All is not doom and gloom

Weekend Witness - - Opinion - A.R. MODAK Johannesbu­rg

SOUTH Africa has had a tor­rid time since that great April af­ter­noon 25 years ago, with its worst pe­riod be­ing the past 10 years.

What would life have been like if the bo­gey of cor­rup­tion did not dec­i­mate the econ­omy? While many coun­tries went into res­cue mode, we held our nerve and stayed buoy­ant fol­low­ing the timeous in­ter­ven­tion by our fi­nance gu­rus. A pos­si­ble trade sur­plus, inflation checked, un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures down, tax col­lec­tion hit­ting two tril­lion, health, ed­u­ca­tion in top nick, crime checked, xeno­pho­bia non-ex­is­tent, re­la­tions with trad­ing part­ners at an all-time high.

What a won­der­ful world — in the words of one Satchmo.

The best news? All is not doom and gloom, de­spite so many neg­a­tive re­ports. We are still around, we are still a democ­racy, our tax base has shriv­elled some­what, but is func­tion­ing. Best of all, South Africans are great peo­ple!

The Cyril Ramaphosa charm has to work to make us great again! The Edi­tor re­serves the right to edit all let­ters. All let­ters must con­tain the writer’s full name, ad­dress and con­tact num­ber for record pur­poses or they will not be pub­lished. Well-writ­ten top­i­cal let­ters un­der 220 words will take pref­er­ence. does not guar­an­tee to pub­lish all let­ters.

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