Eskom’s bungles and lies exposed

2014-12-14 07:52

Cape Town - Eskom's top brass have reportedly tripped over their own words after it emerged that the parastatal’s CEO Tshediso Matona admitted the country was facing a power crisis but that Eskom "was not in crisis".

This comes after Matona said earlier last week that the power cuts were "not a crisis", reported the Sunday Times.

But, Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown immediately contradicted Matona saying "we are avoiding" a crisis.

According to the newspaper, the lies peddled by government and Eskom include the story about the diesel shortage. Weeks ago Eskom stated that PetroSA was unable to meet Eskom's demand.

However Zama Luthuli from PetroSA denied this saying the energy provider had been able to meet its obligations to Eskom.

The newspaper also found that despite Matona's assurance on Monday that the opening of the new flagship power station, Medupi, due now in January would in fact only happen by Easter at the earliest.

The Sunday Times also found that although Eskom states it is working around the clock to keep the power on, nearly 13 000 workers at Medupi in Limpopo, have packed up and gone off on holiday.

Unions also reportedly said that no effort was made by Eskom to get workers to stay on to fast-track the process.

As part of its investigation, the newspaper visited six power stations in Mpumalanga this week and found that not one was running at full capacity – all reportedly because of Eskom’s bungling.

Zuma blames apartheid

This exposé comes after President Jacob Zuma on Friday blamed South Africa's energy problems on apartheid, as reported by News24.

"The problem [is] the energy was structured racially to serve a particular race, not the majority," Zuma told delegates at the Young Communist League's congress in Cape Town.

He said the ANC had inherited the power utility from the previous regime which had only provided electricity to the white minority.
Twenty years into democracy, 11 million households had access to electricity, double the number in 1994, Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery.

Government was taking action to address the energy situation.

The development of the Medupi and Kusile power stations was being accelerated in order to bring them on to the grid.

"Projects in the region with the potential to produce power in the short term are being assessed and we continue to evaluate options with the intention to maximise all sources of energy including coal, gas, nuclear, solar and renewable energy options,” Zuma said.

  • Braam Du Plessis - 2014-12-14 07:57

    ESKOM isn't doing the ANC any favours. I see their supporters getting increasingly frustrated.

      Paul Lessing - 2014-12-14 08:05

      And so one lie begets another. When will these people realize that the people of South Africa are not as stupid as the bunch who are governing them. So you see Zoompie, its not appartheid, but in fact your own useless lying and deceitful cadres who are to blame for the power crisis.

      Harry Bomby - 2014-12-14 08:08

      Financial problems at South Africa's Eskom have pushed the governing ANC to look into selling stakes in state companies to free up funds to update the utility and ease power blackouts. President Jacob Zuma's African National Congress has long been reluctant to sell company stakes to ease the strain on the budget, for fear of upsetting powerful labour union allies who say this would cause job losses. While it has deferred giving details until the budget in February, it is considering relinquishing shares in listed firms such as mobile firm Vodacom and landline phone operator Telkom, in which it has a 51% stake, sources involved told Reuters. It could also sell shares it owns through the state Industrial Development Corporation, which include 8.2% in petrochemicals firm Sasol worth $2.6-billion, nearly $2-billion in Kumba Iron Ore and a 1.6% interest in mining giant BHP Billiton that could fetch $1.1-billion. The government also has the option of selling part of freight logistics giant Transnet, arms manufacturer Denel, forestry firm SAFCOL, diamond miner Alexkor and troubled national airliner South African Airways (SAA). But analysts say it could raise more and more quickly than after the February budget as the government conceded this week Eskom only has enough money to operate until January. Engineering news.

      George Anderson - 2014-12-14 08:09

      Please help me to understand this other CRISIS. Eshkom cant run without water, water cant get there without power. The pipes are so old that they are bursting under the pressure. Water department lowers the pressure to avoid pipes breaking. eshkom dosent get enough water

      Joseph Shange - 2014-12-14 08:15

      They are getting us ready for the 1 Trillion Rand arms deal... I mean nuke deal with Russia.

      renofinch - 2014-12-14 08:25

      Zuma must be the biggest coward and worst excuse for a leader in history. It's sickening how this guy just does not take responsibility for ANYTHING. As for the ANC, what would they have without apartheid to blame? Nothing!

      Peter Ryan - 2014-12-14 08:25

      "Zuma blames apartheid" Well if the infrastructure only supported the white minority, why did it take the ANC 13 years (2007) to realize the dilemma by commencing on the first power plant?

