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My coffee is cold - blame the apartheid

13 April 2013, 08:54

As more columnist sarcasm to the inscription of debacle piece(s) of witting, I would like to step aside from that agenda and appeal to a more personal ascription. In 1994, we all know that I our beloved country was crowned with a transformation mandate which lead to lot of changes ranging from governance to a way of living.

In year 2000, Nelson Mandela said: You have a limited time to stay on earth, use that period for the purpose of transforming this country to what you desire it to be. The question I have been pondering on is; have I done enough to contribute to the transformation of this country?

Conversely, few years ago I was involved in a township tutoring programme as a volunteer through an organization as a tutor.  One of the most agonistic periods was when I learned that statistics suggested that most volunteers in the programme are student from out of the country in comparison with South African citizens.

As a South African, you dwell in this country, you see the blunders everyday. What gives you the right to crinkle your hands and watch? Don’t you think a little bit of Mentorship, Tutoring or voluntarism could make a huge different firstly, in someone else life, the country socio-economics status and your own life? What gives you the authority to just point fingers and not stand up and be the difference that Gandhi advocated for?

Recent events have suggested that even our own government shifts the blame. The trendiness of the statement such as “blame the apartheid” has been very trendy. What constantly obscures me is the relevance of the statement in the context at which it’s being used. We are approaching the stage whereby people will start saying “my coffee is cold-blame the apartheid”. We all know the apartheid after math, yes it is a vital history of this country however, we need to start blaming ourselves as well. For instance, statistics contends that there are over two (2) million households are now headed by a child in SA.  What changes have contributed to such agonist circumstances?

We live with these people under these conditions, they are our neighbors yet we decide to just observe or make comment about them. We are so self-centered; the self-effacement in our lives has weakened so hastily. What happened to humanity? What happened to putting other people’s first?

Lately, I read about a great man Jose Mujica whom is considered the world poorest president. Mujica is the President of Uruguay who donates who 90% of his salary to charity. He was elected in 2009, but he has no interest in taking on the grand presidential lifestyle. According to the BBC, Mujica donates 90 percent of his salary to charity and lives in a farmhouse off a dirt road where he and his wife work the land themselves. The austere leader earns $12,500 (app R 111971.21) a month, but only keeps $1,250 which is about 11197.12 for himself, he told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, according to a translation by Univision.

“I do fine with that amount; I have to do fine because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less,” Mujica told the paper.

He focuses his giving on helping the poor and small entrepreneurs.

Lately, I was asked a question by a friend that got me thinking. It goes like this; “If you were to live Earth now, what is one thing that your society will remember you by?”  I could not answer…

However, I dream to be the generation of Steve Biko, deceased but never been forgotten. He is constantly being quoted and his ideologies are constantly revisited. Remember this; you have a limited time to stay on earth, use that period for the purpose of transforming this country to what you desire it to be. Stand up and do something. Don’t be self-centered, not everything has to be about you. You country needs you.

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