By Vuyisilie Maki – Vergenoeg, Kimberley
Our greatest asset is the future, and this rests with the children. Parents, legal guardians, teachers and pupils alike must use their time and every opportunity they have to look forward to future plans. Educating our children should be one of our top priorities as we all know that education, more than anything else, improves our chances of building better lives.
We all need our families and friends support during both good and bad times, family is very important, it is a basic unit of life.
My concern however, are the mining companies and other big businesses who operate and generate a lot of income in our country but who fail to empower the youth. I would like to join the 58 million peace loving South Africans who are worried about the behaviour being displayed by these mining companies and other big businesses alike. They are failing to plough back to the communities which is a part of their social responsibility.
Most importantly, they should employ more young people in their businesses, they should transfer the necessary skills and avail resources to the youth to study further. They should also be providing financial assistance for the youth to study further.
By ploughing back to the communities in which businesses operate, issues of poverty, unemployment and inequality which is encountered by the youth and other citizens alike, will decrease drastically. The late former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela once said, “Poverty is not an accident like slavery and apartheid. It is man-made and therefore it can be removed by the actions of human beings”.
Mining companies and other big businesses must reaffirm their support to all young South Africans whether they have achieved top results or not. Private companies should not forget where they have come from, they should not forget their roots. It is their society that has made them what they are and that is why they need to plough back to that society.
If businesses do not come to the party, or if they do not rescue the situation currently being faced, our children will be resorting to drugs and substance abuse. I believe that our youth should be given the opportunity of a life time, private mines and companies need to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds bridge the gap between high school and university. The objective through everything is skills development. The youth also have a responsibility to play. I urge them to take the opportunities presented to them and make the most thereof as they are our future leaders. It would be so delightful to have businesses assist in the youth realising their dreams.
We need to develop award systems so that the youth are encouraged to do well. This will serve as a motivating factor for them to be focused and to strive for excellence in all their academic and sporting activities.