On our 24 hour news channel last night, economists and political analysts were being interviewed, and below are some of their thoughts and sentiments:
- By handling certain situations differently, Mbeki could have prolonged his stay, possibly completed his term, at least until the next elections were due to take place.
- The ANC have not bypassed the constitution, in terms of the actions taken action against Mbeki, and seem to be managing the process better than anticipated.
- Whilst the stability of our financial sector is of huge concern, foreign investors are just as concerned, if not more so, by the state of the global economy, which detracts somewhat from the current situation in South Africa, and takes the spotlight off us ever so slightly.
- Trevor Manual - some believe it to have been an irresponsible act, others believe he had valid reason for his resignation, but the general consensus is that we have a number of suitable candidates available, should he decline his reappointment.
Above is a photo we took in the Midlands, which to me, represents our country as it stands at this very moment in time. At grass roots level things seem unchanged, and yet further up the ladder as you head up into the mountains, it is a different picture/climate altogther, where it's cold and stark, and possibly a clean slate. And above it all, is blue sky, which I'm hoping is the happy ending, or the light at the end of the tunnel, which may not always shine brightly, or be free of dark clouds, but it always returns to blue.
So we wait and see and life continues as per normal. One day at a time, one decision at a time, and throughout it all, we remain upbeat and positive that there is hope for the continent of Africa.