Ramaphosa to oversee Eskom, SAA turnaround

Ramaphosa to oversee Eskom, SAA turnaround

2014-12-11 10:55

Cape Town - Zola Tsotsi has been reappointed as chairperson of the Eskom board, but former Land Bank chairperson Ben Ngubane has been named one of nine new members to the state power monopoly’s board which has now been instructed to work with the private sector to resolve its electricity supply problems.

This was announced in Pretoria on Thursday by Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe after a regular cabinet meeting. It was widely expected that Ngubane would be appointed chairperson but Tsotsi was reappointed. The only other reappointment to the Eskom board is Chwayita Mabude.

Other members of the board are Norman Baloyi, Dr Pathmanathan Naidoo, Venete Klein, Nazia Carrim, Romeo Kumalo, Mark Pamensky, Zethembe Khoza, Devapushpum Viroshini Naidoo.

Radebe said cabinet was concerned about the performance “of some of the state owned companies in particular Eskom, the South African Airways, and the South African Post Office”.

These state owned entities “play critical development role within the South African economy,” said Radebe, noting that President Jacob Zuma had assigned Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to oversee the turnaround of the three state owned companies.

The presidency, said Radebe, would “closely monitor the implementation of the turnaround plans of these three critical state-owned companies that are drivers of the economy”.

At Eskom a five point plan had been agreed to by cabinet.

Over the next 30 days Eskom would harness the cogeneration opportunity “through the extension of existing contracts with the private sector”, accelerate the programme of substitution of diesel with gas to fire up the diesel power plants. In addition a coal independent power producer would be lauched while retrofitting energy efficient technologies would be implemented in residential dwellings, public and commercial buildings and municipal buildings.

Cogeneration options would be pursued with the sugar, paper and pulp industries to harness waste energy to the extent of 1 000 megawatts.

Radebe said there were significant opportunities for the importation of gas. In January the coal independent power producer programme would be launched with a generation capacity of 2 500 megawatts.

Radebe referred to the funding needs of Eskom only generally. He said that Eskom would present a detailed finance plan to manage its cash flow beyond 2015. This plan would be presented to the interministerial committee of cabinet by the end of the year.

“Government will finance the funding model,” he said.

  • Theo Martinez - 2014-12-11 11:01

    and where is Zuma in all this?

      Nceba Mbane - 2014-12-11 11:06

      He is too busy drawing up his festive season corruption activities.

      Andre Gomes - 2014-12-11 11:11

      truth be told, Zuma doesn't have the mental capacity to solve any problems.

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-11 11:12

      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

      Wonder Mthonti - 2014-12-11 11:12

      Sipping the finest whiskey by the fire pool while watching his distinguished cows and chickens.

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-11 11:12

      No crisis at Nkandla.Free electricity and generators that side

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-11 11:14

      Some people do less harm staying at home ;) I do think that this intervention is better than doing nothing at worst. At best it could be very good. There are three deadly areas that can fell the best plans: 1). Labour: productivity and mass action. 2). The cost of oil in our currency is a noose around many business necks. SAA and Post Office will find it difficult to reduce enough 'fat' to become profitable. 3). There is not much room for scalability within current rates without losing volume too. Profits hard to attain All strategies will take a long time to implement, monitor and improve before we see any change. I just hope that good strategies are given the support and time needed to prove themselves.

      Ron House - 2014-12-11 11:21

      @Alicia, Not uncommon - during Mandela's era, Mbeki was a de facto president.

      Joseph Madumo - 2014-12-11 11:26

      And where are you in all these. Zuma has assigned Cyril Ramaphosa to oversee the turnaround.. And you?

      Yob Vas - 2014-12-11 11:40

      this was the plan from the day he was appointed. Zuma will sit back and smile while someone else does the job if the ANC had any brains, they'd retire JZ and make Cyril president NOW Brand SA and ANC are worth very little after the royal showerhead got caught with his pants down and his hand in the cookie jar.

