‘We have yet to be unleashed as a country’

2014-05-05 00:00

SAM Reddy may be in his late thirties but election day will be a milestone for him. It will be the first time he votes in South Africa.

“I grew up around Australasia as my father moved for work purposes. I have then never been in the country during an election. Having voted in Australia before, what I find interesting is that we as South Africans are not voting on issues but rather political viewpoints,” said Reddy.

He said this was largely due to entrenched viewpoints of older generations. But he puts hope in the born-frees cutting out a new political agenda. But with fresh eyes and a new viewpoint, the young businessman is massively positive about South Africa and the town of his birth — Durban.

Now living in Durban North at a family-owned guest house, he said the key to the success on the country was the strengthening of oppositional politics. He said its membership of the world’s fastest growing economic bloc — Brics — offered massive potential.

“As a country we must be careful and make sure we become the gateway to Africa and not the passageway.

“Unemployment is one of our biggest issues. Where you have unemployment, you have crime, which leads to corruption and then poverty.

“We must train our people not to think that a university education is a must when we need core skills in this country such as artisans.

“Education must be re-thought. Every year we have a boom in unemployment when more matrics — who do not qualify for tertiary education — enter the job market. We need to change the perception of life after school,” said Reddy.

He said he drew confidence from SA’s constitution. “It is because of this constitution and a bloodless coup that ushered in democracy that we lead Africa. It allows us to be the hub of Africa. We are Africa’s playground. We must tell the world our story and why we are so attractive. We have a great legacy and Nelson Mandela as our founder. There is nothing in our way to stop us,” said Reddy.

He said he knew who he’d vote for, based on which party he believes “can lead”. “We have yet to be unleashed as a country. We are placing ourselves as a hub and Durban is the frontier. There will be enough opportunity for the entire country to prosper.

“We as South Africa must transform Africa from being known as the last frontier to the best frontier with endless possibilities,” said Reddy.

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