What do Ko­mani lo­cals wish for their coun­try in 2019?

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We asked a few res­i­dents and this is what they said:

Thobeka Mqamelo said her only wish for “my beloved coun­try” was for all South Africans to play their part to make SA a bet­ter place “where we all un­equiv­o­cally em­brace and im­press in our con­science the essence of be­long­ing, car­ing and a com­mit­ment to serve”.

Mqamelo said hold­ing on to what we all trea­sure, would see SA mov­ing for­ward. She wished all South Africans a pros­per­ous 2019. An­dre Naude said he hoped it would be a year where the coun­try’s lead­ers would put SA first and turn away from self­ish and de­struc­tive ways.

“I wish that they seek wise coun­cil and suc­ceed rather than fail be­cause of their ig­no­rance and ar­ro­gance.”

Lon­wabo Kowa said he wished for all South Africans to live re­spon­si­bly and to stop crim­i­nal acts, such as drink­ing and driv­ing and the abuse of women and chil­dren.

“As we are mov­ing to­wards the elec­tions, I wish to see tol­er­ance by all po­lit­i­cal for­ma­tions and that the elec­tions serve as a tool of en­cour­ag­ing democ­racy and unity. I also hope that more un­em­ployed South Africans will get jobs.” A change in lo­cal gov­ern­ment to en­sure that peo­ple get ser­vices they pay for and de­serve, is the wish of Ken Clark.

He said he also wished that the coun­try’s peo­ple would pull to­gether as a na­tion to grow the econ­omy and cre­ate much-needed jobs.

“I wish we could all have good rea­sons to be proud South Africans once more.”

Dawie Kernekamp said he hoped 2019 would mark bet­ter ser­vice de­liv­ery and the fix­ing of roads.

He also hoped for ev­ery­one to get along and to live in a happy and free SA.

A coun­try headed by an hon­est lead­er­ship ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing SA in­stead of en­rich­ing them­selves, was the wish of Yolande Stel­len­berg.

She also hoped for more job op­por­tu­ni­ties, par­tic­u­larly for those who had just fin­ished school and univer­sity, and for Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa “to step up to the plate”.

“I wish we would all gen­uinely care for one an­other. We all need com­pas­sion and we need to give it as well. For our lead­ers, I wish for them to have true rev­er­ence to our God and spir­i­tual trans­for­ma­tion as ev­i­denced by the fruits they bear.”

Pat Stock of Cath­cart said she wished for a coun­try in which ev­ery­one would work to­gether for the ben­e­fit of all as peace­mak­ers look­ing for so­lu­tions.

Gizelle Stridee said she hoped for peo­ple to pro­mote peace and love “and that we face prob­lems to­gether ir­re­spec­tive the colour of our skin, cul­ture or race”.

She also hoped for com­mit­ted, hard­work­ing and com­pe­tent lead­ers in 2019.

“I wish that greed­i­ness and cor­rup­tion stops and that lead­ers in high places be ap­pointed based on their com­pe­tence, ded­i­ca­tion and heart for the peo­ple. I wish that the crime rate drops and that peo­ple can feel safe wher­ever they go. I also wish for an ef­fec­tive plan against drug abuse.”

Calvin Ne­lani said he would love ev­ery South African mu­nic­i­pal­ity to re­cruit qual­i­fied town plan­ners so zon­ing schemes and re­lated leg­is­la­tion could be put in place and en­forced to al­low bet­ter ser­vice de­liv­ery, a bet­ter econ­omy and struc­tured tow­ships, cities and towns.

“I would also like for peo­ple to stop think­ing that 9 to 5 is the only way of liv­ing. Start your own busi­ness!”

Pic­ture: SIMTEMBILE MGIDI

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