As the Springbok World Cup Rugby win on Saturday begins to fade as we face our every-day challenges, it’s perhaps pertinent to reflect on the power of small teams.
Let us never forget the Springboks’ determination to win so that they could bring a spirit of hope to a country of people who have been forsaken by their misrulers.
The feeling was that the people in the country are powerless in a ruined state, and they could bring a feel-good factor to people who watch the sport.
It seems correct that, at this time, the failing state is shameless about its failure. There is no shame about the destruction to the economy and the dire situation that has resulted in millions being poorer over the past 30 years. Millions more people are so desperate now that they have been driven onto the streets, begging and seeking shelter.
The rulers have no shame that all the leading world indicators put South Africa low or near the bottom of their lists. Here we are talking about leading indicators of prosperity and social good such as crime, infrastructure, economic wealth, private sector, public sector, debt, education, health, social development, poverty, environment, science and technology, trade, urban development, labour and others.
It’s no use going further into the shameless behaviour of the misrulers; most people know that already.
So now let’s take a look at the power of small teams. The Springboks were a team of 15 individuals playing in a world tournament. They were, of course, backed by a support team. They did far better than the more well-resourced countries.
If we take the idea of small teams further, we can think of the improbable schools that achieve excellent results. Here we find small teams of teachers who value education and transferring knowledge to pupils.
There are many examples in business, not of giant corporations but of small teams that are producing excellence.
A small luxury restaurant chain is now expanding with two international branches, one of which will be located in the UK. This business is owned and led by a woman who is clearly in search of excellence.
Many other walks of life provide examples of the power of small teams.
Surgeons and nurses working to save lives; farmers battling weather conditions to produce agricultural products to feed the country; small new food manufacturers being much more nimble than the behemoth corporations, bringing prices down for desperate consumers.
Yes, it is good to remember how the Springboks team won the Rugby World Cup. They showed that a small team can make a massive difference to the feeling of well-being and goodwill in a country forsaken by its shameless rulers.
May many small teams in all walks of life show what can be done despite the government and political party that pretend to have but have no care for people.
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