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#261 Post by OneHungLow » Wed May 17, 2023 4:32 am

I am currently reading Andre De Ruyter's book "Truth to Power 3 Years Inside Eskom".
De Ruyter: Gordhan and national security adviser knew about top politicians’ links to Eskom rent-seeking
By Ferial Haffajee



“In the vacant office of the Eskom chairman, I told Gordhan and Mufamadi what the investigators had unearthed, but paused before dropping the biggest bombshell — the fact that two high-ranking politicians had been implicated,” he writes.

“‘Can I name them?’ I asked Gordhan, accompanied by one of his advisers. The minister indicated I should go ahead.

“I expected him to be shocked, but instead his reaction surprised me. Gordhan looked over at Mufamadi and said, ‘Well, I guess it was inevitable that it would come out.’ They had known or suspected all along,” writes De Ruyter.

Earlier this month, De Ruyter calculated that rent extraction, corruption, and procurement patronage were still costing Eskom billions of rands, even though the high State Capture period is widely judged to be behind the utility. His analysis suggests that it hasn’t ended but has multiplied exponentially. In the book, released this week, he details the funds lost to coal shrinkage (where expensive coal is swapped for discarded coal), procurement corruption, maintenance contracts and fuel oil theft.

De Ruyter initiated a private investigation when scores of cases lodged with the police went nowhere. He writes that as a result, the National Prosecuting Authority and the police have started investigations, some charges have been laid and certain cases are now before the courts.

Gordhan emerges throughout the book as a moral but now worn-out minister. In one scene, De Ruyter visits Gordhan at his home to brief him on the corruption and sabotage that he calculates is responsible for between one and two stages of load shedding. Gordhan is so nervous that he takes away De Ruyter’s phone and puts it near a television that he puts on high volume — as if he fears his home is bugged.

A frayed relationship
Either fear or political loyalty immobilises him from acting to secure greater energy security through political cover for Eskom’s transition and reform. A significant theme of De Ruyter’s book is how ANC politics is consistently ranked above national concerns in the management of Eskom and broader energy policy. While the two men initially enjoyed a common agenda to reform Eskom, that relationship had frayed by the end of De Ruyter’s tenure earlier this year.

“He told me I should listen more and speak less. I was quite taken aback,” writes De Ruyter.

When De Ruyter’s hardball interview with journalist Annika Larsen aired on e.tv, first revealing the existence of several cartels looting Eskom, Gordhan hit back. He said De Ruyter had spent time swanning about overseas rather than walking the Eskom power plants. The former CEO’s book is a compendium of power plant visits. He witnesses a wasteland of breakdowns caused by incompetence or sabotage.

This week, South Africa surpassed the total load shedding recorded for all of 2022, and it’s not even halfway through the year. There have been more Stage 6 power cuts in the first 4½ months of 2023 than in any other complete year. The country is buckling under the weight. On Thursday, Eskom will brief the government on its winter outlook.

On Tuesday, Eskom said: “The risk of a national blackout, while inherent to the operation of an extensive power system, has an extremely low likelihood of materialising, given the implementation of several control measures, including load shedding.”

Acting CEO Calib Cassim said he was not losing sleep in fear of a grid collapse.
DM - https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article ... nt-seeking

André de Ruyter’s Truth to Power: My Three Years Inside Eskom, Penguin, Random House, is on sale now.


Reports from friends and family in SA indicate that power cuts in some areas in SA are now running at between 10 and 12 hours a day!
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#262 Post by Ex-Ascot » Wed May 17, 2023 10:55 am

Looks as if we will be shortly in situation to sell power to S.A as opposed to the other way around.
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#263 Post by OneHungLow » Wed May 17, 2023 11:20 am

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Looks as if we will be shortly in situation to sell power to S.A as opposed to the other way around.
Just when you thought that things couldn't get any worse.
Eskom is planning a further 200-day shutdown of the reactor at its Koeberg nuclear power station that is currently offline for maintenance, refuelling and refurbishment in preparation for a 20-year life-extension.

This latest shutdown of Unit 1 at Koeberg is due to begin on 24 July 2024 – just three days after the current 40-year operating licence for the power station expires on 21 July 2024.

