A time to give praise

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

THERE have been many wor­ries this year, in­clud­ing anx­i­ety over the strug­gling global econ­omy’s fail­ure to gain mo­men­tum and cre­ate jobs.

Africa has seen much con­flict – So­ma­lia, Nige­ria, Libya and Egypt are but a few of the coun­tries that ex­pe­ri­enced bit­ter strife.

At home, there is grow­ing con­cern about the ANC’S bloody in­fight­ing around Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s bat­tle for a sec­ond term, in­clud­ing fears this will futher paral­yse a govern­ment that the coun­try des­per­ately needs to de­liver on its elec­tion prom­ises. Many are rightly an­gry at cor­rupt politi­cians and their ten­der­preneur cronies who be­lieve it “is their turn to eat”, while steal­ing from the poor they claim to rep­re­sent. There is also a height­ened aware­ness of the need to live up to the ideals of the con­sti­tu­tion and safe­guard the in­de­pen­dence of both our ju­di­ciary and me­dia.

But it is not all gloom. Most South Africans are de­cent, hard-work­ing peo­ple who do their jobs as best they can and serve their com­mu­ni­ties.

These peo­ple in­clude those who are on duty and away from their loved ones over the hol­i­days, such as traf­fic and po­lice of­fi­cers, med­i­cal staff, life- savers, emer­gency work­ers and refuse col­lec­tors. Then there are the shop as­sis­tants, shelf­pack­ers, truck driv­ers and petrol at­ten­dants whose work we of­ten take for granted.

Also to be lauded are those who are gen­er­ous to the less for­tu­nate and go out of their way to help oth­ers with­out thought of re­ward. Many or­phans, the sick, the el­derly and the im­pov­er­ished ben­e­fit from the ef­forts of non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, vol­un­teers and the pub­lic.

De­serv­ing of spe­cial men­tion are the blood donors who save lives and whose do­na­tions are needed dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son more than ever.

All these warm-hearted folk en­rich our coun­try

and de­serve our thanks.

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