YOUTH NEED ROLE MODELS
Finalists in the recent yearly Young Communicator's Award have shown impressive public speaking skills and today we publish the speech by Western Cape finalist, Mosidinyane Moleko, who is a student at Fairburn College.
"Good morning madam chair, adjudicators and members of the floor.
I am here to ask you: What makes you mad? What flicks your switch and really sets you off? Is it the inconsiderate driver who squeezes his lumbering taxi into the few vacant centimetres in front of your car? Or is it that person at school you just cannot seem to get along with? No, ladies and gentleman, these are trivial inconveniences. It takes more than that to set most of us on fire.
What makes me mad is when I am sitting in a classroom with my peers. The room is full of potential leaders who all have the same opportunities as I have, but some choose to move forward and maximise their potential, while others are despondent and lack ambition. Therefore they move backward.
There are too many mediocre plodders who are unwilling to make the necessary choices to realise their authentic purpose.
Negative influences such as alcoholism and gangsterism have been allowed to consume our generation, a generation that I am part of and a generation that comprises the pioneers of the future.
What makes my blood boil is when I speak to my peers' parents. They are adults of all ages and backgrounds, but while some are committed to the wellbeing of their children, others seem to "prioritise" and somehow economic pursuits take pole position.
Every teenager needs a supporter, a comforter, a provider.
However, today many of those aspiring to adulthood lack this figure in their homes.
Has the parent become too busy to be the backbone of his household? Have mothers and fathers allowed issues such as divorce to prevent them from being a positive influence on and in their children's lives?
If so, I need you to understand that if our parents do not guide us then substance abuse and promiscuity will.
What infuriates me is when I observe the direction in which our government is moving in.
A weekly paper carried the headline "Zuma celebrates good times". We all require the support of our government. Should our leaders really be celebra-ting while our country is in such dire straits? It boggles the mind that our politicians are [figuratively] fiddling while Tshwane is burning.
Firstly, there are many youngsters who desperately need money to attend college or university. Secondly, crime levels have gone up.