Despite our electricity crisis, and our water crisis, the drugs and the high crime rate, South Africa is still ours. We have corrupt politicians, and widespread poverty, poor health services and our education? Well, let’s just say it’s one of the worst in the world. Unemployment is high and the rand is low. Our government is not looking after our country, they don’t have our best interests at heart. But, we still have hope. There’s still tomorrow.

Though I may be biased, I do believe that we are living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We have good food and great people. We are having a hard time right now, but if we work together, the hard times will be less hard, and better times will come sooner.

If I made a list of all the good and all the bad in South Africa, I’m sure you know which list would be longer. But we have to believe that everything will work out in the end, or eventually at least. The draught will end, a miracle could happen and Eskom would do their jobs properly. Our justice system could start working for the people and not the criminals. Our government would start looking out for the people and not themselves. Just little things like that. We have to start small you know. Our country is strong, our people are strong, and our faith is strong.

South Africa, to me and many others, is home. I could never imagine living anywhere else. Although I’ve never set foot outside of South Africa, I know in my heart I’ll never leave. Through all of our struggle of yesterday, and all of our hardship today, I still have hope for our country tomorrow.

In the words of the great Nelson Mandela:

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”