Counsel

Counsel

2020

How will $4.3 billion USD disappear?

Last year when the news about Wuhan’s coronavirus surfaced, we were busy celebrating winning the Rugby world cup. Did no-one guess that our public health system needed to be ready for an influx of mass infections of the pulmonary kind? How did a whole year go by, with the economy having been tanked as it was on the aftermath of the capture-festival, involving 6 months of limited and highly constrained economic activity, for us to get the stage where the public health system is overburdened as it is with coronavirus infections. Where is the compensation from the decision-makers to the people? Read more “How will $4.3 billion USD disappear?”

2020

It is time

It is time to trim the fat. To reduce the amount we spend on salaries and wages. To reduce the amount we spend on purchases and expenses. That is very simply that the public sector wage bill needs to be halved. That the public sector expenditure bill needs to be halved and that the provision from the public purse for the operation of government and the public sector needs to be halved. Read more “It is time”

2020

My racism

My editor thinks I’m a racist, I can hear her thoughts when she reads my work
She feels that my bigotry shows, when I pen words that disparage the broad church
My political party doesn’t believe in racism, in fact its liberal hue condemns
The very notion of discrimination, upholding the sovereignty of individuals instead Read more “My racism”

2020

Expanded social grants system

It is my contention that South Africa can afford an expanded social grants system that goes beyond the existing provisions for child-care, disability, old-age and military veterans. Indeed, we have been told by the Brettenwoods institutions that we must not spend on social services, and that public services should be privatized. I have always been a proponent of private ownership and the private sector, believing firmly that district, provincial and national government should only legislate and govern; while municipal government should legislate, govern and provide public services. That is logical given that people live in municipalities and that the other systems of government are intangible constructs created out of a need to solve a problem or out of convenience.

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2020

$20

I live my life at the barrel of a gun
Forever this one or that summons someone
There are so many claims that are made against me
One wonders whether I owe or I am a blessing Read more “$20”