This is what President Ramaphosa should have said in his Opinionista column
On the 18 December 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote about ‘A new era in energy generation’ in an op-ed in the Daily Maverick.
No doubt this came as a result of major pressure from all corners after rolling blackouts and the first-ever Stage 6-level energy disruption affected the entire country’s productivity and ability to cater to a busy tourist season. It was - only now, some would say - deemed a crisis.
And crises, as we know, are usually indicative of a larger problem. In this case, it points to a struggling economy as a whole, with the energy crisis merely a tributary to this delta.
So while measures are needed to address the energy problem, the primary solutions extend beyond just this. We need to understand the machinery that makes the economy work to get the full picture to diagnose and treat the problems. This means understanding that the economy is made up of multiple sectors and parts that interact and feedback simultaneously. It is a complex machine and it would be short-sighted to try and deal with issues in isolation.
So, our client, economist Dr Asghar Adelzadeh and former Statistician General, Dr Pali Lehohla, imagined a similar piece to Ramaphosa’s energy op-ed, but this time, focused on the policy levers that need to be pulled to reboot the machine that is the South African economy.
Their piece, drafted in Ramaphosa’s voice, sets out a practical, workable, sustainable, economically sound policy framework to guide the economic revitalization of the country.