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Eskom provides power to municipalities who rip-off customers but provide free electricity in the informal squatter camps. Otherwise they will throw stones at passing cars. When Mandela handed over to Mbeki, Mandela gave him a large (symbolic) candle. That was a very practical gift in view of the BLACKOUTS.
I have a clip from former head of state Jacob Zuma saying there will never ever be more power cuts.
Blackout power-cuts here are called "load-shedding" to stop the world knowing the scale of the f-up.
I have a newspaper cutting about a 30 minute power-cut in Johannesburg making headline news back in the 1960s.
2021 July - there was heavy duty rioting at STRATEGIC supply points which must have been identified by senior officials.
Police had to borrow bullets from civillian armed response companies. Other cops joined the looting, no doubt "collecting evidence".
I know of police stations proudly protected by third party armed response companies.
Shopping malls were looted - except for book-shops because the looters never read books. Their languages had no word for "library" because they had no word for "book".
Our assets are sold off to China. White farm land is confiscated so the stae can literally five the UNDERLYING minerals to china.
There are kick-backs galore. Bribery is never just a million here and there. it is a billion here and there and everywhere. its on a scale that's off the scale.
The West handed SA to the Reds. At handover, unemployment was 4%. Today, with open borders, it has achieved 40%.
There are 119 acts and statutes against Whites regarding state jobs, procurement, equality. I know a lady who had to train her replacement for a year before she was fired as being surplus to requirements. Companies boast of their Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) status.
Where is the outcry from foreign liberals ?
SA sent fighter pilots to be trained in Sweden. Sweden sent back the ones who lacked the required skill-set. I need not describe them.
As for water, many folks have jo-jo tanks to collect rainwater to ensure toilets can be flushed during droughts.
There was a drought in the Western Cape peninsula 2 years ago. The municipality squabbled with a company to desalinate seawater. Reservoirs hit rock-bottom 16% of capacity. Two thirds of that was unusable sludge. Municipalities saw their towns growing but never thought ahead about needing more reservoirs for storage. They CANNOT think ahead. The future ie tomorrow is too far away for consideration today. One African councillor blamed Whites for building reservoirs / dams too big instead of smaller ones which fill faster. They also drain out faster. Its always our fault.
The municipality claimed ZAR 50m from the company who counter claimed R20m or vice-versa. Next time there is a drought, who will desalinate ? The problem was that there were only 2 oceans available - the Atlantic and the Indian ocean (which I call the Pacific).
Unbelievably odd, I wouldn't have never guessed!
Countries with dictatorship laws invest all over the African continent is something really worrisome!
AS desolately as it sounds that's factual