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How government plans to legalise corruption: Helen Zille

Western Cape premier and former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Helen Zille says that government wants to turn “empowerment” into legalised corruption under new Draft Preferential Procurement Regulations.

The premier launched a weekly newsletter called Inside Government earlier in July and has published a new blog slating the proposed legislation, which she says will collapse the economy:

One of the challenges of daily life in government is the weekly avalanche of documents that must be read, analysed and commented on.  Among them are draft Policy papers, Bills, Regulations, “Instructions” and other documents from national government.

Each must be dissected and “deconstructed” to ensure we understand its relevance and comment within the prescribed deadline – which is sometimes very short.

This week, the new Draft Preferential Procurement Regulations were among the many documents that crossed my desk.  But when I see formulae like these – that are actually supposed to explain the regulations – my eyes glaze over:



I have learnt that the more incomprehensible a document is, the more alert one must be. As it turned out, these equations are to an understanding of Jacob Zuma’s “radical economic transformation agenda” what the Rosetta Stone is to the interpretation of hieroglyphics.

I knew the formulae were very important, but I don’t have the mathematical skills to interpret them. That is what chief financial officers are for. Our CFO reads equations and statistics easier than words, and interpreted the impact of the draft regulations as follows:

“Applying the proposed 50/50 preference system to our 80/20 purchases and the proposed 80/20 preference system to our 90/10 purchases, implies that we could be paying a premium of 100% instead of 25% for half of our goods and services and a premium of 25% instead of 11.1% for the other half of our goods and services.”

He explained that the formulae hadn’t changed, but the factors had. And this would make a big difference.

His explanation didn’t help me much. I knew the regulations would make supposedly “broad-based” black economic empowerment (BBBEE) requirements much more rigid, and far more expensive.  But I wanted a specific, practical example.

So my CFO explained the difference between the current preferential procurement system, and the proposed new system, using a simple example.

He wrote back:

“Current practise:  Bidder A, with no BBBEE status, quotes R10 for a bar of soap, while Bidder B with full BBBEE status quotes R12.  The bid is awarded to Bidder B and government pays a 20% or R2 premium to advance economic empowerment in this instance.

Proposed practise:  Bidder A, with no BBBEE status, quotes R10 for a bar of soap, while Bidder B with full BBBEE status quotes R19.  The bid is awarded to Bidder B and government pays a 90% or R9 premium to advance economic empowerment in this instance.

De-coded, the circular also provides for the BBBEE premium on purchases between R10-million and R50-million, to rise to a maximum of 25% from the current 11,1% .”

And then in CFO speak – which tends to extreme under-statement – he said: “the difference in premiums impacts severely on the monies available for goods and services.”

I’ll say. What it means is that for certain categories of purchases – tenders under R10-million – we could be paying almost double for goods and services on the basis of the BBBEE points awarded.

Firms that have the highest rating will get enough “bonus” points to enable them to double the best market price of a firm with no rating, and still get the contract.

There is a sliding scale between firms with no BBBEE status and those with “full” status.  If they attain only half the BBBEE status, we will pay 50% more.

So this is what Jacob Zuma’s radical economic transformation policy will mean:  more cronies getting more tenders, and charging the state almost double the market value. And anyone who criticizes this will be labelled “racist”.

Fortunately, more and more South Africans are seeing through this ruse. They know that the “BBBEE” certification under the Zuma government has little to do with genuine broad based empowerment (which we fully support) and everything to do with the enrichment of “the network”.  Zuma looks after them, and they look after him.

Let’s be blunt: the new draft regulations, if they are accepted, will legalise wholesale corruption at an even grander scale than we are currently witnessing.

The current inner circle of “preferred bidders” – inevitably with close ANC connections – will become even richer, while the poor, who depend most on efficient and effective government services, will suffer dire consequences. Government will pay double the price for the same service. The people will have to pay more for less.

How long will people still be fooled by the ANC’s BBBEE rhetoric as we enter secret nuclear deals worth an estimated R1-trillion, spend almost R1-billion on train coaches that are apparently too tall for safe use on our rail network, and select the most expensive and inefficient method to toll our roads?

The result will be “Eskom”, multiplied many times across the economy: a multi-billion Rand deficit accompanied by an inability to provide basic services. The rich can “make a plan” (such as buying generators). The poor can’t. They sit in the cold and dark, and have to steal electricity that has become unaffordable. And behind the rhetoric of a “turn-around strategy” Eskom’s deficit just grows.

We should no longer mince our words:  this system will cause the collapse of the South African economy. It will not result in broad-based economic inclusion. It will re-enrich those who are already well entrenched; it will not lead to economic growth.

On the contrary, it will destroy growth and jobs because it creates perverse incentives, rewarding inefficiency and uncompetitive pricing. And as government’s capacity to procure goods and services shrinks, many firms will go out of business. People will lose their jobs, while the pre-selected few flourish.

Fortunately we have a constitution. I cannot see how the new draft regulations will meet the requirement of Section 195 (1) b (amongst others):  that “efficient, economic and effective use of resources must be promoted”.  And lawful “discrimination” to redress past injustices, still has to pass the test of “rationality” and “fairness”.

