DRUM - - Ed's Note -

I was hop­ing that things would get bet­ter in our coun­try but it seems as if the si­t­u­a­tion is only get­ting worse, with un­em­ploy­ment now at 29%.

We have the high­est un­em­ploy­ment com­pared to other Brics coun­tries. Why are our lead­ers not learn­ing from other coun­tries?

Some­thing is wrong with our state. We also lead the lists with the high­est crime and cor­rup­tion.

Some of the banks are about to ret­rench even more work­ers but no one seems wor­ried about that – un­less it is Eskom and the SABC, where min­is­ters say we can­not al­low re­trench­ment.

Our cur­rent poli­cies are not help­ing us at all. AL­FRED RADEBE, SMS

Un­em­ploy­ment is preva­lent in our com­mu­ni­ties. The main rea­son for this is that the gov­ern­ment does not of­fer enough job op­por­tu­ni­ties for our peo­ple. There is also a lack of en­thu­si­asm and drive among peo­ple.

I be­lieve the gov­ern­ment can only help those who want to help them­selves.

Imag­ine if some­one in your com­mu­nity had a busi­ness idea and went on to pur­sue it – drawing up busi­ness plans, bud­gets and do­ing all the nec­es­sary re­search to turn that idea into a de­tailed and con­vinc­ing busi­ness ven­ture.

Next, the per­son could pro­pose this to in­ter­ested par­ties, com­pa­nies, the mayor, coun­cils and sim­i­lar bod­ies.

If the busi­ness takes off, more in­di­vid­u­als will be em­ployed in that com­mu­nity and the num­ber of un­em­ployed peo­ple drops.

Now imag­ine if this was the case in all com­mu­ni­ties.

I feel like this is a strat­egy that should be utilised to em­power and en­hance lives in our com­mu­ni­ties. CON­STANCE SILANDA, EMAIL

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