...sorry. SA - Zim issues. Too easy to get diverted.
Bloody South Africans coming here and using our wifi.My local bartender is a saffer who emigrated to the UK about 10 yrs ago and let's just say he has some choice words about the current state of affairs every time I go there for some coffee and some wifi in the afternoons.
True. The whole returning to the roots Kwanzaa thing is arse clenchingly embarrassing. Most who celebrate it would head back home at high speed after a week in the real Africa, gibbering and squeaking their thanks to the gods who saw fit to allow them to be born as citizens of a safe first world country.Hey, hakuna matata, man. This phrase, it should be noted, was the source of much belly-laughter in East Africa when tourists started using it there to show some sort of brotherly solidarity. Not in earshot of the tourists, of course, who would receive it back at them (and a High-Five) using the Bronx accent it was delivered with in the popular film. It's appalling pidgin-kiswahili, probably picked up by a film-company researcher on a visit prior to briefing the cartoon director back in LA. Matatiso hamna (no *little* problem) would have been less grotesque. Mind you, a quick search of 'Kwanzaa' and all of the bullshit around it is just pathetic. Next time anyone is accused of cultural appropriation this should be used as a response. All good fun, though.
https://www.arrse.co.uk/community/threads/is-it-cos-im-black.272648/post-8407529True. The whole returning to the roots Kwanzaa thing is arse clenchingly embarrassing. Most who celebrate it would head back home at high speed after a week in the real Africa, gibbering and squeaking their thanks to the gods who saw fit to allow them to be born as citizens of a safe first world country.
Eskom 'technically insolvent', won't survive beyond April
13 February 2019 - 11:24
By Andisiwe Makinana
Eskom is technically insolvent and at the current trajectory it will not survive beyond April 2019.
Acting DG of the department of public enterprises Thuto Shomang told MPs on Wednesday morning that Eskom's R420bn debt burden represents 15% of the sovereign's debt and that if the power utility defaults on its debt, it will threaten the economy.
Shomang said cash generated by the company does not cover operating and debt servicing costs.
The escalation of municipality and Soweto debt at around R28bn was another problem facing Eskom, including the increase in the number of Eskom employees from 32,000 in 2007 to 48,000 in 2018 with associated cost growing from R9.5bn to R29.5bn.
Shomang said Eskom is struggling to maintain operational sustainability due to ageing generation fleet - about 37 years on average, essential mid-life refurbishments not implemented, poor quality of maintenance due to poor workmanship with 40% of plant breakdowns due to human error.
It also faces ongoing coal shortages due to poor management and lack of investments in cost plus mines.
Eskom was also experiencing significant loss of critical skills and low staff morale, he said.
Shomang noted that the building of Medupi and Kusile power stations has suffered massive delays and cost overruns due to poor planning, poor engineering designs, poor procurement practices or poor contracting and corruption.
The costs for the plants have escalated significantly to over R300bn - Medupi from R24.9bn to R145bn and Kusile from R80.7bn to R161.4bn.
Shomang said systemic corruption, malfeasance, fraud and state capture have compromised the credibility of the organisation and eroded investor confidence.
Minister Pravin Gordhan, who cut short his attendance of the Cabinet meeting to join the parliamentary meeting, indicated that finance minister Tito Mboweni may announce a cash injection for Eskom.
“We will hear next Wednesday from the finance minister what kind of financial support Eskom will be receiving from the government,” said Gordhan.
Eskom ‘technically bankrupt’ as debt hits R400 billion
Staff Writer28 November 2018
Public watchdog the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) says it welcomes Parliament’s Public Enterprise report on Eskom which implicates several executives and former ministers.
However, it said that the power utility’s financial results indicate a company that “is technically bankrupt”.
South African lawmakers referred the names of three former chairmen of the group to law-enforcement agencies after they found the individuals conducted themselves unethically and possibly criminally during their time at the producer, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday (28 November).