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-14 08:33

      No crisis at Nkandla.Free electricity and generators that side

      Peter Guenther - 2014-12-14 08:33

      Time and time again all failures are blamed on apartheid. Even so the infrastructure left behind was second to non in Africa. Make no mistake I am happy the apartheid is over and out. I thought blaming this Eskom disaster on apartheid, one has to be a total idiot. Nobody can be so stupid and so soft in his brain. However he did it.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-12-14 08:41

      The journalist who is responsible for this article LIED!!

      Antinewstf Person - 2014-12-14 08:41

      Lies, Lies and more lies. Eksdom learnt how to lie from the best, the anc of course. Zuma telling his backward voters that it is apartheids fault. In other words blaming the minority whites again for his and his anc stuff ups. Will zuma now stand up in front of those same idiots and admit Eksdom and the anc lied to them.... of course not. Mac will say it was taken out of context or some BS story for their own backward voters to believe. Policy of any communists world wide is to deny, deny and deny... Lenin was good at it.

      Peter Ryan - 2014-12-14 08:42

      @Peter Guenther couldn't agree with you more. What they seem to be forgetting is the fact that this OLD APARTHEID SYSTEM is still RUNNING THE country 20 YEARS after the ANC took government. Well to say that the "infrastructure" only supported the minority is really retarded, infact it has now supported DOUBLE the number of households @ 11 MILLION!!

      Du Toit Grobler - 2014-12-14 08:58

      Die waarheid sal uiteindelik see"vier en julle vry maak. Die wiel sal draai.

      Pack Age - 2014-12-14 09:19

      Zuma must go...........Period!

      Jurgen Hartmann - 2014-12-14 09:20

      First Showerhead's bungling lies about apartheid causing the anc-induced electricity mess, now the truth coming out, unsurprisingly, about the Eksdim anc black mismanagement's lies about what is going on. The only area of expertise the anc has is to lie and steal.

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-14 09:34

      Charlotte.Apartheid did supply electricity to black people.That is a fact.People who lived during that time before 1994 will confirm that,At the time of handover in 1994,Eskom had surplus capacity.That is a historical fact.Then as now,there were many illegal connections,even to robots.

      C'est moi - 2014-12-14 09:43

      Intelligent middle class blacks no longer support the ANC - Most of them are also bright enough to not see the EFF as an option - It's the lowest classes with nothing but their state breeding grant we need to worry about.

      Kevin Marsh - 2014-12-14 10:17

      Ian McRae was chairman of Eskom back in the days when everything worked Nd he left detailed plans for the short ,medium and long terms needs . The twits who came in said Eish , why spend the money , the lights are on and all bought luxury cars . Again Zoomer is in the dark . Time for him to go stand trial for 783 charges.

      Sam Nujoma - 2014-12-14 10:24

      Zuma conveniently does not acknowledge that apartheid generated electricity and BEE & AA policies reduced capacity. Is he actually saying that whites could generate electricity but blacks cannot?

      Buzz Barr - 2014-12-14 10:52

      Charlotte, the only problem with making the western cape independent is that within 2 years the rest of SA will be trying to jump the fence to get in from the wasteland known as the rest of SA.

      Babalaas Witblitz - 2014-12-14 12:35

      Oh my dear countrymen, when will you learn? If you are not going to be complacent in financing the private bank accounts and assets of your esteemed and important leaders then you will have to be led to obey. Dogs like the citizens of this country who voted ANC must learn to do what they are told, not what they think or believe. Government will do the thinking and tell you what to do, after all thats why they were voted in - to do the thinking for you. The prices of fuel, electricity and taxes will have to go up in the new year and you will comply. If you do not comply, you cant have electricity and you will have to pay in other ways, like e-tolls as an example. Government has decide that its best toput in new nuclear power stations which have to be done quickly just in case government is unable to get Zuma to stay in office for a 3rd term (no dont panic little umfaan, we have plans even if it means state of emergency because DA and EFF are making things difficult, etc. Don't forget government already controls the media and the courst including the con-court). So be a good little boy/girl and just do what we tell you.

      Judge NJury - 2014-12-14 19:40

      @Charlotte: I Agree 100% with you! We need the grow the spine out forefathers had to stand up and declare an independent state where brains rule and not the urge to procreate. The desire to improve ourselves should take president instead of the need to destroy everything so as to bring things down to the lowest level possible as is the tendency with the 62% that voted for the ruling party. People b!tch about not having enough resources in the Western Cape i.e. Gold, Platinum etc. but let me tell you guys something... There is NO excuse... Look at a place like Taiwan, yes Taiwan... they have basically NO resources, they import almost all their raw materials and yet they have a BOOMING economy... Spine and nuts is what is needed, nice guys finish last... our forefathers would be disgusted with our lack of taking action. Not taking action will cost us far more in the long run... FAR MORE, get it??

