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Ministerial nominees Brown and Pandor are undeserving
I STRONGLY disagree with the nomination of the Minister of the Year and the runner-up. Lynne Brown has done a good job of pretending all is under control at Eskom.
Medupi, with its massive cost and time overruns, is still years away from completion. The same with Kusile. She says since load shedding has been drastically reduced, all is okay.
What she fails to mention is that since Eskom was mismanaged going back to Brian Dames’s time (he is now among the 100 richest people in South Africa) and constant load shedding, electricty usage has been reduced as hundreds of busi- nesses have either downsized or gone bankrupt.
As a result, Eskom has increased the tariff to be able to pay their bloated salaries.
The runner-up is Naledi Pandor.
I do not believe we can completely ignore her poor performance in previous pos- itions. The harm done to education by the failed implementation of OBE (outcome-based education) is still with us today.
Teachers were not given adequate training to implement the system. Pandor then went to Home Affairs, where first Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and then Pandor took the credit for the vast improvements in the system. This in fact had nothing to do with them: a consultant implemented the new system over a three-year period, then left.
She is purely a figurehead making speeches all over.
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