Omdat dit nie deur ‘n Afrikaner geskryf is nie, plaas die AVP hierdie artikel in die Britse taal waarin ons dit ontvang het. Spesifiek om aan te dui dat ander blankes as net bekommerde Afrikaners in Suid Afrika, ook besig is om die ongeregtigheid raak te sien, waarvoor ons sedert die moord op dr. Verwoerd gewaarsku het Suid Afrika se deel gaan wees, indien van die beginsel van Afsonderlike Ontwikkeling afgewyk sou word.
Op 22 Januarie 2019 het die volgende artikel op ons tafel beland met inligting wat lig werp op die gesukkel met Kragvoorsiening in Suid Afrika. Die inligting is nie van die AVP nie maar het in die openbare media verskyn wat, as alles daarvan waar is, ‘n goeie en begrypbare beeld skets van somtyds onverklaarbare gebeure in die kragvoorsieningsnetwerk waarmee de Klerk en sy enersdenkendes Suid Afrika opgesaal het.
Between 1996 and 2005 Trevor Manual, in his capacity as Finance Minister, was the sole trustee and custodian of the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF) which at the time of inception had assets close to R200 billion. As a sole trustee of GEPF, Mr Trevor Manual did not report or account to anyone but himself. To this end there was no board or governance and therefore Mr Manual had the sole discretion of how employees pension funds would be invested.
However, in 2002 a tender for actuarial services was advertised and eventually awarded to Alexander Forbes by Trevor Manual in his capacity as the sole trustee of GEPF, which was now worth over R250 billion. Alexander Forbes then proceeded to sell 30% of its shares to an empowerment group that was called Millennium Consolidated Investments (MCI) which was incorporated in 2001, being a year before the invitation to tender came out. This company belonged to the current President of the African National Congress (ANC) and South Africa (SA), Cyril Ramaphosa.
Before “buying” 30% of the Alexander Forbes shares and thus getting first hand access to the funds of the GEPF, President Ramaphosa was just another Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) proxy from the governing party who subsequently managed to buy more than 27 companies post 2003 which turned him into an instant billionaire. To strenghthen the argument, according to a 2006 article by the Mail & Guardian titled “Anatomy of Fast Money, the sudden wealth which was concentrated amongst a few new colonial elites, like President Ramaphosa, was not due to hard work but to connections to the ANC, patronage and friends in government which in turn led to some of the following acquisitions by President Ramaphosa:
April 2003: 16% of Alexander Forbes, now worth R1,1-billion.
July 2003: 14,4% of Bidvest, worth R706-million.
July 2004: 1,2% of Standard Bank, worth R1,1-billion.
August 2004: 42% of Mondi Shanduka Newsprint and 40% of Mondi Packaging, worth about R980 million.
November 2005: 11,74% of Assore, worth R394-million
November 2005: 1,5% in Liberty Life, worth R299-million.
May 2006: 25% of Downing, Reynard and Associates (unlisted)
July 2006: 40% of Kangra Coalâ€¦Source (Mail & Guardian)
It is quite obvious to any student of geopolitics that the rise and rise of President Ramaphosa was sparked by him acquiring the shares at Alexandre Forbes. This brings me to the rationale on why President Ramaphosa must extend the terms of reference of the Commission of Inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), which is the asset management company that invests funds on behalf of the GEPF.
It will be an injustice if the current terms of reference of the Commission of Inquiry into the PIC are left as they are because for more than a decade Trevor Manual was god presiding over billions in hard earned salaries of government employees whilst President Ramaphosa became Deputy god. Hence to only focus on the investment decisions taken by the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the PIC, Dan Matjila, is quite frankly opportunistic and self serving. South Africans have every right to know which companies and individuals benefitted during the tenures at the GEPF of Trevor Manual and President Ramaphosa, especially since there was no board or governance in place at that time.
Another factor is the conflict of interest regarding both President Ramaphosa and Mr Trevor Manual which necessitates an investigation to unpack if President Ramaphosa directly used his position as a shareholder at GEPF to get capital injection into his own companies and the same applies to Trevor Manual, which also falls under the ambit of state capture. This by the way is no different to the conflict of interest associated with Nhlanhla Nene who opted to resign as the Minister of Finance.
The investment decisions by both Trevor Manual and President Ramaphosa, each in their capacity asNJ custodian of the GEPF, must also extend to the likes of Zanele Mbeki, Tokyo Sexwale, Saki Macozoma, Frank Chikane, Jay Naidoo, Kelso Gordian, Cheryl Carolus et cetera. To this end the Commission of Inquiry must assess whether they received, or legitimately received, any capital injection through GEPF. Moreover, the conduct of the likes of Johan Rupert, Christopher Wiese, Johannes Mouton, Stephen Koseff and Markus Jooste, who used the funds of the GEPF through their Asset Management companies which sub-contract with the PIC, to inject capital into their own businesses, must be inquired into.
