- Eskom has announced the suspension of the managers at its Kendal and Tutuka power stations
- The managers will now face disciplinary processes over their roll in the load-shedding crisis facing SA
- The power utility is adamant that the managers' failures are partly to blame for the outages
Eskom has announced that the managers of the Kendal and Tutuka power stations have been suspended. The implementation of Stage 4 load-shedding has seen the suspended officials facing disciplinary processes.
The power utility explained that the failings of the managers are partly to blame for the national power outages, highlighting that weak management will no longer be tolerated.
In a statement released announcing this move, the power utility explained that interventions are ongoing at the Kriel and Duvha power stations with concerns raised over the behaviour of some individuals in top posts:
"Engagements have been held with other power station managers to ensure that the previous culture of weak consequence management will no longer be the norm and will no longer be tolerated at Eskom."
To fill the gap, Eskom has deployed senior managers to the sites in the hopes of seeing some progress:
"The executive has, in the meantime, deployed three senior generation managers to the sites in question (Duvha, Kriel, Tutuka and Kendal power stations) to provide leadership and oversight in person."
Eskom's board and executive management recently met with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The meetings sought to determine the causes of the power outages and to understand what measures are being taken to repair breakdowns.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Deputy President David Mabuza had outlined the state's plan to (hopefully) turn things around at the embattled state-owned entity.
Mabuza highlighted that economic recovery was heavily dependent on power while SA endures Stage 4 load-shedding:
“Our country’s rapid economic growth and recovery are likely dependent on our ability to ensure the security of energy supply in order to support industrialisation and equally ensure that there is no disruption to people’s livelihoods through electricity disruptions.”
The deputy president detailed the conditions attached to government support provided to Eskom:
“Our support to Eskom focuses on the following: ensuring that Eskom strengthens its leadership, governance and accountability system. Addressing the debt and liquidity challenges, including the payments of debts owed to Eskom by government entities. We have programmes to minimise energy disruptions and accelerating the completion of the new-built programme that will deliver additional energy capacity.”
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