      Jacob Zumaasak - 2014-12-14 20:49

      ESKOm , SAA, post office, everything will fall! THey rather bankrupt everything and eat as much as possible, than privatize for benefit of the people!

      Jacob Zumaasak - 2014-12-14 21:26

      anthony from nats EFF has been very quiet lately, why isnt he defending his employers here?

      KevanFoxcroft - 2014-12-15 08:54

      Charlotte how exactly would the people go about getting the western cape free from the rest of SA? Does this not run along the same lines as orania? Just asking, I can see the logic to your statement, but i cant see it happening, for starters it would just go to prove what we have all know since the start. Secondly who would regulate who gets to go to the Western cape ? Will the take only certain people, and who gets to choose who goes and who stays behind? It will no doubt be exactly the same as when Berlin was divided into two. My fear would be would the western cape be able to support the influx of around 38% of south africans? Thus leaving the other 62% with their 33% percent pass rate to fix their problems? As glorious an idea it is and as wonderful as it would be, i doubt it could happen. Cape town would not need the rest of SA for much, it has a port and an international airport. So lots of the infrastructure would already be there. Who would decide where the border is exactly? And how soon could a border be put up? There are just too many variables, housing prices in the western cape would suddenly sky rocket, the property in the rest of the country would plummet as we all take on the Second Great Trek back to cape town. It would however give the ANC what they want , all whites out the country AND another reason to blame whites, because nothing will work and the people that have been shafted have left with all their expertise.

      Sean Rethum - 2014-12-15 09:59

      Yes, everything is the whites mans fault.

      Dunte Devante - 2014-12-15 10:08

      @Charlotte that will never happen, you're daydreaming... However your attitude serves as a fresh reminder that your kind have never been willing to contribute to the unity of the rainbow nation. You wish to segregate yourselves because you see your race as superior yet claim you aren't racist.

      Jo Barnard - 2014-12-15 15:58

      @ Dante...your logical thinking and reasoning skills are so poor it shows in your argument. If what Charlotte says is such BS in YOUR opinion, tell us what would YOU do to: 1. Stop the discriminating against 90% of the WHITES that wasn't even BORN in the apartheid era. 2. Reward the hard working community that works their asses off to provide for their families with what is left over that government DOESN'T steal or TAKE from them. 3. STOP the downward spiral of this once GREAT country? PLEASE enlighten us as you are so SUPERIOR in your argument and judgements.

      Dunte Devante - 2014-12-15 15:58

      How else would we have balanced the imbalances of the past without AA and BEE to force the existing (white-owned) corporations to enlist blacks within their ranks? Am I supposed to believe people like yourself were prepared to happily open their arms to blacks right after their regime was toppled? Unfortunately I'm no wishful thinker. By the way, AA is a measure which has been used for many generations in many countries world-wide, its not unique to SA. I think the biggest problem with people such as yourself is that even after decades of oppression; you expect people who were oppressed for multiple generations to just "get over it" and act like nothing happened. I'm not suprised though, you have no idea what its like being black, nor have you ever made a real effort to, hence you and everyone else like yourself continue living in ignorance.

      Dunte Devante - 2014-12-15 16:04

      By no means am I a big fan of AA or BEE as I have never benefited from it, but I do see its necessity, and I know a number of white friends who also understand the logic behind it... The only problem I and many other sensible individuals (regardless of race) have with these policies is the flawed and biased manner in which they are carried out. Opportunities are dispersed to a hand full of well-connected individuals, instead of the young ambitious, freshly educated blacks whom they were intended for.

      Jacob Zumaasak - 2014-12-15 20:20

      Dunte- In my opinion, BEE and AA are not just racist, but also undermines black people, are they not capable of carrying out the job? Are they not qualified enough? Not worthy? Thats why you need BEE and AA? There are TONS of hard working, clever, educated, qualified black people around SA, if you worthy, you deserve it! Not by the colour of your skin! This makes black people looks stupid! It almost sounds like you must get a head start because you are dumb, which obviously you are not.

      Jacob Zumaasak - 2014-12-15 20:39

      but then again, you are right about one thing, we have no idea on whats it feels like being black... can only hope this country gets better!

