The shocking GDP figures of a 3.2% decline in the first quarter of this year were cause for great concern. And while the ruling party bandied about some possible solutions, and the president shared with us his inspired aspirations in his state of the nation address, I think the time has now come for the rest of us to throw our hats into the ring and start to come up with more shorter-term and pragmatic solutions to our collective economic woes.

SA is made up of almost 57-million citizens who have proved over the past decade that their continual, concerted lamenting of government corruption and general societal ills can yield much. It is now time for us to turn this constructive bemoaning and armchair critiquing into a collaborative problem solving. I fear that if we continue to protest and await the suggested solutions of only a few we may find ourselves in the unenviable and dangerous  position of Waiting for Godot — who, as some of us may know, fails to ever materialise!..

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