Electricity for all key, Zuma says

2012-11-10 20:07

Johannesburg - The supply of electrical power to every corner of South Africa is an important developmental goal for the country, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

"Children in rural areas should be able to study using electricity at night and not candles. People must cook [and] iron using electricity in every corner of our country," said Zuma during a site visit at Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.

"That is a simple, but very key developmental goal."

The scheme is designed to meet South Africa’s power demand using hydro-electric power.

The R21.4bn project is expected to be operational by the end of next year.

  • evan.connock - 2012-11-10 20:12

    ...more empty election promises! As it is ESKOM is struggling. One wonders where this electricity is going to come from?

      grant.hide - 2012-11-10 20:17

      I would prefer internet to get to every corner.

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-10 20:27

      You can lie to the uneducated. But we will NEVER-EVER belief you corrupted lying tax thief Jacob "Compound" Zuma!

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-10 20:28

      PS. How much are you stealing from this tender? Thief!!!!

      makarapakaplan - 2012-11-10 20:33

      Why worry where the electricity is going to come from when u never intend deliver on the promise.

      alf.pop - 2012-11-10 20:48

      Probably from Zipper's private plant in Nkandla!

      StormerHJ - 2012-11-10 21:37

      Will all the recipients be able to pay for electricity........or will the taxpayer pay the bill ?

      Jack - 2012-11-10 21:42

      Wow, genius! How many people can afford to pay for it? What? You say they will get it for free! You can't even keep the public roads corruption free! e-tolling for electricity.

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-11 05:50

      Moving lips Zuma

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-11-11 06:18

      i use gas for cooking you stupid pr^k because youve put up the price of electricity you dumb fk.

      denise.labuschagne.54 - 2012-11-11 06:54

      why u r still running this country, or the ANC. . i dont know. people i guess got too lazy and don't care anymore.. sold everyone to the world, then u blame others.. this is gonna stop, whether u like it or not, or trying to stop it .. ur demise is at hand, and to your families.. what was will be, and you will return to the state you in were in even b4 the whites came here.. you are one track minded.. you want everything.. but dont wanna work for it this NWO will seize to exist, and justice will burn around this globe like 10 000 000 globes ..

      denise.labuschagne.54 - 2012-11-11 07:01

      but you don't like it when people speak the truth ......

      heathway.master - 2012-11-11 09:10

      As all correctly comment. Just another election promise from this chameleon. The question has been asked where all the money will come from. Very simple, the 10% in this country that pay for all will simply face exponential electricity increases, which eventually will consume 25% of their monthly payments, so the rest of the country can have lights. The very clever and inventive "OVERSEAS EUROPEANS" however have devised the perfect solution to such a situation. Many European countries have installed solar panels on their roofs, which turn water into steam and drive electrical turbines that charge up a series of batteries. These provide electricity at night, as well as all hot water. Large industrial plants also have a battery of solar panels that can generate 4 megawatts of electricity, totally adequate to drive all their plant and equipment. All this energy comes at no cost once equipment installed. If SA does same, Eskom will eventually become obsolete, and they will have to fire the millions of oxygen thieves in their employ.

      claudia.meads - 2012-11-11 11:13

      This bug-eyed demon, with the forked tongue, should be locked away in a dungeon for the criminally insane (viz, for his role in the ANC Angolan Torture Camps, along with other monsters like Madikizela-Mandela) - by no measure should he be running a country. While the grotesque ‘lucifer’ does not want the “white man’s law”, he is quite content to promise his entire kingdom of illiterate goons (ie, according to him, clever blacks are the key threat), the ‘white man’s electricity’, (almost exclusively) paid for by the whites… South Africa’s only solution is a mass tax revolt – in very simple terms: - Companies must relocate their HQ’s to the Western Cape – even if only a satellite/administrative office. - Taxes must be paid directly to the Western Cape government. - The WC government will then only pay the tax to the central government if deemed proper (non-corrupt, bona fide need, etc). - The ANC (central) government will be bankrupt within six months. This will effectively remove them for government and as such – GAME OVER for a country run by illiterate goons.

      daniel.jacobs.3766 - 2012-11-11 13:32

      No problem with that goal, as long as you frigginwill plan it properly and everyone pays according to their own usage.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-11-11 16:21

      @Getafix - You can't have internet without electricity.. stupid

      debduplessis - 2012-11-11 16:45

      TYPICAL!!! only does something about his promises to all just before his elections when his butt is so going to be kicked out anyway!!!

