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What are the big issues SA faces and how can I help?
While South Africa is a beautiful country full of opportunity and possibility, it is faced with many challenges. These issues cannot be dealt with by government - all South Africans need to use their voices, skills and energy to tackle these issues and make a better country.
Nearly 40% of families in South Africa live in extreme poverty.
People who are poor find it hard to participate in the economy or become active citizens because they are too busy thinking about their daily survival.
Poverty also leads to other social ills such as:
Approximately half of all 20-24 year olds in South Africa do not have jobs. SA's youth leave school with little chance of finding employment. And we all know that unemployment leads to poverty.
Nearly half of all schools in South Africa don't have the right resources, equipment and structures, such as libraries, laboratories, enough desks and chairs and, sometimes, even classrooms.
In addition, many children come to school hungry or without any lunch, making it impossible for them to truly concentrate on what is being taught.
Others have to walk or travel long distances and often unsafe routes to get to school. Still others don't have the support and stimulation they need at home to do homework or study.
Less than 30% of children who start school finish with a Matriculation certificate. A lack of education leads to unemployment which leads to poverty.
Crime levels in South Africa are still too high. Violent crimes (when people are killed, raped or assaulted) are still very common.
Recent statistics have shown that crime has steadily decreased from previous years. However, the average South African citizen does not feel safe in their homes, on the road or even in public spaces.
There is almost no South African that has not been affected directly or indirectly by crime.
Many crimes are a result of unemployment and poverty with criminals often getting paid relatively small amounts of money for the results of hijackings and robbery.
Many South Africans still do not have access to adequate health services.
Especially in rural areas, entire communities have to walk several kilometres to their nearest clinic.
The health situation is made worse by high HIV infections and thousands of people living with AIDS. Many HIV positive people also have TB.
In fact South Africa has one of the highest TB infection rates in the world.
For more information on HIV/Aids visit The Aids Foundation or Soul City.
A 'recession' can be described as a period of general slowdown in economic activity.
During a recession, economic indicators such as investment and government spending, household income, business profits, tourism and inflation decline. At the same time, unemployment, company losses and bankruptcies increase.
Research shows that low-skilled, low-educated workers and the young are most vulnerable to unemployment in a recession (Market Oracle John Mauldin, Feb 2009 "US in Recession Rising Unemployment"). This is cause for concern in a developing country such as South Africa.
The cause of the current global recession was the financial crisis which was the result of irresponsible lending by banks predominantly in the USA and Europe. The crisis is regarded as the most severe recession since the Great Depression in the 1920s - 1940s, the longest, deepest and most widespread depression of the 20th century.
Food security has been described as "physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food by all South Africans at all times to meet their dietary and food preferences for an active and healthy life" (National Development Agency, 2002).
Two key issues affecting food security in South Africa are:
Racism is when someone believes that their race is better than another race. This belief leads them to mistreat people of another race.
Racism can be direct: when someone is treated unfairly based on their race by another person. Or indirectly: when there are rules that lead to a person of a certain race being treated unfairly.
Racist behaviour may include:
In 2008, "xenophobia" became a common word in South Africa when hundreds of African immigrants were displaced from their homes by angry South African mobs.
An immigrant is a person who lives in South Africa but is not a South African citizen.
Xenophobia is an unhealthy fear of foreigners. Many South Africans feel that immigrants deliberately come into South Africa to take their jobs and homes leaving South Africans poorer. However, many of these immigrants are also escaping poverty in their own home countries. Others contribute various skills to our local economy.
While some communities have embraced foreigners, others see them as people who are destroying the future of South Africa. We need to learn to accept the situations in our communities and deal with our fear by communicating with each other, rather than acting out in violence.
Here are some scary facts about the water situation across the globe:
What does this mean for South Africa? Well, as the population continues to grow, the demand for water increases. And as more water gets used, more gets polluted. Although SA has the 3rd best drinking water in the world, there has been a general deterioration in quality over the past few years.
Here are ways you can help curb unemployment and poverty:
Here are a few things that you can do to improve and promote education in SA:
Here are a few things you can do to improve the crime situation in SA:
Here are a few ways you can improve and promote health and HIV awareness in SA:
While you can't really change the course of the recession, you can make changes that will benefit you, your family or your business. Here are a few things you can do to improve your economic situation during a recession:
Here are a few things that you can do to improve and promote food security in SA:
Here are a few things you can do to help preserve our water resources:
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