SA has MANY TOP skills: but they are too white
22 March 2011 2 Comments
March 22 2011 – Media statement, Transvaal Agricultural Union:
NUCLEAR ENERGY WITHOUT TRAINED, EXPERIENCED, TOP SCIENTISTS IS THE ROAD TO DISASTER:
“Last year the Transvaal Agricultural Union reported about the ANC-regime’s sudden ditching of the unique South African Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) nuclear project, a concept which would have put South Africa in a position to provide cheap electricity to the country for years to come – and with safe nuclear-fuel…. It wasn’t as if nuclear power itself was being eschewed, we reported, just the OBMD rector project. Top scientists stated at the time that it was “extraordinary” that the government pulled the plug on PBMR. As a result, South Africa had lost hundreds of top (white) nuclear scientists, most of whom either left the country or plan to leave. “
Pics: The South African-designed nuclear-fuel pebbles are so safe that they can be handled by hand: yet the ANC-regime dropped the programme and the highly-skilled community of white scientists who had designed the PBMR-programme are leaving the country: http://www.pbmr.co.za/index.asp?Content=244&CatId=32
Continues the TAU: “We predicted that there was a reason for this ditching. We reported that a French company Areva was on the cards to tender for a nuclear-powered reactor that would cost billions but was not as advanced as the PBMR project. As a business transaction, however, opportunities will be on the table for government cronies to profit from the deal, we reported.
One of the reasons given for the PBMR ditching was that it was too expensive. Yet SA engineer and nuclear scientist Philip Lloyd said that Mossgas cost R11billion, and “Sasol was not cheap”. “The government would rather sacrifice its top (white) scientists, its long term power self-sufficiency and its lead as a world innovator for the short-term, quick buck option”, we reported.
What we warned of is apparently coming to pass. The Johannesburg Sunday Times headlined on 6 March “SA, France to expand links on nuclear technology”. SA’s president Jacob Zuma was on a two-day state visit to Paris as a guest of the French president. In the report a French businessman was quoted as saying ”the French were ready to provide nuclear energy technology (to South Africa) and were now waiting for the SA government to conclude consultations on its future energy plans”.
The French are waiting in the wings for the big contracts with the SA government who ditched its own scientists and product for a “roadmap of energy cooperation” with the French which will inevitably include large transfers of money across the seas, and into whose pockets we leave to the imagination of our readers. http://www.tlu.co.za
SA has plenty of skills – but they are ‘ too white’ :
The TLU continues: “Mrs. Graca Machel, wife of ex-pres Mandela, recently moaned that (black) ‘Africans don’t master knowledge and technology”. She spoke as the president of the Foundation for Community Development of South Africa. However – there are many Africans who have mastered knowledge and technology. But the reason for mastering these elements is surely not just to master them, but to apply this knowledge. .. The difference between first- and third-world countries is the attitude with which people conduct their lives, and their behaviour towards those around them.
When South African traffic lights break down, no one takes the initiative to direct the builtgridlocked traffic which blocks roads for hours, to the chagrin of motorists who pay the salaries of not only those who control the traffic lights, but of the traffic police who should be acting as point men in the chaos. The occasions when we have seen point men at traffic intersections when the lights are not working are almost non-existent. The difference is attitude, or approach to situations: responsibility, caring and initiative are and should be part of the employment package.
Attitude is the key. It is easy to teach someone to drive a tractor. But it seems impossible to inculcate the instinct to look after the tractor, to sense when the motor is under strain, to maintain the tractor at top performance. Handbooks can be written about maintenance, but there is no handbook about instinct, initiative when the boss isn’t around, and plain old honesty.
How do you teach shame? How do you impart a sense of accountability to another human being? Corruption is so widespread in South Africa that it is now expected that those in positions of power and influence will try to enrich themselves. It is a pervasive sense of entitlement, an attitude that appears to be inherent.
