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Worried about my country

13 February 2014, 10:45
I am no expert in politics, neither have I any interest in becoming a politician. These last few weeks I have been sitting at work, reading articles in newspapers, keeping up to date with stories on the lighter side of life, until recently, the news of the DA march, the retaliation of the ANC and peoples' opinions about the leaders of our country. And all this has got me thinking, why would I bother with this now all of a sudden? Why I am taking more interest in articles about political parties rather than new cars on the market, phones and social media? And then I started realizing that I have to build my future in this country, I have to live out my dreams and reach goals because this is where I was born. I started to follow the rand and watch it closely as it plummeted to all time lows, I watched as the petrol price reach prices no ever dreamed they would see in their lifetime. Standing around the braai, you here friends and strangers talking to one another about interest rates and how it affects them, regardless of their lifestyle. I quickly put everything together and made assumptions (which we all know who it's the mother of) of why South Africa is the way it is. It's all a snowball effect. The Rand weakens, politicians have a go at each other, corruption is seen all over the news and the country's people are in a state of confusion and panic to make ends meet with regards to all the political turmoil. And this is where my realizations sadden me. . . All we do is get up and leave. The UK, Australia, America, even Asian countries are becoming popular migrating locations for people to find just that little bit of peace and the lives they truly need. But what happens when they decide to find a better live elsewhere? What happens to those of us who decide to stay and hope for the best? Well, I don't know about the rest, but I see how our economy takes a hard blow as the people who have the potential to change this country for the better, start from the bottom as a small fish in a big pond in another country. So the more the economy weakens, the more people lose hope and the more we lose the chance of those people being able to stabilize the market of SA. Like I said, these are only my opinions and a lot of people may disagree with me. But I sense that the only way for us to truly shine in the light of what this amazing country has to offer, is for us to stand together as a whole, manage to focus on one problem at a time and try to come to a mutual agreement, composed of our leaders' ideas and formed into a solution for future generations to benefit from. One day we will be able to see eye to eye and realize that together, we can make a difference.

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