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Eskom’s R36m 'family fun' splurge

2012-07-08 18:47

Johannesburg - Eskom blew R36m on parties for its staff and their families last year – enough money to power more than a million poor households with a basic free electricity subsidy for a month.

City Press has obtained copies of the contracts for the spree of bashes last year after filing a promotion of access to information application (PAIA).

The disclosure comes on the back of a 16% tariff hike and flies in the face of President Jacob Zuma’s call on the parastatal to cushion the price blow for consumers.

Earlier this year, critics reacted with shock when a newspaper revealed that Eskom had spent R3m for a family fun day in Cape Town.

But that was only the tip of the party budget.

From October last year, the parastatal spent a staggering R36 504 036.44 on seven “family fun days”.

A key contract for the bulk of the spending, obtained through a PAIA, had the name of the contractor removed because the company would not agree to disclose their identity.

Main deal worth R35m


However, City Press has established that Blackmagic Communications was awarded the lucrative main deal, worth more than R35m.

Speaking through its lawyers, the company said: “Blackmagic has nothing further to say than what is contained in the documents provided to you by Eskom.”

They complained they had not been given enough time to respond to questions.

The first contract, worth more than R4m, was awarded for planning and organising five “generation family days”, catering for almost 12 000 people in Gauteng.

The contract also involved organising two fun days for staff in eMalahleni , worth more than R10m, and others in Lephalale, valued at nearly R5m.

The Cape Town fun day in March – which cost R3.4m and which caused a sensation when it was revealed earlier this year – was in fact the second for Eskom in the region over the last year.

The first family fun day was held last November and was worth close to R5 million.

Another fun day held in Durban cost a further R1 million and was contracted separately.

On top of the millions spent on the contracts, nearly R500 000 more was spent by Eskom to hire buses and taxis for employees, to hire the grounds of the University of Western Cape, a five-day stay at the Protea Hotel in Cape Town, face painting and bingo in Durban, and buying 180 burgers and drinks at a roadside cafe outside Cape Town.

The eMalahleni-region fun day included performances by artists including Teargas, Liquid Deep and Cash Time.

Lemias Mashile, deputy president of the South African Civic Organisation, said these millions spent on parties was an insult to the poor.

“There is no logical linkage of misusing so much and [then for Eskom to] cry for increased electricity tariffs,” he added.

Paul Crankshaw, the deputy chairperson of the National Consumer Forum, said: “This sounds to us like a strange way of motivating staff and encouraging teamwork.

"Sound and professional management on every level – to build capacity and accountability – is what motivates and raises morale in the long-term, not family picnics.”

Hilary Joffe, Eskom’s spokesperson, said fun days were to thank employees for hard work and a commitment to “keeping the lights on”.

She added that “surveys conducted by HR had shown an upward trend in morale and pride in belonging to the division”.

Comments
  • douglas.barnes2 - 2012-07-08 10:28

    wine and dine your-selves to poverty and if its said and done blame somebody.

      Hermann - 2012-07-08 19:06

      Wine and dance into poverty AND darkness - there is our future if these spungers are kept in employment.

      Preshen - 2012-07-09 16:32

      "You gotta fight for your right to party"

      freddie.l.roux - 2012-07-09 18:31

      I've been employed by one of the major banks for the past 8 years, mostly in the retail environment. Despite the good times and the bad times we have a family fun day once a year in October, usually at a school ground. Although boerie rolls and drinks are provided there is no extravagance whatsoever. If it costs more than R100k I would be surprised. Even our staff functions we are expected to pay for our partners and on most occasions ourselves.

  • mandy.cox.1257 - 2012-07-08 10:36

    When I was a child my father worked for Eskom. When the shift work stopped he was on call 24/7 and wasn't available to his family for days at a time. Those long-suffering families do deserve recognition. Somehow, R36.5 million in ten months seems a teeny bit over the top - I also wonder how many of the really deserving families benefited?

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-09 06:24

      It wouldn't be so bad if the families of the workers actually saw any kind of enjoyment from this money, but my bet is that it went on banquets for "overseas visitors."

