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Mabuza’s resignation largely welcomed, Outa wants Gordhan to remain
11 January 2020, 4:23 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the resignation of Eskom Chairperson Jabu Mabuza has created an opportunity for government to appoint an independent person at the power utility.

Mabuza resigned after admitting that he had failed to keep his promise that there would be no load shedding before 13 January this year.

The DA says bold steps are required to fill the new key positions with competent individuals at board level.

“This resignation provides a particular opportunity to restructure the board and to introduce a fully independent chairperson in that role. That incoming chairperson requires particular attributes to be able to negotiate and deal with relationship management with the industry regulators, independent transmission grid operators and the National Energy Regulator,” says the DA’s Ghaleb Cachalia.

Meanwhile, EFF President Julius Malema says President Cyril Ramaphosa must expel Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, for misleading the President over load shedding at Eskom.

Malema spoke on the sidelines of his party’s election campaign prior to next week’s by-elections in Schweizer-Reneke in North West.

Malema says Gordhan and his loyalists are the reason for the Eskom debacle.

“He was not deserving in the first place to be the chairperson of Eskom. He’s got no expertise, but because he’s in the faction of Pravin and the President. The President must fire Pravin. The Deputy President was honest and said the President was misled and we saw after the Deputy President said the president was misled, Jabu resigned, a confirmation that indeed they misled the President. Now, the President’s spokesperson dismisses the Deputy president and we hope that action will be taken against these dishonest, factional spokespersons.”

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has, meanwhile, reiterated its call for the disbandment of the entire Eskom board. It wants competent individuals who will place the interest of the country and its people first, to replace the board.

NUM General-Secretary David Sipunzi says they welcome Mabuza’s resignation.

“As far as we are concerned as the National Union of Mineworkers, the situation at Eskom seems to be worsening every day. Now the excuses that are being made every day that this is due to mechanical problems this and that are unacceptable to us. It was good riddance that he resigned voluntarily.”

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The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says it is not surprised by Mabuza’s resignation. Outa’s Ronald Chauke says Mabuza has done nothing to alleviate problems at the power utility, since his appointment two years ago.

Chauke says his organisation does not support calls to oust Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, but calls for the restructuring of the Eskom board.

“This has been long overdue that the new boss of Eskom, as appointed in the beginning of 2018, was unable to turn the utility around. However, what we realised was that Mr Jabu Mabuza and his team lacked what we called the technical depth of turning around a utility of Eskom’s magnitude. Hence the call for the board and the minister to resign. We can consider the beefing up or restructuring of the board. We think that Minister Pravin Gordhan has been doing a sterling job.”

In his address at the ANC’s 108 birthday celebrations in the Northern Cape, President Cyril  Ramaphosa gave assurance that government will transform Eskom into an effective and reliable electricity supplier.

Ramaphosa says they are working around the clock to restore the power utility to its former glory.

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Busy week in Northern Cape as ANC marks 108 years
11 January 2020, 3:33 PM

This week has been the busiest that Kimberley has seen in a long time and brought life to the Diamond City, with the ANC’s 108th birthday celebrations.

Events leading to the main event were characterised by blue lights convoys and the visibility of ANC’s memorabilia and banners everywhere in the city, culminating in the delivery of the ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa’s January 8 speech.

ANC members from all over the country converged at the Tafel Lager Stadium as early as 6 o’clock on Saturday morning to attend the event. The ANC President’s statement touched on myriad of topical issues affecting the country.

While there are mixed reactions to the statement, it seems Ramaphosa’s message resonates more with the youth as explains Piet Molotsi from the Northern Cape.

“I’m hopeful and I trust what the President has said. I believe that whatever the concerns we had we’ve given to the President and hopefully, we will get what we want from the President. We’ve got the belief as Northern Cape about the President.”

Another young person, Ayabulela Nkane, who is from the Eastern Cape says, “They instilled new hope and we really need jobs. There are many graduates out there. I’m also one of them who needs a job. We really need jobs and there are high levels of alcohol abuse, this is because of what? Lack of jobs.”

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Meanwhile, the Freedom Front Plus (FFPlus) has described the deployment of the South African National Defence Force to Kimberley in the Northern Cape during the African National Congress’ (ANC) 108th-anniversary celebrations as unconstitutional.

The FFPlus says in terms of Section 201 of the Constitution only the President may grant permission for soldiers to be deployed alongside the police.

