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What does the election cost you?

24 February 2014, 11:28

The election date for this year’s election has been made, with the usual positive and negative comments. None seem to have any research behind it.

Looking at the calendar however a startling fact becomes obvious. Starting with week 16 in the middle of April, there will now be four consecutive weeks that will have at least one public holiday in them. I as an entrepreneur with a small business will be deeply affected by this.

Five days to be paid for by me over that period of time with no work done whatsoever unless I pay double rates which boils to the same thing. You might argue with me that democracy comes at a price, but I ask you, why is there no room for negotiation, of give and take.

What would have been wrong with the motion of the elections being held on either the 28 April (Freedom Day) or 1 May (Worker’s Day)? Must everything just be loaded onto the already overburdened economic engine of this country without any concern of its consequences?

E-tolling in Gauteng, never mind that this province is the economic hub of South Africa: don’t even consider that there would be cheaper and more productive ways to collect the toll via a fuel levy. Crisis at Eskom, just cut back the amount of power that you supply to the mines and the big smelters, with no concern that this has a trickle-down effect to all the small suppliers to these industries.

I seem to be on every political party’s telephone list as the calls are coming in, asking for donations for their election campaigns. You can guess my answer to all of these calls. You might ask but why do I treat the opposition parties the same way? I ask you, did you hear of any objections by any opposition party to the proposed election date? I think not.

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