President Cyril Ramaphosa could not have said it much better.  “For true reconciliation to work, it requires sacrifice and acknowledgement of past injustices”.

That in itself clearly tells South Africans which part of the country’s diverse society need to sacrifice what and who among us as a nation have  to acknowledge the past injustices carried out for over 300 years  against which group.
Indeed, true reconciliation is far off and it will certainly take many years for South Africans to really find each other and smoke the peace pipe in a truly united and democratic country.  As a nation, we sadly remain divided across the racial lines and it will take much more than mere talk to live in peace and harmony.
Associate professor at Stellenbosch University, Daniel Malan reportedly told local journalists that reconciliation should not be a one-day event, “because South Africans continued to face huge systematic challengers of going beyond celebrating a braai or the Springbok World Cup win” (or even the great victory of the lovely Miss SA, Zozibini Tunzi who became the country’s fourth beauty to win the coveted crown of Miss Universe ).
Very limited progress has  been made to achieve true reconciliation over the past two decades. “While we cannot forget the past, we still have ultra right-wing people among us who celebrate battles against black people like the Day of the Vow”, Malan reportedly said. President Ramaphosa correctly  touched on the “very touchy”  land restitution  issue saying there could  be no reconciliation without the land question being address which according to the white farming communities was regarded as a “non-negotiable”  issue if  South Africans (blacks) still wanted the agriculture community to supply the country with  food and keep food security  working in the country”.
The President said it was  government’s priority to accelerate the land reform process which among others, would be guided by the recommendations of the presidential advisory panel on land reform.
“Reconciliation requires that we end inequality  in all its forms, not only in access to land, but in access to water, education and skills, to employment, to housing and healthcare and to basic services”, added Ramaphosa.
As we celebrate the currently ongoing festive season  which include Christmas and the New Year, South Africans must not forget that President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured the  nation that there would be no load shedding during this period (December 17 to January 13).
After that , the country must prepare for possibly the worst.  We must note that from that date onwards, anything might happen. We all have to really fasten our belts as we will be required to dig very deep for survival.
Let’s just hope that the new measures put in place to try and safe the country from these Eskom-made challenges which include the appointment of  several structures at Eskom by the ruling party to address the problems at the electricity power utility,  will help to address the problems which continually threaten our already struggling economy.
In the meantime,  Mahikeng Mail, our staff, our management and newspaper group, the North West Newspapers wish all our clients, advertisers, readers and their families a healthy and  peaceful  festive season and good resting and indeed a very prosperous New Year – 2020 filed with lots of love, joy,  peace and happiness, success and victories.