- Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says fixing Eskom should be a national focus point
- Gordhan wants this rebuilding of the state-owned entity to be a national project in which every role player engages in
- Stakeholders will be receiving visits from both Gordhan and his team in efforts to rescue the embattled utility
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan wants South Africa to focus on fixing Eskom.
Speaking to City Press, the politician was adamant that role players in the country should jump on board:
“It’s a national priority. And for the next year or two, everybody has to come to the party and make the necessary contributions or sacrifices so that, within the next five years or so, we leave behind a proper legacy for future generations."
The task at hand is massive with the power utility facing both operational and financial difficulties with a debt burden, the minister explains:
"The massive elephant in the room is the R440 billion debt Eskom is sitting with. A world bank team has been helping Eskom with models that may help deal with this albatross around its neck."
Gordhan and his team will be engaging with stakeholders in a bid to implement the Eskom Roadmap, the plan to reform the electricity supply sector.
The minister is adamant that the situation is so dire that the utility won't be able to trade its way out of the 'mess', and external intervention is vital to any progress.
Briefly.co.za reported that the appointment of Andre de Ruyter as the CEO of the utility has earned backlash from both the EFF and NUMSA, which claim that the move is anti-transformation and racist.
However, it seems the top job at the SOE is far from coveted. Former CEO Phakamani Hadebe had thrown in the towel earlier this year, claiming that his health was suffering.
Even interim CEO Jabu Mabuza, who has his hand in countless pies across South Africa, had been adamant that he had been asked to take the reigns but hadn't wanted to.
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