PRASA- ANOTHER MURKY DEAL ON THE CARDS. THE LOOTING NEVER STOPS AS SOUTH AFRICA NOW IS BUSY RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL.

 

 

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Article compiled and posted by: White Nation correspondent Witbank  August 14   2019

 

 

 

SOUTH AFRICA– THE  PIRATE’s REALM DOWN SOUTH

 

 

“When plunder becomes a way of life, men create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it”.- Frederic Bastiat:

 

 

SOUTH AFRICA– since the illegal capture of the state in a hand-over conspiracy at CODESA- fell into a deep swamp of corruption and  chaos. Irrespective what the lying leftist media propagate- to the well informed and cautious alert the evidence of a malfunctioning state is all too obvious. BUT  unfortunately for us it is not on the knowledge of the well informed or cautious alert that the dark powers in power base their evil reign  onto otherwise South Africa would have been a gem of a productive country- but it is on the ignorance of less intelligent and uneducated hungry impoverished masses – commonly referred to as the “majority”–  that they rely on to keep them in power – and therefore South Africa now is bankrupt and on the edge of a total financial apocalypse.

Corruption became a national culture in South Africa- headed and cultivated by the black “elite” establishment that now border their stay on the edges of arrogance and blatant thievery. Like a tidal wave they swoop across the nation with their deceptive media concubines and greedy political side-kicks- destroying  everything sentimental and looting whatever they deem valuable for themselves. Regardless how many of these arch villains already were exposed- they never fall victim to the law. There always will be a political bureaucracy that will protect them. And it is under this specially created impregnable veil of  spiny armor that was specially tailor-made  for ANC delinquents only –  that they proceed with their corrupt rapacious culture

 

That again now is the case with PRASA – where another scandal is about to manifest itself .The acting chief executive induna of SA’s cash-strapped train operator Prasa, Nkosinathi Sishi, is on the verge of signing an agreement that not only flouts all statutes governing the utility, but will also expose the firm to almost R5-billion of unauthorized and irregular expenditure.

Nkosinathi Sishi, who was seconded from the department of transport to take over the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) from yet another departed interim chief executive, Sibusiso Sithole, in February 2019, immediately hit the ground running. He unilaterally and secretly negotiated an agreement that allows the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to extract management fees in excess of R400-million for proposing and developing infrastructure projects for Prasa. The board and the train operator’s executive committee seem to be in the dark about the project, the need for it and how it was developed. Insiders question the need for the project, and why Sishi, a newcomer with only two months at the company at the time, would commit a cash-strapped Prasa to such expenditure.

In an agreement that seems eerily similar to Eskom’s infamous agreement with global management consultancy McKinsey in 2016, the Prasa CEO first drafted a memorandum of agreement with DBSA, committing the cash-strapped train operator to a vague agreement in which DBSA will take over the development and maintenance of the railway operator’s infrastructure. A similar agreement put together by McKinsey, Trillian Capital Partners, the purported BEE supplier development partner, and executives at Eskom cost the power utility at least R1.6-billion. Under public scrutiny, Eskom later admitted it had not derived any value from the work. (This was part of a bigger plan to extract more than R9-billion in fees from Eskom.) The contract was annulled by a high court in 2019, which ruled that Trillian must pay back its R600-million portion of the fees. Earlier in 2019, McKinsey paid back the R1-billion it had received from Eskom.

Not only is the Prasa’s agreement with DBSA in breach of the governance statutes regulating the train agency and all state-owned entities, but it specifically violates the most basic requirements of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), which insists on a competitive tender process for all major expenditures. The budgeted expenditure under the contract is three times the annual revenue of Prasa. Not only does that amount exceed the delegated authority of the CEO, but it also requires a resolution of the board of directors, which Sishi ignored.

In a letter to Patrick Dlamini, the DBSA chief executive officer, in April, Sishi writes that, “Following interactions with your organisation regarding the planning, implementation and delivery of infrastructure programs for Prasa, we are pleased to advise you of your appointment as program implementing agent for the 2019/20 and MET [medium expenditure term] period”. That covers the financial years ending in March 2022. DBSA will be allocated billions for its help in “asset protection, fencing program, station upgrade program, depot modernization, station improvement, and renewable energy program.” The budgeted expenditure will be R1.17-billion in the first year ending March 2020, R1.65-billion the following year and R1.95-billion in financial 2022.

