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The Load shedding week that was: 11-17 Feb 2008

18 February 2008

ESKOM IS PROMOTING CORRUPTION

It emerged over the weekend that Eskom has short listed a World Bank blacklisted German company, Laymeyer International, as a possible candidate to design and provide supervision tasks for the construction of new power stations, according to the DA’s spokesperson on Public Enterprises, Manie van Dyk.

In 2003, Laymeyer International was convicted in Lesotho for paying bribes worth R2.5 million to Masupha Sole, the former CEO of the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority. In 2006, the World Bank blacklisted Laymeyer International for seven years following its corrupt activities in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.

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ELECTRICITY CRISIS: THE ECONOMIC COSTS OF GOVT FAILURES

In a speech on the economic costs of the government’s failure to plan and act appropriately during the State of the Nation debate last Wednesday, DA Chief Whip Ian Davidson focused on the current electricity crisis. He highlighted the various costs and threats in terms of GDP, job losses and investment opportunities. He also appealed for those responsible for the failures to be held accountable.

“The Hon President says lets move beyond recriminations. I agree; but first we must address the question of the accountability of those responsible,” Davidson said.

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