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-07-09 13:15

      Did your father get wined and dined for doing his job, Mandy? Including expensive entertainers etc? I doubt it....

      valcooperRSA - 2012-07-12 22:24

      Ummm....how many of the employees actually work and know what they are doing these days...days gone by....eskom was a department you could rely on...75% of the workforce in eskom only have jobs which were given to them because of AA bee....go figure

  • stephan.bester.14 - 2012-07-08 11:01

    Why not challenge the top management of Eskom to open their bank accounts to the public? We pay their salaries. Let's see how much of those millions were paid back to them in kickbacks. Once again an example of the failure of crony appointments and the continued corruption of the anc and their cadres.

  • gert.dupreez - 2012-07-08 12:11

    Everything that the ANC Government is involved in is corrupt. It is disgusting! And sure as hell the poor people will still make their cross in the next election for these criminals.

      Jennifer - 2012-07-08 19:13

      Many of us NEVER voted NP Victor just like many black people are not voting for the ANC, but if you push the ANC through again, you will deserve the non service, crime, bad hospitals, crooked police, lack of water, short life expectancy and no job and you will pay and pay and pay for it . The ANC has failed you it's time to vote for someone else.

      indianajohn - 2012-07-08 19:33

      victor I never voted bloody NP and believe you me, I find the people who started apartheid to be even dumber than the ANC. I despise them. How they thought that was going to work is beyond me. I don't care what their problems were, their decision was always going to be a time bomb. This is however not the way to fix this country. You need to wake up and realise this before there's nothing left for you. The ANC you're voting for today is NOT the ANC from 20 years ago. It's an absolute insult to the ANC from 20 years ago. The ANC you loved and respected no longer exists.

      Irene - 2012-07-08 19:45

      @Victor and Mphozana ~ The sad thing is that you think you're spiting whites when in fact you're only spiting yourselves. We have everything we need to live a happy and comfortable life. Do you?

      Ian - 2012-07-08 19:47

      oooh, how diplomatic of you mr political analyst, BWAAAAAAAA CHOP

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-07-08 19:49

      Hey Victor, that's your defence? You die of huger and your brothers party and you point to the NP and the past? News falsh! This is what your heros are doing NOW!

      pws69 - 2012-07-08 19:50

      Victor, we missed you on the Edusolution article where you made your name gat, you racist turd. Now you spew your bile here. Very ANC of you. Dishonest to the extreme, and when exposed you disappear like mist on a sunny morning, only to reappear elsewhere repeating the same rubbish, not unlike your "redeployed" comrades when they are caught stealing from HONEST citizens.

      hendrikvs - 2012-07-08 19:53

      Is poor Victor still battling with Woodwork 101?

      jae.type - 2012-07-08 20:04

      victool! you racist bigot!!!!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-08 20:05

      Victor - all credit for the monikor. A really inspired choice to whip up the old hatred thing. You are not fooling many of us though - sorry to disappoint you. Go and find another playground on which to satisfy your sense of inadequacy. You are a disgrace to whoever you claim to represent ...

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-08 20:09

      @victor when the NP was still around many of us were still to young to vote you stupid brainsless retard.

      pws69 - 2012-07-08 20:10

      @hendrikvs, Victor thinks wood is something you wake up with in the morning, not something you get from trees. :-)

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-08 20:10

      Koos, u sound like an uneducated farmer, if u attended any school, plse go back there and request an agri-da form, fill it, u will be refunded any amounts, including the lunchies u ate when attempting to get yourself an education

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-07-08 20:25

      @mphozana.manfred: Not only an education but a degree as well and some other titbits on the side with bragging rights and all. Funny thing is if you knew what I do you would probably pee your pants BUT I must be honest, your point eludes me.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-08 21:08

      Yes Mphozana, enlighten us all about your qualifications so that we might be able to credit some substance to your remarks. Koos has not been afraid to ... only right that you should now respond(unless you feel exposed and unable to do so, of course).

