Failing to lead by example

2008-02-07 00:00

Not content with hindering the country’s competitiveness through an antiquated telecommunications policy, the latest display of government ineptitude via the Eskom debacle has served only to compound South Africa’s woes in the global business and economic stakes. Warned repeatedly over the past decade by a number of experts, including Eskom and coal mining interests, about the need to develop the country’s energy infrastructure, the African National Congress government chose to ignore the advice of those at the sharp end of the industry. As a result, the country has now been placed in an embarrassing and precarious position from both a global credibility and competitiveness perspective.

Attempting to patch up the cracks in an already competitively weakened nation can only last for so long before they reappear, wider, deeper and more damaging than before. South Africa has become saddled with a government that either does not understand or is oblivious to the dynamics of the global business, economic and societal arenas, all of which are strategically interconnected.

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