      Made Inthe South - 2014-12-15 21:31

      Here are the real facts for Eksdom failure: Cadre deployment [resulting in the best person for the job is not the most important requirement ]Also called AA and BEE Lack of planning and maintenance Excessive bonuses and R43 Million Gupta sponsorships Eksdom negligence like the silo collapse and turbine blowup Millions of illegal connections Free power to ZimBOBwe and Nkandla Medupi and Kusile 4 years late because of strikes and faulty welding to the R38 Billion boilers by Hitachi Power Africa[ZANC owned] No new power stations built in 20 years despite a population explosion and influx of refugees from over the world. Letting coal getting wet in the rain IT IS NOT APARTHEID'S FAULT

      StormerHJ - 2014-12-21 12:27

      It's only the cadres near to Zuma and who benefited from all the corrupt deals they entered into, who defend Eskom and the Zuma government.

  • Coert Welman - 2014-12-14 08:01

    Lies, damned lies and anything the ANC touches.

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-14 08:16

      Why are Medupi and Kusile 4 years late?Because of violent labour strikes and faulty welding to the boilers,the boilers that Hitachi Power Africa[ZANC owned] had a R38 Billion contract for.That resulted in them flying in overseas welders to do it over.And adding to cost.Was our tax money then used to increase the R38 Billion contract to Hitachi.?Google it Proudly brought to you by the ZANC Alliance[Of which Numsa was a part]

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-14 08:19

      "He said the ANC had inherited the power utility from the previous regime which had only provided electricity to the white minority" So there was not a single black,coloured or Indian person having electricity?I lived 20 years ago and I came a lot in townships and there was electricity all over,including millions of illegal connections.This 783 is a clown

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-14 08:25

      Speech made by Mantashe in 2007. "As early as 1994, and more vocally around 1996, Eskom projected that the surplus capacity would end by the year 2007. This was clearly communicated to government. At the time privatisation was seen as the panacea to all the economic problems of the world driven by the neo-liberal economic framework, which was dominant and triumphalist at the time. We got caught in the crossfire. We must today face the consequences of the decisions we took at the time." Paste it into your browser and it will take you to the ANC's website

      Jurgen Hartmann - 2014-12-14 09:32

      MESSAGE TO SHOWERHEAD AND THE ANC: During struggle you had the policy of ungovernability. YOU CAN STOP NOW!!!

      Nadia Graf - 2014-12-15 12:48

      What Zuma should have said was that pre-demoncracy Eskom supplied electricity only to those who PAID for it!

  • Made-inthe South - 2014-12-14 08:01

    The reality is that as long as Zuma783 and the ZANC is there,you ,the taxpayer will be Speared.ZANC made money out of the building of Medupi and Kusile,because their investment arm Chancellor House owned Hitachi Power Africa that had the R38 Billion contract for the boilers.That projects are now late because of strikes and faulty welding to the boilers,which had to be rectified by overseas welders. Now they will use this crisis,ZANC created,to justify the building of Russian nuclear reactors.So Chancellor House and the cadres can get tenders again.ZANC keep on winning.And if you followed the news,the Guptas are getting an uranium mine off the ground,in anticipation of the nuclear build

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-14 08:23

      Government at Fault in S. Africa's Electricity Crisis, Mbeki Says Washington Post Foreign Service Saturday, February 9, 2008 JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 8 -- President Thabo Mbeki apologized Friday for his government's failure to prevent crippling power outages across South Africa and warned that restoring a reliable supply of electricity would require new projects and major cuts in usage. Google the paragrapg above and you'll see its from the Washington Post.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-12-14 08:39

      @M-It-S: Zuma claims that the electricity was constructed for the "white minority". Thus, if I understand him correctly, it is "white light"? Now he added another 120% "black light", or is it "white light in black areas" or perhaps "black light in white areas". Damn, this is getting confusing!!! My black neighbour next door and behind me STILL don't have electricity?? What a shame!!!! No wonder they rather braai at night!

      Jurgen Hartmann - 2014-12-14 09:40

      It is time for the anc to move beyond shebeen and taxi rank management skills to something more professional.

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2014-12-14 18:52

      Zuma is a liar. No-one is surprised him blaming apartheid for electricity shortage. and no-one would be surprised for him blaming his 7 wives, 20 children, 250 million rand Nkandla upgrade and general government corruption on apartheid either

  • Ralph Gibson - 2014-12-14 08:02

    Weak! Never take responsibility for anything. The slow puncture is becoming a serious leak.

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-14 08:38

      Eksdom has a serious slow puncture as well

  • Ritz40 - 2014-12-14 08:03

    They are preparing the public to except nuclear power...

