ELECTRIC CARS FOR SOUTH AFRICA? MAYBE, BUT...
So much has been published about the bene ts of full electric cars but there is a downside to all this hype. First World progress could become a Third World disaster if we ignore the consequences of such progress in countries such as ours. As much as we would all like to see electric hook-ups all over our beloved country, I doubt if anybody has ever tried to document the nal impact it would have in terms of our (un)employment.
What happened to our rail transport? Rail networks do not employ a huge number of people, so it was discontinued in favour of thousands of big trucks instead, damaging our roads, but it provides employment to thousands. The government supports people, not the country.
I am not an electric specialist nor a politician but I can foresee huge issues when petrol stations start to close down and eventually petrol attendants become obsolete, to mention just one possible scenario.
Service stations will become small electric stations without the need to drain oil and whatever is necessary to keep petrol and diesel cars humming. Again, more people will become unemployed. What about all those companies that manufacture things like exhausts, radiators, etc. All of these will either reduce staff or just have to close down. The end result would be more unemployed people, more strikes and more crime.