Citizen reporter
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19 Oct 2016
2:01 pm

If fees do fall, no one is guaranteed a job – Black Coffee

Citizen reporter

He says he wishes schools would teach black and white children about our heroes.

DJ Black Coffee. Picture: Gallo Images

South Africa’s most celebrated DJ, Nkosinathi ‘DJ Black Coffee’ Maphumulo, on Wednesday shared his thoughts on education in the wake of the #FeesMustFall protests that have taken the country by storm.

In a series of tweets, Black Coffee said he would like to live in a South Africa where everyone was a role model.

He further shared his dream of South Africa as a country in which schools taught black and white children about our heroes, specifically naming Steve Bantu Biko.

“Where they are not only taught just to chase degrees but taught to be leaders … because if Fees do fall no one is guaranteed a job.”

Coffee said it is was his ultimate wish to help create and nurture forward-thinking leaders for the country.

His fans supported his sentiments, saying that though the struggle for free education was an important one, schools and higher education institutions should teach young people how to be entrepreneurs, as there were “endless” opportunities in the country.

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One follower highlighted that there were many young people who had degrees but were struggling to get jobs, emphasising the importance of entrepreneurship in solving the problem.

Some supported his call for schools to teach children about the country’s heroes. One follower said the government was failing South Africans by teaching children about Jan van Riebeeck instead of “our own heroes”.

“I didn’t learn about any of the struggle leaders in school. If my generation did, things could have so different [sic],” another said.

The DJ has always been vocal in addressing the injustices of the past and today’s social ills.

He has previously addressed the issue of rape in South Africa after four women held a silent rape protest at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) national results operations centre in Pretoria, where President Jacob Zuma was addressing guests.

Black Coffee urged SA men to speak about rape, further calling this generation a “lol generation” that never spoke out when they saw something wrong, but “instead they’ll be quick to ‘lol’, it’s really sad”.

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