The recklessness that epitomises Zimbabwean government today will take generations to undo. We have an impulsive society that lives only for today, leaders who plunder resources for personal and today’s pleasures with no regard for broader society and leaving precious little or no savings for the future generations. Matabeleland needs to break free of thisContinue reading “Working towards an effective welfare system”
Until the last Mthwakazi citizen has access to clean water, decent accommodation, clothes, literacy, affordable healthcare, sufficient and ongoing steady state support to protect them from hunger, malnutrition and poverty, we cannot consider ourselves a just society, let alone free. There is a growing sense in Mthwakazi that the ZANU PF led government has notContinue reading “Social protection in Mthwakazi”
Growing our own food and increasing food security is just as essential as the need for political independence yet we seem not only least concerned about it but recklessly least prepared to address the anomaly. Pro-Mthwakazi politicians are aware of Mthwakazi’s harsh arid and semi-arid conditions and the implication on food production and food security.
Real political growth will only be realised when there develops, within the Mthwakazi space, a good understanding of the extent of our ignorance. The greatest risk to equality in the region is the illusion that it already exists, and that sincere ignorance puts chances of political progress in jeopardy.
It is widely accepted that from the late 20th century Africa has seen real improvement in living standards of its citizens. However, that has been on the background of gullible governments blindly adopting Western-oriented socioeconomic systems which have tended to undermine than enhance, hence weaken traditional social welfare systems.
The saddest reality in African society is the manner in which people with disabilities are treated or mistreated, to be precise. People with disabilities are, to a great degree excluded from most day-to-day activities in society. That includes fundamental activities such as attending education institutions, health, political participation, employment and housing.
In much of the Third World social security systems are not a priority; they are poorly developed and badly funded and children provide a vital social and economic safety net for their retired parents and grandparents. As in other societies of equal status, in Africa children are a prized asset from when they are youngContinue reading “Children’s role in caring for elderly parents?”
In traditional African communities a child is raised by the village; this is to say a child’s parents are not only the biological parents, virtually every adult in the community bears the responsibility of raising every child and is accorded the same respect given to one’s birth parents. In cases of foster parenting, children can be placed within andContinue reading “African step-parents and step-children: the uneasy fit”
Africa is a continent of extreme inequalities where the richest few enjoy privileges akin to the rich in the developed world while the majority poor lack basic infrastructure and services. The poorest citizens have lost memory of their last proper meal while the rich cannot define, let alone understand poverty. While poor people walk milesContinue reading “Inadequate welfare systems letting African poor down”