JOHANNESBURG - The R129-million spent on performance bonuses at Eskom were self-funded.
That's according to Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha.
He says that while criticism against the spending by the cash-strapped utility is valid, the bonuses were funded by savings achieved from improved performance.
Mantshantsha says these were only paid to employees and not management.
"These are self-funding bonuses. In other words, the savings themselves would come out of these particular assets from those employees by improving the way they work, their response time, and making sure that they minimise breakdowns to the absolute level.
"Now of course, members of the public who do at times have to be subjected to loadshedding and other problems, the sentiment is totally understandable but you need to change the culture, you need to improve the morale of the organisation and that is what happens at the lowest level at the power stations at production level," he said.
"That's how you change the culture of the organisation and this is an ongoing intervention which of course will be reviewed annually.
"I do want again to point out that these savings, R129-million that was paid out to about 7,000 employees were self-funded -- it was savings that was achieved from the performance of the power stations and about 21,000 people do qualify for this kind of bonus but only 7,000 did actually make their achievements and therefore were able to receive the funds," he explained.