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Government Taking a New Tack on Drugs

Government has been fighting the drug war for years, and as is true for many things they have done since coming into power, not made much of an impact at all. Now, they have taken the latest crime statistics to heart and are pushing hard to rid SA of the drugs killing its residents, from ‘tik’ to ‘dagga’ and even the new drug du jour, ‘nyaope’, a mixture of heroin and marijuana.

So how are they going to do it? Well, Peter Ucko, the chair of marketing for the CDA has stated that rather than focus just on prevention, the government will plug more money into cures, that is, open more rehab centres around the country. But will it be enough? The range of private drug abuse centres around the country is a large one, especially in Joburg and Cape Town, but for those who are earning R3000 a month, paying R25 000 a month to get clean is not an option.

Well, we can’t comment on the efficacy of Government’s plan, but one thing that is making waves is awareness, and this has come to the fore lately with a South African documentary maker and his series of short films about Fietas, a local town inhabited by drug dealers and abusers.

Gauteng E-tolls – E-xciting or E-nsane

Gauteng E-tolls - E-xciting or E-nsane“E-tolls should not be seen as a pest, but rather appreciated for the world-class infrastructure they made possible.”

Since hearing Gwede Mantashe, the Secretary General of the ANC say these words, Gautengers have been even angrier about e-tolls than they were when the concept was first emerged approximately four years ago. With more cases coming to light of people being billed and debited for e-tolls, despite the fact that they haven’t registered or even bought devices, the whole e-toll saga is going southbound fast.

And what does the President have to say about it? “We can’t think like Africans in Africa generally. We’re in Johannesburg, this is Johannesburg. It’s not some national road in Malawi.” Classy Jacob, real classy. Thanks for taking democracy back about 20 years.

So people are pissed, and the government is telling them to ‘appreciate’ the infrastructure and ‘not act like Africans’, but what is actually being done? It seems that Cosatu is the only semi-political body doing anything about the chaos, and was reported as planning go-slows starting today. The people have an opportunity to protest too, by simply not buying the e-tags (though this doesn’t guarantee you won’t be billed).

But in the midst of this insanity, what is the ‘toll’ being taken by consumers? Think about it – Sanral is paying about R25 million a month in payment of its debts to operator ETC. We know that the money is not coming from the sale of Nkandla, or from the big bonuses government is refusing to take. So where is it coming from? Duh, your pocket!

The funniest part of this stupid saga is that if the system is not implemented soon, it will be up for tender in 2018. That means more costs for consumers and higher taxes.

Though we’re doing the best we can to protest both actively and passively, the government is gung-ho about getting the system going. What will happen next can’t even be predicted because honestly, where the hell do we go from here?

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E-tolls Will Raise Car Rental Prices Too

Raise Car Rental Prices Too

If you’ve been wondering how the E-tolls will affect you on a daily basis, we have a little more irritating news for you. According to a popular news website, the price of rental cars is going to increase by about 10% too.

Though the final figures still need to be confirmed, it has been predicted that anyone renting a car will have to pay a great deal more, since the cars will all be e-tagged. So on top of the actual rental price, petrol and insurance, now you’ll have to pay for e-tolls when you go on holiday too.

We’re wondering what’s next on the price hike prediction list. Maybe bicycles will need to be e-tagged. After all, cyclists use the road too. And what about runners, walkers and all the people who take their dogs out for a pleasant stroll on a Sunday afternoon? While these examples may seem ridiculous, we don’t think they’re any more ridiculous than the e-tolls themselves.

The Buzz Around The ANC Billboards

Last week, the world of social media was all abuzz about the e-tolls billboards that had apparently been funded by a mysteriuous private citizen. The billboards, claiming “E-tolls. Proudly brought to you by the ANC”, were quite brilliant in their execution. Why? Because most people hate e-tolls and thus hate the ANC. For the ANC to go against these billboards would reveal they had no faith in e-tolls either. Can you say Catch-22 boys and girls?

Now it has come to light that these billboards were a desperate attempt by the DA to discredit the ANC, and for the most part, they appear to have worked. When we finally stop laughing at both the DA’s desperation and the ANC’s blundering attempts to defend its e-toll position, we’re going to watch the political field a little more closely. After all, if they’re resorting to dirty tactics, we know entertainment is coming our way.



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