Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Cost of energy in South Africa...myths debunked.
Who would have thought listening to the typical lacking of context criticism Eskom, the South African electricity provider gets that in fact South Africa is an a brilliant and economical producer of electricity.
South Africans truly are the undisputed world champions of complaining and whinging about sweet F-all. When a South African's lips are moving, especially a white person's you can be sure of two almost certain things.
1) They are complaining.
2) They are not in possession of the actual facts.
Take the following assumptions that South Africans make about our electricity production.
1) It is sub par.
2) It is expensive.
Now if you are South African you are reading that in a matter of fact way and nodding your head in agreement. What's scary about that is that you are so dimensionally wrong as even the most laziest research into reality would easily expose.
Let's take a look at the first premise.
1) South African electricity production is sub par.
Now lets' qualify that statement. What is sub par ? Does South Africa the worlds 25th biggest economy produce less electricity than it should ?
No.South Africa is the worlds 15th largest electricity producer. That despite being only the worlds 24th most populated country.
So really that's nonsense. S.A is performing well above par in producing electricity.
Now to the second wrong belief : S.A's electricity is expensive. This is so wrong it's laughable. S.A has some of the cheapest electricity in the world. That despite being a developing country. S.A in fact produces cheaper electricity than all except China of the Brics economies and the average income far exceeds that of China making it of course relatively cheaper.
Next petrol. South Africans shit their pants about our petrol price. Here's when a little perspective can help them not feel so uniquely and individually raped like spoiled little brats. South Africa's petrol price is again very low for a developing country with only India slightly cheaper in the brics economies. Put that into perspective that South Africa has basically no natural oil reserves and is geographically very poorly situated to gain cheap access to it. You'd really expect us to have very expensive fuel.
So there you go cry babies. Stop feeling so sorry for yourselves and taking everything so damn personally as if as a South African you are exposed to special kind of suffering. Nobody likes someone who has it better than most and yet can do nothing but moan. Shut up.
Posted by The Rooster at 09:28