Who cares? Pol­i­tics, elec­tions and SA’S young gen­er­a­tion

Saturday Star - - LIFESTYLE -

LIV­ING in a demo­cratic coun­try means that peo­ple are given op­por­tu­ni­ties to make the best of what they have, more so in the case of the youth. With only a few months left be­fore the 2019 Gen­eral Elec­tions, spot­light has turned to South Africa’s youth who some say, seem un­in­ter­ested in the po­lit­i­cal realm of this coun­try. A hand­ful of South Africa’s young gen­er­a­tion ap­pears to be en­grossed in in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion and chas­ing the money, in­stead of how they could help en­rich their coun­try. A sad but true re­al­ity.

Speak­ing of grat­i­fy­ing things, the only in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion I’m look­ing for­ward to is be­ing able to take Ma­griza on hol­i­day be­cause she de­serves a break time!

Many young peo­ple seem to not know who their po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives are, let alone how they have the au­thor­ity to in­flu­ence po­lit­i­cal out­come.

Po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives? The only rep­re­sen­ta­tive I need to know is the one who’s go­ing to make Ma­griza’s stay at City Lodge a com­fort­able one this De­cem­ber. It may be easy to point fin­gers and say that the youth are ig­no­rant; how­ever, this is not al­ways the case. As seen through eigh­teenyear-old Lucky

Red, a first year Pol­i­tics and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions stu­dent, “I choose not to vote be­cause it is al­ways the same re­sults, politi­cians can­vass­ing for votes months be­fore the elec­tions promis­ing us heaven on earth, the day they are elected into power only the mi­nor­ity gets to ben­e­fit. The poor stay poor, whilst the rich get richer” has been seen as an ev­ery­day oc­cur­rence in the pol­i­tics of this coun­try.

Well, I know a ho­tel group that’s not promis­ing heaven on earth, but just the right amount of hos­pi­tal­ity to make you feel like you’re in heaven on earth. Sorry for los­ing my trail of thought, the City Lodge up to half price pro­mo­tion on my left is re­ally dis­tract­ing.

Not ev­ery­one shares in Lucky’s sen­ti­ments though. Ttwen­ty­five-year old Shadow Mosweu, a ju­nior Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer, in­sists that he will be vot­ing in next year’s elec­tions, although it sad­dens him to know that a lot of his peers aren’t in­ter­ested in chang­ing the po­lit­i­cal land­scape of this coun­try.

Since we are speak­ing land­scapes, that City Lodge down the road from me looks invit­ing and is just a short dis­tance away, not to men­tion that the City Lodge Ho­tel Group is of­fer­ing up to half price on all rooms across the coun­try from De­cem­ber 14, 2018 to Jan­uary 13, 2019. Ma­griza and I won’t have to go far to be far. It’s like go­ing on hol­i­day, but with­out the dis­tance.

I mean have a look at the ad on your left, it’s a pretty tempt­ing of­fer, and hope­fully SA’S youth will take ad­van­tage of what the City Lodge Ho­tel Group has to of­fer them for their mo­ments of in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

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