorance or lack of care for the workers and the economy? Because l believe the impasse could have been resolved long before the loss of lives, or the loss of money that we had during those weeks. The government ignores that the general population lives below poverty and obviously something is got to give and the Marikana incident happened.  

Ignorance also fell on the participants of the strike; miners didn’t seem to care about the damage they were causing. A strike to be heard is well and good but the damage that is done in the process also affects the economy in the long run. Barricading roads with stones, digging trenches means that tax payer's money will have to go into repairing these roads. Is toy-toying and chanting is not enough to be heard? We have a tendency to do extreme damage when on strike, we litter the streets, damage the reputation of the country and to what end?

Is it because we do not have enough knowledge of the economy or we simply do not care, that is the government's baby as long as we the strikers get what we want? And then when we have economic problems we have a scapegoat, the government? The educational system should play its part as well, to educate the masses of the economic situation of the country, so everyone can understand better. 

Should it be ignorance is bliss or ignorance ends bliss?

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. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Joshua Glenny
Ballito Drought Solution

I live in Ballito and I have "made a plan" to reduce my water bill. I have installed 3 x 2200l rain water harvesting tanks. Read more...

0 comments 677 views
Submitted by
Shelly Bowling
The Oscar Pitorius through the ey...

The fact forensics determined OP was on his stumps rather than his prosthetics when he fired the gun is the most significant finding. Read more...

0 comments 243 views
Submitted by
Eric de Castro
Post Office clowns

Do we still have a Post Office? If so, what are they doing? When last have you used the Post Office’s postal service, or been inside a post office building? Read more...

0 comments 243 views
Submitted by
Stu Cen
Affordable Student Housing

If you’ve just been accepted a place at university, you’ll need to find somewhere to live – quite possibly in a place you know very little about.  Read more...

0 comments 272 views
Submitted by
Zara Khan
7 Tips For Becoming A Better Pilo...

The aviation industry is amongst the most lucrative ones to work for, no doubts whatsoever about that.  Read more...

0 comments 141 views
Submitted by
Ananias Ndlovu
Big win for Makgoba family

The community of Mamphoku Makgoba reacted with jubilant after a judge ruled in their favour in the Northern Gauteng High Court Tuesday, Queen Mother Mantsha Makgoba jumped with excitement when Justice Mabuse ruled that current members of Mamphoku Makgoba Community Trust must resign with immidiate effect and elections of new members be conducted within 30 days. Read more...

0 comments 97 views


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 Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2015 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.