Sunday, November 29, 2009

Why tell me to leave South Africa?

By Vivienne (News24 User)


Telling those who bring the shortfalls of this country to the forefront to leave is not the answer. And anyway just because the government is useless why should I be pushed out of my home?

Dear Editor,

What I would like to know is when people write articles to complain about the state of our nation why are there those whose standard responses are "if you don't like it, move to Australia"? Why?

Why should I have to leave the country of my birth, the country that I have grown up in, the country I love just because some don't like to be shown the faults of the government?

Am I not entitled to complain about something that is damaging our country without having pathetic comments like this added to the bottom of the article?

I am a born and bred South African. I have lived out of this country for seven years and pined for my home everyday whilst I was away. I came back to SA and want to make a difference in my country but am told that I cannot complain because then I am racist and must leave and go to Australia.

Maybe Australia doesn't want all us South Africans. Try applying for a work visa on a South African passport. South African doesn't even qualify as a country to be granted work visas.

What happens if everyone leaves? What then? There is already a major skills shortage in this country and there are those who want these much needed skills to be utilised in Australia instead. Daft!

This is not what I would like to see for our beautiful country. We have a democratic right to bring to light where we, as South African citizens who pay thousands of rands in taxes monthly, see our government failing us citizens and our country.

Telling those who bring the shortfalls of this country to the forefront to leave is not the answer. And anyway just because the government is useless why should I be pushed out of my home?

I am proudly South African. Allow me the opportunity to help my country without retribution and hate speech.

Vivienne

H/T: Black Coffee

2 Opinion(s):

WHITEADDER said...

Just because the government is useless....This has consequences
and in the end you will be glad to get out if you can.

Anonymous said...

When you use the phrase "labor shortage" or "skills shortage" you're speaking in a sentence fragment. What you actually mean to say is: "There is a labor shortage at the salary level I'm willing to pay." That statement is the correct phrase; the complete sentence and the intellectually honest statement.

Some people speak about shortages as though they represent some absolute, readily identifiable lack of desirable services. Price is rarely accorded its proper importance in their discussion.

If you start raising wages and improving working conditions, and continue doing so, you'll solve your shortage and will have people lining up around the block to work for you even if you need to have huge piles of steaming manure hand-scooped on a blazing summer afternoon.

If you think there's going to be a shortage caused by employees retiring out of the workforce: Guess again: With the majority of retirement accounts down about 50% or more, most people entering retirement age are working well into their sunset years. So, you won’t be getting a worker shortage anytime soon due to retirees exiting the workforce.

Okay, fine. Some specialized jobs require training and/or certification, again, the solution is higher wages and improved benefits. People will self-fund their re-education so that they can enter the industry in a work-ready state. The attractive wages, working conditions and career prospects of technology during the 1980’s and 1990’s was a prime example of people’s willingness to self-fund their own career re-education.

There is never enough of any good or service to satisfy all wants or desires. A buyer, or employer, must give up something to get something. They must pay the market price and forego whatever else he could have for the same price. The forces of supply and demand determine these prices -- and the price of a skilled workman is no exception. The buyer can take it or leave it. However, those who choose to leave it (because of lack of funds or personal preference) must not cry shortage. The good is available at the market price. All goods and services are scarce, but scarcity and shortages are by no means synonymous. Scarcity is a regrettable and unavoidable fact.

Shortages are purely a function of price. The only way in which a shortage has existed, or ever will exist, is in cases where the "going price" has been held below the market-clearing price.