So, overall it would seem that, so far at least, we have managed to get things ready for the world cup. Yes, I know that it's still got to start, and we have no idea of what levels of crime will affect our visitors.
But, I am so tired of sitting in public places and hearing all the doomsayers talking shit. For the past 12 months it's been complaints about the road works. Now we have 4 lanes instead of the 3 or 2 we had before, but no one is saying, Well done.
There have been comments and complaints about the waste of money for the Gautrain. Now it's running, and from day one it's running at full capacity. Mostly whites using it. Maybe not the moaners, but many of whom I am willing to bet were Doubting Thomases.
And then there's the world cup. Many were saying, we'll never get done in time. no one will come. We will be replaced by Australia (that was a big motivator for us to get it done on time). It's all a waste of money.
Well, guess what! We are ready, more tickets sold then fr any previous world cup event, surpassing the record set in Germany last time round!
Last's night we had the pre-world cup kick off party. What a blast. What a waste of time they said! But hey, there were no more tickets to be had. And, again, I'm wiling to bet many of the people there were related to those nay sayers!
The point is this. Some tings are going to happen. It's a given. And no amount of bitching around the pub, coffee table dinner table will change it. So the moaning is nothing more than a waste of time. If things are so bad in your world bro, move!
In fact, in the pub the other night there was one guy, a visitor, who had a lot to moan about every subject that was raised. had you been eaves dropping, you would swear he was a life time inmate at one of the WWII gas chambers the way he complained. At one point I asked him "So, why are you still here?". "Excuse me?", he said. Why don't you sell up and fuck off. Go live somewhere else. Move. See if it's any better over there - wherever your over there might be?" I answered. Well, you could have cut the silence with a knife. his response, somewhat muttered, was something around he has a business here, and his kids are settled here, and he's too old to emigrate, blah, blah, blah......
"Crap!" I said. "If you were in a job that pissed you off so much, you would resign. If this country and the Malemas who run it are so bad, you should leave too!"
There was no further discussion after this, as his host decided that they needed to be on their way. Some of the locals decided to expand on this with me, but the overall discussion was around the fact that nothing will change if you just moan about it. And that's the point, isn't it? Hitler wasn't stopped because people moaned about him. They got stuck in and sorted his crap out by taking action. The road traffic congestion wasn't sorted out by the motorists who moaned about them all the time. Someone got stuck in, and added a lane to all the major highways. And the world cup will happen, because people got involved, stadiums got build, marketing was done...... Not because me and you sat around and moaned about the fact that we can't afford it, the tax payed will pay for this for the next 20 years, etc, etc,
So, comment and opinion can be good, and add value. Bitching an moaning not.