IPPs are hollowing out Eskom – Vavi


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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has praised outgoing Eskom CEO, Andre de Ruyter for making key differences at the utility in his three-year tenure.
He has however conceded that more needs to be done to return it to its best performance.
de Ruyter’s resignation was leaked yesterday, with Eskom board chairperson, Mpho Makwana confirming this afternoon that the CEO had notified him of his intention to resign.
de Ruyter remains in office until March 2023.
Meanwhile Minister Gordhan says that they will remain tough and eradicate the syndicates seeking to break down South Africa’s main source of electricity.
And that efforts continue to bring more megawatts on to the grid. Minister Gordhan also told this afternoon’s briefing that Eskom will continue with its un-bundling process.
But the Secretary General of the South African Federation of Trade Unions, Zwelinzima Vavi contends that un-bundling equates to Eskom being hollowed out.
He says that Independent Power Producers are not the saviours they’re claimed to be.
Vavi says that the ANC-led government cannot afford to leave Eskom in the hands of private entities as the South African economy is desperately in need of electricity.

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