The monster of mediocrity

2014-12-24 19:59

Looking back over the past year, there is a lot to be thankful for. However there also hangs a shadow over the gem that is called South Africa. South Africans had to deal with a lot of setbacks during the past year.

First there was the strike at Lonmin. Then there was the strike at the South African Post Office. Furthermore there’s the problem at Escom. Now SARS also seems to jump on the bandwagon. One wonders what will be next.

The problem with issues like these is not just the negative economic impact that it has. It also breaks the psychological spirit of the nation. We don’t feel that we can be proud of a country that lacks the infrastructure to provide in our basic needs. What’s even more is that there’s a monster creeping up against the flagpole of our country’s international image. That’s putting it mildly. Our country is battling a monster that has the tentacles of an octopus. It’s the monster called mediocrity.

It is visible all over the country and it affects everything. We don’t strive towards excellence anymore. We just let things be. What’s even worse is that it seeps into the structures of governance. Everywhere in every structure of government it becomes more and more of a force to be reckoned with.

Furthermore it affects the level of service delivery. Where’s the pride in doing a job well? How did we get to this place of letting things be? Where’s it going to end? What needs to happen before things will turn around? Our country is going under!!! As said before it’s visible in Escom. It was visible in the recent strike at the South African Post Office. One hopes that the crisis at SARS will be stalled before it’s too late.

I want to appeal to all South Africans to think hard and long…It’s up to us. Each and every one of us has to make a difference where we are. It doesn’t take a lot. All that’s asked is to deliver your best and to give it all you have. Where ever you are whoever you are, if you live in South Africa it is demanded of you to start acting NOW!

Let’s all make it a New Year’s resolution to act before it’s too late. It doesn’t depend on skin colour. It’s got nothing to do with ethnicity. It all comes down to character. It has to do with integrity and pride. Yes we are far down the road of failure. However I do believe that it’s not too late. We still have time. Let’s be positive. Let’s turn things around. It can be done!

Believe me if I say that miracles can happen. We don’t necessarily have to follow other countries in Africa. We don’t have to be a second Zimbabwe. We are unique! We are moulded into a shape of our own. As I say we have a lot to be thankful for, but BEWARE! Mediocrity is a monster!!!

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