Dark days ahead for South Africa.
An article in the Sunday Times caught my eye yesterday, in which Mr Shaun Nel of the Energy Intensive Users Group (representing Xstrata, Anglo American and BHP Billiton) indicates the 'ordinary' consumer needs to take the pain. We the taxpayers need to take one for team SA, yet again!!
I, as a tax paying citizen and being an 'ordinary' consumer, have a major problem with your mentally challenged thought process! You see BHP Billiton pays an estimated 22.6 c per killowatt, and they use 9% of the available Eskom supply.
Whereas I, and fellow 'ordinary' consumers being on the res B tarrif pay R1.23 kwh. If Guvament figures are correct, there are around 14 million households in South Africa, if we take an average of R500 per month per house and using only 10 million as a paying base ( I know realistically it is probably 5 mill househoulds paying R1000 per month), this translates to around R5 BILLION income each month. If the Guvament / Eskom is not getting this income from these 'ordinary' consumers, where do you propose this money will come from ? This cash flow supplied by your tax paying 'ordinary' consumers is needed to keep the lights on in this country my dear man. The 22.6 c that BHP pays will not keep the lights on, if anything at the rate they pay, it will cause the complete failure of the power supply capacity !!
Just to reinforce this totally skewed mentality, Carte Blanche then also interviewed a certain Minister and a number his cronies, one could but only laugh at the 2012 interview where it was stated by a crony "I guarantee that the power will be available from late 2012..." hahahaha.
Then the Minister stated in around April/May 2013 we are on track for mid 2013...hahahaha.
The same Minister now states maybe we will have extra capacity mid 2014....hahahhaa.
So let me get this right, the intital indication was sometime in 2011 ??? You guys are gonna be three years late and counting, and furthermore Medupi will be an estimated R100 BILLION over budget from an initial costing of R50 BILLION. I wonder what Mr Dames and Mr Gigaba's total pay packages, and annual bonuses where during this period?
The best part of this interview was the Guvament / Eskom blame game, 'eh eh contractors..', ' but you see, he eh complexity, eh understanding the process, eh eh'.
Surely when one starts a project as important and costly as Medupi, you should only be using the very best resources and most capable management team available. Considering that we are now running on 3 years late and 300% over budget we have fallen way short of what should have been. It was indicated by a certain Minister that heads will roll, I see a number of heads rolling towards the feeding trough Minister. You and the clowns you surround yourself with should all be fired, it is YOUR heads that should have rolled two years ago.
This is just one of the many spheres challenging our country at present. I wonder how much longer "we" the 'ordinary' taxpayers can carry this colosal burden before total collapse.
I foresee dark days ahead, dark days and nights indeed...