SOLVING SOUTH AFRICA
A Very Short Story about a Poor Young Man
by Marius Oosthuizen
A young man wanted to get married but had no money or job.
He had asked his circle of friends for advice but they were in a similar predicament and offered no solution.
He decided to look for another way…
He went to his father and asked him, “Baba, i’m young, I have no money and want to get married, what must I do?”
His father answered, “My son, have you thought of going to the city? Maybe you’ll find a job there.”
He had never been to the city, so decided to try it.
As the young man travelled he met a priest, and asked him, “Father, i’m young, I have no money and want to get married, what must I do?”
The priest answered, “Son, have you thought of praying? Maybe God will give you a solution.”
He had never prayed, so decided to try it.
Further down the road the young man met an elderly school teacher, and asked her, “Gogo, i’m young, I have no money and want to get married, what must I do?”
The teacher answered, “My boy, have you thought of reading a book? Maybe you’ll find the solution there?”
He had not read since school, so he decided to try it.
When the young man arrived in the city he found many others like him.
He also found signs on the doors of the buildings, that read, “No Jobs”.
Finally the young man sat down on a pavement with his head in his hands.
After a few minutes a businessman in a shiny car and a flashy suit pulled up beside him.
The young man looked up and thought to himself, “he looks like he has success figured out, i’ll ask him”.
He scurried over the businessman and startled him as he spoke, “Sir, i’m young, I have no money and want to get married, what must I do?”
The businessman asked abruptly, “What have you tried?”
The young man answered in frustration, “I have looked for a job, and found none! I have prayed, but God didn’t answer! I have read a book, but found nothing there! All of my friends are in the same situation!”
The businessman stared at him for a moment, then said, “Young man, have you thought of getting your friends together and starting a business – teaching them what you learned in the book that you have read?”
South Africa has the highest income inequality in the world. We have a bulging youth population that is poorly educated, unskilled, unemployed and increasingly frustrated. But, we also have some of the most innovative and resilient business minds in the world. South Africa has many challenges and needs; better education, more infrastructure, better healthcare etc. But what our country needs most is the self-driven entrepreneurial spirit that sees opportunities in needs and makes the connections that turn finite resources into valuable solutions.
So the question is, what can you create with what you have, to make South Africa a better place for you and your fellow South Africans?
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