Eskom has 16 000 staff too many – but they are untouchable

By Barbara Friedman for CapeTalk

Eskom’s new spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha has acknowledged that the power utility’s workforce is bloated.

Speaking to CapeTalk radio, Mantshantsha – who was once the utility’s biggest critic – said that after the board changed in 2018, and many of those fingered for mismanagement or wrongdoing were axed or resigned, Eskom had a thorough look at the organisation’s make-up.

“The outcome was that as Eskom, we alone are not able to service this debt of R450-billion. We need the government to come in and pitch in some money.”

This resulted in Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni allocating R69-billion of the budget in three installments per annum. A staff audit was conducted and the outcome was that Eskom had 16 000 people more than was needed.

“The government said OK, don’t touch them. Focus on the power stations,” says Mantshantsha.
“The final call comes from the shareholder in all businesses. And in this case, the shareholder is the government.”

 

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