“We call on all South Africans to use electricity sparingly as we work towards ending load shedding and getting more energy on the grid” (Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on actions to address the electricity crisis, Union Buildings, Tshwane, 25.07.2022).
Today the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa held a speech on the load-shedding crisis in the Republic. This has been an on-going crisis and the black-outs are a re-occurring feature of life. That’s why Ramaphosa speaks about it. However, the parts of the speech that is interesting. Shows, that the African National Congress (ANC) and the President thinks they can trick themselves out of it again.
“The South African Police Service has set up a special law enforcement team to help Eskom in confronting crime and corruption. A number people have been arrested in recent days and several others are already being prosecuted for corruption and fraud involving Eskom contracts” (Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on actions to address the electricity crisis, Union Buildings, Tshwane, 25.07.2022).
The ANC and the President is begging the people to save electricity and use less intially. He does it at-least twice. That is really compelling as his making a statement of the plans of the state. Nevertheless, it is fatiguing when you know how the State Capture and the ANC have destroyed Eskom. It has been big business to sell bad tenders to state affiliated associates and get deals, which again earns fortunes for the high ranking officials. Therefore, the talks of fighting corruption within the government company and such seems far fetched these days. It is a systemic practice and it doesn’t change overnight.
As he continued with other aspects like these ones…
“All the people I have spoken to have said this is the time when the country must unite to address this challenge. The set of additional actions I am announcing this evening:
Firstly, are aimed at improving the performance Eskom’s existing fleet of power stations;
Secondly, will accelerate the procurement of new generation capacity;
Thirdly, are intended to massively increase private investment in generation capacity;
Fourthly, are designed to enable businesses and households to invest in rooftop solar; and,
Finally, are directed at fundamentally transforming the electricity sector and positioning it for future sustainability” (Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on actions to address the electricity crisis, Union Buildings, Tshwane, 25.07.2022).
“What the most recent load shedding has made clear, however, is that the actions we have taken and continue to take are not enough. We are therefore implementing additional measures to achieve long-term energy security and end load shedding for good” (Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on actions to address the electricity crisis, Union Buildings, Tshwane, 25.07.2022).
When you read these words… they are fine in themselves, but will the ANC and the President really do it? Are they capable and willing? That’s what I am wondering about. The ANC is already struggling with their reputation and people are tired of their empty promises. It has been generations without any significant changes for others than the middle class. The citizens themselves see little to nothing changing.
Ramaphosa speaks the rights words, but also in his pleas shows how the government is failing. Instead of having a clear plan and such. It is a long speech that could have been a press release. Because very few, if any believes that he will achieve or do these things.
Ramaphosa can come with all the rights citations and whatnot. However, his track-record and what he has done in office doesn’t amount to much. That’s why I don’t believe he will be able or make a difference in concern to Eskom. The way things are operating is profitable for some and the ones in high ranking offices. Therefore, he will not undermine that… I don’t believe that and only time will prove if I was wrong. Peace
“Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa, when he delivered the state of the nation address (Sona) in February, said ‘in 100 days there must be an agreed comprehensive social compact to address these matters’. Nothing has happened, nothing” – Thabo Mbeki (21.07.2022).
The former President and African National Congress Stalwart Thabo Mbeki is speaking facts yet again. The old man is right on the money, but is to late? I have a feeling that his either trying to steer the party in the right direction or give it a lesson. Because, the ones ruling seems lost and only preoccupied with eating. This has been going for ages and only now crippling everything…
Mbeki has seen this go down and the stages are just returning. Ramaphosa and his ANC is just epitome of what is wrong. It isn’t like Ramaphosa is the first ANC to come with empty promises. However, at this very moment… all the years of relentless usage of power to personal gains are coming at a cost. The brutalisation and the commercialization of the high ranking offices is also becoming a burden. The pain, the plight and suffering, which the ANC government could have handled and not cared about. Will now start to haunt it.
The ANC used their time in office to enrich themselves. Find schemes and kickbacks. The ANC used the offices and the government entities to ensure themselves or their family members a safe position. Nevertheless, they didn’t help the slums, the unemployed or the rising poverty within their midst. No, they looked their other way and only praised the new ruling elite. They praised it and looked at the new optics for a new middle class. A middle class born out of the struggle, but now enlarging itself on the entities of the state and the lack of proper oversight. That’s why the ANC will not enforce or ensure the ones in need. No, they are just securing the investors, the upper-class and the ones who has a foot in the door already.
That’s why Mbeki’s words of warning is so striking:
“One of my fears is that one of these days it’s going to happen to us. You can’t have so many people unemployed, so many people poor, people faced with lawlessness, faced by leadership in which they see ANC people one after one another called corrupt” (…) “One day it’s going to explode” (Mbeki, 21.07.2022).
This is telling about an utter failure. The ANC has had the time and been the majority government. The ANC government could have build a welfare state that could help it’s citizens. Nevertheless, we all know that hasn’t been the priority. It has been a get rich-quick-scheme of the ones in office. This is the reason for why things are not working or helping the ones in need. It isn’t profitable to help the poor. No, it is profitable to secure government tenders and supply government companies with shady deliveries. That’s what has been ordinary actions of the government and is reasons for struggling government entities, which we all have heard about over the last few years.
Ramaphosa isn’t alone in this… no his not alone, but his the current head of state and party. His the man who has the power and is the Executive. However, his character and acts shows his in contempt of doing anything about it. He rather rest and let bygones be bygones. Ramaphosa is also far from transparent and not willing to indulge the public about his inner-works. That’s why he isn’t the person to combat corruption, nepotism or cronyism within the ANC. No, he will prolong the agony and not change the current state of affairs.
The ANC at this stage will only implode on its own. The lack of care or concern will sooner or later backfire. It is inevitable that the disaster that everyone could see from far would suddenly explode like Mbeki says.
Mbeki knows the drill and the game. He has seen everything… Ramaphosa haven’t listened to his advice before and only retorted when he saw it fit. This time around… I don’t expect anything and neither should you. Whatever Ramaphosa and the ANC does now will only be posing and posturing for the Republic at large. They will not reform and if they do… it will only be done if the leaders and the appointed leadership will see fortunes in it. However, that is not how government works or how public service is supposed to create change. This is why this is bound to fail.
The systemic greed is depleting the state and the ANC cannot find a way out. Because, they are only in it for the money now and not for proper governing. Peace.