Eskom board should be given space to turn things around – Gungubele

Eskom board should be given space to turn things around – Gungubele

Minister in Presidency Mondli Gungubele has asked the public to be patient with the new Eskom board.

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Gungubele's comments comes after Eskom implemented stage 4 load shedding on Friday.

The power utility has been battling to keep the lights on in recent months.

Speaking during a briefing on this week’s cabinet meeting, the minister said the current blackouts remain a concern for government.

"These are on-going concerns in cabinet, even if there is no specific item, these are issues that are spoken to the newly established board, and it told me that they are really getting deep into issues. They hope at some stage when that time comes to give us an idea what path is supposed to be followed. 

"Let's give them some space, they have got track record of having turning things round where they come from and this weekend, they will be looking at the business approach on the matter."

Gungubele says the board has the necessary skills to fix Eskom.

"I was informed this morning that there is a breakdown down in gas turbine in the system, at the same time water that is supposed to be available, dams when you want to derive energy from the hydro-electric source. 

"They hope to find a way of managing until an ultimate solution is found, we are very comfortable, we have got a skilled board and they have got eyes to actually assess whether the capacity we have can take us anywhere and we do continue to keep this as an ongoing worrying matter."


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