No doubt the public will be distracted by the land issue, (how much land is in the Government's name BTW?) the race issue, the language issue and everything in between that will create tension and dissension amongst South Africans. But how many real issues will be put on the table and how many real promises will be made and even then, will those promises be kept?
Here are my list of questions in no particular order.
1. The loans taken out by Absa, Samlam and Deimler/Chrysler during the Apartheid Era amount to almost 16 billion according to some figures. When will these companies pay these loans back to the South African Reserve Bank? It has been 20 years. And what will be done to ensure the repayment of these loans to the country?
2. Genetically Modified Foods. Will all genetically modified products, including fresh vegetables, fruit and meat products be labelled as such so that the consumer actually knows what they are buying and will have a choice as to whether they want to consume these products or not? Or do we have to appeal to producers to rather label their products as GMO free, as ethical companies like "Future Life," have chosen to do?
3. Countries such as Germany have made major shifts away from expensive and dangerous Nuclear Power Stations and have moved towards solar power. South Africa, in spite of the abundance of sunshine has made little to no progress in this area, a perfect industry for small business development, job creation and self sustaining energy production. We can leave Eskom to BHP Billton. When will we catch up with the rest of the world?
4. E Toll. In spite of the fact that the fuel levy amply covers road maintenance and freeway construction, the South African road user has been turned into a debt slave and cash cow for private corporations both at home and abroad. When will this iniquitous system be abolished?
5. The Arms Deal Scandal. Will the unused, dust gathering military equipment, obtained illegally through bribes and covert deals, be returned to sender and the South African public refunded the 70 billion?
6. The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. This is also an iniquitous proposal whereby governments enter into agreements with corporations and are not subject to labour or environmental laws of those countries. Should the corporations be required by law to abide by these labour and environmental laws and as a result experience a loss in profits, the corporations, according to these agreements, are then entitled to sue those governments (read the tax payer) for loss of income. Does South Africa intend to enter into any such agreements similar to or the same as the TPP, will there be full transparency should such agreements be considered and does the public have any platform open to them should they wish to oppose such agreements?
7. The rising statistics of unemployment has reached dangerous levels. It is clear that government and large corporations cannot provide enough employment for the South African population.
There is a growing demand world wide for organic fruit, vegetables and meat products. This industry alone could provide job creation with small scale farming being viable in many areas across the country. Or will we reach the ridiculous and insane situation as in the USA where private vegetable gardens are deemed to be illegal?
And one has to ask why it is necessary to import chickens and why small scale chicken farming has not been encouraged?
And when will Hemp be deregulated? An essential crop that has many uses and would go a long way to stimulate job creation and small business, especially in the Eastern Cape that struggles to attract industry and investment?
Will small business development be encouraged and provided for with education, training and funding, from the Agricultural sector to the Hi Tech sector?
8. Fracking. World Wide Fracking has proved to be a dangerous and destructive method of mining. Will Fracking be banned in the Karoo?
a) Will the water board be jacked up and brought into the 21st century instead of being allowed to degenerate?
b) Will companies who pollute our rivers and dams be brought to account and finally clean up their own mess at their own expense as opposed to paying silly fines that achieve nothing?
c) Will we explore new technologies in order to provide clean, safe water, which will empower individuals and encourage small business development, for example atmospheric water generators which work very well at the coast and other regions where there is high humidity? Atmospheric Bill Board Water generators have succeeded very well in countries such a Peru, where companies not only benefit from advertising their product but give back to the community with clean, safe water. Another is the advanced desalinisation methods being developed at University of Texas and the University of Marburg, a technique that requires little more than a store-bought battery.
d) Does South Africa have any intention of privatising our dams and rivers? And if so will we also reach the ridiculous and insane situation as in the USA where rain water tanks are deemed illegal? If anything the more people who have rainwater tanks and are water independent the better!
10. Lastly on a personal level.
a) On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, how corrupt do you consider yourself to be? An honest answer would be appreciated, at least that way the South African public knows what they are dealing with.
b) Will the decisions that you make for the country be in any way influenced by Big Business in such a way that they will be the beneficiaries to the detriment of the people of the country, who will be left to pay the bills? The Arms Deal Scandal, Eskom and BHP Billiton and the E Toll fiasco come to mind.
c) Does the word "Transparency" mean anything to you?
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