Eskom suspends power station managers over load-shedding

File: A general view of the headquarter of the embattled South African main electricity provider Eskom.

File: A general view of the headquarter of the embattled South African main electricity provider Eskom.

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JOHANNESBURG - Eskom has suspended managers of the Kendal and Tutuka power stations pending disciplinary processes.

This is following the implementation of stage four load-shedding this week.

Eskom says the manager’s failures are partly to blame for the recent power outages and stresses that weak management will no longer be tolerated.

Further interventions are ongoing at the Kriel and Duvha power stations.

According to a statement, there’s been serious issues of unconcerned behaviour by some in management.

"Engagements have been held with other power station managers to ensure that the previous culture of weak consequence management will no longer be the norm and will no longer be tolerated at Eskom," the power utility said in a statement.

"The Executive has, in the meantime, deployed three senior Generation managers to the sites in question (Duvha, Kriel, Tutuka and Kendal power stations) to provide leadership and oversight in person."

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The power utility's board and executive management met with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, to interrogate the causes of the load-shedding and measures taken to repair breakdowns.

Eskom is implementing stage 3 load-shedding until 10pm on Friday.

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eNCA