Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

05 July 2006

Batho Pele - the long term implications



I loved the term, when the SA government coined Batho Pele as its vision for a service orientated public service. But the term has taken on a new ominous meaning for me.

Batho Pele Mission: "The creation of a people-centred and a people-driven public service that is characterised by equity, quality, timeousness and a strong code of ethics."

That's all well and good, but what does that mean for the environment? Trees, animals, rivers and mountains all come second to people. If you are cold, you can chop down that 100-year-old tree to make a fire.

But the long term implications of such actions are that 7 generations from now, there will be no trees left to chop down. The rivers will be polluted and the wild animals extinct.

I am sick of people being the only species recognised as subjects. I think it's time for a new slogan: Lefatshe Pele - Earth First!

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