Why the government would rather target Pravin than fixing Eskom – DM

Pravin Gordhan responsible for state owned enterprises in SA government

Fiddling while coal burns “The electricity crisis is entirely the fault of the ANC, no one else. For the moment it appears, there is still no strong enough desire to fix it. If that doesn’t change soonest, life in South Africa will turn dramatically worse.” Stephen Grootes Licking the socket As if the national power crisis gripping Eskom and everything it touches wasn’t bad enough, the ANC’s factions are keen to continue the standard operating procedure: bicker over who’s in control of what. The target is, yet again, Pravin Gordhan.…

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Security firm closes Secunda en Bethal’s licensing offices after non payment

The licensing offices in Secunda and Bethal had been taken over by officers of the security firm V&M Projects after the provincial Govan Mbeki municipality had not paid them for the last two months. No one can enter the premises and staff had been chased out. Services had now been totally suspended until the situation had been dealt with. NewsHorn reported on the overflow of desperate members of the public from other towns in Mpumalanga who had traveled to Nelspruit’s offices to be assisted. This on its own had lead…

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Pravin in the crossfire – Eskom’s battle for nuclear power

Pravin Gordhan responsible for state owned enterprises in SA government

Various factions are pressurising President Ramaphosa to take  action against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The groups, all with their own agendas want the prez to either fire him or move Eskom to Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s (pro-nuclear) department. These factions range from the Economic Freedom Fighters (who claim that if Gordhan is not removed, they will disrupt Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address), to National Union of Mineworkers (Numsa), Cosatu (and its affiliated union Nehawu), and the ANC Women’s League leader, Bathabile Dlamini. The EFF wants to put pressure…

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Huge successes for HIV-positive moms in SA

ARV medication

South Africa’s prevention of mother-to-child transmission programme has achieved remarkable successes in recent years. It has improved the health and life expectancy for pregnant women living with HIV, and it has reduced the risk of transmission of the virus to their offspring. HIV could be transmitted during pregnancy, at the time of delivery and through breastfeeding. The most critical intervention to prevent transmission is to ensure that the mother has undetectable HIV viral load levels in her bloodstream. This is done by providing her with effective anti-retroviral treatment (ART). Access…

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Sabotage the reason for blackouts says Ramaphosa

Picture of Johannesburg in South Africa with all the lights off as a result of the electricity provider Eskom not able to provide lights to the country

Remember the Groot Krokodil (PW Botha) behind that finger saying that a third force had been sabotaging the country. As Oscar Wilde said: The more things change, the more they stay the same. We are back there, according to the prez. President Ramaphosa had been quoted in the media, saying it had been established that there was an act of sabotage that saw the already constrained system shed 2000 megawatts. “There was also an act of sabotage where someone in the Eskom system disconnected one of the instruments which led…

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SA Defense Force has no money – but buys R20 million plus luxury cars for senior staff

While the SA National Defense Force (SANDF) was unable to maintain the Thaba Tshwane military base in Centurion due to “predominantly a lack of funds”, it has managed to find the cash to spend R20.5m on “luxury vehicles”, valued at over R600 000 each, for senior management in the previous two financial years. This is according to Parliamentary replies by Defense and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who responded to questions from opposing parties. “No luxury vehicles exceeding R600 000 were purchased by the SA National Defense Force in the…

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Loadshedding – why are we hearing the words “total collapse?”

Fin24 (News24) published this article online – we share it with you, verbatim. THE MAIN PHOTO SHOWS WHAT AFRICA’S MOST “ADVANCED” CITY LOOKS LIKE – IN TOTAL DARKNESS DUE TO LOAD SHEDDING   Eskom, the beleaguered national electricity utility, is suffering from multiple system failures at power stations around the country brought about by poor planning, old and malfunctioning infrastructure, an acute lack of skills and a loss of institutional expertise. Internal Eskom status updates reveal that a number of power stations across the country – including Koeberg nuclear power…

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Load shedding back from stage 6 to 4 – Ramaphosa called back from Egypt

Picture depicting blackouts in SA as a reuslt of the national electricity generator Eskom not able to supply electricity

Despite having downgraded load shedding to a never before heard of stage 6 – since 10pm last night (Monday), blackouts are back to stage 4. Talk about a frog in a pot of water on an ever increasing heat. Now we are even grateful for stage 4! President Cyril Ramaphosa, in a statement, said that public anger over the ‘devastating’ power cuts was understandable, while Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan apologised on eNCA. “With Eskom confirming a Stage 6 black out from today, one thing is certain: the SA…

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PRASA interim board dissolved – placed under administration

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula had dissolved the interim board of Prasa and placed the struggling state-owned entity under administration with immediate effect. Bongisizwe Mpondo had been appointed as its administrator. Mbalula described Mpondo as an “entrepreneur who has an extensive record in corporate governance and working with public institutions to improve operational efficiencies”. He had served on the boards of the East London Industrial Development Zone, South African Express and South African Airways. Mbalula also announced that the secondment of the acting group CEO, Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, had been withdrawn…

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