The year is here, lets face it with renewed vigour

The year 2012 is behind us. Around this time we often hear that many people make plans for the year ahead while others make end of year resolutions.

Some of those resolutions never exist beyond the end of the first month. However, both individually and as a nation, we would be best advised to not just reflect on our recent past but to rededicate ourselves to the future. As individual citizens it is important to meet our own commitments. If you are a father it is time to rededicate yourself to your children, and if you are a student you might want to seriously consider where you struggled last semester and find ways to solve that challenge. Some of our challenges come from our work. It is only when we are better at what we do in our work places and various areas of responsibility that we can move this country forward. Politicians need to go back to their constituents and report back. Not just for the narrow political interests of the next year but most importantly to empower the constituents about matters that relate directly to their lives, and also take the input of members of the community back to council or Parliament. Everyone  from engineers, preachers and imams to drivers of public transport, security officers and teachers - it is time to focus on delivering on our areas of expertise. Letsema le thata ka mong wa lone.It is incumbent upon each one of us to help this country at an individual level if we could ever hope to improve our condition as a country and society.  On a national scale, we know that this country still faces specific challenges to which we urge our leaders to prioritise.

Poverty remains a major challenge. It is obvious from the levels of poverty in this country that either the programs  existing are not properly formulated or not well implemented or are outright irrelevant.  A much more inclusive economic growth model needs to be devised so that our economic growth provides for a better living for the majority of our people. Something fundamental must be flawed about our development model when such a number of people wallow in deprivation when the country continues to register economic growth. We urge government to think at a strategic level and interrogate why this remains. When President Festus Mogae took over he had a masterplan to turn this country around. He would move this country towards cutting edge knowledge development. The University of Technology is one of the major projects he saw as fundamental to this approach.

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