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Sunday, 08 September 2013 08:20

Un boulet au pied des rouges

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Le plus grand projet jamais réalisé à Maurice a été inauguré le 30 août dernier. Et bien que des voix sporadiques s'élèvent, remettant en cause sa justification, d’autant que le projet a coûté la bagatelle de Rs 14 milliards, alors que la pauvreté gagne du terrain, il convient de faire ressortir que les conditions d'accueil et de départ des étrangers dans un pays constituent un maillon essentiel de l'industrie touristique, qui est justement un pilier important de notre économie.
Friday, 06 September 2013 09:00

Strong contenders for the post of Prime Minister

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Was it coïncidence or simply the outcome of a series of events that took place simultaneously that gave us two names as strong contenders for the post of Prime Minister ? The name of Alan Ganoo and that of Arvin Boolell were mentioned in different places and gave rise to interesting debates behind closed doors.
Friday, 06 September 2013 08:59

Dear Shakespeare : Nation of (dare)devils

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My dear Billy,
Of the two legged-animals that bestride the narrow world, 1.3 million are, like the dodo, a species existing exclusively in Mauritius. Unlike the dodo, which was a passive bird which has become extinct because of its passivity, the present-day creatures rove fearlessly and in utter recklessness on our grumbling roads daily. If some trudge along the busy streets as if they were out on a leisurely walk in their litchi orchard, others move around in all sorts of vehicles, ever unmindful of other road users.

Of course, my dear Billy there are quite a few who do indeed observe the traffic regulations now and then, and use the road with due care and consideration for the lives around them, but they are soon honked out of the road by their more intrepid, more enterprising fellows. Some drivers expect their vehicles to perform like the airplanes in the sky, and indeed have their heads on the clouds. The real, sad fact is that they are only driving coffins on wheels.

Discipline on our roads is characterized by a general unruliness akin to the law of the jungle. Politeness, courtesy and civility are rare commodities which are seldom to be encountered on Mauritian roads. The syllabi of driving schools include classes where they teach a complete catalogue of swearwords which are indiscriminately used by drivers even before they obtain their driving licences.

The front pages of most of our dailies and weeklies do almost always carry reports of people who have left their lives on the roads, many through no fault of theirs. Quite a number suddenly find themselves in hospital beds to which they are nailed for a long period, often coming out with missing limbs. Drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians drift on the roads as if they are possessed with the rage of living; but this often leads them to their lurking deaths, also carrying others along with them.

In one of my earlier missives to you I wrote the following lines, my dear Billy: “Of course, I won’t mention here the height to which your blood pressure rises when you are at the wheel and you see a taxi stopping in front of you all of a sudden without warning; or a lady  driver who signals to turn left and turn right; or the overloaded lorry that crawls at 15 miles per hour in a zone where overtaking is prohibited; or the guy on the motorcycle who bullyingly overtakes you on the left, zigzags, crosses and crisscrosses arrogantly in front of you and overtakes the next vehicle on the right, leaving you to wonder whether you are on the road or at the circus; or the bus driver who, perched high on his complex of superiority that the size of his bus bestows upon him, drives right into you from the opposite direction while overtaking another vehicle.”

That was over a quarter-century ago, my dear Billy. If you think things have changed since, you are right – things have indeed changed and the situation is ten times worse today. Motorists and other road users not only fail to show any respect to the lives of others, they don’t even care for their own. That’s how many a motorcyclist, who leaves his home and family in order to go to St. Julien or St. Aubin, suddenly finds himself face-to-face with St. Peter up there.

I have, on several other occasions, told you my dear Billy, that Mauritians are fond of being stupid. One direct beneficiary of their stupidity is the Government whose coffers get pregnant with fine money collected from breakers of traffic rules. Drivers and others are stubbornly and adamantly proving that the laws have been made to be broken and have embarked upon the ardent task of breaking them. Some pleasantly labour under the illusion that the laws are for others to obey, and whenever they come across somebody breaking the law they are the first to drown them in a wave of invectives.

There are laws against drink-driving, against using the phone while on the wheel, against speeding, against parking or overtaking in certain areas, against so many driving hazards. But who cares about them? Only a handful of dullards who have been taught good manners at home and at school, those who know the value of life. The Franco press here often use the epithet “meurtriere” to qualify our roads in the wake of accidents. “La route meurtrière,” they write – the murderous road –  when in fact it’s the inconsiderate road users who are the real culprits.

The authorities are concocting all sorts of regulations in a bid to bring down the number of accidents on our roads. Campaigns on road safety are an ongoing feature. They are now coming up with laws to address pernicious pedestrians. That was long overdue. When you see some of them crossing the road, or simply walking along, you get the impression that if they are knocked down by a vehicle it will have to be sent to the garage for repairs. In Australia, even the kangaroos use the pedestrian crossings.
Monday, 02 September 2013 10:58

La réforme électorale

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C’est devenu un feuilleton à multiple épisodes. On a l’impression que cela a commencé depuis des lustres et la fin semble être toujours loin à l’horizon. C’est difficile d’imaginer que la première tentative sérieuse d’introduire la représentation proportionnelle date de 1966 quand le « Banwell Report » fut publié.
Sunday, 01 September 2013 09:57

De la discrimination aux inégalités

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Certes, l'apartheid a été démantelé en Afrique du Sud il y a plus de deux décennies. Ce qui avait permis à un citoyen de couleur, en la personne de Nelson Mandela, d'accéder à la présidence de son pays au début des années 90.
Rejoinder from Ministry of Finance in reply to NEMESIS article of 16 August 2013
Following your article, your readers may find it useful to consider the following facts and clarifications:
The Leader of the Opposition, Alan Ganoo, has on Saturday asked for the resignation of Dr Rajesh Jeetah, the Tertiary Education Minister, for two main reasons: conflict of interest and his alleged inability to manage the tertiary sector, already ridden with problems.
Friday, 30 August 2013 08:55

Remake battling hard for a place

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Ever since it was constituted the Remake of the 2000 MSM/MMM Alliance has been fumbling for the right place in the political arena. This really baffles the  most discerning political pundits. Last week, the Remake tried to make its presence felt for the upteenth time but the outcome did not live up to the expectations of the Remake leaders.
My dear Billy,
Here’s a 24 million-dollar question for you. Scratch your palms, scratch your head, scratch your bottom, but try to answer this question: Which of Port Louis Theatre and the Plaza is going to crumble first?
Friday, 30 August 2013 08:32


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The role of young people in the agricultural sector has been debated extensively and for good reasons. Youth unemployment in Mauritius, especially in the agricultural sector is a huge challenge with potentially severe consequences. The food sector is the most important sector in any country and the questions that arise here are who are going to replace the farmers on the fields in the coming years, how to increase and encourage youth participation and interest in agriculture and what makes the bad image of agriculture among the youngsters.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 09:00

An art, not a burden

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Since the preparation of the 2014 national budget has started, it is an opportune moment to reflect on the future orientation of the Mauritian tax policy.
Sunday, 25 August 2013 10:45

Turbulences éducatives

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De nouvelles dispositions ont été annoncées pour l'admission dans les Star Schools au primaire en 2014, dont une attestation de la police par rapport au lieu de résidence de l'élève.