|ANC election poster circa 1999|
While it is true to say that fees for tertiary education are unrealistic for many South Africans and that any country should try to get as many people as educated as possible, the South African government has not been without blame.
The ANC, years ago, promised a free education. since the promise, fees at both school and university level have increased every single year.
But what has this got to do with sport and gaming.
Simply put, if sport does not create better citizens, there is no point having sport at all.
What is interesting by the top comment that he makes is that he seems to try to misdirect his readers.
In the next 'Tweet' he seems to accept government failure.
In my opinion, he is as equally to blame as the rest of the government.
Every year the Department of Sport and Recreation host the S A Sports Awards. In 2014 the event cost over R80,000,000.00. The amount of eighty million rands could have funded approximately 567 free 3-year BSc degrees.
Then we look at the Commonwealth Games bid. It is estimated that it will cost South Africa over 3 billion rands. An interesting article on this may be found here: http://businesstech.co.za/news/general/97279/how-much-will-the-commonwealth-games-cost-south-africa/
If that is what the Commonwealth Games costs, then such amount could provide no less than 20,000
free 3-year BSc degrees.
It is really all a matter of perspective in my opinion.
Should we educate the nation, and have a better and more productive nation, or spend the money on the 'quick-fix' and temporarily feel good about ourselves?