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Unemployment at zero


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I DON’T get it. I just don’t understand why unemployment figures in the country are so high.

The recent figures released show that the unemployment rate came in at 27.7 percent in the second quarter of 2017, unchanged from the previous period’s 13-year high.

Even though the number for those unemployed fell by 37 thousand to 6.18 million, the number of employed declined by 113 thousand to 16.10 million.

The unemployment rate in South Africa averaged 25.46 percent from 2000 until 2017, reaching an all-time high of 31.20 percent in the first quarter of 2003 and a record low of 21.50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008.

And, the funny thing about all of this is that the unemployed figure could be zero percent. We could all be enjoying a passive second income – for some an ordinary income – and make a meaningful contribution to our so-called economy.

If we had to get paid for doing our “favourite pastime”, at the rate money has already been plundered, who cares who is president?

We would be making millions, more than our government officials. We would be living in Utopia.

Service delivery, what’s that?

With all the money we would make, we would be able to afford to employ all those who already earn way more than they should to provide services to us.

Even though we would be making an extremely meaningful contribution to the economy and society as a whole, how many of us would be able to live with our conscience?

Yes, it is the easiest job in the world to sit in our armchairs and constantly throw out the criticisms, the curse words and be downright rude and obnoxious.

We even stand up in public and make our feelings known, but when we have the chance to walk the talk, what do we do?

In all probability only about 300 people stood by the courage of their convictions.

Yes, I am referring to the so-called anti-Zuma march which was held in the city on Tuesday.

One just has to look at these groups on Facebook and note their constant moaning and whinging about everything that is wrong.

Then there are those who lament because they cannot complain as they’d want to because they don’t have access to data, because of the high prices.

However, thanks to the Sol Plaatje University, you can now go to the Oppenheimer Gardens and make use of the free wi-fi there to gripe and moan on social media to your heart’s content.

No, we are not getting paid to sit in our armchairs and earn a second income by running our mouths off.

And no, we have not been afforded the privilege of even criticising the likes of President Jacob Zuma because when we have the opportunities to actually do something about it, we don’t.

All South Africans have had the opportunity to speak up since 1994, but the attitude and mentality has mostly been, “let’s see if it gets better”.

It’s time to wake up and realise it isn’t going to get better. That’s the choice you have made. That’s the decision you have made.

Live with the “courage of your so-called conviction”.