It is such a state affair, putting giant statues or images of ideological heroes in almost every city (for example, Lenin in Russia). In the SA the tradition continues. Walk I.At any police station, government building or municipality and you are likely to see a relevant minister shining or staring at you. Heck, they even lie in public hospitals. Most notable here was the incident when an injured doctor who dispensed antiretroviral drugs tore one (the late Manta Tsabalala-Msimanga) and shoved it into a trash can, only to gain disciplinary responsibility for the destruction of state property. Now we have a 100-meter-high flag R22m. According to the writer of the Free Market Foundation Sindile Wabaza, the flag, which does not resonate with the experience of residents, is a monument to nothing. Honor? Perhaps the doctor had the same “pride” for his health minister. It’s hard not to wonder whether this move is OTT’s response to AfriForum’s call against the fact that the old SA flag is banned and declared a symbol of hate speech. At least the statue of Madiba means something, albeit nostalgic. Read on … – Chris Bateman

A flagpole for 22 million rupees – branding without a creature

Written by Sindile Vabaza *

The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture plans to set up a flag over 100 meters high, worth 22 million rubles. This was reported by the agency as part of the national monumental flag project. It says that the flag will serve as a national attraction and a tourist attraction. This is another example of deafness, waste, laziness and arrogance on the part of the government, believing that the flagpole will be a source of national pride and identity.

Symbols such as flags generate loyalty, honor, and a common identity when a creature stands behind them. In a larger government spending scheme, 22 million rupees is just a closure, and the only reason the government gets so many rejections is that this flagpole is ringing the floor and feels like an insult to the general public. In fact, South Africa now has nothing to be proud of and also nothing that really connects us to a common goal or a positive direction.

For this flagpole to really mean something and justify its accounts as a source of national pride and shared identity, the government can do a few things to give it a gist.

Competent local government

Mayor Chris Papas of Umngeni Municipality shows what a unifying and positive force can be competent and transparent governance combined with effective communication. Local government services are the place where government power is felt most strongly, and cleaning up and tidying up local municipalities, as well as a merit-based hiring system, ensure that a constant aversion to government becomes a problem. . It will also help local businesses thrive and encourage investment in other parts of the country, especially at a time when remote workers are looking for cheaper but more active locations.

Structural reforms

With all the jobs lost due to various blockades, riots and floods in KwaZulu-Natal, everyone has to agree with one that economic reforms leading to time-consuming economic growth is the country’s top priority. This will lead to decisive actions such as controlling and reducing the public sector wage bill, implementing labor reforms that will make it easier for SMEs to hire young unskilled people at an affordable price, and reducing red tape and taxes that will allow business owners to invest more in your business, thus creating a charitable cycle.

The tourism sector has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic and the resulting containment measures, however it has good potential to boost the economy and increase employment in the future. Implementing e-visa programs for new target markets and increasing the number of countries covered by the visa waiver agreement will increase profits, while reducing red tape and regulatory burdens for entrepreneurs and small businesses will improve market access. Investments in transport and tourism infrastructure need to be coordinated to connect tourists with places.

Some progress has been made in structural reform, including amendments to the Electricity Regulation Act, which opens the way for private players to produce and sell electricity, which will reduce our dependence on Eskom. Publishing a new list of critical skills to attract foreign experts to the country is another step in the right direction.

Education as the flagpole of the future

Priority in education and skills development is necessary not only for more and more South Africans to have the skills to function in today’s economy, but it will also be a harbinger of future prosperity. Providing good schools with dedicated teachers who have adequate resources in our unserved communities will encourage parents who may be able to see a future where their children will work better than they do. One way to do this is to initiate a system of school vouchers, where private providers can compete with public schools, which often do poorly, and give parents a choice of where their children are educated.


Symbols of national pride and common identity mean something only when they relate to the life experience of a people that is largely positive. An example of this is the nationwide euphoria from towns to affluent suburbs, when the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup and the South Africans waved flags together and painted them on their faces.

The everyday version of this is to live in a land of opportunity where you can honestly make a living, put food for your family, knowing that your children can do anything with themselves if they put in the effort and work hard. He lives in a country where huge sums of unearned wealth do not benefit rent and vile actors who hunt for the public purse and the poor. This is a life in a country where garbage is removed on time, where the rationing of electricity and water is not a feature of your experience and where things are run by competent people hired on merit.

In such a country, the 100-meter-tall R22m flagpole could make sense as a source of national pride and shared identity, because it will be commensurate with the life experiences of a growing number of South Africans.

As of now, it’s just a colossal waste of money and a sign of deafness of tone, arrogance and complete laziness of power.

  • Cinderella Wabaza is a novice economist and an avid writer who writes for the Free Market Foundation. The opinions expressed in the article are copyrighted and are not necessarily shared by members of the Foundation.

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