Why can’t Private Healthcare use the SANRAL and ESKOM model?

2016-03-02 16:39

A chief executive from one of those foreign companies who is lavishly benefiting from Gauteng’s e-toll will probably have this to say at the shareholders AGM: “Our new assets in South Africa are performing better than expected and continue to deliver higher yields compared to our other asset classes.”

“We expect our market territory to grow as we develop our new assets in Durban and Cape Town with lesser risk.” This simply means, “We duped their politicians and their SOE and now we own their key urban roads.”

A key member of the ESKOM monopoly and bureaucracy is probably saying: “We need to retain our staff. We need to have normal staff, standby staff, backup staff, contingency staff, staff for disaster recovery, and staff for continuity.” “And we remain committed to being one of South Africa’s number one employers.”

“To celebrate the recent increase, we will pay out retention bonuses to staff”.

In other words, we do not know how to identify and get rid of all the deadwood that is sitting in this organization, so we will remain the same and blackmail those captive taxpayers.

And so goes the tale of at least two of the SOEs mugging us.

But in another part of the Rainbow Nation, private hospitals who unashamedly admit that they believe in maximising shareholder wealth, are facing severe criticisms from government representatives.

These representatives are fighting for us, the “average man in the street”. They say that “healthcare must be more affordable”. They say that private hospitals are not “partnering enough with government?”

Now I am suspicious. Why are they attacking a wealthy business segment? Grants, donor funds, campaign funds? Why do they care about our health?

I got it! They care that our health is in danger because of our e-toll bills and ESKOM bills! Now they realise that with all the stress caused by these bills, we are more likely to visit the hospital soon!

Smart move! They just want to make sure that these hospitals keep us alive so that we can spend more of it working and paying these bills!

Life and Taxes!

Stop complaining, folks. You see -

We do live in a healthy democracy.

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