I’m sure that this is old news for many, but I decided to share my point of view.

South Africa is considered to be a ‘third world’ or ‘developing’ country due to high unemployment rates and poverty, yet not many people take in to account that the cause of all of this is in fact a poor infrastructure.

Look at the United States, there are many more ways to earn a decent living over there then there are here in South Africa. For example; online trading via PayPal, eBay, etc. – Sure we have alternatives available here such as MoneyBookers and Bid-or-Buy but those still doesn’t offer the full advantage of being linked in to the leaders in the industry.

The government wants to bring more money into the country but why does SARS not allow this? – Because they can’t track every single online transaction and therefor they cannot receive their due revenue. So, instead of using their brains and realizing that cheaper internet access, and the ability to use services such as PayPal could allow millions to start their own home based businesses and would eradicate poverty over time, they are just thinking about what they will receive in their own pockets at the end of the month.

This is selfish leadership don’t you think? The government and SARS claiming to try and eradicate poverty, meantime they don’t really do much except give a way free water and electricity to the townships, and completely ignoring and disregarding the REAL DEAL, the main factors: Infrastructure, international trading, online trading, etc. And instead of trying to put everyone on the same level the rich ends up spending more money on goods while the poor gets things for free.

“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man how to fish and feed him for life” – Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of helping those in need, but the government needs to wake up and realize that making things cheap or free for those in poverty will not eradicate poverty, it will only make matters worse.

What the government should be doing is forcing those in poverty (due to laziness) get off their asses and work, and if they don’t work then don’t give them food, don’t give them water, don’t give them electricity.

But this is where the problem comes in: Lack of opportunity – And this is where the government and SARS need to open up additional opportunities of earning income by making the internet cheaper with wider availability and allowing South Africans to make use of services such as PayPal, ebay, Amazon, etc..

Have a got a point here or am I just being silly? – I truly believe that implementing world class services would eradicate poverty over time. What are your thoughts on this? – Please comment below…

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