Zola Tsotsi, Ben Ngubane and Zethembe Khoza, together with former chief executive officers Brian Molefe and Matshela Koko, are among the names that parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises is asking the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation to focus its probe on, it said in a report.
In June last year, the committee resolved to probe governance, procurement issues and the financial sustainability of the cash-strapped company that produces almost all South Africa’s power.
Eskom is struggling with high debt and declining demand as it takes steps to emerge from multiple scandals involving graft and mismanagement.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has pledged to stamp out corruption since taking over from Jacob Zuma in February.
That has included replacing directors at a number of state companies including Eskom, which ratings companies have identified as a key risk to Africa’s most-industrialised economy.
This is the second report released this month that refers Eskom board members and executives to prosecutorial authorities.
A study by Fundudzi Forensic Services, which the National Treasury contracted to investigate the appointment of McKinsey & Co to advise Eskom and state logistics company Transnet, and coal procurement from a company controlled by the Zuma-connected Gupta family, also recommended criminal investigations against Molefe and Koko, among others.
The committee said the former chairmen and executives “reasonably ought to have known or suspected” that their failure to report the flouting of governance rules relating to some contracts “may constitute criminal conduct”.
Former public enterprises ministers Lynne Brown and Malusi Gigaba were “grossly negligent in carrying out” responsibilities as the representatives of the sole shareholder in Eskom.
‘Eskom is technically bankrupt’
Outa said it remains deeply concerned that Eskom does not have a sustainable business model or a comprehensive financial plan to claw itself out of the debt hole it is currently in.
While the appointment of Mr Calib Cassim as Eskom’s permanent chief financial officer may offer some stability and comfort that the rot will stop, Outa said that it’s the power utilities’ declining revenues which inhibit it from turning into profitability or controlling its ever increasing operational costs.
“If Eskom was a private company, it would either be under business rescue or in liquidation as we speak, given the reality that Eskom is technically bankrupt,” said Ronald Chauke, Outa’s energy portfolio manager.
While presenting its 2018/2019 interim results, Eskom revealed that its 2007 debt of R40 billion has swelled to R419 billion, and is estimated to exceed R600 billion in the foreseeable future.
In addition, Eskom’s huge staff complement including fixed term contractors has increased to 48,628 in 2018 from 47,658 in 2017, costing South Africans R29.5 billion in March 2018, Outa said.
It said there appears to be a lack of urgency and no holistic and integrated long term strategy to help with the turning around the power utility and ultimately lower prices for the public.
While Dr Jabu Mabuza’s nine-point plan is commendable in addressing immediate problems, the 2035 strategy he promised the public earlier this year is still needed, it said.
“The nine-point plan is merely fire-fighting by the Eskom executive who should have by now developed a comprehensive future roadmap that will take the utility to a financially sustainable path,” added Chauke.
Outa noted that the energy availability factor (EAF) was 75.01% in September 2018, below Eskom’s target of 78%. This further dropped to 74.2% in October 2018.
The impact of this decline in EAF, it said, has resulted in the increased utilisation of emergency resources such as open cycle gas turbines which are diesel-powered and have already set Eskom back R572 million to date and is projected to cost up to R1 billion by the end of financial year.
Profit before tax has declined from R8.9 billion (Sept 2017) to R1 billion on 30 September 2018, while sales volumes are also down by 0.8% and revenue was up by 2.7% on the back of tariff hikes.
“This massive decline in profit, is a precursor for huge losses that one can expect at the end of the financial year,” said Chauke.
Outa said it is also concerned about the 25% increase in six months of municipal arrear debt (including interest) to R17 billion (March 2018: R13.6 billion) and this is probably the biggest issue facing the SOE right now.
“It is imperative that Eskom develop and publicise a long term plan that includes a sustainable business model that will contribute to South Africa’s economic growth and provide financial relief to its consumers, the body said.
Two police officers appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for allegedly robbing a Strand Street cellphone shop while pretending to execute a search warrant, a spokesperson said.
