We need to dirty our hands

2015-05-07 06:00

THE violence currently engulfing the province is bad news. It would be too simply to apportion blame to both sets of the warring factions. The social and economic challenges are immense.

A few weeks ago a former professional team-mate was considering suicide because of unemployment. We are sitting on a time bomb.I am sure you are wondering what this has to do with football. Last week I raised the issue of declining numbers of footballers from this province in the PSL. In our town, Pietermaritzburg, we have seen a declining number of football facilities. The few remaining are in a terrible state. It is a shame that the current generation of footballers play in worse facilities than those enjoyed by us during the difficult times.

It is critical that black people start loving themselves. Apartheid has done some irreparable damage to our brain. The service that is given to our own people is pathetic. The quality of coaching, facilities, equipment, administration all determine whether people are going to succeed or fail. Our people need to be skilled in order to compete with others fairly in the job market. I doubt if we are doing a good job in the above aspects.

It is sad that a lot of resources are spent hosting international events while many of our youths lack skills and are unemployable. We all need to dirty our hands and do things that will empower the youth of this country. Politics do not feed, clothe and house people.

People need to put their egos aside and do the right things to prevent our beautiful country from deteriorating further. Empower people with meaningful skills to prevent young people from becoming frustrated.

Unzima lo mthwalo

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