We support rational and fair broad-based empowerment.  Both the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Government have an ‘open’ and transparent bid adjudication process. This prevents corruption and allows for fair competition in the bidding process.

More BBBEE companies have been empowered through our competitive process than was the case during the ANC’s crony-based tenure in Cape Town and the Province.  We have been able to procure better services and products at reasonable rates, providing the public better value for its money. At the same time the BBBEE companies become competitive in the broader economy.

We must take a stand against the new draft proposals from national government, even though we know that the Zuma ANC will respond by “playing the race card” all the way to the 2016 local government election.

But more people now know what is really going on than ever before.  We are not heading for “radical economic transformation”. We are heading for “radical economic collapse” if we endorse these proposals.

Next year South Africans will have to decide whether they want to continue endorsing legalized corruption – and growing impoverishment  – or whether it is time for change.  In a democracy, the voters get the government they choose and it is the government the majority deserves.

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yes Zuma you nKANdla step down now…

So the report in all of it’s 400 plus pages of glory was finally released to the public. And guess what, there were no surprises contained in it.

I listed to an interview with Thuli Madonsela on 702 yesterday afternoon, and was blown away. She has the unenviable task of protecting the public, and lately she’s been protecting us from the very government that is supposed to running the country and repairing the damage done by apartheid etc.

A president fresh out of court after having faced rape charges was never going to be a good place to start a presidency. If anything, the case was a sham and the wheels were greased so that Zuma could become number 1. Unfortunately all of the number 1 things he’s good at, are not things that are worth bragging about. I honestly didn’t think anyone could do a worse job than Mbeki – boy was I wrong !

He has spent most of his 5 years in office, lying about his activities, upgrading his house and allowing his sponsors to land a plane at one of our air force bases. His party has introduced legislation that allows for the lies to be concealed, roads to be tolled and what can only be called a cluster fuck of an arms deal inquiry and an inquiry into Marikana. And if that wasn’t bad enough, we got to enjoy a blast from the past courtesy of eskom and there were blackouts all over our beautiful country.

The ANC should seriously consider changing its name to Another National Crisis. They are so desperate for votes that they won’t take the unions on and get the people back to work, regardless of what this means to our economy. In SA our GDP forecast is always being revised down.

If the good people of SA give the ANC the mandate they so desperately seek, you can bet your hard earned money that they will introduce more laws to cover up the shit they’ve pulled, and, to keep Zuma out of jail, he’ll more than likely amend the constitution to allow him to stay on the throne until the sun falls into the sea.

In term 1 Zuma has stolen in excess of R200 million – what do you think he’s going to do for an encore ?


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Nkandla – a comment by JHB_BRN_&_RZD

After the fall of apartheid, Jacob Zuma came back from exile and became MEC for Economic Affairs and Tourism in KwaZulu-Natal. He decided to build a house. At Nkandla. That he couldn’t afford. This wasn’t a problem, though. Other people could afford it. The initial payments were made in 2000, by Nora Fakude-Nkuna, an Mpumalanga businesswoman. Other payments were made by Vivian Reddy and Schabir Shaik. Loans, apparently. Loans that Zuma simply had no reasonable prospect of repaying. At least not in cash money.

  1. Nkandla sits at the heart of the questions surrounding the arms deal.

Remember Shaik? Sick guy? Keen golfer? He went to jail for corruption. One of the things that got him sent off for his brief stay in some of our nation’s finest hospitals was the deal he made in securing an irregular annual R500 000 payment for Zuma. The first payment of this amount was for R250 000. It went towards Nkandla.

  1. Two hundred million? Hah!

Nkandla is a quiet little place. It has a rather sparsely spread population of about 115000 people. That’s fewer than live in Diepsloot. They don’t have much. But they do have a new road. A nice, shiny R582 000 000 road. That happens to go right past the President’s shiny new home.

That might seem a little excessive for a poor and sparsely populated area, but it’s not. You see, a town is being planned. A shiny new town just round the corner from Zuma’s shiny new home. A town that is set to cost R2 billion.

  1. Nkandla sits at the heart of the ANC’s obsession with secrecy.

It is pretty damn hard to justify what’s going on that little hill in the middle of nowhere. Wouldn’t it be easier not to have to justify anything at all? So out came that dusty old apartheid law, The National Key Points Act. No, we aren’t going to answer any questions about the vast amounts of taxpayers’ money that we’re pouring into the back end of nowhere. We’d love to, but we can’t. It’s a matter of national security.

That must have been nice, to be able to deftly sidestep all those ugly questions the press kept asking. I wouldn’t be surprised if it got the government thinking about other ways to use the law to control the media.

  1. The Public Protector is about to get her butt kicked. Because of Nkandla.

I like Thuli Madonsela. She seems to me to be a woman of great integrity and very little fear. It’s going to be sad to see her go. And go she will.

Do not ever underestimate our President. The man is a frighteningly good player of power games. If you ever doubt this, draw yourself up a list of those who have crossed him or stood in his way, and look at where they are now. You can start with Mbeki and Malema and work your way down to Vusi Pikoli.

