Team up for change

2016-11-22 06:00

After the hype of the local elections, it is back to the reality of the challenges the community face. Well done to the newly appointed councillors, chairs and subcouncil members.

I have however noticed the absence of [most] of the candidates who have so vigorously campaigned to better our communities.

In my ward we had 17 candidates [parties], myself included, on the ballot paper.

What has become of the smiling faces on the posters, the promises and commitments of wanting to contribute towards a better community, the “irrespective the outcome” speeches and “I have a dream slogans”?

Were they all just empty and meaningless words? Were they the words of an opportunist?

If the 17 candidates with all their ability and expertise could partner and as a team tackle the social and other challenges collectively, we would surely form a formidable team with an awesome outcome.

The community would be affected and influenced so positively over the next few years that the course of history would be forever altered.

So I challenge all the candidates who genuinely want to build our community, to come to the table and give your input.

Let the community see what you are all about, demonstate what you stand and stood for, become relevant, promote your course and express your views.

Don’t wait till 2019 again!

The councillor in the seat is not our enemy, but a servant of the community and our commander.

Let’s support him/her in our common course.

Next time the posters go up again, your smile can be even bigger on the poster; you can champaign with freedom and conviction; you won’t be a stranger, but a friend of society and a credible candidate worthy of consideration.

I challenge you all – especially those who have vanished from the scene – to roll up your sleeves and become a labourer in the great task of making our community a better place for all.

If you don’t, well, your silent absence speaks volumes and attests to the facts you are the author of.

pastor Paul Phillips Parkwood

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