May 29, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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‘Buy Eskom and remove load-shedding please’ — SA has a hilarious wishlist for Elon Musk’s next big purchase

South Africans have weighed in on the purchase of Twitter by South African-born businessman Elon Musk, jokingly urging him to buy embattled energy company Eskom and even the entire country.

The government is Eskom’s sole shareholder and the shareholder representative is the Minister for Public Enterprises.

Musk has been the talk of water coolers and the subject of dinner table discussions around the world after he struck a deal to buy the popular social media network for 44 USD billion (R700bn).

“Freedom of expression is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital marketplace where important issues for the future of humanity will be debated.” Musk said in a statement.

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey gave the deal a thumbs-up and thanked Musk and current CEO Parag Agrawal for “supporting the company out of out of an impossible situation”.

< p>Thousands of hilarious tweets urging Musk to buy everything from McDonald’s to countries flooded in, and Musk agreed t he was joking.

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But it was the SA Twitter Brigade that teased the prankster by asking him to buy Eskom and other struggling state-owned companies. Some even suggested that he buy SA.

While the idea of ​​Musk buying Eskom is clearly just a joke and wishful thinking, an economic policy discussion document recently obtained by Business Day shows, that the ANC is dealing with broad-based proposals that private sector companies like Eskom buy stakes in SOEs and help solve the country’s energy crisis.

Here’s a look at some of the requests Musk has received from South Africans since his Twitter purchase.