The daily grind takes our buying power away

2018-05-24 06:00
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Lets talk about our daily grind; petrol, water restrictions and transport fares.

Let me start by acknowledging the fact that in recent weeks, there has been less outcry about the scarcity of water.

The much talked about Day Zero has been a thing of the past for now.

Water restrictions, though, are still being enforced, despite the good rainfall.

Shouldn’t we have enjoy a good relaxation of the restrictions as a result.

One would assume that the risk levels will have lessened.

With the recent rainfall, one would assume that we have learnt to be more thrifty about water savings, so that our dams remain afloat, so to speak.

We don’t want to be at the mercy of the white farmers who graciously donated water.

Our government should at least learn from these well organized individuals to avoid the begging bowl scenario.

I hate that the water crisis escalates to the same levels as the land issue.

In essence, thing may regress to this, but time will tell.

Also, my point is to suggest that our government needs to do things differently and plan differently now that we have regular rainfall.

My other assertion is the issue of the ever increasing petrol prices, which will may lead to the nation riding bicycles or fuel free modes of transportation.

Somebody is making a killing out of fuel prices and levies and they are doing so without so much as a grain of mustard in remorse.

Motorists just moan and groan silently, but continue to fill up their tanks.

Are the means of production of petrol out of our reach?

Sasol, according to my recollection, was set up precisely to counter the effect of higher prices, but seems to have failed to deliver on expectations.

The government, on the other side, does not seem to have stockpiles of oil to counter the effects of ever rising costs.

The logical thing to do would be to raise stocks on the downtrend so that when the oil price increases, we stay afloat. That’s how I see things, at least.

The last point has to do with food price increases as a result of the petrol price hikes. We have never had any relief when the petrol prices comes down.

Perhaps it will be too much of an effort when it is back on the upward spiral and would confound others in management. This is the reality of our everyday life in our beloved Mzansi.

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