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CULTURE & BEHAVIOUR LEADERSHIP - 15 - HOW TO GET AN ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK.

Fire those who are in charge of our economy, our education, our health services, our mining sectors, our agriculture. Fire the weak links in our government, our business sectors, our labour movements for they disregard the plight of our people and the overall weak state of the nation.

It is incomprehensible that the party in power takes it upon themselves to call one of the most respected financial institutions to task for adverts that clearly tell the politicians how the young electorate feel about the very weak institution of government and governance. It smacks of authoritarianism and the right to differ.

The acute weaknesses in all tiers of government emanate from very weak leadership or shall I refer to as non existent leadership. It has similarities of illiterate and ignorant parents suggesting that the children be educated when they themselves are in absolute turmoil, disarray and many of them on a luxury gravy train.

The recent happenings of "strikes" in the mining sectors are far from over and any reasonable person will agree that the labour force of the mining sectors require complete overhaul, training and better compensation as a matter of urgency. The agricultural sector "strikes" are also far from over and better remuneration, welfare and living conditions are priorities if we take the betterment in the lives of rural communities seriously. We can no longer play the party politics and exclusive political cards as it is destroying love, trust and civil obedience.

Teachers and educators seem to also get into the spotlight by "lo and behold" intentions of declaring these noble professions an essential service. It clearly means that the thought in paying better salaries to teachers and educators are not a priority. Teachers and educators who develop the most essential asset of the nation are poorly remunerated and in comparison to salaries paid to politicians is an absolute travesty of justice taking into account the level of competencies and qualifications of teachers and educators vs politicians. This point requires serious attention. It is hoped that when the Minister of Finance does its "Balancing Act" in presenting the annual budget of the nation to parliament, think of what can be a good intent in ensuring fair compensation to teachers and educators. It is appaulling to those who know and understand our schooling system and quality in education. We are far from ensuring a readiness of our young democracy and a young "Rainbow Nation" as it hurts when quality in education is discussed. We need to admit that our primary and senior schooling of our young people leave much to be desired and it is hoped that our prayers will be answered that it requires a massive overhaul and a powerful and forceful injection of capital and other resources. It remains a right to have a decent quality in education for every child and learner.

Government appears not to have a single voice when it relates to national and global communication. I find it almost life threatening when even senior political ministers speak on behalf of the nation and do not realise the effects and inpact that their utterings may have on international perceptions as regard to government and governance. The manner in which we address others is a reflection on the nation and certainly impacts on perceptions, disinvestment, inflation and other areas that can negatively impact on the quality of life of the nation.

We are faced with so many challenges regarding developing more than enough leadership for civil soiciety, government and business and we somehow know how to "miss the bus" when we communicate to the various media and technology driven media.

Our economic and social transformation partners are growing stronger in Africa, the Arab League and in South East Asia. It is about time that we aggressively promote and enhance our good intention to these regional economic, social and political powers in a manner that our strength and support will align our people to these cultures and values that will make it easy for change and transformation to be effective.

We surely have the knowledge, the talents, the charisma and the wisdom to support and develop the people and the nations of the African continent. Government and the business sectors need to admit the serious weaknesses in building trust and competencies amongst themselves. Civil society is well ready to assist and support a government and business sectors that show its impecable trust to all its stakeholders, and to build on that trust the values of liberty and democracy that we hold so dear to our hearts.

Inflation is hitting the nation hard because of our ignorance and arrogance to socio economic and political reforms that adversely affect the conditions in building our nation and the nations of the African continent. We need to very seriously look inwardly at ourselves and at least try to apply justice and fairness to our people as we can together build a strong, loving and caring society. We have a good national Constitution and a powerful Bill of Rights that speak of nation building and building a nation with the nation. We will work together as we will develop our labour to the betterment of our nation and the nations of Africa. We cannot work in isolation to the nations of the African continent. We will and we will support each other in nations building.

Bless & Love all of you.

 

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Comment by sylvia hammond on February 10, 2013 at 11:06

Thanks Moegsien for many thought-provoking comments.  Yesterday I attended the Memorial service for the late Professor Merlyn Mehl.  I will write a post on his legacy, but you raise education as a key point. Prof Meyl believed - and proved - that all have the ability to study and understand maths and science.  In a video (available on skills portal) he says that we have failed our children.

Everyone is very quick to criticise teachers but we should not forget that they are also the product of an education system that "dumbed down" - that lowered expectations - and adults are damaged by the insidious effects of lowering their expectations of themselves.

It seems to me that the people in government are also lowering expectations of the population.  We have proved that we have the ability to organise and host the World Cup - and now the African tournament, which we took over at short notice from Libya - with no obvious significant hitches.

So the question for me is if we can do that - why can we not improve education? Why can we not house the population?  We can surely organise the population to acquire the necessary building skills to contribute to the solution while houses are built for those who cannot help themselves.

I would agree that government need to acknowledge the weaknesses that exist, but equally the opposition parties need to engage in more constructive behaviour than "stone throwing" and legal action.

I would suggest that our population needs to demand of our leaders (political, business, and organised labour) to explain what they are contributing constructively to growing our economy and providing the services that are needed.

Equally bodies such as NEDLAC need to set out transparently what is going on in that body. At the inception of that body, they should have addressed the apartheid disparity in wage rates - and not have left it to unions to "fight" for a living wage. 

We know that even the minimum rates now achieved are not in fact sufficient for people to survive - to feed, clothe and educate their children.  So we need to be asking - what should the minimum living level be - then work from there to establish - how can this be paid?  That requires business to explain how the highest levels may be adjusted to achieve a more equitable situation - or government to subsidise people like small farmers for instance - and others who provide employment.  

I suggest that we should also differentiate levels of youth wages (with skills development included), and wage rates of qualified or experienced workers.  But we also need to address COSATU's concerns that business will just substitute permanent workers with youth workers - and prevent that happening.

We know that the Western democracy economies are failing significantly, with unprecedented levels internationally of youth unemployment, so let's work together with other African nations to create equitable societies - nationally we could create our Constitution and democracy, so nationally we are capable or resolving our economic problems.        

 

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