The Republic of South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa gave his Human Rights Day Keynote Speech today in Sharpeville, exactly 58 years after the gruesome sight of the apartheid government blood-filled rage against protesters.Reflecting back on this, President Ramaphosa acknowledged that generally, South Africans still don't enjoy their rights.
Our country has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world which mostly affect the youth in a very tragic way. Our national energy utility has been rolling out power cuts after the other to avoid a national crisis of a full blown nationwide black out. The president addressed this realistically and admitted that Eskom has been going through a very dark and difficult period, which is affecting every aspect of life around the country.
Just as important as water and food, the president seemed to agree that electricity is as much of a human right and should be treated as such even thought it does not appear in our Bill of Rights. However, there has been progress; “In 1994, only 36% of the population had access to electricity. Today, 8 out of 10 South Africans have electricity in their homes. Yet, we are currently facing a severe energy crisis that is having a profound impact on the lives of our people and our economy,” he exclaimed.
The question on everyone's mind as Cape Townians is, how will the people and businesses of the city survive this and how long is it going to be? Lives have been turned upside down because of the load shedding. Businesses had to close down for extended periods of time. Our transportation system has been taking the full heat and the Mother City's entertainment venues have had to turn away patrons due to there being no power for the entertainment.
Are we going to survive this? Let us know in the comments.