ERNST VAN ZYL: State’s dismal track record shows NHI will be a costly failure
The governing ANC has damaged all SOEs and thus cannot be given any shiny new toys until it demonstrates it can look after the ones it has
An effective challenge for people who compulsively buy new books is to only allow themselves to buy a new one for every three they read. I believe this principle should be applied to the ANC government as well. From SAA to Eskom, the Post Office, the SABC and public education the government has demonstrated a consistent inverted Midas touch when it comes to running state-owned enterprises (SOEs).
If we are to continue down this big government/big spending path — which I cannot see being abandoned in the near future — the least South Africans can do is demand of the state that it demonstrate a clear ability to look after its toys before it is given any expensive new ones. ..