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-11-10 20:13

    Duuuuude. Duh. We know this.

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-11-11 00:46

      Yep, just another bland and trite thought by the presidential speech writers and creepers.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-11-10 20:16

    Use solar electricity - ESKOM too expensive. And kids need schoolbooks before they can study.

      chris.summers.3954 - 2012-11-11 02:48

      How is Solar any sort of solution, especially if price/kwh seems to be important to you?

  • anton.behrens - 2012-11-10 20:17

    So he starts with hos empty promises. you will not get a second term. dankie hoor. gan stort mar liewer

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-10 20:19

    errr..are they going to pay for their electricity usage? I mean here in the EC, they have to write off billions in unpaid accounts....really *huge sigh* Imagine, just imagine, if Zuma were to follow in the footsteps of Kennedy, Herbert Hoover, and the Uruguay president, Jose M, who donates 90% of his salary to charity? Hoover said, "if I accept money, I could be accused of corruption"....Kennedy was wealthy enough not to need the money.

  • karel.dutoit.50 - 2012-11-10 20:23

    The way you are allowing eskom to escalate prices no poor person will be able to aford electricity. The corrupt municipalities is also not helping matters. Good goal to have, sort your cANCer buddies out first, and then get competision for 'eksdom'.

  • clive.brink - 2012-11-10 20:24

    How many times during elections have we not heard this/these kinds of empty hollow promises. And if by a miracle this should happen (with the money that is stolen or defrauded) please tell us Mr President with the tariffs and prices and escalations foreseen by ESCOM, how are the people in every remote corner of the country (rural) going to pay for it. You going to jig the pig or milk old Bessie (the cow) even more?

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-11-10 20:26

    Like all the schools, houses, hospitals you promised before bieng elected??? just a ploy to get the masses voting on you again. the only thing he needs is our money in his pockets to feed his nation,, and i dont mean us,,his family!

  • Gifted - 2012-11-10 20:28

    they'll be enough electricity for everyone after Eskom is done screwing us financially in the next coming years...

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-11-10 20:28

    Promises coming thick and fast again, what's going on? Oh wait elections are near! After elections is business as usual doing jack!

  • logen.naidoo - 2012-11-10 20:30

    Zuma is busy campaining for votes but with empty promises.

      ronald.stilianou - 2012-11-10 22:27

      I think this one is not an empty promise, I am aware of the upgrade of the hydro-electric system. I think he is going to use this project as a model, in order to gain the middle class vote(he knows that he is losing it fast). If I look into my crystal ball I would say: The project started off with a fantastic BANG!. Exactly 6 months from the start date, it will lose speed, the greed sets in, the loss would be exponential. There will be strikes at about 8 months. The project will surpass it's completion date. Someone would be found responsible but somehow not be found accountable. The project would be completed by a stand in, 1year overdue. The financial loss is staggering -the taxpayer ultimately pay........ I have NO confidence in anything you do or say zuma.

      wdvilliers - 2012-11-10 23:05


  • ruben.maistry - 2012-11-10 20:31

    We have heard this song before other elections, without any delivery.The president of the country does not know the present status at Eskom, one wonders.

  • KCorsar - 2012-11-10 20:32

    You could have added R1.4bn to this and actually reached a few more if spending money on the already overfed members of parliament...electioneering, nothing more than hot air from a showerhead!

  • jenipher.lavender - 2012-11-10 20:37

    Lol, our beloved president sais this now after 18 years. That took a long time to realise. 1. Sort out water. People need water more than they need electricity. 2. Sort out toilets (cannot happen without water). 3. Then maybe look at electricity. Come-on i dont get paid to give advice :)

  • ed.jacobs.50 - 2012-11-10 20:38

    Rather deliver on EDUCATION and keep your word mr P!

  • di.hingley - 2012-11-10 20:42

    In my adult life, only 2 presidents have embarrassed me...PW Botha and Jacob Zuma......

      frankflower - 2012-11-10 20:47

      Know what, I'd take the Krokodil... He was less of an embarrassment than the idiot spear of the nation.

  • asdhasgd - 2012-11-10 20:44

    SO coming from the chop building a R250 million rand compound and allowing 1.4 BILLION rand to go to waste at the taxpayers expense. Yeah. Zuma is a real patriot.

