New Year, New Fees

2017-02-02 10:46

A new year comes with new fees sadly, but that is nothing to frown about. This year presents us with the same problems if we did not deal with them last year or new ones if you think you have things figured. A couple of things need to go right for us to at least say we did something to improve the quality of human life in this absurd Rainbow Nation.


2017 is a year set to be a challenging one for most higher education institutions across South Africa. A tremendous amount of commitment is ought to be made to right the wrongs of the year before. This deep introspection is not limited to the institutions ,rather all (the participants of what has now been termed Fees Must Fall; this includes The SAPS, Student bodies, Religious Groups, Government and society at large) stakeholders.  2016 ended with violence dominating the Fees Must Fall protests, it has happened and as a result the partial victories for individual groups exist in this colossal battle in  a war ideologically conceived . What time can afford  is the opportunity to improve on the manner in which we as a people respond to urgent and important matters in our society which more than often affect us all. Violence in this instance took place and that sets a precedent less desired when university property, lives and irreplaceable time is at stake.

A continued protest will hurt everyone in the end no matter which way you attempt to look at it. So perhaps the solutions that are there could be implemented instead of finger pointing as to who is to blame for the crisis. At the end the goal is to have educated and qualified citizens so we can prosper as nation, surely the must be some sense that will prevail. We can come to the agreement that education is a human right and we dazzle it on our Constitution yet we can not satisfy that which only seeks to benefit our rich nation. I do sympathize with  the taxpayers as they will eventually pay the price for something that should have been planned decades ago while everyone was mesmerized by the Magician of Reconciliation .


We have an obvious political crisis, which itself is informed by the 'economic apartheid'  that is playing itself out with Finance Minister Pravin Gordahn battling the shadows of the Gupta dealings that seem to upset the Oppenheimer's ambitions of an O.R Tambo airstrip. Two powerful families fighting over resources as though either of them seek to overturn the declining quality of life in the country. What is clear is that the government and its officials have been duped into believing that siding with rich families is more in the interest of the people than anything else.

Wealth is its own Apartheid and it is all economic. Wealthy families in South Africa make a killing from the problems that exist in the country if anything they play at them. Leaving us to tear into each other while they make their way to more treasure. This is concerning  because the people we elect to represent us in government are 'Saxonwolded' and therefore compromising their societal responsibility.

The increasing development gap in South Africa leaves us as a country with serious problems to deal with in the future, the blatant corruption that exists in government  is not a good reflection on our aspirations as a nation and our lack of urgency will be our undoing. Perhaps our problem lies there, urgency. We are moving at snails pace when it comes to accountability and effective governance , this not good enough despite frequent reassurances by allies of chaos. We are seemingly content with the status quo which suggests enough is being done for South Africans across the board.

Planning is not something that should be taken lightly. It reflects by the impact it has on people.  Our  economic policies allow foreign investors to buy up and in turn dictate as to how key governmental industries operate. G.E.A.R, B.E.E ,R.D.P  and the Land Restitution  process have been catastrophic and their potential has yet to be realized. Rather ironic that in every crisis we face as a country it goes back to planning more than anything. We elect incompetent leaders as a country and become spectators of the political crisis to follow. We easily give our rights to people who know nothing about responsibility or accountability. Then cry foul when the game of politics catches up with us.


We are in for a turbulent ride as rating agencies seem to have a keen eye on what is taking place in the country, hopefully enough can be done by treasury to sustain a positive economic outlook. As a nation the responsibility lies with us in ensuring that we become a thriving nation instead of a starving one.  We live in a country that enriches individuals instead of communities, protects the rich and lynches the poor and that has become the norm. Our carefully crafted Constitution is radically opposed to these prevailing norms and much is yet to be done about it. Our measurement of progress will be eradicating the economic apartheid that prohibits growth, challenging corruption at the lowest level of government to the highest and treating all that call this country home with respect.

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