by | May 2, 2024

Jeremy Maggs the chap famous for a few things, notably for being the host of who wants to be a millionaire as well as hosting numerous topics on TV and Radio.

Jeremy has started a new show called FixSA which, I think is a great initiative.

I firmly believe that these sorts of public initiatives are important for changing the mass opinion about where the country is headed.

Currently we have a four-horse race between ANC, DA, EFF and the new incumbents, MK party led by Jacob Zuma.

At this point in time, it feels like we are in a washing machine of old and tired promises of aged politicians who promise the world with little to no will power to deliver on those promises.

We have seen a positive watershed moment in SA where a large majority of South Africans were in one accord, and voted in Nelson Mandela’s ANC.

There is a long held phycological belief that what you think on, becomes your actions, your actions repeated becomes a habit, habits become behaviour.

If we take the above to its logical conclusion, we do see quite a few patterns appearing around the world in terms of how people gravitate towards political ideals they agree or resonate with. As we are going into a deep election cycle this year with many countries, we shouldn’t be surprised to see people voting along certain ideals they believe are important. This presents challenges in countries where the various alternatives represent significantly different ideas on how the country should be run.

We have over 300 parties running in the elections this year and that obviously represents a vast array of outcomes and ideas for South Africa.

One of the guest speakers (Dr Miriam Altman) that Jeremy had on his show, represented some interest point and perspectives, that you don’t often hear. These were around the concept of people building, which pertains to the fast pace of technological development and how these impacts on humanity.

Dr Altman is also a professor of Fourth Industrial Revolution [4IR] practice in the School of Economics at the University of Johannesburg, and an adjunct professor at the University of Cape Town.

This offers a fresh perspective that people don’t often engage with. She was one of the key individuals that creates the turn around at Telkom. Many didn’t think that Telkom could be turned around and they did a fantastic job there. She is also helping rebuild the water quality in Johannesburg currently. “If we want to see accountability in public delivery, and start seeing the dial move, we have to be – rebuilding is the thing – the social justice movement and civic action. Business has to get stronger, which it is. That is starting to happen”.

This makes for encouraging reading.