You know who is really good at recycling? Not just surface recycling but ingrained, second-nature recycling? None other than the South African government. You often hear talk about how things have changed since 1994 and the dawn of democracy – you seldom hear that anything (in terms of governance) has gotten any better.
You know what hasn’t changed since 1994? The names of the people running things. We’re still recycling the same names and faces, with very few new headline acts. No, those that get on board stay on board just being shuffled about the deck as the situation suits.
There’s no need to go far to find the truth in this, either read the headlines or grab a list of all the top positions in this country’s government and then go look at their history. The political spectrum in South Africa is like playing those games at the arcade where you whack the creature over the head every time it pops out of a hole, it disappears and pops up from another instead.
This got me wondering, why does the situation continue?
Well, when it gets to the point where you read the bits that leave these individuals under a cloud, then the skies actually start clearing. If you are walking that fine line between what’s right and wrong, then you can’t risk opening the door to others who might mess with that delicate balance. You might find yourself having to deal with someone who doesn’t think like you, doesn’t act like you and doesn’t do what you do.
No, far simpler to keep that door firmly shut and recycle what is already indoors. That way you know what you’re dealing with, what your expectations are and how you can handle every situation. So far, it’s working – and not for the people of South Africa. Not at all.
On a final note, here’s a CNN article from November last year which features 30 places in Africa to visit. You likely have been to one or two of these, as has most everyone else. The real thing to notice is the diversity, while remainly intrinsincly Africa – there’s just nowhere else like it. How many more of them do you have on your list?
PS. You might have noticed I’ve made a small change. What I’m going to do is post one of my own photos at the start of every piece and then an image for the last paragraph right above that paragraph. I hope you like the change.