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Pieter du Toit | Lights out, no water, no jobs: The system is failing but government doesn't care

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Amidst a jostle for power in the City of Johannesburg, residents are left powerless and without basic services.
Amidst a jostle for power in the City of Johannesburg, residents are left powerless and without basic services.
PHOTO: Rosetta Msimango

Is President Cyril Ramaphosa and his government "getting it", and are they "listening", like the new British prime minister said this week in the face of some strong criticism? We don't know. In the meantime, we're still battling without lights and increasingly, without water, writes Pieter du Toit. 

This week Liz Truss, the newly installed British prime minister, did an astonishing about-turn after her government announced tax cuts which amounted to the rich paying less and the poor paying more.

After a couple of days of rancour and bile directed at her by the most sharp-tongued of English critics, she announced that His Majesty's government would no longer be implementing the cuts.

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