Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Reasons To Be Positive


With newspapers constantly blurting out exceedingly discouraging headlines relating to corruption, crime and unsavoury politics, my friend and colleague Pieter Rautenbach penned an article for masterbuilders.co.za, which left me feeling somewhat optimistic about the future our country.

One glance at the front page of any Sunday newspaper is usually enough to make me think that as a nation we are self-destructive, and that by our own doing, we are becoming less and less appealing to the international community. It turns out, this isn’t the case.

Since 1994 South Africa has been included in numerous surveys covering a range of subjects. In many instances the high levels of crime and escalating corruption has as one would expect, negatively effected the outcomes of such analysis. Pieter informs us that a recent survey conducted by the Reputation Institute among G8 countries show a steady year-on-year improvement with regard to reputation of the country. While we didn’t quite shoot the lights out, we were placed 33rd; we scored a lot higher than many would have anticipated. To put it into perspective, the USA came in at 22nd.

For reasons already touched upon, it’s easy to become negative; however the manner in which the survey was weighted, we scored high in areas we tend to take for granted. Natural beauty of our country, friendliness of people, and economic stability throughout the recession.

Pieter’s article makes for very interesting reading. CLICK HERE

Ernest Roper
Durban Regional Manager

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