Week 18 (start May 1st)
Trump is not the only to mark his 100th day as leader of a country. Our Prime minister’s day is coming up as well, on Wednesday. Today in the paper was in also the Gnews, the free official publication of the Government. An initiative taken by our PM to be as open as possible about what’s going on in the government. I read in an article today that in Africa if there is no sharing of information from the local government there is no trust from the population or from possible investors. I think there is ground for that. So, PM not a bad move. In this Gnews, there is an article about all the things he has done in 100 days.. the most important being:
- ‘Combat contre la drogue’ – his fight against drugs. I have already written about that – I think there have been more drug busts than ever on the island. We like that. He says ‘Mo you sans pitié’ in Creole, that means ‘I am without pity’. Let’s hope it stays that way.
- Fight against poverty: several hundred of families live in extreme poverty in Mauritius. Not something you necessarily see, but it’s there. Measures were included in the 2016-2017 budget and things seem to be moving in the right direction. 232 families have received the authorisation to build a house on state property for example, social housing is being built (over 10’000 houses before 2019) and a cash grant has been allocated to students from the poorest family, to facilitate their access to education.
- Clean-Up Campaign ‘Moris Nu Zoli Pei – Mauritius our beautiful country. The project was started on the 5th March, and himself has been out a couple of time cleaning up. The island needs it badly – there is a couldn’t-care-less-attitude that needs to change.
- Wifi – Mauritius has recently been ranked 8th worldwide for ease of Internet access, with 300 hundred new hotspots that have just been launched.
There are other things presented as well – going organic, the introduction of a holistic approach to education or a growing economy – that also were presented. All in all not bad, considering that his father didn’t do anything! So let’s see what the future holds for Mauritius and let’s hope he stays focused. I am not a great supporter, just because I don’t like the way he became prime minister – but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Well I am happy to announce, that with all the non stop rain we got. The reservoirs are now full – or nearly. 4 of the main reservoirs are at 100% and Mare aux Vacoas (the largest) is at more than 90%. There are only 6 reservoirs on the island and unfortunately a lot of rainwater goes to waste. Some places in Mauritius saw more than 170mm of water in the last 24 hours. Here in the east for example where it rains a lot also, there are no reservoirs or dams.
You can have a look at the video here to see how much water we got!
Still a lot of political stuff in the papers today, but enough of that. Let’s have a look at the irony of Mauritian wages instead. Often in the papers comes up the discussion around the salaries of high placed public servants or persons in charge of public organisations. Today we learn about the salary of a Director to a Cardiac Centre and the Senior Adviser to the Minstry of Finance. Respectively the first one earns Rs376’000 (US$ 10’700) and the second nearly Rs500k (US$ 14’300). The argument in the first article goes that if they were in the private sector their salaries would be much higher – and goes on comparing Manuel Macron’s salary when he used to work for Rothschild & Cie Banque and earned €78000 to when he became one of Francois Holland’s advisors and earned €12000. Manuel Macron is one of the 2 candidates up for the 2nd round of the French Presidential race on Sunday. Stating that is a false debate. I absolutely agree. Except this is not the real problem is it? On the next page they discuss again the interest of a minimum wage – with RS8000 or Rs10000/month. There are still people earning Rs4000 (US$115). That is the main problem, don’t you think?
Today is the International Day for Firefighters. Though I have the biggest respect for all the different emergency services, I have the most respect for firefighters. The reason today has been chosen is because the 4th of mai is St Florian, the saint patron of firefighters. St Florian, is one of the 3rd century martyrs who died refusing to convert. There are several reasons why he has earned the title: ‘legend says that during his life, St. Florian put out a massive fire with only one bucket of water, saving a village from ruin. St. Florian is often depicted in artwork pouring water from a bucket or small vessel. Many years after St. Florian’s death, a man said he was saved from a deadly fire when he called on St. Florian, begging for his intercession’. (source: blog.catholicfaithstore.com). Because he was killed by drowning (instead of the original burning, that was planned), Saint Florian is also often sought out as protector against drowning and flooding.
If you have US$500k to buy a house and enough money to live for, you are welcome as immigrant in Mauritius under the Property Development Scheme. The reason why you might want to do that is the very attractive taxation in place on our little island. With a 15% income tax and no taxes on dividends, Mauritius is ranking 7th on the most fiscally attractive country list. Malta is number 1 with no income tax and Mauritius ranks before Switzerland, UAE or Bulgaria.