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Celeste Maxime Lackay
 
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State of The Nation - Deperate

24 January 2014, 10:35
Is it just me or has it become painfully obvious that some unions - in this case South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) East London - should be disbanded for having lost the plot? Two days ago it was reported in the Daily Dispatch how EL business has resorted to cleaning and trimming their verges,  filling potholes and planting palm trees in public places and lining streets in an effort to make investment in the Eastern Cape - and specifically the Metro - more enticing. This while still paying exorbitant municipal rates and taxes for non-existent services. The submission made by the Border Kei Chamber of Commerce (BKCoB) to the Metro last year was shot down at dark by the same SAMWU who claimed that this action will negatively impact on jobs. 

Now this same union is demanding a 14th cheque for their members?! Hands up everyone who receives this perk and is employed in the private sector - particularly those business people who have gone to extraordinary lengths sparing no expense to do the jobs these same people are paid to do?
Juju has been making all the right noises on his campaign trail to overwhelming support by all his followers. "Give us jobs not grants!" and "RDP homes should have enough bedrooms so that people can reproduce (his words not mine) in private and not in front of the children"  and a couple of other pearls of wisdom. Hello? Government does not "give" jobs. Government creates and facilitates a climate that encourages investment. But then we don't have "governers"do we? No we have "Rulers". BEEEG difference! Allowing SAMWU to hold municipalities ransom for substandard or non-existent work done, crushing an already over-taxed narrow tax-base, or electing officials of ill-repute to serve in provincial and national parliamentary structures WILL HAVE THE OPPOSITE EFFECT! Besides, why are RDP beneficiaries reproducing when they cannot afford to provide a decent home, life and education to the children they already have?  It is safe to assume that social grants are already the main steady source of income in these RDP homes. So Juju expects you and I to pay more so that someone else can have at least 2 bedrooms and a dining-room in their RDP homes while we have to decide exactly how to slice our ever-shrinking salary pies, and still look out for e-tolls?
Jackson Mthembu tells the DA that a peaceful march to Luthuli House is a provocation and the ANC cannot guarantee that their supporters will not harm the marches. Where was he when the ANCYL flung excrement in DA head offices? .
I know that there are way more issues, but what I find desperate about the state of things is that the RULING party and its supporters are trying  to convince the electorate that "Service delivery flows like tap water under the ANC government...", "...56 schools that had been built, 6 473 classrooms, 294 laboratories and 480 kitchens to prepare meals for pupils." and  "...brought an end to mud schools and that 203 clinics had been built in the province since 1994" Senzo Mchunu claimed in Pietermaritzburg. I am sure that the people in Madibeng agree that service delivery flows like the water in their taps. I can also hear the cheers from the teaching fraternity in the EC because their new schools are fully operational as there are qualified, permanent teachers in front of every classroom - THAT ARE BEING PAID by the Department of Education, and there are sufficient resources (like textbooks, over-head projectors, computers, etc.) in every school, all day (not rotated between schools as window dressing for BOOOOooo . .  . Sorry  Zuma, his entourage and the media contingent when they did their inspections last week.) Yes and the health professionals at the clinics and hospitals visited by EC MEC Sicelo Gqobana agree that there facilities are not nearly as bad as what he said.
This is the state of the nation that IS, not what we are being told.

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