      Joseph Madumo - 2014-12-11 12:11

      Your forefathers sat at their laurels enjoying biltong and brandy, thinking that apartheid shall reign till Jesus comes, and did not plan for the future where electricity shall be a basic right of every citizen, now you ask where is Zuma. The least you can do is switch off your geyser and spare electricity while Zuma & Co. are continuing to sort out apartheid mess where Mandela and Mbeki left off. They did their bit, he does his...and we shall overcome!

      Johan Arno Cilliers - 2014-12-11 12:43

      Aaaaand Joseph goes FULL retard again..

      Revelgen - 2014-12-11 12:47

      @ Joseph - electricity a 'basic right', hey? Only if it is paid for, and by the users, not the hard-pressed 3 million taxpayers who pay 95% OF ALL TAXES IN SA (fact!). So the 80% of non-payers in Soweto need to be disconnected NOW.

      Joe Ma - 2014-12-11 12:48

      Please man, Zuma can even manage his own accounts or over see the build of his own home. How could he possibly contribute? If Ramaphosa succeeds in helping Eskom and SAA turn around, I will vote for the ANC when he stands for president.

      Hartmut Gneiting - 2014-12-11 12:50

      Zuma doesn't like Kilogram, Kilowatt and all the other "Western" rubbish. He only likes Mega-Bucks...

      Olsschoolboykzn Dave - 2014-12-11 13:04

      How can you put someone called (Tsotsi) in charge

      Neville Kehl - 2014-12-11 13:27

      Come on comrade...make a difference...don't F it up..fix it up...please...

      Gorj Bear - 2014-12-11 16:35

      EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Ettienne Halstead - 2014-12-11 16:44

      Zuma isnt even aware of the Epic fail of ESKOM.

      Antony John - 2014-12-11 16:50

      Absolutely No Clue Absolutely No Credibility Absolutely No Compassion Absolutely No Conscience Absolutely No Credentials Absolutely No Cognition Absolutely No Compliance Absolutely No Coherence Absolutely No Commitment Absolutely No Comprehension Absolutely No Conviction Absolutely No Coordination Absolutely No Character

      Hamish Cockaina - 2014-12-11 18:10

      The biggest hospital pass, while he is he, he, he, he chilling in the fire pool with Dudu by his side.

      NoAbsolutes - 2014-12-11 18:26

      Who's Zuma?

      CliveK - 2014-12-11 20:17

      Nikki, you are partially correct. We do need Eskom, like it or not, but SAA and SAPO are not worth saving. Unfortunately, in their present condition no one will want to buy them.

      Owen George West - 2014-12-12 06:15

      @david venter racist remarks are disgusting. Yes Eskom has screwed up on the maintenance but the issue is far bigger than that when it comes to long term planning of power resources for the country. Remember also that the previous regime did not foresee for the greater electrification of our country in their long term planning. Just think about how many millions have electricity now which never had before 1994. Building and planning a larger power plant can take up to 12yrs. To do proper maintenace you have to shutdown a plant which means we require extra capacity as backup. Skill and experience has become a problem. In the past apprenticeships use to be the order of the day, today people of more focused on graduate engineers with little experience in the field. Add to that EE appointments with little training and development and you can see the big picture. To add to this SA still needs to move away from the present generation of power to clean energy. Sell off 50% of Eskom share and bring in a private sector partner.

      Bongani Nsele - 2014-12-12 06:54

      he appointed the board you chicken red neck Theo Martinez

      Chris Nortje - 2014-12-12 07:10

      Theo: "and where is Zuma in all this?" Think about that question... Do you really want Zuma in any of this?

      Arthur A Lilford - 2014-12-12 07:16

      And now we have a new and more cleaver manipulator - was Cyril not the man at the scandal of "Marikana" and is now heading for CEO of RSA - go for it Zapiro need some comedy here

      CliveK - 2014-12-12 08:10

      A lot of sense in what OGWest says, but the bottom line is that the current regime wasted 8 years while it dithered - as it does with most things - instead of heeding the experts, and that is the main reason we find ourselves in this power-deficient situation today. Our economy is suffering, and will continue to do so for several years to come on account of this neglect.

