On Wednesday presenting the State of the City Address, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau offered a glimpse of what’s to come in the 2016 local government elections. He inspired hope while telling citizens to look for gradual progress. But can voters believe in the idea of gradual development while realising the dream of a miracle has not come true?
Speeches on the state of the state are inevitably wanting. We yearn for leadership in uncertain times and want inspiration, the feeling that life, the city, is not falling apart. Leaders need to convey the sense that we don’t live in a completely corrupted society, that the future is in trustworthy hands. But that’s not enough. We need concrete proof that things are changing: numbers, initiatives, project announcements fancy rhetoric does not run a government. So we get packaged promises, but these updates are rarely new. After all, it is the state of the cityrovincenation, not prizegiving day or an episode of Oprah’s Favourite Things. In the balance, the speeches often amount to little, especially when a growing trust deficit means many people are unlikely to believe the claims.
On Wednesday, Joburg Mayor Parks Tau delivered a proud speech….
Source : Daily Maverick