6 November 2000Jets, American Elections and Health
week was chaotic. Personally as well as workwise. My apologies to all
that frequent this page.
week focuses the attention to our Gravy Train driver. The man in question
is one Lionel Mtshali, the Premier for Kwa-Zulu Natal. The supreme tax-payer
The story is such: He lives in Durban, his office is in Ulundi, 280 kilometers away. Four times a week he flies with the province's Lear Jet to work and back. If the jet is not available for some reason, he charters a plane at 15 grand plus. This man takes things a step further though by sometimes flying a mere 80 kilometers to Maritzburg. Now, the jet was acquired by the Province for use by MEC's and the king (Zulu king) traveling to meetings all over South Africa. They (the province) also have a smaller Baron plane which is now being used by everyone except the Premier. Only jets for this man! Taking things even further, he threatened to fire all his staff who refuse to relocate to Ulundi in order for them to be closer to work! He also refuse to hand the jet over to the appropriate provincial department in order to have full control of this aircraft.
Thank goodness for a good opposition party who raised some very valid questions regarding the above matter in parliament.
on to our Health Services.
Some personal viewpoints on the American elections: Seems Bush just can't shake reporters on his drunken driving issue. For heaven's sake people, it happened Twenty years ago! What's the big issue here? And the poor Clinton's are the flavour of the month with very distasteful doctored pictures swamping the internet. Each to his own I suppose. Locally the elections has been called "The biggest show on earth". With the American press on the case, what else can it be? With repetitious questions that only justify the same answer time and time again, what are they (the Press) really trying to accomplish? Catch out a politician? It has always amazed me how the Americans can carry on and on, on the same stupid (yesterday's news) subject for hours and hours on end. If Clinton had to reveal that he sits down on the bog to have a pee, I'm sure the news stations will have all sorts of so-called experts discussing the mental state and / or the correctness of this action for hours on end.
Well, that's that for this week. I call it as I see it like it or not!