A time to give praise
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.