There’s a lingering bleakness in how some South Africans — mainly those of colour — waste knowledge only on survival rather than security and continuity. They are unfortunate victims to vicious cycles of misfortunes in which the “family first” motto, and obligation thereof, has challenging consequences. It is shocking how people are aware of the generational wealth sentiment but are rarely able to implement the knowledge with the proficiency and patience it requires. This is due to a plethora of circumstances, primarily poverty and the lack of socio-economic development that the country is in dire need of. This issue is catalyzed by the necessity for some young adults, specifically those who come from lower class backgrounds, to support themselves as well as their families with a single paycheque: black tax.
It’s tough to plan the future when all your resources are dedicated to mommy dearest and her grocery needs. This, amongst many other obligations a person has to his or her family, has led South Africa into a state of imbalance in which certain groups or classes of people have more opportunities than others.
Knowledge is only the first step in overcoming this cycle, how will you use yours?
By Lebogang Mashego