SINDI ZILWA: Why SA fails to create jobs
Rather than encouraging entrepreneurship, we’ve reduced breadwinners to grant collectors. This must change
Igrew up in Mthatha, in an environment that loved entrepreneurs. Small businesses played a vital role in building the economy and helping skilled and unskilled workers provide for their families.
Whatever issues Mthatha had, lack of jobs wasn’t one of them. Unemployment was so negligible that whoever was not working was considered lazy. It was a hive of economic activity, with a strong moral fabric. Entrepreneurs knew they provided income for many and weren’t apologetic for their success, nor were they pulled down for it. The government of the day, despicable as it was, embraced them as strategic partners to deal with unemployment...