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“I am Not Convinced That Privatizing Eskom is The Answer” — David Mabuza Says

The deputy president of the republic of South Africa, David Mabuza has said that he does not believe that privatizing Eskom will bring the needed transformation to the company. He made this statement as a way of contributing to the issue regarding Eskom privatization, which some people believe will be the solution to the incessant load shedding ravaging the whole country. Taking to his Twitter handle to air his valuable opinion, the deputy president wrote, “I am not convinced that privatising Eskom is the answer. We have the tools to get Eskom to be fully functional. #MabuzaQandA”. Some South Africans are simply against the privatization of Eskom because they believe it will increase the cost of electricity, or the tariff price will be too expensive for the poor people to afford. The capitalists will capitalize on how to generate profits and not how to ensure that people can afford the price of electricity. Already, many people are complaining that they cannot afford the tariff, how much more if it is privatization.

David Mabuza further disclosed that as leaders, they must help the people realize the access to land within the boundaries of the constitution. He said, “As leaders, we must act responsibly and ensure that people access the land within Constitutionally defined processes, rather of inciting people to break the law. We acknowledge and recognise the legacies of spatial inequality, land dispossession, marginalisation, and exclusion that continue to threaten social cohesion”. He made some statements regarding land, which is still controversial within the ANC. David Mabuza made all these statements in a question and answer session as he provides certain answers. He also disclosed that, “Eskom is suffering because consumers are not paying for electricity and there are many illegal connections. We need to encourage people to pay for the services they receive, for the sustainability of Eskom. Debt owed to Eskom by municipalities remains the most difficult challenge to the utility's financial sustainability, which has grown from R44.8 to R49.1 Billion between March and July 2022”.

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