The shady deal Eskom made that contributed to the recent load-shedding

The shady deal Eskom made that contributed to the recent load-shedding

- A questionable deal has been uncovered in which a company took software paid for by Eskom, hijacked it and then sold it back to the entity through an even shadier tender

- Former Eskom employees now face allegations of cashing in on the R275 million boiler-monitoring software tender

- Eskom had used the company responsible up until April 2018 to monitor the performance of their boilers

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In recent days, Eskom heads have mentioned that the contract for the system for monitoring their boilers for faults had expired and had not been reinstated.

It has now been uncovered that this had been due to a dodgy deal entered into by the entity, where they had paid for software twice.

A company named Carab Technologies had taken software already in place at Eskom, hijacked it and sold it back to the power entity for a whopping R275 million.

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The tender to appoint this company had been extended a total of four times until last year when Eskom had denied a R70 million extension for a further two years.

Last week's nationwide blackouts had been partly due to the decision to stop the irregular tender, which had been denied reportedly because there had been no evidence that another company couldn't do the job.

The appointment of Carab Technologies in itself was reportedly irregular in it's own right. According to News24, regulations had been broken when a private company conducted a market survey and recommended Carab.

Employees from Carab Technologies had been present when the private company had recommended them, which eventually resulted in their appointment, allegedly forgoing the tender process.

The contract, dodgy as it was in the first place, had also included a section detailing how training would be provided by Carab Technologies, which, rather unsurprisingly, never happened.

Taking these revelations into consideration, it is little wonder that the power entity is struggling to keep the lights on.

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