Where are we headed?

I was having a look at how my hard earned capital investments have slowly been disappearing over the past couple of years and pondering  the  rather dismal start to 2019  what with the serious volatility we are experiencing in the markets due to Trump, China, the wall, endless Middle east power struggles, Brexit and last but not at all least, South Africa’s own Utopia, albeit theatrical political parties, perhaps with the exception of Cope, but of course their voice does not really count.

On top of all this the ANC not to be outdone by the EFF, has I hear, included in their manifesto some plans to meddle with the Reserve Bank. Where oh where are we going?

Our president can send the best people he can muster around the world (envoys he calls them) to drum up investment for SA but it won’t happen if he cannot ensure a constant economical source of electricity, that is a basic. No sane business head would put plant and capital where energy is uncertain and sporadic. If it’s not wet coal, it's lack of maintenance or due to labour strikes.

So if government can’t get that right, and they can’t, let’s face it.

This situation has gone on for years now, they have made a mess of the long promised new power stations, design problems, quality problems and serious financial issues over and above rampart corruption.

All existing power stations are in a serious state of neglect due again to corruption and lack of capability. They were so keen to change the racial mix of the management and work force that it was done with total disregard to ensuring timely and adequate skills transfer.

Their solution to the problems have been to replace “boards” very often  resulting in little or no change, board members take months just trying to get to understand the problem and on this they often disagree, so the board members are changed again.

So seeing they can’t offer investors secure, reliable and economic energy, what else can they offer.

Secure land tenure? It certainly does not look like it. Lots of questions around this one.

Meanwhile it is being used to win support of the masses in order to secure more party votes.

This will yet create more problems than it will solve.

Security and social stability. We’re on very shaky ground here. Take cash heists, who have been the losers almost every time, besides the lives of employees and innocent people.

Take the public transport systems, be it railway or buses, incidents of burnt out buses and train coaches happens virtually every second day.

Very weak efforts are made to resolve these problems, certainly no thinking out of the box.

The government does not want to use the army because they know it would probably end up being used to resolve faction differences.

I could go on and on about the security issues, farm murders, political murders in order to gain a better position or a municipal/council job.

Rape has become quite a pastime, rape babies, rape children, women, the elderly. You may get a few years in jail and there they rape the inmates.

I have not yet got to violent protests, to destroy and burn is the modus operandi  of the radical.

Labour productivity is a vital investment consideration, what can  South Africa offer. Well almost zero, we have the manpower, but alas, the  productivity efficiency  is way below world industry standards.

A poorly skilled workforce, with very low productivity levels on the one hand and unrealistic wage demands on the other hand, lead to prolonged violent strikes with ultimately no winners.

The result is often business closure and  more unemployment.

So there we have it: South Africa has nothing to offer investors. Politicians (most of them) do not realise this, they are not economists, they have no vision, they do not understand liberty is really not freedom. Until you have financial independence you are a glorified slave in many ways.

After being patient and trusting of their political masters over the years, the masses have come to realize this quasi freedom, without money, is not really freedom. With this realization and many unfulfilled promises of employment, their patience is all but exhausted, creating the ideal  environment  for the politics of the revolutionaries.

Beware, if there is no strong unified  leadership equipped  to cope with this.

Financial independence comes from production of something that offers value, this means work, skills and capability.

Those politicians who do realize SA has nothing to offer, are very busy securing wealth by whatever means for themselves and their political games are just a smoke screen.

So where does this leave us, the South African citizens of this country. Do we just wait in hopeless despair for the politicians to save  the day.

Forget that they won’t, they can’t, some might actually hope they can but it will take more leadership, more selflessness , creative out of the box thinking and unity of purpose manifested in action then the endless talk shops of narrow minded politicians.

Is Africa  really ready for a stable democracy, are citizens not just too easily  misled, those seeking for positions of power have proved in so many instances not to be true and honest but self seekers at the expense of the poor. Politicians globally gain votes through promises they seldom fulfil, often never intending to, others buy votes through gifts or favors.

Successful democracy requires not just knowledge but clear comprehension of a country’s challenges and how equipped the various political parties and their incumbents are to manage the required change.

A high employment level at a fair rate of renumeration is the only solution to the deteriorating conditions in this country, please note politicians will never resolve this issue.

The answer is NO POLITICIANS, we need leadership from business and labour these must work together to a common purpose, it must not be a them and us.

Besides all the other challenges this country faces just imagine the production resources of manpower and money this country could release and put to good use if we did away with the jostling of self seeking power freaks within and between the various political parties.

If you don’t believe me, just attend parliament for a couple of sessions.

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