Eskom CEO: "Historic neglect of maintenance led to load shedding"

Eskom CEO: "Historic neglect of maintenance led to load shedding"

Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has said sorry to South Africa for load shedding which he admitted to being the result of the historic neglect of maintenance.

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He spoke at a media briefing in which he opened up about the utility's operational performance. A new maintenance strategy has been approved by the board.

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“We will, unfortunately, have to expect some increase in load-shedding. We are going to have to do this in a structured, careful managed way,” de Ruyter said.

He also confirmed that the government's plan to separate Eskom into three entities, power generation, power transmission and power distribution has been sped up.

“We are in the process of appointing a board for each of these entities - we should be able to finalise these appointments, hopefully, during the course of next week.”

Briefly.co.za learned that de Ruyter said that Eskom officials win undergo lifestyle audits to reduce corruption and that the disclosure of contracts to the public will not be possible.

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Currently, Eskom is running at 68% capacity, the lowest in its history, this means that South Africa faces more load shedding and maintenance according to enca.com.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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