It is therefore not surprising that the post 1994 Afrikaners, especially the Stellenbosch and Paarl gang, have become richer than they were during apartheid. Its precisely because Trevor Manual and President Ramaphosa literally handed them the pension funds of black employees without any competition from black owned asset management companies.
The PIC, which now controls trillions of pension fund money, has literally become a piggy bag for the private sector and politically connected elite who don’t have to work hard to earn their wealth but simply abuse and misuse money that belongs to workers, many of who are living from hand to mouth. Unfortunately, unions like the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) including the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) have never been vocal on this slave trade transaction because they are part and parcel of the same private sector which has perfected monopolizing public funds to feed the private sector. This is what Dr Okechukwu C Iheduru defined as labour capitalism in a paper titled ˜Organised Labour, Globalisation and Economic Reform: union investment companies in South Afric”.
In essence state capture and exchange of capital between the blue eyed boys, the broederbond and the new colonial elite, was very systematic and structural. What is quite obvious is that this gang has been very sophisticated whilst using all sorts of treacherous and deceitful means to gain proximity to government coffers in order to empower itself and its family whilst simultaneously taxing the working class and poor who literally sustain their wealth.
uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) prisoner Soko Ndukwana defined this grouping as “looters of the Nation and Gangster Capitalists” who today have become the paragon of truth and business experts in a country which is rated as the most unequal in the world. This is precisely because state resources have been misused and abused by those using their struggle credentials to benefit a few whilst the majority, who keep them in power and who are yet to see the rays of liberation, are burdened by squalor and degradation. This is sheer state capture which has taken centuries to perfect and in its collapse, we must never allow it to use Dan Matjila as collateral damage
And So the Plot is thickening and it is Sickening! !!!
Ramaphosa (South Africa's President) is married to Patrice Motsepe's Sister - Tshepo Motsepe
Jeff Radebe (South Africa's Renewable Energy Minister is married to Patrice Motsepe's Sister - Bridgette Motsepe Radebe
So both the president and Energy Minister are married to sisters of a Man who own the biggest and leading Energy Company in the country, African Rainbow Energy & Power
Then the President authorizes an energy deal with independent power producers (IPP) Then the Minister of Energy Signs that deal worth an estimates 56 billion. Smart
Now the next thing is to create a falsified energy crises in the country that will be so severe that business will take a serious hit. Example: 9am - 10pm load shading (currently happening in Randburg)In order to render Eskom incapacitated
The bigger plan is to intentionally, purposefully create and promulgate a plan that Eskom is incapacitated so that the brothers in-Laws are set for life. That's African leadership for you legalizing looting and ownership of the state by a few individuals.
Well I wonder if this was Zuma it would be so quiet, ofcouse not. The fact is that The poor will remain poor The oppressed will remain oppressed The Slaves will remain slaves. Its not the so called oppressor who is a problem rather The mind and action of the oppressed. nobody oppressed and enslaved us but ourselves.
This message is for the Voter. Look in the mirror you will see Who oppressed you, Who Slaved you and the person who is responsible for your poverty
From a 1st World Country to Shit Hole !!
So Brian Dames is the CEO of African Rainbow Energy and Power (Pty) Ltd (AREP). He is the former Group CEO of Eskom. AREP is owned by Patrice Motsepe (he founded AREP). In December 2018, Brain Dames resigned from the Eskom Sustainability Task Team due to conflict of interest. AREP investment or business strategy is on Generation, Transmission and Distribution. Eskom according to President Ramaphosa SONA 2019 will be broken down into Generation, Transmission and Distribution. President Ramaphosa is married to Patrice Motsepe's other sister. Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe is married to Patrice Motsepe's older sister.
Breaking Eskom into 3 entities exactly matching to AREP's strategy raises eyebrows. AREP is ran by a former Group CEO of Eskom who was initially in the Eskom Sustainability Task Team raises more eyebrows. The fact that all these decision makers are related is mind-blowing. The fact that Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has refused to release the names of the owners of 27 Independent Power Producers (IPPs) who have entered into multi-billion-rand agreements with government is unscrupulous.
One wonders why we suddenly have the “load shedding” again. Is it so that we would not oppose the break up of Eskom as we then all believe that Eskom is incapable of supplying us with constant power. Are we the pawns in the new ANC self enrichment scheme.
Judge for yourself.
*We were fed lies and told State Capture is behind the colapse of Eskom. We were told that about all sorts of stories about Dr Ben Ngubane, Brian Molefe and Matshela Koko. Now Read who is involved*
Company hijacked software developed, paid for and piloted by Eskom and then sold it back to the power utility through shady tender
A number of former Eskom employees now face allegations that they cashed in on a R275 million boiler monitoring software tender from their former employer after hijacking the software that was developed, paid for and piloted by Eskom.
The software and technology, now owned by Carab Technologies, which Eskom used until April last year to gather data and monitor the performance of its boilers, was Eskom’s own intellectual property.
Eskom ditched Carab Technologies in April last year after Treasury’s refusal in September 2017 to approve its request to extend the tender by another R70 million, from R275 million to R342 million, for another two years.
