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Privileged to be South African

11 November 2010, 11:00  - JJ Joseph
Having travelled through and to a few countries during job assignments, I've seen a lot, experienced a lot and came to the conclusion that I'm privileged to have been born and raised in one of the most diverse countries in the world!
I'm proudly South African and even though I've been reminded many a time in the past by my African work colleagues or acquaintances that I cannot be referred to as African because of the fact that I'm a mixed/coloured South African, I still believe that I'm African enough to be an advocate for everyone in South Africa that suffer due to the poor administration and corrupt ways of our current government and also to make sure that people judge South Africa with perspective and objectivity.
Currently in my second year of living overseas with my family on a work assignment, I realise that South Africans that benefited the most from our country seems to be the most disloyal people you can find. Don't get me wrong, there's a few that's still loyal and hopeful with regards to South Africa but they are hard to come by.

It's depressing to have to put the record straight all the time when I realise that South Africa/ns had been misrepresented by disloyal South Africans but I've decided that it's my responsibility as a practising Christian and a proud citizen of South Africa to be an advocate for the truth in all its aspects.
I'm not in denial and saying that all is well with South Africa but the truth to be told is that under the circumstances we've achieved the unachievable by voting novices (in almost all areas of management) into government and seeing them survive 16 years! That alone gives me hope for South Africa.

I believe (or at least I hope so) that South Africa is now in a stage where the government realises that its worst enemy is the fact that capitalism has consumed them so much that greed is destroying the very country that they were once prepared to die for.
We have brilliant people over the broad spectrum of the South African people and that's why South Africa is an exporter of skills like almost no other country. The people that can make South Africa the world leader it ought to be, are all South Africans collectively even though most are still looking and hoping to have a taste of real liberation that brings about real change for real people.

I'm proud to note that South Africa can compete against the best in the world on various platforms but I'm extremely sad about the fact that we still have so many people living in appalling conditions with almost no hope for change in their living conditions in their lifetime.
I trust that God will grant South African politicians the wisdom to lead our country to be the liberated country we (the previously oppressed and disadvantaged) dreamt of when it seemed like that day would never come.

It's now time for a new liberation struggle; the struggle to free us from greedy leaders with no regard for the well-being of the poor. To all Christians (because South Africa is a predominantly Christian country) let's not forget that we're urged to be advocates for those who are poor and treated unfairly.

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