Could The New Currency of South Africa Be Candles?

When are we going to hear the African National
Congress declare, that the inaction of its MPs, and its lack of workable policies, are
responsible for the blackouts? It is not just Eskom that is floundering;
but many other state-owned enterprises, including the national carrier, South African Airways,
are in the doldrums because of greed, self-enrichment, theft, incompetence and a good dose of lying,
by a government that has ruled for more than 25 years. Eskom has filled many columns, but writers
shy away from the cause of the blackouts. The first cause was the policy that prioritized
RDP housing. It should have been a win-win situation, but
instead, we soon witnessed a range of poor houses in disrepair, and politicians who were
awarded building contracts, going off with all the money, having had no intention of
fulfilling their contract. What was not prioritised was the infrastructure
that went with housing, namely, lighting and power, sanitation and reticulation, and access
roads, leading in and out of project areas. It is clear that none of the politicians,
or civil servants understood that, a change in living conditions required holistic planning. Most planned infrastructure projects of the
pre-1995 era were cancelled. Dams were not built, and water engineers were
“retired” or retrenched. Water is an essential part of power generation
at power stations. Plans such as the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor
were ideal for a country that does not have a grid, in the true sense. South Africa’s power is still being switched
on and off locally, and municipalities or metropolis own parts of the electrical infrastructure. Does the public know that there was a better
project on the cards? The China-driven super-coal generation plant
was offered to our politicians. But this prompted them to hatch a plot based
on greed, self-enrichment and ignorance. Chancellor House, the ANC’s investment company,
would benefit the party to the tune of millions, if South Africa acted as a guinea pig for
an untested design. And, to make the bribe bigger, the ANC went
for two designs. Of course, the public places the blame squarely,
but not fairly, on the apartheid colonial governments, even after 25 years of the ANC
government twiddling its thumbs. This is the ANC’s best excuse, because it
appeals to basic prejudice regarding a disgusting social system. To make matters worse, none of the party’s
supporters questions anything further. The 1990s marked the first time many people
were supposed to transfer payment for municipal services, such as electricity, to local governments. But this did not happen in Soweto. Various attempts by City Power to change this,
were met with rioting, and vandalism by some residents, and silence from the ANC. Sitting back and saying nothing has been the
ANC government’s pattern, especially if the party thinks that commenting, or taking
action will lose it votes. Currently, half of the money owed to Eskom
takes the form of free electricity, which continues to be stolen through nonpayment
by some Soweto residents. While the revelation of a 650 million rand
prepayment given by Eskom to Gupta company, Tegeta Exploration, to buy a mine is now well
documented, several other huge systematic thefts from Eskom are in the public domain. Yet, there have been no prosecutions or attempts
to recover the money. Of course, no one has tried to get back the
money held in Dubai, and no one seems to know where the other missing billions have gone. The assessment is that the tipping point has
been reached. South Africa will be like all of its neighbours
buckling under power failures: Zambia, Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe. When will your newspaper ask the leaders of
the ANC if they take responsibility? The cartoon in last week’s edition, 12 January
2020, showing the ANC birthday bash taking place in a marquee at the bottom of the Big
Hole in Kimberley, was spot-on. Please ask the political alcoholics for a
declaration; maybe then we will be allowed to produce renewable energy in South Africa. We cannot afford any more lobbying in Parliament,
or for the masses to continue to vote for the destruction of our country. Politicians are supposed to manage the country
by advancing workable policies. It is clear that by the end of the current
administration’s tenure, most people will know, that a joke can become a reality. What came after electricity? Candles. Maybe they will even be the new currency. Please check in the description box below,
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