South Africa – Thirst and Hunger – Is it too late?

The South African government has neglected its water supply since it came into power in 1994. We now face catastrophe.

Five hundred and seventy three billion Rands…..

That is… R573 000 000 000 000.00 if you want to look at it in numbers.

That is officially how much the government is going to be taking from the South African tax payer (in the form of INCREASED taxation and increased water prices.) in the next couple of years JUST TO CATCH UP their criminally neglected water supply in South Africa. You can read the news article here. This is also despite many people (with presumably more than the national average of two brain cells per capita) issuing warning after warning). I say the national average – because it was this national average that got these morons into power in the first place – and will probably re-elect them next time round.

You can be mentally challenged and still work out how much each tax paying South African will have to cough up to achieve this target…. or South Africans will suffer thirst as well as famine (because the ANC is turning a blind eye to and subtely endorsing the killing of farmers and those farmers who aren’t being murdered, are having their farms confiscated). To corroborate this terrifying statement, you can read more here .

Oh, by the way. This does NOT include the billions of Rands that are required to address the catestrophic subterranean acid water problem that is currently rising on the Witwatersrand and is threatening the very foundations of the structures in the Johannesburg CBD (you can read about this here).

“Ah!” I hear you say, “we will use alternative mineral water, de-salination and filtration.”… and my reponse is – with whose money?

Pravin Gordhan (South Africa’s Minister of Finance) might be a very clever man – but it’s going to take more than he’s got to juggle infrastructure, education, electricity, health, unemployment, crime, inflation, foreign debt etc etc.

And dear reader – do please stop shouting racist. The joke wore off 18 years ago, and this goes way beyond that…. as you will find out in the next few years.

About Freud Fission Chips

Despite the banality of the name, FFC has led an intensely varied life. Grateful for surviving almost three years as a 'troepie' (soldier for non-South African Readers) in the Angolan war, he determined to wring as much out of life as possible. Currently providing Business Analysis services, trading on the stock market and developing web pages to pay the bills, FFC also dabbles in wildlife, landscape and people photography, writing, and far too many interests for his own good. He has also travelled extensively in southern Africa (working on the sound theory that a moving target is more dificult to hit). These peregrinations also include over 1500kms on foot through some of the worlds most spectacular scenery. It hasn't all been plain sailing, beer and skittles, and endless beds of roses... Chief amongst the prerequisites for surviving Africa, with its mind-bending characteristics, is an appropriate sense of humour.... So, for now, he will be recounting the amusing among the annoying, the frustrating wrapped in the funny and extracting the mirth from the melancholy... Oh yes, there might be some alliteration too.
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2 Responses to South Africa – Thirst and Hunger – Is it too late?

  1. Fat Gary says:

    Interesting, sad and somewhat depressing, although it’s interesting to note that they have huge water management problems here in the UK too. For example, as I type it is literally pissing with rain outside my window and yet there is a hosepipe ban in force as the UK’s water distribution and storage system is in such poor shape!

    • Thanks for the interesting comment FG. One is forced to wonder what the water specialists have been doing in the last few years in our respective countries.

      SA has been having some serious and broad spectrum water issues for over a decade. Inexplicably, the govt is ignoring the warnings, paying no heed to forward planing and continuing to avoid paying their water management suppliers… I suppose like the UK.

      In many of the larger cities, we are unofficially advised to drink bottled water rather than use tap water. I believe this is common in many European countries, but it is still disapppointing to learn that SA, which for decades had a great record for sparkling clean municipal water (and could be again if they pulled their finger out) thanks to subterranean water sources etc, now is forcing its population to drink bottled water… And of course, only for those who can afford bottled water – the rest have to drink the dodgy stuff coming out of the tap.

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