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#OPINION: Amid the doom and gloom, there is hope the country can turn itself around @rylandfisher @WeekendArgus

17.8.2019

OPINION: Amid the doom and gloom, there is hope the country can turn itself around rylandfisher WeekendArgus

If we want to fix what is wrong with our country, we need to know what kind of society we want. That should be our guide, writes Ryland Fisher.

One of the people who feels like this is former minister and constitutional negotiator Roelf Meyer, who found time in his hectic travel schedule to speak at a breakfast hosted by the Ubuntu South Africa Foundation in Cape Town last week.

Meyer said South Africa had lost 20% of its wealth in the past four years. This was partly due to mismanagement of public enterprises, looting of the government purse and reckless firing and hiring of finance ministers by former president Jacob Zuma.

Meyer said that under Madiba’s presidency, we had some of the best growth, but we seemed to have lost our way. “We have a good president now, but the effects will not be seen immediately or even in a year. We have to help him make it happen.”

While he believes we should look only towards the future, Meyer acknowledges that we can learn from earlier experiences to fix what is wrong.

On Tuesday, we remember the thousands of men and women who gathered at the Rocklands Civic Centre in Mitchells Plain on August 20, 1983, to launch the United Democratic Front which led the internal opposition to apartheid. In their memory, it would be prudent to draw on the lessons of non-racialism and democracy that we learnt in those days.

** Fisher is an independent media professional. Follow him on Twitter: @rylandfisher

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