Groundhog Day for years to come

2011-10-15 08:14

Almost a third of all the money in the ­government’s purse is spent on education and health – something those arguing for nationalisation often forget.

When they say “nationalise the mines” so that we have more cash for textbooks and Elastoplast, they fail to mention that tons of money is already available – not just to provide basic healthcare and education, but the best healthcare and ­education in the world. The problem is how we spend it.

This week, City Press reports on an auditor-general report that found that R1.5 billion was spent on tenders awarded to dodgy contractors who did not deliver the goods.

This is not surprising, given the health department in Limpopo is the cash cow for ANC Youth League president Julius Malema & Co. But the situation points to a cycle that will not be broken without the political will to change it.

Because many contractors and businesspeople do not have the required skills and experience, they bungle projects which supply services to the health and education departments, and force government to pour money down a seemingly bottomless well.

It starts with youngsters not getting the kind of education they need to become better contractors and businesspeople than the previous generation.

When they grow up, they will have no choice but to seek political favours to hide their incompetence. This means we’ll continue to have a nation unable to free itself from the shackles of ignorance.

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