File image: COSATU President, Sdumo Dlamini
File image: COSATU President, Sdumo Dlamini
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CAPE TOWN - Congress of South African Trade Unions continues to lose confidence on the so called 'ineffectual' Eskom board.

The Federation's reaction emulates from media reports that Eskom Chairperson, Zethembe Khoza is obstructing the process of disciplinary hearings against the senior executives involved in wasteful expenditure and questionable transactions.

In a statement, COSATU says Minister of Public Enterprises, Lynne Brown, should carry the burden of the Eskom board's failures and wicked activities. COSATU believes that the minister is a firm defender to the Eskom board.

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The fact that a board chairperson is interfering on operational matters by allegedly instructing that suspensions of officials be lifted without any valid reasons is outrageous, the statement read.

In June, the minister appointed new interim Eskom board members, which she said, they have to roll up their sleeves to address three areas of primary importance which are: 

  • The management of contracts
  • Conflicts of interest
  • The quality of coal supplied to Eskom. 

Brown had also claimed that Eskom was in a better financial position than it was a year and two years ago.

The power utility has been early this month reported have increased power generation capacity, and now they have to face surplus management. In this regard, Eskom's Interim CEO, Johny Dladla said, “Eskom is ideally positioned to support the economic recovery of South Africa and enable industrial growth across Southern Africa. We will build on the momentum of our performance and efficiency improvements over the recent years and become a more customer-centric organisation that partners with key sectors to increase industrial activity, electricity consumption and job creation".

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