I'm not debating whether to go to the next social event of the year, this time I'm wondering whether it is worth staying in this country…
With the power crisis still ongoing, and it looks like that will be the norm for the future with the planning they're doing now. Eskom says it will take them 5 years to build enough power stations to fill the current gap, but in 5 years time, the demand will be higher, unless things take a turn for the worst, in which case it is not even worth debating this.
Then we have a looming water crisis, with 43% of the dams managed by the department of water affairs and forestry in dire need of maintenance because of safety problems and other issues. We have radio active materials contaminating the catchment areas of Johannesburg, which means we could already have affected meat and other foods on our tables.
Our education system is in shambles, with way too few pupils getting the required literacy & numeracy skills, never mind more advanced maths & science skills.
Most of the higher officials in our country believe they're above the law, with two cops getting suspended and being disciplined after arresting our ex-speaker for drunk driving, this while he is out on parole for worse crimes. Our police commissioner is a suspect for fraud & corruption, our president to be the same. And then they plan on disbanding the one independent law-enforcement unit that can still get them convicted, nice life.
Our brilliant government have managed to take our country deeper into the sewerage in just 12 years. And for the first five we had people in power that seemed a bit more competent than the current batch of government ministers, so how worried should we be for the things that are going to go wrong when these incompetent people's decisions become visible in 5 to 10 years time?
Don't get me wrong, I love this country. Even after getting robbed at gunpoint in 2006 while out cycling, I did not even contemplate leaving, but then I only had to worry about myself. Now I have a family to worry about, and honestly I don't see things improving very soon, and I could not lead my children into an uncertain future like this.
My question is, would you go, and if so where? What would your reasons be?