Sitting here during another power failure, my optimism takes a hit. Like the battery on my laptop, slowly running out of power, I feel my positive outlook begin to dim.
I want things to come right, I really do and I truly believe that they can.But are you aware of the true state of our nation?And just as importantly, do you care?
Today I am not going to talk about the things I love in SA, not the weather, people or beautiful landscape.
No, I feel like taking a look at the slowly sinking Titanic.
The sea froths and boils around us, loud creaking and groaning noises fill the air.People jump from the sides, most aware that the jump will be fatal but still willing to take that small chance of a better life in safer waters.Yet the rails are lined with jeering crowds making fun of the jumpers. "Leave the country, stop complaining", they shout, laughing and drinking like the oblivious fools they are.All the while, she sinks further and further into the oceans of dispair.
I'm not saying that we should jump ship. What I am saying is that we are at the point where it is all hands on deck. If we don't see the true state of the nation for what it is, we are doomed to be just another failed African state.if we don't seriously start patching holes, the ride is over.
Just 10 symptoms from the top of my head:
High Crime statistics, some of them world records.Failed education system bleeding over a million unemployable dropouts into our economy each year.High levels of corruption in every sector of governement.Potholes man, potholes everywhere.A mass exodus of nation builders... you know, those engineers and doctors and scientists that keep leaving the country?Leaking sewarage farms.Polluted water.Slow internet and less than 10% of the nation with access to it.Consistent power failures.Radical racism evangelism by extremists like Malema...
We are in deep trouble, really deep trouble.
Do you care at all that poverty has become worse since you took power or is the power in itself all that concerns you?
Those of us with the desire to see our nation flourish will stick it out, we will continue to work our hands to the bone with our NGO's and Church activities but we feel alone.
We feel like we are not helping you improve the nation, we feel like we are on the other team, like you have some kind of sinister agenda to keep the poor in 'their place'.It really does feel that way. Yes, some days I battle with thoughts that you may actually just be plain evil.
I sincerely hope I am wrong and will continue to do as much as I can wherever I can but throw us a bone guys. Let us know that you actually care about the people you represent.Do something, bring in the experts, show us you are as concerned as we are!We are VERY concerned.And no, this is not a political party thing, nor is it a racist thing, this is a nation thing! Some of us are incurable patriots who desire a great future for all!
But you, ANC, are letting us down.Just in case you did not know.
Thus ends my lament.I shall probably be back to my chirpy self when the power goes back on.
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