Giving a speech in support of her husband's US presidential bid Michelle Obama told a crowd at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick that other than being part of the campaign trail, she is just another ordinary American mother and wife.
"I wake up every morning, wondering how on earth I'm going to pull off that next minor miracle to get through the day," she said.
Obama might as well have been speaking to the South African public. For many South Africans, especially the poor, it is becoming a miracle to get through the day.
What with the high price increases of food and fuel. The poor are the hardest hit. They are finding it difficult to buy basic foods such as bread and vegetables that are moving out of their reach.
After the recent fuel increases farmers have indicated that there will be further increases of their produce prices.
Public transport providers have also indicated that they will increase their fares.
On the other hand poor families, who use paraffin, are finding it difficult to cook their meals because of the rampant fuel priceincreases.
Now we have a bumbling electricity utility holding a gun to the public's head, demanding a 53 percent tariff increase.
Yesterday Eskom chief executive Jacob Maroga said the utility would have to stop building power stations unless it gets the 53 percent increase.
Both Cosatu and the ANC have come out strongly, condemning such a big increase.
Speaking to the media on Monday ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe said they didn't think the public should bear the brunt of bad decisions taken by both Eskom and the government in planning for the sustainable provision of energy in the country.
"We do not think the public should be taxed for that ..." Mantashe argued.
The government, for its part, has been amenable to Eskom's demand.
On Thursday deputy president Phumzile MlamboNgcuka indicated that the government would subsidise the poor to cushion them from the massive tariff increase. Unfortunately the move will amount to nothing more than a band-aid solution.
This matter has become a human rights issue because it affects the way South Africans enjoy socio-economic rights - the right to food, water, social security and a generally good standard of living.
What Eishkom is doing amounts to the commoditisation of human rights. This cannot be allowed to continue.
Civil society organisations must take up the issue because it affects the quality of the lives of South Africans as guaranteed by the Constitution.
The national energy regulator - a government-established entity - also has a role to play in ensuring that the public's interests are not undermined.
The regulator must call for public hearings on the matter before any decision to grant Eskom's demand is taken.
This because the matter is of public interest and whatever decision is eventually taken will impact directly on how South African citizens continue to enjoy its rights - as entrenched in the Constitution.