Importing and using power-guzzling appliances could be banned under a law designed to enforce the government's energy conservation pro-gramme, the minerals and energy department said on Friday.
As well as powers to ban appliances, the proposed Energy Security Bill will empower the minerals and energy minister to penalise offenders and issue standards and regulations for appliances and equipment used to generate or consume energy.
Great. Presumably they'll be starting raids on our houses to make sure we're complying with the standards. Where do they come up with these ideas?! As long as electricity remains artificially cheap we'll use whatever appliances we have left in an inefficient manner (when there is power of course).
In other idiot related news, school kids will have to recite this pledge everyday before school
We the youth of South Africa, recognising the injustices of our past, honour those who suffered and sacrificed for justice and freedom.
"We will respect and protect the dignity of each person, and stand up for justice.
"We sincerely declare that we shall uphold the rights and values of our Constitution and promise to act in accordance with the duties and responsibilities that flow from these rights.
Some people cheer the sentiments expressed while others (a possibly racist minority) worry that it's indoctrinating white kids into having a permanent guilt complex. Predictably the focus has been on the content of the pledge rather than wondering about government forcing kids to make the same oath everyday. They should not be doing this. It's really easy to get distracted by the fact that the words sound all fine.
Of course kids wont be compelled to recite the pledge,
However, if those objecting were in the minority, then "the majority will have to prevail".