Africa’s oldest postal system destroyed

The very first overseas post office came to being in Southern Africa, namely at Mossel Bay, long even before the Dutch established their trading and replenishing post in the Cape of Good Hope, now known as Cape Town, with the landing of Jan van Riebeeck in 1652.
The modern history of Mossel Bay began on 3 February 1488, when the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias landed with his men in Mossel Bay where they found a spring from which to replenish their water supplies, not even realising that they actually have rounded the Cape of Storms, as it was known in those years.
In 1501 Portuguese navigator, Pedro d’Ataide, sought shelter in Mossel Bay after losing much of his fleet in a storm. Pedro d’Ataide left an account of the disaster hidden in an old shoe which he suspended from a milkwood tree near the spring from which Dias had drawn his water. The report was found by the explorer to whom it was addressed, João da Nova, and the tree served as a kind of post office for decades thereafter.
This was the beginning of the best postal system in the African continent but is currently rated as non functional due to bad management and the power of unions to strike whenever there is a dispute over salaries.
This is why the government finds itself in a deficit position with not enough income to keep the economy going.
With the medium term budget presented to parliament they are going to enforce heavier taxes on the 20% of the population that pays taxes, of which 75% is paid by individual and small business owners. Together with this civil servants’ salaries will be increased notwithstanding what the minister had to say about it in his budget speech.
It is a real shame how the unions act, not being worried about destroying institutions that renders a service to all in South Africa. Unfortunately the ANC’s fear of losing the support of these unions, who put them in power, causes the destruction of all infrastructure and services in this country.
First to go was the best railway system in the whole of Africa. This lead to freight being carried by extra heavy vehicles on roads that were designed for light to medium weight vehicles.
Their aim is now set on the South African Airways where they pump in millions of rand because management has been for years dysfunctional. In fact, all state owned entities’ management departments are dysfunctional. Most of the executive personnel are incompetent to do their jobs, forcing them to appoint consultants, who eventually get paid more than the actual official appointed for the job, as there are a few more loops for tenderpreneurs to scoop some money before the job is eventually allocated to a specific company.
This is the sector to stimulate, to create more jobs and increase the total tax payable in this manner. Unfortunately government do not have the insight to cut their own expenses in order to meet their commitments and make the budget balance.
A few simple actions can be taken (which they will never do). Firstly, reduce the top heavy service by firing everybody found guilty of corruption or who is not qualified to do the job he is supposed to do. This will lead to less corruption and an increase in productivity. Secondly, and most important, appoint competent people to do the work, and thirdly, remove all politics from civil service providers.