A separate memorandum drafted by Sishi on behalf of Prasa, and by Chuene Ramphele, DBSA’s executive for infrastructure delivery, shows DBSA will charge a minimum of R200-million on “funds under management”, which will increase to more than R400-million, or 9% of the total budget, according to a draft agreement seen by Daily Maverick. Among other red flags, the agreement allows DBSA to propose investment projects, and then execute them for a fee, inducing fears of a conflict of interest. There is no oversight mechanism spelt out in the contract, which exposes Prasa to runaway expenditure. Other than mentioning “improvements” to 135 train stations, it is not clear what exactly is the need for the agreement.

Prasa ignored 16 questions sent by Daily Maverick on 6 August 2019, as well as follow-up emails. “I did forward the email to the executive, but there has been no response,” spokesperson Nana Zenani said in a telephone call on 8 August. Although the DBSA admitted it had had discussions with Prasa on the matter, it pleaded ignorance of the details contained in the agreement that would net it more than R400-million in three years. “Although the DBSA has had discussions with Prasa, we are unaware of the details that you put forward in your email such as a pending appointment or contract and the terms thereof. We therefore recommend that you direct those questions to Prasa as they are best positioned to respond,” said spokesperson Sebolelo Matsoso in an email on 8 August.

Asked if the organisation possessed any capacity to implement railway infrastructure, the DBSA said:

In terms of the services that the DBSA provides, the DBSA is a development finance institution that operates across the whole infrastructure value chain. In addition to financing, we offer planning, project preparation as well as infrastructure delivery and implementation support through the bank’s Infrastructure Delivery division. The DBSA is an organ of state and listed in Schedule 2 of the PFMA, 1999 as a major public entity.” Some of the members of the Prasa executive committee claim they have no knowledge of how this proposed agreement came about. One insider said Prasa executives found out about the proposed appointment only after Sishi gave a copy of his letter to DBSA’s CEO to the train operator’s legal head, Martha Ngoye, for legal clearance.

Benedict Khumalo, a senior manager in the legal department was tasked with dealing with the correspondence. Khumalo’s responding memo on 6 May was scathing of Sishi’s letter:

“The correspondence between the chief executives suggests that there was no procurement process followed that resulted in the draft agreement. If there was a procurement process it has not been shared with the legal department for the purposes of advice,” wrote Khumalo, adding that there is nothing that allows Prasa “to dispense with the procurement requirements in terms of the PFMA and the Constitution”. Such deviations are permissible only in an emergency. “A three-year contract cannot be said to be an emergency, nor can DBSA be a single-source supplier,” advised Khumalo. Given the amounts involved in the project, said Khumalo, the process to enter into such an agreement should have been an open and competitive tender process. Sishi’s letter binding Prasa to outsource all its infrastructure work to DBSA raised more questions than it provided answers.

Among the shortcomings identified in the document were its vague nature about the status of current Prasa contractors already doing some of the work now being outsourced to the DBSA. “In essence, the DBSA will carry out work similar to [what] is normal[ly] performed by consultants. Will the current contracts be terminated? If so, how is the risk of obvious litigation on damages and loss of profit claims mitigated? How is the potential duplication of fees mitigated?” asked Khumalo. As the agreement envisaged that DBSA would appoint all contractors to service Prasa’s requirements over the three years, it was not clear how existing contractors would be treated. Further, as the contract was worth billions of rand, Khumalo said the fees payable to DBSA alone would “at least exceed [a] hundred million during the term of the agreement”.

As such, the value of the contract agreement would be in excess of the executive delegation of authority. Thus it would require the approval of the board of directors. “I have not been furnished with any board resolution authorizing that the agreement be entered into,” said Khumalo. “If the board has not approved this agreement it can be said to be irregular based on the delegated authority in terms of value.” Khumalo had other concerns regarding the proposed agreement: “Taken overall, the effect of the agreement will be that all Prasa employees with the project space may be rendered redundant. Most will be reduced to administration at the very least.”

Ngoye, in her capacity as legal head, risk and compliance, declined to clear the letter to DBSA. Soon after Sishi received this advice from the legal department, Ngoye was put on special leave, together with Tiro Holele, an executive responsible for strategy in the chief executive’s office.  Sources close to Prasa say the two were placed on special leave to remove them from office in order to clear the way for Sishi and some board members to conclude transactions whose only purpose is to illegally divert funds to individuals at the expense of Prasa. . None of them was dismissed- they all still receive their full pay. The impregnable veil of  spiny armor that was specially tailor-made  for ANC delinquents again is used to protect the corrupt and greedy.