It says the fact that the soldiers were reportedly withdrawn immediately after their presence became public knowledge means that an illegal command was probably issued to deploy the soldiers. The accountable persons are going to have to explain why this happened.

The FFPlus says it will pose questions in Parliament to determine who issued the command. It will also enquire whether any steps were taken against the relevant persons who issued the seemingly illegal command.

Malema urges Mamusa Municipality residents to give EFF a chance
11 January 2020, 3:01 PM

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) President Julius Malema has pleaded with residents of Glaudina, in the now-dissolved Mamusa Local Municipality in the North West. to give his party a chance to govern.

Malema was addressing a community meeting organised by the EFF, as part of the party’s campaign.

By-elections will be held in all nine wards in Mamusa on Wednesday. The provincial government dissolved the municipality last year citing financial mismanagement and the collapse of service delivery.

Malema says they will change the status quo. “Give us a chance now, because if we mess up, you can take us out next year August. So, we are here to plead with you, please, the self-love of black people starts today, in ward 1, by rejecting a party that rejected us for more than 25 years.”

Royal delegation denied access to King Dalindyebo
9 January 2020, 8:28 PM

The AbaThembu‘s acting King Azenathi Zanelizwe Dalindyebo has publicly admitted that the royal delegation he led was denied access to his father, King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, at his private residence outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

He says they were instructed to go back and that the king would call when he was ready to meet them. This was revealed at a public meeting of the AbaThembu nation, sparking questions as to why King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo did not feel it was important to meet his son.

The meeting was attended by traditional leaders, the royal family and the public at Bumbane Great Place, outside Mthatha.

Acting King Azenathi Zanelizwe reported back to the nation that his father was released from prison last month after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he had been granted a special remission of sentence.

‘We were not barred’

King Azenathi told them he will continue acting as they are still trying to convince the Presidency to consider his presidential pardon.

He confirmed that indeed they were barred from meeting the king at Enkululekweni. “Indeed we went there; in fact, I went there accompanied by the elders that form part of the traditional committee. We arrived at my home town and we were told that the king will call us when he is ready and indeed we turned back hoping that the phone call will invite us back but we are still waiting.”

An ally of acting king Azenathi, Chief Zwelenqaba Mgudlwa has refuted the claims that they were barred from the King’s private residence.

“No!! No!! We were not barred on that day, let’s clear that thing, and we were not barred. We were given a word by the king that he is going to call us and we are still waiting for him even now he is still going to call us. There are peace and stability. The day we wanted to see the king, it was his arrival. He was tired and he wanted to be peaceful and he gave us the date of which is still coming.”

King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo’s spokesperson, Mthunzi Ngonyama, has confirmed that the acting king and his entourage were turned away. Mthunzi says Azenathi has no right to meet King Buyelekhaya because he is not the king but the son.

“King told me that he turned him away and his delegation. He said that he just needs his time to relax and secondly if he wants to meet him he will call him to come to him as the son, not as the acting king or anything of that nature, he must come as the son and he will call his son when he is ready to meet with him.”

Meanwhile, Prince Dabulingwe Nzima believes that acting King Azenathi should continue acting. “As one of the pillars of the Tembu Dynasty, as the house of the AmaQwathi in Ngcobo we fully support that, we are fully behind the acting King because it was the King himself which in several times elected him to act on his behalf whilst he is away on the course. So we are fully behind what the Amadlomo clan has chosen to support the present acting king.”

It is not clear if the three AbaThembu factions will meet to iron out their differences that have divided the nation.

Opposition parties in Tshwane demand urgent council sitting
9 January 2020, 7:24 PM

Opposition parties in the City of Tshwane have served the Speaker with papers demanding that she call an urgent council sitting or they will be forced to head to court. This follows yet another failed attempt to petition the Speaker for an urgent council sitting. 

The African National Congress  (ANC) petitioned for the urgent sitting to table motions of no confidence against Speaker Katlego Mathebe and Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa. 

The parties were hopeful that the sitting in the Democratic Alliance (DA) run council would take place on Thursday afternoon, but that failed as a result of Mathebe not issuing a notice of an urgent sitting.

A similar situation also unfolded on Wednesday night. “As the ANC, what we have done, we have sent our lawyers to send a lawyer to the speaker; we want a reply today (Thursday)  by 4pm to tell us what is happening, why are we not having a meeting. If she fails to do so, the EFF has sent the same letter from their lawyers, if she doesn’t want a meeting, we are heading to court,” says ANC Chairperson in Tshwane Kgosi Maepa.




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