Eskom chairperson explains why investigation was halted

Eskom chairperson explains why investigation was halted

Eskom board chairperson Ben Ngubane has denied that they've withheld the true findings of a probe into the state of the parastatal when load shedding hit in 2008. 

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He argued that they didn't make the report public until now in order to combat low morale but will implement the findings as soon as possible.


The report by law firm Dentons was compiled in 2015, but was only been released today.


Ngubane addressed media at a press briefing, saying the costs of paying for the investigation by the international firm ran to just over R20 million and they don't regret spending the money.


They halted the process, however, as Eskom didn't want to waste any more time or money after establishing that Dentons raised similar concerns to those of Eskom management.


"We did not want to enter into a long and prolonged investigative period while the country was going down with load shedding. We realised that if we did that and we interviewed and accused everyone at Eskom, we would not have people to maintain the lights and do the work that needed to be done," says Ngubane.


Ngubane says they are now in the process of implementing the report's 18 recommendations. 


He adds the parastatal is in recovery, all thanks to their work with Dentons. 


"We are on an upward trajectory. I will not say we have finished the recovery. The recovery will be when we don't need any government guarantee to do our wok as Eskom," says Ngubane.

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