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Before telling foreigners to go home first leave cities and go and fix your villages, says Penuel

Since the elections in 1994, South Africa has seen an increase in behavior that can be characterized as xenophobia. In the United States, as in a great number of other nations, an increase in violent crime, drug dealing, drug abuse, unemployment, and other social ills have been blamed on immigrants. Immigrants from Africa have been the target of violence, most commonly because South Africans believe that they are in direct competition with African immigrants for jobs and services.

A man by the name of Penuel issued a challenge to the people of South Africa in a post that he made on Twitter. In the post, he stated that the people of South Africa needed to first fix the problems that exist in their rural areas before they could think about telling or compelling foreign nationals to return to their home countries and work on improving the economy there. "I do not support the removal of borders, but I always find it fascinating when South Africans tell Zimbabweans and other foreigners to go back to their home nation and fix their country, yet a chunk of them refuse to leave the big cities to go fix their home provinces, towns, and villages," he continued. "I don't support the removal of borders, but I always find it fascinating when South Africans tell Zimbabweans and other foreigners to go back to their home nation and fix their country."

He has a very valid point. I have stated that South Africa is in a downward spiral, and the primary reason for this is that we are allowing it to get smaller by leaving behind dysfunctional towns in favor of ones that are better managed. Even those that are better managed are unable to deal with the load and will ultimately fail as a result.

So, if I understand you correctly, there are some nations within South Africa whose citizens emigrate to other South African nations. How is it possible to confine citizens of a country to particular regions within that country? Even the apartheid government did not go to such extremes with their Bantustan system.

There is no point in responding to such a comment. If you understand SA, you'll know that it's actually the other way around. People from rural areas often find employment in urban centers, but they make frequent trips back to their families' homes to spend the money they earn there on beautifying and enhancing the environments in which they live. It makes no difference. We leave our homes to find work in the cities, and then we come back to put our savings toward the purchase of new homes and the launch of new businesses. The economy does very well in large cities, in contrast to rural areas, which suffer from a scarcity of resources and oftentimes lack access to roads.

On the other hand, those are two different things, and they cannot be compared to the fact that I am currently located in Cofimvaba rather than in Durban or Cape Town. This is the path I've chosen. For an African who is in South Africa legally or even illegally for that matter, the challenges are the most significant aspect at most.

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