SA expects decisive leadership from the president, including the fight against Covid-19 and holding his Cabinet to account, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
Rain showers. Mostly cloudy. Mild.
Just your average hard-pressed SA taxpayer, gatvol with ANC governance but thrilled when I see Black folk doing well on merit.
We can't - simply can't - depend on a broken, dirty Eskom for 95% of our power in future if we want to prosper as a nation. A simple undeniable fact.
No, sorry EFF. Your manifesto has some good theory. But it scores a zero for practicality.
The election this year is the classic confrontation. There's no doubt that the ANC will win - but will the angels or the devils in the party retain future power?
Dear Ms Dudu Myeni, don't you know that pulling out the race card to draw attention away from yourself is getting very time worn and an old hat these days?
So now the Black Management Forum is trying to take action against Denel for appointing a white CEO?
Eskom and Sanral, we are not stupid. And we won't be taken for suckers by your Machiavellian tactics.
Truly, only very ignorant people could ever vote for the EFF. They are racist, have NO workable policies and are horridly tainted with corruption.
Whenever I read some long-winded exposition using words like 'bourgeoisie', 'dialectical' and 'Marxism', I just want to throw up.
As the Zondo commission proceeds and the #Guptaleaks are further mined, it is becoming abundantly clear what the biggest elephant in the room is. The truth could not be more clear: Zuma is the real spider in the middle of the web.
Put your pride in your pocket. You are not going to become a manager straight out of school. Instead, actively seek out the training that in future will help you.
Our current mess - increasing unemployment, worsening healthcare, rotten education and increased VAT - is not the fault of the current few good guys in the ANC.
It's run-up time for the elections. So we can expect some extra-nasty rhetoric from politicians like Julius Malema. As always, he is playing the race card more and more often. Obviously, this is to cover up his total lack of solutions for South Africa.
Having gained power is the man allegedly responsible for the slaughter of 20 000 people of another tribe likely to give up his power?
It's no use relying on aquifers or boreholes, because these ultimately rely on rainfall. No rainfall, no borehole or spring water.
People protested when cars took over from horses. NUM workers face the same challenge now. It's stupid to try and fight progress.
After that statesmanlike SONA speech, it is clear that Cyril Ramaphosa is riding high and confidently. But as everyone said afterwards, 'Now let us see him walk the talk'.
We have all been tip-toeing around the elephant in the room that has ballooned to massive proportions in recent weeks. The way ahead is so clear.
You can just see the thoughts turning around in Malema's mind. 'We're getting too low a profile'. 'Too near the ANC in our ideologyear'. We better get in the public eye again.
When the EFF wanted to make a point, they used a very simple slogan: 'Pay.Back.The.Money.' This is because many of the supporters of the ANC, especially in the rural areas, are not highly literate (mainly due to the ANC's useless education system).
How is Manyi going to pay to run his acquisitions? Will his funding come from the current R3bn of 'unaccounted expenditure' of the ANC as revealed by the Auditor-General?
The details in the #GuptaLeaks are faar too specific to be made up.
Every single day brings new revelations of crooked deals by the ANC head honchos and their families, stealing billions from the poor.
When the history of South Africa is written in a few years' time, some names are going to stand out: people like Thuli Madonsela, who won the admiration of the world for the quiet, efficient, honest way she fulfilled the role of Public Protector.
Just how is Socialism the answer in SA, Tieetso? How are 6 million going to pay for the other 50 million? Did you ever do maths at school? If so, please let us know what the answer is.
Since previously posting 'Why is Cape Town not looking to desalination plants,' I have been doing some research. It seems that Mayor Patricia de Lille has already started the process.
It's a well-known fact that Cape Town's water supply is in total crisis right now.
Votes, to state the obvious, keep parties in Government. These votes are cast by people who believe that they are doing the right thing. Yet to anyone with half a brain, it is obvious that continuing to support the ANC is not the right thing to do any more.
SHAME ON YOU ANDILE AND YOUR GANG. You are fighting AGAINST the rights of tens of millions of Black people in South Africa, and you deserve to be arrested.
Our leaders, puffed up with ego, just love their talk-fests, and end up doing absolutely nothing beneficial for South Africa as a whole.
Why does Eskom not want to sign new deals with independent power producers? Because it wants to hog all the profits for itself - and is thus inflicting far higher future costs on all South Africans who use electricity.
Zuma tried to laugh it off in Parliament. But he will be laughing on the other side of his face as the full extent of state capture becomes understood by the poorest rural ANC supporters.
There are many good people still in the ANC. But they CANNOT still remain part of the horrible cesspool of corruption that the ANC has become.
Your tolerance of state capture has made our country an insecure place in which to invest. Your ultra-rigid labour laws make it almost impossible to start up new businesses.
The future lies ahead of us: let's embrace it and correct the genuine wrongs that we face as a country today. Not blow up incidents in a Spur.
The ANC is talking up 'land reform' in a big way. But what precisely is it? Is it land to be given to previously disadvantaged people for farming purposes?
The plot is so, so clear. Zuma, his immediate cronies and the Guptas regard South Africa's taxes as their own personal private bank.
We read new revelations about ANC crookery every single day. Where will it end?
here have been a few articles recently saying how white salaries are 5 times as much as black salaries. True, but have you ever stopped to think of the reasons why?
Let's look at the facts. Under Jacob Zuma, South Africa's economy has gone massively backwards.