      Paul Lessing - 2014-12-14 08:20

      Im quite sure the public will accept nuclear power, as long as the whole operation is run by an independent company and not these idiots in charge of Eskom. Brain cells are unfortunately much easier split by these lot than atoms

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-14 08:45

      There was an article in the m&g that described how Putin of Russia courted Zuma783 for 2 years to own the nuclear industry in South Africa.Zuma went to see Putin alone and in secret in Brazil and Russia,no witnesses present.Now I ask you,what kind of bribes was negotiated there?It was widely reported that Zuma took personal control of the Russian nuclear deal.Now that is scary to me.Also bear in mind that future generations will pay for the Russian nuclear reactors.because it will only be available by 2030. Also remember we don't have the money to pay upfront.So the Russians will build,then we pay them from electricity sales.Russia will own this country forever. It is the new e-tolls E-lectricity

      Frikkie Taljaart - 2014-12-14 09:36

      Is It possible that the ANC is so sick that they are willing to sabotage the economy with artifical power shortages to scare the public into accepting the nuclear deal? I think the Sunday Times should investigate this theory... and by the way, bring on the Russians, this country isn't the Ukraine, we will kick those vodka addicts back to russia

      joannekc1 - 2014-12-14 11:02

      Allowing EKSDOM/ANC to run a nuclear plant is like letting loose a real life Homer Simpson in one.

      Erwin de Ruiter - 2014-12-14 22:01

      MiSA - My friend in Hungary says that the Hungarian government has also suddenly decided to build a 'Russian' power station - no shopping, comparing prices, feasability etc...

      Erika Aust - 2014-12-15 14:39

      Ritz40, I agree with you wholeheartedly!! I've been saying this for months!!! All a manipulation trick this!

  • byron.beedle.3 - 2014-12-14 08:05

    The comment made by the president just proves that he and his government are racists and do nothing to help madiba's legacy in creating the rainbow nation. Obviously his aim with the help of the cronies is divide and rule.

      John R Potter - 2014-12-14 18:10

      And chase all us whites out of the country,,

  • byron.beedle.3 - 2014-12-14 08:05

    The comment made by the president just proves that he and his government are racists and do nothing to help madiba's legacy in creating the rainbow nation. Obviously his aim with the help of the cronies is divide and rule.

  • Kevin Lamprecht - 2014-12-14 08:05

    This worries me-"Zuma said in a speech PREPARED for delivery.". Who prepared the speech? Eskom? Did he even understand what he was reading from the "prepared" speech?

      Theo Martinez - 2014-12-14 09:14

      he can't read. He can't think. He can't do some self-reflection. he can't even spot they are building his Nkandla-palace every time he goes home. We know from Shabir Shaik's trial that Zuma doesn't know anything about finances. He is simply intellectually stupid. he just remembers how to devide and rule from his MK-intelligence years. And he is an expert in baby-oil.

      joannekc1 - 2014-12-14 11:04

      The only thing Zuma can do is use his SPEAR.

  • Barry Pointeer - 2014-12-14 08:08

    Every one keeps on about madiba...wasn't he around when zipper was exonerated and wasn't he around when Zipper was elected??? And what did he do about it..?? And everyone thinks he's a saint...

      Nico de Jongh - 2014-12-14 09:22

      Mandela left politics and never spoke or gave his opinion for he knew the ANC vultures are in a frenzy and interference will cause total chaos... now cANCerous infected by a Zumbee ready for self destruction.

      gerasimos - 2014-12-14 17:36

      Dead right Barry. King Louis XV France was reported to have said "After me the deluge" ("Après moi, le déluge") Mandela probably knew the Tsunami was coming and he was powerless to stop it and most probably was too old to care.

      Bullit Man - 2014-12-15 08:36

      Barry you are an idiot. You have no idea what Mandela did do so rather just shut your mouth

  • Bulelwa Poni - 2014-12-14 08:09

    methinks this statal is the true reflection of the heartbeat of the Aye And Sea!

  • Rudolph Germishuys - 2014-12-14 08:09

    Aparteid always the quick fix in any mess. Wish this cloun will f-off. At least mbecki had an education. Wat accpet aids. 6 wifes and an appitite for corroption does this clown have

  • Vryheid Van Spraak - 2014-12-14 08:10

    Apartheid , long are going you going to ride that bicycle mr. President?? The fact is ( amongst other factors many times discussed ) that the anc government cannot take accountabillity , responsibillity neither admit with wrong doing. Viva anc , viva zuma , comtinue to show the world what idiots you are!!!

