Excerpt from President Nelson Mandela’s 1994 State of the Nation:
“… we must, constrained by and yet regardless of the accumulated effect of our historical burdens, seize the time to define for ourselves what we want to make of our shared destiny. …
Government will also use its own allocation of funds to the Reconstruction and Development Plan to exert maximum leverage in marshalling funds from within South Africa and abroad. …
Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual.?We must construct that people-centred society of freedom in such a manner that it guarantees the political and the human rights of all our citizens. …
In this regard, I am pleased to report that we have been holding consultation with some of the principal business leaders of our country.
Consequently, we are assured that the business sector can and will make a significant contribution towards the structuring and management of such
reconstruction and development funds, towards the effective identification and implementation of projects and by supporting the financing of the socio-economic development effort.
I am also pleased to report that many of our friends abroad have already made commitments to assist us to generate the reconstruction and development funds we need.
We thank them most sincerely for their positive attitude which arises not from objectives of charity but from the desire to express solidarity with the new society we seek to build.
We accept the duty of coordinating the management of the total resources that
will be generated, without seeking to prescribe to other contributors or undermining the continued role of non-governmental organisations … ”
Raises the question, what remains for us to do Mr. Mandela?