The Cycle That Never Ends

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

2 thoughts on “The Cycle That Never Ends

  • December 6, 2018 at 8:16 pm
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    This is a rather complicated one. Much as one needs to better their lives after poverty, it is not easy to just ignore your family that made you who you are. I think it is not the samefor every one.

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    • December 12, 2018 at 6:57 am
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      That’s true, and I agree with you.. we shouldn’t neglect our families, but it’s also important to keep in mind that the more we invest in our futures, the better the chances of our children living good lives.. it’s tricky

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