Ten reasons for hope in 2024


Few people enter the new year with the exciting prospect that things in the country will quickly improve. People rightly feel depressed about the ANC’s attack on the country, its infrastructure, the economy, the legal system and on the population in general and minorities in particular who are targeted and harassed with racial laws. Still, amid all the bad news in the country, there are at least ten reasons for hope in the new year.

The first is that the ANC is in serious trouble. Party bosses who earlier thought they would rule “until Jesus comes”, are already talking about coalitions or even defeats in the upcoming elections. The party is not only financially bankrupt, but also morally and politically. Time will tell if the party will lose the election, but at least the era of undisputed ANC dominance is mercifully over.

The second reason for hope is that the ANC government’s image abroad is getting weaker. The time when the ANC could do nothing wrong in the eyes of the world is over forever. It offers opportunities for those who oppose the ANC’s destruction, and believe more in building up than tearing down.

The third reason is that the wind of change is beginning to blow more strongly in the West, and it seems that in more than one European country governments may come to power that will be well-meaning to Afrikaners and critical of the ANC.

Fourthly, there is a growing cultural self-confidence among Afrikaners. The attendance at Votive Festivals speaks for itself. Where in 1994 there were only about 300 people at the Voortrekker Monument on December 16, the past Pledge Day was attended by more than 30,000 Afrikaners. Then Vow Festivals were celebrated in another 300 places nationwide. It’s just one of the many signs of a healthy cultural revival that is reflected in various areas.

A fifth reason for hope is that most Afrikaners have shaken off their lack of planning and there are everywhere feasible plans for growing self-management that are undertaken in every area of ‚Äč‚Äčlife. It is a continuation of the “farmer-make-a-plan” culture that is so characteristic of Afrikaners, supplemented by an “we-will-do-it-ourselves” attitude that speaks of new willpower and daring. The success of Solidarity’s new platform, which in a spirit of “everyone helps one”, already brings employers and jobseekers together on a significant scale, creates new hope.

Sixth, these plans are supported by a growing executive ability to implement them even faster. Larger projects are already being successfully undertaken, such as the Solidarity Movement’s Sol-Tech campus, the college’s new residences being built, plans for a new Akademia campus and expansion to the Western Cape, independent Afrikaans schools and the expansion of Upper Karoo vocational training to a top agricultural college.

The seventh reason for hope is the healthy personal and community relations that exist between different cultures in the country, despite the poor political relations. While the ANC and EFF are trying to transform a country of many cultures into one with two races in order to secure a permanent majority for themselves, there are more and more signs that the long tradition of intercultural liaison that was started by the Voortrekker leaders is continuing anew become

The eighth reason is that business leaders across racial lines are finally starting to take a stand against the government and implement practical solutions themselves, ranging from power generation and railroads to rebuilding the justice system.

The ninth reason is that technological solutions are available on an ever larger scale to prevent government failures. The average person now gets more services from his cell phone than his grandfather got from the state.

The tenth reason for hope is that more and more people are beginning to realize that new thinking and doing will have to be done, and that just more of the same will no longer be good enough. History repeatedly shows that new solutions only become possible when it becomes clear to everyone that old policies are failing.

Of course, there are still many challenges that await us in 2024, but there are enough reasons for hope that we can approach the new year with faith, hope and courage. Let’s remember that problems are not solved by talking about them, but by doing something about them.

Let’s enter the year in the spirit of Harvard economic historian David Landes’ message about optimism:

In this world, the optimists win, not because they are always right, but because they are always positive. Even when the optimists are wrong, they are still positive. It is the path along which achievement, correction, improvement and success are achieved. Informed, sober optimism benefits one, while pessimism only offers the false consolation that one was right.

“The one lesson that stands out is the necessity to keep going.”