Our generational mission as young people in this decade should be to eradicate poverty and fight youth unemployment in South Africa. This is a new decade and as young people, we have a responsibility to build our country.
Young people across different political parties and sectors such as NGOs, academia, think tanks, professionals and entrepreneurs should come together to find solutions to our challenges. We can’t just sit back while youth unemployment and poverty rates are so high.
We are young and we need to bring new and innovative ideas moving forward. No economy will build itself without its young and energetic people.
The cost of living is too high. What does this mean for someone who earns a minimum wage of R3,500? How do they survive with that kind of money? That is what we should be asking ourselves.
The economy is not growing, but we have 29,000 civil servants earning over a million rand per annum as Finance Minister Tito Mboweni indicated during his mid-term budget speech last year.
Young people need to come up with a plan to help government now more than ever before. We have a crop of young people in this country who, if given a chance, can bring new ideas to the table.
Things need to be done differently. Today, we talk about the 4th Industrial Revolution, but what does it mean in the South African context? What are its advantages and disadvantages for us as a nation?
I believe as young people we have the responsibility to unpack it and localise it. If we don’t do that, it would be just another buzzword that will not benefit the ordinary people of South Africa.
As Steve Jobs said, “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.”
We need to create an environment of excellence as young people in our country. South Africa is a beautiful country that has a lot of potential to grow economically if only corruption is tackled decisively in both the public and private sectors.
We lose a lot of money annually through illicit financial flows and we need to come up with systems that prevent this because it negatively affects our economy.
We are the future as young people and it is in our best interest to build our country moving forward and bring new ideas. United we stand, divided we fall. Let’s build our country this decade.
Rebone Tau is a political commentator.
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