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We all know it’ll be painful fixing SAA, Eskom ... except Cyril ...


We all know it’ll be painful fixing SAA, Eskom ... except Cyril and Gordhan

The president and public enterprises minister are still playing political games instead of taking brave decisions


SA’s bloated, money-guzzling, incompetent and collapsing state-owned enterprises will not be fixed without pain. There will be pain for workers, such as those at Eskom, because there is no way you can fix that entity without shedding jobs. There will be pain for ordinary South Africans and owners of small and large business because you cannot fix Eskom’s power supply without the load-shedding we are currently experiencing.

There will be a lot of pain for a long time. This does not apply to just Eskom. The SA civil service is bloated, incompetent, inefficient and way too expensive. It has to be trimmed or else government finances will remain a risk to the country. There will be pain.

There is nothing that President Cyril Ramaphosa and his team can do to fix this broken country without inflicting and enduring the pain that is needed. Yet it is becoming clear that, while many South Africans are ready to go through pain so that the country can be fixed, Ramaphosa and public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan are not...

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