- 60 former Eskom engineers have volunteered to help rebuild the power utility
- They approached Eskom with the idea
- Eskom is currently going over their CVs to determine who they will approve
60 former Eskom engineers are volunteering to help rebuild the embattled power utility for free. Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Eskom spokesperson, said that Eskom had not approached the group but they had offered to help.
“It’s different people, with different skills. Eskom will look at their CVs individually and make a decision if their particular skills are needed,” he said.
A meeting was held where the engineers offered to help rebuild Eksom infrastructure.
“It is important to state this was not an initiative by Eskom. It was a group of people who recently held a meeting. One of them kept a register of those who attended and sent it to Eskom together with this offer to help come back and contribute if they are needed for anything,” said Mantshantsha.
Briedly.co.za learned that 14 of the engineers have been approached by Eskom while the other volunteers are being screened. The 14 approved engineers have excellent track records.
“We welcome all those who have specialist skills and wish to state that none of them will be paid, none of them will have a contract, regardless of their gender and race,” he told TimesLIVE.
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that loadshedding is expected to resume in May, despite Eksom being able to carry out much-needed maintenance on its equipment during the low demand on electricity.
Energy analysts have said that Eskom has only performed low-level and routine repairs. This is due to the global lockdown and availability of the equipment needed to carry out more extensive repairs, particularly at the Medupi and Kusile power plants.
Specialised engineers have also been unable to enter the country to work on equipment.
Bheki Nxumalo, Eskom's power generation head, told the Sunday Times that loadshedding will begin again in May.
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