Posts Tagged ‘Accountability’


Energy Crisis was foreseen

16 September 2009

eskom-logoRemember the rolling blackouts and load shedding we experienced at the beginning of 2008? It was the reason we set up this blog.

Well, it turns out that Eskom got expert analysis six months before pointing out the rampant mismanagement and incapacity at Eskom’s Generation Primary Energy (GPE) – responsible for keeping the (coal) fires burning. Read the rest of this entry ?


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

18 February 2008


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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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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