EduSolutions responds

2013-10-06 14:00

The allegations and innuendos made by your sources, as contained in your enquiry, are so ridiculous as not to warrant any response.

However, since the media has power to influence public opinion, what you write is important to us.

It is for that reason that we bother to provide you with as much insight as possible on the matter.

In doing so, we are under no illusion that your paper will give the same level of significance to our response that it gives to the nefarious slander against the reputation and integrity of EduSolutions.

Firstly, your sources state that EduSolutions does not want Minister Motshekga and her director-general (DG), Mr Bobby Soobrayan, in office.

This is despicable and baseless. Your sources should first explain how this has come about.

Media sources unknown to us put us through the courts of public opinion when they claimed that, because of political connections, we were receiving preferential treatment and protection.

We were at pains in 2012 to explain ourselves out of this insidious fabrication.

The reason the Limpopo contract was not being cancelled, they said, was that we are politically connected and that the minister was dragging her feet in cancelling the contract because of a corrupt relationship with us, beginning in her days as MEC of education in Gauteng.

Buying into a web of lies

City Press bought into this web of lies.

Today, according to your sources, the same minister has fallen out of favour with us and we are in some imagined campaign to ­unseat her.

The truth is, we have never been involved in any corrupt relationship with the minister and have no reason to wish her in or out of office.

We conduct our business in transparent and legal ways.

Our track record speaks for itself. We do not need the minister in any way to do business and be successful in what we do.

We will not even speak of the director­general in this context.

Our fight is misrepresented

Secondly, we are said to be involved in this fight with the minister and the director-general because they are standing in the way of the reinstatement of our contract in Limpopo.

This is equally ridiculous. Your paper is aware of our court papers and those of the department on this matter.

You have asked us to respond to a barrage of questions on it just recently.

On the one hand, we are being lambasted for taking both the Limpopo ­department of education and the department of basic education to court on this matter, and on another we are being blamed for the minister’s problems with her constituencies.

We aren’t using Sadtu

Thirdly, it baffles the mind how it can be said that we are using the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) to fight our wars with the minister and her director­general.

We are businesspeople and do not involve ourselves in politics or administration in government.

The history of the minister and the DG and their relationship with Sadtu is not for us to get into.

Throughout the Limpopo saga, we did not hear a word from Sadtu.

We did not receive any favourable comment from them, even as they knew the good work we had done in their schools.

This did not bother us in the least because we need no favours from anyone, but request only that we are given the space to do what we do best.

The notion that Sadtu, with all its political history and illustrious leadership in the education field, can be ­reduced to a puppet of a small entity like ourselves for issues as petty as presented in your questions is insulting.

We, however, have no brief to answer for them and we trust you have presented them with same.

This must truly be a case of us being used as a smokescreen.

The reasons for the suspension of the DG should be known to City Press.

The allegations that have been made against him are what your paper should be ­running with, with the same vigour that it does ­allegations against others, including us.

In fact, we have watched with great interest how City Press has found it difficult to pursue the matter of the nondelivery of workbooks in the country, as well as the tardiness in Limpopo, after the cancellation of our contract.

The paper’s obsessive preoccupation with Limpopo only, up to the cancellation of our contract, is evident and creates more questions than answers.

Leave KwaZulu-Natal out of this

Lastly, the attempt to drag the KwaZulu-Natal project into all this and to make spurious connections is just as despicable.

In the first instance, our contract in the province is in its extension year.

It should be obvious to anyone that the extension is a vote of confidence in our ability to deliver on the eve of an election year.

We have made every province that we have worked with proud in the past and will continue to do so.

No attempt at detracting us from the objectives we set ourselves 10 years ago when we started this business will succeed.

In the event the KwaZulu-Natal department of education decides to go out to tender after the extension, we can assure you we will be in the running in that ­province, as we will be in Limpopo.

For as long as the service we provide and have ­perfected over the last decade is required by government, we shall present our cutting edge solutions.

In any fair and transparent process, we will be stiff competition.

We do not need to get rid of any DG or head of department to do this.

It should be stated in closing that City Press has a responsibility to report fairly and objectively, a practice we have repeatedly found difficulty discerning in the manner you have handled the Limpopo textbook saga, the nondelivery of workbooks in the country, the parlous state of delivery in Limpopo and other associated ­matters.

This begs the question: Is City Press not compromising journalistic principles in the choice of stories and its ­angles of reporting?

We truly hope and trust that the response is in the negative, notwithstanding the fact that there are many reasons to think otherwise.

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