Our country – the negatives

Sorry – another negative post – but I have to put it down somewhere…..

Electricity supplier – shambles but the top people get bonuses even though all projects are behind schedule and electricity supply is turning into a great unknown. Never mind that the price of electricity is going up all the time. And we never know when we’ll have a power cut due to lack of maintenance of cable theft or wet coal etc.

Water – currently still OK in the cities but not so much in smaller towns and for how long. How long before the water is dangerous for consumption and the price for water increases like it does for electricity.

Post office – what is that? Why have it?

SAA – being bailed out constantly with my tax money thanks to inefficient management and too many employees – something like 30% more employees as a percentage of turnover than 20 years ago and still the top people will get bonuses.

The Independent Electoral Commission – a shortlisted candidate that was told off because her CV had so many spelling mistakes and she didn’t know what the job entails. How did she get on the short list in the first place? And she is a lawyer – once again proof of our education standards.

Nkandla – need I say more? And now the reports that the fence that we paid millions for with our tax money is in disrepair because the contractor that build the fence didn’t know how to build a fence. More tax money to get another inept person to repair the fence again and again and again.


The level of education – I see the effects of the inferior education every day – people saying that they have Matric and they can’t even complete a simple form with the details on.

The sense of entitlement – we want an university education for free and accommodation for free and food for free and the degree without working for it.

General lawlessness.

And the thing that irks me most at the moment. The expectation that we have to help out all the time. It took us months and months to decided to buy a generator and we had to save for it as well. We bought one of the smallest ones because of the cost to run it and the initial capital outlay. And then our gardener came to Hubby and ask if he can borrow it and this was after Hubby caught him red handed stealing from us AGAIN! Well he was fired on the spot. And now? Now we are scared that he is going to come back and retaliate.

How is it normal to live in a society where you have to be scared of somebody because it is just so easy to rape, murder and pillage. How is it normal that the biggest criteria for a worker is not how well they work or how qualified they are for a job but at least they are honest and they don’t steal or at least they don’t steal a lot!

Rhino poaching – I know this is a global problem but if we had efficient border controls and efficient policing it would’ve been so much harder to poach a rhino! More than a thousand rhinos poached this year alone!!

Farm murders – research has shown that it takes 8 years for a farm to be as productive as the day that the farmer was murdered! 8 years! How is it possible to even think that murdering a farmer is going to solve rising food prices and will correct the imbalance in land ownership. All that is happening is that food is getting more and more expensive, we have to import food and who will suffer the most? The poorest of the poor.

Social grants and tax payers – 16 million social grants a month and only about 5 million tax payers? That sum can’t work even if you don’t take into account that billions of tax money is being misused – Nkandla and Madupi to name just two.

Zuma – nothing more needs to be said about this.

Littering, pot holes, beggars, illegal immigrants, rape, child abuse, rampant lawlessness – just look at how many people skip traffic lights all the time, bribes, corruption.

And so the list can go on and on and on.

It breaks my heart but I’m ready to leave…

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5 Responses to Our country – the negatives

  1. halberts2014 says:

    I hear you on Eskom and the bonuses the fatcats get. Don’t you get bonuses for a job well done???? At least in PE we don’t seem to have cable theft (manhole cover theft ja) and they seem to be sticking to their loadshedding schedule. I wish though that they would put traffic officers at the mad intersections though.
    I hear this morning that they are raising the pass rates in education, but what of the quality. After our recent orientation at a so called “private, internationally accepted” school I wonder myself.
    Yep, we want we want we want, bugger working for it.
    Our current government is “building” a lazy society. We want everything but we don’t want to work for anything.
    There are too few good people in the world to make a noticeable difference.
    I hear all your points and agree with them, but, saying that, everywhere has it’s problems, murder, crime, etc. We just don’t hear as much of it as we do of our own.
    I feel like I’ve said this before, but perhaps the grass is greener on the other side because there is more shit over there
    Hugs RM

    • runnermum says:

      Ahhh the voice of reason Helen! You sound like Hubby. He still firmly believes that this is the best country for us. And since he travels a LOT, I suppose I should believe him.

      • halberts2014 says:

        You just never know what you are leaving for. There are still some good things about SA. Not all is ruined and we still have many things to be thankful for.
        We have a wonderful “garden assistant” hehe, who has been with us for 14 years and he has never stolen a thing, always pitches for work and works really hard during the week. My “domestic goddess” as well, has never taken anything and never asks for anything. She has missed 1 days work in 5 years.
        It is a pity that you have to be careful of everyone nowadays. No matter what colour their skin, anyone could be harmful, thieving.

  2. Oh I hear every thing you say but to me, the worst of all is that sense of entitlement – it is the driving force behind almost all the other points.

    And truth to be said, there is a lot to live for here – but you need to know where you need to be

    • runnermum says:

      Ohh gosh I can’t believe I forgot about the sense of entitlement!

      You know – I’m busy making the list of the positives and in a way it still outweighs the negatives.

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