      Jurgen Hartmann - 2014-12-13 05:29

      Buffaloehead is doing Showerhead's job, while Showerhead fixes his broken fence at Nscandla.

  • Jaun Meyer038 - 2014-12-11 11:04

    What does Cyril Ramaphosa know about electrical engineering or the aviation industry? Both situations need serious professional attention, not a band aid...

      Victor Cover Mkhaliphi - 2014-12-11 11:14

      You don't have a clue how businesses are run on that level, do you?

      DerpyHooves - 2014-12-11 11:14

      You only need a BEE.con degree to be qualified for these executive positions.

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-11 11:15

      Google Dudu Myeni,chairwoman of SAA.She also lied about her qualifications and reportedly also has an affair with 783 just like Ellen "BEE CON" degree Tshabalala. Who is going to turn around municipalities,SAPS,SANDF and the rest of government?

      Storm Arthur - 2014-12-11 11:18

      To be fair, I trust Cyril. He really is one of the good guys of the ANC. If ANC get elected in again (Please don't), I would prefer Cyril to be president. At least he is competent and has common sense.

      Ron House - 2014-12-11 11:19

      I do not subscribe to the idea that one must be an electrical engineer to run Eskom or a pilot to run SAA or a postman or run SAPO (with a chuckle). Leadership and management principles are largely universal. The higher you climb the corporate ladder the less technical skills you need. And what is required at these companies is good visionary leadership.

      Jaun Meyer038 - 2014-12-11 11:22

      @ Victor - I actually do - any commander still needs to be well versed in what his troops are doing. How else will he know if they are doing someting wrong? Its not all strategy...

      James Dowden - 2014-12-11 11:27

      The building of a power station is not just Electrical…..that’s the last discipline. The building of a power station is mainly Mechancial…..

      Deon Louw - 2014-12-11 11:32

      Rather Cyril than Zuma.

      Joseph Madumo - 2014-12-11 11:32

      You don't need to be a medical doctor to know that you need a panado or grandpa for headache. You don't need to be a footballer to be a soccer administrator. After all he made millions being a lawyer - so business acumen is there anyway, and after all he is a deputy president. What is his job?

      Ron House - 2014-12-11 11:47

      @Juan, Taking your response to Victor, I agree with you. But for a company like Eskom which employs over 40,000 people one needs to differentiate between leadership and management. I see the former as doing the right things, and the latter as doing the right things right. The leader on top needs to know the right business things that need to be done, and the divisional, line, etc. managers must make sure that those things are done right. No one person can singlehandedly run such a big organization.

      Ron House - 2014-12-11 11:51

      @Juan, Then you look at key performance indicators to know that those right things are done right. E.g. Number of unscheduled shutdowns reduced, cost of production per KWH is reduced, more homes connected, revenue collection improving, debt reduced, etc.

      Lynn Comley-White - 2014-12-11 11:57

      From the frying pan into the fire!

      Jaun Meyer038 - 2014-12-11 12:17

      @ Joseph - panados and smarties won't fix this. Too late for that. @ Ron - agree completely with your view. If the right person is appointed he/she can get to the root of all the evils down the chain of command and eliminate them. This helas won't be achieved with a political appointment.

      Mark Bateman-Evans - 2014-12-11 16:38

      Look at Ramaphosa'a business growth when he was in the private sector! This man is a capitalist, i believe he will turn it around! I for one wont mind if he was actually state president!

      Lionel De Frontignac - 2014-12-12 06:29

      He knows about tenders...

      Owen George West - 2014-12-12 06:31

      What did PW Botha know about........ What does a car driver know about the mechanics of a car. What does Joe public know how a cell phone technology put together to operate it. One only needs to understand business principles to lead.

      Arthur A Lilford - 2014-12-12 07:16

      And now we have a new and more cleaver manipulator - was Cyril not the man at the scandal of "Marikana" and is now heading for CEO of RSA - go for it Zapiro need some comedy here

      Chris Nortje - 2014-12-12 07:16

      I hate the ANC, but Cyril is at least a proper businessman. Seriously, the fellow knows his stuff as far as running companies are concerned. I know people say he got rich through BEE, but compared to other Africans who also got rich through BEE, Cyril Ramaphosa completely outperformed the rest. I'll give him a shot.

