South Africa is on the precipice, and we need all the help we can get. By the end of December 2017 we will have a pretty sound idea about where we as a country are going, so for the last issue of aBr in 2017 I have decided to try and give fate a nudge, by calling the November/December 2017 edition the GOOD NEWS issue.
I invited the industry to participate in this plea to the forces of good, and to those who accepted the invite, a big thank you, and if things turn out as hoped, you can take a large part of the credit, and you can rejoice as you take a deserved bow. For those who declined the invite, don’t blame me if things go pear shaped. You need more faith, folks.
Being an optimist at heart, and a great believer in the power of hope, I am looking forward to a big swing in fortunes in 2018, and the expectation that this country will bound forward with vigour in the coming years, under ethical and morally sound leadership – free of corruption, free of avarice, and free of self-serving motives. It is in the stars, and it is written in the soil of our beloved country – after a decade of shockingly poor political leadership we truly deserve it.
Thus, I look forward to covering all the good news in the coming year, and I excitedly wait to report on all the positive initiatives that will emanate from the new vibes, and the innovative ways in which South Africans are going to make their lives better, under a servant leader, servant politicians, servant civil servants, servant clergy, and servant business people.
Many may see me as a Pollyanna, but imagine if we do get a president who decides to ditch the status quo, and who rallies the country behind him, as he leads the country out of the wilderness, and takes us to the Promised Land. Someone who puts the country first, and who ditches all the trappings of power – no fancy and expensive homesteads, no massive security details, no blue light brigades, no arrogance in parliament, no dodgy friends, no raping of the country. We can become the shining light of Africa, and indeed the shining light of the world. All it will take is an uncompromised leader with the discipline of a Gandhi and the selflessness of a Mother Theresa.
In the words of John Lennon, “Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can, no need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man, imagine all the people sharing all the world, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.”