YOU had to know your acronyms to understand what mayor Patricia de Lille was talking about when she addressed the Cape Town City Council yesterday.
For instance, a number of consumers had already connected rooftop PV generation to the city’s electricity grid. That’s “photovoltaic” for the unitiated. And SSEG tariffs would make it legally possible to feed electrical power back into the municipal grid. What, you haven’t heard of “small-scale embedded generation”?
Some 13 500 applicants failed their driving test in Cape Town during a three-month period this year, some of them having tried five times.
I’m not surprised. Mayoral committee member JP Smith says the traffic officers who test them have to “act like robots”. If I had to be tested by a robot I’d also fail, and I’ve been driving for 57 years.
Rather than the tale of one city, yesterday’s city council meeting was the tale of two mayors.
Both got standing ovations, but the ANC opposition applauded only the first one, a 16-year-old schoolboy who dazzled his elders with his oratory. If Carl-Joshua Pophaim ever goes into politics as an adult, he will have constituents hanging on to his every word.