Best Wishes for 2014.

Friday, December 13th, 2013

We’ve come to the end of yet another year – and another one which seems to have flashed by.  I don’t think it’s just because I’m getting older, as everyone I speak to – young and old alike – feel the same way.  I’m sure it’s do with the fact that we live in an information-overload environment, where every little moment is taken care of.  Any free moments are soon filled – if not by us, by someone or something else.

I was thinking about this the other day.  Our TV programmes are interrupted by a brace of ads all clamouring for our attention.  If, like me, you make use of a PVR, record all the programmes you want to watch, and then watch at leisure by editing out the ads, it makes watching TV more pleasurable.  But, instead of using that time saved for something more productive, I find I end up watching one more show than I would normally do!

In between times, we have our laptops, our smart phones, our notepads all feeding us huge amounts of information, all the time, most of which we don’t need.  But we start to feel like we do need it.  And I think this all contributes to the feeling of time flashing by.

The year 2013 has been a troubled year in South Africa.  The Marikana massacre, a general feeling of dissatisfaction with service delivery and the eradication of poverty; Nkandla-and-Gupta-Gate, the weakening of the Rand against major international currencies, and the death of Nelson Mandela – has contributed to people feeling that all is not well in our Rainbow nation.  We know we’re going to have to put up with another 5 years of non-leadership from President Zuma, while he and his family/cronies systematically plunder the national treasury.  Business confidence is not at its best, and jobs are not being created.  On the face of it, things can only start to get worse.

Yet, I had a sense that the death of Mandela has woken a new resolve, in the hearts of many, to shrug off feelings of despair.  If a man could endure 27 years of incarceration and come out of it, humbled, hopeful and forgiving – then why can’t we adopt the same attitude?

I, for one, am still hopeful and excited about the prospects in South Africa.  It’s not going to be an easy task but one we can all address positively.

I would like to wish all of you a very peaceful and blessed Christmas and New Year, and I trust that 2014 will be both prosperous and productive for you and yours.