What does it mean to be a South African?

Opportunity Closing Date: Monday, April 26, 2013

April 27, 2013 marks 19 years since the first democratic elections in South Africa that paved a way for a new dispensation in the country. While there have been a number of achievements in redefining and redirecting the nation, a number of challenges still prevail. As the nation looks to renew their commitment towards the fight against the legacy of apartheid, we call for reflections under the title “What Does It Mean To Be A South African?”

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  1. To be a South African means, I am reach in history, history which should not be an excuse of my failures but a drive to my success. That I'm a reflection of my thoughts and dreams for I am no more defined by color nor my background but by the distance I can walk and the bridges I may build to cross the impossible to swim rivers. born in the first ever generation of a united rainbow nation. I shout out loud "free at last, free at last, thank god almighty our heroes made us free at last!!!" I boast not of the numerous shields of rights I hold but the responsibilities I shot out. This means acknowledging that when I point out fingers three more point back at me. the people shall govern, means being a South African

  2. Being South African starts from the inside. It starts from the deepest recesses of our minds and soul. Knowing your soul, and knowing your genetic make-up, connecting all these to the majestic mountains, green rich succulent-matted grass, flowing rivers, big cities, suburb houses, kasi train houses and rural shoddy tatched houses and picturesque places of South Africa. Its about knowing where you come from as a South African, its about being patriotic enough without transcending to the level of jingoism. Since South Africa is a plural society, being South African is being able to interact with various people from various racial groups, and various tribes, tribes that constitute South Africa. It is about being able to interact with different people from various socio-economic, cultural and religious backgrounds. One who shows a blinkered view on other people' cultures and religions is not a real South African. Its about being proud of who you are, being able to take the South African soul with you wherever you going, and being able to tell non-south Africans about our people, people of South Afrika, batho ba afrika borwa, mzansi,their way of living, their indigenious food, their animals, their totems,their cultures, their past, their challenges, their music, etc . BEING ABLE TO KNOW SOUTH AFRICA AND BEING ABLE TO EMBRACE ITS DIVERSITY.

    Mpho Mabala

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