Enough is enough


So between the fact that certain organizations seem to be too white for welfare, the potholes that keep getting deeper in the roads and the unemployment rate that screams at you from the newspapers, you’d think it’s quite enough for one person to handle. But no, now we also have to fight the National Health Insurance (NHI).

I sit back in church a few Sundays during a sermon by a woman who was born in South Africa but grew up in Canada. It was striking to me that one of the few phrases she knows in Afrikaans is “enough is enough”. Don’t many of our South African citizens feel the same way? Enough is enough.

Dr. Dirk Hermann, chief executive of Solidarity, refers to the NGV as unaffordable, unsustainable, unworkable, illegal and unnecessary. Of course Solidarity ensures that the legal process is started against it, of course we as institutions of the Solidarity Movement also fight this just as we fight against the Bela legislation.

Solidarity Helping Hand is of the opinion that with the NGV’s signing, there can be a dramatic change in our medical care. And this is one of the reasons why we must tell each other that it is not enough that Helping Hand only trains carers. We can’t just train hundreds of caregivers either, we’ll have to start training thousands of caregivers.

Because when we get to a point where we ask each other “what now?” need to know we at least have qualified people who have accredited training to look after you as well as possible.

Of course, this is part of a larger solution that we will have to come up with. Part of that is at least getting as many reliable, trained, good carers as possible who can make a difference. Of course, as an institution, we also stand firmly behind Solidarity, which has already started legal proceedings. The NGV must be declared unconstitutional and this is what Solidarity will try to achieve through the courts.

Helping Hand has already shown in the past few years what a difference carers make in society. Hannes Noëth, our executive director, always says that carers make our communities stronger. They bring answers where there are questions.

At the Solidarity Helping Hand Training Institute we are building a future for our people. We walk a path with those who want to make a difference in their own lives and those of others. That way we develop communities. We change someone’s life, a family’s outlook, and slowly but surely the whole society. One of the best ways to develop communities is through education, training, and development opportunities. Through this people get new hope where there was no hope and skills instead of a feeling of powerlessness, discouragement or worthlessness.

Every carer who fulfills his or her place in society testifies to the difference that training has made in their life. The Solidarity Helping Hand Training Institute is more than just a training center – it’s a place where dreams come true and goals are achieved. That’s where students learn to fulfill their place in society driven by vocation.

If care would become more and more difficult to obtain, one just has to train more carers. This is one of the answers that Solidarity Helping Hand can give.

We see everywhere that this is about our power-obsessed government – the freedom to decide for yourself is taken away from you and on top of that you have to pay R300 billion for this price.

But in this heart of mine I not only feel my freedom of choice being taken away from me, I see how qualified doctors leave our country, how good medical staff perish, I see death, I see how the government makes the decision about our lives. I can’t help but wonder how long it will take the state to also say that I am too white for any medical service.

When we must fight the evil forces, we must also do so in the light. I know I love my country, I know I love me and my family’s lives, I know I love and am grateful for what I receive every day.

With this writing, I don’t want to be negative, because I know there is always hope – especially when I sit around tables where these ridiculous things are always being fought. Every day I see men and women standing up against unjust decisions, decisions that we as ordinary people do not take into account.

My health will not be determined by you. You will not diagnose my husband’s sore knee. You will not treat my friend’s cancer. You will not cause my child’s death.

No, Ramaphosa, as the church aunt of Canada says, “enough is enough”.