No amount of champagne, cakes or booze-fuelled parties can mask the reality of the what the ANC has become.
Flame of lighter in black background
Multimedia · User Galleries · News in Pictures
Send us your pictures · Send us your stories
I believe that South Africans grow up exposed to real adversity and I believe that this is a positive and not a negative, writes Howard Feldman.
It was only when I found myself scouring Viktor Frankl's book
Man's Search for Meaning for coping
skills that I realised it was time for me to get a grip. Frankl of course is
well admired for assisting fellow concentration camp prisoners, and for providing
them with coping skills during one of the most horrific periods of the 20th
Indeed, load shedding might be awful and is most definitely
an affliction. But we have suffered worse. Way worse.
South Africans can hardly be blamed for feeling negative and
impotent. We understand full well what has caused the situation that we find
ourselves in (and if we forget for a minute, there is always the DA to remind
us, repeatedly), but it is time that we get a grip.
Getting a grip does not mean that we let the perpetrators
off the hook, but rather that we find a way to not plummet ourselves into a
depth of misery that will do us and our families more harm than a few hours
without DSTV does.
My morning show's SMS line is a very interesting and
accurate barometer of mood. Recently, the messages have been predictably
negative. Listeners are anxious, furious, frustrated and depressed all at once.
The emotional price of load shedding is tangible and cannot be underestimated,
which makes it all the more important to find ways to cope.
In a six-minute unscripted diatribe I told listeners that
whereas I by no means will take the responsibility of advising people not to
leave, I will say that no one should be making the decision in the dark. The
choice to leave South Africa is a serious and significant one and will impact
on the course of any family for generations. I pointed out that as someone who
has lived in three different countries, I am certain that whereas we might lack
electricity in South Africa, there will always be a lack of something
elsewhere. Whether that is the absence of family, lifelong friends, other
South Africans, or a corporate and social network, thinking that there will
not be significant compromises is naïve and dangerous.
I further argued that whereas many listeners suggested that
they would leave for the sake of their children, that this is not a given and
not something that is strictly a benefit. I believe that South Africans grow up
exposed to real adversity and I believe that this is a positive and not a
negative. If our universities are uncomfortable and challenging and if our
social environment is in constant flux, then this might be exactly what it is
that many of our children need.
Malcolm Gladwell in his book David and Goliath explains why sufferers of Dyslexia often excel.
Some of the reasons are that they have to work harder, they have to develop
other skills and because they have failed, they are not afraid of failure. South
Africans are the dyslexics of the world. And there is nothing more powerful
That is one of the possibilities as to why so many South
Africans have succeeded around the world.
When discussing load shedding, one of my guests on the show
suggested that we should turn the excess of darkness into an asset and a
business opportunity. He didn't mean that we should export it or move into the
generator business but by doing things that require darkness, like growing
Shitake mushrooms. I am not convinced that this is a sound approach.
What I am convinced about is that people should be going to
prison for what they have done to the country and we should be relentless in
the pursuit of a corruption-free government.
What I am convinced of is that it will not serve us to make
emotional decisions in the dark and that we won't serve ourselves by being
miserable and by allowing ourselves to sink into a negative hole that we will
struggle to get out of.
I am further convinced that whereas load shedding is awful,
it is unlikely to kill us and that we should leave Man's Search for Meaning for another time.
- Howard Feldman is a keynote speaker and analyst. He is the author of two books and is the morning talk show host on ChaiFM.
Disclaimer: News24 encourages freedom of speech and the expression of diverse views. The views of columnists published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24.
The couple will leave the family in March.
The collaboration celebrates Black History Month in the U.S.
This is fuelling dangerous drug resistance in children.
All courtesy of the International Public Art Festival.
They are now engaged.
Some packages have increased, others not.
It seems that children affected by the virus are in the minority. Why is that?
Atlantic SeaboardShimansky Jewellers
Cape WinelandsO'Dwyer Personnel
DurbanvilleZaPOP Media (Pty) LtdR1 000.00 Per Month
R 2 395 000
R 2 500 000
R 2 630 000
We subscribe to the Press Code.
You choose what you want
News24 on Android
Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.
Terms and Conditions
24.com Terms and Conditions - Updated April 2012
Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.
This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.