Don't tell me not to go, give me a reason to stay

2019-04-26 16:13
Stefan Schoeman

Stefan Schoeman

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Name: Stefan Schoeman

Age: 32

Occupation: IT manager

The time has come and gone for young people to believe the words and promises of politicians. The educated and ambitious youth are well informed and aware of the opportunities that accompany a global economy.

The challenge that South Africa has is that it is trying to rely on some form of ill-informed patriotism to encourage young people (especially young professionals) to stay and contribute to the country. I am all for contributing to the growth and prosperity of the country and its people, but I challenge the government to tell me what they are doing to encourage us to stay. Here are the facts we face as young South Africans:

- We are taxed excessively to compensate for the blatant and fearless looting of public funds

- We must incur additional costs to compensate for the fact that government cannot provide basic services

- We fear for our own safety and even more so for the safety of our children in a country which is unable to protect its citizens

- We are uncertain about our economic and social future as there is no policy clarity or message consistency

Your words are empty, and the same story has been told for decades. What young people want to see is politicians who can stand up for what's right and have the commitment to see it through. This is not a generation that is manipulated by empty promises or lulled by a fake sense of loyalty tied to a past that does not serve our future. We need politicians with principles and the courage to act regardless of what the potential impact is for themselves or the party they represent.

So, I repeat myself, don't tell me not to leave, give me a reason to stay!



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