A recent survey indicated that things are not quite so rosy for South Africans at the moment.
The title of the Sunday Times recently read: Survey finds South Africans are plunging into despair with huge bold letters beneath that saying “WE ARE GATVOL!” Gatvol, for any non-South Africans reading this, is a mildly less polite way of saying fed-up, sick and tired or generally fucked off.
I would like to dedicate this post to all those that are very optimistic about South Africa. I agree that too many South Africans these days are looking at their country through rather mud coloured glasses. In the spirit of the cartoon above I urge everyone to look at South Africa with a more positive, half-full rather than half-empty view:
- When you hear of the hijacking of a loved one, do not complain about the state of crime in South Africa. Rejoice that your loved one is still alive to talk about it.
- When you hear of more siphoning of funds from public coffers, do not cry corruption like the other non-patriots. Take joy in the pleasure of giving to the previously disadvantaged.
- When you hear of an ATM bombing, cash in transit or jewellery heist, do not moan about not feeling safe in the streets of your city. Give the redistributors of wealth the benefit of the doubt and assume the money is going to help the feed the poor people in Zimbabwe.
- If you’re about to lose your job or struggling to find one, do not bitch about the BEE fatcats. Know that the ANC and Tito Mboweni, one of the most highly paid central bankers in the world is working really, really hard to help you weather the storm
- When you hear of a rape or murder of a colleague, do not whinge about inadequate security and punishment for crimes. Be happy in the knowledge that all motorists driving 65.5 km/h in a 60 zone will be brought swiftly to justice.