I wish I had the headspace and critical thinking chops to even think of and otherwise provide a feasible solution to this glaring and unbearably embarrassing state of affairs. I was watching the news with my mom which used to be a thing I hated especially if I was watching something and she would adamantly demand we switch to btv at 7pm. Now i remind her that the news are on because i want to hear what else is new in this empty bowl of reality. You can a scrape a bowl long and hard enough to get something and the only thing you will get is a hole at the bottom and through that hole you will get a peak of your toes. I think theres a metaphor in there you can try to appreciate, be gentle.
What I want to understand is the constant focus on investors and them creating employment for the multitudes of graduates with different career prospects. Theres only a percentage of these graduates that can be hired by private companies because their mandate is to perform business, market analysis, stock market trading, imports and exports,private equity etc. Now what I want to understand is why mingling with investors is the only thing that’s so talked about all the time when addressing unemployment. Botswana’s population isnt exactly investor friendly due to the drawbacks of the poor planning in terms infrastructure and the structures in place meant to create employment looking at the functions that were created at the beginning of the country’s development. Had there been foresight or room for adjustment in the future plans of how these structures would expand looking at the population and the growing migration from villages to the cities, the unemployment rate would have been at a manageable rate.
At that time the huge percentage of migrating individuals were parents seeking employment to take care of their children back at their home villages. These same parents would then end up settling in these cities and their children would follow suit to further their studies at tertiary institutions. Had this been monitored closely and the growth of the population especially the learned population, that should have been the beginning of the formulation of the absorption plan looking at the structures in place, the qualifications that were acquired by graduates and where they would be applied.
There is a new born child out there or a 3 year old child in preschool right now who at some point will have no option but to be fully sponsored by their parents in order to go to tertiary and then join the lost masses who now are taking matters in to their own hands by abandoning their former career prospects and starting businesses which is not a viable option for everyone.
Some people go to school with a career in mind,some are waiting for an epiphany to find them along the way or a hidden talent that they will focus on. It actually starts when their parents wake them up everyday and encourage them to excel to have a brighter future, that motivation carries them on through junior and senior school. It gets even harder and harsher when they reach tertiary where they are faced with tougher assignments, long nights in the library, the gruelling final year research which determines if you’re graduating or not then after all that and after almost 18 years of studying,you hit the great wall of depression,inflation and unemployment. The culmination of your schooling life should come with a giant reward, that’s why many graduates especially those that studied scarce skill degrees enticed by the pay they would get are often hit even harder thinking about the years they spent usually 5 to 7 years at tertiary, only to face the timely death of their dreams and future plans. So no matter your degree or masters degree of choice, reality says “get in line just like the rest of em”.
The graduate database that was managed by the department of public service management which I benefited from because I got a permanent job 2 years after graduating was a great initiative. Its only problem was that some graduates depending on their degree had long registered and their call ups were usually years behind because there were no posts available. I believe had there been a target for each discipline each year that was absorbed into the public service, the number of people in that database would have been substantially low now that the database has been taken over by the human resources development council. The reason for the halt in the mass absorption of these graduates is because a thorough structure evaluation and reform in every ministry and department or parastal has not been implemented. This evaluation would have revealed the skill gaps and process reforms required which would have then pushed for the implementation of advanced artificial intelligence systems to improve service delivery thereby cutting out the the wasteful paper accumulated in the accounting process that is still being done even with a system like the Government accounting and budgeting system.
So unemployment isnt the only problem. You notice one problem another one rolls out from underneath that one and bumps into another.Now we’re in the year 2022, these types of changes are so overdue and even late to implement because there has been talk of the public service wage bill being too high therefore what the government is saying is that we should be grateful that we have jobs and that budget cuts were made to secure the salaries of the public service employees. I think there was talk of a loan from the international monetary fund or wherever, so if that’s not nice way to to say “we’re broke lol” I don’t know what is.
Then there’s the diamond industry, the tourism industry and tax from from the mega rich. What I want to know is, where the billions generated from the sales of the country’s number one natural resource are going and how are they benefiting its citizens. Secondly, the tourism sector is another million pula generating industry, where are the taxes paid or the funds generated from the levies paid going towards? Are the richest people in this country being taxed enough?
By now, from the length of my rant, you should have picked up that I have socialist ideals. But this isnt about me and my political views, I’m a concerned citizen watching the grip of everything costing too much get tighter and tighter around our necks. I have heard of some companies restructuring and retrenching their employees so they now go back to join people who havent secured a permanent job since graduating 10 or 12 years ago and have been living of temporary jobs here and there. There’s nowhere to look, it’s getting very hard and very difficult to encourage anyone struggling to find a job for them to keep pushing. To be honest there’s nothing to hold on to, theres nothing promising, there is no light because there isnt even a dark tunnel to slowly shuffle through. Maybe it’s because I’m not psychic nor do I have the power to finance a reboot of the job market and transform the economy overnight because from where im standing i dont know what is going on.