In pursuit of selfless leaders, I found a role model…
Few days ago in one of tutorial session there was a robust debate that emerged on the subject of self less leaders in South Africa. Many argued that “maybe in an ideal world we have them” but not in this South Africa we dwell. As a someone whose always in pursuit of knowledge, I went to do a little bit of research and as I was reading about a story of a wonderful man tears dropped to my key board.
The story of Uruguay President has touched me deeply. The President of Uruguay donates 90% of his salary to charity. Uruguay has an impressive GDP considering it’s the second-smallest nation in South America, but its president lives more like a pauper –- on purpose.
Jose Mujica, 77, was elected in 2009, but he has no interest in taking on the grand presidential lifestyle. According to the BBC, Mujica donates 90% of his salary to charity and lives in a farmhouse off a dirt road where he and his wife work the land themselves.
The austere leader earns $12,500 (app R 111971.21) a month, but only keeps $1,250 which is eleven thousand, hundred and ninety seven and twelve cent (app R11197.12) for himself, he told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, according to a translation by Univision.
“I do fine with that amount; I have to do fine because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less,” Mujica told the paper.
He focuses his giving on helping the poor and small entrepreneurs.
“This is a matter of freedom,”Mujica told BBC. “If you don’t have many possessions then you don’t need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself.”
Mujica also seems intent on impressing his philanthropic ways on other world leaders.
While speaking at the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June, Mujica espoused his philosophy on poverty and consumption.
“If all I’m doing is working to buy things to get more If society of consumption is the energy of everything, where does this go?” he asked. “We need to start to fight for another kind of culture. … Seneca said that ‘a poor person is not someone who does n’t have very much, but the person who really is poor is the person that continues to need more and more and more and desires more and more.'”
Don’t you wish we had more of such selfless leaders in the world? We need more of his kind. I was really touched by his lifestyle and the care he has for citizens. If only African Presidents would look up to him… then Africa would be a peaceful and rich continent. If only our South African president Jacob Zuma could see this,this is a selfless man who’s doing it because it actually means something to him not what he’s gonna gain from it.wow,even I would like to learn from him. For me, he is the richest person in the world due to his heart of caring about others rather than himself.