Soccer World Cup 2010 and emails from the poor who will have to pay for it

Crowds at the World Soccer events often numbered sixty or seventy thousand people and the Whole Wide World saw the jubilation and smiling faces.  Prostitution was legalized for the duration of the event and one can assume that prostitutes and customers smiled for that too.  All leave for police and security staff was withdrawn, special courts were set up and manned [all leave in the Justice Department were canceled too].

 All went well and after years of regular electricity failures even that did not occur during the entire event, not one single time in fact.  Full Government owned and managed Electricity Supply Commission [Eskom] the country’s only supplier of electricity had made arrangements for additional supplies to be on hand from friendly neighboring countries.  Even that worked well.

 But the first emails started doing the rounds two weeks from the end.  The ninety percent of the population numbering about 45 million out of 50 souls and ordinary citizens who did not, in fact could not, attend the extravaganza because they simply could not afford the tickets; neither did they have money for transport to get to events and no special arrangements were made for them; as far as their daily lives were concerned it might as well have happened in Timbuktu.

 With the emails came the messages that the Country would soon be back to reality, this time even more real than before because somebody will have to pay for the extravagance of the roughly one hundred thousand inhabitants who were having the time of their lives, and as if it was a portent of things to come when reality returns the Country experienced a widespread electric power failure at 06:00 on a bitterly cold winter day the morning after the final whistle.  Power returned after an hour only to go off again two hours later.  Life in South Africa has gone “back to normal.”

 What is “normal” in this tortured land?

 Some emails tell you.

 “In 1994 a small number of taxpayers enjoyed the luxury of super tax status, meaning they were earning more than the magical sum of 250 thousand smackers per annum,” one read.  The most recent count in 1994 gave the total as 72 or 78 [I can’t remember which one it was but it doesn’t matter].

 In 2000 the magical income figure was substantially increased to 500 thousand and the most recent count then said there were then 1900 recipients of this largesse.

 In the meantime social and old age pensions had advanced from about eight hundred rand per month in 1994 to nine hundred in 2000.

 In 2009 some Media Sources started rumors that the super tax bracket had jumped to over one million and that there were now over 5000 lucky ones.  Social pensions have gone up another one hundred to approximately nine hundred a month.

 When the Eskom debacle hit the headlines in 2009 by which time the entire country was suffering under daily power cuts Government stepped in to place a ban on discussions in the Media.

Eskom had requested their shareholders, the Government, to increase electricity rates by 45% in 2009.  It was granted and the Government gave the Eskom CEO a 12 million  Salary package for that.

In 2010 just before the Soccer Event Eskom was granted 35% increases per annum for 2010 and each of the next two years.  When the news therefore, broke that 50 senior managers [50 is what they say but we don’t know whether there will be another 50 in each of the next three years too] had joined the select group of people now drawing salaries of 12 million please per annum.

“The next News that broke was a Government ideal of 32 Billion smackers with the International Monetary Community to fund the increased Eskom Salary bill.  The International deal was given to some highly qualified Financial Advisory Company of which the ANC Government is the Principle Shareholder and a total “News Blackout” on the deal followed in a day.”

But some socially minded people in the Media decided that it was too much and when the public supported them they published the snippets.

“It is true they said that high salary recipients will from now on be almost the only taxpayers in the country, hence they deserve the higher salaries.  It is also true they said that social pension’s and the 75% of the people who earn the same sort of income as social and old age pensioners are thus exempt from income tax.  They Government, they said, fully support the principle.  This soon appeared in email form and circulated the entire country two weeks ago.”

Soon after that another email published this:

“When the old age and social pensioners receive monthly stipends of 800 bucks in 1994 the average municipal bill for Electricity, water, refuge removal and land tax [that being property tax on the 500 square meters that is where you have your little four roomed house but excluding the tax on the latter] was approximately 250 bucks a month, leaving the recipient with 550 to eat and dress.  Naturally he never owned a vehicle and thus did not have to buy gasoline but needed bus and train fares only to get to work and the grandchildren to school.

After the next two electricity increases that have already been approved the corresponding bill in 2012 will be approximately 1000 per month but it is hoped that his monthly pension will by then have increased to 1200 per month for food and transport.  With the anticipated and indeed inevitable increases in food prices that will follow on the increased electricity costs for industry and manufacturing by 2013 forty million people [roughly eighty percent of the population will not have to worry about income tax forms, transport or school fees because they will cease to exist when they stop eating, as the Government fervently hope will be the case.”

Another email said:

“At that time the top one percent super earners will be justified in their assertion that they deserve their higher incomes because they are after all is said and done the only people that are still paying income tax.”

On the Soccer matter the following two emails are relevant.  The first one circulated about two weeks ago in the middle of the extravaganza and the second one late Sunday night just after the final whistle and shortly before the first electricity cut in more than a month on Monday morning.

“Thanks France, England and those other countries that left early when you lost and could not go any further here.  It reduced the noise and traffic congestion for forty million of us that saw no soccer but had to suffer the noise.”

The last one simply said, at the end of some bitter words:

“When tomorrow dawns, in the name of God go, just go and leave us to find out how we are going to pay the price of Soccer World Cup 2010 but please, do us a great favor for the eighty percent of our people who will have to foot the bill, please don’t come back for the Olympic Games that some are now demanding.  Just stay away and enjoy your legalized prostitution elsewhere.”

In case my readers are skeptical I challenge you to verify the numbers and facts in this Post before you criticize.

17 Responses to “Soccer World Cup 2010 and emails from the poor who will have to pay for it”

  1. World Wide News Flash Says:

    Soccer World Cup 2010 and emails from the poor who will have to pay for it…

    I found your entry interesting do I’ve added a Trackback to it on my weblog :)…

    • Ike Jakson Says:

      Thanks for your flashback. You may use my Post as you deem fit and I look forward to hearing from you.

