Lights out

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

The lights are going out all over Africa, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.” This, to the best of my knowledge, has not yet been said. (What the British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey said on the eve of the First World War was: “The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”) Sir Edward died in September 1933, so he saw some lights in his life-time. Perhaps Africa will be different, but neither Boko Haram, nor the Islamic Horde, nor African-American Barrack Hussein Obama will lit them again.

Lenin.1924electrificationNor will, for that matter, Jacob Zuma. The former economic powerhouse of Africa*, having ditched the oppressive apartheid twenty years ago, had to introduce rolling blackouts, called “load shedding”. The Economist – “South Africans now check electricity reports that read like weather broadcasts: There is a medium probability of load shedding today and tomorrow, with higher probability on Thursday and Friday.” … “South Africa has been there before. In 2008 it suffered a rash of blackouts that cost the country billions of rand. Little has changed.

No new power stations, no or minimal maintenance – the Green future, aided and abetted by incompetence and corruption.

President Jacob Zuma in his speech to the delegates of the Young Communist League congress in Cape Town said, “The problem is that energy was structured racially to serve a particular race, not the majority.”

His African National Congress party, in Tripartite Alliance with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) rules South Africa since 1994, but blame the whitey rhetoric works in South Africa just as well as in USA. Zuma joined the South African Communist Party in 1963, so he perhaps remembers all the famous teachings of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov alias Lenin, including Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country.” He is failing and Lenin must be turning in his glass coffin.quill.1

*/ In 2012 South Africa (population 54 million) received US $ 1,067 million in foreign aid. For comparison – Zimbabwe, former Rhodesia, (population 13 million) got US $ 1,001 million and Israel (population 8 million) got US $ 6,180 million.

P.S. Not related at all: “An audit in Sierra Leone has revealed that 30% of internal Ebola funds have not been properly accounted for.

According to an official report published on Friday, money was paid from various emergency accounts with no proper documentation such as receipts.

The auditors said that 25bn leones (£3.7m; $5.7m) worth of spending did not have supporting documentation.

Almost 23,000 people have been infected by the Ebola outbreak in west Africa since March 2014.

The audit report was published as Sierra Leone suffered a new setback on Friday with 700 houses in its coastal Aberdeen region quarantined, according to AFP news agency.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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2 Responses to Lights out

  1. Bob Burban says:

    It would behoove President Zuma and his cronies to reflect on the fact that coal and crude oil are black … not green … but black, and that natural gas is colorless. Shock, horror. Blaming others for your own incompetence and miscalculation is standard fare in politics and thievery of international aid is simply de rigeur.
    Countries such as Singapore, Switzerland and Taiwan that have no natural resources to speak of, can nowadays boast economies of enviable international standard, built by the brains and perspicacity of their own citizens. Yet South Africa with its’ treasure trove of gold, diamonds, manganese, platinoids and human capital cries poor … blaming ‘whitey’ is an easy fallback, a slam-dunk to mollify the chronically stupid international set, whose minds are untrammeled by any form of thought process. These whining, self-serving buffoons cannot imagine that the real consequence of their larcenous incompetence has been a fatal hemorrhagic brain-drain, germinated in the fields of doubt sown by their own hand.

  2. Anthony Lumier says:

    “Johannesburg – Eskom (electricity) has to reduce the number of white engineers by 1 081 and white artisans by 2 179 in order to comply with strict new government requirements, according to a report by specialist labour writer Jan de Lange in the Sunday newspaper Rapport.

    The new directives require embattled Eskom, the best performing public enterprise in the affirmative action race, to ensure that these two key job categories become “completely reflective of the national and regional demographics” by 2020.

    Some 6 530 people, of whom 30% or 1 786 are white, currently occupy “professional and mid-management” positions at Eskom. “

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