– Lebogang Ditsebe
We as young people in South Africa need to realise that two key things stand out, from this upcoming Freedom Day. And, firstly, we need to pay special tribute to the struggle icons who fought a long hard battle to lead South Africa into a post-apartheid dispensation, because that is the foundation that we are standing on as a young generation. And, secondly, we need to acknowledge that we’re now currently living in one of the most historically difficult times of this global COVID-19 pandemic which crippled and stifled down many of our hopes and dreams, and for that reason we need to build resistance to thee current status quo.
And, speaking of our current status quo. We are confronted by a sharp declining prospect of youth employment opportunities in our country, with an absolute staggering figure of 7.2 million people who were unemployed, and with a slight improvement some are still unemployed. And this figure is the highest since 2008.
Without question, we’re also confronted increasing social instability, which is being contributed by rampant social ills, for instance violent crimes, women, and children with disabilities. And, this is just a glimmer of the current state of affairs.
However, we as young people in our country need to realise that freedom is not freedom at all without having our basic necessities in place, and freedom is freedom at all without having a reliable source of income, or having access to quality higher, and tertiary education.
And, it is for this reason that we need to realise that the buck stops here. We, as young people of our country need to realise that we are holding the keys to our success, and that would mean – that we have position ourselves in ways that can lead to employment opportunities opening up. For instance, by asking relevant questions, and seeking towards liberating ourselves – just as those who came before us did.
It is then in that spirit – that we need to realise, that the buck stops with us. We have to continuously be improving ourselves, sharpening our skills, and harnessing our prospects, so that when opportunities arise – we should be found equal to the task.
Summing up, the buck stops with us, because we hold the keys to our futures and destinies. In closing, despite the fact that we’re living in an era of the global pandemic, we might be experiencing a lockdown, but our creativity does not need to be locked up – realising that freedom day is around the corner, and the buck stops with us.
We hold the solutions to the problems, that we’re facing.
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