Just to be clear, the fact that I live in Joburg does not mean I do not know anything - not for a single second does it occur to my blog critics that from a distance, it is much easier to assess things, it is much easier to be objective, to give credit where it’s due and to make suggestions for improvement based on what one has learnt over the span of one’s travels and through one’s experience. The big mistake people make is to assume that problems are different from place to place, that unemployment (and all the challenges that come with that, affect people differently from place to place).
I will surprise many, not Only do I know the challenges all too well, but I also know what would drastically help communities.
A person who lived in our township had this to say about it: and I quote “…..it is flooded with booze, drugs, teenage pregnancy you name it is there” Here’s the thing, those problems were Always there, and furthermore, those problems are prevalent in mostly all townships here and abroad where: there are not enough community activities for the youth, there are not enough sports events/facilities and art centers where youngsters can spend their spare time being taught dancing, drama/acting, painting, being taught how to play musical instruments, ice-rinks for ice-skating, sports clubs etc – Government, and the well-to-do in society simply have not cared about developing our youth, this means that during the school holidays kids are left to their own devices, and left to their own devices they sure as hell are. Parents taking the kids to Church on Sundays are good people and mean well, young minds need stimulation on top of that.
Anyway, it has come to my ears that a Reunion is planned for the people who grew up in my township, friends etc I don’t have all the details but some say it’s a fundraiser - it’s a joy to hear of such initiatives, one hopes that the band donated their time free of charge, that the Church made the hall available free of charge, that the organizers are giving freely of their time so that all the proceeds can go towards whatever good plans are afoot with the money. In one blog I wrote what a Blessing it was for the Nuns to have given us presents and parties for quite a number of Christmases when I was a toddler; it would be great if similar initiatives are planned.
Some say the Reunion should be a Black Tie Affair: supper, champagne with a band playing local langarm/and or blues music, a real dance - some say it should be a Church Service and Supper without the dancing and booze and away from the Township – personally I find the second option elitist (and you know how I feel about that) a Township Reunion away from the township Hillcrest, Umtata? Doesn’t even sound right, but that’s just my opinion, I’d vote for the dance where ladies dress up in evening dresses, enjoy a hearty meal, sip champagne over candle-lit tables covered with snow-white tablecloths and dance the night away, their partners in coats with tails and bowler hats, ok, that may be taking it too far, still. as long as it’s doesn’t get overly boozy and sets the wrong example.
The person went on to say this: again I quote: “We should encourage the people with the word of God that will bring hope instead. I am totally against a reunion with a dance. My heart bleeds when I see the utter poverty and the youngsters on the corners with babies on their arms. My constant prayer is that God will do a miracle in that township because our young people are lost”.
This was My reply:
“Although I’m all for bringing hope I disagree with X, Hillcrest is the perfect place to host a nice dinner and dance, people dressed in nice evening-wear, tuxedo's, ties etc will serve as inspiration to those who feel there is nothing more to life but to booze too much and fall into drugs etc etc - we can't take functions out to fancy areas away from our own people - prayer for miracles is not the only answer, action is, people going into the township and helping out with Xmas parties for the kids, being real positive role-models instead of running away then hoping God takes care of it”
God Blessed us with hands, feet, brains and the ability to do things, we should count those Blessings.
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