IN the South African corporate environment, the chief executive of a company must put all his money into the company he leads as a way of aligning his interest with that of the shareholders. Sadly, the post-1994 governments' leaders have never shared the fate of those they led, and gave more carrot than stick to the corrupt and incompetent.
Because we face an energy crisis created by Thabo Mbeki and his cabinet "geniuses", nuclear, gas or coal power stations are needed. People say, "All right, but they want to build a reactor at Thyspunt, which will be too close to populated areas and cause untold casualties in case of a meltdown".
Therefore, we should demand the cabinet session in which the final go-ahead is given to be televised, and all those who vote "aye" to move house, family and ancestors to an area within 3km of the reactor's perimeter within seven days, along with the chief executive, directors of the company hired to build it and bosses of the firm doing the environmental impact assessment, the ANC headquarters, staff and its NEC. They all are to reside there for 49 weeks of the year until the reactor is decommissioned and the area rendered completely safe.
By the way, the half-life of uranium 235 is 703.8 million years, so it'll be a really long stay...
Since we don't have adequate monitoring, decontamination and shelter facilities, neither should they. In a meltdown, big shots and their families must be evacuated last – let's see how they like that!
Every creature on Earth has a sense of self-preservation. In the above scenario, President Jacob Zuma, his cabinet, the ANC's leadership and would-be tenderpreneurs face a simple choice: build an extremely safe reactor for their loved ones' sake, or none at all, for ours.
Welcome to the nuclear valley of the shadow of death, ladies and gentlemen of the body politic. How do you want your kids – with two heads or three?
If you consider yourselves our leaders, place those you love in a position where you'll have to give an answer, downwind from Thyspunt.
M Negres, Port Elizabeth