South Africa is in a very real battle. A political fight where terms such as truth and democracy can seem more of a suggestion as opposed to a necessity. On one side of the battle are those openly willing to undermine the sovereignty of a democratic society, completely disregarding the weight and power of the oaths declared when they took office. If their mission was to decrease society’s trust in government – mission accomplished. And on the other side are those who believe in the ethos of a country whose constitution was once declared the most progressive in the world. The hope that truth, justice and accountability in politics, business and society is not simply fairy tale dust sprinkled in great electoral speeches; but rather a cause that needs to be intentionally acted upon every day. However, it would be an offensive oversight not to acknowledge that right there on the front lines, alongside whistle blowers and civil society, stand the journalists. Armed with only their determination to inform society and defend the truth, caught in the crossfire of shots fired from both sides.

A plundering dictatorship and a country in chaos

WHEN a government overstep the line of corruption it becomes the most dangerous situation any country and it’s population could find itself in. A government never must be allowed to overstep that line. By allowing them to do so many people will suffer. In order to prevent any government to transgress past that line the people must control the government- not the other way around. Then it becomes a dictatorship. And that is precisely the situation where South Africa finds itself today. It became a communist dictatorship . The destructive process already is so far advanced that it will never be possible to  resolve it  around a negotiation table again. It became like all the failed African states such as Cote De Ivore, Uganda, Sudan and Zimbabwe already. The political rot already is way too deep embedded into the state organs- it became a cancerous tumor eating away the last remnants of a once prosperous pre-1994 society.

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THIS is precisely what happens under a dictatorship: The whole country is being held at ransom by thug-controlled unions that only have one agenda in mind: To seriously inflict collateral damage to the free economy. 

ANOTHER well known face of South Africa- the destruction of it’s services by unruly vagrant opposition

Getting rid of qualified artisans from other groups to make space for blacks only

This is how the ANC and their cronies are running their SOE’s….totally into the ground. A once beautiful Sabie railway station now only a derelict ruin filled with weed.

The mentality of the majority of the South African incompetent regime bozos in parliament….do you now understand why the country is in a shambles…need we say more?

Remember Zebediela Citrus Estate? Here’s what happened to it: 

From 1918 to 1926, more than 565 000 citrus trees were planted on 2 260 ha of this estate’s land. For the twenty-five years before the estate was sold to the South African government in 1974, it showed a profit of millions of rands every year. After the sale, Zebediela grew to become “the diamond of agricultural projects”. It was of such great national pride that the Reader’s Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa wrote in 1978 that “nearly 400 million oranges are harvested each year from the groves of Zebediela, the world’s biggest citrus estate. The output is enough to provide one orange for every eight people on earth.”

This was written in 2001: Zebediela Citrus Estate, once the largest of its kind in the world with an annual harvest worth R30 million, is in ruins today losing more than R35 million per annum. Taken over by the Agricultural and Rural Development Corporation, its managers were replaced by people who had no farming experience. Half the citrus trees have died, and hundreds of employees have been retrenched.

The Lisbon Citrus and Mango Estate, once our largest exporter of mangoes, has met a similar fate. So has the Saringwa Estate in the Lowland which is now R17 million in debt. The Gillemsberg Citrus and Cattle Boerdery, once debt free and producing R14 million per year, has been totally plundered. This once magnificent 25 000-hectare gem is now a huge squatter camp. One of the largest pig farms in the country was also handed over in a ceremony attended by Nelson Mandela himself who claimed that the farm would serve “as a breadbasket of the community”. Today all the pigs are gone, and squatters are living in their pens.

Around the country examples abound of the systematic destruction of the last remaining food exporting infrastructure in Africa. As in Zimbabwe, the claim of “racial imbalance” in land ownership is a red herring. With the government owning around 25% of South Africa’s land, there is ample land available for those who want to work it. But that is not being distributed. Instead organised agriculture is being strangled to death by those who seek only to occupy farms and not to continue their productivity.

ABEIT the fact that most of the so-called “farms” bought by the regime and handed to incompetent squatters to destroy- the evil doers in control still want to ‘expropriate all the remaining productive farms as well. 

AMANDA BOTHA wrote:

White South Africans are often accused that their “sense of superiority”, their “white privilege” is the reason why the multicultural” New South Africa “and the “Rainbow Nation”  is a failure. It is apparently the “unwillingness “ of the white man to share property and wealth that is the cause of all the misery. Now, if we look at the recent history of South Africa, we will discover that power was not won by struggle as the ANC and the rest of black South Africa claims. Political analysts and experts such as the late Dr F van Zyl Slabbert, are unanimous in this:

The apartheid government could easily have hung on to power for at least another 15 years. The hand-over was done voluntarily through a majority “Yes” vote to a referendum by white South Africans in 1992.