  2. christophertrier Says:

    Thank you for writing this, Ike. I will be very politically incorrect and say that South Africa should never have held the World Cup, 2010, 2014, or 2018. I frankly wondered why they were allowed to hold them at all. Germany held them in 2006 but, unlike South Africa, Germany has the money to afford it… No one suffered because of it and it did the country a lot of good. In 2014 the World Cup will be in Sao Paulo. Brazil can afford it. Will there be problems? Yes, but in Brazil’s case I think that they can pull it off quite well. I’m not trying to begrudge South Africa any respect for what they managed to do, simply saying that if, as you say, 80pc of people have to suffer then it isn’t worth it for any short-term ego-boost. But what will happen now… It looks as if South Africa will get even worse before it gets better — money that could have been used for infrastructure improvements, for upgrading utilities, for improving schools was used to show off success and unity which doesn’t seem to exist.

    • Ike Jakson Says:

      Christopher

      Fair enough, this World Cup made say, ten thousand of the very rich even a lot richer.

      The rest of the people, which includes over thirty million “poorest of the poor” never had a snowball’s chance in hell of seeing or attending any event in the extravaganza and will eat dirt to survive if they do for the next five hundred years as a result of this World Cup.

      Ask your study group to go into the Eskom debacle. Ask them to prove me wrong.

      • christophertrier Says:

        I doubt that I will be part of a study group (I’m a lone wolf in such things). It will also be Africa until 1800, the next part will start next year in January.

  3. Ike Jakson Says:

    Fine Christopher. Let’s keep in touch.

    • christophertrier Says:

      I will, definitely. I would like to discuss the nuances of African history with you as you know far more about it and understand it far better than most people around.

      • Ike Jakson Says:

        Thanks Christopher

        Whereas I am pleased with the compliment, and yes I think I do understand some of the idiosyncrasies of Africa I also don’t think anyone will ever understand all of it.

        Just as a matter of interest why do you pick the time frame up to 1800 in your previous comment? I was curious but forgot to ask. Do let me know.

        There is this large gap in African history when nothing was ever recorded about Central Africa, for that matter the written word obviously did not exist, but the gap remains.

        I will to a large degree focus on the period from about 1750 onward in MY Genesis [as I call it for the time being] up to the present day, something I am almost forced to do because of the gap, but it is also the most vital period for what I intend to work on.

      • Ike Jakson Says:

        Christopher

        Please ignore this when you get it. I am just testing whether I understand a small IT technicality and the opportunity came up to use you for the purpose.

        Ike

  4. christophertrier Says:

    Hello Ike.
    True, it is really impossible to truly “know” Africa and fully “understand” it.
    It is just too big, too diverse, and too much is just not known. I heard that about Central Africa, as well. The issue isn’t always with a written language. If no one can ready a language, it might as well never have been written. Non-written languages also require better memories. In pre-contact Hawai’i, for example, the retainers to the ali’i were expected to memorise perfectly around 70 generations of the ali’i’s family history. If they made a mistake they would be executed.

    The reason why I will take the course African History to 1800 is because it is the only one offered next term. In Spring I plan on taking the second level of it. Even though African history isn’t my field of focus (it is Asian history, if you’re interested), it still seems like something that is absolutely necessary to know. There is also a personal element for me. As you may know, one of my two parents happens to be an American. Said parent happens to be of mixed Amerindian, West African, and British/European stock.

    • Ike Jakson Says:

      Well Christopher

      Your comment illustrates some of the points that I always refer to. And there is so much more in what you say that I find relevant to what I have been researching.

      I however, doubt that the generations of remembered history in Africa are as long as you mention about Hawaii. There is no record that I have ever heard of it ever having been told that way.

      But we must continue with we are doing and work with what we get.

  5. Accident Lawyer Maryland Says:

    Thank you for writing this, Ike. I will be very politically incorrect and say that South Africa should never have held the World Cup, 2010, 2014, or 2018. I frankly wondered why they were allowed to hold them at all. Germany held them in 2006 but, unlike South Africa, Germany has the money to afford it… No one suffered because of it and it did the country a lot of good. In 2014 the World Cup will be in Sao Paulo. Brazil can afford it. Will there be problems? Yes, but in Brazil’s case I think that they can pull it off quite well. I’m not trying to begrudge South Africa any respect for what they managed to do, simply saying that if, as you say, 80pc of people have to suffer then it isn’t worth it for any short-term ego-boost. But what will happen now… It looks as if South Africa will get even worse before it gets better — money that could have been used for infrastructure improvements, for upgrading utilities, for improving schools was used to show off success and unity which doesn’t seem to exist.
    +1

    • Ike Jakson Says:

      Accident Lawyer

      Check the figures that I quote if you wish to. African Politicians are in it for what they can get out of it [into their own back pockets] in one term, or double it in two if they can hold on that long.

      They don’t even think about an “after that” and all we can hope for is that the population will start to think with their heads and kick the bums out.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    It’s a great shame that Ireland did not qualify. I think they would have gone all the way to the finals, and the South African’s would have marvelled at how well behaved the Irish supporters are when abroad. Those cheating french cunts have a lot to answer for.

    • Ike Jakson Says:

      Mister Anon

      You are not the person whose name you use to comment. I don’t think that is funny.

      Yes, it would have been lovely to see Ireland in a final here. I would have supported them had it happened though I am not much of a soccer fan.

      But I don’t approve of the word that you use for the French, not because you don’t seem to like them; it’s just that this is an open forum and I don’t approve of such language in public.

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