Electricity, water are keys

2016-02-02 20:00

Minister Lynne Brown boasted awhile back that SA hadn't had load-shedding for 100 days. Sounded good but what was the underlying truth? It was that our lack of electricity had shut down so much industry that companies had closed or stopped production.

Result: many jobs lost. We're using less electricity than in 2007. And we cannot rely any more on digging up minerals and sending them off overseas. Instead we need 'beneficiation' - large factories that use our steel and other minerals to make stuff.

That requires large factories, which need a lot of electricity. And provide a lot of jobs. But because of the ANC's hopeless handling of SA's electricity situation, we can't move ahead. And the pie-in-the-sky of a trillion-rand nuclear plant - which we can't afford and which is horribly tainted with ANC corruption - is plain ridiculous. It has Zuma's fingerprints all over it - and he is fast losing all credibility as a president. Instead we should involve privatisation to make use of the fantastic sunlight we have, plus more windpower.

Meanwhile, the warnings on water shortage are coming thick and fast. Due to pathetic maintenance at pumping stations over the time the ANC has been in power - plus a total lack of forward planning -  all South Africans are in grave danger of  a total lack of water within 15 years.

Only when the taps run dry, does one appreciate the critical necessity of clean water. The only answer for our survival - and indeed rebuilding as a nation - is to put people in power based on meritocracy, just like Singapore did.

And our current government has conclusively PROVEN over the last 22 years that they don't know how to govern. I don't care what the colour of the people is - we just need a government that can rescue SA from a total meltdown.

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