William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
2 Nov 2019
6:25 am

Hope without action is hopeless, Mboweni

William Saunderson-Meyer

For an ANC government to now do what it knows it must – slash state employment – would be to slit its own throat. All together now: One! Two! Three! Hope!

Tito Mboweni, South African Minister of Finance, delivers his 2019 Mid-Term Budget Statement in the South African Parliament in Cape Town, on October 30, 2019. Picture: AFP / RODGER BOSCH

When our leaders proclaim “hope” to be a patriotic duty, one can be assured the country is really deep in the dwang. It was President Cyril Ramaphosa who started the hope crusade. In the February State of the Nation Address, he said “our people are much more hopeful about a better tomorrow”. And this hope “is not baseless; it is grounded on the progress being made”. Business is doing its bit. Investec’s Stephen Koseff says: “You have to give people hope.” Discovery’s Adrian Gore expounds an entire theory around hope: the optimism paradox. The paradox is “the gap between private...