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.