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SA should act as the emerging power it is - Crimea

04 April 2014, 15:12
By: Sivuyile S. Sesi (t) @756Writing

South Africa (SA) is an emerging power, so we should act like it. Doing nothing is the disservice to our hard earned international status. Russia is doing wrong in Ukraine. With our relations with them, we are better able to engage for better solutions. We should be building each other than allowing destruction. Are we forgetting the philosophy of ubuntu that we are in good because of each other? Let's practise that to help each other to be the best we can be. SA is this great nation because others believe in us.

We should play our part in keeping others accountable with global good and international standards and not let United States, United Kingdom, France, just be them who care about the world. For that being subject of blame game while when we had time we done nothing about it to help. We have platforms and we the biggest economy in Africa, so let's assert the continent. Lets be proactive with addressing matters.

Let's be constructive with Russia, China, America and any other country in our pursuit and commitments with the international world. As Nelson Mandela says it "playing small doesn't serve the world". Let's be the shining light for the world. That is how we should assert ourselves as an emerging power. Using ourselves to make things work for us.

Russia is military attacking Ukraine, Russia is kicked out off G8, sanctioned by the West. Why, is that good should we be hard too on them? Do they seem to represent our relation interests? A citizen may question in SA. The take of The Elders on Ukraine's condition, they commented? We have people with good knowledge about our country, nationally and internationally. Even their work prove that, they have served for our best interests. For an example Trevor Manuel, Thabo Mbeki, mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille, etc people would ask them about such matters. Vladimir Putin might have to be a decision maker in a meeting with Jacob Zuma. SA is an emerging power we should use that power for our good than undermining our nation.

SA did not do well with Jacob Zuma's administration as an emerging power, we can't take the Zimbabwe economic route, one way or the other it is now that we should find ways to pick ourselves up. In 2014 its elections in SA. We need to take good political decision, chose the right leaders for the right positions, our economy to grow depends on it.

SA have to work on development plans. The National Development Plan is even praised by Democratic Alliance the main opposition party. For such to work we need to play our part and be proactive. I am not saying we should be hard or push over.

Russia seems to be involved in support of governments resolving in wars, eg Syria. China is unreliable for SA global direction. Is SA too small to take tough global moves when injustice take place? Doesn't SA's emerging power status need to be taken into effect or should we be quiet and accept anything even if its wrong. If we can be more tough against injustice the more we can be trusted for good international platforms to advance ourselves with other nations. Being a big global player like the US is not an easy job. Human rights and justice need us to be clear of ourselves and what we stand for. We should prove our stand in relation with the world. We should be decisive about that.

If we not careful this country is slowly losing its emerging power status. The recent political decisions and events are drowning us. Also Russia seems to be going down. We should take different route for our commitment to the global cause, that in turn will serve us good. Since the 1990s, here in SA because of good democratic decisions we have become this great nation that every body well recognize and respect. We should never let go of what is good for us. We need to work it. Just as we should be good to other nations in need.

SA defeated apartheid because of assistance from other nations, so we are a country that should know better about that. The world need us so let's be helpful.Let's take responsibility of what we have.
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