CityPress - - Voices - Tiyise­lani Bevhula Mala­mulele, Lim­popo

Char­ity is a step back in al­le­vi­at­ing poverty. At the re­cent eco­nomic sum­mit held in the US, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama stressed the need to in­crease fund­ing to Africa. How long must Africa de­pend on for­eign fund­ing for most of its devel­op­ment agen­das?

In his book, Bul­lets or Bal­lots, Dr Ruben Richards writes about two meth­ods of re­duc­ing poverty.

The easy method is through fi­nan­cial aid and char­ity. The dif­fi­cult way is through teach­ing the poor how to be­come rich and to cre­ate their own fi­nan­cial aid. Look at the vast amount of money raised to feed and clothe the starv­ing masses in Africa.

How long are we go­ing to feed and clothe them? Imag­ine how it would be if we were to equip these peo­ple with skills.

The un­der­ly­ing re­sult will amount in a good story to tell. It seems dif­fi­cult un­til it is done.

My fam­ily re­sisted be­ing trapped in eco­nomic bondage and acted de­ci­sively. The time is al­ways right to do what is right.

Char­ity is good but it cre­ates a de­pen­dency syn­drome and lazi­ness.

In­stead of giv­ing some­one a fish, teach him how to fish and break the poverty chain and de­pen­dency syn­drome.

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