And with power, quite a number of other things were wrapped up in the parcel.

25 years later we need to assess what was done with that and with this assessment comes the question:

Tell us: WHY must WE give even more?
Tell us: Why must WE respect what black majority government did with what was given to them?
Tell us: Why YOU deserve even more trust, even more opportunities?
Tell us: Why do YOU believe that WE don’t have the right to say: “Enough now. We’re going to walk away and take care of our own future. We now demand self determination.

Tell us why: YOU were given power and you corrupted government with it.

YOU were entrusted with education, transport and health!!!!

Today WE sit with “Matriculants” who pass with 30%.!!!

WE have patients bleeding to death on hospital floors while nurses have a tea break!!!

WE have a public roads system which was the best in Africa, now hardly suitable for any vehicle and we have trains constantly set alight.

YOU were entrusted with a heritage.

National heritage sites such as Augusta Manor House, Bloemfontein Town Hall and numerous statues were burned and destroyed.

Places and streets were renamed after people who had no link with them at all. Our language was removed as a language of tuition in higher education centers founded through the existence of that language in the first place!

YOU were entrusted to make our sports teams internationally competitive. Through YOUR quota systems YOU turned us into the laughing stock of the world.

YOU were handed a civil aviation company which was one of the oldest and most reliable in the world. YOU bankrupted that.

YOU were handed Denel, the Post Office, Eskom, Sars, Transnet, Iscor…all functional and profitable. YOU bankrupted them, sold them off to Indians and Chinese, looted them and ran them ALL straight into the ground.

Everything YOU received was destroyed, corrupted, bankrupted and compromised.

The only ones YOU tried to set up in 25 years became a failuresuch as VBS Bank.

And now YOU claim that “white arrogance “ is the reason why there is a lack of respect for black majority government.

We don’t disrespect your government because it is black, WE disrespect it because it is dysfunctional, corrupt and incompetent!!!!!

So tell us again: Why do WE need to keep giving you more and more opportunities when WE have seen what YOU did with what we have already given you?

South Africa’s deep decent into corruption and maladministration will have to be resolved either by international intervention – or over the barrel of a gun. Knowing the way Africa deals with it’s domestic issues- the latter seems to be the most likely. Greed and the hunger for power is one of Africa’s historical legacies. And South Africa this past 20 years were no much different from the rest of Africa. Every state parastatal is falling apart due to this malignant corruption of the ANC.  Mean-while the ANC delinquents now are targeting the poor innocent public’s pension funds and medical aid schemes to cover up for this blatant looting of the so-called SOE’s. We all know the poor state of affairs of the SOE’s and how the ANC can “manage” a system- and we already can take a good guess where the pension funds and Health Care system under Ramaphosa’s so-called “NIA” plundering agenda  soon also will end up. Ramaphosa’s plan is to waste another  almost R1-trillion of tax payers’ hard earned money every two to four years  on a system built by the same reject people who brought you Life Esidimeni, Charlotte Maxeke Hospital with  corpses in ceilings and pensioners chained to beds. This bill is a prime example how the African mind works. It only acts and damn the consequences. Later we will hear of the unintended consequences of the bill once everything is depleted. This is just another shrewd form of taxation.

 

State-of-the-art private hospitals and clinics with all their first world technological advancements soon will be forced to make way for 3rd-World non-functioning over populated and untrained staff state hospitals with out-of-date systems operated by half-wit AA conscripts and budget cuts. Not to mention the shortages of medicine and other crucial life sustaining machinery. Qualified specialists, doctors and trained  medical personnel will flee for safer havens abroad-leaving patients at the mercy of Chinese aliens, Cuban half trained “specialists”, rude black nursing staff- and witch doctors.  The systematic implosion of the health care sector in South Africa soon will be imminent as with all the other state-run SOE’s under the ANC “curatorship. “ Numerous bodies, including the South African Private Practitioners’ Forum, and political parties said it was unrealistic, too expensive, and would potentially damage the healthcare sector.