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-09 02:49

      Scouter, m nt going to respond to koos titbits n bragging, all i can say is he still has a very long way to go in order to come near me.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-09 06:31

      @mphozana.manfred: As you have started pointing your badly written rants at someone who can actually put more than two words together, I suggest you respond with some intelligence. Wait a bit! It would seem you have similar education qualifications to your friends Malema and Zooma - Std 3 or is that Std 2

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-07-09 20:07

      And they want to run Banks, Mines and Farms, haha ha

      Esther - 2012-07-10 13:08

      What has 'Voting for the NP' to do with Eskom's splurging taxpayers money? At least there were capable people running Eskom during NP rule and we did not have the so called 'power sharing' with people who want everything for free (and black outs costing the economy billions)He he he - we never had white outs when whites ruled!!!!

      frank.thetank.35513 - 2012-07-29 15:35

      @mphozana.manfred, Koos overtook you the day he was born. Idiot.

      Rodney Bevan - 2013-10-21 20:01

      Mphozana, "all i can say is he still has a very long way to go in order to come near me." Why on earth would anyone want to go backward to be "near" you? Try and catch up to the 20th century first, then take a few tentative steps into the 21st, don't rush it though, you may not be able to handle it judging by your inane comments.

  • lientjiew - 2012-07-08 13:12

    R 36.5 m devided into RDP houses . Shame on them .

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-08 21:13

      Only R36,5 m ? - I suppose we should be greatful it wasn't more.

      lizette.wilsenach - 2012-07-09 12:26

      @Aristar. And at least every second lamp can be removed from the entrance to the toll gates

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-08 18:54

    Another bail out on it's way because they need the money for the next party. You get the Government you deserve. This flies in the face of the majority but they will keep on voting in their brothers just because they are brothers. Suffer! The rest of you, get out as fast as you can by whatever means. The writing is on the wall.

      Irene - 2012-07-08 19:46

      @~Mphozana ~ We have to because you're too simple to understand why.

      Irene - 2012-07-08 20:03

      @Mphozana ~ Look at me? 5-bedroomed house that's fully paid for, own business, luxury German car that's fully paid for, couple of million overseas, couple of million here .... Are you still looking at me? I'm looking at you and realising that your life isn't going to improve because of your loyalty to cANCer. Keep voting for them though because MY LIFE ISN'T AFFECTED! Yours is. Shame simpleton. Viva anc viva, keep on struggling so I can laugh at you thinking you're frustrating ME. What a joke!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-08 20:45

      Good grief Irene, with those credentials I do have to ask whether you are spoken for? I'm single, middle aged and to die for, in my honest opinion ..... just by chance you should be remotely interested. (PS - I am blessed with a great sense of humour, which makes me exceedingly good fun to be with in the small hours of the morning).

      Irene - 2012-07-08 21:58

      @Scouter ~ LOL! Taken for but you do sound quite tempting ;-) @Sam ~ I started working for myself in '92, self taught, and not a single handout from anybody. So much for being privileged. Incredible how AA and BEE only make one even more resilient so in many instances it's actually a blessing in disguise - until of course you get told how 'lucky' you are for using your initiative and putting in the hours while everyone else has a weekend off.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-09 00:57

      Rats, Irene - I can show you a much better life than he can give you. As long as you bring the 5 bedroomed house and Merc that are paid for along with you. I promise, I really can be great fun in the small hours! Thank God for a sense of humour otherwise the ANC should be driving us all to suicide!

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-09 02:12

      So now this has turned into a dating site on the side? Lmfao!

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-09 02:31

      @ pretty irene, sure as hell m still looking @ u, but from a different angle nw, who will not? With your coupler millions over there n here? You must be kidding me, i cant be able to look at anything else, even if want to. To hell with eskom n their power shading.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-09 07:02

      @mphozana.manfred: Story just for you: After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: when you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-09 07:41

      @scouter.fourone: Hi! I am still available. I have a nice big German car, my own business.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-09 12:46

      @aristar - if you want to chat me up you have to first be of the feminine sex, secondly really attractive and thirdly incredibly wealthy! Hope that I am not appearing to be too 'choosy'.......

