Cautious optimism

2018-02-15 06:01

HOPES are very high for economic growth and employment prospects, especially for the young people of South Africa destined to overpopulate the prison cells.

There’s cautious optimism all round.

This is so even for our neighbour, currently known as “the economic basket case”, despite its policy of indigenisation to empower its broader citizenry.

Zimbabweans, like other nationals elsewhere, find themselves scattered all over the world as either economic or political refugees long after Ian Smith has been buried.

Their leaders are said to be owning a number of farms and land, and yet they are unable to absorb their own into jobs.

They use brute force to suppress their own when they question their nefarious deeds in relation to governance by enacting laws that make it a criminal offence to call them to order and yet claim to be democratic.

As has been reported by Oxfam, the world’s economy continues to benefit the world’s tiny minority despite the ever-worsening and precarious human suffering and wallowing in extreme poverty and squalor in the world of plenty.

Having said that, the nonsensical rhetorical utterances of some public figures claiming to “pick up” the rand when it falls, are not only playing to the gallery but knowingly spitting in the face of the majority of the downtrodden because they themselves are minimally affected directly, if at all.

We hope that the hope and promise of jobs will materialise this time around, for the unemployed youths in particular, because in the final analysis, no amount of ideology on its own fills any human being’s stomach — food does.

Whether we like it or not, seemingly we are at the mercy of both local and direct foreign investors for job creation.

We have to play the ball smartly within the system to harness their co-operation with regard to the broader project of transformation. Pretending otherwise is a sheer waste of time.

To do that, we need a very sober leadership that knows what it’s doing, for the sake of its own people.

J.B. GUMBI

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