Each of the two units at Koeberg – Unit 1 and Unit 2 – has a rated capacity of 970MW. The further outage of Unit 1 will therefore remove about 900MW from the grid for another 200 days This is equivalent to nearly one stage of load shedding at a time when the electricity supply in South Africa is already severely constrained.

Eskom is in a race against time to meet the stringent requirements for extending Koeberg’s operating licence before the deadline of 21 July 2024, when the independent National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) will have to decide whether Koeberg is able to safely operate for another twenty years.
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#264 Post by OneHungLow » Wed May 17, 2023 12:48 pm

OneHungLow wrote:
Wed May 17, 2023 4:32 am
I am currently reading Andre De Ruyter's book "Truth to Power 3 Years Inside Eskom".


André de Ruyter’s Truth to Power: My Three Years Inside Eskom, Penguin, Random House, is on sale now.


Reports from friends and family in SA indicate that power cuts in some areas in SA are now running at between 10 and 12 hours a day!
From the book describing the period around 2019 when load shedding hit stage 6. It now common place over most of South Africa.
Stage-6 load shedding: Allows for up to 6,000MW to be removed from the power grid, leading to power supply cuts in the impacted area 18 times over a four-day period for four hours at a time.
In December 2019, the question persisted: Who had misled the president? Loadshedding had now assumed an entirely new and more sinister meaning in the
minds of South Africans.While the president blamed sabotage, Eskom’s spin doctors attributed Stage 6 to an Act of God. But astute observers were quick to point out that the good Lord had been dispatching rain clouds over the north of South Africa since the beginning of time. This had been an entirely avoidable incident. The wet coal was the result of gross negligence
in preparing coal stockpiles for rain at several power stations. Drainage ditches had been allowed to become blocked, run-off had not been cleared, and the stacking of coal had not been performed to allow for effective drainage. This was an own goal of epic proportions, but it was not the result of sabotage. This tallied with one of my initial observations about Eskom, namely that negligence and carelessness had become cemented in the organisation. Housekeeping at a plant is an essential element of good operating practice. The word may conjure images of
domestic bliss, but housekeeping is in fact crucial to enabling performance. My mantra has always been that a clean plant is a safe plant is a productive plant. And housekeeping at Eskom had been neglected to the point where areas of the plant were full of rubbish, ash, coal dust and operational detritus that had been allowed to accumulate. This was to be a theme of my tenure, to the point where I frequently shamed plant managers into action by picking up rubbish. Ironically, the Stage 6 disaster therefore paved the way for me to drive operational changes once I took over. It had created the proverbial ‘burning platform’. To anyone with a light switch it was obvious that Eskom needed to do things differently. The conventional corporate wisdom – ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ – no longer applied. Eskom was both broke and broken.
From "hero to zero" in less than 23 years.
ESKOM's Megawatt Park is a gigantic seventies edifice, rearing up over the suburb of Sunninghill. Clearly built to impress, it was a physical monument to the achievements of a company that once had a sterling reputation, having been named the world’s best power utility by the Financial Times in 2001, a mere two decades before it was crippled by systemic corruption, loadshedding and enormous financial losses.
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#265 Post by OneHungLow » Wed May 17, 2023 5:50 pm

De Ruyter's book has stirred up a hornet's nest! The ANC are throwing brickbats. Quelle surprise!

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#266 Post by jimtherev » Wed May 17, 2023 10:27 pm

Ex-Ascot wrote:
Wed May 17, 2023 10:55 am
Looks as if we will be shortly in situation to sell power to S.A as opposed to the other way around.
With what? are there any Rand left in S.A.?

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#267 Post by OneHungLow » Fri May 19, 2023 10:07 pm

jimtherev wrote:
Wed May 17, 2023 10:27 pm
Ex-Ascot wrote:
Wed May 17, 2023 10:55 am
Looks as if we will be shortly in situation to sell power to S.A as opposed to the other way around.
With what? are there any Rand left in S.A.?
Oh yes, they can still steal from ESKOM, the fiscus and every other honest working man and woman that lives in the tragic country and pay their taxes, whatever their colour or creed

Look at this natural born scheme to help the state capturers, the ANC gangsters, liars and Mafia, and the bloody Turks, for God's sake.

