There is still hope! I believe we can...

2015-08-31 18:32

I am a proud inhabitant of the Garden Route. It is a privilege to be able to live in this area of South Africa. The people are friendly, the weather is nice and we all work together to make this area as tourist friendly as possible.

Lately a storm has erupted in this beautiful Garden of Eden. Most of you might have seen the buses set on fire by angry members of the taxi industry. The damage caused to the buses amounts to R15-million. Shocking!

However this is not the end of the sad story. Rather it was the beginning of a miracle witnessed by many of us. While the buses were burning, the commuters had to take the long walk to work. However some of George’s residents intervened and showed kindness to these poor people who had no other means of getting to work. Quite a few motorists ended up giving the commuters lifts to their workplaces. A miracle in the making! Black and white coming together, taking hands…

It is stories like these that give me hope. All over South Africa, every day people take hands. They reach out to each other. They embrace their differences and they look beyond the political obstacles which often lead to unsurmountable division.

Our country has many obstacles. We face immense corruption, we have to deal with crime on a daily basis and there is indescribable poverty among a large section of the population. All of these are issues which lead to further division among different section of the South African population. It is enough to make us feel that there is no hope…

However I feel that we need to look beyond these issues. If we are really serious about building a future for ourselves, we need to focus on the daily interactions that we have with each other. We need to build relationships with each other and find common ground. I truly believe that it is possible and within reach.

Let’s stop to concentrate on what is negative and focus on the positive aspects in our society. Look what lies behind us. Look what we’ve overcome! We can tackle this mountain. I believe that there is still a pot of gold at the end of our rainbow. The rain will pass and the rainbow will once again become visible. It hasn’t disappeared. The promise is still there…

Let’s take it one step at a time without giving up. We still have a lot to be thankful for. We live in a democracy and we have a constitution which protects human rights. Our economy is slow, but we survived the previous recession. We have come a long way since the birth of our democracy. Yes the baby is a grown-up now, but even grown-ups have problems.

Let’s remember the vision that Madiba had for us. It is not too late! We can still make this work! I sincerely believe that there is a divine plan for us to succeed as a nation and a democracy. There are a lot of reasons why things can work. Let’s look beyond our differences and embrace our similarities. We all want what’s best for this country. I believe we can… Let’s not give up hope…

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