#YouthDay: Too many pupils ignore study possibilities - Bathabile Mvamveki

2016-06-16 17:23
Bathabile Mvamveki. (Tina Hsu, News24)

Bathabile Mvamveki. (Tina Hsu, News24)

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#YouthDay - I am bombard by the following challenges: constitutional laws, corrupt government, unemployment, ignorance to opportunities and bad living conditions.

After April 27, 1994 in South Africa, we had Human Rights which are listed in a Bill of Rights in the constitution. The constitution sets out how the government of the country must be made up and how the country must be ran.

Our constitutional laws have changed in many ways that could destroy the future generation. For example the legal abortions, changes of gender status and so on. 

Here in South Africa there are well-educated students with diplomas, degrees and those who graduated but still find themselves unemployed because of lack of job creation and this creates an opportunity for crime to rise.

Our government is full of corruption and that is why most of the youth in South Africa refuses to vote and other places around the country still have insufficient services for example; water services, electricity, healthcare centres and job creation.

The lack of job creation has a huge disadvantage in our economy. The crime in South Africa seems to be increasing.

Our biggest struggle as the youth of South Africa is seeing someone at a very young age being a parent, involved in crimes or gangsterism and smoking dangerous drugs. 

Most matriculated students choose to ignore the opportunities of continuing with their studies e.g. such as bursaries, scholarships and so on. And my biggest fear is that the percentage of students’ finishing school is decreasing because the influences from certain movies or stories that there are easier ways to make money by selling drugs, hijacking cars and doing crimes in our communities.

Millions of citizens in South Africa are living in bad informal settlements - no human being deserveds to live like this.

If this carries on, then South Africa will be known as a country of crime, full of negligence, full of unemployment and discrimination. I am not saying that apartheid era was good, but at least then the youth knew the value of getting education, knew right and wrong and rule of law.

But I believe that we as the youth of South Africa can still turn this around by getting education so that we can be able to create more businesses that could reduce unemployment, and so also bring down crime.

I have one interest - to see South Africa developed to be on standard with other developed countries around the world. A country where there are many opportunities [such as good education, education and job opportunities], where people live a better life [people living in formal settlements], where there is a low percentage of crime and where police are serious about saving people and serving justice in our communities.

My word of advice is that we as the youth of South Africa and the government should hold hands in making our country a better place to live in, a place where the future generation could be proud to live in and a place where there is no racism and discrimination of people. 

Let us get an education and stop unemployment, crime and poverty.

* Bathabile Mvamveki is a pupil at Langa High School.

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