Eskom is implementing rolling blackouts. It's been a daily feature for two weeks now. Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan says there's an orchestrated sabotage of Eskom's infrastructure from within the organisation. He spoke with eNCA's Tony Ndoro. Courtesy of #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - Sabotage and poor quality coal are hampering Eskom's efforts to keep the lights on.
That’s according to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan who says syndicates are responsible for the poor coal quality.
Gordhan says Eskom must act decisively against staff found guilty of participating in these syndicates.
The minister called for further engagement with mining and trucking companies to ensure the delivery of quality coal.
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"There's sabotage, fraud, corruption etc... what's been learned is that we have a value chain of syndicates engaging in those activities," he said.
"For example, coal is ordered from a mine, somewhere along the line the coal that leaves the mine is mixed with other things, that coal goes in the power plant and boilers get damaged then you have a dysfunctional power station and that causes a breakdown...and you have a loss of capacity."