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eskomCape Argus reports that state-owned power utility Eskom’s troubles are expected to worsen this week as more board members are expected to follow the footsteps of former board chairperson Jabu Mabuza, who resigned last week.  

His resignation came as some in the ANC called for Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to be reined in for his stewardship of Eskom which earlier, despite promises, returned to load shedding.  Energy expert Ted Bloem commented:  “The resignation of Mabuza literally just took Eskom further backward.  It’s been a wasted two years of that board and nothing has happened.  The real challenge will be for Eskom to keep the lights on, which I highly doubt will happen.  I have a suspicion that by Friday we will be having severe load shedding again.”  He went on to remark:  “There has been nothing done for the reforms which were announced late last year to turnaround the troubled state-owned company.  It’s evident that the president lied about a turn-around plan because there is no plan.”  National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) spokesperson Khaya Xaba said Gordhan and the rest of the Eskom board must resign with immediate effect “for allowing the entity to deteriorate”.  The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) reiterated its call to have the entire Eskom board immediately disbanded.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Marvin Charles and Sisonke Mlamla at Cape Argus

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