New year needs a new approach

2016-01-27 06:00

I WOULD like to take this opportunity to wish readers a happy and prosperous new year, and I trust that the festive season was enjoyable.

As we get ready to prepare for the year and work on the resolutions we have made, I still feel it will be fruitless to go ahead without proper introspection.

We have witnessed residential sites being awarded. Construction is going ahead at the old hostel at Vogelfontein farm.

This is all great news.

Yet, how will this new location be serviced? Where will they get electricity as no new power station has been built?

Currently, the existing power stations are under a lot of pressure and cannot cope with the demand and the community is growing at an alarming rate.

Then there is the bad state of our roads that are unmarked, with potholes that cost motorists thousands of rands yearly.

Yes it is a new year, yet the old problems still persist.

Will officials still hold festivals that cost millions while neglecting the bread-and-butter issues we are facing?

Will there be true freedom, or are people still going to endure abuse of power from officials, corruption and nepotism?

Will officials still buy expensive German sedans and SUVs with taxpayers’ funds and neglect the call to deliver services to the people?

Will artists still be exploited and be paid peanuts, while only a few monopolise the system and cash in because they are friends with officials? Or will talent be considered?

Well, this is indeed a new year with old challenges that are still facing us.

The year of local government elections, where we will see a bit of movement from officials, and promises that have not been fulfilled since 1994 now being attended to.

Are we going to put South Africa and our families first, or are we still going to believe the lies we are being fed during elections?

Will we still accept all this, while others are swimming in government tenders and deployments?

It is a new year and a new heart, mind and approach is needed . . .

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