There are important
contributors to South Africa's general wellbeing and economic recovery that
many seem to remain oblivious to, and to almost regard as "someone else's
problem to take care of" until they wake up to find a monster at their
door, starring them straight in the eye. The impact of such contributors to
everyday life is also taken as a given, until things go wrong.
Some people simply assume that someone else will always be there to take care of things until they're no longer there or that the resources they need to keep doing what they have always done "behind-the-scenes" get taken away which, in South Africa, often means "stolen" or "diverted" to plug a hole elsewhere. Among such contributors are the country's national ports - which I wrote about just over a week ago - or the rhinos and other wildlife whose numbers continue to fall due to poaching. But that is a story for another day.