Africa is known as the cradle of mankind. The very beginnings of man sprung to life on this continent. Man’s birth seed germinated here, sprung roots and replicated itself. From Africa came the origin of man. |
For countless years Africa has been the subject of great curiosity for the whole world. It is the promise of unleashed wildness and fundamental essence of being that has fascinated thousands of people from the world over. It is not an uncommon misconception that upon landing on our earthy soil, wild animals will roam the streets and primal culture is the order of the day. As Africans, we indulge these notions all the while with a chuckle up our sleeves, knowing that any foreign visitor, once having been here will come back for more of what and who we are because there is no other place like it in the world. Nowhere else in the world can one connect with one’s roots in a more essential way. It is not without relish that we enjoy this magnetism with which our ‘untamed’ continent draws visitors from far and wide to the betterment of our existence, economies and countries.
More pertinently and specifically it is with continental pride that we welcome our global guests to our flourishing and immaculately beautiful countries. There are so many positive slants on originating here. There is first and foremost the fantastic climate – warm summers and moderate winters nurture the inhabitants. Nature in its crowning glory displays itself as a crown jewel with so much of it having gone untouched by the passing of time. Its people are set apart as generous, hospitable and open hearted embracing those who choose to visit our shores. A culture of being part of a village and residents of that village looking out for one another is par for the course. Nowhere other than Africa is there a sense of social cohesion as it presents itself here. It is fundamental to who we are.
Despite the fact that we come from a place made up of third world countries, we are also able to display ourselves proudly in the international arena. We dispose of some of the best athletes, sports teams, artists, writers, academics, medical practitioners and philosophers that the world has seen. We find ourselves in a multi-cultural melting pot that in its labour of giving birth has many of the greatest talents that the world has seen. Separate to this we are priviledged to be descendants of seed that has borne a sense of great culture with a cultural identity that can be identified the world over. It is not difficult to recognise an African no matter where one might find oneself in the world.
It is with objectivity, however, that it can be said that we have a long way to go with regards to societal development. There is a basic obstacle of lack of operational infra-structure. We are after all third world. Our provision in so far as roads, food distribution and service delivery leave a lot to be desired. The greater majority of our great people live below the bread line and without access to basic standards of living.
Part of this epidemic is the fact that service delivery has a huge gap with regards to the provision of sustainable village, town and city planning. One of the most obvious symptoms of this is the basic amenities of running water, and electricity to our people. In South Africa specifically it has become the norm to accept that the phenomenon of load shedding occurs on a regular basis. This entails large areas of the biggest cities in our country sacrificing the use of electricity at intervals due to poor infra-structure and planning. Our systems simply cannot sustain the demand. Even though we are able to be part of technological development, we are unable to continuously provide the services actually required. It is with this in mind that one is thankful for the seeping in of modern technology to an underdeveloped country. There are alternative energy sources available. Alternatives that provide relief from the inevitable failings of in our societies that strive for the betterment of our people. One such an example is the benefit of the use of sources of energy that do not require dependence on the grid to have functional success.
The Emergency Rechargeable Fluorescent Light is one such item. During power outages and load shedding this elementary gadget can be used to bring light where there would otherwise be none. And we say that we are, after all, thankful for modern technology that strives to grow as we speak.
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