Eskom & Prasa: Mantashe calls on govt to intervene

He says the ANC wants interventions to be put in place to rid state owned enterprises of persisting problems.

FILE: ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) has called on government to rapidly resolve the crises plaguing state owned enterprises including Eskom and Prasa.

Mantashe has given details about what was resolved at the NEC's mid-year Lekgotla in Pretoria at the weekend.

He says the NEC notes with great concern that the economy is growing at a worryingly slow rate.

Mantashe says the party wants interventions to be put in place to rid state owned enterprises of persisting problems.

"Taking on companies remains critically and economically vast for the developmental state. They must be optimally used to improve economic infrastructure and increase economic growth."

The ANC has also called on companies in the mining sector to urgently review plans to cut thousands of jobs, saying this will only worsen the economy which is already struggling.

Mantashe says government is planning to meet with these companies as the Lekgotla has discussed the party's views on how mining companies can explore other avenues to cuts costs.

He says these companies, such as Lonmin, are urged to review their decision because their current plans will deepen the economic crisis.

Falling commodity prices have forced mining companies to cut costs through the shedding of jobs, with Lonmin announcing on Friday that it's closing some of its Rustenburg operations, which will see at least 6,000 people lose their jobs.

At the same time, Glencore is also looking at cutting 600 jobs at its optimum coal mines subsidiary.


Meanwhile, Mantashe says President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home was not part of the NEC's agenda at the weekend because executive members have decided to respect the investigative processes that are in place.

Work has been halted at Nkandla amid probes into the expenditure.

A Parliamentary ad hoc committee visited the site to inspect the upgrades last week and criticised Public Protector Thuli Madonsela saying she had mislead the public in her report.

Madonsela has asked government to grant her the right to reply.

But Mantashe says the processes must be respected.

"One of the things that we are trying to discipline ourselves on is that when there are institutional processes, let's give space for those institutional processes to do what they need to do."

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