      CliveK - 2014-12-12 08:16

      Ron is right; good leadership and management skills are needed at Eskom first and foremost, backed up by the necessary properly qualified and experienced technical people. The same applies to other state enterprises, of course.

  • Theo Martinez - 2014-12-11 11:04

    There are basic, urgent steps than can be taken. Open talks with private energy producers to allow them to enter the market (in other words: stop the monopoly). Draft a law that every new house above a value of 1million needs to have solar geysers. Same time invite the private sector to built solar geyser plants (with fiscal stimulation for investors). This will create jobs too. Sack the cadre-deployed useless bosses at parastatals, and replace with competent, independent technocrats.

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-11 11:28

      Solid advice.Pity that ZANC wont take notice

      Lynn Comley-White - 2014-12-11 11:45

      The ANC will NEVER give up the monopoly. Too much money to lose.

      Antony John - 2014-12-11 16:53

      Forfeit the gravy, never, these clowns have gravy on EVERYTHING....

  • Sonya Nel - 2014-12-11 11:05

    Good luck.

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-11 11:28

      It took them 20 years to break everything.What they could not steal ,they broke.Everytime the power goes off,think of the Guptas,WHO WILL GET R43 MILLION FROM YOUR RATEPAYERS MONEY NEXT YEAR FOR BREAKFAST MEETINGS.And recently it was reported that the Northern Cape government buys R500 000 PER MONTH worth of the New Age newspaper. WELCOME TO THE REPUBLIC OF ZUMGUPTAWE

  • Kosmonooit - 2014-12-11 11:06

    That's a BIG ask is there ever was one!

  • Nico Ratsela - 2014-12-11 11:07

    Ramaphosa seems to be jack of all trade

      Gary Bloom - 2014-12-11 11:16

      and master of none.

      Joseph Madumo - 2014-12-11 11:35

      Gary, I wander how many trades can you jack. Tell us please.

      Jaun Meyer038 - 2014-12-11 11:59

      @ Joseph - at least he can spell - hard part's over.

      Antony John - 2014-12-11 16:55

      Keep "wandering" Joseph....face north and keep going....

      Owen George West - 2014-12-12 06:35

      Call him mr President

  • Alison Ford - 2014-12-11 11:08

    It won't work unless you privatize these companies.

      James Dowden - 2014-12-11 11:34

      I disagree the power utilities must be held by government or you will become beholding to some little Chinaman in Hong Kong. Who will sell the power to others for a better price…..No SA needs to get out of this “Africanisation” trip they have been on. It must be whomever is fit for the job, does the job, irrespective of race, colour or sex.

      Ron House - 2014-12-11 11:37

      While I do support privatization, I do not believe it is a silver bullet. The main driver for business is profit and if you take the Post Office for example, it also operates in small remote rural towns where it is not profitable to do business. And that's exactly why cellphone/internet access is so bad in rural areas - a private business will not invest where there are no returns. Same with Eskom (and water). There are certain poor areas where houses are far apart, terrain very bad (causing the costs of putting in infrastructure prohibitively high), and consumption is too low per household that a private business would never invest there. Unless government subsidizes those private companies.

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-11 13:26

      783 do plan to privatize.To Putin via the R1 Trillion Russian nuclear deal.We don't have the money to pay upfront.So the Russians will build.Then we pay them from the sale of electricity.There you have it,the new e-tolls. E-lectricity

      Owen George West - 2014-12-12 06:47

      Go to the Middle East most companies are owned by the state especially in oil and gas sector and very successful. Some states locals receive free electrification only expats and business pay for electrify. I am not say we want the same just stating a fact. Privatization seeks profit that why they are in business. We need private companies to sell power to Eskom and govt needs to give these companies tax incentives to keep cost down. Sell off 49% state enterprises like Eskom

  • Neil Moorgas - 2014-12-11 11:10

    About time, someone with a business head instead of a showerhead

      Janine Filmer - 2014-12-11 11:40

      Love your comment.

