David Mabuza Eskom

Deputy President David Mabuza, in his capacity as Chairman of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), delivers his opening remarks at an extended plenary meeting of SANAC in Sekunda, Mpumalanga Province. The SANAC plenary received and discussed the progress of the country’s comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS, TB and STDs, including the roll-out of the national health campaign Checka Impilo, preparations for World AIDS Day 2019, SANAC’s plan for sex workers, the Human Rights Plan as well as addresses from the Chairperson of the SANAC Civil Society Forum Ms Steve Letsike, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and Mpumalanga Premier Ms Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane.

Deputy President David Mabuza has told Members of Parliament (MPs) that the government has no plans to privatize Eskom, contrary to some claims by the unions.

Mabuza answered questions in the National Assembly on Thursday, September 15, 2022.

The potential privatization of Eskom has been a bone of contention for some time, especially as the embattled power company struggles to deliver on its core mandate of keeping the lights on.



Opposition parties and sectors, including civil society and business, have long called for Eskom to be taken out of government hands, but Vice President David Mabuza believes their political options and positions have not reached the point where privatization is seen as the answer to providing better solutions. to their current problems.

Mabuza said the government is working hard to make Eskom a more efficient and effective state-owned power generation and transmission utility with the necessary capabilities to ensure security and stability of energy supply for the benefit of the economy and human development.

“It would be inaccurate to characterize the current organizational transformation taking place at Eskom as privatization or perceived intentions to facilitate it. It is not so. Instead, the utility is now in an advanced stage of a spin-off process that will transform the electric power sector to achieve our nation’s long-term energy security. We have discussed the specifics of this plan several times with this parliament as a government.”

Deputy President David Mabuza

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