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South African Businesses Cry Foul Over The Non Bearable Basic Eskom Tariff During Covid-19 Pandemic – “Reduced Consumption Versus 100% Basic Fee Is Extortionary.”

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Brian Kazungu, 17/02/2021

Businesses in South Africa are crying foul over what they termed as non-bearable basic Eskom tariffs which they consider to be extortionary when taking into account the reduced actual consumption which resulted from the Covid-19 induced lockdowns.

Some business owners who said they had engaged Eskom over the matter expressed concern on the fact that the power supplier has continued to bill them as normal and yet the lockdown has prevented them from utilising their properties since people are being made to work from home.

One of the landlords who signed an Integrated Electricity Supply Contract with Eskom said that because of the lockdown and its impact on their operations, their actual consumption has reduced by 70% but the power company is not cooperative in having the tariff adjusted.

They also revealed that attempts to discuss the issues with Eskom proved to be non-effective as the company indicated that the process to apply for the alteration of a supply contract to reflect the reduced consumption to current level takes about 12 months to process and approve.

“Just imagine spending 12 months paying 70% more on something when you really know you must be paying only 30% of that amount.

For example, on an integrated supply contract of 315 KVA, you have to pay about R12 000 ceteris paribus but our current consumption is only 90 KVA. Why should we then pay for the absurd 200 KVA that we are not using?” The businessman fumed.

Business owners who were organizing themselves into a group of aggrieved parties that share a common problem said they were planning to take Eskom to the courts in order to invoke the Force Majeure principle which they said was provided for in the contracts.

A lawyer who commented on the issue said “rather than leave their fate to the common law doctrine of Supervening Impossibility, in modern times, parties, in a bid to manage risk, have sought to regulate Supervening Impossibility by specifically making provision for it in written contracts.

These clauses can either broaden or narrow down the scope of the doctrine depending on what the parties agree. Such contractual clauses have popularly come to be known as “Force Majeure” clauses.

Thus in the event of supervening impossibility, the Court will look to the “Force Majeure Clause” to determine the dispute. In the absence of such a clause the court will apply the common law.

Secondly, it is important to understand that the actual legal principle is that of “Supervening Impossibility”. Normally, a party who fails to deliver his part of the bargain is guilty of “breach of contract” and the offended party can sue for specific performance or cancellation and damages.

However, if performance has been rendered impossible by an occurrence beyond their control such as “force majeure” in the form of, e.g. an earthquake, volcano, tsunami or a plague, they are absolved from liability.

Therefore in this case, force majeure (e.g. a Tsunami), is the supervening event that has made performance impossible.” He explained.

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Picture Moments: Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10 000 Points of Light Hall of Fame and The Re-launch of Mutumwa Mawere’s Book, When Minds Meet

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Mr Mutumwa Mawere, Mr Jagjit Singh and Dr Ladislas Agbesi

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Brian Kazungu, 04/05/2021

Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10 000 Points of Light celebrations were organized to honour and celebrating the induction of various exceptional men and women into the Hall of Fame of people whose exploits are transforming the image and perception of Africa.

President of the Pan Africa Business Forum, Dr Ladslas Agbesi was the Guest of Honor.

He congratulated inductees and also paid tribute to Africa Heritage Society Chairman and Business Man, Mutumwa Mawere on the re-launch of is book – When Minds Meet

Dr Ladslas Agbesi also paid tribute to the King of Morocco for the great strides that he is making on the country’s economic front.

The event was held at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa on the 3rd of May 2021

04/05/2021

Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) – 10 000 Points of Light celebrations were organized to honour and celebrating the induction of various exceptional men and women into the Hall of Fame of people whose exploits are transforming the image and perception of Africa.

President of the Pan Africa Business Forum, Dr Ladslas Agbesi was the Guest of Honor.

He congratulated inductees and also paid tribute to Africa Heritage Society Chairman and Business Man, Mutumwa Mawere on the re-launch of is book – When Minds Meet

Dr Ladslas Agbesi also paid tribute to the King of Morocco for the great strides that he is making on the country’s economic front.

The event was held at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa on the 3rd of May 2021. Music and belly dancing kept attendees in the good mood.

