Going to a talk to listen to what other young South Africans have to say about some of the issues surrounding them you would have all sorts of expectations. Well, I expected a whole lot more than what Gerard Boyce, a PhD student at UKZN had to offer at the Think Fest session. His research was more quantitative than qualitative. Oh well, Nyx, our trainer was more than willing to tell him that. Ouch! Bruised the guy’s ego though! And Nqo our coordinator couldn’t stop talking, the dude could not even attempt to answer her. HIGH FIVE LADIES!
Anyways, from what he presented there he mentioned that race seems to be driving differences between people more than the age differences. I agree and disagree to this statement because you will find that people of the same race share the same views about some issues but sometimes the issue of class affects the way people think and drives the differences between citizens.
“Youth has more hope in the future, whereas older people have less hope in the future.” Well I might agree to that, old people do have a doubt in the younger generation and its future. “Africans are not satisfied with life now, but have high hopes for the future for the future” What does this conclude about “Africans”? And anyways, what is his definition of “Africans”?
In his research he states that in the great expectations, Africans have high expectations about the future. In digital Divide, Africans have far less access to Information Communication Technologies than any other races. Does this mean that by hoping that the future will be better, the “Africans” are hoping that the digital divide gap will be bridged?
By: Sesethu Malgas