Year end musings
We are almost at the end of another eventful 365 days.
Perusing the archives of our publication to revisit the salient features that peppered the year gone by was an interesting exercise.
People and activities have been making the neighbourhood interesting and eventful. Though there is a general belief that this town is not the ideal location for business, the entrepreneurial spirit has not been dampened. New shops, enterprises and services have been launched by intrepid souls – this despite the mining ban and its cascading effects on spending power.
A significant change has been the changing street character. Old structures are rapidly giving way to new glass and steel multi-storeyed complexes. There is therefore an imperative need for proper planning and implementation of norms to ensure civic conveniences like footpaths and parking spaces are closely monitored and are as per regulations.
The reminisces of year gone by are being heavily overshadowed by the most significant event of the year to come – general elections. The recent verdict of the elections in the capital city has been a watershed event in the history of our democracy and the never before has the man on the street felt so empowered.
The changing mindset of the public at large and their expectations of accountability and transparency in governance has been perhaps the most significant experience of the year gone by.
As the year draws to a close this great nation is inexorably moving forward towards its rightful place in the scheme of things destined for our planet.