A note to the class of 2011
I imagine that the Grade 12 class of 2011 are preparing and eagerly waiting for their final examinations. Indeed, this is a pivotal moment in your academic life.
But education goes beyond Grade 12, it is a lifelong lesson that takes place even in places where you least expect it.
We learn from people and places we live in. I am certain that we have all come to terms with the fact that learners are members of society first and foremost.
We must be concerned about the continuous devaluation of our education by the capitalist system and the celebration of tenderpreneurship as the new culture inculcated among our youth, especially our “youth leaders”!
It is only through education that many of the socioeconomic barriers can be adequately addressed, because it is only a nation whose youth is armed with education that has a future free of corruption, greed, looting and tenderpreneurship.
We must, through education, promote entrepreneurship among the youth and warn them to be vigilant of this dubious tendency that is slowly doing away with entrepreneurship and creating an environment wherein the youth no longer find education to be worthwhile.
The YCLSA’s national university-based branches summit that took place recently asked a question that we should all be concerned about: “If a tenderpreneur who has not even completed their matric can make millions and still be celebrated by society, why would young people be interested in a life of academic success if it will trap them into a cycle of poverty?”
Education is slowly becoming unfashionable in our country. However, there are unfortunate consequences underlying this challenge.
Most of these tenderpreneurs do not only register a business, apply for tenders and it ends there.
The reality we are faced with, is that they are often found among the slates and the broader factional cronies within the liberation movement.
The reason for this is because for them to get a tender (no matter how naive or incompetent they are) must be aligned to a particular grouping that probably won a congress and ultimately has control over state resources and its general affairs.
This is political thugerism at its best!
The “bling” culture has penetrated not only our beloved liberation movement but the overall society we live in and our young people are exposed to this tenderpreneurship mentality and practices.
Our society has to be a fighting force in this ideological struggle by ensuring that we celebrate real professions instead of making thugs and individuals who have accumulated their wealth through corrupt practices.
All of us must go all out to isolate and expose corruption and the tenderpreneurial tendency, both inside and outside the ranks of our movement.
» Sonkwane is a Sasco member and a student teacher studying at the CUT Bloemfontein Campus