The blind leading the blind

2009-11-07 00:00

WE are still in the dark, pun intended, about whether or not Eskom CEO Jacob Maroga resigned or was pushed. Either way, it is a welcome departure because for many years it has been a case of the blind leading the blind. To quote former DA leader Roger Burrows, “you cannot leave me in the dark and feed me manure”.

I have maintained that the Thabo Mbeki administration is to blame for the quagmire we find ourselves in as, when a report on the looming energy crisis was forwarded to then minister of minerals and energy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in the late nineties, she told Eskom that the crisis was not urgent and so it was not attended to.

That was many years ago and this is the legacy we have inherited. But we cannot continue playing the blame game by pointing fingers at each other, in the dark nogal, while our challenges persist.

It would be a fruitless exercise anyway, because no one would be able to see who is pointing a finger at whom.

Maroga and company, together with the Eskom board, had ample opportunity to sound the alarm bells.

Just as is the case with the South African Football Association. It is easy to fire the coach but what about the management team that has been running the circus?

As former Bafana Bafana player Mark Fish said, when asked why the national team has not achieved anything since they won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996, while the players and coaches have changed, the same clowns have been running the game.

Although Fish did not use the word “clowns”, what else do you call a group of close-knit vagabonds who think player bonuses should be discussed at the end of the tournament, while they, the officials, have a multi-million rand incentive scheme for themselves for doing absolutely nothing? Jackasses.

The Mbeki legacy lives on.

How do people get put into key service delivery positions, positions which are strategic in terms of generating tens of billions of rands in revenue, when they cannot even run a corner-house spaza shop?

I doubt that former South African Airways CEO Khaya Ngqula ran a profitable Shisa Nyama in his youth, or that former SABC CEO Dali Mpofu can operate a VHS video recorder.

The sad part of all this is that just when Africans are given opportunities like these, the top positions are given to morons and this perpetuates the stereotype that Africans cannot run institutions to save their lives, whereas there are many capable individuals out there.

They may not be “comrades” or they may not have studied at the ANC’s renowned “Harvard” university, aka Robben Island, but they are out there, we just need to find them.

I sincerely hope that the Zuma administration does the right thing and hires a person on his or her impeccable record and depth of experience. Only if and when this is done will there be light at the end of the tunnel.

Again, pun intended.

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