It is a cliché, but it has to be said from time to time: living involves ups and downs, moments of success and relative ease and moments of intense stress and distress. This holds true for individuals, for larger groups, and for whole countries and societies. The main problem is of course the crisis in the production of electrical power. This is the result, clearly, of shamefully poor planning by both the government and Eskom. The country faces a dilemma, and we don’t know what will happen, or who will offer appropriate leadership. There has been much passing of the buck. This doubt about leadership is inevitably related in our minds to the general ambiguity that has been created by the strange situation where the president of the ANC may be able to give instructions to the president of the country. The alarming oddness of all this is compounded by the fact that the ANC leader and the chief of police are facing charges of corruption. This in turn links with our fears about incompetence, corruption and crime more generally. What will happen when the World Cup takes place in 2010? Also, will our economic growth falter seriously? And what of the government’s plans in relation to poverty alleviation and unemployment?