'We need to re-imagine how we see ourselves as a society.' -Bongani Bingwa

With millions of South African's continuing to live below the breadline, Bongani Bingwa says it's time, we as South Africans, re-imagine the way we view the society we live in.

According to Sunday's edition of Carte Blanche, about 60% of South Africans earn just R992 per month.

Bongani asked listeners to consider that a family man, doing hard labour, earns just R1800 a month and yet his income is considerably above average.

I drive to work in the very early hours of the morning and I see people waiting for taxis or buses in the cover of darkness, others are walking hurriedly on their way to work, where they will toil for their families and get very little.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

He referred to the recent offer but by business woman Magda Wierzycka, who suggested that in order to address joblessness those in the middle class should employ more domestic workers and gardeners.

Wierzycka faced an online backlash from Twitter users for her post and has since deleted the tweet.

We need a fundamental shift in how we see the problems our country faces, R3500 is probably, in itself, not enough.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

Even when we begin to use that as a baseline, we need to re-imagine how we see ourselves as a society. We cannot continue sitting in isolated islands of privilege and not be connected to the sea of poverty around us.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

Bingwa says even though Wierzycka was wrong, at least she was concerned enough to think about the problem and more South Africans should do the same.

We need corporates and others with pockets to fund programmes that will teach people about entrepreneurship or other ideas, how to be artisans, electricians, tilers, builders, and plumbers.

Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host

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