We begin this manifesto with the declaration of our collective dream for South Africa.
We dream of a new future for this country, of a way forward no longer mired in the failures of our recent past.
We dream of building a new type of state, where citizens realize their potential and take responsibility for building the country of their dreams.
We dream of a country in which citizens enjoy the fruits of democracy and are able to aspire to and achieve their dreams; we dream of a country where citizens come first.These dreams inspired the creation of Agang SA
We seek to provide a political home for all South Africans who are humiliated by their dependency on handouts and are tired of the way things have been. Who recognize that it is time to build South Africa, together, into a winning country.
All the citizens of this country we call home can build this country if we live the values ofhope, dignity and freedom.
In Agang SA there is hope that South Africa will be the best country it can be, by providing the dignity to people who are not able to support themselves and their family, and the freedom to stand up and demand better.Our Past, Divided
Over the last twenty years, South Africans have gradually been stripped of hope, dignity and freedom.
The African National Congress has delivered a better life for all – but that life is not good enough. Citizens have grown tired of the lack of reliable basic necessities: water, sanitation, roads, effective healthcare, high quality education system, sustainable economic growth, and jobs.
Instead of enjoying a country that encourages aspiration and hope, a professional public service, innovation, and reconciliation. Young South African citizens are confronted with pervasive corruption and the incompetence and polarization of leaders in the country. Women continue to experience violence and abuse and men struggle to maintain their dignity and overcome their frustrations.
After months of listening to the citizens of this land, from villages to cities, from coast to coast, no matter their station in life nor their background, citizens have told Agang SA: Enough is Enough!
This manifesto responds to the dreams we have for this country, which are in turn founded on the hopes of the citizens of our beloved country.Our Present, and Our Future – United in our diversity
Agang SA has come at a time when a shift in the minds of the people is urgently needed.
South Africans have been held captive by poverty and powerlessness; by a fear of voting against incumbent parties and by loyalty to the party of Nelson Mandela.
Citizens have become restless for change.
Agang SA offers a new opportunity for South Africans to regain their dignity and their voices, which have become muted and lost.
Agang SA calls on citizens to reclaim the early promise of our democracy. Citizens of this country have demonstrated to the world their ability to rise above partisanship, division, narrow self-interest, and greed.
We see the South Africa of our future: a future where every man or woman searching for a job, can find one that gives them a life of dignity and prosperity.
We see a country with an education system that no longer leaves students unskilled and dispirited, but produces a sense of purpose and self-worth.
We dream of a country where government officials and government leaders serve citizens, and not the narrow interests of an elite. We demand a government that is not involved in the evil of corruption.
We demand government leaders who understand the pride gained in serving the public.
We see a future where there is not a single South African citizen who lives in poverty or is without housing, water and sanitation.
We see a South Africa in which women and children are safe in their homes and safe in the streets. We see a future in which people that fall prey to illness receive the assistance they need from a healthcare system that works and does not leave them worse off than when they arrived at the hospital doors.
We dream of an economy that works for all citizens. We dream of an economy where large businesses grow and where small businesses flourish without red tape and choking bureaucracy. We dream of an economy where citizens and businesses enjoy a high quality appropriate infrastructure that has been created through projects that generate sustainable jobs.
(Source: Agang SA)