- Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprises addressed major concerns at a media briefing on Eskom today
- He said that the current state of affairs at the power utility could largely be attributed to state capture at Eskom
- The Minister said that all senior management had been asked to cancel their leave and would instead be touring the nations power stations
Pravin Gordhan did not mince words at today's media briefing to address operational challenges at Eskom.
The Public Enterprises Minister began by saying the power utility had been "one of the centres of state capture" and that this had largely contributed to the sad state of affairs alongside outdated power stations.
The Minister explained that while Eskom has 47 000 MW in installed capacity between 9 000 and 11 500 MW was lost due to repairs being done on generating units that had broken down.
Gordhan then revealed that only one energy expert was currently employed by his department, a result of his predecessor's governance. He maintained that the department would address the issue in order to strengthen its ability to monitor what was happening at Eskom.
The minister went on to say that all senior managers had been asked to cancel their leave and would be touring the nations power stations to get a handle on the situation.
Addressing the load shedding that had been plaguing the country, Gordhan said that the current plan hopes to cut down Stage 2 load shedding for 2019. He said that the power cuts put immense strain on the country’s economy.
"Ideally the kind good numbers we saw from the third quarter - 2.2% growth - is what Eskom doesn't want to be seen messing around with."
A team of independent experts are being deployed in order to provide Eskom with an ‘arms length view of its plans’.
The Minister also revealed that contractors at Medupi as well as Kusile power stations had been falling short on expectations and a forensic investigation into the matter was underway.
"Somebody is making money out of doubling the cost of Medupi," says Gordhan.
He maintained that although employees might have opinions on who was responsible, the investigation must be allowed to come to its own conclusion.
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