Dear President Cyril Ramaphosa
I humbly write this letter to you, our honorable President as a patriot of this land. I am a youth of this land and I am proud of being one. I write this letter in despair and sorrow. I write this letter not only for myself but on behalf of our youth as a whole and not to mention on behalf of all South Africans.
As I listened to the State Of The Nation Address it brought confidence. It laid a clear picture of transformation. It raised my hopes of a better economy very high, but now it has been a couple of weeks after the well delivered speech. I realised that we have been sold dreams. I write this letter in darkness using my cellphone torch light which contributes to my frustration.
Mr. President I am a graduate of this land but due to minimal opportunities of employment I resorted to starting my own business which solely depends on electricity. I woke up to the exasperation of load-shedding and off I go to bed again with the same frustration. It raised a question; Why has our country become a territory where the rich get richer and the poor become more poorer.
Mr. President as the youth of South Africa fears are pounding deep in our heart and heads. Under your leadership graduates have found themselves standing on the streets with placards displaying their capabilities and qualifications begging for employment from motorist passing by. South African tax payers have found themselves paying where they do not benefit nor do their families. Our youth wander the streets day in day out. Some wander with their curriculum vitae on their hand. Whilst some wander with no hope at all as the system of job creation are minimal and nepotism is at it high point. The employed group are finding themselves being retrenched on daily basis. South African commuters who willingly and faithfully pay for Eskom services have found themselves rejoicing for having having electricity for a few hours in a day
It raises the question that if the electricity cannot be managed even before the elections what more can we expect after the elections. As we know very well that prior to the elections especially during the campaigning seasons politicians draw themselves closer to the public and service delivery becomes so efficient. As the President kept saying during the SONA, “watch the space” Should we expect a more dire state? Perhaps a South Africa that has gone worst?
As our Minister of Finance stated during that one will need to be like an aloe vera plant to survive during this tough economy times. Indeed we have struggled to keep up during the toughest times in the economy but now we call for intervention.
As I conclude my writing to the Honorable President we urge and plead that your goodselves alongside your team, do not leave us with shattered dreams and hopes. We plead for a change in our land. We plead for the enforcement of promises made during the campaigning season. We plead for a better South Africa and a better economy after all we are today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.
Letter submitted by Xoliswa Magidigidi.