Get us out of our foul mood, somebody, and do something

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Get us out of our foul mood, somebody, and do something

A positive attitude will be our first investment dividend, founded on the prospect of personal prosperity

Mark Barnes

It is trite to observe that capital projects are a necessary foundation for a prosperous future. In fact, the more precarious the condition a country finds itself in, the more likely and urgent the need is to embrace investment. Instead of spending our time standing around bemoaning which investments we can’t afford to make, we’d better consider those investments we can’t afford not to make.

At the bottom of the pit of no investment you’ll find the disgraceful closure of Nomini Primary School, where maggots were found crawling out of toilet bowls and raw sewage flowed through kitchens and classrooms. We hang our collective heads in shame. At last that has been fixed.

At the other end of the spectrum we find the ambitious stadiums built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, or the Gautrain. Forget the money, it’s the contrast of despair and hope that cannot be ignored. There is no good time not to invest. Our current circumstances just require different thinking...

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