- The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa wants experienced staff brought back to help Eskom
- The union insists that competency has fallen in favour of 'novices' at the power utility
- With the state-owned entity battling to maintain its fleet of power stations, NUMSA wants it to invest in 'human capital'
NUMSA wants ANC leadership to meet with trade unions and chose a team of experienced Eskom engineers.
The trade union feels the power utility's current leaders sidelined skills and knowledge in favour of deploying novices, City Press reports:
“All competent Eskom engineers, some being NUMSA members, have been pushed back and replaced by clueless novices who know nothing about maintaining a plant or how to prepare for December and January’s peak demand, maintenance of plants, let alone preparing for annual summer rains."
The breakdowns at power plants, according to the union's Irvin Jim, are due to qualified employees being marginalised:
“This is the reason why the current Eskom management team and the board have been sending conflicting messages bordering on lies to the point of completely misleading the president, who made allegations of sabotage."
Briefly.co.za reported that, in the face of Stage 6 load-shedding, President Cyril Ramaphosa had been forced to cancel a working visit to Egypt.
Upon his return, an emergency meeting with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and Eskom chair Jabu Mabuza had been held.
During a press briefing following the meeting, Ramaphosa revealed that the entity had been subjected to sabotage, reportedly at the hands of someone who had an intimate knowledge of the systems involved.
While the president promised that the person responsible would be bought to book, this led to questions over the integrity of those in the employ of the struggling utility.