Pravin withholding R2 billion bailout of SAA to ensure privatization

Pravin withholding R2 billion bailout of SAA to ensure privatization

Image credit: African News Agency (ANA)

Black First Land First (BLF) agrees with both the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) that Pravin Gordhan is deliberately running the South African Airways (SAA) down. The objective is to justify the privatization of SAA. This is a long held objective of Pravin Gordhan.

It makes no sense that all the national carrier has been deprived of is a mere R2 billion. This is the same tactic that Pravin used during the tenure of Dudu Myeni. He deliberately withheld the release of financial statements in his evil quest to precipitate a crisis at SAA so as to justify its privatisation.

The crisis at SAA, like that at Eskom, is a deliberate creation to justify privatization which is the program of ThumaMina. Both the crisis at Eskom and SAA can only end when the saboteur in chief is removed from government. There is no other way, Pravin Gordhan Must Go!

BLF launched an online petition over a week ago to put pressure on Ramaphosa to recall Gordhan from his position as Minister. The campaign aims to achieve the grand total of 10 000 (ten thousands) signatures for submission to the president of the country, Cyril Ramaphosa. Let’s tell Ramaphosa #PravinMustGoNow

Please click on the following link to sign the petition: http://chng.it/bGWxxCxN
Sign and tell others.

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)

22 January 2019

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

Zanele Lwana
(BLF Deputy President)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225

BLF appalled by loadshedding created by white engineers at Eskom

BLF appalled by loadshedding created by white engineers at Eskom

Eskom’s Medupi power station. Image credit: Bosveld Review

Black First Land First (BLF) is not shocked but appalled by the revelation that white engineers have been allowed by Eskom to profit from loadshedding. This is state capture.

Eskom is being run down to justify privatization through loadshedding. Now it appears that the Eskom leadership has been incentivizing white engineers to facilitate loadshedding.

The loadshedding, which exposed Pravin Gordhan as a liar, was partly an outcome of the strategic breakdown of conveyor belts at the Medupi Power Station. The broken conveyer belts were built and designed by Rula Bulk Materials Handling, which is a company owned by Roelf Odendaal, whose brother Danie Odendaal is Eskom’s engineer general manager.

The very same Rula Bulk was again called to repair the belts that were shoddily produced by them. This is like allowing someone to break all the windows of your house and then paying the that person to fix the same broken windows. It is said that Rula Bulk has to date raked in over R2 billion from Eskom contracts.

BLF will be laying complaints of state capture at the Zondo Commission in this regard. We can’t allow such systematic looting to continue any longer. Eskom is a national asset and it must be protected

20 January 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

Zanele Lwana
(BLF Deputy President)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225

Fight privatization of SAA, defend state assets

Fight privatization of SAA, defend state assets

Image via: Wikimedia Commons

Black First Land First (BLF) denounces the sale by the South African Airways (SAA) of the Airbus A340-300s, A340-600s and 15 spare engines. We are not surprised by the sale of the assets of SAA.

When Cyril Ramaphosa placed the SAA under business rescue last month, he did so at the behest of white monopoly capital (WMC) who spent R1 billion to bribe the ANC Nasrec conference so as to secure his position as president of the country. Ramaphosa is the preferred candidate of WMC in cahoots with imperialism. Now he is delivering the country to his sponsors.

BLF reiterates that those who voted for Ramaphosa voted for the dishing out of state assets to WMC and its agents. We maintain that after WMC has finished with the SAA they will seize Eskom.

BLF calls on all the progressive forces to hold an urgent national meeting towards stopping privatization in defence of state assets.

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)

16 January 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

Zanele Lwana
(BLF Deputy President)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225

Stop Loadsheding #PravinMustGoNow Petition: response to questions

Stop Loadsheding #PravinMustGoNow Petition: response to questions

Pravin Gordhan. Image credit: Netwerk24

Many people have asked questions about the petition launched by Black First Land First (BLF) on Monday 13 January to get 10 000 signatures towards telling Cyril Ramaphosa that it’s time for Pravin Gordhan to be released from his post as Minister. Here are some of the frequently asked questions and the corresponding responses

1. How do I sign the petition?

Click on the link and it will give you the steps to append your signature. It’s a matter of ultimately clicking on the “submit” tap to confirm. It’s a simple process.

2. What will happen to the petitions once the target of 10 000 signatures is met?

BLF shall hand deliver the results of the petition to Cyril Ramaphosa, to demand that he acts.

3. Will Ramaphosa act?

This depends on other related actions which we shall undertake to support the 10 000 signatures.

4. Why Pravin Gordhan?

Because Pravin Gordhan is conflicted. He has shares in all the major companies, more so those that stand to benefit from the privatization of Eskom. So he has no interest in ending loadshedding. In fact, loadshedding is good for the argument in favor of privatization.

5. Is the current loadshedding a deliberate creation of Pravin Gordhan?

The answer has to be yes because he has taken such dubious steps that suggest that he wants loadshedding. He previously appointed the chair of the Eskom board who had no clue about the energy sector. He has subsequently appointed a white man who has just ran down a company. So it’s logical to conclude that Pravin Gordhan wants loadshedding because it’s good for business to privatize Eskom.

6. Can loadshedding be stopped?

Absolutely yes! The super trio Brian Molefe, Mashela Koko and Dr Ben Ngubane had previously stopped loadshedding and turned Eskom into a profit making organization. It’s easy to let the super trio return to Eskom to sort out the mess. They have done it before.

7. Will my signature help end loadshedding?

Yes! It will play a big part in ensuring that the spotlight is on Pravin Gordhan and Ramaphosa can’t ignore 10 000 voices.

8. How else do I help to make sure that the petition is successful?

Share it with others and ask them to sign and also share. It this way more people can see it and support it.

If you haven’t already signed the online petition, you may do so via the following link, http://chng.it/bGWxxCxN

Lets all tell President Ramaphosa that enough is enough, #PravinMustGoNow

Issued by Black First Land First, National Coordinating Committee of (BLF NCC)

16 January 2020

Contact Details

Black First Land First Mail: [email protected]

Zanele Lwana
(BLF Deputy President)
Cell: +27 79 986 7225