Experience they say, is the best teacher, but it is often better to learn from the mistakes of others implies Patrick Kuwana, a Zimbabwean living in South Africa who took it upon himself to give insight on South Africa’s problems and the best ways to address them.
Kuwana who is the CEO of Crossover Transformation Group (CTG) said South Africa’s problem doesn’t lie in ‘What needs to be done’ or in ‘Why it needs to be done’ but in “how things must be done”.
The Zimbabwean expert who claims to have experienced the hash effect of Zimbabwe’s economic melt down wishes South Africans would work together to devise and execute necessary means that will help recuperate the economy.
According to him, the unique diversity in South Africa could be the main ingredient that if harnessed positively, will result in the nation being catapulted into the ‘darling economy’ of the emerging market world and be a nation that provides a platform for inclusive wealth creation and prosperity for its people.
“The future economic prosperity of every South African lies in our collective ability to co-create an inclusive economic platform,” kuwana said.
Giving insight on how Zimbabwe’s economy drained down, Kuwana said the country’s economy was affected by:
- simmering grassroots discontent due to 20 years of unfulfilled government promises;
- A ruling political party losing support and struggling to keep a grip on power;
- Undealt with racial polarization and a racial struggle for identity;
- Unaddressed land reform and slow economic transformation;
- Stalled economic growth
- Pending elections.
Kuwana said all these were manhandled by both the Zimbabwean government and the citizens at large which resulted to its fallen economy.
“Economic collapse does not favour skin colour” he said ; adding that it will affect generational wealth of all races.
“South Africa is at a crossroads today with a similar ‘melting pot’ and needs to navigate through the wilderness of the socio-economic injustices of the past and the structures and systems that propagated them and rebuild the ‘new’
“The big question is – can we be proactive as leaders and citizens to drive things to a different destination? A destination that will result in the existing wealth combined with the productive efforts of all South Africans being used in a way that leads to co-creating new value and prosperity for all,” Kuwana further stated.
Speaking further, the expert revealed that South Africa’s problem does not lie in ‘What needs to be done’ or in ‘Why it needs to be done’. Our challenge lies in ‘How to do it’. “We are extremely good in formulating the ‘What’ and the ‘Why’, but we are desperately found wanting in the ‘How’ – which is a prerequisite to execution.”
Tracing back to the past 22 years, the expert went on to say no doubt SA has been trying to solve the nations’ problems without first investing in building a relational foundation which is the root of all the problems.
“Without this relational foundation in place, we will continue to have endless indabas and ‘talk shops’ that do not produce any tangible results on the ground,”He added.
“We will continue to have great minds formulating great plans like the National Development Plan (NDP) that sadly remain unimplemented gathering dust on shelves. We will continue to have government and captains of industry getting together only in times of crises and disbanding engagement when the rating agencies are looking in another direction.”
Kuwana therefore urged the nation to look towards addressing relational foundation as it is the first step in addressing the challenges that South Africa faces. He also added that this action will be effective only if the leadership is mature enough to put aside personal interest and embrace a greater agenda that seeks to bring about an environment of national trust and unity so that through that a collective implementation strategy can be executed.
“It’s a process that cannot be ignored if we are to see lasting and permanent socio economic transformation in South Africa. We can leave this sacrificial process out at our peril or we can invest in it now and reap the permanent lasting rewards of seeing future generations enjoying the political and economic freedom that every South African dreams for.