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Rome wasn’t built in a day

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But, in other instances I want to see the results of certain actions NOW. Don’t make me wait. I just need to chillax Rome wasn’t built in one day

Making a clean sweep, Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul delivers his state of the province address in Kimberley in which he promises to digitise the province and enhance its service delivery capabilities while taking concrete steps to spend public funds on the people. Picture: Supplied

LAST week I challenged our premier, Dr Zamani Saul, to walk the talk. After that column I did a bit of soul searching. What I came up with was not exactly an epiphany but it made me realise how rude I actually was. How dare I call on someone to walk the talk if I wasn’t prepared to do it myself?

I apologise for my rudeness.

One thing you have to know about me is that if I want something done, I want it down now. Don’t make me wait. It’s not that I don’t have patience I have been waiting decades for the wheel to turn. Also, I have a lot of patience when I’m trying to teach somebody something. Yes, inside my blood is boiling and I’m ready to pull my hair out in frustration, but then I go to the voice in my head, “Knowledge is power. Don’t keep it all to yourself.”

But, in other instances I want to see the results of certain actions NOW. Don’t make me wait. I just need to chillax Rome wasn’t built in one day.

In the United States the number plates on the cars from the different states have a different ‘saying’. For instance, you know in Florida that you are in the Sunshine State. Me, I’m a Missouri gal through and through. Their plate states ‘Show Me’. Don’t just tell me you are going to do something, show me you are doing it.

I fully appreciate that Saul has to right a lot of wrongs. I also fully appreciate that the Province has a lot less money to work with. I also appreciate that we are the largest province in the country and poverty and unemployment are extremely high. But, if we had the right leaders in place, who didn’t want to enrich themselves, since the dawn of democracy, who knows where we would be today?

I get it. We have a lot of ground to make up. At this point I’m telling myself to breathe Baby steps The sixth legislature hasn’t even been in power two months.

That is why I have decided that I can’t challenge Dr Saul while I sit back and just watch his every move, waiting to pounce when he steps out of line.

In my column last week I not only called on Dr Saul to walk the talk, but I put another challenge out there – start a fruit basket fund.

During my soul searching, I realised, to my shame, I’m being the armchair dictator. “Do this. Do that.”

So instead of sitting back and just demanding, I have decided I’m going to start a fruit basket fund.

I don’t know how I’m going to do it yet, but do it I’m going to. I will have to do some more soul searching this week.

I have also come to the realisation that we can’t sit back and wait for Dr Saul and his merry men and women to do everything that we all know is never going to happen.

Every one of us has to play a part.

We are in the middle of winter now and many of our young children and elderly are exposed to the elements and are more vulnerable to colds and flu. A lot of them do not have access to vitamins to fight these ailments. So maybe to kick off the fruit basket fund if you are taking an orange or a naartjie to work or school, pack an extra one in. You could then maybe give it to someone in need at your office or school or to someone begging at the robot.

I will think this whole thing through this week, but let’s make a small start.

I’m going to walk the talk.