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/so ... 023-05-18/
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#268 Post by prospector » Wed May 24, 2023 4:09 am

https://www.biznews.com/global-citizen/ ... -arms-deal
A very interesting interview with a very knowledgeable man who has a very good knowledge of arms deals within South Africa

""Arms Deal Whistleblower Andrew Feinstein’s inside track on SA-arms-to-Russia scandal
23rd May 2023 by Chris Steyn
By Chris Steyn

Global arms trade expert Andrew Feinstein shares his perspective on a charge by the United States that South Africa supplied arms to Russia in a time of war and sanctions. The former ANC MP, who resigned in protest from Parliament at the ANC’s refusal to allow an independent inquiry into a multi-million rand arms deal, also shares his frustration at being left on”standby” for many years to give evidence in the fraud and corruption trial of former President Jacob Zuma and Thales, the French arms company that allegedly bribed him.""

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#269 Post by Woody » Wed May 24, 2023 1:07 pm

We’re planning to visit near Kruger in July, averaging 9 hours per day load shedding and down to CPT, where the average is only 6 hours per day X(

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#270 Post by OneHungLow » Thu May 25, 2023 1:06 pm

One of the world’s most wanted genocide suspects, a Rwandan former police chief, Fulgence Kayishema, has been arrested in South Africa and charged with playing a leading role in the murder of more than 2,000 people in a church in April 1994.

Kayishema has spent more than two decades as a fugitive and was living under a false name at the time of his arrest on Wednesday afternoon in Paarl, 35 miles (60km) north-east of Cape Town. He was detained by the South African police and members of a tracking team from the Rwandan war crimes tribunal based in Arusha, Tanzania.

Serge Brammertz, the tribunal’s chief prosecutor who led the hunt, said: “Fulgence Kayishema was a fugitive for more than 20 years. His arrest ensures that he will finally face justice for his alleged crimes.

“Genocide is the most serious crime known to humankind. The international community has committed to ensure that its perpetrators will be prosecuted and punished. This arrest is a tangible demonstration that this commitment does not fade, and that justice will be done, no matter how long it takes.”

Kayishema, 62, was one of four suspects indicted by the tribunal who were still not accounted for, from a total of 96 indicted, and he was possibly the last major suspect still living and at large. The tribunal only indicted the leading perpetrators; there are still more than 1,000 others wanted by Rwandan prosecutors for their alleged roles in the genocide, in which more than half a million people were killed in 100 days.

Brammertz paid tribute to the South African authorities for their assistance.

“The thorough investigation that led to this arrest was made possible through the support and cooperation of the Republic of South Africa and the operational task team established by President [Cyril] Ramaphosa to assist our fugitive tracking team,” he said. “Their exceptional skills, rigour and cooperation were critical for this success.”

Brammertz serves as prosecutor for the residual mechanism set up in 2010 to deal with outstanding cases from international criminal tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. All 161 indicted suspects from the former Yugoslavia have been accounted for.

At the time of the genocide in 1994, Kayishema was a Hutu police inspector in Rwanda’s Kivumu commune, in the north of the country. He is accused of playing a leading role in rounding up Tutsis in the area and confining them in the compound of a parish church in the settlement of Nyange, where some Tutsis had already sought refuge.

The church was surrounded by Kayishema’s police and members of the Hutu Interahamwe militia who launched an attack on the thousands of civilians inside on 13 April 1994, hacking at them with machetes and throwing grenades into the crowd.

The survivors, many of them women, children and the elderly, barricaded themselves in the church as the siege went on for three days. A bulldozer was brought in to demolish the church, bringing its roof down on the people inside. Anyone found alive in the ruins was killed.

A statement from Brammertz’s office said: “The investigation leading to Kayishema’s arrest spanned multiple countries across Africa and elsewhere. During his flight from justice, Kayishema utilised many aliases and false documents to conceal his identity and presence.”

Among those already convicted for the church massacre is the parish priest Athanase Seromba, who was convicted of organising the killings alongside Kayishema. He had hidden in Italy with the help of the Catholic church but surrendered in 2002. The international criminal tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) sentenced him in 2006 to 15 years in prison, which was increased to a life sentence on appeal in 2008.

Just over a year ago, Brammertz’s tracking team found the body of another major genocide suspect, Protais Mpiranya, the former head of the presidential guard, buried under a false name in Zimbabwe, where he had been living as a fugitive.

