Monday, January 25, 2010

Now here's a story to blow your mind......trouble is it's ALL TRUE !!!!!!


Read Carefully and Weep.

In the new South Africa, to qualify as a Doctor, you are required to study and pass exams for five years and then do a two year internship at a hospital. You are then fully qualified, but you still cannot practise because the Medical Council will not grant you a license until you have completed two years "community service" in one of the state hospitals.The Department of Health decides where you should be posted for your two ears of community service - it can be to any state hospital in the country. The reason for this is that there is a critical shortage of doctors in South Africa , particularly in the rural areas. These trained and qualified doctors earn just over R7000 per month, before deductions - about R2000 a month less than a police constable with three weeks training...

The Doctors went on strike because the Department of Health promised them an "Occupation Specific Dispensation", which would have effectively doubled their salaries, just over two years ago. Unfortunately they have still not received the "Occupation Specific Dispensation" after two years because the Department of Health can't figure out how to implement the administration of it...

Meanwhile, despite the chronic shortage of Doctors, the thousands of them that went on strike to voice their dissatisfaction have all been fired. They are now in a catch 22 situation. They cannot get a license to practise, because they haven't completed two years internship, and they can't complete their internship because they have been fired.
Naturally they do what any sane doctor would do under the circumstances - they leave the country and practise happily as good, well-trained, productive doctors in some foreign land - where they earn a salary commensurate with their qualifications.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, the public bus service in Durban has closed down, leaving thousands of daily commuters with no way to get to work or home again. It has closed because it is insolvent. How on earth did that happen?

The public bus service was run and operated by the city municipality from 1912 until 2007. It did receive subsidies from the City, but these were recovered from the Government and not from the ratepayers. In essence the public transport system ran at a profit sufficient for it to replace its own vehicles as needed.

In 2007 the City Council decided that it was illegal for them to operate the public transport under the new Constitution - it had to be run and operated privately by someone from the previously disadvantaged community.

The City Manager, Dr Mike Sutcliffe, then sold the public transport operation to a private company named Remnant Alton (Pty) Ltd for R70 million. This sum also included the route operating licenses and all the vehicles, equipment and buildings in Alice Street where the buses were garaged, serviced and repaired. So far so good.

Remnant Alton (Pty) Ltd immediately sold off the buses, (mostly new vehicles), one by one, to independent "owner-operators" contracted to Remnant Alton. An owner-operator would drive their bus over allocated routes, collect the fares and use the bus garage in Alice Street as a facility for maintaining the bus. They would also buy their spares and diesel from Remnant Alton (Pty) Ltd.

By the end of 2008 most of the buses were in such poor condition they were unsafe. Broken down buses were the order of the day, and the service to commuters was a shambles. Remnant Alton (Pty) Ltd approached the City Council for help, and the City Council lent them R40 million at a very low interest rate to restore the bus service. This was in March 2009.

At the beginning of April 2009 Remnant Alton (Pty) Ltd went into liquidation and ceased all operations. The R40 million was "gone", so the City Council seized the company. The 1500 "owner-operators" then took the Council - as the new owners of the business - to the labour court, and won their case.

The Council was ordered to compensate them with the same income they would have received had the service continued operating until the end of their contracts. Naturally the R40 million "loan" plus the award to the owner-operators comes out of Council revenue, paid by the ratepayers of Durban.

Now the Council, who suddenly decide that it is NOT illegal to operate the bus company, spends a fortune on buying new buses and restoring the transport service to its former state. Nobody yet knows what this has cost - the bills are still coming in. But suddenly there is a "whoops".

The Council can't run the buses, because it sold the licenses to operate over the routes to Remnant Alton (Pty) Ltd. No problem. Just buy them back. Remnant Alton was willing to sell them back to the council, and the council was willing to buy them back. The only teensy weeny problem is that Remnant Alton (Pty) Ltd had sold them to its Managing Director (an Indian - how did you know?) and he wanted slightly more for them than what Remnant Alton had originally paid. After tough negotiations the council beat him down to a lower price and bought the route licenses back for R45 million. Yes, that's right. R45 million.

OK. On the income side, the ratepayers scored R70 million when the bus company was originally sold.

