Waiting for a Sign

2015-07-08 11:03

One has to wonder when the penny will drop. When not only the disillusioned and the sad people of South Africa will realize the depths to which we have plummeted, but when government will send us a sign to say that they have realized it too. One has to wonder when someone, anyone elected to lead, will stand up and acknowledge that this has gone on for too long, has gone too far and that it is time to take stock, to admit our failings and to concede that a new order is critical.

The ability to destroy a country like South Africa is not something that just anyone is capable of. It requires commitment and unrelenting focus. It requires real leadership. It is a goal driven endeavour, and cannot be achieved overnight. It means waking up early each day with determination. Lists need to be made and action items followed with determination. Departments that might still function effeciently need to be named and shamed because a successful environment could destroy everything that has been achieved. It’s an art. And who doesn’t admire art? Even if we find it a tad confusing.

It’s not easy to destroy a country like ours. We are blessed to have more natural resources than we know what to do with, we have fertile and vast tracks of land for farming, magnificent vistas to attract tourists and we have perfect weather most the year. We have a developed infrastructure and we have the people of South Africa. We have the legacy of Nelson Mandela. The combination is formidable which makes our decline so impressive in an embarrassing sort of way.

So I made a list of my own. If I had the onerous task of completing the obliteration of South Africa, where would I even begin? I would probably start with keeping those pesky tourists out. What with all their foreign currency that they like to spend (clearly the Euro hasn’t been good for Greece) who wants them here. But I realise that the esteemed Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba has piped me to the post and has sorted out tourism fairly and squarely. SAA had already been draining the country for years so that didn’t require attention.

On has to wonder what is left to achieve? We already have no power and the economy desperately gasping for air as a result of Eskom’s lack of service delivery, our water system is straining, and the Post office has been defunct for eons (not even sure if we still have one). Public health is floundering and is in danger of collapse, many of our children who have no choice but to attend a government schools are compromised. And of course the crime statistics tell a story of a nation in crises.

More recently we impressively and successfully undermined the judiciary and did this on an International Stage, leaving little doubt as to the true nature of leadership in this country. In doing so we sent a confident message to the world that we provide safe harbor for those accused of genocide, that we don’t value our own constitution, and that we care about African leaders, but not African people. It was a gifted move and one that managed to not only kills two birds with one stone, but also takes out the entire flock.

Whereas it might seem impossible to compete with this kind of talent, the beauty about South Africa is that everyone seems to give it their best shot – take for instance the ordering and paying R600M for locomotives that might well be too tall for our rail system. And we admire that. We really do. Because it will simply not be possible to decimate what we have unless we all prepared to pull together and to give it our all.

One has to wonder if the penny will drop. If there will come a time when our government will recognise that we are a nation in crises and that aside from the glorious weather pretty much every component of the country has been compromised. And if they will send us a sign that lets us know that they acknowledge just how bad the situation is. But in the meantime we wait.

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