Greenpeace: Eskom party tab unacceptable

2012-07-09 19:02

Johannesburg - The millions of rands Eskom spent on its staff parties was "unacceptable", environmental group Greenpeace said on Monday.

"It is completely unacceptable that Eskom spends money on parties, while the people of this country face skyrocketing electricity prices, and more than 12 million South Africans still don’t have access to electricity," it said in a statement.

"The latest revelation by City Press about Eskom’s spending spree confirms the arguments Greenpeace continues to make, that as Eskom has become increasingly commercialised and biased towards producing electricity for energy-intensive industry, overall accountability has decreased."

The City Press reported on Sunday that the parastatal spent over R36m on seven "family fun days" since October last year.

This included awarding a R4m contract to a company to plan and organise five "generational family days" for almost 12 000 people in Gauteng. Fun days were also held in Witbank in Mpumalanga, Lephalale in Limpopo, Cape Town, and Durban.

Eskom spokesperson Hillary Joffe told the newspaper the fun days were to thank employees for their hard work and commitment to "keeping the lights on".

Greenpeace's climate and energy campaigner Melita Steele said the parastatal was not serious about producing affordable energy for the country.

"Eskom's power is clearly not people's power... Eskom continues to profit, and invest in massive new coal-fired power stations, while the people of this country pay the price."

  • Matthew.and.Denise - 2012-07-09 19:16

    If Greenpeace had their way we would have no electricity at all! Time they shut up and do something useful like help save the Rhinos!

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-07-09 19:37

      @Matthew...If we keep going the coal-burning route of EKSDOM we will have no planet left at all!!!

      tw2066 - 2012-07-09 19:58

      Yeah right, and while we are about it, lets rather support a worthwile group, like the plundering ANC, or the extortionists at ESKOM???

      awake.asleep - 2012-07-09 20:04

      @Matthew.and.Denise - says the Eskdom Chief Engineer defending his Masters

      jimzimbo - 2012-07-09 20:09

      Sounds like you're an Eskom supporter Matthew, are you employed by Eskom or perhaps you've tasted some of the 36 million rand cake???? 36MILLION RAND....greenpeace or no greenpeace do you support this criminality....???? because that's what it is.....

      Irene - 2012-07-10 01:08

      Matthew ~ Only an employee of Eksdom could make a comment like this. No doubt you're also being overpaid along with massive bonuses. Aren't you ashamed?

  • john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-07-09 19:23

    That's why I am going Solar, and any surplus, you can buy the electricity off me for the tier 4 you charge me.

      carpejugulim - 2012-07-10 06:09

      going solar should be encouraged but SA seems to have ensured that the cost of replacing existing geysers and lighting etc with solar is prohibitive.

      raath - 2012-07-10 11:24

      It is likely because the government wants to get a piece of the pie, as the other pies have been eaten and sit on their collective fat a**es.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-09 19:26

    ... to thank employees for their hard work and commitment to "keeping the lights on". Amazing.Prior to the maintenance neglect, the planning neglect and the millions of Rand executive bonus days, the lights were kept on as well. And much more efficiently I may add. Staff were paid much less,as well. These multi-million Rand bashes are just to keep the focus off the big bonuses of the ANC connected fatcats within Eskom. We are entitled to opulence. Pay up, you peasants.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-09 19:32

    Why did it have to go this far? I believe that it is Nersa, or some similar such institution, that Eskom applies to for tariff increases every year. Surely that institution is not doing its job properly when it approves 24% increases when this sort of wastage and squandering is taking place. Had they done their job properly, they would have scrutinised the financials and rejected the increases owing to wasteful expenditure on the part of Eskom. All relevant departments, including the government ministry, need to be held accountable for this disgraceful behaviour.

  • fawzia.bayat - 2012-07-09 19:33

    Am in agreement with Greenpeace on this one, incidentally this applies to all govt sectors with their exorbitant partying tags. think of the poor, you upper echelons of Govt; who voted for the ANC , it seems thus far its only the fatcats who benefit.

  • anton.bischoff - 2012-07-09 19:40

    Didn't The World Bank bailed them out a year or so back.

      komorison - 2012-07-09 20:19

      The IMF Extortionists, 80Billion, imagine the interest on such a loan, guess who pays. No first prizes.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-09 21:34

      The IMF are the new colonialists of the world, Komorison and the Chinese are desperate to keep them well away from the 'Liberation Struggle' indebted Southern African region.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-07-09 19:45

    The all country should stop paying just for a month than the people will have strengh and power to put the cards on the table like happens with E Tooling.

  • craig.king.7505 - 2012-07-09 19:59

    Who the fkkkk does Greenpeace think it is? They must go off and pose in front of whales or Japanese trawlers or such. They could never be expected to stop the extinction of Rhinos could they?

      jimzimbo - 2012-07-09 20:19

      Who the hell does Eskom think it is, that's the more likley question here....out of control freeking anc embaciles ripping of SA comsumers big time. Greenpeace are simply the messngers here........WTF have rhinos got to do with Eskom criminal extravagence?????

  • robqb - 2012-07-09 20:21

    It seems as though you guys moaning about Greenpeace enjoy being slowly choked to death. Some years back Trevor Manuel spoke about petrol prices in USA. He converted from $ to Rand the cost of petrol, BUT, at, then, R10 to the $, did he tell you that minimum rate was $14 per hour. ie R140.00 per hour! Who earned that kind of money? Be thankful that somebody is squealing about murderous prices.

  • sheda.habib - 2012-07-09 20:21

    Greenpeace you are wasting your breath. You do not have to convince us. It is the 20 million idiots who voted ANC and will do so (with empty bellies) again - who you have to convince. Quite frankly you are wasting your time. I've given up and I am only sticking around to watch the real war that is coming when those empty bellies follow the YL to destruction. A black diamond is strong but only needs a tap in the right place to shatter it.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-07-09 20:54

    Well this just shows you what incompitant ppl are running Eskom, just like the incompitant government. It is digusting and a kick in the face to the poor and to law abiding citizens. Eskom is forever bitching about no money and when they make profit, WTF they go and do????? They go spend R36 million on family staff parties!! WTF have the staffs families got to do with eskom???? Eskom u are a digrace and an embarressment. You really make me sick. Dont you dare come tell us about another tariff increase, cause you can stick where the sun dont shine. There must be a probe into this and senior heads must get fired.

  • raymond.abrahamse - 2012-07-09 20:54

    Hillary Joffe,people earn salaries to perform their duties to'keep the lights on' come on man,don't be plain stupid or naïve.

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-07-09 21:07

    I look forward to the day that I no longer use Eskom. I can get lights, hot water, cooking and heating, the only have to get my tv to work and I can say goodbye to Eskom for good.

  • James - 2012-07-09 21:16

    It works out at approximately R900 per employee per annum according to statistics I have taken from the Eskom Human Resources section of their annual report. I think this is quite reasonable in building good relations between management and employees and their families. It presents the perception that they are a good caring organisation to work for and helps to retain and recruit suitable employees. I see this as good management for a change. You need to put this in perspective.

      renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-07-09 23:09

      I take it that the Eskom workers got their annual bonuses like most other workers. If they have money to waste why do they need to increase the rates. Wait to hear about the bonuses they are going to pay their executives and you will see that the R 900 is a pittance in comparison.

  • Tommo - 2012-07-09 23:18

    Just tell them Greenpeace

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-07-10 06:13

    Years ago one of the most hated companies was Telkom i think Eskom has now taken over that role

  • cwfife - 2012-07-10 08:12

    Eish... LOOK all this money... lets spend it.. white man has more.

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