Saturday, 3 February 2018

MInister of Water And Sanitation speaks at the Press Club - 31st January 2018

I attended the urgently called Cape Town Press Club Breakfast with Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, the Minister of Water and Sanitation, on a Sunday morning. I think this was the first time that the Press Club Hosted a lecture on a Sunday. One should note that Nomvula means "Mother of Rain". And Nomvula believes that the rain will save us. She is almost exactly one year older than me, and she has a Certificate in Emerging Economics from Wharton Business School and a Certificate of Local Government & Provincial Law from Sweden. She came into the ANC via the Communist Party and her speech and answers to questions raised from the audience reflected her training. Considering that she was the Premier of Gauteng, she should have known exactly what Premier Zille should be doing, but she had no advice for our Premier whatsoever.

I sat with Premier Helen Zille and had the honour to meet a young lady from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation, who is here for 2 months researching the Water Crisis.

I had one question for Premier Zille, who said "call me Helen". I asked if she knew was a Maximus was? She said it is actually called a Mandamus. I asked her if she was going to use her Constitutional Power to declare a State of Emergency in the Western Cape and she said that she is working on it. Watch this space. In the next week, we are going to see massive change in the Western Cape and it won't be coming from the absolutely no current party.

Sanitation implies Sane (you are sane once you have cleaned up your mess), but Mokonyane and her assistant ran the usual program: "we are working on it; we must form a committee; we have the best people in the world; our laws are the most elegant and up to date in the world" etc. For a decade, since I started listening to this Government Greenwashing in 2008, I have heard this stuff, but no Tachlis, no Action, no listening to the experts. Which is to be expected in a Communist Country that believes that all information and money must go via the Centre. Jacob and Pat learnt their skills in the old Soviet Union. The Soviet Union became the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) with Russia as its biggest State. The Soviet Union changed and moved to the Right. But Jacob and Pat remained where they were, trained in an out of date system and has no place in a 21st Century Distributed World.

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