  • Themba Dhlomo - 2014-12-11 11:11

    can this f*** government go with modern times an elect directors that are certified as Chartered Directors by INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS SA to bring some real experience in these parastatals n stop putting anc deploys in these critical posts for a change n fire ellen tshabalala of sabc m myeni as chairs saa wth immediately effect even if they give yhem golden handshakes since its norm to reward incompetence so long they make way for competent ppl jerrrrrrr

      Joseph Madumo - 2014-12-11 11:41

      This f*****government outclassed apartheid government by big margins!!!!!!!. And it will continue to do so. All these apartheid problems will be solved. Don't worry, we'll get there. Apartheid mess is still being dealt with. Just continue enjoy some of the fruits you already have in your hands, and have many more years of apartheid freedom!

      Jaun Meyer038 - 2014-12-11 12:34

      @ Joseph - if you can't tell the difference between progress and regress you should not comment. The abolishing of Apartheid was a triumph. The collapse of developed Apartheid infrastructure is a disaster. We should have been further than we are now.

      Revelgen - 2014-12-11 12:51

      Oh Joseph, have realised that you are just a troll, stirring the pot. Nobody could be so stupid as to blame apartheid - after 20 years - for all the current stuff-ups caused by the ANC. Go and play somewhere else.

      Antony John - 2014-12-11 16:57

      Joseph....still "wandering"....

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-11 18:57

      Ah Joseph. If you keep your head in the sand, your butt is exposed to be solidly kicked, by surprise.

  • Christo Swanepoel - 2014-12-11 11:13

    Here is my concern, not sure if it is possible, but it happened before so... In the old South africa, we had a President and a Prime Minister. The President was mostly simbolic, until PW Botha changed it so that it became "executive".. Now with Ramaphosa becoming so involved, could the constitution be changed so that we see a symbolic role for Zuma to protect Him from prosecution but leave him toothless in the cabinet? That would be very dissapointing..

      Themba Dhlomo - 2014-12-11 18:25

      Swannie we dont need zuma whether symbolic or executively we want him to go to nkandla if not jail and hide there...atleast Mbeki can still be called as a guest speacher by some institutions even abroad this one will go to nkandla and we will never hear a thing about him lest he will be charged after his tenure or else he will be like PW Botha we will hear news of him when he dies

  • Gcina Seleteng - 2014-12-11 11:14

    Is Ramaphosa the only person who functions in the whole of the ANC?.Every time there are problems Ramaphosa has to deal with it.

      Joseph Madumo - 2014-12-11 11:43

      He runs government business, for your info.

      Theo Martinez - 2014-12-11 11:44

      He is the only one with some level of independence from the NEC maffia. He is the only one with a bit of international acceptance. He is without a doubt the smartest dude in the g'ment. And as he can't do miracles he can easily be tackled (by the Zuma-hyenas in the NEC) over all this when it's time to elect the post-Zuma leader. Sad Lonmin/Marikana and buffalo-style has killed off his presidential options.

  • Johan Fourie - 2014-12-11 11:14

    Now you have to appoint a minister to oversee that a CEO who is earning R22 million a year to do his job properly?!!! We're becoming the laughing stock of the world right now!!!

  • louis.elst - 2014-12-11 11:22

    Just a question , and the board members expertise and records of achievements noted so we know they are the right people ?

  • Kratervark Karools - 2014-12-11 11:22

    Why doesn't this excite me.....? It is actually very simple (yet above their capabilities) 1. Allow private enterprises to push power into the grid. 2. Halve the amount of power supplied to our neighbouring countries (you cannot supply what you do not have in surplus) 3. Outsource the maintenance to private companies (no BBEE OR FAMILY TIES PLEASE!!!). Ensure that their qualifications are verified by a reputable company. 4. Cut off power supply to individuals that are in arrears on their accounts. 5.Cut out the municipalities and supply directly to the consumers.That way you get your money and electricity becomes a little "cheaper". 6. Put inspectors out in the field and prosecute all that are guilty of stealing electricity. 7. FIRE THE CEO AND ALL WHO ARE GUILTY OF LETTING IT GET SO FAR!!!!! 8. Don't ever pay such ridiculous salaries ever again! 9.Implement bi-annual audits on all plants w.r.t maintenance, performance etc. 10. Annual financial audits imperative. 11. Publish results of above mentioned audits. 12. TRANSPARENCY!!!!! Zuma is only the head of the serpent. While he is the public role figure, he has many (overpaid) cabinet ministers who share in the responsibility of governing this country. THE WHOLE LOT NEEDS TO GO. That way we can start with a clean slate and ensure that suitable (qualified) officials are employed!