      Mike Heyns - 2014-12-14 08:44

      ************** WARNING ******************** *** If you have read this post before, you are welcome to skip it! I will keep on posting it until the percentage is 0 or another excuse is found!! *** “APARTHEID” – Seen in context: FACTS (Rounded where applicable): 1. Today, there are 222,000 white voters over 40 years of age still alive (eligible for voting in 1992). (Source - Census 2011) 2. Regardless of the voting turnout, let us assume 100%. (Should be 85%, but let it be.) 3. During the 1992 referendum, 33% of “white voters” voted for “APARTHEID” to remain. (Source - Wikipedia as a neutral source.) 4. This leaves you with 73,000 whites still alive today (estimated) which believe that “APARTHEID” should continue! (Source – mathematical.) 5. There are 53,000,000 people in SA today (Source - Stats SA, Population stats.) 6. Thus, 0.14% of the population who “insisted” to continue with “APARTHEID” is still alive today! (Source – mathematical.) Yet, for the sake of less than 1% of the population of SA, it is daily imprinted in the minds that everything that goes wrong and who’s to blame = 0.14% of the population???? WHY??????!!!!!

      Aunt Agatha - 2014-12-14 08:48

      Because being an ANC supporter is not an intelligence friendly thing to be. Once that black, yellow and green is pulled over one's head you lose 50 IQ points right there

      Jurgen Hartmann - 2014-12-14 09:27

      Mike, the reason is because the anc misfits dont like blaming themselves for their own continual fkups....

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  • Hans Hilzinger - 2014-12-14 08:13

    Jacob Zuma you are an idiot. Blaming apartheid what a joke and he eats with that mouth.

      Koos Marincowitz - 2014-12-14 09:11

      And he is forgetting about the millions of Zimbabweans and people from Africa, China, Pakistan and India (Gupta's) which he welcomes in South Africa,which is not paying taxes, but demanding electricity, roads and other services.

  • DerpyHooves - 2014-12-14 08:16

    Uh oh, quickly News24, you mentioned Apartheid! SHUT DOWN THESE COMMENTS! That is your go-to strategy is it not?

      Kevin Lamprecht - 2014-12-14 12:06

      They actually DID shut down the comments earlier.

  • Werner Nel - 2014-12-14 08:17

    Got to love the apartheid excuse. How many stations did you mothball? Remember that? It was on your watch ANC!

  • Antinati Staat - 2014-12-14 08:17

    Zuma blames Apartheid? What is new, play the racial card at YOUNG COMMUNIST meeting, at least he know a bunch of uneducated people who like himself doesn't believe in progress. JZ, the ONLY thing Apartheid is to be blamed for is that YOU are still alive.

  • Rudi De Jager - 2014-12-14 08:18

    Let them continue, whites should learn to stick together

  • Rudi De Jager - 2014-12-14 08:18

    Let them continue, whites should learn to stick together

  • Rudi De Jager - 2014-12-14 08:18

    Let them continue, whites should learn to stick together

      Margaret Patricia Meek - 2014-12-14 10:45

      Whites never stuck together even during apartheid. English speaking people were treated like second class citizens.

      Buzz Barr - 2014-12-14 11:00

      Sadly Margaret is correct. Even today, when an Afrikaner gets into senior management, he only hires other Afrikaners. I have seen this at the 4 corporate companies (all JSE listed) I have worked at over the last 15 years. Take a look around your workplace and see for yourself.... Even in the old SADF, the entire top structure was Afrikaaners.

      fragtion - 2014-12-15 03:44

      Margaret is correct. But I think the landscape is different now to what it was before. I would hope that the Afrikaaners would now see the merit in working with other whites. We need to join together now more than ever

      C'est moi - 2014-12-15 11:08

      No Rudi - All people with integrity who are not being fooled by the ANC need to stick together - This includes thousands of intelligent and educated black people - Let me remind you that lots of them voted DA last time and more will next time - We really cannot afford to harp on colour anymore - that just alienates people - We need to look at class and integrity.

      Koos Petoors - 2014-12-15 12:43

      Margaret et al.. Perhaps this is the time to stop the name calling and start sticking together - there is common enemy.

      STORTKOP - 2014-12-24 14:25

      Maybe the reason for hiring afrikaaners is because they worked hard and made things work properly, just asking.

  • Geoff Dellow - 2014-12-14 08:19

    "The old regime" is Zuma's scapegoat for anything and everything he fails in! Zuma is a failure, a liar and a thief!

      deepchund.ramchurren - 2014-12-14 10:40

      100% correct.

      Karin Jamotte - 2014-12-14 19:42

      But you have to agree that Apartheid was a ghastly, cruel regime, surely?

      Chris Faurie - 2014-12-15 13:23

      @ Karin, I am starting to wonder!!!

  • Angelique Nel - 2014-12-14 08:19

    A genuine president wouldn't shift the blame...he would take responsibility and do something about the crisis...step up to the plate Mr President !!!

