18 million people, 73% voter turnout results monitored electronically, democratically and peacefully – another great day in South Africa.
It’s not so much about the results but more about the people and the process and how we always rise to the occasion.
Firstly it should be said that congratulations are in order to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) who have done a remarkable job that would be the envy of any country in the world. Hats off and thank you to this well run transparent organisation – an example of what we wish for from our political leaders.
Let’s however not dwell on this concern but rather focus our energy on the beautiful South African people who are a joyous, friendly, fun loving and resilient. We have become a rich vibrant and diverse society, proudly South African.
Visiting South Africa is not just about seeing great sights it’s about Ubuntu, it’s about emotion, belief, hope and the opportunity to listen to great campfire storytellers and meet a collection of characters who cannot wait to welcome you to our shores for an adventure which will change your life forever. Yes, we South Africans have stories for every sunrise, every sunset and every glowing campfire, Tsama Hanzi – come sit with us and let us tell you a story…
A story about our digitally advanced rural learners who write poetry, fly drones and talk daily to a league of nations in a world that has become flat. People who sit under a tree of knowledge and plug into a future that is burning brighter than they would ever have thought possible. This transformation and the birth of new leaders, entrepreneurs and literates are taking over the digital landscape and showing us what can be achieved for the future of our country. The Good Work Foundation (GWF) is at the forefront of educating South Africans from rural communities. It is in the positive results that we have seen from the GWF that we can look forward to a better future for all South Africans.
A story about the leopards who live and thrive at Londolozi. Leopards that at one time where impossible to see, that have now found a safe home in the reserve. We can look at the wonderful story of the Dudley Riverbank young male born in July of 2009. After gaining independence from his mother a little under two years later, he appeared to be thriving until disaster struck! He was found with a seriously injured back leg. Although no external injury could be seen, the leg was badly swollen and unable to bear any weight. In a predator-rich environment like Londolozi, a badly injured leg is as good as a death sentence for a leopard.
This young male however, was to triumph through adversity. Whilst the rangers and trackers of Londolozi assumed he had at the most a few weeks to live, the leopard himself had other ideas.
Adaptation is the name of the game for survival, and the next few months saw the young male eking out an existence on whatever he could scavenge, or, rarely, catch. Through a small meal here and there, he managed to keep his energy levels up as bit by bit his leg began to heal. Little by little he was able to bear more and more weight on it; first limping painfully, then hardly at all, and then, to our amazement and joy, six months after first being seen with his injury, he was found one day with absolutely no sign of a limp, and he was followed to where he had a fully grown bushbuck kill stashed up in a tree. After staring death in the face, he was back to 100% strength and efficiency as one of the super predators of the African wilderness.
It’s stories like this of our animals and people and the recent elections that confirm that South Africans certainly know how to turn it on. We’re at the start of something big and it all starts with a story…
Stay tuned for part two….
Written by: Dave Varty