Many procurement ills to treat before jabs can be rolled out
Kuseni Dlamini’s column, “Prescription for pandemic cure is state-business partnership” (May 2), refers. Our procurement and rollout have hardly been commendable, and blaming the rest of the world is a cop-out.
The government was slow off the mark to react to procurement of vaccines, and its attitude with suppliers was ignorant and arrogant in wishing for preferential treatment at a price acceptable to its bankrupt means.
Private entities and business have offered their assistance and cooperation often and with generosity, only to receive a cool reception.
The cost to our country in terms of lost lives and tourism revenue continues to escalate, thanks to an ineffective and morally corrupt government. Russell Hendry, on businessLIVE
Keeping an impossible dream aloft It would be far easier to get a brick to fly than to keep Mango and SA
Airways in the sky.
I resent my tax being used for funding this impossible dream. Or is it a nightmare?
Anthony Quinn, on businessLIVE
A state corporation is, by definition, meant to operate or be created when market failures mean there is no other operator in that space.
Does this pertain to Mango, the (relatively) better managed of SA’s state-owned airlines? No. There are at least three other private low-cost airlines operating on all the same routes as Mango (Safari, Kulula, Lift), as well as Airlink and BA.
It is time to put this business out of its misery. Its hard-working employees can be absorbed by other airlines, and taxpayers can be spared funding it yet again. Brain Trust, on businessLIVE
Sapo: if we can’t do it, no-one can The reason courier companies are being used is because parcels sent through the South African Post Office (Sapo) take forever, if they get delivered at all.
Now Sapo wants a monopoly on a service it can’t actually provide.
Can you imagine how nerveracking it would be to send your passport through Sapo for a visa application?
Justin Brown, on businessLIVE
Eskom’s bright sparks in numbers
Eskom pays an average salary of R785K a year … and it produces the same power it did 15 years ago.
And it is overstaffed by at least 10,000 people, who are “demanding” a 15% increase when the utility is fast destroying the economy and more than likely holds the record for the world’s most corrupt organisation.
Eish. Souf Efrikan, on businessLIVE