While reflecting on what had happened in the run-up to the 2016 Budget – Nenegate, Van Rooyen, Gordhan, Zuma’s blundering – an ancient story came to mind.
The Attar of Nishapur, a Persian poet who walked our earth almost a thousand years ago, wrote about being one of the wise men called to court by the Shah. They were asked for four words to be inscribed on a precious new ring. Special words that would provide inspiration in good times or bad, and be accurate in all situations.
The sages came up with the immortal “This too shall pass.” Four little words all South Africans might draw upon during this challenging period in the nation’s development. Pravin Gordhan included.