Reasons to be Festive this Festive Season
Lifestyle Nov 19, 2018
Reasons to be Festive this Festive Season.
South Africans can be a bit of a miserable lot. Oil prices. Value of the Rand. Political uncertainty. An economy sicker than Ebola.
Well, we’re here to tell you that there are still reasons to be happy. With December fast approaching, you need something to get into the festive spirit. We’ll help with that.
Some might be dismissive of the so-called ‘New Dawn’ that started with Cyril Ramaphosa’s ascension to the seat of the Presidency. But while one might be tempted to say things are worse, it’s worth remembering that we’ve got years and years of issues that have come home to roost. On the other hand, now that we have a government committed to transparency and fair governance, we’ve already seen changes.
The two commissions that were appointed to look into State Capture and SARS governance respectfully, have been a ray of light when it comes to transparency. We’re so used to commissions that merely swept under the rug any perceived wrong-doing, these commissions have shown themselves to be fair and open.
Business confidence is higher with Ramaphosa in charge. After many years, it feels like we have an actual president at the helm again. One with a plan, and a plan that is backed by some of our best minds.
Not only that, but in his investment drive, he’s already secured billions of investment from overseas to help ease the country from a painful recent past to one that’s geared up for a brighter future. There is the usual cacophony of politics being played out, but we seem to have a captain with his hands steady on the wheel.
It wasn’t long ago that Cape Town was preparing for a waterless apocalypse. It would have been the first city in the modern era that would have to close for business on Day 0. The day that the taps were turned off and companies and schools would have to shut down. We were all so certain it was around the corner, and the world was watching. It would have been chaos, seen an exodus from the city, saw our economy gravely affected, and possibly resulted in loss of life and looting.
Instead, the weather gods metaphorically saw fit to smile down on the Mother City. There were plentiful rains, and the dams – while not filled to capacity – are at comfortable levels. Enough to push Day 0 off for quite awhile. If the day still comes, we now have more time to get desalination plants up and running to off-set future drought.
The time bought was of incalculable value. Chances are, Day 0 will never come now.
The Weather in general.
It’s easy to forget what a beautiful country we really have. Water was also a concern in Johannesburg, where we live, for a while. But plentiful rains, and more to come, have placated that concern. We get to enjoy the hot, sunny days now, without the worried look of those facing drought, because we know any day we will have thunder showers adding precious water to our reserves.
It allows us to better enjoy our braais on warm afternoons, or snuggled watching Netflix during a sudden shower from the skies. We truly do live in a gorgeous land.
We’re a cultural hub.
Perhaps it’s the mixtures of cultures and peoples that gives South Africa its own unique cultural flavour. We have new movies making a big splash, like the South African Western Five Fingers for Marseilles to our own myth and legend, the Tokoloshe, getting his own horror movie.
We have artists like AKA, Gangs of Ballad (now sadly disbanded), and Prime Circle, who can fool an unknowing South African into thinking he’s listening to an international band – yeah, we really are that good.
We have exports like Elon Musk, born on South African soil, and raised here till the age of 17. He’s planning on taking us to the stars… or at least, Mars.
And of course, there’s our unique cuisine, like pap – brought in by the Portuguese in the form of mielies and turned into its unique form by Africa’s indigenous peoples. Boerewors, bunny chow, biltong, basically the Big Three Bs!
Our designers and artists are getting world-wide recognition; we have so many stories to tell. Even those sad stories, like Ellen, the South African movie about a woman from a poor Coloured community that is terrorised by her drug-addicted son, before finally snapping and killing him, has been raved about, by international critics.
We have the world’s best judiciary.
South Africa may wonder about their law enforcement sometimes (though this is changing with the New Dawn), but we’ve consistently had a strong judiciary – one that enforces principles of law through the most profound interpretation of it. We have very wise men and women serving on the Constitutional Court, willing to hear any case where there is an interest in justice in doing so.
They have consistently pronounced judgements that have been in the best interest of the country, circumventing the very powerful from abuses of office.
Most of all, their decisions are respected. We ultimately abide by their rulings – they are certainly not paper tigers.
There’s opportunity to still stretch your budget.
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And there are many more reasons to be festive.
So don’t let 2018 get you down. Celebrate the good things we’ve got going in the country – more importantly, celebrate how things are certainly going to be getting better.
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