The tender expired at the end of 2016 but Eskom extended it four times, for three months at a time, while trying to convince Treasury to approve a permanent extension.
But, as a rule, the Public Finance Management Act does not allow the extension of expired tenders.
The rolling blackouts that gripped the country this past week are partly due to Treasury’s decision to stop Eskom’s irregular boiler health management tender with Carab Technologies.
At the time Treasury said it refused Eskom’s request to extend the contract because there was no evidence the service the company provided could not be provided by others. And it was not clear how Carab was initially appointed by Eskom. A confidential Eskom presentation City Press obtained states that the software was developed by former Eskom employees Dirk van Aarde and Fanie Scheepers in early 2008.
The document states that: “Data” collection, development of the system, testing of the system was done under Eskom employment. “Dirk van Aarde then left Eskom to work for Actom where he formed a company called Tekniva. Fanie Scheepers formed a company called Carab while he was still employed by Eskom. “Fanie resigned. Dirk then bought Carab and a new company was formed called Carab Tekniva, specialising in boiler healthcare. The Carab system was then piloted at Kendal Power Station and a recommendation was made that it should be used by all power stations.”
Rudi Smit, another employee who worked on the Carab software at Eskom, resigned in 2013 to join Carab.
HOW IT WENT DOWN
Other documents City Press obtained show that later in 2008, Eskom had enlisted Carab Technologies & services to monitor the boilers at the Kendal and Grootvlei power plants. One of the documents is a presentation made by RWE Power International, a German company Eskom asked to conduct a “market survey” and recommend which companies could provide Eskom with boiler maintenance software.
During a presentation to Eskom bosses at Kendal power station, RWE said: “Actually, the full [Carab] programme is used at Kendal and Grootvlei power stations, and plans for introduction at Hendrina power station have been reported by station staff during the availability assessment.” RWE presented Eskom with another option, Aware, which is another boiler maintenance system developed in the US. However, the company concluded that “although both programmes offer similar features, the Carab programme seems to be more recommendable”.
The document shows that those who were part of the presentation included Carab Technologie’s employees. Minutes of a meeting attended by all Eskom’s power stations managers show that in October 2008 a decision was taken to roll out Carab Technologies software across all coal-fired power stations. Eskom eventually signed a R165 million three-year tender with Carab in 2011. There was no tender process.
In 2014 Eskom expanded the tender by another R110 million, increasing it to R275 million. Carab Technologies has since been bought by French company Bureau Veritas. Two weeks ago City Press reported that Eskom contracted and paid Bureau Veritas SA about R1.5 billion for quality assuring the construction of the Kusile power plant.
Â R13bn Eskom bonanza for US firmCity Press also reported that when Eskom contracted Bureau Veritas, it had entered into another contract with Black and Veatch, a US firm of consulting engineers, to do the same work. Black and Veatch, which was eventually paid R12 billion by Eskom, is responsible for designing the badly flawed Kusile power station. Carab and Bureau Veritas did not respond to detailed questions sent on Thursday and on Friday morning. Eskom responded with a brief statement, saying: “Transactions relating to the Eskom new build programme are part of the investigations conducted by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU). Where any element of fraud or criminality is found, they will follow relevant processes, including possible recovery.
“Eskom will be in a position to respond more substantially to questions raised only once the SIU has completed its investigations”.
FLAWED PROCESSES, NO TRAINING
A senior government executive with intimate knowledge of procurement said everything about the Carab Technologies contract was flawed. “Let’s park for a moment the fact that the software is Eskom”s intellectual property. Let’s start with Eskom’s decision to appoint RWE Power International to do a market analysis for Eskom, the official said.
“Government procurement doesn’t work like that. The appointment of RWE itself should have been done through a tender and it was not. RWE should have called for a Request For Information from the market, compiled a report about potential boiler maintenance companies and handed over a report to Eskom. Their recommendation of Carab in front of Carab’s representatives was highly irregular”
Eskom, said the official, still needed to answer questions about how Carab was initially appointed at Kendal and Grootvlei. “There is no evidence that procurement processes were followed. And thereafter they just kept extending an illegal tender”, the official said. A key element of Carab”s contract, when the company was officially appointed in 2011, was that it would train Eskom”s employees to take over the running of the system.
Minutes of a meeting held by Eskom’s generation division in 2010 show that the transfer of skills to Eskom employees was a critical key performance indicator of the contract. “Carab has agreed to the training of Eskom staff over the contract period of three years. Training will be performed on all three modules. Detail manuals and training material has been forwarded to Eskom. A detailed training schedule has also been sent to Eskom for acceptance,â€ read the minutes.
Another senior government executive with knowledge of the contract said: “The training did not happen for obvious reasons. If it had happened, there would have been no need for Carab’s services. As such the company would have gone out of business. Now there is a need to keep extending a flawed contract because skills impartation, which was a necessary KPI, did not happen.”