Crime and growing unemployment, remain the Archilles heel of the new South Africa. The Apartheid government refused to fix it. The democratic government seems incapable of doing so. A miracle is desperately needed.
The ordinary South African citizen has the power to create such a miracle. What is required is the obsessive development of an industrial consciousness as the basis of a new patriotic identity for South Africa – a different national psyche – a new patriotism deliberately cast in industrial rather than political language.
I am an interested, loyal, talented, male, married, black but gatvol South African. I want a safer and more prosperous country where all citizens, and not just the elite few, are able to enjoy a healthier and wealthier South Africa. On paper, South Africa is a free and equal society, but in reality we are still deeply divided and unequal. On paper, we are supposedly liberating our economy through BBE. In reality we are simply creating another class of super-rich and greedy elites who are black. The poor are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer. Something is wrong. We need to change our mindset as individuals and as a nation. The question is: How?