It seems that no matter what Act we amend or what policy we propose regarding creating employment amongst the youth, the only solutions which make it to Cabinet for approval are the ones promoting the laziness and dependency of young people.
Any good old philosophical book on uplifting society will tell you that the key to growth in any country will be utilising its youth.
This is why when Namibia was still in the hands of its oppressors, it is the youth who were most feared because the youth still had a future that they would fight for. A future that they would work for, and not give up on.
So, then it disappoints me every time we speak of struggle children, or just basically youths from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, and we can only come up with the lousiest solutions to try and deal with the issue at hand.
We try to address unemployment, education and housing all at once for the youth without really touching base.
At one point, it was Tipeeg, then Mass Housing, and then the walls started speaking of Solidarity Tax. All things which sound like they were basically made up overnight.
At this point, we are looking at a crisis where we can expect the unemployment rate amongst youths to rise because we cannot seem to pull off just one plan. Solidarity Tax is deep in its ‘Moer’, and sounds like a desperate man’s attempt at keeping the masses happy.
However, with an ever-increasing population and unemployment rate, how do you plan on dividing the line between the lazy and the disadvantaged? Most of the solutions we seem to be coming up with are only promoting laziness in the country’s most valuable gem, which is its youth.
Government should not try to seek comfort in foolishness.
There is absolutely no way that people who have also walked 7 kilometres to schools, paid attention in class, passed grade 12, got bursaries, graduated all from hard work, would want to split what little they make or whatever amount they make with someone whose circumstances they do not know about.
This is hokum logic. These are the kind of things which promote laziness in black communities. Government is basically failing to understand that the introduction of vocational training as part of the basic education curriculum can make a change for the country.
These acquired skills will never be lost. Does it not seem interesting that every Zimbabwean who crosses the border to Namibia seems to be in possession of a degree in business, but they also possess a good set of handy skills?
This is because, however Zimbabwe’s state might be, the Government of Zimbabwe made it a priority to instil handy skills in its people from a young age.
Here, the only thing government can think about is enrolling the masses into the army or the police, while the only war we are fighting at the moment is the war against ourselves and all these misplaced priorities.
We also understand that not everyone can be a carpenter or a welder, but people should focus on all the sectors which need manpower.
The agricultural and manufacturing sectors, which need a boost in order to strengthen our position as exporters in Southern Africa, could use the manforce which we have.
It is up to Government to direct its priorities into that direction. We would really like to see an end to solutions which only seem to be promoting more laziness amongst the youth.