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-11 06:01

      @scouter.fourone: Darn! One and three yes. Two not so much. But no matter the first three husbands left me loads and they all ate their mushrooms.

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-08 18:57

    BLACKMAGIC they say...everything rhymes with BLACK...blackball,blacklisted,blackmail,blacklabel,,,

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-07-08 19:53

      It is a good beer.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-09 07:42

      Who ever tells you that there is no such thing as a black hole, one just has to look at the bottom end of Africa.

      sjmanthey - 2012-07-09 11:23

      don't forget the black plague...

  • LouisPVenter - 2012-07-08 19:01

    There is just no end to how pathetic this government is. Because they are incompetent they just said yes to increases that Eskom wanted and now this is how Eskom spend the billions that they get extra. A million households electricity blown for fun in 7 days. PLEASE lets pray that our voters will use more than 2 brain cells the next time they vote, so we can get people in charge who care for the people of this country. People with integrity and backbone who won't take this crap anymore.

      valcooperRSA - 2012-07-12 22:34

      Sorry.....they have no brain cells....

  • Sharlene - 2012-07-08 19:06

    OMW!!!!!

  • lownabester - 2012-07-08 19:07

    This is not even funny, How can they get away with it!!!!

      raymond.abrahamse - 2012-07-08 19:11

      Funny thing is -they do get away with it.

  • jimzimbo - 2012-07-08 19:11

    We need more black managers.......zoooooomaaaaa will tell you ha ha ha ha ha what a ferrking circus you bunch of anc embiciles are!!!

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-07-08 19:17

    Well zooma and his deputy spent R210m on airfares,Escom R36m on parties,Wow what a rich country!!!!and some people in their shacks are going to bed hungry. But,beware,the wells are going to dry up.

  • bradktm - 2012-07-08 19:20

    Why do we even bother reacting to this. It is to be expected - you get what you vote for. We no longer need a president - we need a ring-master !!!

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-09 07:45

      Ah but we do have a ring master. Mr Zuma.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-08 19:20

    Wow.....and yet we do nothing about it but moan and complain. That's the problem with SA. Stop complaining and actually do something!! Do u really think these people worry much when we complain.....Action speaks louder than words

      jimzimbo - 2012-07-08 19:33

      It's simple really vivian...the masses get who the masses vote into power.....

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-08 19:48

      Fulstop, so stop complaining for us all, we are happy, thats wht we voted for.

      Irene - 2012-07-08 19:55

      @Mphozana ~ Judging by your house and little car, your standards aren't very high. No wonder you vote for cANCer!

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-08 21:29

      Manfred, should I forget - please switch off the lights when I have boarded the aeroplane out of SA. I suggest you start looking around for a generator now - assuming you will still be able to lay your hands on petrol in the future, that is.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-09 03:05

      @kenny, no, as idiots who beat the genius to the union buildings.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-08 19:21

    It's an insult to every consumer - directly or thru municipal supply. Their bid for independence will be on the backs of us all. And we will never see the price come down either http://www.fin24.com/Companies/Industrial/Power-giant-strives-for-independence-20120708

  • colingkearns - 2012-07-08 19:30

    This is a prime example of why SA will never be a winning nation, we need a change of mindset, to nuckle down and get to work. To much waste by cadre deployment and no accountability because of old boy BEE network. Easy come = easy go!!!!!!

  • Senzo Nkosi - 2012-07-08 19:31

    Really is an insult to poor people.our govt..don't care about us only it's fellows and their families.

      Irene - 2012-07-08 23:08

      @Senzo ~ That's why we keep saying "change your vote".

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-07-09 15:09

      I'm glad you have seen the light Senzo.

  • TheVern69 - 2012-07-08 19:37

    Outrages!!!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-07-08 19:51

      More like "Outage"! Money consumption is at an peek. Please switch off your geyser.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-09 03:01

      @thevermin, what?

