DAI have today written to Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona, demanding that Eskom cancel its sponsorship of the World Economic Forum (WEF) event taking place next week.

Sponsoring international events that have nothing to do with solving South Africa’s electricity crisis is a completely unjustifiable expense at a time when Eskom is broke and holding out the begging bowl to South Africans to fund their mismanagement.

No less than 3 executives will also be flying out to Davos to represent Eskom. They are Matona, the Chairman, and the Group Sustainability Officer.

It would be complete hypocrisy for Eskom’s CEO to announce yesterday that Eskom is on the immediate brink of bankruptcy and its infrastructure is fast collapsing while simultaneously sponsoring a global event in Switzerland.

Who are Eskom trying to fool by playing up to an international audience when in their own backyard they are creating the conditions for an economic shutdown?

Further to this, organisations ordinarily attending the WEF are granted one attendee invitation, but as a sponsor, Eskom can send 3 delegates and has duly taken this opportunity up.

Eskom simply cannot afford to waste resources at a time when its finances are at rock bottom, and it cannot keep the lights on.

Management at Eskom remain unable to provide viable solutions to the load-shedding that increasingly plagues South Africa. Matona’s time would be better spent in South Africa, at Megawatt Park, solving South Africa’s impending energy meltdown.

Should Matona not agree to cancel this wasteful expenditure, I will submit parliamentary questions regarding the full costs of sponsorship for the event and of next week’s trip.

South Africans cannot be expected to live in the dark while Eskom executives live the high life in Switzerland.

The DA will continue to press Eskom to cut all frivolous and wasteful expenditure.

Issued by DA


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  1. Iemand het eendag genoem dat die Afrikane baie graag net die shine wil he en nie belangstel in die instandhouding en minder mooi werk van n land nie. Dis hoekom instandhouding nie n prioriteit is nie, wel projekte wat hulle in die openbare oog goed sal laat lyk(Egoisties?) Dalk is dit beter vir hulle om in Switzerland te kuier vir hul eie beeld as om kommer te he oor die hudige kwessies wat ons land laat tuimel. Ego?????? Ek wonder of die persoon nie reg was nie???


  2. Dr Marc Faber, a leading investment guru, tells it like it is…
    This was published in a UK paper

    South Africa – The Future

    I expect, like me, you are aware that there has never been a prosperous
    black-led country, but perhaps it’s just because of “bad luck”, or
    whatever, for that incontrovertible fact.

    Take Haiti as an example. Before the black slaves revolted and killed all the whites and half
    castes Haiti had a GNP greater than most of what is now the USA. It supplied 60% of all the
    sugar used in Europe. Today it is a wasteland. Apparently if you Google Earth the place you
    see is a sere, brown coloured landscape compared to the neighbouring Dominican Republic
    which is green and verdant. Twice the USA has occupied Haiti, building roads, ports,
    hospitals and schools while putting in a functional society. The moment the Americans left
    they reverted to dictatorship, voodoo, witchcraft, corruption and barbarism. They did not
    stagnate; they regressed to the primitive savagery of their forefathers

    Since the 1960s, when the Congo expelled the Belgians this has been a mirror of African
    regression, moving steadily southwards until the example of Zimbabwe. Once a prosperous,
    well educated exporter of food the population now eat rats to survive.

    Will SA go the same way?

    There are those optimists who say “No, we have such a strong economy, such sophisticated
    infrastructure, such a talent pool, that we can never sink”.

    My belief is that they have not considered the root cause of Africa’s failure. A cause that is
    not spoken about as it is fearfully politically incorrect, and probably illegal to speak
    about. That cause is the deficiencies of the black ”mentality”, for want of a better word.

    Are there differences between races, or is race just a meaningless social construct? Until
    recently, I believed all races were the same under the skin variations, and that perceived
    differences were only the result of cultural differences. I believed in a common and equal

    But things did not always ring true; observable anomalies were inexplicable if all men are the

    Why, under apartheid, did the Indians prosper; become doctors, scientists, educators,
    merchants and professionals while the vast majority of the equally oppressed black Africans
    remained hewers of wood?

    Why can black Africans run, jump and throw better than honkies, but why, out of a billion of
    them, have they never invented a single thing of any worth? Why have they, collectively,
    contributed absolutely nothing to the advancement of humanity?

    Well the physical thing, the running, throwing bit is easily and uncontroversial answered.
    Simple, people of African descent (especially the Jamaicans) are genetically better equipped
    in this regard. Their muscle fibres are different and the typically have 15% more free
    testosterone than other peoples. Acknowledging this is regarded as racism. Unfortunately,
    racist or not, that is proven and a fact. Google it and you will find that for over 70 years, in
    test after test, done by dozens of university professors and Nobel laureates plus USA
    government studies, most people of African descent trail other races by a wide margin.

    Of course I.Q. tests have been attacked, especially by those who perform badly at them, as
    one might expect them to do. Detractors claim cultural bias, dysfunctional families, past
    oppression, poor schooling and a host of other reasons for poor black performance, but the
    professors defend their contention that I.Q. is largely an inherited trait; that differences are
    inherent, built into a person’s inherited DNA.

    For every argument attacking the validity of these tests they have a host of results confirming
    their accuracy and typicality. Fascinating stuff if you are interested in reading up on it.

    The effect of high/low I.Q. has also been studied in depth, with fairly predictable results. Low

    I.Q. individuals performed badly in social class, family stability, income, educational levels,
    illegitimate pregnancy, single parent families, rate of prison incarceration, rape, violent
    crime etc. etc. etc.
    I.Q. measurement measures different facets of intelligence and mental competence. Sadly it is
    in the absolutely vital sphere of cognitive ability that blacks score worst. This means they
    score abysmally in things like forward planning and anticipating the consequences of their
    It is this I.Q. (and testosterone) disparity that is blamed for the fact that African Americans
    are 5 times more likely to be imprisoned than white (including Hispanic) Americans, 9 times
    more likely than Americans of Asiatic descent. All in line with I.Q. distributions.

    Once imprisonment for violent crimes is computed the numbers become stratospheric. These
    are American government collated statistics, so pretty accurate. Our government in SA do
    not, for obvious reasons, publish similar stats, but a pound to a pinch of salt they are even
    more astounding



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