This article is not of my own, the writer wants to hear views and opinions of the readers.
As South Africans we recognize the injustices of our past, honor and respect to all those who suffered for justice and freedom and believe that South Africa belongs to all who lives in it. Our everyday intents and purposes are far from values, principles, ideas and philosophies our brothers and sisters went to rag and ruin fighting and some died for.
We wake up every day groaning and mourning, looking down with scorned faces, our minds full and cramped with complains and cynical reservations, hearts pounding deep rhythms and resonates of hatreds and animosity, mighty and potent with passions and aspirations for power and authority, so selfish and pessimistic…
Who are we without others? or precisely if I may ask; what are we bringing this country into? It’s like money, the ever creation of bits and pieces so corporeal and precious inventions matters more than human existence. Every day we wake up carelessly of what’s in the mind and hearts of our fellow brothers and sisters, whether they have had something to eat is no prime concern but greetings and regards with a big smile on their faces could only do more.
We are preoccupied with diverse, immemorial to span motives of acquiring the wealth and riches of this world that the only virtuous difference we make is how deep we absorb ourselves and how exactly we put ourselves.We are so proud and arrogant to realize how good we are- we should rather be directing our undue efforts to meaningful causes like making a difference in somebody else’s life. The point that I am trying to make and regardless of it is that we all still look down on our broken brothers and sisters from within broken societies as if we are different.
A wise man once said,”competing with losers doesn’t make you a winner” and exactly so when we are looking down on our poor neighbor in a poor community doesn’t make us of a superior league or give a different status at all.
South Africa is a rich country with a diverse history that extends beyond realms of politics, racial and socio-economic backgrounds. We have one of the most progressive constitutional democracy and it’s entrenched bill of rights, recognizing fundamental human rights as the cornerstone of our democracy and enshrining the values and principles of UBUNTU.
Our labor policies and regulations protect and promote justice as legally reasonable and relationships between employers and employees, in the process of improving productions and profits, we are the world’s biggest producers of resources from our primary activities(farming, mining and textile among others) to mention just few we should take aboriginal pride in it. Amid all that, our country is facing so much of socio-economic and environmental issues, our respective communities are grappled with endless challenges which have far reaching negative effects in the development and transformation of communities.
Making a difference in ones life doesn’t cost an arm and leg or take away ones right hand for that matter but a simple and meaningful ‘how are you doing today?’ it wont hurt. There is so much a person can do to put back a smile on the face of a hungry, impoverished child or needy members of their communities, for example spending 67 minutes doing a worthy cause shouldn’t cross the threshold on one big day or event like ‘Nelson Mandela Day’ but it should be a habit and customary to our norms and interactions, volunteering and giving off our time and goodies should take an integral part of our hobbies; also community service work should be part of our yearly planed calendars.
Otherwise if we could all take note that the diverse challenges and assorted issues our communities have come to grips with are insubstantial in dichotomy to us together in concord and harmony; so much can be achieved because together we can do more and realize communities which are prosperous, were members make changes they want to see, innovation, creativity, inspiration and empowerment.
by Emmanuel Kgatuke
Edited by Fortunate Machaba