      Theo Martinez - 2014-12-11 11:46

      the sad thing in these perfect points is that there is no/little space for cadre deployment enrichment.... and thus it wont work.

  • Suzelle Els - 2014-12-11 11:23

    "“Government will finance the funding model,” he said". He actually means the taxpayers will finance the funding model. The same way the taxpayers are financing every single thing in this country that is currently not working like it should be, thanks to the current government in charge.... Ons het mos BAIE geld.....

  • Brian Faul - 2014-12-11 11:24

    awesome a person named Tsotsi to take the lead.

      Alowis Taurai Musodza - 2014-12-11 11:29

      Hahaha you cracked me there!!!! Good point

  • Ridwaan Paruk - 2014-12-11 11:25

    A quick survey shows that the top 5 power producing facilities in the world are HYDRO(production of electrical power through the use of the gravitational force of falling or flowing water) Do we not have enough rivers that we can convert into Dams & power plants in SA? , and if so, why is it not being developed, instead of a R170 Billion Plant + the ongoing cost of Coal AND the effects to the environment. surely a river constantly flowing and turning a turbine is more reliable and cost effective than coal? What about Wave technology, Tidal technology, Solar Farms, Wind Farms Geothermal etc, are these not cheaper? Or is there perhaps a hidden agenda of excessive profit making by State Owned Enterprises in cahoots with the Coal mines ? (Eskom - Medupi has signed a 40 year supply deal with a coal mine there)

  • werner.nel.315 - 2014-12-11 11:28

    Privatize these companies!! How is it that all airlines can make a profit, but SAA hasn't been able to do that for years. The corruption is at a point where the tax payers money isn't enough to cover the mansions and sport cars these thief's own and then big fat Cat mr Macdonalds Ramaphosa says that he can turn these companies around??? Start with spending your own money and giving back to the people who you the ANC promised you will help and get them houses, basic education, water and if only eiskom electricity!!

      Mark Simons - 2014-12-12 09:00

      Because all the profit is used for the CEO's yearly performance bonus!!

  • Molefi Dikutle - 2014-12-11 11:31

    yah neh that means we are still going to pay more for electricity yoh

  • Liz Rudy - 2014-12-11 11:34

    Perhaps this is a subtle way for Cyril to take over Zuma's job??????? We can only hope

  • Molefi Dikutle - 2014-12-11 11:35

    This squarda camps are costing us to much if goverment can stop supplying it with electricity i dont think will have this kind of crises

  • Barnie Botha - 2014-12-11 11:37

    "has now been instructed to work with the private sector to resolve its electricity supply problems." Now they The ANC Buddies can get the private jobs to create more problems for us.

      Deon Louw - 2014-12-11 11:40

      Remember to ask for money upfront if you do business with these state "ruin" companies.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-12-11 11:38

    Including Cyril they are all qualified to solve the problems?.

  • Theo Martinez - 2014-12-11 11:45

    So Lynne Brown clashed with Zuma's girlfriend at SAA and now SAA is moved to another ministry!. So obvious Number One is still playing with the puppets.

  • Angelo De Albuquerque - 2014-12-11 11:45

    Finally the Real President stands up ..zuma must just sit and shutup

  • Thapelo Aaron - 2014-12-11 11:47

    What,is zuma incompetent in handling the countrie's affairs when every crisis is handed to Cyril,I have a lot of respect for Cyril,he is atleast looking and doing something,while tha other one is just thinking which woman is he gonna marry next with our tax money

  • Lebohang Bucibo - 2014-12-11 11:49

    This guy is too good for the ANC. He is all over the place and fixing everything. Top shelf presidential material. His effectiveness is the very reason the ANC will block him from the presidency. They don't want people with pedigree to lead. They want so called "leaders" who are told what to do by those sitting in the background. I love the ANC.

