As a business owner in South Africa, I do not want to bore you (or drive you to tears) with a list of the various challenges that we face in our country, city and also the property industry in general.
I firmly believe that our challenges are not unique, and that the entire world is dealing with various challenges that the previous generations never contemplated. Having said that I would much rather face our current problems than taming the world with wooden ships and ox wagons. I do not want to emphasize what is wrong but rather our ability to successfully come up with solutions.
Yesterday I heard from someone who spent a lot of time this past year in various countries looking at a new home and his final conclusion was that he will rather spend the money on buying armoured cars and stay in sunny South Africa compared to leaving and making a life in a foreign country.
Closer to home many of us have managed to overcome loadshedding with energy solutions that not only resolve the issues surrounding loadshedding but even amount to a cost saving. I also must commend neighbourhood watch groups who managed to reduce crime and improve personal safety in various communities.
I see people repairing roads and potholes and I see a greater sense of community.
In the end the challenges which we face bring us closer to our fellow citizens. We need to co-operate and work together to find solutions which is already happening. For each failed system there is also a success story.
And that is my thought for 2024:
You are the difference in your community. It is up to each one of us to actively play a role with what we have in our hand to make our city and country great. Every person can make decisions and possess influence. We must use that to actively change the city and our country to theadvantage of every single citizen.
My challenge to you is to take time out to actively take stock of your talents, strengths as well as material assets and to find a way to actively use that which you have been blessed with to make a difference in the world around you.
We wish each of our clients a blessed and relaxed festive season and look forward to connecting in 2024.
Rian and DTS team