If you donÔÇÖt compete, you will die

Viru Sahastrabudhhe was a director of a college in India [those who have watched the movie The 3 Idiots would know]. Every morning, he rides his bicycle to the college carrying a koel bird which he will use to demonstrate to the students how life is a like a race.

That race, Sahastrabudhhe, would say starts from the day eggs are laid until they hatch when the fi rst nestling will have to push down other eggs. Always, Sahastrabudhhe will end by saying: “A cuckoo bird never makes its own nest. She lays eggs on other birds’ nests. And when her babies come to the world, what do they do first? They kick out the other eggs from the nest. Competition [is] over. Their life begins with murder. That’s nature. Compete. Or die.

“Remember - Life is a race. If you don’t run fast enough, someone will overtake you and move faster.” Our youth should learn from this because as it is they are still living in a world where they expect everything to be thrown at them. They want to be doctors and nurses and they want to be civil engineers and they want to be architects simply because they have finished college. In most cases, they would have fi nished college after a long struggle with their courses such that a day after the examination, if one asks them what they learnt at college they cannot even say.

Yet these are the people who will have the guts to demonstrate for jobs and demand that they have a right by virtue of being Namibians to be employed fi rst. It must be said here now that the mess at the SME Bank was a real mess and thank Heaven it was cleaned up but that still does not mean that some of those most talkative youth should get the job unless they prove that they are capable.

Apart from the disease where the youth are now demanding jobs, there is a very big disease of laziness and indiscipline. This laziness starts at primary school where most of the youth demanding jobs today have to be wheel chaired into next grade simply because age will be catching up and the teachers are getting frustrated. These are the same youth who will grow up and then think that simply because they were wheel chaired throughout the entire education system they can run a 1000 mile marathon.

If the employers or prospective employer realise that the prospective employee has wheel chair qualifi cations, they do not take them in. Our youth need to know that an education alone does not translate into doing a good job of any work given but that without discipline, even one of the most educated person in the land is nothing. In any case, those who are educated and we know there such people in this country, they do not spend a month out in the street, groveling in the mud and yelling for jobs.

So how do you think you can be a good worker if you spend 23 hours on Facebook posting useless stuff or at a shebeen begging the disciplined youth who have jobs to buy you beer? How do you think you can get a job if you are a walking 750ml of Tafel lager yourself? Or worse still, you stink like a cracked pot of oshikundu rolling from deep down in Havana?

Show me which serious employer will look at you twice and have the stupidity of giving you a job when you cannot take care of yourself like a normal human being? Look my brother and sister [like the Zimbabwean leader would say according to the fake Facebook page of his quotes] you need help yourself for self-maintenance and guidance but you expect to be given a job where you help others? What witchcraft is that? Even the biggest witches in the village will tell you that there is no magic that works like that.

While the SME Bank was a messy, that is granted, a normal person would want to know why those graduates of the bankers institute fail to get jobs at FNB, Standard Bank, Ebank, Bank Windhoek, Nedbank or any other such institution that deals with fi nances. They should have been employed by now if at all they were good students and have what it takes for them to stand up to the required qualities of such world-class institutions.

In which case, they were supposed to also demonstrate for jobs being held by foreigners in the banks mentioned above. There are a lot foreigners there yet none of the poor graduates who had the guts to run the streets gathered enough courage to demand as they demanded jobs from the SME Bank.

For about nine years now, a hotel in Windhoek has been run by close to 40 foreigners including the receptionists and yet our youths who are so keen on demanding jobs have never made a scene. If at all, the situation at the SME Bank does not need just people who wake up from a shebeen in Eveline Street and think they can fi x the problem but people with what it takes to safeguard taxpayers’ money.

Already, a lot has been lost because of thieves and this country cannot afford to lose more again through people who think they are entitled to jobs when all they want is a salary. If at all, we cannot expose the SME Bank and the tax payers’ money to another battering just because there are youth who want to be wheel chaired into jobs.

This thing where every Joe and Jack can wake up one morning and dream of getting a job must end. It’s time the youth realise that when one is born, life is about survival and that means proving themselves. By the way, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has a new report on youth unemployment and it is very interesting to read.

Of course, Namibia is number three just after South Africa and then Swaziland coming fi rst. Looking at this report, one would conclude that the three countries that were either directly or indirectly controlled by the apartheid government sit at the top of the table that has 22 other countries.

The reason could be simple – the sense of entitlement that pervades our youths such that they have lost any sense of doing things for themselves. For them, the government must fund their education and by the end the government must donate jobs. In normal situations that works but this is not a normal situation and that means people must be enterprising.