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I have a dream

09 July 2014, 21:00

Perspective is a fascinating thing.

 “The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change, the realist adjusts the sails.” - William A Ward

How we perceive the world around us dictates how we experience it. If we complain, nothing will change (except those exposed to your negativity). If we optimistically hope that things are going to change, we will wait and more than likely nothing will change. If we embrace the facts and work on them (rather than point out differences or hope for the best), I believe we can capitalise and things will get better.

News24 at the moment, from my perspective, is filled with perspectives. Perspectives of good and bad observations. Debates. Views from the previously disadvantaged and the previously advantaged.

There is a lot of anger. A lot of frustration. A lot of hurt. A lot of confusion.

If we take a step back, take a look at South Africa from a different perspective, from an international perspective, maybe we can see a bigger picture. One that is not purely focused on our past or one that is not only focused on our present, we can hopefully see our beautiful country in a new light.

South Africa is a young country. One of the youngest formed countries in the world. You might have heard this before but have you ever realised what this means? It means that the buildings around us cannot be more than 200 years old.

Italy, France and England have been building templates and houses since the BC’s (meaning that their society, their infrastructure and their social standings have been developed more than 2000 years before us). They had had government infrastructure and law policies for thousands of years before us.

They have gone through the developing motions of building a strong country. They have worked through corruption. They have worked through nationalisation. They have worked through trade unions.

These countries have also had their history of slaves, of misconduct and inequality.

What these countries have also had is time to recover. They have had time to rebuild, time to grow and time to heal.

When you think about how far they have come. How much they have accomplished. What great countries they are now (especially when compared to South Africa), it is humbling to know that we are only their youngest brother.

Our time will come. Things will get better.

I have a dream. My dream is that South Africa will increase production of products locally.

Rather than exporting all our key raw materials and minerals for other countries to produce with. This increase in local production will increase job opportunities. It will strengthen our economy.

Learning from China, I believe that mass production of quality goods (as opposed to cheap and ineffective) is another means that we can develop an international reputation. Reputable as being the best country with reliable products to buy from. South Africa can be the country that offers quality and quantity.   

Economics dictates that our competition is a cheaper product. Initially it will take a while for consumers to learn that South African made products offer long term quality. In time, we can develop a production line and infrastructure where the rest of the world can become dependent on.

I believe in this South African dream. So much so, that I am not hear to be a pessimist or an optimist but rather a realist. I am an entrepreneur investing in South Africa as a developing economy. 

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