      STORTKOP - 2014-12-24 14:26

      He can't, he's to dumb

  • Martin Goodman - 2014-12-14 08:22

    I was proud to see the reaction mostly by black men and women resenting the fact that Zuma is trying to play the apartheid card here and squirm his way out of responsibility once again. We havent heard from him in months and the first words coming out of his mouth are lies with a divisive agenda .

  • Fifi Stewart - 2014-12-14 08:23

    Every time they open their mouths they lie!!!!

  • Ryna du Plooy - 2014-12-14 08:23

    How can we trust such a bunch of liars, right from the top, to run this country? With our tax money!!

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-12-14 08:26

    Never mind, like their boss Zuma they too will blame apartheid, while their bank accounts grow and grow. They don't know how to deliver, but they do know how to enrich themselves, just like the big man does.

  • Aunt Agatha - 2014-12-14 08:27

    aluta continua!

  • Yugan Naidoo - 2014-12-14 08:30

    Affirmative action appointments have ruined almost every department and parastatal and you blame apartheid for your incompetence.

      Erika Aust - 2014-12-15 14:48

      Amen to that!!

  • Jens Langenhorst - 2014-12-14 08:31

    The conspiracy might be that load shedding and the "crisis" is brought on to divert attention from procuring and building of more Nuclear power plants. If it don't add up, you gotta look elsewhere for the root cause.

      deepchund.ramchurren - 2014-12-14 10:44

      The root cause is people who can't even spell their names being placed in charge of para statals, who are then used as puppets to divert funds to their corrupt cadres.

  • Alton Small - 2014-12-14 08:32

    Renewable energy; nuclear power, after ANC came into power they have powered up 11 million households, this is the words of yours truelly Butternut head, he's using the same old campaigning strategy when they won the country, using apartheid as the reason why the country is behind with service delivery to the country, that is a old and boring excuse, just admit it, you don't have what it takes to drive the damn country forward, wheres the logic in being free in the country.

  • Freddy van Wijk - 2014-12-14 08:32

    All entities "TOP BRASS" are living in a paradise. It's called Bullsh**er's Paradise.

  • Leon Lourens Coetzee - 2014-12-14 08:33

    The previous "Apartheid" government had the knowledge to ensure that the population growth ran parallel with the building of power stations, and that people maintained these power stations to perfection. When the ANC took over, all the personel that ran these powerplants were kicked out because of their skincolor. Chronie blacks were appointed with no knowledge, but very deep pockets. Upgrading of power stations stopped, and money allocated for the building of new power stations were paid out to the useless Eskom employees and several other ANC government employees in the form of bonusses. Now how does Zuma explain the fact that the previous government was to blame? Easily. Him and his goverment are corrupt and greedy racists to the core, not really caring about the normal man in the street, just about their taxes and votes.

  • Louis Luyt - 2014-12-14 08:33

    Priorities: Electricity or Nkandla? Sorry Nkandla wins every time. Seriously though, the reverse racist diatribe needs to stop. Enough!! It is time people, black, white, indian and coloured stand up against these statements of non-sensical old style ANC support garnering and idiocy. Not one Minister in office including the Presidency, entered government with any historical experience to manage at any level. Share handouts don't count!! So how can they be expected manage this machine called Government. It is not in the make up however of the Government and its Ministers to admit weakness, mistakes or ask for help. Not that it is wanted as long as the worst of the worst will keep bleeding the country dry. Case in Point: Telling us that Cyril Ramaphosa and Treasury will now be overseeing SAA and ESKOM is so laughable. Government is the only shareholder of these units, have been responsible for the units all along, appointed the Boards, bailed them out with public money, so to now say they are taking control almost makes me want to fall on the floor with laughter as they have been responsible for their failure all this time!! Really do they think mentioning Cyril's name carries that much weight in the world that he will be deemed a saviour!! Note to Government: the world doesn't care about us and specifically you anymore. We have become insignificant!

  • Peter Ryan - 2014-12-14 08:33

    Furthermore by 2007 6 MILLION ADDITIONAL house holds had access to electricity ALL ON THE OLD APARTHEID SYSTEM!!! Wel,l i'm sure you can draw your own conclusions from that.

  • kelly.oneill.125 - 2014-12-14 08:33

    Welldone ANC for blaming aparthate again! ANC and its majority: "THE HEART OF DARKNESS" Joseph Conrad

  • Louis Luyt - 2014-12-14 08:34

    I take offense to these comments by our President. I do not and did not condone the Apartheid regime. However, the Power Utility sufficiently serviced required needs up until the point where the ANC took Government. Upgrades could have been undertaken immediately when the ANC started "buying" votes with service delivery promises such as "free" electrical supply to the masses which put enormous pressure on the grid which chickens have now come home to roost. The blame lies squarely with the ANC government and stops with JZ. Nowhere else. Do not push the blame game here. Ineptness has no hiding place in this instance.

