- Eskom executives have spent over half a million rand per month on free fuel, toll fees and maintenance costs for their company cars
- This while the power utility claims it doesn’t have enough money to offer ordinary workers a yearly increase
- Eskom confirmed 115 general managers and executives benefited from the fleet card perk
Eskom executives and general managers have been spending well over half a million rand per month on free fuel, toll fees and maintenance costs for their (also free) company cars. The power utility confirmed that 115 members of staff benefitted from its feet card perk.
The news comes Eskom is locked in wage negotiations with unions after initially claiming it could not offer employees a yearly increase because it was in effect broke.
The fleet card perk is reserved for senior Eskom employees with a rank of general manager or above and allows its beneficiaries to claim free unlimited fuel, toll fee costs and maintenance of their company vehicles.
Briefly.co.za gathered that in May the total bill for the 115 beneficiaries totalled very near to R600 00. With the recent and dramatic increases in petrol and diesel prices, this bill is set to skyrocket in the coming months.
Thesouthafrican.com reported that despite the perk being designed for official use only many employees are believed to be misusing the perk and using their vehicles for private duties.
Meanwhile, Eskom faces the prospect of employees embarking on a strike after unions rejected its proposed 6.2% wage increase.
Ironically this was the original demand made by unions, but representatives have grown weary of Eskom’s delay tactics and rejected the proposal.
The power utility has reportedly racked up debts amounting to R62 billion which needs to be repaid over the next five years, this while the company needs an additional R72 billion in funding by the end of next year just to maintain the national power grid.
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