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Wise Government Spending

01 April 2014, 11:58
We have a confused regime in charge of us. Who exactly do they aim to uplift while in power, I sometimes wonder. 
So Mala Mala gets sold for R 1 billion. In simpler words, one thousand million rands! Its a frightening number, considering in the previous financial year they spent R 1.6 billion in total on land reform. One farm this time though.
The lovely thing is that Rattray was already a wealthy man. A wealthy "white" man nogal. The generous chap has agreed to rent the place back from the claimants until end of 2015, at R 700 000 a month. About R 17 million, I wonder if he'll use a snip-it of his billion to be able to afford this. The claimants were happy to pay about R 500 million, I wonder why Rattray thought this was not enough for him. Quite a generous offer if you ask me.
But it seems its not just about Rattray. Somehow good old David Mabunda happens to be one of Mala Mala's directors, and stands to get a good couple of million out of the deal. I tried finding out the names of all the other directors, or "beneficiaries", but failed. Some help please, from other contributors? One is forced to wonder about how the government agreed to such a fantastic settlement, surely it had nothing to do with enriching a couple of "connected" directors, rather than uplift a community. Surely not?
The claimant community consists of 950 odd familys. A logical way to "uplift" these people would have been, in my opinion, rather give each family R 1 million. Like 950 Lotto winners! The extended families total 15 odd thousand people. (They would get R 63 000 each, babies, children, grannies, if divided) The millionaires could each have started a business to support their families. But no, the Mala Mala directors rather get given all the money ... they are all already wealthy people. Why not rather give Rattray and Mabunda nothing, let Rattray keep the damn land, and give the money to the claimants? 
I mean whoopee, what sort of employment does Mala Mala offer - apparently only about 150 people? What is the turnover, I for one don't believe it could ever be high enough to justify a price tag of R 1 billion. The rent is probably over inflated as a smokescreen to give the impression there are massive profits coming that will enrich 950 families. Sorry, I just don't buy it. Its like buying Zuma actually needed R 200 odd million for security on his private residence, while the poor live in squalor.
Is this government really interested in uplifting the poor? I see the exact opposite.
R 30 billion was wasted last year on fruitless and wasteful expenditure. ( I wonder if the above would qualify?) 30 thousand million rand! Could have built 15 000 houses at R200 000 each. Give 30 000 people a million rand each, like a mass Lotto type giveaway, give it to people based on a viable business plan. Its a huge number, so much good could have being done for the people of South Africa. But it was simply wasted, on fruitless things. A shocking regime we have in charge of this country. Absolutely stunningly shocking. Yet they WILL win the next election. Please at least change the man at the top, we know we're stuck with the ANC, but please not Zuma at the helm, the king of corruption ...
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