When Home Affairs officials sell South African identity documents to foreigners, the ripple effect is large. But this is not taken into account. Repercussions are either ignored or not even calculated as a life reality. Now South African passports have been debased to such an extent that even the United Kingdom which until now did not require visas for South African passport holders, now demands a large fee for a compulsive visa. Our reputation has been sullied, but those who don’t care don’t understand the concept of reputation.
“Nurses treating hospital patients with contempt”…
The TAU continues: “When nurses treat hospital patients with contempt, when sick people are left in corridors in pain, this is the result of an attitude, and whatever level of academic competence those nurses have attained is meaningless because of the attitude. “
Pictures left: the latest example of this contempt towards patients is the neglect of disabled crime victim Chris Bronkhorst: ignored and treated with such contempt by nurses that his body is covered in massive, open, festering sores and pressure-sores due to neglect of nursing staff.
A Democratic Alliance politician recently talked of the ANC’s dna: certain attitudes of the ruling party are ingrained. They are no different to the despotic rulers north of the Limpopo. Education doesn’t mean a thing without a certain frame of mind. Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe is a perfect example: his four university degrees have not influenced his intrinsic savagery and tyrannical stance. Urging young people on to education without telling them that burning down schools is counter-productive renders the education practically worthless.
‘ Pass One Pass All …’ attitude:
“When government officials urge that classroom passes should be based on lower and lower marks, they completely skew the function of education. Their attitude is alien – getting the pass certificate is meaningless unless you can do the job, progress in the job, take charge of problems in the job, make decisions in the job. This is what a job is, not sitting behind a desk on the cell phone to your friends, having long lunch breaks, and milking the travel fund on useless trips to attend conferences.
When you would rather open a tender for a new fence so you can get a financial cut, although the old fence just needs repairing, this is the difference between progress and dissipation. This is why Africa has regressed, while the rest of the world moved on. This is what Mrs. Machel laments.
If DNA prevents a good attitude becoming the major force in the implementation of the functions of everyday South African life, then South Africa is in for a difficult future. If you steal from your own children’s feeding scheme, if you poach your country’s wildlife, if you plunder your hardworking taxpayers’ contributions, yet you have a Ph.D., what is the point of the latter when the former takes precedence?
If you thieve from your employer because “he’s got money”, Mrs. Machel’s dream will never materialize. It is a somber picture to contemplate, but it is the real reason why Africa is battling, despite the fact that Africa “has more natural resources than any other continent”, as Mrs. Machel declares. Until the nurses really care, the teachers give full time to their classrooms, the civil servants actual become civil and make the country function, then a “transfer of skills” will remain an empty phrase. http://www.tlu.co.za
Background: Pebble Bed Modular Reactor project:
The Pebble Bed Modular (Nuclear) Reactor project now has no open vacancies as it is ‘undergoing a “rationalisation process’… The 500-member PBMR project team is/was based in Centurion near Pretoria. Its CEO Jaco Kriek, picture, resigned in March 2010 and was replaced by a black manager called Dr Alex Tsela. Under Kriek, the state-owned company grew from a small nuclear engineering state-owned ‘company’ with barely 100 employees at its inception in 1999 into one of the largest nuclear reactor design and engineering companies in the world. In addition to the core team of some 800 people at the PBMR head-office in Centurion near Pretoria, more than a 1,000 people at universities, private companies and research institutes were also involved with the project. Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Limited is a referred to as a ‘public-private partnership” comprised of the South African government, nuclear industry members and state-utilities. The PBMR was designated as a sonamed ‘strategic national project” according to its 2007 annual report. Yet on 8 March 2010 its chief executive Jaco Kriek resigned – issuing a statement that ‘he agreed with Dr Alistair Ruiters, Chairman of the PBMR Board, to assist with a hand-over process (to black-economic-empowerment appointees) while he briefly continued ‘to assist with specific PBMR activities over the following few months.” The Board of PBMR expressed its appreciation to Jaco “for the exceptional work he performed over the past six years as CEO of PBMR. Under his leadership, the PBMR company grew from a small Research & Development company to a global company that was capable of participating in international nuclear programmes. Westinghouse, a US based nuclear company and investor in Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Ltd, also thanked Jaco for his guidance and stewardship of the PBMR Company. According to Kriek, he “wanted to explore opportunities in the energy industry, but did not have any immediate plans regarding his future: ‘I am going to take a good break and will consider my new career once I am back,” he said. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) and a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants (UK). He also obtained an M.Com (Financial Management) degree at the Rand Afrikaans University (now called the University of Johannesburg) and completed a Management Development programme at the INSEAD business school in France. Before his stint at PBMR he was Executive Vice President: Projects at the IDC, where he was responsible for mega projects. The PBMR Board announced is replacement as acting-CEO: Dr Alex Tsela. who held the official administrative title as ‘general manager for nuclear compliance assurance:. http://www.pbmr.co.za/index.asp?Content=218&Article=111&Year=2010
2007 annual report:
The employment changes in 2007reflect the steady process of firing of white scientists and their replacement by Black-Economic-Empowerment-appointees: http://www.pbmr.co.za/contenthtml/Annual2007/corpgovernance.html
The firing of South Africa’s top-educated white workers from state-owned businesses continues unabated:
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 – RACIAL STATISTICS OF STATE-OWNED BUSINESSES
DEPARTMENT: PUBLIC ENTERPRISES
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
QUESTION FOR WRITTEN REPLY – QUESTION NO.:334 DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26 February 2010
Adv A de W Alberts (FF Plus) to ask the Minister of Public Enterprises:
(1) How many (a)(i) black, (ii) brown, (iii) Indian and (iv) white (aa) men and (bb) women are currently employed at each service level and (b) vacant posts are there in each specified public enterprise;
(2) what steps will she be taking in order to fill those vacant posts?
The tables below indicate the number of employees that are currently employed by State Owned Enterprises (SOE) that report to the Department of Public Enterprises as per their levels, race and gender. “SOE has recruitment policies in place to fill empty posts.’
4,459 vacancies at Transnet
77 vacancies at Broadband Infraco
69 vacancies at Denel
1,288 vacancies at Eskom.
PBMR has no open vacancies as it is ‘undergoing a “rationalisation process’…
Alexcor has no vacancies.
607 vacancies at South African Airways
35 vacancies at its low cost SAA company SAX
135 vacancies at SAFCOL
There are no vacancies at Alexcor
77 vacancies at Broadband Infraco
There are officially 1,288 vacancies at Eskom. However only 134 are advertised publicly: Apply for jobs at:http://www.eskom.co.za/live/content.php?Item_ID=3500
PBMR, SA Airways and SAFCOL
Pebble Bed Modular Nuclear Reactor Project:
The Pebble Bed Modular (Nuclear) Reactor project has no open vacancies as it is ‘undergoing a “rationalisation process’… The 500-member PBMR project team is based in Centurion near Pretoria. Its CEO Jaco Kriek recently resigned.*
South African Airways has 607 vacancies
SAFCOL has 135 vacancies
There are 39 vacancies at SAX There are 4,459 vacancies at Transnet http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page72308?oid=176816&sn=Marketingweb%20detail
Transnet is governed by the “Companies Act” and functions “in every way as a public company with a board of directors. The entire issued share capital is however controlled by the Minister of Public Enterprises – i.e. taxpayer-funded. The group consists of the holding company Transnet, and seven transport “businesses” such as the seperate division for the SA Harbours, a number of related and “support businesses”. In 1990, the South African Transport Services was corporatised to form Transnet Limited. This fragmented system does not work well the opportunity for large-scale fraud are massive without a lack of central control, and many accidents also occur. In May 2010, officially there were 1,288 vacancies for top-skilled whites at Eskom. However only 134 were advertised publicly: Apply for jobs at :http://www.eskom.co.za/live/content.php?Item_ID=3500