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The plight of a black graduate in SA

01 January 2014, 13:30

A Plight of a black graduate in South Africa

Festive season marks the end of the year in the world. It is the time to celebrate and share. It is also the time to be at home and spend quality time with the family after perhaps being away for a long time. However, to many, what is more important about this joyous season is to celebrate the achievements made during the year.

Talking about the achievements, yes as we are wrapping up 2013, there are thousands of graduates from various universities and colleges who have now left varsities and colleges with good and moderate academic performances and will now perhaps move to other cities for greener pastures (seeking decent jobs), others will not necessary move but will rather seek these pastures into the same cities on which they have studied.  This brings joy and excitement to these young people and that it makes festive season more exciting and extra special to them.

This excitement to some, possibly, will continue still in 2014 as they will find the jobs they are dreaming of or opportunities that will vehicle them to the jobs of their dreams. However, to some, the reality is that this excitement will end shortly and be replaced by frustration, stress and fatigueness of not getting the job or being underrated and downgraded to lower level jobs. This is a real and a bad case in South Africa and what makes it more painful is because it affects largely black graduates. Graduates from the white, coloured and Muslim communities will not feel much the strain of not getting the job or being underrated or downgraded. Employment by the colour of the skin and language in South Africa, especially in the Western Cape is still an issue. It is an issue that needs attention and intervention of a strong and militant political will without violence.

If I were to pinpoint the challenges that will be faced by these young black graduates are:

·         Not getting the job

·         Getting the job but underrated and downgraded

Not getting the Job

As I have stated above, there are many graduates who will not be privileged enough to get a job and these are likely to be swallowed by call centres, retail shops and other odd jobs while their whites counterparts will be thriving and progressing well in the industries. When I mean white I am talking about graduates from the white, coloured and Muslim communities. The reason why I include coloureds and Muslims with whites is because they are favoured by white people especially in the Western Cape. To some, who have not got the job, this plight may not last long but to some it may last forever.

Getting the job but underrated and down graded

White people loathe seeing a black person in the fancy position despite the fact that he deserves and has got right qualifications for it and they will do whatever it takes to take him out of the company or down grade him. By downgrading I mean being moved to basic clerical and administration positions where line managers are illiberal and unprofessional coloureds. They will use fancy phrases like “you need more exposure” or “experience” to substantiate their evil actions. Well the innocent black graduates because he has no power or choice especially in a country renowned of an abject poverty and a high rate of employment will do nothing but accept the offer while his white counterpart is doubling and possibly tripling the amount he earns.

I have been watching South African white people mourning with the rest of the world at the passing of Tata Mandela, and in an interview with a white man from Stellenbosch University, the man said that the university was planning to establish English programmes so as to admit and accommodate  black students, but my question is “why the university took so long to do that, what was the main cause of this exclusion in the first place??” ...and I heared one of the Mr Verwoerd’s (apartheid’s architect) son commenting about Tata Mandela in an interview saying Mandela and Verwoerd had commonalities, and to me that was a serious insult, and my question is...

When will white people stop hating and exploiting innocent black people at their land of origin??

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