  • bheka.msibi - 2012-07-08 19:39

    Well say what u want to say but any company that cares about its stuff will have such! If I remember correctly, vodacom did the same for its stuff n they are happy!\r\n\r\nNo one knows the hours we put into keeping these lights on! Its beyond what we get paid for. we have top sometimes go over the limits of hours a citizen should work just so that the lights are on. Personally that fun day was a compensation not only to me but also my family for the time I spent away from them just to power the dreams of south African. That time assured me and my family that \it is all worth it\!\r\n\r\nI support our management for seeing the need to thank us for our effort during the 2010 FIFA World Cup Tournament where we did not allow the pressure to deliver overcome us. The country was not embarrassed on a world stage. We helped deliver the best world cup yet without any load shedding. We baby sitted those machines like they were infants so that everyone would see the worlds stars on their home soil.\r\n\r\nWe could not take leave, we did not want to! We couldn't get sick, we would not let it hold us back. All for this nation!\r\n\r\nTell me if all that does not deserve a bit of gratitude!

      yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-07-08 19:58

      WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY ?????

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-07-08 20:00

      Not at the expense of others..

      toofaan.monsoon - 2012-07-08 20:39

      You did your job. You were paid well for it. I do my job too. I also put in a lot extra. I do not expect 35 million rand to be wasted on parties as a result. So long as Eskom does not deliver reliable and affordable electricity to all, they have not met their mandate. There should be no parties and no bonuses just like any other business.

      Gerry Klos - 2012-07-08 21:21

      I agree,

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-09 11:53

      Bheka, so these days are to assure you and your family that it is worthwhile for you to go to work everday?. You do get paid for the work you do, don't you?

      hayley.fredericks.9 - 2012-07-09 12:41

      Cry me a river !!! You have a job to do and you get paid for it. So get over it. Oh and it is "staff" not "stuff".

      donald - 2012-07-10 07:45

      moron, u cannot compare a private company with a mismanaged state institution.

      Esther - 2012-07-10 13:21

      Thank you White people for establishing Eskom years ago, building it up (without having parties of millions of rands for achieving that) and handing it over to this incompetent lot who have to be rewarded with parties when they for a change do their job for which they are paid to do!!!

      alon.fisher.752 - 2012-07-10 17:13

      Bheka No wonder Eskom is buggered if you are employed by them, learn some grammar and spelling dammit!!! surely you meant staff and not stuff? Back to the topic at hand, sure have a company fun day, but R36 Million? Shouldn't that be spent on infrastructure and development?That will put the lights on, I for one am tired of seeing electricity usage warnings during quality TV viewing time.

  • Irene - 2012-07-08 19:42

    ABSOLUTELY D.I.S.G.U.S.T.I.N.G.!

  • Fourhundredkg - 2012-07-08 19:45

    I used to work for Eskom in the good old days about 30 years ago. Back then we sure as hell did not have staff parties and picnics unless we paid for them ourselves!

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-07-08 19:50

      Started at Eskom in 97. We didn't have parties like this either. Got out a year later... thank goodness.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-07-08 19:51

    Right....Now I start cheating my electricity meter...screw this...!

      aristar.aristary - 2012-07-09 07:54

      If we all switched our lights out and our extra little appliances (stoves, TV's, outside lights, computers, geysers, etc) off when we go to bed (or not in use), we can screw Eskom out of a little bit of money. Maybe we should all install solar catchers or used wind powered generators. Why must our outside lights be on all the time? Put in a movement detector which switches on a searchlight if you are so scared. Chances are that it won't be needed, because the thieves won't see what you own. Booby trap your back yard, with chairs and children's toys and a spike or two.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-07-08 19:52

    "Black magiccommunications" "The eMalahleni-region fun day included performances by artists including Teargas, Liquid Deep and Cash Time." You couldn't make it up. SA is now funnier than a night of Benny hill.

  • Herman - 2012-07-08 19:54

    Disgusting!

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-07-08 19:54

    what an "enlighting " disclosure ......

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-07-08 20:05

    This is not racist, it's just a fact. Blacks like parties. Free grub and booze!

