Selection must be earned

2013-08-14 11:14
Bryan Habana (Gallo Images)
This issue of race quota is quit absurd!!! As a person of colour I am a firm believer in earning your opportunities and not being handed an opportunity because of the colour of your skin or the past.

Yes South Africa has had a immensely trouble past but does this mean that we should hand opportunities to people freely?? I think not. Think about the message these policies are sending to the players, their unions, the coaches and to the public.

Let me just bring to light the current situation of South Africa as a country. With the implementation of BBBEE our country has not moved forward, in fact it has gone the opposite way!! Yes these policies do redistribute or give opportunities to people who did not have them before but what happened to working extremely hard to earn that opportunity by proving that you are good enough.

Players like Bryan Habana, Beast Mtawarira, Chilli Boy Ralepele and Siya Kolisi to only name a few have all proven that they are good enough to play top level rugby regardless of their colour or background. They have worked hard and put in the extra hours to make sure that their careers transpires into something of meaning.

Government and policy makes need to send a clear message to the people of this country. A message that if u want to be successful in the NEW South Africa, where opportunities are open to all, one needs to work hard put in the hours and prove that they are good enough!!

These policies and quota systems are bad for the country as a whole, it reduces competition, it creates bias towards a players of "colour", it will push other skilled people to other countries to apply their trade and it gives people of "colour" a sense of entitlement, which creates an arrogance because people of "colour" feel they are automatically entitled to a certain position because of their race orientation. People are not entitled to things in the context of opportunities. People earn opportunities like Makhaya Ntini who became the first ethnically black person to play cricket for South Africa and first black South African cricketer to play 100 tests.

BBBEE and quota policies is a deeply floured post Apartheid way of thinking. We need to teach previously disadvantage people and people of "colour" how to seize opportunities and give them the skills and knowledge so they know how to capitalise on opportunities not just given them opportunities because of the colour of their skin.
This is a new South Africa. To move forward a needs a new type of mentality and way of thinking. Let's move forwards and all compete for the same opportunities regardless of race and background!!

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