Criticism is aplenty when it comes to the approach that I take here on SA Rocks. So, for once (and I think the first time) I am asking a question about some problems that we face in SA. These are serious problems with very subjective views on their solutions. I am not looking for an answer, I am looking for constructive and open ended debate that will allow everyone no matter their views, to see things from another perspective.
The three things in the title are three of the main issues that we face here in SA. We are working extremely hard to effectively and creatively combat issues in all three areas but many people feel that we are not winning.
I want to ask you what you think? How do we fix these problems, effectively, swiftly and in a long lasting manner?
I am will moderate comments that are offensive, racist, bigoted or in any way below board. This is not going to be a platform to moan, bitch and wail about how awful things here in SA are. Things are not awful in SA. Things are good but there are issues just like in every country.
I want to know what you think some of the solutions could be? I want to know about some solutions in your community that you have seen work effectively.
Personally, I think that there are little things that communities can do to help in their own ways. Neighbourhood watch is a great initiative that used to work wonders for me on my street. Four houses would look out for one another, if I saw something that was questionable, I would call my neighbours and tell them. And vice versa. If you see a broken robot on the street, call the municipality and tell them. If you see an accident stop and help, make a simple shift in your approach to the world. Stop bribing police officers and they wont be able to accept bribes. If you break the law, accept it and pay the price for it. Do not get pissed off when you are stopped for talking on your cellphone, instead, stop talking on your cellphone. These issues all contribute to the greater issues that we have here.
I hate to use this phrase, but much like charity starts at home, so do the solutions to the problems that we so vigilantly blame on the government, on the police, on the crime protection unit, on the car next to us, the municipality or any other organisation. I am not asking you to fix a pothole I am asking you to pick up the phone and make one simple call.
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