Let me start by stating the obvious…I am appalled at the “service” offered by City Power (Jhb). In the past 5 days I have been hit by 5 power outages at home, it started on Monday where our power went down at around 18h00 and was returned at around 08h00 the next day only to go down again at around 23h00. It then came back after 12h00 on Wednesday and back down again at 21h00 and back up again at 16h00 the next day and yes, you guessed it…back down at 22h00 only to return for about 10 minutes at 23h00 and nothing since.
I lost my rag and called Joburg Connect today…again only to be told by the automated message on the other end of the line that I should not continue holding as they are “experiencing high caller volume”. Seriously! The ONLY point of contact tells you NOT to hold because of high caller volume! So where to now?
Now I understand that power outages will and do occur but my question is, when the ‘technicians/electricians’ are sent to resolve the same problem in the same area 5 days in a row do they not think that just flipping the breaker back into the ON position is NOT solving the problem because it keeps returning to the OFF position, the problem might be bigger than the breaker itself? Maybe the problem is the breaker in which case surely it would be replaced? If not the breaker then perhaps the next course of action is to find the fault and repair it but NO the incredulous technicians merely flip the switch again and again and again and….well you know where I am going here.
So this leads me to the crux of my rant…how well trained/qualified/equipped are these technicians/electricians? If the problem does not lie with them as may be the case, then perhaps the problem lies with City Power itself and the fact that it is BANKRUPT and cannot actually afford to replace faulty components. There should be a budget set aside for these eventualities as they are dealing with an aging infrastructure. I have no doubt that there is a budget set aside for maintenance and repairs but as is the case with ALL parastatals and government departments these kind of budgets are seen as unnecessary and redirected to the KFC and BMW procurement departments because maintenance is something that the ex-husband pays the ex-wife and there are no exes working at City Power…apparently.
The mayoral executive embarked on a campaign of “Johannesburg…a world class African city” quite some time ago and if this is the standard we are in serious serious trouble. In fact, our city executives are on a program of pouring oil onto the slippery slope we currently find ourselves aimlessly climbing. I have asked myself in the past why the African part was included in the statement and put it down to branding us a proudly African city but in recent times I am inclined to believe that it was so as not to compare us to any 1st world city because there is no comparison.
So what is the solution? My opinion? Out the current useless dispensation ruining (sic) Gauteng and give some other party a chance…they couldn’t possibly do any worse. I lay the blame for the mess we find ourselves in squarely at the feet of the ANC and their sustained albeit ridiculous cadre deployment scheme. We keep having to put up with one useless MEC/DG after another that merely fleeces the city fiscus during their term, gets caught, “reprimanded” and then redeployed to another department with an even bigger budget because as Malema said “we did not get into the struggle to be poor”.
In less than 2 months we go to the polls and we have a choice…we can continue doing business as usual or force change with our vote. It’s a simple choice in my mind and I am definitely going to do my bit to force change because I don’t know about you but I have had enough! We cannot continue to moan about the status quo but do nothing about it when given the choice to change it.
I implore those that are the fence to think about the future and where the ANC is leading us because that is a road littered with failure, incompetence and unabated corruption not to mention the notion where mediocrity becomes excellence. Do not get sucked into the rhetoric that the ANC continues to espouse…the story is not a good one despite what they say. Very few have benefitted under the ANC and I say this not because of what they HAVE done but what they ARE going to do. Sure there may be examples of housing, water, sanitation and electricity (ironic considering the start of my post) and yes I do agree that those things have been done but it’s the future I am concerned about. Education, health, safety and security, service delivery and infrastructure are falling apart and the ANC do not have a plan in place to rescue any of it…again, despite what they say in their eloquent speeches.
It’s the future I am worried about but the present also scares me lot more than just a little so join me in my battle to make a change and exercise your democratic and constitutional right and VOTE for the change you want!!!