As youth month draws to an end the question about unemployment is still very daunting for many, and COVID-19 has not made it any easier. On Youth day we saw many young people uncertain about how to go about the day, if there was anything to be proud of or to even celebrate.
What has seemingly become a pressing issue among young people is the growing numbers of unemployment and many seem to point at corruption as the root of the problem especially in the mining industry. Earlier in the week the parliamentary portfolio committee addressed the issues around the funding to ramp up one of the biggest mines in South Africa, Optimum.
The lawyer for business rescue practitioners of the mine, Bouwer van Niekerk mentioned that this mine is struggling to receive funding as it requires alot of money and that there are limited individuals who have the capital to take on such an establishment. However; they have received three bids which raised many brows. The masses took to Twitter with much confusion as to how these bids came about.
— ShEiGo (@ShEiGo_De_G) June 26, 2020
The problem with south Africans is that we think the government and private companies play open cards with us and we have to know what they know…..money exchange hands while you sleep, meetings in the early hours while you sleep.
— Nkusheng (@GatesBaloyi) June 26, 2020
Guys I think it is our duty as youth to challenge corruption since it’s getting out of hand as a black child for you to get a job it’s either you pay with money or your body #OpenUpTheMiningIndustry pic.twitter.com/dFZshJSyCn
— 💕💕Progie 💕💕 (@ProgieMinnie) June 26, 2020
If They opened the alcohol industry why can’t they #OpenUpTheMiningIndustry ?
— Ntwana yaseMlazi 💯🇿🇦 (@yunghustler_za) June 26, 2020
This morning we have seen more people take to twitter still wanting to understand how businesses in South African were not given a fair chance to bid for the ramp up of this mine.
A lot of people say South Africans are ignorant and not business minded, I dissagree with that. The locals are being sidelined from participating in the mining industry, even if they have the Capital. The same is happening with Optimum mine bidding #JusticeForSAMining
— Lerato Pillay (@uLerato_pillay) June 27, 2020
Optimum mine belongs to South Africans, first preference on any business of any service should consider local companies#JusticeForSAMining
— UmalambaneZN ➐ (@UmalambaneZN) June 27, 2020
— Male Alpha (@thami_tzz) June 27, 2020
Not only that but there are concerns around the living conditions of the those who are staying in these mining areas.
Only in SA where you can find a Gold mine and few meters away the community is dead poor. No roads, no houses, no power, no water. Yet you are living on Gold. #JusticeForSAMining pic.twitter.com/9kgWLL4xxp
— Volmaster (@Volmaster3) June 27, 2020
Is this what it has come to for our youth? As we look back and honour the youth who fought in 1976 for a better South Africa we ask ourselves if this is what the youth of this generation has to fight through.
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