FNB You Can Help - Live Broadcast, a message from South Africa's children

On 17 January 2013 FNB launched a campaign that carries a message from the voices we seldom hear, the children of our great country. In a first for FNB and S...

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Comment by sylvia hammond on January 23, 2013 at 13:33

The following is a statement issued by the Presidency on 23 January 2013

"The Presidency is disappointed and surprised by the one-sided First National Bank campaign.

The current global economic crisis is threatening jobs and the livelihoods of our people. Now is the time for all sectors of society to rally together to tackle the challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment. That is our common enemy as the people of South Africa. 

We need a strong partnership between the NEDLAC constituents - government, labour, business and the community sector, to promote inclusive and shared growth and promote the building of a prosperous society. Frivolous adverts which display hatred of government or the ruling party will not help us to achieve the country's developmental goals. 

"The President began the process of engaging the NEDLAC partners on economic challenges in October, during the High Level Dialogue on the Economy. That dialogue is now more urgent given the continuing challenges in the mining sector, which have been exarcebated by the announcement by Amplats to put some shafts under care and maintenance, leading to the loss of 14000 jobs. Those are the issues we should focus our attention on, how to hang on to the jobs we have, while creating new ones, instead of continuing with the dangerous campaign of talking the country down during an economic crisis globally," said Minister in the Presidency, Mr Collins Chabane."

Enquiries: Harold Maloka, Spokesperson for Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration on 082 847 9799.

Issued by: The Presidency Pretoria


Comment by Tass Schwab on January 22, 2013 at 14:31

I keep having deje vu regarding squashing voices that need to be heard - sort of going back in time pre freedom day...
Freedom of speech no matter what quarter it comes from - is the way of a free nation

Comment by Riana Chemaly on January 22, 2013 at 14:23

Well Said Mr Des Squire! Leave the politics etc out of this! This message was spoken with a True Hart from the mouths of our South African Children whether black, white, rich or poor!

Comment by Des Squire on January 22, 2013 at 13:46

The words are worth keeping and committing to memory. I defy anyone to tell me which of the lines are politiacally motivated. The truth will set us all free. Mr Dlamini, all I can say is - shame on you for even thinking the way you do. This is one reason we fail to unite inSouth Africa. We fail to listen and to understand the words of others. See the words below and consider their meaning carefully 

Many years ago, in 1976, a group of brave young people stood on the ground where we are gathered tonight.

From this very place, they took their first steps towards freedom.

It is because of people like them, that I was born free, born from the very roots of Limpopo, in the greatest country in the world.

But we are not here tonight to talk about revolution.
We are here to talk about belief, and what belief can do.

Today, we, the children of South Africa, would like to share the following message with you:

There will be a day, when the difficulties we see before us now,
the greed, mistrust and anger, will be behind us.

There will be a day,
a day when the violence, and our indifference to the violence,
will be a thing of the past.

A day when the children of this land will no longer be slaves to their illiteracy, but free to write their own destiny.

There will be a day when,
instead of blaming each other, we'll build each other.
Instead of hurting each other, we'll help each other.

The challenges before us, can not be solved by money,
or petty politics, protest or violence.

All of the great things we've done, we've done together,
by helping each other.

Comment by Gordon Kgopang Tlhale on January 22, 2013 at 12:41

Right message from the right mouth to the right audience at the right time. What can one say?

Comment by Walter Donaldson on January 22, 2013 at 12:18
This is a fantastic advert that really tugs on one's heartstrings! It will give anyone who loves this country and wants to see the future leaders of today, really come into their own and move forward with courage and determination. We have a beautiful country, full of raw talent. It should never be wasted!

I really cannot see what the ANC fuss is all about. Do I detect a certain amount of guilt that they know that they are failing the children of this country?
Comment by Riana Chemaly on January 22, 2013 at 12:14

It is a sure cry for help from the school children of SA!  Can't the ANC see this?! Yet they slam it as Treason!!!!!

Comment by Janelle Gravett on January 22, 2013 at 12:00

This is a brilliant advert - it is not saying anything that we dont already know!  It is truthful and I believe that children should have a voice and be heard.  This is their country too and they must have their say about it!  FNB has done a sterling job - Well done!

Comment by Ranay Chetty on January 22, 2013 at 11:54

Brilliant ad, well done FNB for raising the voices of our children.



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