FRIDAY BRIEFING | A silver lining: Hope, despite SA’s dark times


A silver lining: Hope, despite SA’s dark times

South Africans are a resilient group. No matter what happens, there always seems to be a big dose of optimism.

But each time load shedding is implemented, that big dose of optimism seems to fade. On Thursday, Eskom released a statement saying we should expect the load shedding to continue until next week. This means that on Wednesday we were left in the dark for a month. On Stage 6 at times, no less.

To add to the already gloomy outlook for the country, fuel prices are getting higher, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, which is pushing the cost of living through the roof. Nor is there anything to be happy about in the country’s unemployment rate.

It all sounds rather dark. So in light of that, we decided for this week’s Friday Briefing to ask some writers to consider why, despite all the challenges, they still believe in South Africa.

Independent political and economic analyst JP Landman writes that there has been a big change in attitude since the days when Jacob Zuma was our president, and explains why this is a good thing.

Rivonia Circle author, co-chair and founder Songezo Zibi believes it’s a good thing that there is near-universal agreement on what our shared priorities should be in light of our current challenges.

Stand Up For Our Democracy Campaign Manager Zaakirah Vadi agrees with Zibi, writing that we can no longer rely on political parties to drive us forward. She believes we need to build a connected, well-organized and principled grassroots movement for democratic renewal and change.

Finally, futurist and scenario planner Clem Sunter analyzes the lessons we can learn from the Springboks if we are to grow our business.

I know the past few weeks have been difficult, but as our writers point out, there are still reasons to believe in our country. I hope you can reflect on what our writers have to say and find your own reasons to believe.


vanessa banton

Review Editor

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