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Pan Africa Business Forum President, Dr Ladislas Agbesi to Grace the Banking on Africa’s Future Induction Ceremony and Mutumwa Mawere’s Book Launch at The Royal India Restaurant in Sandton

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Dr Ladislas Agbesi, Pan Africa Business Forum President

Brian Kazungu, 03/05/2021

Pan Africa Business Forum President (PABF) and Lash Consult Investments Chairman, Dr Ladislas Agbesi will be the Guest of Honour at the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) 10 000 Points of Light induction ceremony to be held in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, today.

The event, a collaborative initiative between Banking on Africa’s Future, Connections2Communities (C2C) and Africa Heritage Society will be held at The ROYAL INDIA RESTAURANT located on No.2 Maude Street in Sandton, Johannesburg at 6pm in this evening.

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In his pre-event statement, Dr Agbesi said “I am very humbled to join in the journey of greatness of people in the African Continent. When we are together and God is with us, no one will be against us”.

His organisation, the Pan Africa Business Forum is a multi-lateral, private sector driven organisation founded by a group of statesmen and new generation of entrepreneurs from several African countries who share a vision of Africa’s renaissance.

It operations are premised on the acceleration of socio-economic development of the African continent through a combination of carefully considered programmes and projects developed by Africans locally in collaboration with development partners outside the continent.

Banking on Africa’s Future – 10 000 Points of Light project resonates with the Pan Africa Business Forum’s Mission Statement which is “to empower current and future African generations through policy reforms and skills development with funding support from the business community by way of growth initiatives and social responsibility”.

The 10 000 Points of Light induction ceremony which coincides with the re-launch of Mutumwa Mawere’s book ‘When Minds Meet’ is dedicated to celebrate and honor individuals who are recognized as shining examples since their efforts are helping to raise the African continent’s flag high.

Among the people to be inducted as light bearers because their work strategically positions Africa to reclaim its long lost glory are entertainment industry business mogul, Mr Frank Mohapi, Executive Chairman of Sky Rink Studios situated in the Johannesburg CBD.

Cake Hier, Founding CEO, Ms. Neethu Lutchman, Siyazama Commodities and African Union Logistics Founding Director, Mr. Ravi Nadesan and Induction Foundry Technologies, Managing Director, Mr. Shaniel will also be inducted for the great work they are doing in their respective industries.

At the same event, businessman and author Mutumwa Mawere will be re-launching his book, , When Minds Meet, a literary masterpiece which touches on critical issues that must be considered for the African continent to deliver the promise of a better life to its citizens.

His book is a collection of articles that he wrote for various news publications on issues that are meant to form part of the conversations among Africans towards a better continent is a mind opening piece of literature on the realities that are prevailing in the continent.

Event host, The Royal India Restaurant is a high-end hospitality establishment located in what is known as the richest square mile in Africa – Sandton, Johannesburg.

It is a popular venue for special events because of its executive ambience and special Northern Indian cuisines plus it is also a favorite spot for movie productions, with SABC1 telenova, Family Secret being among some entertainment shows that are done in this elegant environment.

Oriental Fire Group Belly Dancers will provide the entertainment.

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JJ Singh Appreciation Day Videos and Pictures

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JJ (second from left) with friends

Brian Kazungu 19/04/2021

Recently, Africa Heritage Society declared the 4th of April as the JJ Singh Appreciation Day in honor of Mr Jagjit Singh, the ‘Punjab Boy’, a South African businessman, humanitarian and socialite who has been described as a royal man with a heart of gold.

The day which coincides with his birthday was an emotional encounter filled with pomp, funfair, civility, diversity and excellence.

Clad in elegant fashions, people from different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds including family, friends and business associates gathered at The Royal India Restaurant to celebrate Singh’s life of purpose which is characterized by tenacity, determination and courage.

Good music and some belly dancing spiced the mood in the serene Sandton area of Johannesburg which is regarded as the richest square mile in Africa.

Singh was showered with messages of honour and appreciation by notable and prominent figures in South Africa.

The event was organised by the fun loving and creative team called Birthday Club South Africa (BCLUBSA) in partnership with BMW Fast Track Racing, C2C and MTown Sherriff.

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