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SA Government compared to Facebook

14 September 2012, 08:36
Like Facebook, the ANC government has been in it’s democratically-elected position for a relatively short period of time. It quickly became the default and only option for the vast majority of South Africans. Cracks are now starting to appear.

Facebook is controlled by someone who lacks the experience and depth of leadership to govern such a behemoth of an organisation. He is disliked as a person and distrusted by the majority of people who use his service. He has said some stupid things in the past and these statements have come back to haunt him. But his product remains the only viable option for the moment.

Like Facebook, the value of the South African government depends on it’s “users” and how they “buy into” the product. If the users get bored or stop feeling fulfilled they will look elsewhere. Facebook appeared to think it was too popular to fail before it’s flotation and yet it’s share price has halved in value. Big investors are starting to sell up and run with their money. Will the same happen to the ANC? I think it’s “when” not “if”.

I’ve stopped using Facebook as much as I did before as over the years I have collected too many ex-girlfriends, ex-friends and even my mother, father and grandparents. It has become boring to me. People enjoy new things and edge towards change. For example, I’ve discovered a new South African social network, ukuduma.com, and have been using this more and more as it offers things that Facebook does not. I’ve moved on. I’ve found the other option that was preventing me from leaving Facebook before.

Facebook will inevitably be replaced by something new, whether it’s ukuduma.com or something else and likewise the South African government cannot last in it’s current state. It has exceeded it’s usefulness. I challenge you to disagree!

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