PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Greypatriot
 
Comments: 14
Article views: 661
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all Greypatriot's badges.
 

Do The Public Need To Panic?

12 February 2013, 10:01

Every time I read an article about a murder or some other crisis in a government department or municipality I ask myself whether things are really falling apart and whether the public should panic.

We read that we don’t have doctors and nurses in some hospitals, about new babies dying and corpses being left lying among patients. We read about books not arriving at schools and dumped. We read about millions of people crossing our borders from the northern, eastern and western regions of the continent for a new life. We read about corruption of millions involving government employees and contractors. We read about the president’s safe retirement retreat. We read about the luxury cars of officials and overseas trips and expensive hotels. We read the terrible stories about young men on drugs raping and mutilating young girls and I worry about the young boys and girls in our families. We read about old people being mutilated and raped and left to die. The news emits the putrid smell of rotten meat every day. 

Are the media trying to clean up public governance by inciting a feeling of gloom amongst the readers, are they trying to discredit certain people or must people start preparing for a government doomsday and institutional meltdowns. Are the reports revealing the truth or are we being falsely hoodwinked with exaggeration?

How can we reliably find out whether the rot is setting in? If the rot is setting in what is it that we can do to help to turn the situation around? The public must get the true facts about failures and non-conformances in every government institution and the reasons for it. Only then can we assess the gravity of the situation and determine what rehabilitation steps are needed.

If the Department of Communication could team up and collaborate with the director general of public administration, statistics, the auditor general and the public protector, they can set up a website which hosts a performance scorecard for every government institution and body that renders a direct service to the public.

A public performance scorecard for every department, every hospital, every school and every police station on the web will allow the public to monitor and evaluate performance directly and continuously. When performance trends in critical performance areas indicate decline, failure and ruin, only then will we need to panic and make things work for ourselves like starting to operate our own schools, hospitals, neighbourhood watch teams, power generators and boreholes.    
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
14 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Alex Harlies
Pravin, come back here this insta...

It seems like a common occurrence now that whenever the Rand gains momentum and begins appreciate in value, something must always bring that momentum to a grinding halt. Read more...

0 comments 1593 views
Submitted by
Larry
The Gupta angle: Gordhan's recall

The Gupta's are scrambling, and my guess is that they want this case to go away. The only way for this to happen is for the finance minister to withdraw. Read more...

0 comments 474 views
Submitted by
Andrew Rampf
Who benefits when the rand falls?

It seems to me that every time the Rand is doing well, there is some announcement from the Presidency or the NPA that sends the currency into free fall or generates a strong rally. Read more...

0 comments 1859 views
Submitted by
This side of x
The Twitter soap opera, an outrag...

Public servants should be banned from using any social media during office hours.  Read more...

0 comments 109 views
Submitted by
Commissar
Another Jacob Zuma fiasco looming

What an absolute disgrace for us to have Jacob Zuma at the helm, costing SA each and every time he issues and instruction and or takes action. Read more...

0 comments 1221 views
Submitted by
Tshepo Albia Monakedi
SA’s political future: a message ...

While some credit opposition parties for eating into the ANC pie, I tend to side with the theory which suggests that the ANC lost support not because of strong opposition but due to perceptions of bad governance. Read more...

0 comments 160 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.