This whole week our load shedding has been erratic and annoying. Eskom said on Sunday that it had run out of diesel and it does not plan to buy more until April next year. There has been much talk about this and, frankly, nothing is clear. Is there no diesel or is there no money to buy diesel? What does seem certain, though, is that load shedding will be with us for a long, long time yet.
Load shedding not only disrupts our lives it also decimates the economy and it is all to blame on the ANC. From delivering world class cheap power in the early 1990’s (under Nationalist government control) when Eskom was the envy of the whole world to the grotesque unreliable mammoth that it has become. This is the legacy for which the ANC will be remembered.
Cabinet ministers Lindiwe Sisulu, Mmamoloko Kubayi, Senzo Mchunu and Enoch Godongwana were among some big names who failed to muster enough support for nominations to the ANC’s top six positions. The most likely result of those contesting for the top 6 are, Cyril for President, Paul Mashatile as Deputy Pres, Ndumiseni Ntuli for Secretary General, Nomvula Mokonyane as Deputy Sec Gen, Stanley Mathabatha as Chairman and a tight race between Pule Mabe and Benjamin Chauke for the job as Treasurer General.
Meanwhile, a City of Johannesburg (News24 calls Joburg the City of crooks) whistleblower who uncovered billions of rand in graft in the Department of Public Safety has written to Mayor Mpho Phalatse and other officials desperately seeking protection. This is a big problem and whereas crime is getting lots of exposure whistle blowers are not safe.
Jacques Pauw is still getting lots of publicity. His latest book ‘Living in shadows of Zuma’s Keepers’ hit the book shelves and caused quite a stir. The book delves into some of the most important national events over the last few years and comes to the conclusion that very little has changed under Cyril, not withstanding his calling Zuma’s time as head of State ‘the 9 wasted years’. Pauw’s conclusion is that South Africa is spirilaling downwards and there does not appear to be an effective brake other than the courts. And those courts are under severe pressure, sometimes from within their own ranks and often the courts are biased in favour of those implicated in corruption alleges Pauw. He points out that there seems to be a critical collapse of infrastructure — electricity, water, sewage, roads and railways — and it appears to be approaching a tipping point. The skills and expertise required to salvage the situation have become critically scarce. The country is in the throes of a brain drain that rivals and may even exceed the exodus that accompanied the political upheavals of the 1960s and mid-1980s writes Pauw.
Pauw is also highly critical of Julius Malema and the EFF, who predictably want the book taken off the shelves of our booksellers.
Charlize Theron has caused a stir in suggesting that Afrikaans is heading for oblivion. Every single newspaper has run editorials and commentaries pointing to the utter nonsense Theron is talking. Even Stellenbosch University has “officially” commented. David Bullard makes the point that if Charlize had claimed that Afrikaans was a growing language she would have found herself in just as much trouble.
Some good news is that the Technology services company EOH has agreed to repay close to R200 million it received from the Dept. of Water & Sanitation illegally between 2012 & 2017. Investigations are still on-going and even more may have to be repaid.
Some bad news just released is that our murder rate has gone up to just about 77 per day. 7004 people murdered from July to September. The DA is again calling for Police Minister Behki Cele to be replaced. It really is time.
The coach was with me on the couch, but the couch has moved. The world champion and I have moved after living in the house we built 42 years ago. The whole exercise is stressful and tiring but we believe it is for the better and we have been warmly welcomed by our new neighbours which makes the move so much easier. Oh, the rugby.....The Springboks won easily against Italy, but only after a tight and highly entertaining first half when both sides played very well indeed.
You know there is no Premiership football now for more than a month with the World Cup just started in Qatar.
As always, Gerald