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Re­spect in­sti­tu­tions

- Dr Ve­laphi Msi­mang Ma­pun­gubwe In­sti­tute for Strate­gic Re­flec­tion

SIR — The im­pend­ing on­set of nu­clear pro­cure­ment will have a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on the vi­sions ar­tic­u­lated in the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan and Con­sti­tu­tion. The con­fla­tion of this de­vel­op­ment with the po­lit­i­cal tsunami set off by the re­cent mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions is but one in­di­ca­tor of the wicked na­ture of the com­plex prob­lem with which SA Inc is con­fronted.

That a fledg­ling de­vel­op­men­tal state such as ours turns to the likes of the re­spected Dr Kelvin Kemm for ad­vice on state-driven nu­clear power, when he preaches mar­ket-based so­lu­tions in the case of the su­gar tax, clearly demon­strates state cap­ture by those who run with state hares and hunt with cor­po­rate hounds.

SA thus ends up try­ing to run away from her shadow in the name of fight­ing poverty, unem­ploy­ment and in­equal­ity. Such is the struc­ture of the wicked prob­lem con­fronting us, where the so­lu­tion wors­ens the prob­lem. How­ever, de­spite the deaf­en­ing si­lence of our tal­ented sys­tems thinkers on the dizzy­ing chaos evolv­ing daily, SA Inc has fi­nally demon­strated the ca­pa­bil­ity to put the pa­tient called the state in a prop­erly run men­tal asy­lum.

We can thus be con­fi­dent that Ci­ti­zen SA will col­lec­tively beat the busy pun­dits once again in the 2019 elec­tions, by pre­vail­ing with a bril­liant so­lu­tion. May we thus all con­tinue to safe­guard and en­hance the in­de­pen­dence of our Chap­ter 9 in­sti­tu­tions so the cen­tre does not dis­in­te­grate.

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