A great loss

Finweek English Edition - - News - PHI­LANI LUBANYANA

THE SUD­DEN DE­PAR­TURE from of­fice by Pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki is an enor­mous loss, not only to South Africa but also to the world at large. His con­tri­bu­tion in the past decade is im­mea­sur­able. His de­vo­tion to South Africans and Africans in par­tic­u­lar is in­dis­putable; his com­mit­ment in build­ing a new SA free from racial in­tol­er­ance is on record; his vi­sion for Africa and the world that’s at peace with it­self; his fight against cor­rup­tion, crime and Aids we know about; his dream of a South Africa that’s pro trans­for­ma­tion in all fields of life is a con­tin­u­ing strug­gle.

SA is now counted among the fastest emerg­ing economies in the world, the rat­ings agen­cies have im­proved SA’s po­si­tion dur­ing Mbeki’s ten­ure and our econ­omy is more open than be­fore and the poor­est of the poor are be­ing taken care of by Gov­ern­ment pro­grammes.

We salute you, Mr Pres­i­dent. You’ll al­ways have a spe­cial place in our hearts and his­tory. You’ve fought a great fight for al­most 54 years and the victory is upon us as South Africans. But there’s lot we must do in or­der to achieve our na­tional dream of a bet­ter life for all our peo­ple.

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