Children are our future

Ten years ago when I filled my tub with foamy water, I absolutely  had no regard to water wastage.

Let alone the thought that someone, somewhere, didn’t have water to drink.

When at around 05h00, I was weary after working at that unbecoming hour, putting the last issue of The Voice to bed, we figured a warm bath with herbs and oils was the only thing in between to keep up us awake.

Immersed in the water, we felt guilty because, even with the recent showers from God there are those who are still challenged with lack of water.

A wave of sadness engulfed me when I thought of the poverty prevalent in our country.

Whilst relaxing in the bath to rejuvenate my broken and weary body, I thought of the spirit of the festive season.

My thoughts wandered to how money would be spent buying expensive toys for children and on liquor while just a few kilometers outside the city, some children don’t have food.

I thought of an incident this past Sunday when young Fana celebrated his fourth birthday. He cried when he was asked to sit before a cake lit with four candles to celebrate his milestone.

Shrugging his shoulders he said: “A ke fune” (I don’t want). While city children would sit for a lavish meal at a restaurant, with loads of presents from friends and family, Fana clutched his gifts and wouldn’t let go.

City children would throw trantum that the presents were not enough.

We plead with you readers, to spend less on lavish toys for children and buy a clothing item or a toy for a disadvantaged child at your cattle post or at Old Naledi and other places.

Life begins at 50. We now are more concerned about those clothes hanging in your wardrobes, unworn.

We visualize clothes discarded by our children and grandchildren for new ones; those old shoes which have not been worn for the past five years. Those are somebody’s dream come true.

Let us make a diff erence this festive season.

Let us remember the Setswana song that goes: “Bathong se lebaleng ba badikobo dikhutshwane”. (Don’t forget those with short blankets– loosely translated.)

Even better, when we buy expensive gifts, let us also think of buying from those who use their hands to make earrings, dresses and sell African artifacts.

These make perfect and special presents but most of all it makes a difference to that seller, whose goods won’t be overloaded in shopping trolleys this Christmas.

We take this opportunity to thank our clients for the support throughout the year amidst these trying times where it is difficult to rub two thebes together.
We thank the readers for your support and most of all we thank our colleagues for all the sleepless nights in cooking the paper.
As we venture into the four corners of the world, we need this time for rejuvenation and a well deserved rest. To drivers, remember to value your lives and those of other road users.
If you have problems, this is a relaxed time to discuss with your loved ones. Do not bottle up issues and hide behind wine, whisky and beer for the challenges will be there, even more magnified after the hangover.
As the cliché goes, ‘a problem shared is a problem halved,”
Wishing you a rejuvenating, lovely festive season and a successful and productive new year.

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