It’s just funny when you realize there are employment opportunities everywhere in South Africa. The country is not under sanctions, tyranny, in a war or anything the rest of Africa seems to be experiencing. Maybe the reason why the continent admires Mzantsi. However my topic is not on politics. This column is about things that matter in personal lives – like jobs and health. Did anyone say jobs?
South African Entrepreneurs
For a week now I have seen two young South African entrepreneurs. I admired their business acumen –really. They told me how they could not succeed in the classroom but just failed to accept defeat. Two daring spirits, they took matters into their own hands. They sell their goods (fruits, roasted-bread and muffins) at a busy location taxi rank. In the mornings one can never miss them. To them its busy business time while everyone is rushing-off to work. I asked one how much they make on a good day, I was shocked. Something around R200! Now imagine how much they make in a good month. All tax free I guess. Most people receive less at the end of the month in their 12hr jobs.
It might not be your best place to work but the idea is that anything you can put your mind to can be your salvation. There is a granny who made a fortune by selling tumble-weed in the US. Imagine tumble-weed. Today “her” tumble-weed is found on most intersections and roads on the American east coast.
What’s your fear? What’s your idea? These young men saw an opportunity and took a bold step and are on their way to owning their futures. They did not wait for someone to hand over a job to them. Yes they were not academic wiz’s, but they were intelligent enough to realize that most of us rush-off to work and do not prepare breakfast or a lunch box. And they were bold enough to try out their idea. It’s not a big corporate job but they surely are smiling to the bank. You won’t find them hanging around street corners with a panga in hand.
South Africa Jobs
Now tell me that the world is nasty. We always accuse the government, racism, foreigners, multinational companies, in fact everyone around us for taking away jobs. Worse still graduates are also crying in the same voice. A good degree can be a person’s undoing sometimes. We have many graduates who are victim to their education. Wake up! As a graduate you are supposed to be insightful and create employment. You are robbing us.
Do you have a good business idea? Do you see how you can solve some else’s problem? Do you have a plan of how to go about solving people’s problems? Problems make good business and people are never out of problems. Now there is your opportunity! It takes an open mind to break barriers.
Until next time. Keep looking!