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CAPE TOWN - Over the next three years, Eskom plans to provide Mpumalanga province with 10 000 jobs within the energy sector. 

Eskom says this is part of its development initiative which will see the locals in possession of trades within the energy sector benefiting through infrastructure maintenance and development in the Mpumalanga region.

"Eskom is ideally positioned to not only support the economic development in Mpumalanga but social development as well. And as such, over 90 Corporate Social Initiatives largely driven by the Eskom Development Foundation, have been budgeted for across sites in Mpumalanga for the current financial year," Eskom's statement reads.

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"As Eskom, we believe it is important to contribute to improving the lives of the communities in which we operates. We will be engaging the community in an effort to inform them on how they can participate in these opportunities," says Eskom interim group chief executive Sean Maritz.

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Eskom also revealed that there are 335 bursaries available and 680 learner development opportunities for young people in Mpumalanga. "This is in an effort to develop much needed skills in the province," Maritz concluded.

-BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE