My South African dream

2011-09-24 12:39

As we are still observing Heritage Month in Mzansi, I dream of a better South Africa for generations to come.

Given the challenges of poverty, inequality, HIV/Aids, crime and corruption I’m determined to see a prosperous Mzansi.

Yes, much has been achieved in the new democratic dispensation that so many of our heroes and heroines fought for but much much more still needs to be done.

I dream of a South Africa that is truly non-racial, non-sexist and equal for all.

A country in which everybody lives in harmony. A South Africa where the values of the rainbow nation are embraced and we are united in our diversity.

I dream of a South Africa that upholds its constitutional democracy, where the rule of law is respected by everybody, even those in high offices, and where the rule of law supersedes even those in authority.

A South Africa with an independent judiciary, a well-run government and a functional legislature that is truly reflective and representative of the masses of the country.

I dream of a South Africa where the needs of the citizens are taken care of. A society where people don’t lack basic services such as clean water, proper sanitation, adequate housing and other essential social services.

A South Africa with quality education that is accessible to everybody.

I believe that opportunities should be made available to citizens in order for them to be self-reliant.

A platform should be created with economic opportunities for everyone, irrespective of their connections and relations with those in power.

Public figures should not rule the country but serve the masses with transparency and accountability.

State resources should be utilised for the benefit of the greater population.

We should not be a welfare state though, but a developmental state. People should be given what they need and what they could otherwise not provide for themselves.

Opportunities should be created for people to fend for and develop themselves.

This should be done through accelerating skills development programmes and in turn this will yield better economic growth and we will indeed become a strong nation that pride itself in its achievements.

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