Eskom CEO André de Ruyter apologises

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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has apologised for the historic neglect of maintenance, which has led to load-shedding. Speaking at a media briefing about the utility’s operational performance, he said the board has now given the thumbs up for a new maintenance strategy.

Eskom, however, says the public can expect an increase in power cuts. 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,” he said. De Ruyter said the government’s plan to split Eskom into three separate entities – generation, transmission and distribution – is being accelerated.

André de Ruyter

“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.

He added that Eskom officials will go through lifestyle audits to curb corruption but insists full public disclosure of contracts will not be legally permissible. Eskom’s systems remain constrained with the energy availability at 68 percent – the lowest it’s ever been. This means more maintenance and more power cuts.

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Source: IOL

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