Message to Progressive Citizens Forums

“Gloom and despondency have never defeated adversity. Trying times need courage and resilience. Our strength as a people is not tested during the best of times,” 
-- 
Thabo Mbeki

 

Dear PCF Subscriber

 

Welcome to our first edition of the PCF news-online, our first online newsletter which will serve as a platform to communicate directly with our subscribers. 

 

Over the years the PCF has strived to improve how it communicates with its subscribers, we have undertaken a number of initiatives, with the aim of ensuring our subscribers are informed about our programmes, upcoming events and ANC activities.

 

Recent innovations of the PCF have seen an increase in our outreach to our subscribers and seen the  introduction of  an updated  payment system to ensure we comply with POPIA legislation which safeguards the privacy of your personal data.  We are pleased also that technology allows us on weekly basis to send our subscribers birthday messages. Similarly, we have distributed 2021 diaries, certificates and the PCF Prospectus to our subscribers, all of which is important to retain and maintain that all important contact between us in this journey together.

 

We are proud therefore to introduce this PCF on-line newsletter, our monthly new update about the current issues, the economy, areas of interest, and regular updates about the ANC programmes and planned events. .

 

We will invite our subscribers, ANC leaders, ordinary men and women and senior executives in the private sector to contribute to this  newsletter. The on-line newsletter will strive to provide edutainment, and we hope to call on you to help us in this work

 

On January 8, President Cyril Ramaphosa  declared the year 2021 as the year of “Unity, Renewal and Reconstruction, the year of Charlotte Maxeke. The ANC is celebrating its 109th anniversary and the January 8 statement set the tone for the year. Unlike  previous years, the statement was delivered in the shadow of a global pandemic that has led to great suffering and loss of lives.  The pandemic has damaged the global economy, it has changed our lives.

 

Amidst the challenges of the present, the ANC statement reflected on the historical mission of the ANC and the role played by the ANC in leading a heroic struggle against apartheid, leading the country to the first democratic elections, resulting in the adoption of the new Constitution. Time passes so quickly and the January 8 Statement was also a call to remember that the present freedoms we enjoy, were as a result of the devotion, dedication and sacrifices of our people.

 

The year 2020 has come and gone, its a year that has changed our lives, , it has changed how we do business, from physical to virtual.  It has brought families together as friends and families lost their loves ones, making statistics more meaningful because they have a name and a face that are part of us. It was a year of reflection, allowing us to pause for a moment to plan on how to move forward so that we can take the first step to closure and recovery.

 

The former President of United States, Barack Obama, in his book “A Promise Land”  shared a very interesting story about his journey to becoming the 44th President of the United States.  In his book he narrates how he approached, Senator Ted Kennedy for counselling on whether he should run for the President or not.

 

In his response, Senator Ted Kennedy said to him “You think you may not be ready, that you may do it in a more convenient time. But you don’t choose time, the time chooses you, either you seize what may turn out to be the only chance you have, or you decide you are willing to live with the knowledge that the chance has passed you by”

 

Time chooses us to play our part in the journey of making a difference to the lives of ordinary men and women.  One can ask how I can make a difference?  You don’t need to be a leader to make a difference, you can play your part in your community by saving lives, by adhering to the Covid-19 regulations and by being prepared to help each other and to care.

 

Let’s join hands and work together in defeating this pandemic, remembering the wisdom of the Chinese proverb – ‘A journey of a thousand miles, begins with a single step”.

Once again welcome to PCF!

Sipho Mbele

Executive Director:  

sipho@pbf.org.za

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