And now, through no fault of her own, Thuli Madonsela has stood in his way. And the security cluster are starting to loosen up their shoulders and strap on their brass knuckles. I’m going to miss her.

So what does all of this mean for us ordinary citizens? A great deal. It means that those who lead us can no longer look us in the eye. They aren’t the good guys anymore. They aren’t building a nation. They’re building a house on a hill near Eshowe. And it’s making them look like a joke.

It all boils down to a single, simple, question; what about Nkandla?

No money to pay health department bills? what about Nkandla?

Cutting up government credit cards and eliminating wasteful expenditure? what about Nkandla?

Taking a stand against corruption? But what about Nkandla?

No money to build new schools? But what about Nkandla?

E-tolls needed to pay for roads? But what about Nkandla?

And the answer to that question? There simply isn’t one. Good people, with the best interests of their country at heart, have to look down at their feet and shrug their shoulders, and part with a little bit of what made them good. Bad people, pushed into a corner by the lack of an answer, set their jaws and start shouting words like racist and counter revolutionary in the hope that the dust will obscure the million Rand cattle kraal and the Astroturf soccer pitch.

So what should we do? I don’t know. But here’s my suggestion. Build it. Get it done. It’s been thirteen years, and cost us vastly more than mere money. Call in the army and set them to work digging foundations and painting walls. Shut down the hospitals and the schools and the police and pour all of our taxes into the dust of Nkandla until that one, single man looks up at it one day and says It’s done now. I have taken enough.

Then we can issue a blanket pardon for every dodgy deed ever done in the name of Nkandla. We can pile up all the records on a great big pyre and burn them. Every dodgy loan agreement, every classified document, every inflated tender. Just burn them. Purify that hill with fire.

And then we can go back to building a nation again. The good people in our government will be able to look us in the eye again, and the bad ones can stop throwing stones. We can focus on building schools and not throwing books into rivers. We can corner corrupt politicians and bring them to justice without them pointing at Nkandla and saying What about that? We can give our leaders their soul back.

Until our President decides Nkandla needs a high security entertainment centre. Then it’s back to square-one again


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Heal SA stop the cANCer

In 2014 – SA will have what is probably the most important election we’ve ever had.

The sad thing is that masses will express their collective ignorance and vote with fear in their hearts and minds and vote the ANC back into power. And by doing so, will give the Royal Showerhead another 5 years of robbing SA blind.

Even a blind man can see that the ANC is rotten to it’s core, every appointment they make is to further their desire to steal and enrich themselves before they are eventually ousted.

How many police commissioners must we go through before the people realise that Zuma wants a MORON there, he wants the special policing units impotent, as this keeps the spotlight off him and his bullshit.

In any other country, an Nkandla or a Guptgate would’ve resulted in someone ending up in jail or at the very least, unemployed. Bot not in SA. Zuma sits on an NGO with his cousin, and it was just awarded a tender for a BILLION RAND – nothing wrong with that.

Every time Zuma pockets a few million, and we do nothing, WE empower him. We act as an enabler.

Next year we get an opportunity to FIGHT THE FUTURE.

Use it, before the ANC legislate us into a new era of apart-hate.



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More of the same ? Or turning over a new leaf ?

So the cANCer has pretty much wrapped up their policy conference and re-elected Zuma for another 1000 years [this is an exxageration but it may as well be as he’s redefined the word: useless].

There has been alot of media coverage of this circus and lots of people waving their arms in the air as they think that his second term will be different to his first. To be honest, all Zuma has to do, to make his second term different from his first, is change a lightbulb on any street anywhere in South Africa – this would constitute a 100% more fruitful productivity than during his first term.

That his minions voted him back in after all the scandals surrounding him, proves to me that they are not interested in the facts, but only in the rewards their votes will bring them. As is being evidenced by the cleaning of the ANC house that is currently underway – by this I mean they’re getting rid of anyone who dared vote against fatso.

Putting this idiot back in charge, is very big F U to the people of SA. There is no doubt in my mind that Zuma is just as corrupt as that sack of human garbage Mugabe.

Scary times lie ahead for our beautiful country as Zuma and his cronies sink their claws deeper into her. Don’t be surprised when they come for you in the dead of night..

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R675bn lost to graft since 1994 – expert

I reckon it’s more then double this.


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These aren’t the droids you’re looking for….

The ruling cANCer party is so desperate for votes that they now want to bribe the poor and unemployed folks votes by way of free healthcare. The flip side of this is that you and I will have to get second jobs to afford all the taxes they seem to think we can afford. Never have the words ‘born free, taxed to death’ been more relevant than they are now. They say they want more of the whites to support them.

Here’s something to think about: give me five things you’ve not fucked up, and I’ll vote for you.


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Definitely not sewing the seeds of love.

Jacob Zuma, you and your party are a bunch of cowards. By not dealing with Julius Malema, you are sewing the seeds of this countries destruction. Europe is dealing with a cloud of volcanic ash. Here in South Africa, we are not dealing with JM. God helps us all.

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Air force, navy ‘just for show’ – this is a disgrace.,navyjustfor_show

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