South Africans must dream big - Agbiz Congress
According to Statistics SA the percentage of black youth between the ages of 25 and 34 in professional, managerial and technical fields has dropped by 2% in the last two decades. "Currently, 60% of South Africa’s unemployed youth has never worked before and their parents are better educated and equipped than they are. This is a sign of regression," said Mpumelelo Mkhabela, station manager of commercial talk radio station POWER 98.7, at the congress.
Mkhabela placed socio-economic issues under the spotlight and said that there is a gap between South African’s aspirations and reality. “South Africans must use their imagination and dream big until society resembles those dreams. Despite the country’s dream of a better future for all, as envisaged in the National Development Plan, reality paints a bleak picture,” Mkhabela said. Leadership, politics, culture, the national self-esteem, economics, innovation, race relations and credit rating have all decreased. “The average income per capita is declining and it is getting worse for the bottom 40% of the population. We experience an increase in predatory tendencies as the battle for reduced state resources among political elites gets daring." Full media release