Many people talk about wanting to see change in South Africa. Especially among the middle to upper-classes, more and more dissent is growing towards the government. Although justifiable, I often ask myself, do we really, truly and honestly want to see change, or have we become comfortable with the status quo? How is our collective mentality contributing to the state in which South Africa is today? I have compiled a list of twelve questions. Answer them honestly, and imagine the answer within the context of a South Africa with a trustworthy, transparent government. In 15 years from now:
1. Do you still want to have domestic worker and gardener?
2. Do you still want to be able to buy cheap imported products?
3. Would you be happy to see large businesses paying only 28% tax?
4. Do you still want to live in a security complex?
5. Do you still want to drive a car without taking any passengers with you?
6. Would you be happy to buy more second hand products and have less variety to choose from in shops?
7. Do you want to work for a big company for an enormous salary as opposed to a small business with a comfortable but more modest income?
8. Would you be willing to have neighbours dependent on social grants?
9. If you have a business, will you be willing to do more of your own hard labour and pay unskilled laborers more?
10. Do you want to go through one single day without complaining about crap?
11. Would you be happy to pay extra taxes both on your income and on certain products like alcohol and cigarettes to fund social benefits, such as free health care and education?
12. Would you be willing to learn to speak more than two of our official languages?
If you really want to see change, your answers would look as follow:1 - 5 No6 - Yes7 - No8 - 12 - Yes
Please feel free to give your input, I'd be happy to explain my reasoning should you have any questions. Kindly refrain from saying how you are already paying taxes and getting f@ckol in return, don't be racist and please don't whinge about crap...
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