Let's grant the youth a future in SA

Jan 23 2013 12:50
Fin24 user Jurie Gouwsventer was one of many who sent in comments on reports that FNB has bowed to political pressure on its controversial ad campaign. He writes:

Dear Sir

I commend FNB for creating a platform for our children to speak from their hearts.

So many of my own peer group have left this country because they could see no future for themselves or their children. But what strikes me when I listen to my 18-year-old son and his peer group is that they really love this country and want to secure a future for themselves right here – not in New Zealand, Australia, the UK or wherever else.

To grant them that future, to allow them to shape for themselves the South Africa that they aspire to, our children need to be heard. In doing so, we should expect them to be critical of the status quo.

Expect them to question – after all, this is what young people do well and just because my generation happened to grow up in an era where critical thinking was not really encouraged, we should refrain from perpetuating such folly!

Whatever FNB do, I implore them not to yield to the pressure of anyone. Our children need to be heard because they carry with them the hopes of us all.

Jurie Gouwsventer

 - Fin24

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