      Mark Simons - 2014-12-12 09:05

      Lebohang, you hit the nail on the head!! Zuma is all of a sudden very quiet, I wonder why! Viva Cyril, viva

  • Peter Clark - 2014-12-11 11:50

    I notice their are no people with experience in the energy sector on this board ? what about bringing back some of the white expertise ?

      Mark Simons - 2014-12-12 09:06

      Is your comment not racist? haha

  • Rohan Horn - 2014-12-11 11:50

    Bwhaaa ha ha ha! And nothing will come of this!

      Urich Mmatlou - 2014-12-11 11:52


  • Paul West - 2014-12-11 11:50

    It has only taken 8 years and the near destruction of the economy........ effing idiots\

  • Themba Wa Ka Mfundzi - 2014-12-11 11:50

    employ educated ppl

  • Themba Dhlomo - 2014-12-11 11:54

    here i thought education is power till nigerians had engineering degrees aplenty but still cant run their oil industry with them, Zimbabwe still cant fixed its economy to be efficient besides its claims of most literate and well educated population in africa combined with the most a president with the most degrees, here at home ramaphosa, jeff radebe and anc bankroller patrice motsepe cant not use their legal education to influence and enforce educated decisions in government ramaphosa is worsr course he brought insult to people with law education and his alma mater with his uneducated influence THAt presssured SAPS to kill our people in marikana but the crown for uselessness of education in black hands goes to billionaire turned phIlanthropist patrice motsepe coz with billions and education he still fails to influence some good sense into the skulls of luthuli house occupants and by extension union building's worst occupant after Verwoerd Jakoob Zuma(zuma in isiXhosa means to rape to those who dont know)

      Joseph Madumo - 2014-12-11 12:26

      Aowa tlheng! Mara eseng Verwoerd!!!!!

      Themba Dhlomo - 2014-12-11 16:29

      Mkhalipi You typical of my people always chastising those who speak the truth...truth is a bitter pill to swallow especially when you make an honest and real assessment of failures of Africa the world is looking yo Africa for economic opportunities and show case their economic thriftiness while Africans are waiting with their degrees to b given jobs and it took these developed nations corporates coming to our shores years of constructive self criticism and honest assessment of their strenghts and weaknesses and improving on those weaknesses to strengthen their entrepreneurial conquest that is so sternly focussed on Africa lately

      Fred Smith - 2014-12-11 16:50

      An interesting and honest introspective look at ourselves Themba. We need desperately to break out of this, whatever it takes, clearly western education alone is not working. Possibly we need to take a closer look at our value systems. Our cultural values are important, they set us apart from others but some adaptation might help us lift our economies and our peoples into the 21 century.

  • Mark Crozier - 2014-12-11 11:55

    Lets hope he meets with success, this country desperately needs a competent, firm hand at the tiller.

  • CALAMITYSA - 2014-12-11 11:56

    Get him to oversee Zuma as well - and to get the money!!

  • Walter Rocha - 2014-12-11 11:58

    That should be good news , I really hope they Rhama ones good for the sake of the country and his people.

  • Sydney Ntuli - 2014-12-11 11:59

    You Guys can't even give yourselves time to read the news, the moment news24 update it you are always ready on the touchline to jump to your racist comments like always.As is if your DA's , Zille's and Maimane's of this world all of you hasn't been given a right to vote.Last time I read the news even your paradise country (Australia) had the power supply problems the other day

      CALAMITYSA - 2014-12-11 12:11

      Look at the history Sydney - Only factual - No need to shout racism. In fact - rather look at the Zuma corrupt CULTURE and start there to get things better.

      Themba Dhlomo - 2014-12-11 16:40

      Ntuli i am black and criticing the appointment of black directors in parastatals especially who do not even know the meaning CPD other than Anc history and their involvement in Struggle...i say we as a thinking people we want government to go to an Executive Recruitment Agency or IOD Southern Africa and get us competetent directors to run our SOC's...how is that racist?

