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Man up, South Africa

26 November 2012, 09:00

So let me just jump into it: We have problems and we need to address them. We need to "Man the F*** up!" I am so tired of finger pointing - Apartheid is to blame for this and BBBEE is to blame for that - Man the F*** up; both policies were and are wrong, respectively. Both are political solutions for an economic problem. Neither of these policies should ever have been made or suggested. Both resulted in starvation. Starving people do not benefit from politics, they starve. If you buy into the absolute drivel that the ANC and the DA throw down our throats you are nothing more than an idiot look for someone to blame for the wrongs done to you.

Here's the truth - Politicians are corrupt, and I mean all of them. Show me a politician, I will show you a liar that will line his/her pockets whenever the opportunity arises. How do we control them, easy, we "Man the F*** up" and jeopardise their job security through our right (although this is actually a duty) to vote. So when the next election comes, do not sit at home and enjoy a braai or Beer at the Shebeen - Man the F*** up and vote you apathetic SOB.

Now for how to fix the other problems. First we have to look at the situation realistically. we need to identify the problems and address them.

Here is the first reality we have to face: The vast majority of the populace is unskilled and uneducated. Do not go into a rant about who is to blame at this point - Apartheid is partially to blame, but every year this excuse becomes less and less relevant. Book delivery, personal attitudes and quality of education are more important and far more relevant. These are impacted by politics and attitude. Yes you can fix it by voting. More importantly you can change your attitude and "Man the f*** up" by simply ensuring that your children attend school everyday and do well. All kids are capable of learning. A pass is not good enough! They must excel.You want to improve your childs odds of success by pushing them to have options, through excellence. Even if they do not go to varsity it is important that they have the option. But this is a long term action taken by the individual.

State must create an environment that favours industry which matches the skill level of the vast majority of the population. So we need to focus on primary and secondary industry development. This means agriculture, mining and manufacturing should be top priorities. Our failure, trying to force a political solution to an economic problem. BBBEE will not work, we do not have the luxury of selecting who should do what. Everytime a business or farm fails more people end up starving. Let's "Man the f*** up" and farm, dig and produce, in the name of profit and personal development.

Okay so now we know what needs to be done. Here is where we are failing: ESKOM, TELKOM, SAA, TRANSNET and a variety of parastatals are not helping at all. Eskom proposes that the price of the most basic requirment of production be more than doubled in price in 5 years. Does this not sound like an attempt to create unemployment. 

Instead the state must privatise ESKOM and allow for a healthy competitive environment, which will bring down the cost of power because it will be done more efficiently. I suggest that ESKOM be cut up into a variety of smaller companies, owned by persons that actually paid for them. None of this BBBEE rubbish where no actual funds are exchanged. I do not believe that ESKOM is by any stretch of the imagination operating optimally. I believe it is hemorrhaging money and skills. Subsidising electricity is not an option either, we all pay, business and individual alike.  

We have a low productivity rate and we have an expensive power grid, this is not looking good for development. If the productivity is low, then the grid should be cheaper to compensate. This is even more important if you look at the level of industry that needs to be developed, namely farming, mining and manufacturing, which are big consumers of power.   

Now what will this do: Well first it will attract more companies to invest, increase the tax base and most importantly increase job creation. Then there is the other spin offs, lower food costs due to optimal crops and reduced product cost, create a net introduction of skills and elevate everything else. A reduction of imports will also fix our current account deficit, by creating exports. The chinese did it, why the hell do we not do the same and "Man the F*** up". Business is necessary for growth and should be nurtured. Lets make, making a profit easy.

Then my favorite topic at the moment. SANRAL. By increasing the cost of transport you increase the cost of living and production. Well done you make investment that much less attractive and create unemployment - not to mention you take an already burdened population and reduce their ability to partcipate economically. By implementing etoll we essentially make it more difficult for everybody o survive and thrive. What do we do, well that is easy we stand up for job creation and our own well being by "Manning the F*** up" and not buying an etag. Create a larger tax base and you will have the funds to pay for the road. Create jobs not expenses. Infrastructure such as roads should be paid for by taxes, not consumers.

Then on the flip side, TRANSNET has ensured that the only reliable form of transport is private, road transport, which is going to be tolled, heavily. So... Fire the lot of them and fix the railroad and make bulk transport efficient and cost effective. This can only be done with effective management and a change in attitude by the employees of TRANSNET. If trains can reliably do things better than trucks it will be more affordable by virtue of the economies of scale. So to the employess of TRANSNET, I have the following to say "Man the F*** up" and ensure schedules are held and that things get done.

How do we get the companies to look at SA as a good investment. We reduce the cost of production by optimising the cost of electricity and logistics. Labour needs minor tweaking but not much - Growth is not an excuse for exploitation. We change our individual attitudes by "Manning the F*** up" and taking responsibility for the factors we can influence, such as productivity, personal growth and our children. Let's contribute not leach. No-one cares how tough you have it, everybody wants to hear you say "wow I did it. I manned the F*** up and improved my life" Lastly we get goverment to offer incentives for the development of industry, without any conditions other than the creation of jobs. If we do this we will fix all our problems. State will not do it without our involvement. We need to "Man the f***ck up!!!"

I am sure many will agree with me and some will even disagree with me, to all of you say "Man the f*** up"! I have no desire to debate or blame. I want to work, I want a better place for my kids to live and I love SA. I will not let you apathetic, useless and narrow sighted morons ruin what is an awesome place to live.     

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