Nutshelled – Past & Present
In the words of Dr. Anthony Turton…
What shocks me is the rate of de-industrialization in SA. Remember that just 25 years ago:
- We had specialist entities like USCO that made sophisticated steel used for example in gun barrels;
- We were leaders in oil from coal;
- We were the only producer of steel in Africa at Iscor;
- We made copper cables at African Cables;
- There was more energy concentration in a 100 Sq km area in Vereeniging than in any other African country’s entire energy usage per hour
- Samancor produced specialist alloy feedstock and Stewart’s and Lloyd’s manufactured a range of sophisticated products of great precision like pumps
- Dorbyl fabricated heavy engineering components;
- On the military side we were nuclear capable and on the threshold of weaponizing nuclear warheads exactly like North Korea is doing today.
All of this was possible – and I am not saying it was good or bad to be nuclear capable – only because we had sophisticated technical capacity.
In two decades that world class capacity has been lost and raw sewage now floods the basements of buildings.
The collapse has been total and rapid.
The epicenter of the most concentrated form of primary production on the African continent has been wiped out with one sweep.
The country that pioneered heart transplants now breeds new pathogens that are likely to create a health catastrophe of unprecedented proportions.
This speaks to the inability of a liberation movement to govern.
This is a shocking truth that few want to admit.
The army that just 25 years ago produced the most sophisticated artillery, and which was at a stage considered the most advanced military force in the world after Israel and which saw the creation of an attack helicopter equal to the Apache, is now retreating from Emfuleni unable to execute the mission given to it last year.
Dr Anthony Turton
Environmental Advisor | Speaker | Author
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Thank you, Dr. Turton, for this eloquent summation of whence we came from and where we find ourselves now!
And then there was Someone’s Dream…
A look at the R11 billion city planned on the Vaal River
In 2015, the Gauteng government revealed its plans to build South Africa’s first “post-apartheid” city along the Vaal River with the R11 billion Vaal City Project.
The new city, which was unveiled by Gauteng Premier David Makhura in May 2015, will be located in Gauteng’s southern corridor, within the Sedibeng district. It will have access to key roads that link up to Sasolburg, Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging.
The area has a rich history and is the home of the liberation struggle as the area was the site of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, the Boipatong massacre in 1992 as well as Vaal uprisings in 1984. This space is also the site where Nelson Mandela signed the final draft of the constitution into law at Sharpeville, Vereeniging on 10 December 1996.
Described as South Africa’s “first post-apartheid” city, the development will house 400,000 square metres of commercial office space; 60,000 square metres of retail and leisure component; 20 hectares of park areas – including a bird sanctuary; and 5,000 residential units.
Read the full story here: A look at the R11 billion city planned on the Vaal River
What about the other 245-odd THOUSAND Other Households?
If the dream of a River City will only cater for 5000 ‘elitist’ residents, we can safely assume that the remaining Residents and Ratepayers of Emfuleni will be left to flounder in the squalor and chaos created by decades of mismanagement and corruption (and the very same proponents of this Elitist Dream).
Was it orchestrated?
Will these 5,000 Elitists be happy with 245,000 ‘squatters’ surrounding them? pOf course not! So, what will become of these ‘squatters’? Only your imagination may answer that question – Sweet, happy nightmares!
No, no, NO!!!
We, the Residents and Ratepayers of Emfuleni, of all races, creeds, cultures and backgrounds (including the previously advantaged and disadvantaged, because we are all being disadvantaged now…), we stand united in ONE QUEST:
Restore the Dignity, Self Respect and Right to Basic Services to all 250-odd thousand Residents and ratepayers of Emfuleni!
And it is NOT going to take the measly R11-billion to build your little glass castle, Mr. David Makhura; it is going to take at least R1-trillion to fix the neglect, mismanagement and corruption cause by a democratically elected government.
Let’s Embrace the Future Together
There are ‘enlightened’ powers at work at the highest levels, nationally and internationally, that are canvassing the plight of Emfuleni, lobbying for global support to realize the promises enshrined in the PPGI (Public/Private Growth Initiative), which now includes Water and Sanitation, and targeting the formalization of a proposed SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) to enable Water Sector Projects to be contracted with the state, mostly local government, where these entities are currently not bankable.
The SPV approach is well proven internationally as a solution to ring-fence risks. Water Shortage SA is busy organizing the SA Water Sector, among other things in the PPGI, so that water related projects (like Emfuleni) can be made bankable after two decades of decline. “We anticipate making progress in organizing the Water Sector over the rest of this year”, says Water Shortage SA CEO, Benoît Le Roy.
So, where do we go from here?
We need to throw our support behind these people that are doing stellar work (nationally and internationally!) and support the quest to fix the calamities left in the wake of distressed and dysfunctional public services.
It will Not Help to continue screaming and shouting, or even to throw bricks and stones (and bombs) at a governmental structure that don’t understand nor care about anything other than their own (pockets).
Unstoppable Movement for Positive Change
The UMPC (Unstoppable Movement for Positive Change) is a concept that will be launched soon, and one which ERPA is fully committed to. We need a vision for a better world – one filled with hope rather than alarmism – so that different entities can each do their own thing but align with the concept of the UMPC.
- Unstoppable – A tsunami so powerful that Government must listen.
- Movement – Alignment with a movement. A movement is bigger than an individual because it represents an idea for a better future. Being part of a movement protects front-line activists from being targeted by vested interests that resist change. A movement has no single leader, just many entities each aligned but focussing on the core issue that is important to them.
- Positive – People respond well to an inspirational vision, so the foundation is about healthy lifestyles that cut across all traditionally divisive messaging found in politics.
- Change – Reject the status quo as being a road to disaster and demand change for the better. But change within the framework of the law. The law must be applied without fear or favour, rejecting vigilantism that seeks to enforce the law. Simply put: Government must govern properly so that the citizenry doesn’t demand regime change, just a change in attitude.