youth in South Africa
August 10, 2007
I spent some time with one of my friends yesterday. It’s someone I’ve met 5 years ago at a camp, she is 5 years younger than I am, and since then we have been taking part in each others journeys in some of the most interesting ways. It has been one of those very interesting journeys where we started out in a kind of mentoring relationship (she was in a team of which I was a leader), but journeyed to the point where it cannot be described as anything other than being friends, with no obvious role division.
We haven’t been seeing each other that often, about 3-4 times a year, when I’m visiting my home-town. So yesterday we were talking again, and we started taling politics, talking about the situation in South Africa, but especially talking about the perception of people of their age (about 18) on the situation in South Africa.
So, here is some things that I learned:
- There is a general fear that they will struggle to get jobs, and their kids even more
- They feel that their parents, who was part of Apartheid, is not carrying any of the consequences, but that they will be carrying the consequences (affirmative action)
- They fear that affirmative action will just be getting worse, having a more serious effect on white people
- They fear that we will see an ethnical war in South Africa, I’m not really sure if they fear it will be started by younger black leaders, or by white youth from the “De La Rey”-generation
- They don’t really like Afrikaner history, and feel no real connection to it, but love the Afrikaans language, their Afrikaner identity are based on their Afrikaans language and not Afrikaner history (Listen to Klopjag – Sal nie langer jammer sê nie)
- Sad thing… they fear the future
OK, this was simply the perception of one person on what those currently finishing school are thinking, or maybe more important, what they are percieving because of experiences. Obviously what I heard might be wrong, and many might have other perceptions. So I would like to hear from anyone, what are you hearing from the generation now finishing school. And if you are part of that generation, I would really like to hear from you !