The Anti-Corruption Unit arrested the officers on Tuesday in connection with the January 26 robbery.
Police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said six police officers allegedly forced the shop's security gates open and entered, claiming they had a warrant to search the premises for drugs and firearms.
Nearby shop owners gathered after the shop owner alerted them.
One of the officers allegedly had a bag of cash in his possession but dropped it when he was confronted by the shop owner.
One officer hid in the shop, but the others forced their way past bystanders and fled in a Toyota Hilux LDV and a marked police vehicle.
Read: 2 cops arrested for allegedly soliciting a bribe from truck driver
Officers from Cape Town central police arrived on the scene and questioned the police officer who hid in the shop.
The provincial Anti-Corruption Unit confirmed the incident and reported that a cellphone and R1 620 in cash were taken. The cash was recovered.
Warrants of arrest were issued for three identified officers.
A 32-year-old and 41-year-old were arrested, and a third officer is still at large.
In an unrelated incident, the unit arrested two officers on Wednesday for allegedly telling a woman she must pay them before her son, who had been arrested for murder, could be released.
Her grandson had also been threatened. She allegedly paid the officers R1 000.
The officers, aged 35 and 45, appeared in the Athlone Magistrate's Court.
They were granted bail of R800 each and are expected to return to court on March 25.
Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula said he was disappointed.
"No SAPS (SA Police Service) member is above the law, and we will not allow any of our members to perpetrate a crime and get away with it. We are confident that these arrests will send a stern warning," he said.
All rather says something about their training as Police officers; identification of suspects etc. I suppose that they could only have imagined that they could get away with such a ludicrous scheme if their milieu was so corrupt that they would be covered.Tip of the iceberg. The police are a large part of the problem and are known for being involved in cash heist gangs as well as renting firearms and other equipment to criminals. The wibbling about sending a stern warning is just that - wibble.
The Times, February 15 2019, 5:00pm
Hovering above the Okavango Delta, a pristine lacework of red-earth islands, papyrus swamps and dense trees, it is easy to see why this corner of Botswana is known as Africa’s “last Eden”.
The extraordinary wildlife and exquisite safari camps at this world heritage site are a magnet for wealthy tourists and now, alarmingly, increasing numbers of poachers serving the Far East’s greed for elephant ivory and rhino horn.
Botswana’s reputation as Africa’s safest haven for beleaguered animals has been rocked by a surge in recent bloodshed. Ian Khama, who stepped down as president ten months ago after a decade in office, despairs at what he sees as his conservation legacy being squandered by his chosen successor and former deputy, President Masisi.
Conservationists fear that rhinos and elephants are being dragged into a fight for political power.
Thirteen endangered rhinos have been killed for their horns since Mr Khama, 65, left office. The latest census of the country’s elephant population is expected to show a sudden rise in the number slaughtered for their tusks.
During his time in power Mr Khama, a former lieutenant-general who passed out of Sandhurst, adopted an unapologetically militarised approach to protecting his country’s wildlife, deploying troops to national parks, arming anti-poaching units with automatic weapons and instituting an unofficial “shoot to kill” policy.
Yet within weeks of handing over power, Mr Masisi, 57, publicly stripped the rangers of what he termed their “arms of war” and indicated that he would lift the Khama-era moratorium on trophy hunting.
Mr Khama, at his office in Botswana’s sleepy capital Gaborone, said: “I am aware I sound upset when I talk about this, but I know how long it took us to get to where we were and now seeing how quickly things can be reversed.
“Once poaching takes hold it escalates very quickly and is very hard to recover.”
He cites the case of neighbouring South Africa where the loss of 13 rhinos in 2007 soared to more than 1,000 killed for their horns during 2013, prompting Botswana to take 100 of the animals in for safekeeping. Some of those were among the recently poached in one of the most closely guarded and remote areas of the 10,000 sq mile delta.