  • Peter Last - 2014-12-14 08:37

    Nepotism, failed municipal audits, corruption, billions of unauthorized expenditure, failing health programs, Nkandla, the arms deal , ineptitude (eskom) , crime and a partridge on a pear tree. Jacob my dear fellow, only kids and fools in you and father christmas. But at least father christmas delivers on his promises once a year.

  • GS Olwage - 2014-12-14 08:37

    He forgot to mention how much of SA 's power is being re- routed to neighboring African states- what a sad excuse used for his stupid mistakes -

  • Mvubux - 2014-12-14 08:37

    lIES lIES lIES....

  • Gary Davies - 2014-12-14 08:38

    20yrs ago we had capacity for 49gW and now we can only produce 19gW not sure how we can blame apartheid for that? The ANC had a perfect platform to build on.

  • Wayne Richter - 2014-12-14 08:39

    Since when has it become necessary to chair any parastatal when the only qualifications you need to be president of the country is have a prison record and be thoroughly corrupt?

  • Marius Koen - 2014-12-14 08:39

    Focus on solar and wind!

      Stephen Paine - 2014-12-14 08:49

      You cannot provide a base load with solar and wind.

      Jaco Wium - 2014-12-14 11:07

      Stephen is correct, but more focus ought to be on renewable sources to assist with supply. Unfortunately there is a lack political will (not as lucrative for the politicians?), but the general population also seem to discourage development. Everybody says wind turbines are good and fine - as long as they're not erected near their own turfs where the noise of spinning blades would be audible. Unfortunately both wind turbines and some solar station designs contribute to bird deaths, so there are natural considerations as well. Still, this area needs more attention and could yet be a great job creation tool.

      Adrian Snyman - 2014-12-14 20:26

      Agree with Stephen, but you can use that energy to pump water back to the upper reservoir in the pump storage scheme, alleviating the need to divert power to do this.

      Chris Faurie - 2014-12-15 13:26

      @ Jaco, put a cover on the blades , the same as a house fan.

  • Aunt Agatha - 2014-12-14 08:40

    It's such an infuriatingly ridiculous thing for our alleged prez to say that these things are Apartheid's fault. Imagine, with me, for a moment, that Apartheid never was. Does this floundering fool really think South Africa (and don't get me wrong - discriminating against someone purely based on skin colour is and will always be disgusting) and parastatals like Escom would have ever even reached the heights they did? I submit that should the bumbling incompetence and despicable corruption, that we see putrefying our country today, have been around for 100 years instead of twenty it would have been far far worse today! Or, look at it from this angle: They burned, bombed and looted because of the unfairness of Apartheid saying that they should be in charge because they will do things better. Well. They have had twenty years to do thing better! Instead EVERYTHING is not only worse some things are actually close to TOTAL COLLAPSE! It is absolutely shameful.

  • Ray Shankland - 2014-12-14 08:44

    When you cannot blame yourselves....just blame apartheid simple !!

  • Gary Williams - 2014-12-14 08:47

    With the current leadership & ruling party going from one lie to the next, just what are they teaching the younger generation ??? That cheating, stealing, lies are acceptable ??? Unless we start working on the basics of what is, and what is not acceptable in life, these problems will just get worse. In society respect is earned, not commanded. We need quality Leadership and we need it now !!! My parents taught me what is right from wrong and hell if we base our whole life on those principals, how far wrong can we go ??? Wake up SA, before it is too late !!!

  • Kevin McManus - 2014-12-14 08:48

    How bright can you be to connect 5.5m new users (who don't pay) without considering whether you have the capacity to provide them. The President is with respect a joke.

  • Johann Du Plessis - 2014-12-14 08:49

    President Zuma is clearly not familiar with the facts. If he was he would have known that the rolling blackouts commenced in February 2008, 12 years into ANC rule. That was ample time to provide more capacity if the ANC managed Eskom had deemed it necessary. He would also possibly had known that the majority of the delays to The new power stations were caused by the ANC's business partner, Hitachi.

  • Michael James David - 2014-12-14 08:49

    dum president I cant believe that you are still in charge I cant understand why people would even vote for you.

  • don.wylde - 2014-12-14 08:51

    Shows how disconnected management is from what is actually happening, wonder if the are able to read their reports, or even the news!

  • gary.harding.94 - 2014-12-14 08:51

    Zuma is a blundering fool. Eskom is run by a bunch of dim wits. All that tha Goverment has done in the past 20'years is steal, make excuses and blame apartheid......we are the laughing stock of the world....