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PetroSA controversy

PetroSA Controversy: There have been a series of claims laid against the decision to appoint Tshepo Kgadima as Chair of Petro SA. Opposition parties say the Energy Minister, Tina Joemat Pettersson lied when she told the National Assembly that the appointment came from the Central Energy Fund and was not a cabinet decision. Kgadima himself has been accused of being a fraudster, our former ambassador to London Zola Skewiyaya wants him investigated after investing his pension fund into his company, that didn’t have the assets it claimed to have. Other claims have emerged of a similar pattern of behaviour and Kgadima himself had to be escorted from the business day newspaper last week.

The business day newspaper reported two days ago that it has a letter that shows the minister actually told the chair of the central energy fund to appoint Kgadima. The claim against the minister now is that she lied to the National Assembly when she said she played no role in this appointment – did she lie?

"As a shareholder and minister of Energy... she can recommend individuals in the subsidiary and so does have power to recommend. In recommending the minister doesn't appoint. What needs to happen is a legal procces. Each Director is appointed on the basis that they go through a vetting process which is conducted independently.

Zodwa Visser , spokesperson for Energy Minister Tina Joemet Petterson

Is private power for Eskom optional?: A comment in the business day today by National Planning Commissioner, Professor Anton Eberhard stating that those opposing private participation in the electricity market is 'neanderthal', sparked controversy. We have seen other countries privatize their electricity grids. Will it work here?

It's not just privatization, but it's creating the space for private investment.... We understand that Eskom cannot solve the problems... In that context, we need to legs... we need to fix Eskom....we need to open the space for privatisation

Professor Anton Eberhard, Professor at UCT's Graduate School of Business

Patrick Craven from the congress of the South African Trade Unions has opposed privatization of our electricity system in the past.

Many of the problems that Eskom is facing now, result from a decision not for privatisation, but to run it as if it's a private company, which led to the failure to invest money needed to provide generating capacity...

Patrick Craven, COSATU Spokesperson

Babies switched at birth:The Centre for Child Law at Pretoria University has recommended that two children who were swapped at birth four years ago,should now remain with the families who have cared for them since then.

..it is in the best interest of the children... All of the parties are of the view that this is the best way forward...

Dr Ann Skelton, Centre for Child Law at the University of Pretoria

South Africa going bust gradually: A comment by the chair of Remgrow Group, Anton Rupert in which he claimed that south Africa was going bust gradually and that we are growing further and further behind in the digital world.

Rupert clearly believes we’re on some sort of downward spiral – that our economy is never going to grow at this rate. He also claims that at the moment we have to import intellectual capital,our education system is not working properly and that it is creating big problems.

I do tend to agree with some of his sentiments. First if you look at our GDP, and economists have been down-grading and downward revising.... Ratings agencies have highlighted that South Africa needs to reform... nothing seems to have changed. Some of his points are valid.

Dr Thabi Leoka, Senior Economist at Renaissance Capital

Protests still underway in Ferguson: Across the united states protests are still underway at the decision by a grand jury not to continue the prosecution of the police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of black teenager Michael brown in Ferguson. We look at what is happening there at the moment.

There has been a call to keep the protest for another day... 2000 people gathered at various parts of the city...they filtered into the streets, stopped cars, to join the solidarity...

Nadia Neophytou, EWN Reporter

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