South Africa’s health care system is in a deep pit, not due to a lack of funds, but due to mismanagement, corruption and incompetence. And now the government expects the very same officials who are responsible for the chaos to manage its grandiose National Health Insurance (NHI). It is obviously doomed to fail. According to the Minister, only 16% of South Africans currently have access to health care services. But state health care services can be found even in the utmost corners of our country. Therefore, it is clear that the problem lies with service delivery and not accessibility; with the people who are managing the service. The ANC is failing miserably in this regard. One of the main causes of this failure is the government’s obsession with transformation. The ANC is transforming everything in the country into a mess. Seeing as the current system is not being managed properly, any dream of implementing another system is bound to turn into a nightmare. The NHI plan must be abolished as soon as possible. It is a recipe for disaster and it will not improve hospitals and clinics. First of all, the lack of nursing staff makes the implementation of the NHI impossible. According to the trade union Solidarity, 8 535 fewer nurses entered the labor market since 2013 and the number of qualified nursing staff members has decreased with 40% since 2013. This is due to:

1. Excessive workload.
2. Long hours.
3. Working under difficult circumstances.
4. A lack of support and equipment.
5. A lack of funds.

The circumstances in our country’s hospitals and clinics are absolutely shocking. Security is so bad that nurses, doctors, students and patients are assaulted and even raped. On top of that, many patients die under strange circumstances. Even if someone is admitted to the hospital with a broken leg, he cannot be sure that he will survive. From 2010 to 2015, the Gauteng Department of Health paid out approximately R540 million in compensation as a result of negligence. At present, there are legal claims amounting to R1 billion against the Department. Esidimeni is the result of poor management. And yet, just like so many other cases of fraud and corruption in the country, there are no consequences. Strikes at state hospitals are a regular occurrence due to wage disputes. Both hospitals and clinics often do not have enough medication. Cancer patients are given Panados seeing as prescription drugs are not available. We can no longer allow our state hospitals to be run like abattoirs and mortuaries. The Minister must step in and take decisive action to save our healthcare system. And in the interim, we should forget about the NHI. Under ANC leadership, it simply will not work.  Everything seems to indicate that the government is aiming to get rid of medical aid funds with the NHI and that will surely deliver another significant blow to South Africa’s already struggling economy.

 

 

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JUST guess who is driving this NHI fake project from behind the curtains?

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South Africa’s taxpayers will become overburdened with the NHI and will not be able to afford paying the compulsory contributions to the NHI, medical aid contributions as well as the already high taxes. The government’s plan to use the NHI to upgrade the dilapidated infrastructure at state hospitals will also not work and we are of the opinion that the NHI will only be implemented as means to obtain more funds from the taxpayer and commit even more corruption. Registered illegal immigrants from other countries will have access to all medical services under the NHI, which will be financed by South Africa’s hard-working taxpayers.

  • General tax revenue, which will include transferring funds from provincial health budgets to the NHI Fund;
  • Taxpayers’ medical scheme fees tax credit will be reallocated to the NHI Fund;
  • A payroll tax (employer and employee); and
  • A surcharge on personal income tax.

 

We cannot see how the NHI will save the country’s health care services. Instead, it will only bring about the downfall of South Africa’s health care services.

 

 

 

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Mismanagement, corruption and incompetence: NHI can only be a disaster

THIS is your future medical care in South Africa.

 While the devious ANC plunderers are trying to sooth the uneasiness and resentment about the “land expropriation “scam with multiple lies, while they try to soft-soap the public about “keeping calm” before loosing their private health system- more and more people are now awakened by this evil mob’s real intentions to grab everything valuable from the public for the communist “elite” – their property, health contributions, pensions and even their savings deposits. And it is not only the normal man on the street that now realize that “rainbow dream” became a lunatic nightmare of power gluttony– but also investors realize to invest in South Africa means certain financial suicide. Investors have been dumping South African government bonds at a rate of almost R2 billion ($132 million) a day in August. With issuance increasing and a downgrade to junk a looming possibility, non-residents have sold a net R14.4 billion of the debt in August so far, according to JSE data compiled by Bloomberg. That’s an average of R1.8 billion a day. The sales have wiped out inflows at a time when the country needs foreign investment to close a current-account deficit that was equivalent to 2.9% of gross domestic product in the first quarter. The regime  increased the amount of local-currency debt sold at weekly auctions by 37% last week to help pay for a R128 billion bailout for Eskom, the state-owned electricity company. That will push up borrowing and widen the budget deficit, placing the country’s last-remaining investment-grade rating at risk.

 

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What the incompetent government kleptocrats do not plunder on top- their evil unions destroy at the bottom. Between this two evil forces South Africa finds itself in a vice – and  truly now is running with the devil.

 

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