26th August 2013
I am an ardent follower of News24 because it certainly indicates the true feelings of the general public.
We may not agree with opinions expressed, but these are the general perceptions and beliefs of ordinary South Africans.
It is heartening to read the many letters from people with sound ideas of how to make a difference and wanting to have a bosberaad about it. At least we still care. Lovely ideas all of them, but I worked in NGO and unless you can talk government into working with you – forget it.
You can have as many brilliant ideas as you wish, but until the ordinary South Africans take their rights into their own hands by voting for the better of the country and not for historical reasons, we will just sink deeper into the mire.
Once cannot say it is not a political issue, because it is. The current party in power does not have the moral backbone to clear away deadwood and solve the identified issues. I mention education for one and corruption. Anyone wanting to argue these issues – you are most welcome.
This country voted for freedom. Great. But with freedom comes responsibility. Not my words, but the words of a far wiser and famous person – Eleanor Roosevelt.
Yes we got our freedom, but what have we done with it. Government changed the education system – for the worse; they lowered grades to accommodate lack of education – for no-one’s benefit; they identified bad teachers, principals, school officials – but what has been done; increased training was identified for teachers – what has been done; we needed more apprentices – no-one has a clue how to enter an apprenticeship or where and no country other than South Africa accepts our current apprentices because the training has become so pathetic; Literacy - we have been rated as 123 out of 180 countries (2011 figures) and the Minister of Education still holds her position.
Yes, we got our freedom, but one of the first things Government, along with Big Business, agreed to were labour laws that scared the heck out of everyone and took 10 years to overcome and constrained every company. Now people only employ the bare minimum just to stay out of trouble. Specific categories of colour and gender now form the basis of employment. Gone are opportunities for school leavers to access experience, gone are opportunities for handicapped people to be gainfully employed and gone are the opportunities to expand in a work area because it wasn’t written into the original job description. What happened to the freedom to employ staff who were suited to a position?
Yes, we got our freedom, and the Government climbed into bed with the unions. The current strikes are costing South Africa in productivity, insecurity overseas and locally and has caused the rand to fall by 17% against the dollar this year. Not so speak about the Pound or the Australian Dollar. Where is the freedom and responsibility in running a country into the ground? That’s what the unions are assisting government to do.
And personal freedom? What a joke. South Africans are more locked into historical hooey than looking to a future that could be anything they aspire to be. Youth of South Africa, where is your personal freedom. You should have the right to good education, safety and working opportunities. Do you have these??
WAKE UP SOUTH AFRICA. IT IS ALMOST TOO LATE.
You have an election opportunity next year to choose wisely before we become a has-been, also-ran, third world country.
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