Stop talking down the country, for the sake of us all

Stop talking down the country, for the sake of us all

The Drakensberg mountains’ Amphitheatre and Tugela River, viewed from inside the Royal Natal National Park. Picture: iStock

Us as citizens acting as ambassadors can – in fact must – surely do more to improve our country’s standing and image as a preferred tourist destination.

‘The surest way to corrupt a youth,” wrote the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, “is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” He was correct. For nothing is as lethargic and suffocating as an environment which cultivates a herd mentality. Equally concerning is pretence at critical reflection whose torchbearers merely parrot what are in fact self-fulfilling prophecies. And so, it sounded more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than a critical appraisal when, on November 20, Democratic Alliance (DA) member of parliament and party spokesperson on tourism, Manny de Freitas, issued a statement...




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