I seem to have missed a problem of some sort here? I would not think of the Champ as guilty of improper conduct. He seems dead straight to me. The best sort of old school socialist.
I have quite a lot of time for Pravin Gordhan. More power to his elbow! Perhaps cancelling ALL Eskom leave would be better. Maintenance could be caught up on for one. This country takes far too much leave, which in your dire straits is madness. No one elsewhere will take you seriously if you stop working all the time. I used to work on a 24/7/365 basis in the UK. I was on duty for at least part of every Christmas Day for 18 years. Do not get me wrong: I averaged 50 hours a week, not all day and every day, but had to be there when required, without notice. Public holidays (we had 9, not 13) were working days unless rostered off. (1 in 6).This thread is a good example of what is wrong with South African mentality.
How many times have we seen, "why don't they DO something about it"posts. So here we have our friend Gordhan - probably our greatest ally in politics (in that he actually wants to get things done) - and all that is now posted is miindless cynicism.
I'm not saying you guys are wrong, I'm just saying the dude is doing something. If it was Zuma, Ramaphosa, Hlaudi, I'd agree with it being PR/BS, but this is Gordhan telling people to pull finger. It also means a bunch of bodyguards and security personnl won't need to be dispatched to Dubai/Paris/whatever when these leeches take their leave.
All things considered, this is EXACTLY what he should be doing. Making the lazy culprits feel the sting of having been inept. As much as there may or may not be additional pay involved, there sure as hell will be upset family members, costs incurred due to late cancellations of hotels/flights/whateverr - those costs are personal to them. (Yes, I know ultimately we pay for it - it still comes out of their accounts.)
Point is it's a start. It's also symbolic. They've essentially been grounded and dad is checking that they're doing their chores. It's a start.
1-2% of the populationhow is catering for 1-2% of the population going to solve the problem?
I worked in Georgia in 2000/ 2001 (cold! -20 on a sunny day at midday), so 10 years after the collapse of the USSR. Stalin had been born there, and the last Foreign Minister of the USSR was the President of Georgia. Generally the youngsters welcomed the chance to stretch their wings, but my interpreter's father and many of his age group missed the security. He was an architect and had never been without work before: he did not like that.Yes I can but they both seem to support the same vile ideology. He's not Malema by a long shot and Malema is not thechamp but at the core there is communism.
It still does tell us how we the masses are going to benefit by turning back the clock to the good old days. Turning back the clock means a big chunk of the population will have to get off the grid, not so? unless we are going back hand in hand back to the good days of a well run Eskom I just don't see anything to reminisce about.Let's see if any of those that partook in a quick circle jerk will respond to nightjar's excellent post.
I agree, maybe for once someone would be responsible and accountable for something,I like Gordhan’s thinking. While it will likely achieve nothing much right now, I’m pretty sure that senior management will make damn sure the power stations are fully stocked with coal and running as best as they can for next year’s leave period.
As an aside, I’ve always though that the theory that they’re doing this deliberately to leverage higher rates and bail outs is somewhat conspiratorial, however, I came across this - https://m.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/eskoms-big-coal-whopper-20181204 - which alleges that the coal excuse is rubbish.
Apparently, despite abundant coal in the Witbank/Middelburg area (170 coal mines in a 200km radius) power stations simply stopped accepting coal deliveries some weeks back, and the mines actually have a surplus of available coal.
I think people will be scrambling instead of the usual relaxed attitude.Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan told media on Thursday Christmas leave for senior management has been cancelled and each would be deployed to individual power stations to assess the issues on the ground.