THIS AND THAT Round and round we go

Diamond Fields Advertiser - - OPINION -

IF THERE is one thing that ir­ri­tates me it’s the fact that driv­ers just do not know how to drive when they ap­proach a traf­fic cir­cle.

Now, I need to point out that I drive to and from work out­side of “rush hour”, so I can just imag­ine how chaotic it must be at th­ese round­abouts dur­ing school dropoff and pick-up times. And they want to put up cir­cles at the “killer cross­ings” just out­side of the city – I’m shud­der­ing as I am sit­ting here.

Let me give you a brief les­son – even though you may have had your li­cence for don­key’s years al­ready – if you are not leav­ing the cir­cle at the very first exit to your left you take the in­ner lane … THE IN­NER LANE!

Hope­fully we have got that sorted and we can move on to other is­sues with­out – touch wood – any ac­ci­dents.

Some­thing else which is re­ally both­er­ing me this week is our res­i­dents’ feel­ing to­wards the ar­ti­sanal min­ers.

Yet again prej­u­dice – af­flu­ent ver­sus needy – has raised its ugly head. The story is about il­le­gal min­ers try­ing to eke out a liv­ing, be it le­gal or not – judge­ment is still re­served at this stage.

The lengths that th­ese min­ers are go­ing to, nay, fight­ing for, is a job on its own. If the coun­try’s econ­omy wasn’t as in the dol­drums as it cur­rently is, I can al­most guar­an­tee that they would not have to be do­ing what they are cur­rently do­ing.

They would have their ba­sic hu­man rights taken care of – a job, a house, a plate of food, water, elec­tric­ity and – for those want­ing it – an ed­u­ca­tion.

I can imag­ine some of you say­ing that you don’t owe them any­thing, and you are en­ti­tled to that opin­ion.

I to­tally give you that. You don’t owe them any­thing.

But one thing I feel very strongly about is the fact that you con­demn what they are do­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to some re­ports, once you are in a cy­cle of poverty it is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to get out of it. It af­fects your daily cir­cum­stances and a lot of young peo­ple drop out of school at an early age be­cause of it.

This gives them very lit­tle or no op­por­tu­nity at all to even se­cure an en­try-level job – that is if some­thing like that even ex­ists.

So their op­por­tu­ni­ties are ex­tremely lim­ited, but any­body can rise above their cir­cum­stances. And, given the chance and re­sources, I’m sure a lot of them would.

What would you do if you were in their shoes? I would love to hear your feed­back and we have var­i­ous plat­forms on which you can do just that.

If you ask the peo­ple that know me well, you don’t want to ir­ri­tate me or make me feel ir­ri­tated.

So let’s be safe out there … and let us put our­selves in oth­ers’ shoes be­fore we throw our toys out of the cot.

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