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#271 Post by prospector » Tue May 30, 2023 4:50 am

https://www.biznews.com/energy/2023/05/ ... -de-ruyter

“I was struck by the sheer sense of normality that had been created as if these egregious acts were entirely within the normal course of Eskom’s business,” De Ruyter said.

“Board members displayed neither outrage nor courage. They didn’t question these decisions and were only too happy to acquiesce in criminal acts.”

It quickly became clear that it was open season at Eskom, and many employees, ably abetted by contractors and suppliers, gorged themselves.

“In the governance vacuum created by the Zuma years, the floodgates were open to all and sundry to get their moment at the trough,” De Ruyter said. X( :(

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#272 Post by Woody » Wed May 31, 2023 9:59 am

That well known intellectual Bheki Cele has spoken :ymsick:

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafri ... e-20230530
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#273 Post by OneHungLow » Thu Jun 01, 2023 2:21 am

Woody wrote:
Wed May 31, 2023 9:59 am
That well known intellectual Bheki Cele has spoken :ymsick:

https://www.news24.com/news24/southafri ... e-20230530
Cele and his fellow criminals and incompetents couldn't even arrest themselves.
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#274 Post by prospector » Thu Jun 01, 2023 3:12 am

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_St ... inal_Court

United States and the International Criminal Court

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The International Criminal Court in The Hague
The United States is not a state party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Rome Statute),[1] which founded the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002 as a permanent international criminal court to "bring to justice the perpetrators of the worst crimes known to humankind—war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide," when national courts are unable or unwilling to do so.[2]

As of March 2023, 123 states are members of the Court.[3] Other states that have not become parties to the Rome Statute include India, Indonesia, and China.[3] On May 6, 2002, the United States, in a position shared with Israel and Sudan, having previously signed the Rome Statute formally withdrew its signature and indicated that it did not intend to ratify the agreement.[3]

United States policy concerning the ICC has varied widely. The Clinton administration signed the Rome Statute in 2000, but did not submit it for Senate ratification. The George W. Bush administration, the U.S. administration at the time of the ICC's founding, stated that it would not join the ICC. The Obama administration subsequently re-established a working relationship with the Court as an observer.[4]""

Surely anybody else can refuse to recognize the ICC???

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#275 Post by OneHungLow » Thu Jun 01, 2023 11:33 am

Just coughed up a pound/SA Rand based alimony payment to ex-wife... not doubt, she, like our good friend Woody will be delighted with the exchange rate... 8-|

Probably better for Woody as a part time Saffer resident as the cost of living in SA is going through the roof!

https://www.capetownetc.com/news/concer ... ZAMFscb0Mg
On Tuesday morning, the South African rand experienced a significant depreciation against the US dollar, reaching a new record low. The currency’s decline has been attributed to mounting concerns over the state of South Africa’s relationship with Russia.

According to News24, the exchange rate was R19.8391/$ in early trading. By mid-morning, the South African rand had recovered some of its previous losses and was trading around R19.80 against the US dollar.

A year ago, the rand traded at a much stronger level, below R15.30.

On Monday, the government announced that attendees of the BRICS ministerial meeting in Cape Town this week and the summit in Johannesburg later this year would be granted diplomatic immunity.

‘South Africa’s decision to provide diplomatic immunity to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the BRICS summit in August has unnerved traders,’ said Casparus Treurnicht, Gryphon Asset Management’s research analyst and portfolio manager.

This development occurs as the government explores its legal options in light of a potential visit by Putin to South Africa in August, coinciding with the issuance of an arrest warrant against him by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The ICC warrant is in response to allegations of war crimes connected to the alleged abduction of children from Ukraine. As a signatory to the Rome Statute of the ICC, South Africa is obligated to take action regarding the arrest order. However, the government maintains that the declaration of immunity was merely a ‘routine’ procedure and unrelated to Putin.

According to Treurnicht, in addition to the announcement regarding diplomatic immunity, the South African Reserve Bank’s cautionary statement about the possible imposition of sanctions also had an impact on the market.

During Monday’s financial stability review, the bank issued a warning about the potential risk of sanctions stemming from South Africa’s position regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The bank expressed concerns that such sanctions could have severe repercussions for the country’s financial system.

