Howard Feldman

OPINION: The ANC could destroy the coronavirus, like they did the economy

2020-02-26 12:49
The Corona virus has spread worldwide fear. (Getty Images)

The Corona virus has spread worldwide fear. (Getty Images)

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After all, if the ANC could destroy the economy of a country that quite literally had it all, how difficult should it be for them to take on a smattering of flu-like symptoms? writes Howard Feldman

The World Health Organisation needs to step aside and let South Africa take the treatment of the coronavirus (Covid19) from here.

The cure for the "not-yet-pandemic" might well have eluded global experts to date, but that is because Covid19 hasn't yet taken on the ANC - an organisation capable of destroying pretty much anything it touches.

The good news for South Africans and the international community is that nothing thrives under the ANC government.

This means that the most effective way to fight the disease is for Covid19 to be given to Parliament and declared a national asset.

Based on what has been done to SAA and to Eskom, it will take no time at all for the coronavirus to lose its power (for at least four hours per day) before it gives up and retreats back to where it came from.

Not that we are taking any chances.

South Africans already rest easy with the assurance that at every international airport in the country stands a man or woman armed with a hand-held thermometer that can detect and isolate sufferers at 15 paces, so long as they remove their glasses and stand very still.

For certain, little could get through this impenetrable shield.

In the unlikely event of the virus entering the country (perhaps someone didn’t remove their eye-ware), we will likely send the rascal packing.

We already know that South Africans are over-achievers.

The last year saw citizens of the country doing great things - from the Rugby World Cup to Miss Universe to America's Got Talent, South Africans showcased what they are capable of.

It should therefore come as no surprise to anyone that the country holds the cure to the coronavirus.

And it really should not be much of a challenge.

After all, if the ANC could destroy the economy of a country that quite literally had it all, how difficult should it be for them to take on a smattering of flu-like symptoms?

The part that is not simple, is to whom to award the coronavirus responsibility, as it would have to be determined where the ultimate responsibility should lie.

Departmental options are numerous, but my sense is that one of the SOEs could be the best option.

Unable to solve the electricity crises, Eskom might be the natural home for the responsibility.

To begin with, Eskom would likely put the virus on a spread-limited schedule that would curtail it for at least four hours a day.

That schedule would be so confusing that even a crafty mutating virus would be so befuddled it would give it all up and seek more fertile pastures.

But given what has been done to SAA, Prasa and the SABC, we are quite literally spoilt for choice.

South Africans are increasingly nervous about the possibility of the virus entering the country.

With cases now not only in China and the East, but also in Italy, Iran and the UK, there is more than a significant chance that it is headed our way.

What should however reassure us, and what we could keep in the back of our minds, is that the proposed NHI scheme is bound to kill a lot more South Africans than the coronavirus could ever dream of.

- Howard Feldman is a keynote speaker and analyst. He is the author of three books and is the morning talk show host on ChaiFM.

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