LETTER: ‘Start building a life for yourself’

2016-06-28 06:00

I have been living in Lavender Hill for 32 of the 39 years which my family have been in the area. I have witnessed many changes over the years: some positive, but mostly negative. Two of the positive changes are the role models we see in our community: people who sacrifice of their time, energy and personal resources to make a difference in the lives of others. Another positive is that Lavender Hill has produced talent in government, entertainment and the broadcasting field. These are people we can be truly proud of.

Not for one minute do I think that being a parent in our troubled area is easy. It is not. I take my hat off to the parents who own up to the challenges which they have to face on a daily basis.

One thing I am firm on, though, is the loitering of youngsters. They are only too happy to stand on street corners, and float from the one dagga joint to the next, and have no desire to work or uplift themselves. Instead, they prefer to hang on to every word which comes from the mouths of the Skebenga on the corner.

My mother would never let us spend even a minute in the company of these people. We were taught that not every one can be your friend, but you do not pull your noses up at anyone.

I see how parents leave their homes in the cold, dark mornings to go out and work so that they can feed their off-spring, most of whom are able-bodied males. These very same males are allowed to float from the one corner to the other.

I take my hat off to the parents who do not tolerate this. To the youngsters I say: start building a life for yourself, go out and do whatever honest work you can, so that you can help your parents put food on the table.

Before you know it, your providing parent might not be there to help you anymore. Please, start now. Take whatever honest job you can get, and earn your own money.

Owen Simons Lavender Hill

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