South Africa is having a little bit of a tough time at the moment. It’s time we all pull together and practice the “ubuntu” we so often speak about. Not only will the country benefit, but you’ll feel great about making a small difference in your own way.
So, with that in mind, the good people from Ital Pizza and TastyMoments have put together a list of 5 things you can do to be a better South African while you’re pondering what to make for dinner tonight.
Teach A Child the Magic of Reading
Yes, we’ve got our challenges with education – but that shouldn’t stop us, citizens, from trying to help. Many organisations offer volunteering opportunities as simple as reading stories to school children. If you’re a bookworm, then this idea should speak to your soul. So get involved. You might rediscover some of your old childhood classics and change a life at the same time.
Pick Up Your Litter
We’ve got such a beautiful country. We’re renowned for our natural beauty and biodiversity. So, let’s start with protecting our most precious asset. Encourage your kids to be litter conscious and make sure you pick up any rubbish you see floating around your neighbourhood. Join a cleaning committee, collect garbage on the beach and recycle whatever you can. If we all did our bit, the country would be spick and span in no time. When you encounter litterbugs, don’t criticise them. Instead, engage them in a conversation about the benefits of protecting our ecosystem. Remember, you catch more flies with honey – so a kind conversation can make all the difference.
Kindness Is King
With so many of our fellows in different and often difficult circumstances, the best approach is to be kind whenever possible. This is even more pertinent in a stressful time and the pandemic. We’re all tense, anxious, and a little jumpy, to say the least. Instead of defaulting to aggression when someone behaves in a way that you might not like, it’s essential to approach the matter with kindness and empathy. It’s true. You genuinely don’t know a man until you’ve walked a kilometre in his shoes. Smile when you can, greet others, laugh out loud. These are the things that make us human and South African great.
It’s easy to roll your eyes and settle back into the couch when confronted with our political challenges. But change doesn’t happen on your couch. It happens when we’re active citizens, and we encourage others to do the same. So, participate in your local and national elections and find out what each party can offer. We’re a vibrant democracy, and all our citizens should be passionate about how our government operates. The more we get involved, the better our chances of positive change.
Learn A Language
It’s incredible what an effort some of us will make when visiting a foreign country. We learn the greetings and become enamoured with local customs and traditions. Yet, many of us can’t say the same of all the cultural richness on our doorstep. South Africa has 11 national languages, and it’s long overdue that we start learning each other’s lingo. Yes, English is widely spoken, but you cannot beat the feeling of connecting with someone in their own language. As Madiba said ““If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”
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