Now, on the debit side, they have an unrecoverable loan of R40 million, written off Plus the cost of restoring the company to a good operating standard - say another R100 million Plus the cost of buying the route licenses back - R45 million Plus the cost of recompensing the owner-operators - 1500 of them, for four months at R8000 per month each = R48 million (note: more than a doctor earns)

So the total cost to ratepayers is R233 million less R70 million = R163 million.

Well, its a lot of money, but at least we will have a working bus service back.

Now here is the real kicker. The Council says it doesn't have the capacity to operate the bus company, so it will be looking for a private company to operate it in the future - and they have found the perfect candidate.

Yep. You guessed it. They are GIVING it away, lock, stock and barrel, completely FREE, to.....

Wait for it......

Remnant Alton (Pty) Ltd.

I kid you not.

Now, the Durban (Etekwini) Metro Council is overwhelmingly ANC, and they got VERY upset when a Democratic Alliance Councillor asked if they knew that the Managing Director of Remnant Alton (Pty) Ltd had at some stage in the past been found guilty of fraud, and served time for that offence?

The response? No, we didn't know that.

After more questions - Well, actually, the City Manager did know, but is was some time ago, and the "gentleman" concerned had served his time and paid his debt to society, so we didn't think it was important....

Meanwhile, the buses haven't begun running yet. Nobody has a clue when they will operate again.

But the citizens of Durban can take solace in learning the new and unpronounceable street names as they walk to and from work, hoping they won't step in the turds and filth, or get mugged. They may even see our City Manager sweep by in his fancy luxury car, with a cavalcade of body guards, as he makes his way to his new luxury penthouse, valued at several million, at the Point Waterfront - smiling as he goes because the area has been declared, BY HIM, as a rates-free zone until 2014.

Effectively he is totally unaffected by this huge cock-up. He doesn't even have to pay his share in his rates bill.

10 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

Fuck the lot of them. Let them die of Aids and all their other horrible diseases. What do they need buses for.


Pure fraud on the tax payers !

h said...

Some people got rich from this scam. South Africa is run by scammers, liars and thieves and can be compared to an organized crime syndicate. Unfortunately, nobody will have to pay for their crimes and it will just continue over and over and over again.

I guess the question you have to ask yourself is when do you stop paying into the coffers of this crime syndicate by taking your family, belongings, tax earning ability & brain power and leave to a country where this is not the order of the day...

I did and it feels great knowing that I am not directly helping these thieves with my taxes or my money making abilities. The more people see this and 'vote with their wallets' the sooner things will change. Unless this happens, it will be business as usual I'm afraid.

Tim Johnston said...

No comment.

Anonymous said...

Black Anonymous

MADNESS, ABSOLUTE MADNESS. And what do the rate-payers say about that.....nothing. One thing I have learned in my travels is that when you do business with an INDIAN - USE MAXIMUM CAUTION. They are absolutely ruthless in their pursuit of profit, with no moral center whatsoever.

On the other hand, the blacks...I have concluded they have a very long way to go in their evolution. Case in point even if they see this scam for what it is, they will do nothing about it.

Exzanian said...

It's a dirty, nasty business living in that shithole. Thanks goodness I am out of it. The cloudy weather and taxes here in UK are such a welcome relief.

Lime Lite said...

It just get's better and better. Makes me want to rush home...

Dachshund said...

h: I would say that South Africa already IS an organised crime syndicate. Anyone can murder anyone else because murder is so very easy to cover up as violent robbery. Any vice that you can possibly think of, or hadn't even imagined existed until recently brought to the attention of your ravaged, desensitised eyes, goes unchecked, unpunished.

Now it comes out that Haitian ex-dictator Aristide who has been living here at South African taxpayer's expense for years on end, is a card carrying Satanist. Nobody is at all surprised.

All that rain we've been having here lately ... isn't it time to build an Ark?

Anonymous said...

I don't really understand the problem.
Why is everybody angry about the Indian? Surely, it may not have been 100% kosher, but he seems to be the only one with brains up there in Durban. Surely you cannot blaim him for using them?
The problem lies entirely with the stupidity of the REST of the Durbans!

Eve said...

@ Anon 09Feb:

I totally agree!