There is an old adage that says failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Most of the times we fail in our various ventures and endeavours in life not because we are failures nor we lack skills and resources; but simply because we fail to plan.
People continuously struggle with basic parts of everyday life like getting by, completing school, tasks at work, handling family and staying in good health because of failing to plan and prepare. Usually, we play it by ear, work on ad hoc plans, engage in impromptu activities and get carried away with spontaneous spending.
This is one of our major weaknesses as a people and as a country. We are currently struggling as a country because we have failed to prepare and plan as individuals and as the country at large. The powers that be are letting us down and we are also letting ourselves and each other down.
Children are gifts from above indeed but that should not stop us from planning because either way we need to take care of our children here on earth and also recognise the fact that we are part of a bigger national and global network.
Currently, our social services are failing to sustain the population. Our children are born and end up subjected to the pains and struggles the country is in. We should plan so that we can offer our children the best things in life and nurture them to become people who will make huge contributions to the networks they are in.
Malawi’s population is booming. Just visit the capital city and witness the overcrowded roads and towns. Just five years ago, the city was not as populated. Visit Limbe and Blantyre towns and one is welcomed with the same throng of people.
It is not surprising that there is water shortage in the country because we failed to plan for the future. We failed to take heed of projections and prepare for the growing population. The capacity for water provision is still dated two decades ago when we had half the population we have now.
At the moment, we can only hope that our water boards work magic and expand thier activities so as to provide for the country at large.
Indeed, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi should have known that Malawi will eventually demand more and more electricity and it might not manage to provide power to the country unless some major steps are taken to increase its capacity. Of course, revenue remains collected and Malawians remain puzzled as to where all the revenue ends up; operational expenses? People’s pockets? Political manipulations? Maybe one day we will have an explanation.
However, as citizens, we have also become aware of these challenges and we need to help ourselves and empower our homes and business to be able to navigate the shocks of persistent power shortages. Let us learn to improvise.
A savings and investment culture is not so popular in the country. This leads to the downfall of most people who were prosperous in their prime years; chief executive officers, ministers, football players, Members of Parliament, entertainers etc.
Many sad stories have been told about people who shined and had the best of the world only to end up paupers and languishing in dire poverty and destitution. We need to have a longer and more focused vision for our future when we get to our prime and productive years.
Just as we are aware of the growing population, we are aware of climate change and we are aware of the various economic challenges the country is facing.
We should be able to devise strategies and techniques to circumvent these issues without going on living with a business-as-usual attitude. Business-as-usual can no longer work because nothing is as it used to be.
A lot of cars are coming into the country along with the growing population and urbanisation of citizens. Even though government has tried to improve and add on to main roads, our road network still leaves little to be desired. People are building good houses and other projects in areas that are a headache to access. On the other hand, 99 percent of our roads are single carriage and traffic remains heavy.
We need wider and better road networks to foster development; our cities are growing and more cars are still coming and there is generally more activity.
It pays to plan.
I rest my case.
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