  • joy.clark.794628 - 2012-11-10 20:46

    Of cause, people will have to be in a position to pay for electricity.

  • Denise Heiberg - 2012-11-10 20:48

    gov must 1st stop bulldozing the houses.. otherwise whats the point! school kids going to sit under a street light with no books and no roof!!

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-10 20:49

    I say the right things but I am lying!!! HaaHaahaa That is our president!!!!!

  • alf.pop - 2012-11-10 20:51

    Why doesn't South Africa strive to become the first country to have an electrified presidential chair?!

      NkandlaSpearshaker - 2012-11-10 21:44

      Just love that! And attach the shower as well for an electric head massager and in the lower regions, a serious electrically powered milking machine. He should enjoy that very much in deed! LOL!

      ali.makhadzi - 2012-11-10 22:14

      Hahaha, funny image. Or clip him with the eletric dog collar, whenever he starts bull$#! ing it should just choke him.

  • jan.ramoshaba.5 - 2012-11-10 20:52

    All mr president is focusing on is kwazulu how abt other provinces because he is a zulu

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-11-10 20:55

    That is just such populist rubbish. How does one pay for it? Education and jobs are key.

  • richard.scully2 - 2012-11-10 20:56

    Zuma you damn thief

  • richard.scully2 - 2012-11-10 20:58

    One thing is for sure, nobody wants Zuma except for Zuma and the thieving thugs surrounding him

      mfanafuthi.mhlungu - 2012-11-10 22:33

      majority want zuma only yellow racist like dont want the prez.

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-11-10 21:04

    Oh please! In Kimberley we have had water for approximately 4 days in the past 8 days. This happens at least once a month. Our water system used to work fine, but instead of doing maintenance, revenue is spent on parties, salaries and cars. Greedy anc officials don't care. So there isn't even water for all, a basic human right.

      mark.a.fysh - 2012-11-10 21:08

      Yes, Kimberley Council are a nest of thieving swine - well taught by Chief Crook and bottlewasher, John Block

      charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-11-10 21:29

      And of course, the top guys at the council have swimming pools and air-con and bore-hole water, they don't have to load buckets on a wheelbarrow for some water. They can afford to use bottled water for everything.

  • riedwaan.jefferies - 2012-11-10 21:05

    Extracts from Jacob Zuma final election speech at Ellis Park on Sunday 19 April 2009: “We will ensure that learners and teachers are in class and that learning is taking place, that schools have the facilities they need, and learners the materials they require” “Working together we will do more to fight corruption. We are determined that no individual in a position of responsibility should enrich themselves with resources that rightly belong to the people” “We will strengthen procurement measures within government and ensure that tendering processes are more transparent and less open to manipulation” Blah, blah, blah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-10 21:57

      Yes but he didnt write that speech and I am sure cannot remember saying out aloud.

  • Zahir - 2012-11-10 21:06

    The useless corrupt govt can't deliver and fails in everything except stealing taxes when the people get electricity can they afford it escom is making the cost impossible

  • edwin.morena.3 - 2012-11-10 21:19

    Zum Zum has run out of ideas, can no longer afford 2 fool de masses.

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-11-10 21:27

    Noble idea, but sick to the core as his plan also forces a few to pay for others.

  • stephen.vaneyssen1 - 2012-11-10 21:31

    This is amusing. As far back as 1986 Eskom had a corporate objective "Electricity for all" Initially it went well until the "new generation" Eskom lost their way strategically. If they stuck to what was a sensible strategy, this objective would have been just about 100% under control. Eish. Do I need to say more?

      johann.matthews.50 - 2012-11-29 10:47

      Yip in 1998-1999 I developed a prepaid vending system for Eskom implemented in Khayelitsha and took the financila losses from 65% to Zero. This ammounted to R1.5 million a Month. The success of the system enable electrification in Khayelitsha of another 20,000 houses in 18 months. Considering that Khayelitsha vending base is 1% of the Eskom prepaid base and that the financial losses experienced in Khayelitsha was the same all over, it is guesstimated that the Eskom fin losses was R200-150 Million per month. This assumption is that the poor people steal the electricity but the reality is that the the poor pay dearly and the vendors and vendor controllers steal the money.

