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SolidarityEngineering News reports that Solidarity sent a list of skilled power experts to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Eskom CEO André de Ruyter on Thursday.

This followed calls by Gordhan to identify energy experts to help the country address prevailing electricity generation deficiencies. Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann said the union’s list contained some of the country’s “leading experts” in the field of power. According to the trade union, the 300 experts on its shortlist have about 5,500 years of combined experience in the industry, as well as more than 400 accredited combined qualifications of which 14 are doctorate degrees in engineering and related fields. “At the moment, the main problem area in our power grid lies with generation, and for this reason, the largest percentage (about 70%) of the experts on our list are involved in generation, while 16% can be involved in distribution, 6% in transmission and about 8% of the experts offer commercial, management and other skills,” Hermann pointed out. Solidarity said the experts on its list possessed the skills and knowledge to stabilise Eskom. The union reported that, since Gordhan requested a list of power experts, the organisation has been inundated with more than a thousand requests from various experts and former Eskom employees. In consultation with specialists, and based on the most urgent issues at Eskom, the union shortened the list to 300. “The pressure is now on the government to muster the necessary political will to enable these experts to save Eskom,” Hermann noted.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard at Engineering News
  • See too, Solidarity hopes its energy experts are roped in swiftly to solve Eskom's woes, at EWN

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