30% of News24 users would solve the water crisis with R4bn

2015-11-12 12:18

Cape Town - On Monday, News24 published a story suggesting three pressing public issues that could urgently do with a cash injection, following news that the government has its eyes on a new presidential jet which could reportedly cost up to R4bn.

We asked News24 users what they would do with R4bn.

More than 13 500 users responded to our questionnaire, with almost two thirds indicating they would either address the water crisis currently gripping the country, or invest in public school education.

These were the results:

'Buy a new president'

We also gave News24 users a chance to weigh in on what else they would spend the hefty sum on.

“I’d invest in education as a whole, not only universities. R4bn investment today will ensure a bigger income for all of South Africans in future,” said one user.

“You can build 20 000 RDP houses for the poor. Build up schools in rural areas so kids don't have to travel far for education,” said another.

Others felt healthcare could be greatly improved.

“I’d provide health care for those who can’t afford it,” said another. “Or anything else other than a jet since it does not benefit the needy.”

"How about dropping R100m into each of the 40 biggest state hospitals in South Africa and the Red Cross Children's Hospital?” said Steven from Cape Town.

“That money could transform healthcare in SA.”

Still others mused on the idea on what it would be like to travel in one’s very own private jet.

“I would definitely buy the plane,” said another user.

And some individuals even took the chance to indulge in some good, old-fashioned wishful thinking.

“Reduce Taxes!”, “Buy a new president”, “Give President Zuma the plane if he resigns tomorrow”, were some of the daydreams people had on Monday afternoon.

Jet debacle

University of Pretoria politics lecturer Roland Henwood told News24 that only US President Barack Obama had a better aircraft than President Jacob Zuma’s current plane.

"There are world leaders who have presidential jets, but that's exactly what they are, business jets. They are much smaller than what he [Zuma] has at this stage," he said.

“Only President Obama has a better aircraft."

Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford said on Tuesday that a second-hand aircraft might be considered for President Jacob Zuma, News24 reported.

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  drought  |  government spending  |  water

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