As the death of Nelson Mandela a liberation icon was met with dance and music as some did this as a memorial of his landmark accomplishments I however believe we should approach his achievements with minimum celebrations. An assessment of the level of human development in southern Africa in light of the standards that Nelson Mandela championed shows that a lot still needs to be done. If we are to talk about the end of apartheid, yes we were freed but if we are to talk about economic upliftment of the masses, then its not yet uhuru!
To me emancipation isn’t just political but its one that is inclusive ofother factors like economic and social upliftment. Over and above political rights the masses needsaccess to resources. Taking real estate as an example one can clearly see that we are still far from uhuru. There is a serious need for deliberate efforts to address the devastating effects of the liquidity crunch on the masses’ financial capabilities to purchase properties. Amongst these unemployment is highest, they neither save nor have credit worthiness that enables access to mortgage finance. They are victims of fraudulent housing programs that leverage upon their financial disability through offering cheap deals that are below market values.
Many new property owners aspire to walk in the footsteps of success left behind by such property tycoons like Sam Levy. Depending with local laws these ambitious investors try to change property use to commercial ones and of late nursery schools. Such ambition is noble but should be attached to the wisdom that buoyed renowned achievers. This insight is that getting the most income is something a property cannot do by itself but the owner is also involved