April 27th, South Africa celebrates its Freedom day attained in 1994.It is significant because it marks the end of more than three hundred years of colonialism , segregation and the minority rule with the establishment of the new democratic government.In his speech on the celebrations in the 2008 , the then president,Thabo Mbeki expressed the brutalities of the apartheid and added“Although today we walk tall because our collective efforts culminated in the 27th of April being our Freedom Day, we all still carry scars that remind us that our freedom that is at times taken for granted, was never free…” In 2010 President Jacob Zuma appreciated that the new South Africa has strove to correct the wrongs of the past especially oppression by one another. He however stated that there are still more challenges in combating issues like crime, poverty, and unemployment amongst others.
Twenty years after the apartheid , we take a retrospective.What has freedom brought to the South Africans, are they enjoying the fruits of the freedom? Yes there is freedom in the sense that, there is no more segregation , you can live where you want to,there is freedom to use public facilities and the freedom to vote.In real analysis though, this does not address the underlying factors that many are facing especially poverty.Even though there is freedom to live wherever one wants or the access to use public facilities, the main obstacle is affordability.Millions of South Africans still live in squatter camps and some villagers are still struggling in South Africa’s former homelands.Many have no access to basic necessities such as electricity, clean water or decent schools.
This year South Africa not only marks the 20 years of freedom but there is the general elections to be held on the 7th of May.It is quite interesting because close to 20 million people have no personal memories of the apartheid who are therefore referred to as ‘born frees.’ On May 7th the ‘born frees’ will have the opportunity to cast their votes for the first time.Hope is the only word that describes the feeling of many South African in this period.A ray of hope for South Africa, 20 years after apartheid
Every man loves a holiday. The fact that one wakes up without the alarm ringing or kids preparing to leave for school, is quite relaxing. It is that tym of the year again when the christian world observe the easter holidays and the most favourable part is its length.Its a long weekend that includes the friday and the monday.Such a long breather calls for some partying which involves eating and drinking.
Having noted the vibe, surely the holiday can only be more enjoyable with some money in the pocket! In 2014 the easter starts on the 18th of the month which is mid month. Most people who get paid at the end of the month are broke during this time of the month.Fortunate enough there are South Africans who have families in the diaspora mainly the UK who can receive cash straight into their bank accounts via remittance companies like mukuru.com
The 2014 South African general election will be held on 7 May 2014.There is high possibility for the ruling party ANC to get two- thirds majority. In his state of the nation address, Cde Zuma sighted the following as the main priorities of the government, economy,education, health, water and sanitation,fight crime and finally sports and recreation. The main opposition party, the DA has its main slogan being job creation for everyone and black empowerment. On the other there is the new party EFF commonly knowns as the Julius malema party. Its main focus is on land reform and fight against corruption.
If all the factors from the different parties are put on table and enforced then surely there would be a positive economic turn around for the country.South Africans are going to the polls with mixed feelings, some still believe in the current government while some hope for a change from the opposition parties. Either way South Africans need to put much focus on the economy growth especially on the main contributory factors like mining and agriculture.Education also is cannot be ignored since it is the ladder out of poverty and as such the winning party should consider all these factors if South Africa is to be a developed country in future.
Zimbabwe’s economy went to a crumble and this resulted in a mass exodus to South Africa.It was however hard to get legal papers to settle in the country therefore South African police had become the common enemy.It became apparent that getting a proper job was practically impossible as such Zimbabweans were known for cheap labour. Having left families back home they had no option but to take up jobs in restaurants , garages and some as housekeepers.
In 2009 South African government introduced the four year permit under the Zimbabwe Documentation Programme. This permit brought a peace of mind to many.With that permit so many Zimbabwean got proper jobs. The business sector also opened up for permit holders.Many opened bank accounts, got loans. Some also depending on their earnings opened accounts with the retail shops.
March 2014 the South African government insists that all those who obtained their four year permits , will be required to go back to Zimbabwe and apply for their renewal.This is a blow to the Zimbabwean who adjusted to a relaxed living.How does one leave his new home and their only source of living (job) and travel to the economy stripped country to apply for a permit which is highly not guaranteed that one will be granted.
About 230 000 Zimbabweans were granted these four year permits and if only a quarter of them is to leave the country, the South African economy will be affected negatively,considering the fact that most have permanent jobs with loans and credits in the business sector.South Africa will definitely lose much revenue even in the process of deporting these thousands immigrants.At the end of the day the Zimbabwean life will just go back to the same old when they live in fear of deportation.
One wonders then, what was the initial purpose of that documentation process?
April marks the first quota of the year 2014 and so far the economy has been a roller coaster.The weakening of the South African rand in the end of 2013 saw its historic plunge in January 2014 .The ongoing mining strikes are the main contributors towards the staggering of the economy.South Africa has lost more than R13 billion due to the strikes.On a positive note the in March South Africa’s rand rallied in step with currencies from developing nations, erasing its 2014 decline against the dollar.The currency climbed after Foreign investors bought South African gold bonds thrice in two weeks.This resulted in the gaining of the South African Rand by 0.9 percent.
In the meantime where does all this leave an ordinary South African, obviously suffering in confusion.The cost of living has risen and very few people can afford a decent living Driving is a necessity but with the prevailing economic hardships, its slowly becoming a luxury.Renting an apartment as an individual or as a family is the right thing to do but now people are sharing accomodation in large numbers in an effort to cut down the costs.Every parent would love to send their children to good schools with quality education but now because of the exorbitant fees, one has no option but to send their children to those sub standard schools where the fees is a tenth of the good schools.At the end of the day the ordinary man remains poor with no development.
Whats the solution to all this?South Africa needs economy awareness, education is essential to the ordinary man. They need to know the impact of the strikes to the economy not only for now but in the long run.The solution is in the hands of South Africa!
Have you ever realised how foreigners in South Africa follow the same trend.We have Zimbabweans, a white man gotta love Zimbabwean, a Zimbabwean will work till the sun drop literally no joke. They will stay humble and loyal to their employer regardless of how much they earn in that company. A Zimbabwean motto is to work, work, work hoping that one day he/she will get a promotion which never comes. Lucky are those who have families living abroad because they can send them money to South Africa though mukuru.com. And we have Nigerian, Nigerian are hustles for those who don’t know hustle is a slang term for someone who will get money illegal or legal, those guys will have there small salon to cover up for deals no drugs, illegal documents you name it ask a Nigerian he will give you a helping hand for illegal stuff. And we have Somalian lord knows where those guys get money to start there small tuck shops in the locations of South Africa. Regardless of all the bad things which happens to foreigners in South Africa they all know the purpose they came into South Africa for, to make money and better themselves and family back home that their purpose.