Finweek English Edition - - Letters - WOUTER VILJOEN

LOOK, IT’S BLA­TANTLY OB­VI­OUS: the Gov­ern­ment of the day nei­ther has the will nor the abil­ity to make South Africa the safe place we all would like it to be. Through years of si­lence on HIV/ Aids, Zim­babwe, crime and cor­rup­tion, Gov­ern­ment has shown it­self to favour dis­cus­sions con­cern­ing name changes of cities and streets and stat­ues of past free­dom fight­ers rather than heed the call of the man on the street, which is sim­ply: “I want to live free.”

And therein lies my dilemma: I’m sick of moan­ing and lis­ten­ing to moans. I’m tired of point­ing fin­gers and watch­ing oth­ers point their own. I want ac­tion! And is a R20m ad cam­paign ac­tion? Are memos and ar­ti­cles and pe­ti­tions and ral­lies and strikes re­ally ac­tion? I want to sug­gest a bold NO!

The ac­tion this coun­try needs is for the man on the street to get up each morn­ing and go to work. (And to not drive like a lu­natic to get to work.) To try his very best at work. (Thus con­tin­u­ing eco­nomic growth and job cre­ation.) To go home af­ter work and love his fam­ily and live his life. (Thus con­tin­u­ing stable ed­u­ca­tion en­vi­ron­ments.) To get in­volved in char­i­ties and at church. (Thus con­tin­u­ing up­lift­ment.) To be friendly to all peo­ple. To have in­tegrity. To be hon­est. That’s AC­TION!

In a re­port about free will in the New York Times, Daniel C Den­net, a philoso­pher and cog­ni­tive sci­en­tist at Tufts Univer­sity, was quoted as say­ing: “You don’t need a mir­a­cle to have re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

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