JOBS, jobs, jobs! This seems to be the "anthem” from both the youth and government. Not because the youth are all uneducated or illiterate. There are many who are qualified, but who seem to be (regarded as) "pests” within the job market.
Well, we all know that unemployment is about being jobless but some of the real causes are ignored. As a result, the concept of unemployment just seems to be a rhythm of a song, sung just for the sake of it.
The question is whether it is efficiency that is pursued or "window-dressing”, which mostly leads to poor performance.
People with physical disabilities mostly get neglected as if they are aliens on their own soil.
A physically-disabled person with highly advanced qualifications has no limitations regarding strategic decision-making and other related competencies.
But being under the broad umbrella of disabilities (although they may be only physically not mentally disabled) renders the chances of such a person to be null and void. Also, women, being amongst the very vulnerable in society, are still mostly perceived to be specialist when it comes to "home work” – particularly in the kitchen and the laundry.
Male dominance in the workplace still persists, ignoring that the patriarchal era has passed.
Furthermore, one’s advanced level of qualifications tends to be an obstacle and roadblock to one’s job-hunting endeavours.
One is considered over-qualified, irrespective of having all the required competencies to execute the job description.
For example, there appears a notice for the post of administrative officer with filing, computer skills and matric as the requirements. But applying for that with your degree/ diploma, or further advanced qualifications, with the view that you should stand a greater chance, signifies even a threat to the point of being ignored, despite your willingness to embrace a low remuneration package.
All in all, these can be compared to a plant failing to bear fruits – with the root cause just merely being lack of watering.
Ernest Nyemu-nyemu Hogah, King Williams Town