Following on from my confession I have decided (after much debate/discussion with myself) to publish the following post by Jason Von Berg.
I had a drink with some friends of mine the other day. The overbearing and saddest discussion that I’ve heard around SA followed. My friends and I love SA. They are here, starting companies, creating employment and building a life. Many of them though feel as if they want to stay in SA but are not being given the choice to. In spite of this feeling, they are choosing to stay and I am proud that they do.
Jason is one of these people, he chooses to stay in spite of everything he is writing below and we need more people like this in SA.
Hi Nic and the rest of the SA rocks readers,
It might sound very cliché and overdone but I will begin like this: I really am a proud South African. I love living here. I’ve been lucky enough to do a bit of traveling in my 23 years and barring New York City, this is the place I want to be.
However lately I have been questioning all of the above in light of what is going on. Today I am particularly worried. I feel helpless and to an extent I feel it may be time to start looking into moving- out of SA. Some of the issues I worry immensely about include:
1. Our next president. I don’t profess to be an expert in politics but looking forward and seeing what Jacob Zuma faces in terms of charges this August, I can’t help but wonder how good a president he will be. Leading by example… that is a problem in my eyes. Is he the best of a really bad bunch? Many things about him and his lifestyle I don’t agree with.
Former boxing champ and convicted rapist Mike Tyson is on his way to South Africa to raise money for charity at a massive gala event next week. A CONVICTED RAPIST allowed into South Africa when we have rape stats like ours. This sounds like a game show: For one million rand, the final question for you is: “Who will be making a speech at this special gala event?” The answer? The acquitted of rape man, alleged corrupt fraudster and possible future president of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma.
2. An 18year old goes on a shooting spree in the Northwest in an apparent racially motivated incident. WOW this is scary.
3. Mr Jackie Selebi- our National Police Commissioner. Can they actually charge him already… the man clearly isn’t all that innocent.
4. The complacency of the man who runs this country aka Mr Thabo Mbeki, who is now currently is Zimbabwe. Just earlier “Good progress is being made with relations between the Zanu PF and the MDC” Great, thanks Thabs, who actual cares!? Does he have something to hide? Why is being so quiet?
5. LOAD-SHEDDING. This really is getting me down. We are all, as a basic human right, entitled to electricity and clean water. Water is fine – for now. Electricity on the other hand, well… This load shedding is killing me. I understand that there are less fortunate people than me, and if this is how I feel then I can only imagine how they feel. It took me over an hour to get to work this morning, fighting against lights that are out and stupid taxi drivers (who have no consideration for anyone else but themselves).
I don’t think it’s right for us to sit back and accept this. It’s bullshit, but then what do I do… I have no power (pardon the pun) to change this, and well unless there is a massive uprising, where people turn around and say enough is enough, then what?
I hate being the voice of doom, but at the same time I just can’t help but think about moving. I am still young, but eventually I want to have kids and I want them to be brought up here. Your knowledge through education of the world is so much greater than in other countries. I am an ambitious person, I have goals that I really want to achieve, but if I’m forced to live in a place that is being run by alleged corrupt officials and children can’t learn at school then in actual fact I’ll have no choice. I try very hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel (if you’ll pardon the pun again). I look at the wonderful highveld sunsets. I listen to my favourite radio djs every day and know that I wouldn’t get the same quality abroad and I think back to my summer holiday down in the Eastern Cape, the beach, the sea, the good holiday vibes from everyone down there and well I see why I love this place. Please give me some reassurance that things will get better.
Thanks for listening/reading.
Let me explain why I have published this post. Many people criticise me for being ignorant, blind and stupid about SA. I am not, nor is Jason and nor is anyone else in SA with half a brain. But as I have said a million times over, I choose to stay.
I am deeply upset by the load shedding/blackouts taking place. I am upset by the crime, Zuma doesn’t bug me that much and the general state of politics I can deal with. But what I want to say to people is the that the choice is always there and present. Choose to leave, choose to stay but choose to do it for the right reasons.
I choose to stay because I feel I owe SA something. I feel I can make a difference and I feel that for my own personal mental contentment I must do what I can. So I do.
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