When we went on our team building trip a few weeks ago, I sat next to, our cleaning lady Sophy on the Gautrain. She was very interested in all the buildings and surrounding countryside that we passed and made many comments. The most priceless one however was the following.
At one stage we passed the buildings of the South African Mint. “Which buildings are those?” She asked. When I explained that it is the South African Mint and that this is the place where money is being produced, her face lit up and she declared: “O, but they don’t work fast enough! They must appoint more people and work in shifts, day and night to produce more money. Then we will all have enough money and can all live comfortably. ( “Ons kan lekker bly”, she said in Afrikaans ) I think we must write a letter to the government and ask them to work faster.” If only it was that easy, how simple life would be!
The downside of this is that these comments gave me insight in the thought processes of the majority of citizens in South Africa. There is very little understanding of the complexities of economics and the running of a country. We have a responsibility to inform and try to educate as many people as we can. So let us start at home with our own domestic workers and other people we have contact with and try to inform and teach as much as we can.