      Hle Phewa - 2012-07-08 21:47

      n brown people dont?

      mary.ball.925 - 2012-07-10 15:04

      What a stupid comment. And white people don't like parties?

  • atisang.mosepelovic - 2012-07-08 20:19

    My fellow black brothers and sisters look @ what our so called beloved governemnt that's supposed to look after us is doing and u still wanna nationalise banks and mines this is exactly what's gonna happen wow this is outrageous

      Irene - 2012-07-08 23:11

      @atisang ~ Thank heavens someone gets it! Change your vote.

  • logical007 - 2012-07-08 20:19

    its government... the light are on shining brightly 24/7...... BUT no one is home thinking clearly or sharply!!! EISH HAAAIBO!!! Another round of Johnnnnny WALKER PLEAAAAASEEEEEE!

  • steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-07-08 20:26

    What about the consumers morale who have to pay the new rates which is afterall as a result of their original bad planning?????????

      Irene - 2012-07-08 23:11

      Another 12% increase coming .....

  • michelle.brouwer1 - 2012-07-08 20:37

    Yes and guess who is paying for it!!

  • catherineangelique.swarts - 2012-07-08 20:40

    un.....believable!!!!!!

  • Hle Phewa - 2012-07-08 20:44

    Dear God help these lost souls!

  • kamogelo.majoe - 2012-07-08 21:02

    this parastatal is very useless.i've been stuck in darkness for the past 3 hours

  • pws69 - 2012-07-08 21:02

    The worst part of this fiasco called EksDOM is the fact that they are a LEGISLATED monopoly. A few years ago I read an article about some enterprising informal settlement guys who bought generators and sold on the power to their neighbours. EksDOM had then charged and the generators confiscated because, according to EksDOM, only they are legally allowed to supply power, even in areas where they DO NOT SUPPLY POWER. And the ANC clowns still think a centralised state will work? ANC, look at that poohole called Cuba and then tell me how well it has worked.

  • gavin.murugan.1 - 2012-07-08 21:04

    So what?

  • gideon.leroux.9 - 2012-07-08 21:07

    Ss as die "power usage high" add aan kom op tv dan gooi hulle eintlik 'n party. Useless

  • Hle Phewa - 2012-07-08 21:12

    Kenny i cannot stand up n say tht the govt of SA hs nt failed us especially us as the 'black' south africans, it hs let us down in the worst possible ways, all i'm saying s tht while we do raise concerns abt the govt let us nt use race as the cause bcause nt all of us agree wit wats hapening in govt!

      Irene - 2012-07-08 23:13

      Hle ~ All very well and good, but when will you realise that criticisms by whites against the cANCer are not racist? It's a two-way street.

  • Gerry Klos - 2012-07-08 21:19

    Employees families should share in a companies success

      pws69 - 2012-07-08 21:30

      And what "success" has EksDOM actually achieved? Over 250% increases in prices since 2008? Costing us over R1,2 TRILLION EXTRA to build the required power stations (granted, this was more political than EksDOM, but EksDOM executives should have pushed much harder). How about getting rid of most of the skilled and experienced engineers BEFORE a transfer of knowledge? How about having over 1000 FEWER staff than required in just the transmission division? Then there was the case of retrenching all the Nuclear engineers, so when the paw paw hit the fan at Koeberg, we contract BACK the SAME engineers at more than FIVE TIMES their salaries from the Swedish company that hired them? Gerry, do you even understand the definition of SUCCESS. Try this link. www.dictionary.com

      Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-07-08 21:36

      Success????? Where?? Price hikes, a huge parliamentary contribution and load shedding??!!?? Whooppy for success- NOT.

      Erna - 2012-07-08 21:53

      Escom is NOT successful by a long shot.

      Irene - 2012-07-08 23:14

      Success? What success?

  • Hle Phewa - 2012-07-08 21:20

    I wanted to vote FOR change in the next elections bt being on news24 n reading tht the black nation is being labelled as 'stupid, no-brainers with no sense hs made me thnk twice. if 1 wants change why the sarcasm n name calling, plz guys nt all of us agree wit the govt if we ar to change tht, stop thinking of the black person as INFERIOR!

