Deputy Speaker, the BRRR process provides Parliament with an opportunity to exercise oversight on financial management and performance management against agreed targets and programmes. It also enables the ANC to ascertain whether the department has managed ANC government policies and programmes and assess the impact and quality expenditure hence the need to have the department itself, hon Mazzone.
Now, the philosophical discussions around it and we will tell you what the philosophical discussion, it is not the man; it is the ball itself that you need to play. In the view of the ANC, state-owned companies are not created to maximise profits or incur losses rather their existence is for the purpose of driving our national developmental agenda through or to strike a balance between self- funding and undertaking developmental projects.
The unfortunate narrative is our national discourse and SOCs has been dominated by allegations of state capture
and corruption and recently about bailouts. While we acknowledge the history and the depth of the challenges, it is time for the country to move and to focus on the delivery mandate of the SOCs and state-owned enterprises, SOEs.
Eskom, for instance, must focus on delivering affordable and reliable energy services to South Africans. Now, it is not a secret that the state of capture has left huge systematic black skilled professionals that we have lost through the state of capture. What we are saying is that there needs to be an improvement on the current generation available.
Now, we are speaking of the unbundling and the unbundling; we need to focus on the issue itself. It has started in 1998 when we delivered the White Paper. The issue of the National Development Plan, NDP, that empowers us to deal with the Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning, IRRP plan that was adopted by the Cabinet.
Now, the issue of transmission, what we want to say as the committee is that, the issue of privatisation, we are not going to privatise, FF Plus, you can do whatever, you can scream all you want. We are very clear and we are going to save Eskom.
And I want to tell and want to say to the department and the Ministry that we need a reliable source of energy, resolve operational issues and resolve cost issues and resolution on the debt issue.
While we are dealing with the issue of the mineral and energy mix ... [Time expired.] as the ANC we support, no to privatisation. [Applause.]
The House divided.