Publisher’s Note

The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievementPublisher’s Note

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Twenty-five years ago on 27 April 1994, South Africa was set on a momentous path towards prosperity. It prompted Madiba to declare: “The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement.” Perhaps it is important to reflect on this day and draw the courage and inspiration to infuse the necessary changes required to propel us forward as a nation.

The 8th of May is upon us and it represents the dawn of a new era, new challenges and new solutions. This is not to suggest that the current and past problems will soon evaporate into thin air, however, it brings hope and determination to find new solutions. Lest we forget, new solutions breed the next generation of challenges. The outcomes of the general elections will have an impact on all of us, no one is immune and to pretend you will not be affected is an egregious illusion.

It’s a game of politics, and to ignore them is to do so at your own peril. The 8th of May is about the bread-and-butter issues and our daily lives. The basic necessities in life are interwoven into the spectra of politics. Scholars have argued that economic production and the structure of society of every historical epoch necessarily constitute the foundation for the political interplanetary landscape.

There are always negative sentiments towards politics, which has led most people to associate politics with bad connotations. Perhaps it is justified, based on the conduct and behaviour of most politicians and the general decay and corruption associated with politics. However, this is throwing the baby out with the bathwater, considering the significant impact of political decisions on our daily lives and wellbeing. The state and political systems have evolved to promote the wellbeing of its citizens, however, citizens abdicate their responsibilities by electing the wrong leaders and then they cry foul. This anomaly has to be corrected.

Come the much-anticipated date in May, we must observe the advice of Seneca: “Lay hold of to-day’s task, and you will not need to depend so much upon to-morrow’s. While we are postponing, life speeds by. Nothing… is ours, except time.”

He further warned: “The most perilous carelessness, is that of sliding through life in a trance of expectancy, always vacating the present moment in order to lurch toward the next—a kind of living death.”

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