Nolan Wapenaar, co-chief investment officer at Anchor Capital, acknowledged that these apprehensions contributed to the mounting pressure on the rand. Wapenaar noted that on Tuesday morning, the dollar exhibited a slight strengthening trend in comparison to other currencies.

‘The pain is both self-inflicted and external this morning,’ he told News24.

According to Bianca Botes, the director at Citadel Global, the anticipation of another round of interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve has sparked an increase in demand for the dollar.
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The Kreepy Krauly or what have South Africa ever invented?

#276 Post by OneHungLow » Mon Jun 05, 2023 4:59 pm

As a staunch South African chauvinist, I was having a WhatsApp debate with my South African ex-wife (6000 miles of separation makes for a very amicable friendship) about how the evil Australians claimed to have invented one of the two most important things ever invented by South Africans namely the Kreepy Krauley.

The first and most important of these inventions "as any fule kno" was definitely the Kreepy Krauly, now claimed by the perfidious Aussies as their own, shame on their meagre kangarous souls...

https://www.kreepykrauly.com.au/about-u ... ew%20weeks

What next, will the Australians claim to have invented fire, or even more cheekily, boerewors or biltong? =))

The second thing invented in my list of "things" invented by a South African was the principle inherent in the development of the CAT Scanner...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allan_MacLeod_Cormack

While admittedly nowhere as important as the Kreepy Krauley, the CAT scanner garnered Allan MacLeod Cormack a Nobel prize in conjunction with Englishman Sir Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield . MacLeod Cormack attended school at Rondebosch High (a school also famous for educating the bloke who designed the Dart Engine, Lionel Haworth, which made the Vickers Viscount one of the most beautiful sounding turbo props in aviation history). Rondebosch is also famous for once the having both Capetonian and myself as contemporaneous residents. Like MacLeod Cormack and Haworth I was educated at UCT, so while I feel secure in basking, if ever so tenuously, some might say fraudulently, by proxy as it were, in their limelight, I feel that Capetonian should be saluted as well! =))

"Cormack died of cancer in Winchester, Massachusetts at age 74. He was posthumously awarded the Order of Mapungubwe on the 10 December 2002 for outstanding achievements as a scientist and for co-inventing the CT scanner. "

I see that the nincompoops who now run the government in my poor benighted country felt moved to award Allan MacLeod Cormack the Order of Nincompoopery (or whatever it is called) but I should stop there, as I perceive that the devil has made me write something that may be construed as being heinously racist so I shall desist! o:-)

Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa...

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#277 Post by Woody » Mon Jun 05, 2023 5:16 pm

If you want to upset John Hill , tell him that the Aussies claim to have invented the Pavlova :ymdevil:
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#278 Post by OneHungLow » Mon Jun 05, 2023 5:31 pm

Woody wrote:
Mon Jun 05, 2023 5:16 pm
If you want to upset John Hill , tell him that the Aussies claim to have invented the Pavlova :ymdevil:
An interesting tale, and one which I remember reading some years back... ;)))

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/2020 ... a%E2%80%9D.
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#279 Post by OneHungLow » Thu Jun 08, 2023 3:10 pm

SA is governed by a kakistocracy
Therefore we need not make any scruple of praying against such: against those Sanctimonious Incendiaries, who have fetched fire from heaven to set their Country in combustion, have pretended Religion to raise and maintaine a most wicked rebellion: against those Nero's, who have ripped up the wombe of the mother that bare them, and wounded the breasts that gave them sucke: against those Cannibal's who feed upon the flesh and are drunke with the bloud of their own brethren: against those Catiline's who seeke their private ends in the publicke disturbance, and have set the Kingdome on fire to rost their owne egges: against those tempests of the State, those restlesse spirits who can no longer live, then be stickling and medling; who are stung with a perpetuall itch of changing and innovating, transforming our old Hierarchy into a new Presbytery, and this againe into a newer Independency; and our well-temperd Monarchy into a mad kinde of Kakistocracy. Good Lord!
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#280 Post by OneHungLow » Thu Jun 15, 2023 2:23 pm



Years back, ever the eternal optimist I would have disputed this chap's position on my benighted homeland, but no longer, it is truly on a downwards trajectory and I find it profoundly depressing.
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