Eskom on the verge of financial ruin: Blom

Eskom's loan from the China Development Bank has failed to materialise. To discuss the implications of this, I'm joined in studio, by Energy Expert, Ted Bloem. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Energy expert, Ted Blom says Eskom needs a proper turnaround plan. 

Blom told eNCA on Monday that Eskom is on the verge of financial ruin. 

READ: We need time, says Gordhan on load-shedding

He was responding to news that the power utility's loan from the China Development Bank failed to come through. 

The embattled power utility is saddled with debt to the tune of  R419-billion.

Eskom isn't selling enough power to cover its interest payments and operating costs.

Meanwhile, Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan said it will take around 18 months for Eskom to fix the load-shedding crisis.

He made the announcement in his capacity as an ANC leader during a ward meeting in North Riding, Johannesburg last month.

READ: No light at the end of the load-shedding tunnel

"Every effort is being put into the maintenance part of our work so that we can actually get the right things done," Gordhan said.

"It will take another 18 months or so eventually to get Eskom out into operational safety."


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