There is no lack of employment for youth, only a lack of candidates. We can't employ youth because the candidates can't do what we want. We want open source developers. We have immediate openings for 50,000 developers
I live in Cape Town, South Africa, a second world country with a youth unemployment rate of 50%, depending on how you measure it. There are 500,000 unemployed youth in our city with no prospect of a change in the near future. Students clamor for free education, graduates complain that there are no posts available in humanities, small business is tied up in red tape by a system forcing them to employ staff with a corporate tax rate of 30% and a PAYE rate of 30%, Businesses are ravaged by a capital consuming legislation for labor and employment equity. At best job seeking youth are quickly dismissed, at worst they are lured down a sponsored “training” program that leads them to menial tasks like marketing assistants, production assistants, shop assistants, packers and call centre operators that have a ceiling of $1,000 per month in earnings.
South Africa is the preserve of the cruelest of labor practices. We persuade our youth that the reason that they are unable to find employment is because of their gender or race. The only jobs available to them are the $1 000 amonth service industry jobs that have been taken by white youth and African immigrants. We persuade the hopefuls that all they have to do is find the cash or debt required to train for a few years and take advantage of racist legislation that will enable them to enter a lifetime of enslavement in menial jobs, peaking at $1000 per month for subservience with little to no global mobility.
Across town, companies cannot fill open source development posts! Foreign nationals with the skills to fill these posts, find that employers are bound by South African legislation to employ locals who are unable to fulfill the vacancies. We cannot find young open source developers willing to work for $1,000 per month. At best we are offered 500,000 candidates who cannot, or even worse have no desire, to learn open source development. At worst we are offered interns and trainees and granted ”the opportunity” to employ these interens and purchase a Dev Rig ($2,000) and the spend around $1,000 a month training these resource sucking trainees with no output and no guarantee of output. We do know that when a candidate does enter this system and does not perform, that they will only exit in fire through the CCMA. It is no wonder that employers are not clamoring all over those jobs portals?
In Cape Town, a good open source developer starting from 17 years old can start on $1,000 a month and after three weeks they are producing meaningful output. After one year they can be earning $5,000 per month. To put that into perspective, a CA with five years tertiary qualification can start on $3,000 and goes up to $4,000 after a year. After one year open source developers are employable in Cape Town, London, San Francisco and any other major city, worldwide.
What is an open source developer and why are they so important? An open source developer is someone that can develop using open source technologies. For example in fintech:
The reason these developers are so important is that, free of the old style commercial licences, these developers are able to dramatically add IP value. On a very rough scale of input-output if you are able to make a corporation $ 15, 000 a month they are able to pay you $5 000 as an open source developer and still make a 40% return on their capital after tax and expenses. It is as am dunk. Your ability to make web hungry corporations return on capital makes you an irresistible employment asset.
We are all software companies and every company needs an open source developer. Every enterprise needs a web presence and a mobile app. These have to be coded by an open source developer. Globally there are 10 Million such SME organizations that need the services of an open source developer. TurboCASH controls 1.2% of these global sites (122,000 jobs). If we take 5% of these sites we are able to completely undo our unemployment problem.
Now I am going to punt my home town. Why do foreign open source developers force their way to Cape Town when they can only earn $1,000. The first reason is there is an open pipeline of employment opportunity at this price. We have littel to no supply of local candidates. Get here, get past immigration and you will be employed. From the day you arrive it will take us 3 weeks to get you to output speed and we have an overflowing order book for development. In one year your salary will rise to $5000 per month and you will be globally mobile. $1,000 per month in Cape Town offers you a yuppie lifestyle that would cost 5 time that in Sydney or Hong Kong. $ 5,000 a month and you are in geek heaven.
What do I suggest? I suggest that we immediately drop all visa requirements for incoming open source developers, irrespective of nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender or race. They have simply to pass an open source means test. We have 50,000 jobs at $1,000 available immediately for these candidates in Cape Town. We do not have these candidates locally we need to import them to build the momentum of an ecosystem of open source development. They will not be crowding out locals, but paving the way for an even greater demand. Build it and they will come!
I suggest that all Cape Town companies immediately place some of their budget into open source development, employ open source developers and make their developments open source. If you ahve no idea what I am talking about give the budget to me. The returns on this spending are almost instantaneous. You have begun to stake your claim and your city's claim for global domination.
Where do you start?
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