Ramaphosa’s ‘new dawn’ is bleak


Rise Mzansi notes with growing concern the rising levels of load shedding that South Africans have been subjected to over the past week.

Phase 4 kicked in shortly after pres. Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his state of the nation address and was further elevated indefinitely to phase 6 at midnight.

“It is unbelievable, but also the reality, that South African families, communities and businesses are expected to live thriving and productive lives while they are without power for almost 12 hours in a 24-hour cycle,” says Makashule. Gana, main organizer of Rise Mzansi.

“The government has failed to contain a 17-year-long crisis. On the contrary, for almost two decades – the largest part of our democracy – load-shedding has progressively worsened – despite numerous lies by various politicians that one of the biggest restrictions on economic activity will be removed.”

The country is moving backwards, says Gana.

“The political establishment either doesn’t care, or he doesn’t know what he’s doing – but it’s probably a combination of the two.”

Gana says the so-called “new dawn” that Ramaphosa promised at the start of his term has failed. Six years have been wasted and it is now time for new leadership.

Rise Mzansi says the ANC must be defeated at the polls because those who were responsible for Eskom’s downfall in the first place cannot be expected to rebuild it.

And then Eskom must be straightened out.

“No economy can grow if there is no power. We will cancel all inflated, corrupt contracts and replace them with properly priced, clean contracts to save Eskom money. That money will be invested in new, less carbon-intensive power generation and transmission lines to stem future load shedding,” says Gana.

The party also suggests using cheap international financing to produce solar power and to train young people on how to install and maintain these systems.

“One of the choices that South Africans must make on voting day is whether the country needs more wasted years and higher phases of load-shedding, or rather a progressive country where the lights stay on, the business sector grows and jobs are created.”