Poverty Causes

  • Hey everyone,

    So I’ve been off socials for a while now and when I came back I was struck by a headline from one of the news outlets talking about the DA will stop/reduce black tax. And I guess for me this raises a question of what is everyone’s understanding of Black tax? Where does it stem from and how does it affect us as a youth?

    • Firstly the DA doesnt know what they stand for because they barely speak about. So it’s hard to take anything from them seriously, but I do wonder how much they’ve spent with the tv commercials they’ve done. I’d argue that they would get more coverage if they took that money and allocated it to the needs of the poor in the Western Cape.


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  • TheGuy posted an update in the group Group logo of Poverty CausesPoverty Causes 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    Some cultural traditions are perpetuating poverty. Forget the sentimentality, do we really need them in a developing world

    • This sounds very interesting, may you please elaborate?
      • Absolutely. Let’s take the tradition of taking young boys up to the mountains for circumcision. The cost of taking your child there, the cost of them being there as well as the cost of celebrating their return is insane. You would never spend that much in a hospital because government offers the service freely. So why is that money spent on…

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    • SIzwe posted an update in the group Group logo of Poverty CausesPoverty Causes 10 months ago

      Poverty in Africa is cause by greed and corruption on expense of our people

      • Quite true but surely we should take responsibility over the fact that we put those people in those positions. We in fact seem to have given the power in exchange for promises and not for actually doing their jobs
      • Ntokozo posted an update in the group Group logo of Poverty CausesPoverty Causes 10 months ago

        Why do we Black African people insist on preserving cultural practices that prove to be an anchor towards our success as Africa? What is the point? All cultures are birthed from a need at the time, and I would argue that we dont need some cultural practices

      • Didi posted an update in the group Group logo of Poverty CausesPoverty Causes 10 months ago

        Mahatma Gandhi said ” Poverty is the worse form of violence”. Wow! Strong statement… In my opinion “Inequality” is the most damning factor to poverty in our beloved country. Money is tight these days from a “normal” person’s perspective. Its hard to get to work using public transport and such an expense. To feed your children, to provide for…[Read more]

        • Quite true. But we need to start finding out why money is tight. Even when there are justifiable reasons, we need to ask why. For example, why opt to send your child to an expensive school when you can find one that expects you to pay less? We need to be Frank if we are going to try address such
          • Wow, what a post. There are so many sentiments that need to be addressed. However, the one that interests me the most is “when do I start living”. This is a question I am sure resonates in members of society from across the spectrum. The ‘system’ controls society, we are born and lead a path to inevitably make money somehow, some way. It defines…

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            • You’re question is a pertinent one but to it I must ask. When do we start taking some action no matter how small towards applying solutions
              • Poverty is a reflection of our society in general. Poverty and other social miseries are in large; part due to social structure, which is how society functions at a macro level; so you are are quite right in that sense. Some societal issues, such as racism, sexism and segregation, constantly cause disparities in education, employment and income…

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                • Quite true. But what responsibility do the victims have over their own position in life regardless of how they got there
                    • you see brother victims are those we fight for if we find ourselves in a point or position of privileged in our lives. However, today we are all about Me Me and I now we
                        • Being in a position of privilege is a part of the process of helping the next person. But fact remains that even those victims need to understand that they are just as responsible for their lives. There are people who come from the worst slums in South Africa who.never relegated their accountability. They tried with what they had, even when it was nothing
                        • You are uite right there but there are so many factors contributing to Poverty; that we as a society need to be aware of so we can do something about it.
                            • I agree. But can we also agree that “victims” should take accountability over their livelihood
                              • Yes we can agree to an extent. We are all accountable But not everyone of us can do all we need or want as it is just not that simple. Its not like saying you must be accountable for your sin or wrong doing; No its quite the contrary. Poverty is something society need to be actively involved in trying to solve or bring relief
                      • Didi joined the group Group logo of Poverty CausesPoverty Causes 10 months ago

                      • Bopeep posted an update in the group Group logo of Poverty CausesPoverty Causes 10 months ago

                        Government corruption, increasing taxes and fuel costs should be added to the list in this group\’s description! ANC keeps on demanding more and more money from the public. None of which ends up going into worthy, poverty-reducing initiatives. The number of tax payers in South Africa far exceeds the number of people receiving grants.