From these interviews, four video clips were linked to the "You Can Help"blog, including one that carried a negative comment about a Cabinet minister.None of the clips — neither these four, nor any of the other clips gathered inthe research — were ever intended to become an advertisement. We certainlyhad no intention of playing politics, and there is no logic in FNB deliberatelyattacking the government or the African National Congress (ANC).When we were alerted to what was interpreted by the ANC as being "politicalstatements" and "a personal insult" in the content of the four video clips, weimmediately removed them.FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana also apologised to the minister in question viaSMS on January 20. On January 25, we met a senior ANC delegation to"clear the air".We repeated our apology for the posting of the video clips and the ANCexpressed support for the actual advertising campaign and the sentiment of helpfulness that it intended to convey. Admittedly, I am sad that a campaign that was meant to inspire South Africans to make a difference has become so controversial, yet I remainextremely positive about our future and confident in the many well-meaning,hard-working people who want to help make South Africa a better country. As one commentator put it: "If we can come up with the world’s mostinnovative bank, then we can do anything." We just need to believe more inourselves.We live in a truly wonderful country; one that is admired around the world.Yet, as South Africans, we sometimes forget what our great nation is capableof.One needs only look at our astonishing achievements to realise that, despiteour past, we are a country that succeeds by turning adversity into opportunity.Our robust banking system has withstood the harsh pressures of the globaleconomic crisis. SA’s young scientists are positioned at the forefront of discovery with the construction of the Square Kilometre Array in the Karooand surrounds.Our medical academics are now setting the benchmarks in the field of HIV/AIDS research and treatment, and although we may endure frustration attimes, our sporting teams remain a source of national pride.It is clear, then, from these few examples, that we have so much to be proudof.