Last week Thursday, a much-anticipated talk by Max du Preez, brought to us by Adviceworx Wealth Management, took place at the Oyster Box, in front of a full house of an anxious South African audience.
Max du Preez is an author, columnist and documentary filmmaker. He was the founding editor of Vrye Weekblad, an Afrikaans-language weekly and the first anti-apartheid newspaper. He won the Nat Nakasa Award for fearless reporting in 2008. From 1982 to 1988 he was the Political Correspondent for various publications including the Financial Mail, Sunday Times and Business Day.
Max has been around the block in South African Politics and he has lived, engrossed by the changing political power and the economic woes of our country. As a veteran journalist, Max has seen the drama unfold since 1974, but he believes that we are in good hands now, with Cyril Ramaphosa as our president.
"South Africa hit rock bottom last year," he told the invited guests, "We should be dancing in the streets because the dark period is over, the Zuma days are gone." Max spoke of the profound damage the State Capture and the Zuma era did to our country and how it downgraded our economy.
He spoke of President Cyril Ramaphosa's past as the leader of the UDF and his clever tactics within the South African Trade Unions, he said that right through Cyril Ramaphosa's political history he has not put a foot wrong.
"South Africa has so much to be grateful for." Max said, "We have no terrorism, no religious fundamentalism, no talk of the military taking over the country, no tribal strife. We have the constitution that is our rock, we have the judicial system that is solid and we have a good infrastructure, this does not make us into a Banana Republic."
It was a great confirmation to hear that South Africa is a country that is definitely on its way up, our economy will take a long time to recover but, Max confirms, "The Cyril Spring" is here to save the day.
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