FROM THE ED’S DESK

On a positive note

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Is it just me, or is the year already rushing to its end faster than the speed of light? There is just so much happening and keeping up the pace has become a juggling act of note. In between getting my magazines to print, having major renovations done to my house and preparing for my month-long holiday to Europe the day after this magazine goes to print, I only occasionally come up for air…

And there’s so much going on in South Africa at the moment; there is definitely no shortage of news. The Oscar Pistorius trial took centre stage amidst one too many violent service delivery protests. Even our public transport system is literally under fire as taxi violence flared up and bus companies from time to time have to suspend their services especially in our poorer townships. In the middle of this, daily news of corruption on all levels of society is infesting our airways.

It is all doom and gloom, and we seem to be missing the good news. Quite frankly I have had enough and I’ve decided that I will not allow another negative report on the news, especially in the car in the mornings, to leave me in a state of dismay for the rest of my day.

Don’t get me wrong, I'm not saying that I do not want to know about the problems, I’m merely saying that we should not allow the bad to overshadow the many good news stories that are happening around us every day, initiated by good, ordinary people like you and me, as the contents of this issue are testament to.

While I know it is not easy to go about positively when we are being bombarded by negativity and sadness nearly 24/7, I believe that with the awareness of our psychological state, and by promoting positive thinking, we can, to a large extent, go about our work positively and play a positive role as far as we can. That, I believe, could be every South African citizen’s single biggest contribution to the South African economy.

Think about it: there are more people in South Africa working in the public and private sectors who are against protests and corruption of this unacceptable nature than there are perpetrators who are violently affecting the lives and incomes of those who can least afford it. Yes – I said it – perpetrators. We, in our different communities and industries, who wish for nothing more than being able to go to work and places of education with the least possible disruption, have the power. We’re in the majority and we just have to assert ourselves by doing what we do best – making valuable contributions to our businesses and the South African economy.

As for the authorities: they also have the power – the power to stop illegal operations of such nature as referred to above, but I do not see it happening. It’s a fact: violence, service delivery protests and corruption are costing companies and Government billions – not to mention the harm it does to South Africa’s international image. The fact is if we, as leaders and managers, allow what’s happening around us to affect our daily output and production, we might as well throw in the towel, in which case we will be contributing to the negative image of our beautiful country, and indirectly contributing to an unstoppable decrease in trade and investment in South Africa.

When a week from now I gaze across the English Channel and bathe myself in the last bit of the Spanish summer sun on the Costa Blanca, I will remember the words of the father of our democracy, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: “A movement without a vision would be a movement without moral foundation.”

So, fellow South Africans: let us remain positive and never move without a vision again!

Lindsay

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