  • letitiatisha.lombaard - 2014-12-11 12:02

    This is good news he know how to do this a bit later neverless give it to a bussiness man good idee

  • Peter Webb - 2014-12-11 12:05

    What do these new members bring to the board with regards expierience?

  • CALAMITYSA - 2014-12-11 12:08

    "Radebe said cabinet was concerned about the performance “of some of the state owned companies in particular Eskom, the South African Airways, and the South African Post Office”. Cabinet must GET concerned about the performance of Zuma - the main reason for the NEED to get concerned about everything. Ask Thuli

  • Thabisi Hoeane - 2014-12-11 12:23

    Its all well and good if a dysfunctional board is changed. But the test is not the new " blood' coming in but how they will react to incomptenece. Will the readily fire those who are not doing their jobs?

  • Claire A Ingram - 2014-12-11 12:28

    Good luck Mr Ramaphosa, you have an exceptionally tough challenge ahead of you.

  • Nicho Maseko - 2014-12-11 12:30

    Fantastic! I trust Cyril as a leader.

  • Shireen Eva - 2014-12-11 12:30

    More like a BEEsinessman!!

  • Khanyo Ngwane - 2014-12-11 12:31

    Well done Prez Zuma for appointing Dep Prez to oversee the turnaround strategy. Pls bring back the CEO & Fire the Board especially the Chairperson & then let SAA deliver.

  • Molepo Jerry Mokgatla - 2014-12-11 12:32

    Ramaphosa the new president!

  • Jenny van Rensburg - 2014-12-11 12:33

    Bring back the experienced people who know how to do the work. There alot of people with papers out there, who dont have a clue what they are doing. PAPERS CAN BE FORGED.

  • France Ntuli - 2014-12-11 12:41

    I have full confidence in the corporate abilities of the Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa. He turned Shanduka into a very prosperous and successful corporate citizen. There is no doubt in my mind that he will improve the fortunes of these state entities. The President took an astute step by appointing the Deputy President to implement turnaround of these state parastatals. May God bless SA, ANC, SACP and COSATU!

      Riaan Werner Van Wyk - 2014-12-11 13:44

      God will never bless criminals..

      Themba Dhlomo - 2014-12-11 16:06

      thats not true Ntuli he and Patrice Motsepe have appointed white CEOs with appropriate competencies and education and then they appoint their incompetent fellow brothers and comrades to run our parastatals the Ramaphosa is biggest hypocrite he even fool idiot blacks who dont use their brains that he started Shanduka with a R1000 rand common you cant believe such lies if you are a clever black even the late Steve Jobs took years to turn a business with a real deal intellectual property into a million never to mention a billions worth business

  • Hasani Booysen Hlungwana - 2014-12-11 12:47

    reapoint Mbeki and you wont have to reshufle ministers every 5months

  • Jimminy Cricket - 2014-12-11 13:06

    Sigh, democracy is the biggest load of excrement.... 45% of households in 2013 received grants from government... While 3.3 million people of the 65 million people in south africans pay 99% of the tax(fact)... Why does the majority get to vote in a government with a 2/3rd majority vote and the actual taxpayers have no say...????11111

      MHH - 2014-12-12 11:01

      The graduated income tax is not much better elsewhere - especially where you have a growing (either due to illegal immigration or unfettered breeding) populace of indigent and completely pointless surplus heads. Because each one of these humans, once 18 years old, can vote for whatever corrupt politician he/she wants. They are especially fond of politicians that give them money earned by the minority of productive citizens via the legalised theft system known as tax. Even in the state of California, 1% of the population pay 50% of the tax (retro-allocated federal tax and state tax, local rates, fees, fines and tolling, licensing, port and airport tax, coastal authority, building and improvements levy's etc).

  • Ian Murray - 2014-12-11 13:06

    Is there a white appointee to these boards? Or are they purposefully excluded. Even when cadre deployment has failed everywhere. Appoint people on experience and merit.

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