US tech company threatens Eskom withdrawal

Let’s talk about Eskom now, embroiled in a legal battle with massive global software company Oracle. The power supplier releasing a statement this week about a R7-billion claim by the US-based company for technical services rendered to Eskom. That amount was disputed and brought down to just under R400-million. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - US-based tech company Oracle is threatening to withdraw its services from Eskom, after the power utility disputed what it owes the company.

Originally set at R7 billion, the amount has been reduced to below R400 million, but Eskom says its actual debt is R166 million.

READ: Eskom in a 'very dire financial situation': energy analyst

According to Eskom's Sikhonathi Mantshantsha the utlity has a binding contract with the tech company until 31 March 2022.

"Eskom is within its rights to pursue its rights under that contract and to continue to ask the courts to compel Oracle to continue providing the services that they have been contracted for," he says.

South Africans are literally paying the price for Eskom's debt. And they need R10 billion. The parastatal is hoping to recover from customers with its 15.6% tariff hike. Energy sector analyst, Roger Lilley believes Eskom won't be able to cope on just that and is likely to ask for another government bailout. #eNCA​ Courtesy #DStv403

Meanwhile, according to energy analyst, Roger Lilley, South Africans are literally paying the price of Eskom's debt.

Eskom needs R10 billion. The parastatal is hoping to recover from customers with its 15.6 percent tariff hike.

Lilley believes Eskom won't be able to cope and is likely to ask for another government bailout.

"Part of Eskom's structure is the payment of an enormous loan," he says.

According to Lilley, the utility owes bankers, both locally and internationally, an amount of R460 billion and are paying towards that amount, monthly.

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