“Thirteen is not a large number to lose compared to what we have seen in South Africa, but we only lost one in my decade in office, having come from a point in the mid-Nineties when they had been poached to virtual extinction,” said Mr Khama. The former leader is the son of the country’s founding president, Sir Seretse Khama.
The poachers’ strategic shift to the landlocked state was inevitable, conservationists argue, after herds elsewhere in the region were decimated. Elephants have also naturally gravitated to Botswana’s guarded savannahs in search of safety and the former British protectorate now has about 130,000 — more than a third of Africa’s elephants.
With increased numbers come clashes between elephants and villagers living on the borders of the national parks whose crops are raided. Lives have also been put in danger. Political analysts point out that President’s Masisi’s talk of the return of legalised hunts, perhaps even a cull, could win over alienated rural voters as his Botswana Democratic Party gears up for this year’s national elections.
However, hunting or a cull “would result in Botswana being hammered internationally,” Mr Khama insisted. “You don’t kill your way out of a problem.”
Botswana is the size of France but has a population of only 2.3 million. The diamond-rich state regularly tops Africa’s league table for good governance and its predictable politics, which have been dominated by the Khama dynasty for half a century, rarely attracts any negative press beyond its borders.
However, as a sign of the bad blood between the ruling party’s rival factions, there are disputes over elephant poaching numbers. The new government insists that reports of a sharp increase in killings are wildly exaggerated.
Mike Chase, head of the conservation organisation Elephants without Borders (EWB), has also been drawn into the row. He first raised the alarm over a “poaching frenzy” last August as he undertook a wildlife census.
He shares the views of Mr Khama and his brother Tshekedi Khama, until recently the environment minister, on hunting and other conservation issues. Critics have cited his association with the brothers as a motive to overstate the problem to undermine the new administration.
President Masisi declared that Mr Chase’s rush to link freshly poached carcasses to the disarmament of the rangers was “nothing but hysteria”. It has been reported that EWB’s research permit has since been revoked.
For now, Botswana’s wildlife population appears to have become a pawn for rival camps competing for political power — a concern for Ross Harvey, a wildlife analyst at the South African Institute of International Affairs.
He said: “However warranted the rift may now be between President Masisi and Ian Khama on internal party politics, the upshot is that unless policy coherence is achieved and scientists are listened to, even if they seem alarmist at first glance, poaching is going to start taking deep root in Botswana.”
Certainly Mr Masisi, who was educated in America, appears to be taking threats to his powerbase seriously. The recent arrest of the country’s former spy chief, Isaac Kgosi, who was regarded as Mr Khama’s enforcer, was viewed as the new president’s most brazen act of defiance. As his arrest was filmed, Mr Kgosi warned: “You guys are now forcing me to do something that I didn’t want to do. I am going to topple this government.”
This month a Botswana newspaper revealed how an alleged plot to assassinate the president had been foiled. Mr Khama is convinced the wildlife rangers, who worked under his brother’s ministerial command, were stripped of their machineguns to allay fears that they could be deployed to seize power.
“It sounds ridiculous — has a coup ever been launched by a wildlife department? But that is the level of paranoia in the country, it is quite bewildering,” Mr Khama said.
EWB’s final report on the country’s elephant numbers and the scale of poaching is with the government. It seems inevitable that its publication, due in the coming weeks, will further inflame tensions between Botswana’s old and new guard.
A very typical sign of how things were back in Detroit a decade ago. The cops couldn't give a shit about stuff like that. They were broke and had to prioritize things. You literally could drive through intersections while it was red while drunk.The number of people who disregard red lights on the roads has to be seen to be believed and that's just one of the symptoms of the sickness. Fish rots from the head...
The key to lots of things in life. And SA is a resource rich country but unless they get back on track, they will run out, and you're up a creekIt requires the will to fix things to begin with. That no longer exists in SA and it's becoming a free for all.
All the regime cares about is holding on to power to keep the snouts in the gravy trough.
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