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With regard to E Wright’s letter (nose235) and your editorial response: I defend your columnists’ freedom of licence, even if it means the pejorative usage of “Jesus” in his Noseweek column, although it’s hardly brave; Jesus is a safe target.
My guess is that your writer would be a lot more cautious of exercising such freedom across the board – think of a comparable reference to Islam, for example. Given the above, I found your response facile and limp.
Voting for Cyril
The election posters asking people to vote for Cyril Ramaphosa should have been declared illegal – as you were not voting for Ramaphosa.
I’m not bluffed by Cyril Ramaphosa and his New Dawn and Thuma Mina: He always voted to support Zuma and actually claimed he knew nothing.
He also did not fix anything at the SOEs in the three years he was in charge. He is not the man to serve the country and let the people guide him.
Shooting down the Gatling
I am dead against South Africa buying those M134D Gatling miniguns. Johan Erasmus [former National Intelligence agent-turned-arms dealer], please!
Killer Quantum taxis
Virtually every step was compromised by an incompetent administration that just doesn’t care.
Eskom and centralisation of power
Having noted that the national government is responsible for bulk supply through Eskom – which generates about 90% of South Africa’s electricity – and that the national government is also responsible for transmitting electricity across the country to the major distribution centres, Helen Zille claims: “We have a game changer for the power supply problem – now we must implement it.”
From Enron to Eskom it has become clear that the real problem is the centralisation of power – pun intended. We will make no progress while this critical resource remains under the control of bureaucrats. Advanced economies have long since recognised this fact by breaking up and privatising the monolithic monopolies that were originally created to raise the capital required for centralised power systems. The DA does not address this problem but merely claims that it would provide a better bureaucracy than the ANC.
Modern technology reduces the need for these gargantuan financial and physical structures. South Africa is among the top ten countries in the world for its per capita solar power-producing potential, only behind sparsely populated countries such Mongolia and Namibia.
The cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation of electricity now rivals traditional energy sources, and its downward trend is likely to continue into the future. As important, however, is that PV can scale to fit the size of demand. This enables one to adopt a bottom up, decentralised, model.
However PV is seen by municipalities as a threat, not an opportunity. They rely on a dwindling pool of consumers that they can force to pay their outrageous electricity tariffs. They seek to regulate and extract revenues from investments in
PV made by their citizens without adding any value. For example, Cape Town charges an extraordinary R10,000 for a meter to measure and credit surplus PV energy at a derisory rate. This is money that would be much better spent on additional solar capacity.
We are on the cusp of a massive disruption in the way that electrical power is financed, generated, distributed and consumed. Just as telecommunication by land line has virtually disappeared in the past decade we can expect, given the correct policies, a similar revolution in power supply.
Municipalities must look beyond their narrow desire for revenues to enable a sustainable future. Private capital is available to fund this disruption with such policies in place. Otherwise history shows that revolting taxes will lead to tax revolt.
Leaving on a jet plane
Sorry guys and gals but will not be renewing. Leaving this shithole country.
The less I hear about it, the better I will feel.
Give it six months and you’ll be missing us. – Ed.
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