  • joe.whiteman.9 - 2012-11-10 21:34

    @Themba Twala Shut the Black Hole

  • cindy.dunn.9 - 2012-11-10 21:35

    Lol you gonna pay there bills zoom zoom????? No I know ppl gonna strike for more money to pay the bills .or sell zumaville for a nice 2 mill rand house and you can pay it. While they study the floor with no books. Eish stop trying to make promises u can't keep coz its time to vote ur ass out

  • fef.gericke - 2012-11-10 21:45

    electricity alone wont help them study,they need books

  • bless.boswell - 2012-11-10 21:45

    If zuma spent less on unnecessary upgrades, more people could have had affordable electricity years ago. This man is unbelievable. Please book him and his entourage on a non return flight to never never land.

  • jane.dawson.165 - 2012-11-10 21:46

    I agree that electricity should be available to all, but when the infrastructure is so overloaded, and alternative methods aren't even considered, where is it going to come from. We have a country with wide open spaces and plenty of sun, no solar panels supplying energy to the grid. A pity that the government doesn't consult with the state of Nevada, and find out how they make it work!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-10 22:04

    What a joke.....his party can't even do the simplest thing deliver text books.....and he talks about electricity for everyone.... the fool thinks we are all fools... play with the stupid... you shower head carrying disgrace. The children first need their farking text books you twat.

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-11-10 22:12

    Too much talking not enough juice.

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-11-10 22:14

    I pay (enough, meaning a lot of...)taxes, so it's great to see it actualy gets spread to the thinnest layer it could possibly get spread. Thanx JZ

  • dean.polley.3 - 2012-11-10 22:20

    @News24, why do you keep deleting my comments? The truth too difficult for you to handle?

  • michael.jackwood - 2012-11-10 22:37

    ANCgovernment is working, and all of you here at news24 who are dependant on news to make an opinion or send bad comments are welcome to do so.

      Mhlonitjhwa Sikhosana - 2012-11-10 22:48

      And we(ANC voters) dont deny that there are some place that need serious improvement bt looking on the positives one would has to swallow his/her pride and admit that the would never be a better government than this one in SA, never!

  • Mhlonitjhwa Sikhosana - 2012-11-10 22:41

    I love this government it has really worked wonders for ME i so wish it remain in power until i die which after 100 years from now.

  • thabo.mkokeli - 2012-11-10 22:47

    Mr President uya bora.

  • phaldiemeyer - 2012-11-10 22:52

    and...wait for it...we have to increase the price of electricity to fund building more power that we can sell electricity cheaper to neighbouring countries and big business than we sell to the people funding it! Our country has become Africa's whore which everybody gets to screw.

      dee.bone.39 - 2012-11-11 08:07

      we should all steal electricity seeing that we're stuffing their pockets. We should start a campaign by doing it and use the savings to take them to court for stealing it by pawning it for extra cash

  • tiaan.vanderberg.75 - 2012-11-10 22:55

    The children cant study using electricity,, because the text books havent been deliverered mr President.

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-11-10 23:01

    And who is going to pay for it ?

      dee.bone.39 - 2012-11-11 08:01

      would be nice if they could charge us all fairly instead of taking kickbacks for giving it away for free

      Dino Madhav - 2012-11-11 09:47

      As it is, electricity is going to cost us twice as much in 5 years time..... Now WE are going to have to fork out even more to subsidize this.... Time to consider a Gennerator

  • brad.ken.18 - 2012-11-10 23:20

    STFU already liar! All you can deliver is children, rape, lies, wives and a hoard of illiterates! If YOU 'cker had ONE more brain cell........... was going to say bark, but a DOG does that when things are WRONG!!!! YOU scumbag, cant even do that!

  • kelvin.strachan - 2012-11-11 00:16

    I wonder how far the cables could reach with an extra 200 million rand to spend meesta zooma?

  • Garren Nicholson - 2012-11-11 02:00

    we dont all suffer from short term memory loss. this was promised over 4 years ago and thats y we voting 4 u Mr. Zuma. Now 4 years later the same promise. maybe im slow but is there another election coming up soon or maybe...?

  • EricksonTL - 2012-11-11 04:35

    NHI, electricity for all, RDP houses.. One wonders how the ANC manages to STEAL SO MUCH MONEY from such a tiny number of income tax payers?! How bout you get people working for welfare Mr. Pres? Instead of handing out millions of extra social grants every year, increase the country's work force by having them work for their hand out. Then you might be able to afford Zumaville AND all this other stuff.