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'South Africa needs another Madiba'

Feb 02 2017 16:16

South Africa needs a leader, who like Nelson Mandela, made nation building a priority, according to a Fin24 user, who was responding to a column by Solly Moeng in which he questioned if South Africa's collective dream is being deferred.

Hello Solly,
I love reading your articles because they are balanced and they relate to the vast majority of ordinary South Africans.
There is unfortunately not a lot of people who understand the strategy adopted by the leaders who negotiated the transition to the new South Africa, neither do people understand the time it takes in a country to implement change. Time is relevant to the individual, but not so in a country when you try and change peoples perception, direction and beliefs.
The single biggest problem I experience with the current leaders is the continuous use of one group being blamed for all the problems in South Africa so he/she can benefit at the polls or grow in popularity. Leadership is not a populist competition.

Very few people accept change, the bigger the change, the longer it takes to find acceptance by all those affected, this is a known fact. To get a country to accept change can take sometimes generations.
The correct time frame for change in a country rest with leaders who has vision, who shares and discuss this vision with relevant experts so as to determine the impact (positive or negative) prior to implementation. Time is the healer, providing the change was sold and marketed correctly to the affected.

Donald Trump is a good example of poor leadership qualities. In his first week he implemented changes that was sold to his constituency before taking office, instead of waiting and getting acquainted with world politics and sharing the idea with advisers, he just stormed in, typical of a populist leader.
I do believe that the day we get a leader that has nation building as his first priority, like Madiba, that is the day everything will start working together for the benefit of all South Africans.
Keep up the good work.

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