Greed - sheer unadulterated greed. That's what will plunge South Africa into total bankruptcy - and destroy tens of millions more jobs in the future creating ever greater poverty.
We have the sunshine - some of the best in the world. We have the wind. But greedy Eskom is the dog in the manger wanting to control all our futures and our pockets.
It's time this monopoly was taken down, for the sake of all South Africans.
The Holy Grail of bribery has been the trillion rand nuclear deal, almost certainly already signed by Zuma with Putin, another gangster. But now that is beginning to slip away.
Zuma might not have had a normal school education, but he is undoubtedly street-smart. As Nkonto We Sizwe's military strategist.
Dear SANRAL, please would you just stop a moment and look at the FACTS before you continue flogging a dead horse.
We are facing a massive crisis - all of us, right now: the trillion (or multi-trillion) Rand deal that has reportedly already been concluded with Russia's Rosatom and done secretly by Zuma with Putin.
In other words, you are simply advocating Communism. The state controls all industry. The State controls all banks. All land. The State controls everything.
While the much-weakened ANC continues to flog e-tolling as if it's a going concern, let's be clear about the facts of the matter.
I take it you weren't perhaps around when Zuma killed the independent Scorpions and replaced them with the Hawks under his control.
We constantly hear boasts from Eskom that 'we have not had loadshedding for X hundred days.' That much is true. But what's the real reason?
'Hlaudi Motsoeneng is doing a great job at the SABC' - LIE! He is being directly briefed by Zuma to broadcast only ANC-favourable propaganda before the election TRUTH!
USA must learn from SA
Here we are in an election year and the ANC is being attacked from within and without.
We have all seen the way the ANC now works.
Now that Sanral are becoming really abusive, it might be a good idea to look at the truth about e-tolling.
The stark fact facing not only the ANC but ALL of us is that there are over 30% of our adult population unemployed - at least 7.5 million people and probably more.
Have you noticed a prime characteristic of Zuma? Whenever he is caught in wrongdoing (which has happened multiple times), he always tries to shift the blame onto someone else.
Oh boy, we are certainly in critical times. Zuma and his cohorts have been behaving as if they had ultimate power. And they did - until now.
A big thumbs up to Bonang Mohale (ex-president of the Black Management Forum) for stating that African leaders have no right to blame colonisers. He puts Africa's problems down to a lack of management, planning, leading, co-ordinating and organising.
Dear Pravin Gordhan, firstly congratulations on your (very sudden!) appointment. You have an immense task ahead of you.
In boxing, when a fighter has taken two heavy body blows, he begins to weaken. Now let's apply that analogy to President Zuma.
We just need a government that can rescue SA from a total meltdown.
It's no secret that Communism has wrecked over 50 countries, leading to massive poverty of the masses in every case.
We are NOT at each other's throats!
When Nelson Mandela took over as president - and there wasn't a bloodbath - euphoria swept over South Africa. But in the 22 years since, that joy has mostly evaporated.
Take a look at Africa right now. Decades of continuing civil war in South Sudan. Somalia - war-torn by years of conflict.
When Bryan Habana scores a try or Kolisi makes a great swerving run or Tendai gets the ball (B-E-A-S-T!!!) there are 99% of White Springbok supporters - if not 100% - who cheer like crazy.
There has been almost universal outrage against e-tolls by many people of all persuasions.
There's a lot of debate about what the actual inflation figure is. Officially, it's somewhere between 4.5 - 6%. But the volume of purchases in my shopping trolley vs. its cost seems to tell another story...
Economist Piketty has stirred up a lot of attention around the world. But he really needs to understand the radical difference between South Africa and, say, Europe.
Well done, Mr Clarke, for so clearly exposing SANRAL's ongoing twisting of the facts.
You've got to pity Finance Minister Nene. On the one hand we have the most bloated Civil Service of any country of our size in the world - at least 3 people doing the work that one person could do
Clem Sunter recently extracted population figures from Statistics SA, who base their reports on race.
The figures are scary. Over 16 million people on social grants. Zuma builds his palace for R246 million.
No.1 - we need decent education and skills training.
I have implemented several load-shedding solutions.
Once upon a time you could go to a Post Office and get pleasant service. Or else post a letter or parcel and be sure it got there promptly.
It seems we will have load shedding for at least the next 2 years (or over 5 years say the experts). So we may as well learn how to cope.
21 years on, it has been conclusively proven: the ANC does not know how to govern properly.
About a year or so ago, respected economist Mike Schussler mentioned a shocking fact in an article.
Last year economist Mike Schussler mentioned in an article the following astounding fact: 3 million South Africans (out of 53 million) pay 95% of ALL taxes! Note: ALL taxes!
So the big question is: in the next national election in 2016, will enough of these middle-to-upper-class Black folk give the ANC the thumbs down?
Forty thousand workers broke the pickets and re-entered the factories to resume working.
This article was basically written by someone in April 2013 (thanks whoever it was), but the main points bear repeating here.
There is no doubt: Sanral (or Scamral as it is more popularly known) is on its way down.
My father was a doctor who did a lot of his work in Black communities in Port Elizabeth in the 1960's and '70's.
Remember Kapsch? They were the company involved in the Armsgate scandal, already proven overseas to have paid at least R100 million in bribes.
Don't you just hate the big words sometimes used by people when posting articles? Instead it's far better to apply the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid.
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