House-building project illogical
Published 18/11/2010 | 05:00
You published an article during the week regarding a group of volunteers that are currently in South Africa building houses for the locals. While no doubt the people involved are very well-meaning and generous individuals, the logic seems unusual.
The volunteers do not necessarily have a background in construction. Surely South Africa has an adequate supply of capable people to build these houses if no experience is required -- their unemployment rate is higher than ours. What must the locals be thinking, looking at people who have travelled thousands of miles just to lift blocks and mix cement that they could do for themselves?
You could perhaps understand if we sent out trained professionals, but to send unskilled labourers defies logic.