PAUL Hoffman questions whether the law firm Dentons is up to the deep dive into the Eskom disaster. (Is Dentons up to "diving" the murky depths at Eskom? April 30). Frankly, I don’t know, but we can help Dentons by framing the questions that have to be answered.

A good place to start is to ask why Eskom has a policy of buying coal only from suppliers where black economic empowerment (BEE) ownership exceeds 50% when the mining charter says 26% is fine? Is it a way to exclude traditional suppliers, who offered the best prices? Was the policy created to justify paying premiums to BEE firms with political connections?

And we can ask for a list of coal suppliers, how much coal they supply and the price per tonne, as well as transport costs per tonne. That should not be too difficult, even for an underresourced firm such as Dentons.

Now, what about some more questions from people who know where the real problems lie? Dentons and all South Africans need your help.

Peter Haylett
Chairman, Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s industrial focus portfolio committee

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