It is time that we gather our thoughts together and project ourselves into the year ahead. Now is the time, before it is too late, to focus our thoughts on that which is important. It is now, while we still have a moment before the headlong rush into our busy schedules commands our attention, that we must gather our senses and concentrate our energies on the task of deciding what we would like to accomplish in the next twelve months.
It is hoped that the leaders of the nation have done their planning on a time scale that is over a period of years. Is there such a thing, as a plan for South Africa? Where should we be in the next year, the next five years, the next ten years and so on.
Is there an office that at least attends to this sort of idea? We need a plan that transcends changes in leadership. We need a plan that takes care of the everyday running of the country and one which strives to encompass the hopes and dreams of the people in a fluid and flexible manner.
We need to build a blueprint of governance which will allow for different styles of leadership yet keep the general parameters the same. In this way the people will feel more secure and, in knowing what they can expect year after year, they will be able to concentrate on being more productive and looking after themselves.
It is disturbing to me, the amount of incoherent and misleading information being flung about by authorities. This does nothing for the confidence of the citizens. This does nothing to encourage support from the man on the street. Why is it difficult to put out facts and figures for all to see that reflect the true state of affairs? Numbers that are accurate have so many benefits. On the presentation of accurate measurements it is immediately possible to find anomalies, do something about them and improve the situation. I fear that the misinformation is spread to cloak incompetence. I hope that voters will think carefully about who has whose concerns at heart.
But I digress. Now that the new year is upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to wish each one of you well for 2014. It is my fervent desire that you will all find opportunities to improve your financial, social and health situations. I, personally, will do my best to support your endeavors and I will try to see to it that conditions are conducive to a healthier economy for us all. I would also implore you all to recognize what is really important in life, to remember that time is precious and that a little respect and kindness to others goes a long way. Let us resolve to make time for work and leisure in balanced proportion and laugh at ourselves often.
Farewell for now and I look forward to seeing you all next year.