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-09 01:43

      Spot on, u vote for any other party @ your own peril.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-09 12:04

      Hle, no person here sees the black person as inferior. We do wonder why blind loyalty to a a party not worthy of your support remains in power just because it is black. The ANC, and it pains me to say so, do not deserve your loyalty. It uses you as election fodder and continue on it's incompetent and corrupt way and it doesn't care who it leaves behind.

      mary.ball.925 - 2012-07-10 15:07

      @Mphozana - not all white people think that black people are inferior. Don't start generalising.

  • Andre - 2012-07-08 21:29

    The incompetant BASTARDS...including their fat, useless, arrogant buddies in Government let by the most useless Leader...!!

  • Hle Phewa - 2012-07-08 21:51

    the shortsightedness of some of u is appalling, the success of whichever party tht wishes to rule SA is dependent on the majority of voters,n this case tht is the dark-brown africans! nw keep on thinking u wl succeed wit this kind of mentality!

      mary.ball.925 - 2012-07-10 14:59

      Guys, I've been reading this entire comment stream and I have to agree with Hle on the above. There are some valid points made on this wall but the racist digs just keep surfacing. You want change but you hurl insults (both black and white). I understand the frustration at the ANC, they are crooks and no one is denying that. The fact of the matter is that race has eff all to do with this. Our Government is the issue and you can blatantly see from Hle's comments and a few other comments from the black youth, that colour has nothing to do with mentality. The ANC work fear! If your grandmother was forced to work, beaten then paid peanuts by white people, or dogs were set on black men walking on the street, you would also be scared of what would happen if power was handed back. Before you ask, these are two stories I know happened during the AA. We need a little faith from both sides of the fence. Put your frikken weapons down and start working together okes.

  • cyberdog.breath - 2012-07-08 22:00

    Yeah, lets see what Zuma's stance on this is, if he even has the balls to make an issue, and if the issue made is comparable to the issues made about a cartoonist drawing a cartoon. What about the dignity of the millions of poor people that cannot afford to pay for electricity, thanks to these people pissing out the money on people who can afford the electricity, instead of passing the benifits back to teh poor who really need it. And the deaths of those people who have had to suffer and battle with no hot running water, no electricity, no lights. Where is the leader to stand up for their dignity? Or is it only his own dignity that concerns him and the ANC?

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-07-08 22:10

    Lekker man lekker...

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-07-09 07:18

    They keep the lights on and we are left in the dark!

  • sheralee.jones - 2012-07-09 07:54

    I can't wait for black people to learn how to voice their opinion with their vote.... only then will this country have grown up.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-09 08:55

    Unlike the private sector if such criminal waste of money was uncovered, not one single head will roll at Eskom, or even any wrist slapping, and so the parties will continue at the tax payers’ expense. The government and parastals in SA grant jobs for life, no matter what. Imagine how differently such a disgusting situation would have been handled in civilized western countries. The government and parastatals in SA grant jobs for life, no matter what. As mentioned above, when will the masses finally realise what contempt the Government has for their plight, and then respond accordingly at election time.

  • NeoAcheron - 2012-07-09 08:56

    It's not like we didn't know this would happen... Make more money, steal more money...

  • robyn.n.sorsa - 2012-07-09 09:14

    I would love to know what the ANC will do if everyone suddenly decided to stop paying tax..but thats not going to happen seeing as there are too many people still voting for the ANC because they would rather follow and believe lies of a black leader with little education and common sense (not saying all of them are uneducated) than a white one who atleast passed matric. Once again it all leads back to Apartheid..sigh!Its no wonder that the price for electricity keeps increasing, we're paying for their 'family fun day'! Pisses me off!

  • avanwyk2 - 2012-07-09 09:26

    It is obvious that it was actually South Africans that should be praised for keeping the lights on, definitely not Eskom.

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-09 09:31

    Beyond shocking and disgusting. Daylight robbery